Faculty & Staff

 


Administration

Alex Holland, M.Ac., L.Ac., graduated from the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NIAOM) in 1985 and did clinical training in Chongqing, China, in 1985. He was the Academic Dean of NIAOM from 1992 to 1996 and is currently the President and cofounder of Han University. Alex has taught extensively and at HUTM for 11 years and is the author of Voices of Qi—An Introductory Guide to Traditional Chinese Medicine. President

Doug Johnson, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac, (NCCAOM), graduated from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute in 1987. Doug has taught 5 Element Acupuncture extensively in both clinical and academic settings. He is currently in private practice in Tucson. Doug has been teaching at HUTM for 11 years. Clinic Dean

Tim Dunn, M.Ac.O.M., A.A. Pima community College, Tucson, AZ; Diploma in Massage Therapy, Desert Institute of the Healing Arts, Tucson, AZ; M.Ac.O.M., Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.  Tim has twice received certifications from the prestigious Hainan Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Haikou, Hainan, China, where he studied under renowned acupuncturist Dr. Heping Luo as well as Dr. Li, specialist in Dermatology and Dr. Lin, specialist in infertility and Internal Medicine.  Admissions Director 

Chiu-An Chang, D.O., L.Ac., Dipl. Ac./CH (NCCAOM). B.A. Chemistry, Monmouth College, Monmouth, Ill; Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, University of Health Science and Osteopathic Medicine, Des Moines, Iowa; Internship, Tucson General Hospital; barefoot doctor training, Jiang Xi Province, China; Certificate, Acupuncture, Hong Kong Acupuncture and Moxibustion Association, Hong Kong. Formerly Clinic Dean ASAOM. Currently, member, Academy of Medical Acupuncture; member, American Board of Family Practice; family practice of Osteopathy and Chinese medicine, Tucson. Instructor in Oriental Nutrition and Neuromuscular Systems, Preceptor, Academic Dean 

Daniel Munitz, B.S. Accounting studies, Pima Community College, Tucson, AZ; B.S. Accounting, University of Arizona. Intern, understudy to Steven Phillips, CPA, Tucson. Formerly, athletic scholarhip, two year starter, Pima Community College Men’s Soccer Team. Currently, accountant in private practice, Tucson. Bookkeeper.

Susan Wagner, M.Ac.O.M., L.Ac., (NCCAOM), B.C.I.M., M.A.M., Dipl. Ac., A.A., Occupational Medicine, University of Phoenix; M.Ac.O.M., Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, M.A.M., Auricular Medicine Institute, Orlando, FL. Retired HMCS (Dv) Senior Chief Petty Officer, U.S. Navy. Formerly 22 years of Military Medicine. Master Training Specialist. Currently, private practice of Chinese Medicine, Tucson and Vail, AZ., Admissions Director.

Core Faculty

Nancy Aton, NMD. has been in practice for 18 years. She graduated from National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1981. Nancy has a private practice specializing in Ob/Gyn, Nutrition, Menopause, Preventive Medicine, and life-style counseling.

Julie Armstrong, MSOM, LAc. graduated from Dongguk University in 2012.  She has extensive education and experience in the field of Biomedical Engineering.  She is in private practice in Tucson and has taught at ASAOM for 3 years.

Chiu-An Chang, D.O., L.Ac., Dipl. Ac./CH (NCCAOM). B.A. Chemistry, Monmouth College, Monmouth, Ill; Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, University of Health Science and Osteopathic Medicine, Des Moines, Iowa; Internship, Tucson General Hospital; barefoot doctor training, Jiang Xi Province, China; Certificate, Acupuncture, Hong Kong Acupuncture and Moxibustion Association, Hong Kong. Formerly Clinic Dean ASAOM. Currently, member, Academy of Medical Acupuncture; member, American Board of Family Practice; family practice of Osteopathy and Chinese medicine, Tucson. Instructor in Oriental Nutrition and Neuromuscular Systems, Preceptor.

Tony Della Croce, M.A., Cert. Tuina.B.A. and M.A. (ABD) Anthropology, University of Arizona. Currently, martial arts Practitioner/Instructor with North American Tang Shou Tao Association, Tucson; Taijiquan Instructor for Tucson Parks and Recreation. Instructor in Qigong and Tuina, Zang Fu Pathology, Tuina Clinic Supervisor, Tuina Area Head.

Robert Hudson, MAc, LAc. is a graduate of the San Francisco College of Oriental Medicine and has been in practice for 19 years.  He is trained in the martial arts and his Chinese medicine specialty is neuromusculoskeletal and trauma medicine.

Donald Lightner, Dipl.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl. L.Ac. (NCCAOM).  Studies in Art History and Business Administration, the University of Arizona, Tucson.  Dipl. Ac. Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Tucson.  Ordained monk in the Diamond Sangha Zen Lineage under Fr. Pat Hawk, Roshi, Tucson; Jukai (lay ordination) with John Tarrant, Roshi Pacific Zen Institute, Santa Rosa, CA.  Chado (Japanese Way of Tea) Certified Teacher in the Urasenke tradition of Chanoyu.  Specializes in the making of tea utensils for Chanoyu and has shown his work in Tucson and Phoenix, AZ, Santa Fe and Taos, NM, Boston and Duxbury, MA, and Seattle, WA as well as in Belgium and the Netherlands.  His work is in collections in many countries.  Longtime student of Chinese calligraphy with Master Xu Datong.  Formerly, resident Chinese Medicine Practitioner at Miraval Life in Balance Resort, Tucson. Formerly, Academic and Clinic Dean, ASAOM. Currently, Private Practice of Chinese Medicine, Tucson. Instructor in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Supervisor.

Qing Liu, B.T.C.M. (China), L.Ac., Dipl. Ac./CH (NCCAOM). B.T.C.M. Nanjing Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Nanjing, China; general studies at Pima Community College, Tucson. Formerly, Physician, Nantong TCM Hospital, China; Physician and Supervisor of interns, Yangzhou University Medical Center, China. Currently, Acupuncturist and Herbalist in private practice, Tucson. Instructor in Chinese Herbology, Clinic Supervisor, Herbal Dispensary Manager.

Ardeschir Mehrabani, N.M.D. B.S. Biology, University of Arizona; N.M.D. Naturopathic Medicine, Bastyr University, Seattle, WA. Currently, Naturopathic Physician in private practice, Tucson. Instructor in Western Clinical Science.

Jenny Providence, B.A. in Biology from Cornell College, Mount Vernon, IA. Certificates in Massage Therapy and Zen Shiatsu from the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts, Tucson, AZ. Certified CrossFit trainer, Tucson, AZ. Jenny has taught Anatomy and Physiology since 1996. She and her husband, Noah Providence, founded the Providence Institute in 2000, which they operated for ten years, providing services and career training in massage, shiatsu, yoga and personal training. Jenny is an avid CrossFit athlete, enjoys self-study in exercise, physiology and nutrition and maintains a private bodywork practice. Currently, she and Noah own and operate Wildcat CrossFit, Tucson, AZ. She and her husband homeschool their five children. Instructor of Anatomy and Physiology, Life Sciences and Western Nutrition, Western Clinical Sciences Area Head.

Jennifer Sandoval, M.Ac.O.M., B.C.I.M., L.Ac. A.A. Business Administration, Niagara County Community College, New York; Certification in Shiatsu, Augustine Fong, Tucson; M.Ac.O.M. ASAOM. Shiatsu Practitioner, Healing Hands Touch Therapies, Tucson. Currently, Acupuncturist/Herbalist, Intelligent Health Clinic and  The Center for Healing Arts, Tucson. Secretary of Arizona Acupuncture Board of Examiners. Instructor of Channels and Points, Clinic Skills, Formulas and Strategies, Acupuncture Area Head of ASAOM.

Jamie Szybala, L.Ac., MSTOM,  In private practice in Traditional Chinese Medicine since 2012, licensed by the states of Arizona and California and certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).  She graduated from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego where she focused her studies in oncology, endocrinology and integrative healthcare.

Susan Wagner, M.Ac.O.M., L.Ac., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM), B.C.I.M., M.A.M., A.A., University of Phoenix; M.Ac.O.M. and China Externship, Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine; B.C.I.M., Board Certified Integrative Medicine; M.A.M., Auricular Medicine Institute, Orlando, FL. Retired HMCS (DV) Senior Chief Petty Officer, U.S. Navy. Formerly 22 years of Military Medicine. Navy Master Training Specialist. Currently, private practice of Chinese Medicine, Tucson and Vail, AZ., Instructor in Practice Management and Counseling, Clean Needle Practice, Herbs ABC, Supervisor, PMC Area Head.

Josh Whiteley, L.Ac., M.S.A.O.M., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM). M.S.A.O.M Southwest Acupuncture College, Boulder, CO; C.A.P. Ayurvedic Institute, Albuquerque, NM; formerly LMT, Nevada School of Massage, Las Vegas, NV; Currently in private practice, co-owner of Tucson Acupuncture Co-op in Tucson, AZ. Instructor in Clinic Skills, and Balance Method/Master Tung Acupuncture.

Heidi Wilson, Cert. Z.S., Cert. C.S.T. Studies in dance, University of Arizona; Certificate in Zen Shiatsu, Desert Institute of the Healing Arts (DIHA), Tucson; certificate in Cranio-Sacral Therapy with Hugh Milne, D.O.; student of Dr. Wen Zee, Master of Wu Style T’ai Chi. Formerly, instructor in T’ai Chi, DIHA. Currently, private practice of Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Tucson. Instructor in T’ai Chi and Cranio-Sacral Therapy, Clinic Supervisor.

Guest Lecturers

Tina Buck, Ph.D., LPC, CPC.  B.A. Special Education and Rehab, Pima Community College; M.A. Rehab Counseling; and Ph.D. Special Education and Rehab, University of Arizona, Tucson. Additionally, Biofeedback and Pyschodrama Training, U of A Extended University.  Formerly, Associate Faculty, Masters of Arts in Counseling Program, Prescott College, Tucson Center; Behavioral Health Therapist, Palo Verde Hospital/Tucson Medical Center, Tucson, AZ; Clinical Coordinator,  Southeastern Arizona Behavioral Health Services, Douglas and Bisbee, AZ; Director of Admissions and Outreach, Miravol, Tucson; and other employments in counseling and rehab.  Presently, Adjunct Faculty, University of Arizona Department of Special Education and Rehabilitation/School Psychology, Tucson, AZ.  Instructor in Counseling and Addictions.

Jing Liu, M.D. (China) and Ph.D. (China), L.Ac. Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM).  M.D. Beijing Medical School of PLA #301, Tianjin, China;  Ph.D.  First Teaching Hospital of Tianjin University. M.S.O.M., Dongguk Royal University, Los Angeles, CA.  Currently, Dr. Liu operates an integrative medicine clinic in Scottsdale, AZ, which includes the Dr. Shi Xue Min Stroke Center, as well as a day spa offering tuina, cupping, acupressure and reflexology.  She is the U.S. Representative/Agent of Dr. Shi Xue Min, organizing his lecture tours in this country.  She has received an award in Infertility Research from the number 12 China Ke Xie Department for Chinese Medicine. Instructor in TCM, Clinic Preceptor/Clinic Supervisor, Advisory Committee.

Heping Luo, B.T.C.M. (China). B.T.C.M., Hunan College of T.C.M.; Postgraduate Fellow, Department of Acupuncture and Moxabustion, Hunan College of T.C.M. Formerly, Attending Physician, Hainan Provincial People’s Hospital, Haikou. Currently, Deputy Director, Center of Traditional Medicine, Resident Attending Physician, Associate Chief Physician, and Head, Department of Acupuncture and Moxabustion, Hainan Provincial TCM Hospital, Haikou. Also, Secretary General, Hainan Provincial Association for Acupuncture and Moxabustion. Adjunct Instructor, Resident Head of ASAOM Externship in Haikou.

Stan Posey, Cert.O.M., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM). B.S. Pre-Veterinary Medicine and B.S. Botany, Arizona State University, Tempe; Certificate in Oriental Medicine, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego, CA.  Formerly Research Fellow in Botany with Professor Dennis Clark, Arizona State University; Internship in Tuina with Vincent Black, O.M.D., San Diego, CA and Tucson; private practice in Chinese Medicine, San Diego.  Currently practice of TCM, Tucson.  Instructor in TCM and Preceptor.

Shi Xue-min, M.D., Ph.D. (China) B.A., Tianjin University of TCM; M.D. and Ph.D. (TCM), Chinese National Ministry of Health.  Innovator of Xing Nao Kia Qiao (XNKQ) for stroke rehabilitation, as seen in the movie 9,000 Needles.  Dr. Shi is a member of various societies and boards, including Vice-President of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, Vice-Director of the Chinese Institute of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, and Director of the China Clinical Research Institute. Dr. Shi is Honorary President of the First Teaching Hospital of  Tianjin University. Currently, he comes to the United States once a year under the sponsorship of the Eastern Medicine Clinic in Scottsdale; AZ Five Branches Institute in Santa Cruz, CA, and ASAOM and teaches and supervises interns, at ASAOM and in other acupuncture colleges. Distinguished Instructor in TCM, Clinic Preceptor/Clinic Supervisor.

Holly Sparks, M.S.O.M., L.Ac., Dipl. Ac./C.H. (NCCAOM).  B.S. Psychology, University of New Mexico.  M.A. Health Psychology, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ. M.S.O.M. International Institute of Chinese Medicine, Santa Fe, NM.  Formerly 30-year career as respiratory therapist and instructor of respiratory therapy, including clinical instruction at the University of New Mexico Hospital, Albuquerque.  Psychology Instructor at IICM/Denver, CO; Memorial Hospital, Colorado Springs, CO; and Coconino Community College, Flagstaff, AZ.  Private practice of Chinese Medicine, Flagstaff, AZ.  Currently, Chinese Medicine Practitioner in Tucson.  Instructor in TCM, Clinic Supervisor.

Ai Zhou, M.D. (China), Chief of the acupuncture department in Zhuhai Hospital and the Zhuhai Association of Acupuncture and Moxibustion Chair: Masters of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Guangzhou University of TCM. With over 20 years of clinical experience, her expertise is at the Flying Needle technique with double hands, Abdominal Acupuncture and Flowing Meridian. Senior Instructor in TCM.