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Elizabeth Ahmann, ScD, RN, PCC, NBC-HWC

Elizabeth Ahmann, ScD, RN, PCC, NBC-HWC is an ADHD and Health and Wellness Coach in private practice in the Washington DC area. She is certified by the International Coach Federation at the Professional Certified Coach level and is a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach through the International Consortium for Health and Wellness Coaching.  Dr. Ahmann has a Masters degree in Nursing from Pace University and a Doctorate in Public Health from The Johns Hopkins University.  Editor of the “Family Matters” column for Pediatric Nursing, and member of the Research Committee of the ADHD Coaches Organization, she frequently presents at conferences on topics including coaching, writing, research, evidence-based practice, ADHD, and mindfulness.  She has developed and teaches classes for coaches and others in mindfulness and in understanding how to understand research. Dr. Ahmann is a faculty member, engaged in teaching and course development, in the Health and Wellness Coaching Program at Maryland University of Integrative Health.

Barbara Abrams, L.Ac.,C.A.Ac.

Barbara Abrams is an adjunct faculty member in the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine programs at Maryland University of the Integrative Health (MUIH). She has been teaching at MUIH since 1998, and received her Master of Acupuncture from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute (now MUIH) in 1995. Her current field of interest has been in the development and teaching of the newly expanded self-cultivation curricula. She has been helping to reintroduce and deepen quintessential Chinese medical practices for the well-being of both the practitioner and the patient. Her teaching integrates Chinese medical theory with the ancient medical arts and practices of Qi Gong, meditation, and modern science. Barbara has a unique gift for integrating the skillful use of language, metaphor, and humor with the demanding learning field of the student.

Barbara has been studying and practicing Qi Gong since 1994 and is currently completing an additional certification with renowned Nei Gong teacher and acupuncturist, Damo Mitchell of the United Kingdom. She has been a long-time student of Jeffrey Yuen, an internationally recognized master of Chinese medicine, completing coursework and certifications in advanced acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, and Chinese medical aromatherapy. She has also volunteered and studied extensively with spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle since 2001. Barbara has led her own spiritual and self-development workshops called Days of Presence, and teaches weekly courses in meditation, Qi Gong, and spiritual well-being.

In addition to her extensive training in Chinese medicine, Barbara is also certified in Zero Balancing®, animal acupuncture, and practices craniosacral therapy in her private clinical practice, Spacious Health, in Highland, Maryland. She is a graduate of the University of Vermont.

  Jacquie Astemborski, M.Ac., L.Ac.
Ms. Astemborski is a graduate of Hartwick College and Tai Sophia Institute, and holds a Master of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. She maintains a private acupuncture practice in the Baltimore area and treats both people and animals.


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  Anne Huyler Baker
Ms. Baker is a graduate of the first Applied Healing Arts (now Transformative Leadership and Social Change) master's degree class, came to Tai Sophia Institute from a lifelong career in education where she taught mathematics and science and served as a school administrator. In these roles, she also implemented community service and outdoor education programs, and directed creative arts camps. At Tai Sophia, Anne is a teacher, advisor, and Transformative Practice Group leader. Beyond her work for Tai Sophia, she is a practitioner of Aquatic Integration Therapy, Reiki, Zero Balancing, Craniosacral Therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), and other energy modalities. In addition, she holds retreats at her farm/retreat center in Maryland and has taught numerous workshops on topics including: stillness, meditation, the sacred Labyrinth, EFT, and psychokinesis. Anne is a lifelong educator whose passion is empowering people of all ages to find their own personal stillness. She brings a promise to life of “joyful grounded nurturing of infinite possibilities.”
  Jillian Bar-av, M.S., RH(AHG), CNS, LDN
Ms. Bar-av is a clinic supervisor at the MUIH Natural Care Center herbal medicine student clinic and the nutrition student Clinic. She also teaches classes in the herbal medicine master’s degree and certificate programs, and the Oriental medicine master’s degree program. In addition to her roles at MUIH, Ms. Bar-av is the owner and operator of Greenspring Herbs, LLC, a private consultation practice and apothecary. She also sees clients at Roots Market, where she is the resident herbalist and nutritionist for the store. Ms. Bar-av received a Master of Science in Herbal Medicine from MUIH, and is a registered herbalist with the American Herbalists Guild, a certified nutrition specialist, and a licensed dietary nutritionist in the state of Maryland.
 Tom Balles Tom Balles, M.Ac., L.Ac.(U.K.), Dipl.Ac.(NCCAOM)
Mr. Balles has been a practicing acupuncturist since 1985. He received a Licentiate in Acupuncture from the College of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture (U.K.) and a Master's in Acupuncture from Tai Sophia Institute. Tom has been teaching in the graduate degree and certificate programs at Tai Sophia for the last 16 years. He has facilitated workshops internationally and is the author of Dancing with the Ten Thousand Things and Cultivating a Healing Presence, a guide. Tom’s work focuses on the many lessons Nature can teach us about sustaining wellness: in the individual as well as in families, organizations, and communities.
  Margaret Beatty
Margaret Beatty has served on the acupuncture faculty since 1991. She teaches classes in the Chinese classics. Since 1985, she has been studying with Fr. Claude Larre and Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallee. Ms. Beatty practices acupuncture in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C., and in Silver Spring, Md. She has been practicing T’ai Chi since 1977 and teaching it since the mid-1980s. Ms. Beatty enjoys working with adult students, encouraging them to experience curiosity, joy, and wonder at the power of this ancient medicine.

 David Blaiwas David Blaiwas, M.A., M.Ac., L.Ac.
Associate Professor
David M. Blaiwas currently serves as Associate Professor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine at Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH), formerly  Tai Sophia Institute. David has been core faculty since 2002, and has served as division chair for both the clinical practices and theory division of the Master of Acupuncture program. He holds certificates in Chinese Herbal Medicine, Advanced Acupuncture, and Chinese Dietary Therapy, from his studies with Jeffrey Yuen. Mr. Blaiwas is a past president of the Maryland Acupuncture Society, the state’s professional association. He maintains private clinical practices in Takoma Park and Laurel, Maryland.
  Jillian Borchard M.S., RH(AHG)

Jason Bosley-Smith, MS,LDN,CNS,FDN

A 15-year veteran of the health & wellness industry, Jason Bosley-Smith has worked in a variety of capacities including health coaching, personal training, teaching, and clinical, integrative nutrition. As a clinical, integrative nutritionist, Jason works to seek out the underlying cause of health imbalance and provides evidence-based dietary & lifestyle interventions to support client wellness. Jason leverages the tools of blood chemistry analysis, nutritionally-focused physical examination, dietary enhancements, targeted supplementation, and lifestyle modifications to empower his clients to renewed vitality and health. An alumni of Maryland University of Integrative Health, Jason earned his Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health and was honored by MUIH with the 2015 Herbert C. Brown Community Service Award and the President’s Award for his submission and presentation during MUIH Research Day 2014. Presently, Jason serves as faculty in both the Integrative Health Sciences and Nutrition departments at MUIH, and guest lectures at George Washington University as well as The Institute for Integrative Health in Baltimore, MD. He holds a professional role as a Health Educator for leading health products manufacturer Designs for Health, and works within the Johns Hopkins Food, Body & Mind Center as a clinical research and intervention specialist. In addition, Jason partners with wellness centers and a variety of practitioners to provide their clients and patients with value-added services, and works individually with clients virtually via his website DigestiveDetective.com.

Bryan Bowen Bryan Bowen, M.S.
Bryan Bowen is an herbalist, nutritionist, and teacher. He uses custom botanical formulas, whole food nutrition, and health coaching to compassionately support each person on the path to self-care and wellness and enjoys seeing clients at Radiant Health, an integrative clinic in Sebastopol, California. In addition to being adjunct faculty in the Herbal Medicine department at Maryland University of Integrative Health, Mr. Bowen is also part of the core faculty at the California School of Herbal Studies. He also works at the Forestville Wellness Clinic, a federally funded project, providing herbal consultations to underserved populations. Mr. Bowen prides himself in his medicine, providing a full pharmacy of wildcrafted, cultivated and locally grown botanicals. In 2011, he won two awards for his rose cream and bitters at the International Herb Symposium. In 2013 he created a community supported herbalism box directed toward teaching medicine making. In addition, he has worked on organoleptic quality assessment of botanical medicines in the MUIH Herbal Dispensary and is published in two scientific posters. Mr. Bowen has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master of Science in Herbal Medicine from Maryland University of Integrative Health. In addition to his academic work, he studied at the California School of Herbal Studies, the Northeast School of Botanical Medicine, the Dhyana Center and the Evergreen School of Integrative Herbalism.
 Mary Brandenburg Mary Brandenburg, M.Ac., L.Ac.
Mary Brandenburg graduated from Tufts University and from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute (now Tai Sophia Institute) where she has taught and served as academic dean. In 2004, Mary was designated Faculty Emeritus at the Institute. In addition to her human acupuncture practice, she practices animal acupuncture with a strong focus on horses. Mary teaches in the equine acupuncture section of the program.
  Edna Brandt, M.Ac., LA., Dipl.Ac.
Edna Brandt has served on the faculty of Tai Sophia Institute for more than 20 years, practiced acupuncture since 1989, and since 1977 has taught Tai Chi and teacher training courses for the Tai Chi Foundation in the U.S. and the Netherlands. Throughout her rich career, which includes authoring Business Planning Book for Acupuncturists: Five Steps to a Flourishing Private Practice, Edna has pursued her interest in the roots of Chinese medicine, its history, and the Chinese medical and philosophical classics. Her studies include work with scholars of the Chinese classics such as Fr. Claude Larre and Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée, and with "movers and shakers" who have shaped (and are continuing to shape) acupuncture in the contemporary world.
  Cornelia Brooks
 Karen Buchsbaum Karen Buchsbaum, Ph.D. (Candidate)
Karen Buchsbaum has a passion for service, community, food security, and sustainability issues. She has served in the environmental field for more than seven years, including work on a CSA farm, and as an extension educator, curriculum developer, and community garden founder and coordinator. Ms. Buchsbaum is the founder and director of Community Fare, where she collaborates with students, government officials, farmers, and the general public to improve civic engagement and community access to fresh, local foods. She also serves on the Frederick County Extension Advisory Council and the Frederick County Sustainability Commission.  Ms. Buchsbaum holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology and a Master of Science in Environmental Education, and is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in Environmental Studies at Antioch University New England, with a focus on sustainable food systems.
  Tracey Burde, M.Ac., Dipl.Ac.
Tracey Burde is an acupuncture practitioner in private practice in Bethesda, Maryland. She practices acupuncture, herbal medicine, Qi Gong, and Jin Shin. Tracey holds a Masters of Acupuncture degree and Certificate in Chinese Herbal Medicine from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute (now Tai Sophia Institute). She is nationally certified by the National Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). A former hospital administrator, Tracey holds a Masters in Human Resources and Labor Relations from Rutgers University. She continues her studies in Chinese Medicine with Niki Bilton, M.Ac., L.Ac., and in Wu Ming style Qi Gong with Master Nan Lu.
  Leah Butler, Ph.D., M.Ac.
Dr. Butler has served as adjunct faculty in the Integrated Health Science department at Tai Sophia Institute since 2009, and previously served as a research advisor for the Institute’s Herbal Medicine program. Prior to her work at Tai Sophia, Dr. Butler was the director of Human-Technology Integration and Assessment for the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies (PIPS) and an adjunct senior fellow at the PIPS Center for Neurotechnology Studies. She is the co-editor and author of numerous publications in various human systems engineering-focused journals, books, conferences, and magazines. She holds a doctoral degree in Industrial Engineering and Management Systems from the University of Central Florida.


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 Ann Cecil-Sterman

Ann Cecil-Sterman, M.S., L.Ac.
Ann Cecil-Sterman is the author of the widely acclaimed book, Advanced Acupuncture: A Clinic Manual. For many years she taught advanced clinical observation and was a senior clinic supervisor at the School of Acupuncture that was founded by Dr. Jeffrey Yuen in 1997 at the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences in New York City. She graduated from the Swedish Institute and is a long-time student of Dr Yuen, having extensively studied acupuncture, diet, Chinese medical history, herbs, qigong, essential oils and philosophy with him across North America. Ann is the director of The Classical Wellness Center in Manhattan where she practices acupuncture and teaches classes on advanced diagnosis, as well as the theory and application of classical Chinese medicine. Her patients—children and adults of all ages—come from all over the United States and regularly from Europe, Russia, Asia, and Australia, presenting with chronic degenerative diseases, psychological issues, digestive disorders, organ failure or end-stage disease. Ann's practice features the complement channels of acupuncture: the sinew, luo, divergent, and eight extraordinary channels, and is augmented with classical Chinese dietary therapeutic guidance. She travels frequently to teach the application and methodology of the complement channels, and the art of pulse diagnosis. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children.

Holly Chittum, M.S., RYT 200
Holly Chittum is a graduate of the Master of Science in Therapeutic Herbalism at Maryland University of Integrative Health. She is currently working in integrative health research at the Samueli Institute in Alexandria, VA, in the systematic review and meta-analysis department. Holly recently completed a year-long internship at Penn State University’s Plant Science program at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center, where she studied the science, cultivation, and economics of American ginseng and other forest medicinal species. During her time working with Penn State, Holly travelled to China to visit ginseng cultivation operations and market places, and meet with growers and researchers in the Changbai Mountain region of the Jilin province in Northeast China. She received the President’s Award for her work with ginseng at the 2013 MUIH Research Day. Holly is a member of the American Herbalist Guild, United Plant Savers, and the American Botanical Council. She completed a 200 hour Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher training in Rishikesh, India, in 2012 and currently teaches yoga at MUIH and at other sites locally.  

 Bevin Clare Bevin Clare, M.S., R.H., CNS,
Associate Professor

Bevin Clare, M.S., R.H., CNS, is a clinical herbalist, nutritionist, mother, plant lover, and a professor at Maryland University of Integrative Health. As an herbalist and educator, Bevin trains clinical herbalists through their clinical internship at MUIH and brings herbs into the lives of many students, clients, and practitioners with her national and international presentations. She holds a M.Sc. in Infectious Disease from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and an undergraduate degree in Ethnobotany from Lesley University. Bevin has studied herbal medicine around the world and blends her knowledge of traditional uses of plants with modern science and contemporary healthcare strategies. She is a board member of United Plant Savers, a group working to protect at-risk medicinal plants in North America. Bevin has been president of the American Herbalists Guild since 2015, and before that was vice president beginning in 2010.

  Oscar Coetzee
Oscar Coetzee started his professional career as a drug/alcohol abuse counselor and intervention specialist at Fair Oaks Hospital in Summit, N.J. After his internship, he started a private sports performance enhancement consulting business, working on both nutritional and psychological components for the enhancement of sports performance. In 2003, he established a practice focusing on therapeutic integrative nutritional interventions for metabolic syndrome, obesity, and general chronic conditions. Oscar is still currently working with various professional athletes on the mental/nutritional connection to performance. He currently works with the WestPoint Academy Golf Team and various PGA Tour Players.

Oscar was nominated for best research study at the University of Bridgeport Faculty Research Day for his master's thesis, “Reversing of Metabolic Syndrome through the MSRP - Case Series Trail.” His unique integration of science and the holistic model sets him apart in his field. His integrative protocol designs are based on evidence-based nutrition. Oscar works with all conditions and ailments but has recently shifted his attention to “intestinal permeability, autoimmune diseases and cancer”.

Oscar Coetzee served on the board of the National Association of Nutritional Professionals for two years as the Legislative Chair. Oscar holds graduate degrees in psychology and nutrition, which he received magna and summa cum laude.
Gail Coffin C. Gail Coffin, Ed.D., PCC
Dr. Coffin is a coach for members of the Howard County Public Schools Leadership Fellows program, a life and wellness coach for private clients, and a professional development specialist for the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE). At MSDE, she creates and delivers coaching skills training for educational leaders throughout the state. As an International Coach Federation certified coach, she believes that the coaching process helps individuals and organizations reach their potential.

Dr. Coffin has previously served as adjunct faculty at Johns Hopkins University in both the School of Education and the Carey Business School, and her exceptional teaching abilities won her the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association.

Dr. Coffin received her Doctor of Education from the University of Maryland in Professional and Organizational Development and her master’s degree from Oakland University in Teaching of Reading. She is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honorary fraternity.
 Monica Corrado Monica Corrado, M.A., CNC
Monica Corrado is a chef and holistic nutrition educator, teaching "REAL Food" cooking classes throughout the United States. A leading activist for real, fresh, local, sustainable food, Ms. Corrado was a founding member of one of the first CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) organizations in the Washington, DC area in 1998, which provided biodynamic food and milk to families. From 2000 to 2005, she owned and operated The Basic Feast, the only organic catering company in the Washington, DC area that offered nourishing food from local, organic, and sustainable farms. In addition to teaching, Ms. Corrado is a member of the honorary board of the Weston A. Price Foundation. She has been featured in the Washington Post as an expert in traditional fermentation techniques, and is currently involved in the White House "Chefs Move to Schools" initiative. She is the author of With Love from Grandmother’s Kitchen.
 Jerry Cott Jerry Cott, Ph.D.
Jerry Cott is a senior pharmacologist at the FDA Center for Drug Research and Review (CDER), and is Chair of the Dietary Supplements Subcommittee at CDER. He received his Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of North Carolina in 1975 and did a post-doctoral work in Sweden as Swedish Medical Research Council Fellow with Nobel Laureate, Prof. Arvid Carlsson. At the FDA he reviews the investigational use of botanicals and other dietary supplements for potential use in treating human psychiatric diseases. He is currently the scientific and technical expert in the review and evaluation of dietary supplements for psychiatric indications at the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). He is FDA liaison to the Dietary Supplements Expert Committee of the US Pharmacopeia. He was a member of the Rand Corporation’s Expert Panel on regulations for dietary supplements and impact of these regulations on the military, as part of its Program for Research on Dietary Supplements in Military Operations and Healthcare. He serves as the CDER Pharmacology/Toxicology representative to the ad-hoc committee currently revising the 2004 “Guidance for Industry - Botanical Drug Products”. Previously, Dr. Cott was Chief of the Psychopharmacology Research Program at the National Institute of Mental Health from 1991 to 2000. There he initiated the 1998 NIH workshop entitled “Omega-3 fatty essential fatty acids and psychiatric disorders”, and the NIH controlled clinical trials of St. John’s wort in major depression and Ginkgo biloba in senile dementia. His present interest is in the integration of mainstream psychiatry with nutritional (particularly omega-3 fatty acids) and botanical interventions for the treatment of severe and chronic mental disorders. He is a member of the Bahá'í Faith, a religion that affirms the fundamental importance of diet in the prevention and treatment of disease.

  Stephen Cowan, M.D.

Fushena Cruickshank, MS

Fushena Cruickshank serves as a faculty member in the Health Promotion Department and the Nutrition & Integrative Health Department.  She completed her MS in Health Promotion with a concentration in Health and Wellness Coaching at Maryland University of Integrative Health.  She has been fortunate to be able to work alongside different groups of individuals and prepare them to advocate for their health and wellness.  Her experience is heavily centered in Women’s and Infants’ health with an emphasis on working with teenage females in protecting themselves against sexual pressure and violence, HIV/AIDS, and becoming an activist for reproductive rights and wellness.  She has set up wellness programs at schools and community centers, worked with pregnant and postpartum women living in residential treatment facilities affected by substance abuse disorders, and works closely with OB/GYN’s to create programs that support medical recommendations for their patients.  Fushena feels as though it is important for individuals to have access to adequate preventative health care and adequate information to base their health practices on.  She is passionate about women’s health and supporting individuals on their own personal journeys to achieving total mind, body, and soul wellness.

 Jody Cutler Jody Cutler, M.Ac.
Jody Cutler holds a Master of Acupuncture from Tai Sophia Institute and has been on the faculty since 2003. Her work as an acupuncturist blends deep emotional and spiritual work with bringing consciousness to a person’s body, mind and spirit.  Ms. Cutler helps individuals and groups bring awareness and presence to eating, and develop compassion and joy around food.  Ms. Cutler completed a 100-hour Food Therapy program with Annemarie Colbin at the Natural Gourmet Institute, has been trained in Mindfulness-Based Eating Awareness, and has extensive training in meditation. Ms. Cutler is the co-founder and co-owner of Roots Market, a natural foods store in Clarksville and Olney, Maryland. She is also the co-owner of Great Sage, a vegetarian restaurant, and Nest, an eco-friendly clothing and gift store, in Clarksville, Maryland. Ms. Cutler was awarded the "#1 Woman to Watch in Howard County."


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 Chris D'Adamo Chris D’Adamo, Ph.D., CPT
Chris D'Adamo is a nutritional research scientist with an interest in diet and the prevention of chronic disease. He received his Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and is currently an Assistant Professor at the University's Center for Integrative Medicine in the Department of Family & Community Medicine, holding a secondary appointment in the Department of Epidemiology & Public Health. Dr. D’Adamo has presented his research at a variety of national conferences — research uncovering the protective effects of dietary micronutrients against chronic inflammation and disability among older adults. He has authored peer-reviewed articles in Nutrition Research and Journals of Gerontology Medical Sciences. At the University of Maryland School of Medicine, he teaches courses in Nutritional Epidemiology, Dietary Supplementation, and Popular Diets. In addition to his academic experience, he is a Certified Personal Trainer through the American Council on Exercise, a Certified Sports Nutrition Consultant through the International Sports Medicine Association, and has received advanced training in mind-body medicine from the Institute for Integrative Health. He serves as the corporate nutritionist for Brick Bodies Fitness Services, Inc., and maintains a private nutritional consulting practice.

Sheila Dean, D.Sc., RD, LD, CCN, CDEDr. Sheila Dean is a registered and licensed dietitian, board certified clinical nutritionist, certified diabetes educator and exercise physiologist. She received her undergraduate training through Rutgers University, completed her internship and graduate training with University of Rhode Island and Brown University's teaching hospitals, received doctoral training in nutritional genomics and pharmacology through the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and completed her doctorate of science degree through Hawthorn University. Dr. Dean is a graduate of the Institute for Functional Medicine where she received advanced training in functional medicine and nutritional biochemistry. She has also worked with the Duke University Medical Center's Endocrinology and Metabolism Disorders Clinic and the Joslin Center for Diabetes as a certified diabetes educator.

Dr. Dean is the owner of Palm Harbor Center for Health & Healing, an integrative medicine based nutrition private practice and wellness center in Palm Harbor, Florida. An educator at heart, she has taught for 18 years as adjunct nutrition science professor at a variety of universities including the University of Tampa, Maryland University of Integrative Health, Schiller International University, St. Petersburg College and University of South Florida’s Morsani School of Medicine. Additionally, she serves as doctoral research advisor and content expert on integrative and functional medicine and nutrition at Saybrook University.

She has conducted dozens of local and national public presentations, has written continuing education credit functional medicine modules for both nutritionists and nurses, has authored book reviews and articles, and is an experienced scientific author who has contributed to many medical textbooks. Dr. Dean currently serves on the advisory board for the nationally acclaimed Center for Mind-Body Medicine's Food As Medicine professional education course and was the Professional Advancement Director for the Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine dietetic practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She's served as the consulting sports nutritionist for the Philadelphia Phillies, has consulted for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and was the media spokesperson and columnist for the Ironman Institute. Dr. Dean is the author of Nutrition & Endurance: Where Do I Begin?, (Meyer & Meyer Publishing) and is a certified health and fitness instructor with the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA), and the YMCA of America.


Cheryl “Sheri” DePetro, M.Ac, L.Ac; MSW/LCSW-C
Sheri DePetro is a licensed acupuncturist and a licensed social worker. Utilizing both conventional and complementary medicine, her private practice combines behavioral health and acupuncture. Sheri is a scholarship recipient for the 2016 International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health and is currently a student in the first professional doctorate program at MUIH.  A national trainer for NADA, the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association, she has been an adjunct faculty member at MUIH for 11 years.  She trains all of the oriental medical students in the NADA 5-needle protocol and supervises their clinical hours working in the community.  Sheri is a previous Executive Director for the Sexual Trauma Treatment and Recovery Center in Howard County and has worked extensively in the fields of trauma on a local, state and national level; including crisis intervention, management and disaster relief, sexual trauma, child abuse and domestic violence. She has also worked in the field of disabilities, addictions and in higher education.  Sheri is a two time winner of the Governor's Certificate of Merit for Outstanding Contributions in the Field of Victim Rights and Services.  She provided professional training and authored several publications for training law enforcement, the medical profession, the legal profession and service providers in the field of trauma.    She was one of the first social worker’s in the state of Maryland to become an Auricular Detoxification Specialist. Sheri considers herself to be a practitioner in life and has studied healing with indigenous and native peoples from around the globe for the past 20 years.

 Bob Devlin Bob Devlin, M.A.
Bob Devlin is president of Transformation Strategies, Inc., a Washington DC Leadership Consultancy with a global reach. He serves as executive consultant, strategic thinking partner, and coach to leaders and senior teams as they learn to lead more boldly and implement change. Bob's clients say he builds extraordinary relationships that lead to breakthrough conversations and create new ways of interacting and doing business. He is the creator of Leadership in Action and the Alignment and Action Process, which are leadership development and change methodologies used in business and government. As director and senior faculty member of the Georgetown University Organization Development Program for seven years, he trained and coached hundreds of leaders and consultants in the complex dynamics of systems change. He currently works nationally and internationally with clients such as global publisher Pearson PLC, global financial services firm SWIFT, Gettysburg College, national associations, the US Army, and government agencies including the Department of Agriculture, Federal Drug and Food Administration, and Department of Homeland Security. He holds a B.A. in International Studies and an M.A. in Human Resource Development from George Washington University, with advanced study in Organization Development.
 Cheryl Diane Cheryl Diane, CNC, AANC, NAT
Cheryl Diane is a chef and nutritionist, practicing and teaching natural foods classes at her wellness center in Annapolis, MD.  She has been in private practice for more than 19 years and travels around the country as a guest speaker on nutrition, raw foods, and natural health. She trained at the New York School of Cookery and the Tree of Life School of Cookery. Ms. Diane is a certified nutritional consultant and earned a Master in Health Science and Integrative Medicine at the Capital University of Integrative Medicine. She was appointed by the governor of Maryland to be a delegate for the Commission on Complementary Healthcare for the state.
  Rebecca S. Douglass, L.Ac., CEqDT
Rebecca Douglass is a graduate of the Maryland Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tai Sophia Institute's Animal Acupuncture Program, and the American School of Equine Dentistry. Rebecca, who is certified as an equine dentist by the International Association of Equine Dentistry, teaches in the equine section of the program.
  Judith Duerk, M.S.
Judith Duerk earned B.S. and M.S. degrees from The Julliard School, studied as a postgraduate at the Mozarteum in Salzburg and at Indiana University, and taught music at the university level before beginning work in the field of psychotherapy and music therapy. In addition to her daily work as a psychotherapist and music therapist, she teaches T'ai Qi and Qi Gong, and has facilitated more than 1,400 retreats across the USA and Canada.
 James Duke James A. “Jim” Duke, Ph.D.
Jim Duke had a 32-year career with the United States Department of Agriculture as an economic botanist with a Ph.D. in botany from the University of North Carolina. While at the USDA, Dr. Duke developed the agency's Phytochemical and Ethnobotantical Databases. Today, he is a world-renowned ethnobotanist, owns and operates the Green Farmacy Garden, serves as distinguished lecturer in the Master of Science in Herbal Medicine program at Tai Sophia Institute, and continues to compile data on medicinal plants and update several of his 30 published books. Fluent in Spanish, Dr. Duke leads ethnobotanical trips to ecologically rich areas of the world. Duke is a Phi Eta Sigma and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), where he was elected distinguished alumnus some 50 years after his degree was conferred.


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 Sara Eisenberg Sara Eisenberg, M.S.
Sara Eisenberg is a clinical herbalist practicing at Ruscombe Community Health Center in Baltimore, Maryland, where she offers herbal consultations, healing work, and workshops based in the Jewish wisdom tradition. With more than 30 years of experience as a guide, facilitator, and educator in the healing arts, Ms. Eisenberg also holds a Masters of Science degree in Herbal Medicine from Tai Sophia Institute. Prior to her studies at Tai Sophia she served for six years as Director of The Center for Health Enhancement, a full-service complementary care center at St. Joseph Medical Center.
  Thea Elijah, M.Ac., Dipl.Ac.

Laurie Ellington, MA, LPC, RCC, PCC, HMCT

Laurie is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Zero Point Leadership, a leading-edge neuroscience-based personal and leadership learning and development organization. She is also co-founder of NeuroLeader University, the world's first neuroscience-based online university dedicated to expanding personal and leadership greatness through science-based learning, and the co-author of Six Steps to Unlocking Extraordinary Leadership: The Neuroscience of High Performance Leadership. Laurie is among the pioneers who recognize that we change the world by harnessing the power of our minds. Combining research from contemporary neuroscience, quantum physics, heart intelligence, and mindfulness, she helps individuals, teams and organizations experience transformational shifts in the way they think, feel, and show up in the world. Laurie has over 22 years of experience in coaching, training, consulting, facilitation and mind/body medicine, and is appreciated for her ability to help people reprogram their thinking and eliminate self-destructive habits that get in the way of unlocking true potential and achieving greatness. Her philosophy is that change happens from the inside out versus the outside in, and people have the solutions within them. She believes that the role of an effective coach is to help others discover their own solutions and evoke untapped capacities. 

  Andrew Ellis, B.A.


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 Sally Fallon-Morell Sally Fallon-Morell, M.A. 
Distinguished Lecturer
Ms. Fallon-Morell is a chef, nutrition researcher, homemaker, and community activist.  She is founding president of the Weston A. Price Foundation and editor of the Foundation’s quarterly magazine. Ms. Fallon-Morell is owner of NewTrends Publishing and founder of A Campaign for Real Milk (www.realmilk.com). She is author of the best-selling Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook That Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats and Eat Fat, Lose Fat, co-authored with Mary Enig. Her recipes and teachings have been inspiring readers for years. She is trained in French and Mediterranean cooking and received her master’s Degree in English from UCLA.
  Nichole Ferrigno

Diane M. Finlayson, M.A., C-IAYT, ERYT-500
Program Director, Yoga Therapy

Diane Finlayson brings to her position deep institutional history in the field of yoga therapy as well as experience in curriculum development, program design, and teaching. Her master’s thesis was on the practice of Ayurveda in America.

Prior to joining MUIH, Finlayson was the owner of yama studio (Yoga, Ayurveda & Meditation Arts) where she trained over 400 yoga therapists, therapeutic yoga teachers, ayurvedic wellness coaches, and meditation facilitators between 2000 and 2015. Hers was one of the first three studios to offer Yoga Teacher Training in the Baltimore area. Additionally, she developed a series of yoga and mindfulness classes for staff and faculty and Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions which were offered consistently on five campuses as weekly programs as well as in workshop formats. She has taught yoga philosophy courses at Johns Hopkins Odyssey and Osher, Towson Osher, Notre Dame of Maryland University, Carroll Community College and the former Baltimore Hebrew University. She also served as program director for the Renaissance Institute at Notre Dame of Maryland University and has taught various aspects of yoga therapy at studios and schools all along the East Coast.

As an avid lifelong learner, Finlayson feels it is important to foster the ongoing love of learning and curiosity in those she teaches, and is committed to maintaining her connection to being a student as well as a teacher. She continues to learn about ways to work with writing, narrative, expressive arts, and spirituality as means of enriching her own life and of adding depth to the possibilities of yoga therapy. She was drawn to MUIH for its values of community, mindfulness, integrity, inquisitiveness and discernment and looks for ways to live out those values in her work within the university environment and in yoga therapy.

Diane Finlayson holds a M.A. from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. from the University of Minnesota. She was recently honored with the new credential of Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) by the International Association of Yoga Therapists and has held the Yoga Alliance status of ERYT-500 for some years.

  Trish Flaster, Ph.D.
  Cara O. Frank, Dipl.Ac., Dipl.C.H., R.Ac.
 Camille Freeman Camille Freeman, M.S., CNS, LDN
Camille Freeman is an associate professor in the Integrative Sciences department. She received a master’s degree in herbal medicine from Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly Tai Sophia Institute) in 2004. Ms. Freeman is a licensed nutritionist in the state of Maryland. She also holds a Master of Science in physiology and biophysics from Georgetown University. Her primary clinical focus is in reproductive health and endocrinology. Camille is a registered yoga teacher with experience teaching fertility and prenatal yoga. Ms. Freeman is passionate about promoting sustainability in health care and helping women of all ages deepen their understanding of the body’s many cycles.
  Heiner Fruehauf, PH.D., L.Ac.

Mary Fry, N.D.
Dr. Fry holds an undergraduate degree in Nutritional Biochemistry from McGill University and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Medicine, with additional certificates in Homeopathy and Shiatsu, from National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon.  Following her naturopathic studies, she completed a National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health postdoctoral research fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry at Oregon Health & Science University.  She has designed and taught a wide variety of nutrition and natural medicine classes online since 2009.  Dr. Fry is a certified Master Reviewer for Quality Matters and has led several review teams in the evaluation of online curriculum nationwide. She owns and maintains a private practice focusing on Naturopathic Mental Health Care, A Healthy State of Mind, LLC, in Portland, Oregon. 



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 Eleonora Gafton Eleonora Gafton, MS, CNS, LDN, CHHC
Cooking Lab Manager, Adjunct Faculty
Eleonora Gafton completed her professional chef training at Ministerul Turismului International in Bucharest, Romania and went on to work in a three-star tourist hotel, becoming the first female executive chef in a Communist country. Growing up on her grandparents’ organic farm and father's winery in Romania, Ms. Gafton developed a deep appreciation, love, and passion for natural foods. Ms. Gafton received bachelor's degree in Hotel Management from Cornell University and worked for 20 years in the hotel industry in Washington, DC.  Ms. Gafton completed the health coach training at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City (CHHC), and completed her Master’s degree in Herbal Medicine at Maryland University of Integrative Health. Currently she is adjunct faculty and is teaching whole food cooking classes in the Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health at Maryland University of Integrative Health and she is the Cooking Lab Manager for the program; Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS), licensed in Maryland (LDN).
 Tyme Gigliotti Tyme Noor Gigliotti, M.Ac., L.Ac.
Tyme Gigliotti is currently an Assistant Professor, a Lead Clinic Supervisor and Chair of the Clinical Services Department in the acupuncture program of Maryland University of Integrative Health. He has served as Chairman of the Maryland State Board of Acupuncture and supervising acupuncturist at several substance abuse programs. After seven years as an assistant teacher at the University of Spiritual Healing and Sufism, he co-founded the Illuminated Traveler program, which empowers individuals to awaken to their inner gifts, unleash their true potential and experience the joy of living connected to the Loving Source. A Sufi Master Teacher and healer, he has been practicing acupuncture and spiritual healing since 1998.
 Hope Finn Gilbert Hope Finn Gilbert, M.Ac., Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM)
Hope Gilbert is a licensed, nationally certified acupuncturist; certified herbalist; and for 15 years managing partner of Acupuncture Associates of Columbia. She received her M.Ac. degree from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute. A teacher in the Institute’s acupuncture program since 1989, currently core faculty and formerly chair of the program’s touching energy and structure division, she was instrumental in developing the point location department and authored or coauthored many of its teaching and administrative materials, including the students’ manual and Supporting Mountain: Guide for the Point Location Student. She brings 20 years’ experience in Eastern Indian meditative practices and a commitment to create a supportive environment that accepts and challenges the learner.
  Diane Gioioso, M.Ac., Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM)
Diane Gioioso holds a Master of Acupuncture degree and Certificate in Chinese Herbal Studies from the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture. She has been a student of Jeffrey Yuen for 10 years, completing certificates in advanced acupuncture and essential oils. Her interest in Women's Health led her to develop and teach a series of continuing education for midwives and doulas in DC. She has treated in association with Genetics and IVF fertility clinic in Annandale, VA. Diane has a family practice in Columbia, MD.
 Robert Gordon Robert Gordon, MSOD, M.A., M.S. (candidate)
Robert Gordon is an organizational consultant specializing in professional education, organization development, and leadership development. Bob also provides counseling and life, career, and leadership coaching at the Imago Center of Washington DC and the Pastoral Counseling and Consultation Centers of Greater Washington. Bob has over 25 years of experience in the field of professional education, training, and organization development. He led the leadership development programs for three federal agencies and designed the first corporate university for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. During his time in the federal government, Bob was honored with five Secretary of Labor Exceptional Achievement Awards for designing and delivering professional instruction and consulting initiatives that achieved measurable improvements in organizational effectiveness and quality. His “Breaking Barriers to Achievement” program, which he launched at the U.S. Department of Commerce, was a featured presentation at the American Society of Training and Development. Bob holds a Master of Science degree in Organization Development (M.S.O.D.) from American University in partnership with the NTL Institute of Applied Behavioral Science. He is also a graduate of Tai Sophia’s Master of Arts program in Applied Healing Arts, where he was given the Herbert C. Brown Community Service Award. Bob completes his Master of Science degree in counseling from Loyola University Maryland in December 2011. Bob has been a student, practitioner, and teacher of world wisdom traditions for over 30 years, several as a monastic. He is a member of the National Career Development Association, the Mid-Atlantic Association for Imago Relationship Therapists, Spiritual Directors International, and the International Association for Spirit at Work.
  Michael Greger, M.D.
Distinguished Lecturer

Dr. Greger is a physician, author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Currently Dr. Greger serves as the director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States. Dr. Greger also is licensed as a general practitioner specializing in clinical nutrition and was a founding member of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. His latest two books are Bird Flu: A Virus of Our Own Hatching and Carbophobia: The Scary Truth Behind America's Low Carb Craze. Dr. Greger is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Agriculture and the Tufts University School of Medicine.
 Jane Grissmer Jane Grissmer, M.Ac. (UK), Dipl.Ac.(NCCAOM)
Jane Grissmer serves the Acupuncture program as chair of the Theory Division. A graduate of the College of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture in England in 1980, Ms. Grissmer has a long history of practicing, teaching, and studying acupuncture as a healing art. She also holds a certification in Chinese herbal medicine and brings a wealth of experience in the development of the healing traditions in America. She has served as dean of faculty at Tai Sophia, has authored articles on the emotions and the seasons, and continues in her private practice as founding director of an Integrative Wellness Center. Ms. Grissmer has served as acupuncturist and guide to countless women at all phases of their journey — puberty, fertility, childbirth, menopause, saging. Her clinical experience and wisdom will inform and empower your work.
 Jill Gusman Jill Gusman
Ms. Gusman is a veteran chef instructor and lecturer at the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York City. She combines her passion for Eastern and Western healing ways, and cooking with whole, natural foods through teaching and consulting. She is the author of Vegetables from the Sea: Everyday Cooking with Sea Greens. Ms. Gusman has taught at the Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital in Detroit and created “Kids in the Kitchen,” a live cooking show for Mount Sinai, Children’s Hospital in New York City. As an avid gardener and wild food enthusiast, she enjoys the great outdoors as often as possible.


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 Cheryl Harris Cheryl Harris, M.P.H, RD
Cheryl Harris was selected one of the best nutritionists in the DC area by the Washingtonian in 2014 and as the “Emerging Dietetics Leader of the Year” for 2012 for the state of Virginia. She enjoys sharing her passion for nutrition and health for organizations including the USDA, FDA, the Institute of Medicine, the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, the Virginia Dietetics Association, Maryland Diabetic Association and more. Her quotes have been featured in the Washington Post, the Washingtonian, ABC.com, WebMD, and the Food Network. She authored an article on Mindful Eating for Today’s Dietitian and on treating Binge Eating Disorder through mindfulness for the Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness peer-reviewed newsletter. Cheryl has a Master’s Degree in Public Health Nutrition from the University of California, Berkeley, a B.S. in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University, and she completed her internship as a Registered Dietitian through the University of California Berkeley. Cheryl has trained through the Mindfulness Teacher Training Institute in San Diego, the Center for Mind Body Medicine in DC, Michelle May’s “Am I Hungry?”, IMCW in DC and more. She is a Certified Breastfeeding Counselor (CLC) through the Center for Breastfeeding and also certified as a Health and Wellness Coach through Wellcoaches. Cheryl maintains private practices in Alexandria and Fairfax, VA.
  Eric Hartmann, DVM, M.Ac., L.Ac.
Eric Hartmann is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. He holds Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS). Dr. Hartmann is also a graduate of the Traditional Acupuncture Institute (now Tai Sophia Institute), and maintains an acupuncture practice in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Hartman is a member of Veterinarians Without Borders.
  Robert Hedaya, M.D
 Susan Sykes Hendee Susan Sykes Hendee, Ph.D., CCE, HAAC
Dr. Hendee is a seasoned educator and administrator in culinary arts, foods education, and hospitality management. She held faculty appointments at the Baltimore International College Department of Culinary Arts and Hospitality and at the Center for Hospitality and Culinary Arts at the New York Institute of Technology. Dr. Hendee holds a doctorate in Food Studies and Food Management from New York University. She is certified by the American Culinary Federation as a certified culinary educator and was awarded an honorary fellowship into the American Academy of Chefs in 2010. She is a member of the Share Our Strength-Cooking Matters board and American Culinary Federation Sizzle editorial board. Dr. Hendee’s has published and presented on a range of topics, including pedagogy, advancing culinary education, Italian cuisine, and emotional intelligence.
 Celeste Homan Celeste Homan, M.Ac., M.S.
Assistant Professor
Celeste Homan received her acupuncture degree from Tai Sophia Institute in 1998 where she has been teaching since 2002 and is a member of the Core Faculty. She has completed trainings in advanced acupuncture and Chinese medical aromatherapy with Jeffrey Yuen in New York. Celeste holds a certificate in advanced massage and bodywork from the Baltimore School of Massage and is certified in Zero Balancing. She recently wrote an article titled “The Use of Zero Balancing within the Context of Acupuncture.” This article appears in the Fall 2011 edition of The American Acupuncturist, AAAOM’s official publication for practitioners of Oriental Medicine.
  Stephen Howard, L.Ac.


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Raha Janka, MPH

Raha Janka is a public health practitioner and researcher, and serves as adjunct faculty in the Department of Health Promotion. She brings ten years of multi-disciplinary public health and international development training and experience in the area health research, epidemiology and biostatistics, program evaluation, and holistic approaches to understanding health systems and health sector development. She also serves as Sr. Health Consultant in the World Bank's Health, Nutrition and Population Global Practice, supporting public health and health systems strengthening initiatives across the world. Ms. Janka holds a BS in Neurobiology and an MPH with a concentration in Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She has worked in a multitude of countries in Europe, Central Asia, East Asia, and the Middle East and North Africa regions in areas related to health policy, health system reform, quality of care, program evaluations, health promotion, HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, and equitable access to gender sensitive health care services. Additionally, she has extensive experience working with students, adult learners, and at-risk youth, providing training and instruction in the area of mathematics, statistics, health promotion, and public health.

  Noreen Javornik, M.S., M.Ac., L.Ac.
Noreen Javornik has a B.S. and M.S. degree from Ohio State University and an M.Ac. from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute (now Maryland University of Integrative Health). Noreen has vast experience in clinical trials in ophthalmology at the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University and at the Scheie Eye Institute at the University of Pennsylvania with a focus on macular degeneration, and is on the writing team for numerous ophthalmology articles. Noreen is a national leader in the field of animal acupuncture. She was involved in establishing animal acupuncture certification in Maryland as well as MUIH's animal acupuncture program, and has been directing and teaching in the program since its inception in 1997. Noreen maintains a people and animal acupuncture practice in Laurel, Maryland.
  Anne Jeffres, D.A.O.M., L.Ac.
Dr. Anne Jeffres is nationally board certified in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine (NCCAOM) and has been a practitioner of acupuncture and Chinese medicine since 1994. She received her Master’s in Acupuncture from Bastyr University, her Chinese herbal certificate at the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture, and her doctorate focusing in integrative oncology from Bastyr University. Anne’s focus in practice is in integrating healing and wellness of both physical and emotional conditions. She practices a range of acupuncture and Chinese herbal styles, including Worsley 5 Element acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). She has also studied in Chengdu and Shanghai, China, along with advanced studies with senior practitioners in the US, including Jeffrey Yuen, Lonny Jarrett, and Thea Elijah. Anne is the founder and director of the New York Community Acupuncture Center. She also works as an acupuncturist at Columbia University in cancer research. In addition, Anne frequently teaches and guest lectures about acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine at several schools across the US, is a member of the Herbology Examination Development Committee for the NCCAOM (National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) and has formerly served as the chair of the Herbology Department and associate dean at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York, N.Y.
 Daemon Jones Daemon Jones, ND
Dr. Jones combines her nutritional expertise with her knowledge of medicine and natural therapies to create safe and effective treatment plans that bring her patients back to vibrant health. An international speaker and author of Daelicious! Recipes for Vibrant Living, Dr. Jones served as the director of Community Nutrition and as a faculty member of the Food as Medicine program at the Center for Mind-Body Medicine. She also teaches nutrition at Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts. Dr. Jones received her naturopathic medical degree from the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine. Her unique approach to client care includes cooking demonstrations, medical home visits, kitchen and nutrition rehabilitation, and mind-body skills training.


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  Donna Keefe, MTOM, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.
Donna Keefe holds a master's degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and a certificate in Bi Zheng and Scalp Acupuncture. She is also a certified Qi Gong Instructor, integrating ancient therapeutic breathing and exercise techniques into her treatments. Donna is a past board member and treasurer of the California Acupuncture Association, and served as a clinical examiner and subject matter expert for the California Acupuncture Committee, helping to develop the California State Board examination. Donna currently teaches in the Departments of Oriental Medicine and Clinical Practice at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. She is also the clinical director of the Acupuncture Center of La Jolla and has been in private practice since 1989. Donna is a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and specializes in fertility and other women's health care issues.
 Doug Keller Doug Keller, M.A., E-RYT 200, E-RYT 500
Doug Keller is world renowned in the disciplines of yoga and yoga therapy. Active in the field for more than 25 years, he is a presenter, advocate, master teacher, trainer, and author. From 1985 to 1998, Keller worked with the SYDA Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to preserving yoga teachings and culture. He studied hatha yoga in a number of styles and spent seven years in India where he supported the work of the Muktaboda Indological Institute. Keller’s books, many of which have been used as texts in yoga trainings and college courses, include: “Yoga As Therapy” (volumes 1 and 2), “Anusara Yoga: Hatha Yoga in the Anusara Style,” “Refining the Breath,” and “Heart of the Yogi.” He has been a regular columnist for the therapeutic section of Yoga International magazine, published by the Himalayan Institute, has written columns for Yoga Journal magazine, and teaches master classes, trainings, and workshops internationally. Registered with the Yoga Alliance as an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (e-RYT 200, e-RYT 500), Keller also holds a Master of Arts in Philosophy from Fordham University and a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University.
  James Kinsinger, Ph.D.
Jame Kinsinger is a consultant to the food and dietary supplement industry. Dr. Kinsinger received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in Analytical Chemistry.  He served as Quality Assurance Director and Corporate Director of Regulatory Affairs for Celestial Seasonings and the Hain Celestial Group.  Prior to that experience, Dr. Kinsinger worked for The Industrial Laboratories Company in a variety of positions, including Sales Manager, Laboratory Director and Vice President, Chief Science Officer, providing trainings in quality product documentation and procedure.  Dr. Kinsinger has served as a member of the American Herbal Products Association’s Board of Directors and chaired the Standards Committee.
 Myra Kornfeld Myra Kornfeld
Myra Kornfeld teaches classes in ethnic, classic, and vegetarian cooking at The Natural Gourmet School of Health and Culinary Arts and the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City.   She is a veteran restaurant chef, recipe developer and editor, private chef, menu consultant, and author of several cookbooks, including The Healthy Hedonist; More than 200 Delectable Flexitarian Recipes for Relaxed Daily Feasts, and The Voluptuous Vegan: More than 200 Sinfully Delicious Recipes for Eggless, Meatless, and Dairy-Free Meals. Ms. Kornfeld is the head chef and content manager of www.MyFoodMyHealth.com, a food and healing website. She is a frequent contributor to Vegetarian Times and has contributed articles to Natural Health and Organic Style. Ms. Kornfeld has been a guest instructor at numerous schools, including Classic Thyme in New Jersey, and at Sur la Tables around the country. Ms. Kornfeld specializes in preparing nutrient-densefood for people with special eating requirements and/or preferences.

Sophia Kuziel, MPH, CHES, CHHC

Sophia Kuziel earned her Master in Public Health in Prevention and Community Health with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health from The Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) and has experience developing, implementing and evaluating health education programs for adolescents and young adults. Sophia is also a Certified Holistic Health Counselor (CHHC) and has worked one-on-one with clients wishing to redefine their health. Sophia has been an adjunct faculty member at MUIH since 2014. Sophia resides in Seattle, Washington with her spouse and three daughters.


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Kaiya Larson Kaiya Larson, M.Ac., L.Ac.
Kaiya Larson has been practicing acupuncture with a focus on fertility and woman's health for more than a decade. She has a great passion for this work, having struggled with her own fertility issues many years ago and now having two beautiful children. Ms. Larson deeply understands the power and beauty as well as the complexities of the body, mind, and spirit of women. She has taught multiple workshops to acupuncturists about treating for fertility, and is a core faculty member at the Tai Sophia Institute with a deep love of teaching the powerful medicine of acupuncture. She received her B.A. from the Art Institute of Chicago and her M.Ac. from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute (now Tai Sophia Institute). She brings passion, creativity, and deep wisdom to her teaching.
  Ta-Ya Lee, DNP, CRNP, MPH, MBA, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.OM
Ta-Ya Lee holds a doctorate in nursing, a master’s in public health, and a master’s in business administration from Johns Hopkins University, as well as a master’s in acupuncture from Traditional Acupuncture Institute, now Maryland University of Integrative Health. She is a certified adult nurse practitioner and also holds certifications in acupuncture, Chinese herbs, and Oriental medicine. Currently, Lee practices at Johns Hopkins Community Physicians at Canton Crossing, where she specializes in adult internal medicine, acupuncture, and Chinese herbs. She speaks English, Mandarin, and Taiwanese.

Sherry Leikin, M.A. ACC, NBC-HWC

Sherry Leikin is faculty in the Health and Wellness Coaching Program. She also holds the role of Experiential Learning Manager. She received a master’s degree in health and wellness coaching with a concentration in nutrition from Maryland University of Integrative Health in 2014. Sherry holds an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) credential from the International Coach Federation (ICF) and is a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC). She has a private coaching business, A Peace of Wellness, where she coaches adults of all ages. Helping her clients focus on increasing their self-compassion is her passion, as she feels this helps them to increase their resilience and to create successful behavior change. She loves helping others become empowered to improve their lives in health and wellness.

  Randine Lewis, MSOM, Ph.D., L.A.
Randine Lewis is an internationally renowned expert in the field of women's health and Chinese Medicine. She received a master's degree in Oriental Medicine from the American College of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, interned at the Dallan Hospital of traditional Chinese Medicine in Dallan, China, and earned a Ph.D. in alternative medicine from the Board of Alternative Health Medicine in India. Dr. Lewis is the author of The Way of the Fertile Soul and The Infertility Cure. She also has appeared on ABC Eyewitness News, CBS Up Close, PBS, NBC, and Health Watch for her work in Acupuncture and Infertility. She is a founding and governing board member of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (A.B.O.R.M.), and the founder and principle of The Fertile Soul Affilliates, LLC., which provides education and resources for international Traditional Chinese Medicine clinics specializing in the treatment of infertility.
 Liz Lipski Liz Lipski, Ph.D., CCN, CHN, CNS
Director of Academic Development, Nutrition and Integrative Health

Dr. Lipski is the Director of Academic Development for the Nutrition and Integrative Health programs at Maryland University of Integrative Health. She has been working in the fields of nutrition, holistic health, herbology, and lifestyle management for more than 30 years. Prior to joining MUIH, she served as Director of Doctoral Studies and Educational Director at Hawthorne University. She has been extensively published in many academic journals and is the author of four books, including Digestive Wellness and The Digestive Connection. Dr. Lipski speaks nationally and internationally, is on faculty at the Institute for Functional Medicine, and serves on advisory boards for the Ceres Foundation and the Autism Help Alliance. She received her doctorate in clinical nutrition from the Union Institute with a specialization in functional medicine, is board certified in clinical nutrition (CCN) and holistic nutrition (CHN), and is a certified nutrition specialist (CNS).
  Cathy Lipsky, R.N., Adult Nurse Practitioner
Cathy Lipsky is a nurse practitioner with more than 40 years of experience. She has melded her western education from George Washington University as a nurse practitioner and her TCM knowledge from the NY College Holistic Nursing program to empower her clients to make healthy choices in living. Since 1997, she has learned from her mentor Rosita Arvigo how valuable self-care is as part of a healing practice. Since then she has used the Arvigo techniques in her practice of holistic therapies in New York. A certified practitioner as well as a self-care and professional-level teacher of the Arvigo therapies, Cathy continues her studies with Rosita to support and continue the healing work that the ancient teachings have provided. Cathy has served as a member of the Advisory Board of the Arvigo Institute. Her practice focuses on women’s health and wellness, and helping women find ways to maintain a balanced life.
 Jianyong Liu Jianyong Liu, M.D., Ph.D.


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 Stacey MacFarlane Stacey MacFarlane, M.Ac.
Stacey MacFarlane is a graduate of the Acupuncture master’s degree program at Tai Sophia, Stacey MacFarlane serves as division chair for the Clinical Foundations Division in the M.A.c program. She has been joyfully practicing and teaching since 2001. Prior to her studies of acupuncture, she spent 15 years engaged as a performer and creator in the theatre arts. She studied, worked, and performed in the US and abroad. The unique intersection of these passions, theatre and acupuncture, has helped her to understand that the creative arts are healing and the healing arts are creative. Same river, different shape — it’s all about living fully and truly.
 Tatyana Maltseva Tatyana Maltseva, M.Ac., L.Ac.
Tatyana Maltseva is a graduate of the Traditional Acupuncture Institute, Tatyana Maltseva has been a teacher in the Institute’s acupuncture program since 1998. She received her M.D. in neurology from the Kiev Medical Institute in the Ukraine, and has practiced acupuncture for over 15 years, including several years in Russia, where, as a physician specializing in neurology, she incorporated acupuncture into her work. She currently holds a private practice at the Greenspring Valley Healing Arts Center in Owings Mills. Tatyana is Chair of the Touching Energy and Structure division.

Aimee Firor McBride, M.S., C-IAYT, E-RYT 500
Aimee Firor McBride serves as an adjunct faculty member and the Clinic Coordinator for the Master of Science in Yoga Therapy at Maryland University of Integrative Health where she is also piloting a student yoga therapy clinical program in acute care at Howard County General Hospital. 

Previous owner and operator of The Shala Wellness Center for nine years, Aimee’s primary focus has been on providing therapeutic services for individuals with chronic pain, inflammation and other stress­-related physical and emotional conditions.  She does this by guiding individuals toward their internal wisdom so they may discover their capacity for healing, wholeness, and vitality through the tools of yoga, mindfulness, and meditation. 

Aimee holds a Master of Science in Yoga Therapy from Maryland University of Integrative Health. She is a Certified Yoga Therapist through the International Association of Yoga Therapists and has earned the designation of Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher at the level of 500 hours through Yoga Alliance. In addition to being a practicing yoga therapist, Aimee is a certified fitness and Pilates instructor with twenty five years of experience. 

 Helen Metzman Helen Metzman, M.S.
Helen Lowe Metzman is the director of Jim Duke’s Green Pharmacy Garden.  The Green Pharmacy Garden is an educational garden situated in Fulton, Maryland, that contains approximately 300 plants that have been researched and/or used traditionally for medicinal purposes. Ms. Metzman also works part-time for the Howard County Maryland Department of Recreation and Parks in the Natural Resources Division as a Natural Resource Specialist and an Environmental Educator. The study of natural history, plants, gardening, and art has been her lifelong passion, and she is able to integrate these passions in her work in the garden and for Howard County. Metzman is a graduate of the University of Vermont and of Tai Sophia Institute's Master of Science in Herbal Medicine program.
 Simon Mills Simon Mills, M.A., FNIMH, MCPP
Simon Mills is is currently a Director of Sustaincare Community Interest Company, a new international social enterprise corporation, registered in England, that is becoming a major educational and information resource for empowering local communities in their self care. He was the founder of Tai Sophia Institute’s Masters of Science in Herbal Medicine program and served as the program’s Director from 2000 to 2006. Mr. Mills graduated in medical sciences from Cambridge University, completed the 4-year professional training program at the 145-year-old National Institute of Medical Herbalists, and has practiced as a medical herbalist since 1977. In 1987, he co-founded the Centre for Complementary Health Studies at the University of Exeter the first such university centre in the world, and pioneered the establishment of clear professional and academic standards in the practice of complementary health care. He was Special Advisor to the seminal report on Complementary and Alternative Medicine by the British House of Lords in 2000. Simon's mission has been to mobilize resilience and self care beyond medical practice. He has recently led a major self care project on behalf of the UK government and spearheads a broad new professional orientation to self care in that country. He has published widely in the scientific literature, including controlled clinical trials and other primary research, and lectures around the world. He has written many books, including two standard texts with Kerry Bone: The Principles and Practice of Phytotherapy (2000) and The Essential Guide to Herbal Safety (2005).
 Deanna Minich Deanna Minich, Ph.D., FACN, CNS
Dr. Minich has developed a unique approach to clinical medicine called Food & Spirit® based on a combination of physiology and psychology (www.foodandspirit.com). She has trained in functional medicine for the past decade with the “father of functional medicine,” Dr. Jeffrey Bland, as her mentor, and has served on the Nutrition Advisory Board for the Institute of Functional Medicine. Her academic background is in nutritional science, including a Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Illinois at Chicago (1995), and a Ph.D. in Medical Sciences (Nutrition) from the University of Groningen in The Netherlands (1999). In conjunction with her academic degrees and extensive teaching experience at the university level, she is both a Fellow (F.A.C.N.) and a Certified Nutrition Specialist (C.N.S.) through the American College of Nutrition and has received education in functional medicine through the Institute of Functional Medicine. Dr. Minich has over ten years of experience working in both the food and dietary supplement industries as a product developer and teaching clinician. She currently leads educational outreach as Vice President of Education at the Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute, along with her role as adjunct faculty at the University of Western States, Bastyr University, Institute for Functional Medicine, and the Maryland University of Integrative Health. She is a yoga practitioner and author of five books on nutrition, wellness, and psychology, and is passionate in helping others to live well using therapeutic lifestyle changes.
  Lauren Mirkin

Marybeth Missenda, MS, RPh, CNSC

Marybeth Missenda , RPh, has more than 20 years of professional experience in health systems pharmacy.  In her capacity as health systems pharmacists, she developed and implemented a Medication Therapy Management program in an integrative post-discharge clinic and served as pharmacy intern adviser for PGY-1 research projects. After completing her Masters of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health, she has been a faculty member at Maryland University of Integrative Health since 2013.   Marybeth has integrated her passion for pharmacy and nutrition in her work with Parenteral Nutrition and has taken on the role of training pharmacists in managing patients’ nutritional care while hospitalized.


Steffany Moonaz, Ph.D., RYT 500
Director of Academic and Clinical Research

Steffany Moonaz is a yoga therapist and researcher in Baltimore, Md. She began investigating the importance of mind-body activities at just three years old, and has always had a passion and a curiosity about the healing power of mindful movement. Dr. Moonaz spent eight years at Johns Hopkins University, creating and evaluating a yoga program for individuals with the chronic diseases of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis. She is now working to bring yoga to people with arthritis in communities nationwide, as well as educating yoga teachers about the unique needs of this population. She also serves as a mentor for several emerging researchers who are working to study the effects of yoga for various health conditions. Dr. Moonaz is a board member of the Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health.

 Heidi Most Heidi Most, M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM)
Associate Professor

Heidi Most received her Masters of Acupuncture from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute (now Maryland University of Integrative Health), and her diploma in Acupuncture from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). As an Associate Professor at MUIH, she has developed and taught courses for the Acupuncture, Integrative Sciences, and Nutrition programs, lectures in the Health and Wellness Coaching Program, and has served on the Acupuncture Curriculum Committee from its inception. She chairs the Faculty Senate, chairs its Faculty Development and Assessment Sub-Committee, and is a member of the Information Research and Scholarship Committee and its Research sub-committee. Heidi has studied with Jeffrey Yuen, an internationally recognized master of Chinese medicine, since 2000, and holds certificates from him in Advanced Acupuncture, Chinese Herbs, Chinese Dietary Therapy, Chinese Medical Aromatherapy, and Healing with Gems and Stones. She co-created the acupuncture protocol and was a practitioner in a pilot study of acupuncture, physical therapy and low back pain for the Baltimore VA Hospital.
 Gerard Mullin Gerard Mullin, M.D.
Gerard Mullin is an associate professor in the Department of Medicine at Johns Hopkins University as well as Director of Integrative Gastrointestinal Nutrition Services at Johns Hopkins Hospital. An internist, gastroenterologist, and nutritionist, Dr. Mullin is internationally renowned for his work in integrative gastroenterology and nutrition, a field in which he has accumulated over 15 years of clinical experience. He is the only physician in the United States who is board-certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine for Gastroenterology, the American Society of Enteral and Parenteral Nutrition, the American College of Nutrition, and the American Board of Nutrition Physician Specialists. He is an associate editor of Integrative Medicine: A Clinician's Journal, and recently was selected by Dr. Andrew Weil to serve as senior editor/author of the first book for physicians on integrative gastroenterology, published by Oxford Press.


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Katrina Ogilby, MEd, JD, PCC, CPCC

Katrina Ogilby began coaching in 2006 and has been a Professional Certified Coach through the ICF since 2009.  She has a health and executive coaching practice and, since 2011 has taught health coaching in an ICF certified training program called Habit Change Co. Katrina earned her BA from Williams College and has both a law degree and a master’s degree in education. Katrina has three grown children and lives with her husband and standard poodle near Philadelphia.  

  Joseph Osheroff, M.D.
Joseph Osheroff is board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Endocrinology. He completed his undergraduate work at the University of Pennsylvania, received his medical degree from University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and completed his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Dr. Osheroff then entered the fellowship program in Reproductive Endocrinology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and upon completion joined the Center for Reproductive Endocrinology in New Jersey. Most recently, Dr. Osheroff was an attending physician in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He is member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Elizabeth Owens
Elizabeth Owens joined Maryland University of Integrative Health in 2014 and is the Manager of Experiential Programs and Adjunct Faculty for the Nutrition & Integrative Health Department. She is a Certified Nutrition Specialist practitioner and Licensed Dietician-Nutritionist in Maryland and Washington, DC. She holds a master's degree in Applied Clinical Nutrition from New York Chiropractic College, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude.​​ Elizabeth completed the post-graduate nutrition internship at MUIH and is excited to share her knowledge and experience in nutrition with current and future nutrition students and interns. Prior to joining MUIH, Elizabeth worked in public health in Atlanta, GA and workplace wellness in Washington, DC. She is a certified Pilates instructor, personal trainer and group fitness instructor. She has a private practice where she shares her love for whole foods and fitness with individual clients and the community.



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 Janet Padgett Janet L. Padgett, Ph.D, M.Ac., Dipl.Ac.(NCCAOM)
Director, Evening/Weekend Acupuncture Program

Janet Padgett graduated from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute (now Tai Sophia Institute) in 1999 and has been teaching in the acupuncture program ever since, in both point location courses and the faculty supervised student clinic. She recently added bioscience courses to her teaching repertoire. She earned her doctorate in biophysics at the Johns Hopkins University in 1995, where she studied the diffusion of viral sized particles in human cervical mucus, contributing to research on prophylactic contraceptives. She received her B.S. in physics from the University of Virginia in 1986. She worked as a Life Sciences Editor for 15 years at Proquest (formerly Cambridge Scientific Abstracts). In addition to teaching at Tai Sophia, she currently maintains a private acupuncture practice in Mt. Washington village, Baltimore City.
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 David Paton David Paton, M.Ac.
David Paton has been practicing acupuncture for over 15 years and is currently in private practice as well as teaching at Tai Sophia Institute. He was the Chair of the Maryland Board of Acupuncture and is currently President of FAOMRA, a national organization which is working to represent state regulatory boards. Team building and leadership skills have been developed from his experiences in these roles. He has worked with pain management centers, chiropractors and is currently investigating the role of acupuncture in the treatment of pediatrics conditions and especailly in ADD, ADHD, and especially autism.
 Andrew Pengelly Andrew Pengelly, Ph.D, RH (AHG), FNHAA
Andrew Pengelly is completed professional training programs in botanical medicine, naturopathy, and homeopathy in 1983 at the Southern Cross Herbal School in Australia and obtained his doctorate in Food Science from the University of Newcastle in Australia in 2009. During this period, he practiced as a clinical herbalist, lectured widely in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States, and was nominated a Fellow of the National Herbalists Association of Australia. Dr. Pengelly is the director of Tai Sophia’s herbal dispensary and is the principal investigator of a current Tai Sophia clinical trial on the medicinal qualities of culinary herbs.
  Lucía G. Perillán, M.Ac., Dipl. Ac.

Rebecca Pille, Ph.D., MS, CHWC, CWP

Dr. Pille is the Program Director for MUIH's Health and Wellness Coaching (HWC) programs. She advocates for the health and wellness coaching field and directs all activities related to MUIH’s Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program and Master of Arts degree in HWC. Dr. Pille is also faculty for the HWC and the Health Promotion Master of Science degree.

Before joining MUIH full-time in January, 2017, Dr. Pille was a recognized leader in workplace wellness in the federal government. She directed all aspects of a federal agency’s Health Promotion & Wellness department, to include managing a staff of clinical and administrative personnel, and overseeing an annual budget for delivering holistic health programs and services to a global workforce. To engender a culture of wellness at work, she established a corporate wellness infrastructure consisting of a senior executive-level Wellness Council, a health practitioner Wellness Working Group, and an employee Wellness Ambassadors program. She has presented throughout the federal government (Capitol Hill, DoD, Federal Occupational Health Nurses, Institute of Medicine, and NIH), at Howard County Health Department, and with UM’s Center for Integrative Medicine. 

Dr. Pille is a member of the Institute of Coaching and a peer reviewer for the Journal of Health Literacy Research and Practice. Dr. Pille has a Ph.D. in Psychology (Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine), an MS in Applied Behavioral Science, and is recognized as a Certified Health and Wellness Coach (CHWC) through Wellcoaches School of Coaching, and a Certified Wellness Practitioner (CWP) through the National Wellness Institute.

 Christina Pirello Christina Pirello, MFN, M.S.
Ms. Pirello is the Emmy Award-winning host of the Christina Cooks! television series, which airs weekly on more than 200 national public television stations nationwide and has aired in 50 foreign countries on Discovery Health. In 2008, Ms Pirello founded The Christina Pirello Health Education Initiative, a nonprofit organization dedicated to changing America’s relationship with food through community outreach, media programs, and several in-school programs designed to teach kids to make healthier choices. She is the author of six cookbooks, including Cooking the Whole Foods Way, named the healthiest cookbook of the decade by Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in 2010. Her recently released book, I’m Mad as Hell and I’m Not Going to Eat It Anymore, provocatively explores the quality of modern food, and includes luscious recipes to help readers get started cooking and eating healthfully. Ms. Pirello holds a  master’s degree in Fine Arts and was awarded a master’s degree in Nutrition from Drexel University in 2003.
 Paul Pitchford Paul Pitchford, M.S.
Distinguished Lecturer

Mr. Pitchford studied and apprenticed with masters of pre-Revolutionary Traditional Chinese Medicine, nutrition, Tai Ji, and meditation. His landmark book, Healing with Whole Foods: Asian Traditions and Modern Nutrition (published in seven languages, including a forthcoming Chinese translation), forms the foundation of his unique dietary teachings, which unify Eastern and Western therapies. His work has become a primary impetus behind the concept of “whole foods nutrition.”Best-known for his teachings on foundational healing, Mr. Pitchford emphasizes awareness practices; mindful exercises, such as yoga and Tai Ji; and regenerative nutrition.
 Nora Pouillon Nora Pouillon
Distinguished Lecturer

Ms. Pouillon is a pioneer and champion of organic and environmentally conscious cuisine. After moving to the United States from Austria, Ms. Pouillon developed an extensive network of organic and natural farmers for her catering business. In 1979, she opened Restaurant Nora, supplied by local farmers’ seasonal organic produce. Restaurant Nora later became the first certified organic restaurant in the United States. Ms. Pouillon helped jumpstart the farm-to-table movement, introducing Washington, DC chefs to local farmers. She also initiated FRESHFARM Markets, the first producer-only farmer’s markets in Washington, DC, which now includes eleven markets in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Ms. Pouillon is the author of Cooking with Nora, a seasonal menu cookbook that was a finalist for the Julia Child Cookbook Award. She is on the board of directors of the Amazon Conservation Team, the Environmental Film Festival, FRESHFARM Markets, Earth Day Network, SeaWeb, Wholesome Wave, and The Organic Center. In 2009, Ms. Pouillon was the first recipient of the Genesis Award from Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, and in October 2011, the Chefs Collaborative inducted her into their Pioneers Table.
 Kirsten Pullin Kirsten M. Pullin, J.D., M.Ac.
Interim Academic Director
Applied Integrative Health & Health Management



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Elitza Ranova, PhD, ACC, CPCC

Dr. Ranova received her coach training from the Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and earned a PhD in cultural anthropology from Rice University. She holds a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach credential from CTI and an Associate Certified Coach credential from the International Coach Federation (ICF).  Before coming to MUIH, Dr. Ranova taught anthropology and writing at Rice University for ten years and conducted research funded by the National Institutes of Health for Baylor College of Medicine. Currently, she runs a successful private practice for women and conducts research at the intersections of anthropological theory and coaching.

 Marianne Rothschild Marianne Rothschild, M.D.
Marianne Rothschild is a board certified family practice physician who blends varied traditions of healing to help patients achieve wellness and balance. Observing the maxim "Above all else, do no harm", Marianne seeks the least disruptive and most natural interventions possible, including: Herbs and Phytomedicines, Nutritional Medicine, Flower Essences, Aromatherapy, Acupuncture and Homeopathy. She received her medical degree from the Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1990 with honors in emergency medicine and community and preventative medicine. Marianne completed her family practice residency at Chestnut Hill Hospital in Philadelphia. She worked with the Johns Hopkins Medical Services Corporation until opening her holistic practice at Gaia Healing Center.
Tracy Rupp Hockmeyer

Tracy Rupp Hockmeyer, PhD., M.Ac., L.Ac

Tracy Rupp Hockmeyer, Ph.D. has 15 years of experience in sleep research.  She completed her graduate work in Experimental Psychology with a focus on sleep at Brown University and a postdoctoral fellowship as a National Research Council Fellow at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR).  She continued her sleep research at WRAIR as a Research Statistician and Research Psychologist with a focus on counter-measures to sleep deprivation and optimizing daytime functioning, serving as Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator on numerous studies.  In addition, she also served as the Task Area manager for the Physiological Resilience program.  She has authored and co-authored over 25 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters.  She received numerous Young Investigator awards for her research from the Sleep Research Society and American Academy of Sleep Medicine.  In addition, Dr. Rupp Hockmeyer served as a reviewer and committee member for a variety of peer-reviewed journals and scientific committees.  Dr. Rupp Hockmeyer completed her Masters degree in Acupuncture from the Maryland University of Integrative Health.


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  Rhonda Sapp, M.Ac., L.Ac.
Associate Director, Master of Acupuncture

has been a part of the Tai Sophia community since 1994 when she began as a patient in the faculty-supervised student clinic. That experience helped her fall in love with a new way of healing, and she began attending the Traditional Acupuncture Institute (now Tai Sophia) in February of 1997. Upon graduating in 1999, she was the recipient of the Herbert C Brown award for Community Service. She immediately stepped into a supervisory role in a Community Health Initiative where she worked for over a decade. On several occasions Ms. Sapp was asked to speak on the efficacy of auricular acupuncture as it related to addiction and she received additional public service accommodations. She has a multi-modal private practice, About Chi Acupuncture, in Baltimore City where she is also mother to Elijah Armero.
  David Schenck, Ph.D.
Bob Shapero Bob Shapero, M.Ac., L.Ac.
Bob Shapero graduated from Dickinson College with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. He attended the first acupuncture class offered at the Traditional Acupuncture Institute (now Maryland University of Integrative Health) in 1981 and holds a Master of Acupuncture degree, as well as advanced degrees from the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in England. He is national board certified in both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.

In private practice since 1983, Bob was previously a faculty member at MUIH from 1991 to 2003. He is currently an adjunct faculty member, teaching “Becoming a Healing Presence” in the Master of Arts in Health and Wellness Coaching program. Bob has taught seminars in stress management, health and wellness since the early 1980s. He has been a teacher of T’ai Chi and Qi Gong for the past 30 years.
 Linda Simons Linda Simons, M.Ac., L.Ac., R.N.
Program Manager, Post-Master's Certificate in Women's Holistic Health
Assistant Professor

Linda Simons is an esteemed member of the teaching faculty at Tai Sophia Institute in Maryland. Her professional career has been dedicated to women's health issues. As a practicing acupuncturist, registered nurse in obstetrics, and a seasoned instructor, she brings more than 30 years of practical experience and broad knowledge to her work. Ms. Simons earned her acupuncture degree from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute (now Tai Sophia Institute) and has studied with JR and Judy Becker Worsley in England and the United States. She served as a member of the Institute's faculty from 1996 through 2002 before leaving the Washington, DC, area to raise a family in New England. During this time, she continued her work as a licensed acupuncturist. In 2010, she rejoined the Tai Sophia faculty and helped design and create the new Women's Holistic Health program. As a registered nurse, she spent more than 10 years in the High Risk Obstetrics and Labor and Delivery departments at the George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC. She is a graduate of Hartwick College and the Potomac Massage Training Institute, and holds graduate certifications in prenatal and infant massage, chakra balancing, and trauma recovery.

Katherine Smith, MPH, CHWC

Ms. Smith is a faculty-member with the Health and Wellness Coaching and Health Promotion programs at Maryland University of Integrative Health (MUIH). She has been teaching behavior change, motivational interviewing and meditation at MUIH for two years as Adjunct Faculty.  Ms. Smith is President, Smith Health & Wellness Inc., where she provides a variety of services setting up health and wellness programs, including consulting, coaching, material development, and program delivery and evaluation.  Ms. Smith is also a Senior Trainer and Virginia Liaison for MINDS (Mindfulness in DC Area Schools), a local organization that brings mindfulness into public and private schools in Washington, D.C., MD, And VA.  Additionally, Ms. Smith is a mind-body practitioner and researcher, facilitating mind-body and behavior change course(s) for medical and graduate level students at Georgetown University School of Medicine, George Washington University Milken School of Public Health, and Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS).  She received her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the University of Michigan and has a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Duke University.   Her MPH focused on program development, program evaluation, and quantitative/qualitative research methods, as well as complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). An avid reader, runner, and outdoor enthusiast, Ms. Smith lives in Arlington, VA with her husband and two daughters.

  Sharon M. Smith, M.Ac., Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM)
Sharon Smith serves as the director of the faculty supervised student clinic at Tai Sophia Institute. A 1989 graduate of the Traditional Acupuncture Institute, she also earned a B.S. in psychology from the Johns Hopkins University in 1978 and received a certificate of completion in Chinese Herbs from TAI in 1996. Sherry formerly worked as a management training consultant and as director of the Women’s Center of Howard County; she served on the board of the Maryland Acupuncture Society. She has been on the Tai Sophia faculty since 1990. She currently teaches theory and serves as a clinic supervisor. Sherry maintains a private practice with Acupuncture Associates of Columbia.
James Snow James Snow, M.A., RH(AHG),
Assistant Provost for Academic Research
Interim Academic Director, Integrative Health Sciences

James Snow is the Assistant Provost for Academic Research and Interim Academic Director of the Integrative Health Sciences Department at Maryland University of Integrative Health. He has more than 25 years of experience merging modern scientific perspectives with traditional explanatory models of healing. Mr. Snow has worked as a clinician and educator in the field of Western herbal medicine and served as director of MUIH’s (then Tai Sophia Institute) herbal medicine program. He has conducted and published research on the cognitive effects of rosemary and the development of a questionnaire to measure wellness. Mr. Snow is a contributing author to the Gastrointestinal Nutrition Desk Reference, sits on the editorial committee for the Journal of the American Herbalists Guild, and serves as a reviewer for the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia. Mr. Snow’s current research projects include investigation of attitudes and use of evidence-informed practice among Western herbal practitioners; the role of context effects in the effectiveness of Western herbal medicine; and exploring the construct of healing presence. At MUIH, his work also focuses on enhancing research literacy and capacity among complementary and integrative health faculty. Mr. Snow holds a Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership and Social Change from MUIH, and completed the herbal residency program at the Southwest School of Botanical Medicine. He is also a professional member of the American Herbalist Guild.

Rebecca Snow Rebecca Snow M.S., CNS, LDN, RH(AHG)
Rebecca Snow is a practicing nutritionist and herbalist. Her passion for using foods and herbs to support health was sparked in 1998, leading her to study at the Dreamtime Center and later at Tai Sophia Institute. After acquiring her Master of Science degree in Herbal Medicine, Ms. Snow practiced for five years in an integrative medical office in Rockville, Maryland, where she gained a wealth of clinical experience with complex health concerns. In 2009, her journey brought her back to Tai Sophia to share the gifts of herbs, healing foods, and compassionate guidance with her clients at the Natural Care Center. She has played an integral role in the launch of the Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health program as interim director and a member of the curriculum design committee. Additionally, she has served as program manager of the graduate certificate programs in Herbal Studies and Medical Herbalism at Tai Sophia. Ms. Snow is certified as a nutrition specialist (CNS) through the American College of Nutrition and is a licensed nutritionist in the State of Maryland.
  Randi Sobel, M.Ac., L.Ac.
Randi Sobel is a graduate of Towson University and the Traditional Acupuncture Institute (now Tai Sophia Institute) and Tai Sophia Institute's Animal Acupuncture program. She recently completed her M.A. in Thanatology at Hood College. Randi maintains a full-time people and animal acupuncture practice in Baltimore, Maryland.
 Kevin Spelman Kevin Spelman, Ph.D, RH(AHG), MCPP
Dr. Spelman is a research scientist and a faculty member in the Herbal Medicine Program at Maryland University of Integrative Health. His work has included molecular biology and proteomics research investigating the activity of medicinal plants, as well as research that has included the analysis of nutrient levels in women of early childbearing age in West Africa, and malaria research at the University of Paris. Dr. Spelman has practiced an eclectic blend of clinical herbal medicine for 15 years, drawing on the medical sciences and Ayurvedic medicine. He is a member of the prestigious College of Practitioners of Phytotherapy in the United Kingdom and is a postdoctoral fellow at the Gerontology Research Center, National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health(NIH).
 Deanna Stennett Deanna Slate Stennett, L.Ac. (U.K. and FL)
In clinical practice since 1992, Deanna currently serves as division chair for the clinical foundations division. She received her Licentiate in Acupuncture from the Worsley Institute of Classical Acupuncture and her Advanced Licentiate in Acupuncture from the College of Traditional Acupuncture in the United Kingdom. She holds a private practice in Crofton, Maryland, and since 1999 has been teaching at Tai Sophia. From 1993 to 1995, she taught at the Worsley Institute in Florida. Deanna views teaching and treating as different facets of the same inspiring work. Deanna is the mother of two daughters, ages 19 and 23.
 John Sullivan John G. Sullivan, Ph.D, JCD
John Sullivan is the principal designer of Tai Sophia's Master of Arts in Transformative Leadership and Social Change program (formerly Master of Arts in Applied Healing Arts) and a long-time participant in the work of Tai Sophia. Dr. Sullivan is Maude Sharpe Powell Professor of Philosophy Emeritus and Distinguished University Professor Emeritus at Elon University in North Carolina. He holds two earned doctorates: a J.C.D. (canon law) from Lateran University in Rome (1966) and a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1985). Dr. Sullivan is the author of four books: To Come to Life More FullyLiving Large: Transformative Work at the Intersection of Ethics and SpiritualityThe Spiral of Seasons: Welcoming the Gifts of Later Life and The Fourfold Path to Wholeness: A Compass for the Heart. His abiding interest is the place where philosophy, psychology, and spirituality - East, West, and beyond - intersect and mutually enhance one another. He is currently working on issues of spirituality and later life. See his essays.

Mark Stamper, MBA, ACC

Mark Stamper is a certified coach through the International Coach Federation and is a graduate of University of Texas' Executive and Professional Coaching Program in their School of Management and the Coaches Training Institute. Mark has 30 years of teaching experience, predominantly at Ivy Tech Community College in Indiana, one of the largest statewide community college systems in the country. Mark was awarded an Excellence in Instruction award from them in 2015.  During his 35 year career at IBM, Mark was a senior consultant and an internal professional coach, coaching in many IBM programs, including Master Deal Maker, Career Advisor, Distinguished Engineer candidates, High Impact Presenting, Advanced Sales Coaching, Life-Work Balance and Resilience workshops. He was also leader of IBM’s Coaching Community of Practice, a worldwide community of 500 coaches.  Mark also received the prestigious IBM Leadership Award. Mark earned his master’s degree in business administration from Indiana Wesleyan University.

 Marlysa Sullivan Marlysa Sullivan, M.P.T., E-RYT 500

Marlysa Sullivan is a Physical Therapist and Yoga Therapist who specializes in the integration of manual therapy, craniosacral therapy, meditation and yoga for a variety of orthopedic, chronic pain and neurological conditions. She has taught the integration of yoga into physical therapy practice at the doctorate level at Emory University, Georgia State University and Mercer University in the Doctor of Physical Therapy programs. She has taught the psychology of yoga at the graduate level in the psychology department at University of West Georgia. She has consulted in research at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on a project for low back pain and yoga for the military population. In this capacity, she developed the protocol and trained the therapists for the study.  She has taught anatomy, therapeutic yoga, meditation, and assessment techniques to yoga teachers across the country and in Canada and currently does this as part of the Center for Integrative Yoga Studies. She is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists where she served on the standards committee that was responsible for developing the educational standards for the training of yoga therapists.  She serves on the board of Centering Youth, a nonprofit organization that brings yoga and mindfulness to young people in the juvenile justice system, and to those who have been abused or are homeless. She is currently involved in research on yoga and the VA in Atlanta with Emory University as well as with MUIH. 

Jennifer Swartout, M.S., M.A., CNS, LDN, LMT
Jennifer is a Licensed Dietician Nutritionist (LDN), Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS), and Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) with over 20 years experience in the field of Health and Wellness in Maryland. Jen’s honest expression of self, her love and awareness of others, and her passion for sharing information make her an ideal teacher and practitioner.

Jen’s curious and bold nature led her to Baltimore where she attained a Bio-Psych degree then earning a Master of Arts in Leadership in Teaching at Notre Dame of MD University. Jennifer is an alumni of Maryland University of Integrative Health where she earned a Master of Science in Nutrition and Integrative Health. Jennifer was elected by her peers to serve on the MUIH Faculty Senate and works as a faculty member in the departments of Nutrition and Integrative Health Sciences, teaching Fundamentals of Organic Chemistry and Life Cycle Nutrition onsite at MUIH.  Jennifer has lectured at such places as Adalante Latina in Baltimore and  The Maya Angelou Acadamy; she continues to serve the community of Greater Baltimore giving wellness lectures while seeing clients for Clinical Nutrition-Education and Massage Therapy at her practice in Mt. Washington, Baltimore.  

Jennifer published the selected poster “Denicotinized Cigarettes Attenuate EEG Changes and Cognitive Deficits During Nicotine Withdrawal” and was a session presenter at the Eastern Psychological Association under the direction of Dr. Stephen J. Heishman at the National Institutes of Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse.

 Kathie Swift Kathie Madonna Swift, M.S., RD, LDN
Kathie Madonna Swift is a leading integrative nutrition practitioner and educator. She is a curriculum designer of the Food As Medicine program, sponsored by the Center for Mind-Body Medicine; Chief Nutrition Advisor for myfoodmyhealth.com, an online program offering customized meal plans; and author of My Foundation Diet, a gluten and dairy-free food plan available on CD at myfoundationdiet.com. Ms. Swift served as nutrition director at Canyon Ranch for over a decade. In 2005 she collaborated with Dr. Mark Hyman to establish the UltraWellness Center, where she was the nutrition director for three years and continues to practice today. A faculty member at Saybrook Graduate College and at the Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, she sits on advisory boards for the Institute for Functional Medicine, the Integrative Healthcare Symposium, and Martha Stewart’s Whole Living magazine. In 2009 she served as Chair of Dietitians in Integrative & Functional Medicine, and is co-author, with Gerard Mullin, M.D., of The Inside Tract: A Holistic Guide to Digestive Health and Healing (Rodale Press, 2011).


 Nancy Takahashi Nancy Takahashi, M.Ac.
Nancy Takahashi has served in the human services and community health fields and counseled in outpatient and college settings for over 16 years. She received a master’s degree in Acupuncture from the Tai Sophia Institute; practices in Ashton, MD; and teaches in the Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine and Transformative Leadership and Social Change Programs.
  Susan Testa, M.S., RD, LDN
Manager of Experiential Programming
Susan Testa earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition from the State University of New York at Buffalo and completed her clinical work at the University of Maryland Medical System. She attained her advanced degree in Nutrition Education at the University of Chicago Medical School.  Ms. Testa has served as adjunct lecturer for the University of Maryland at College Park and associate professor at Capital University of Integrative Medicine in Washington, DC, where she taught coursework in holistic nutrition to physicians. Ms. Testa has also provided single lectures at Johns Hopkins University, Kennedy Krieger Institute, and other institutions. Currently, Ms. Testa speaks to group audiences nationally and internationally. Ms. Testa has developed and implemented The Integrative Transitional Program in Baltimore, Maryland, for individuals who are interested in transitioning at a comfortable pace to better health, diminishing undesirable symptoms, and reducing risk to future disease over a 12-month period. Ms. Testa is a licensed nutritionist in the state of Maryland. Since 1991, she has been practicing a combination of conventional, holistic, functional, and complementary nutrition.
Michael Tim Michael Tims, Ph.D
Academic Director, Herbal Programs

Michael Tims is Director of Herbal Programs at Maryland University of Integrative Health. He has taught at the University of Maryland and Montgomery College, and has had broad experience in the herbal supplement industry as a managing partner of Cash Grocer Natural Foods, as a clinical herbalist, and as an academic researcher focused on the chemical ecology of endangered medicinal plant species. Dr. Tims also collaborated with federal regulators to provide medicinal plant toxicity assessments. He co-developed HerbMed, a web-based herbal database providing access to scientific data on the use and safety of herbal medicine, and he completed an NIH/NIST postdoctoral fellowship developing Botanical Standard Reference Materials. As the founder of Radix Medicina, a science education and writing business, Dr. Tims provided experimental design support for analytical methods development and field experiments for the herbal products industry, and developed online biology textbooks. He also created a science education blog, Bardo’s Calculus, and a blogging collective for writers and artists at the Hyattstown Millstone. Dr. Tims received his BA in English/Writing from George Mason University and his Ph.D. in the Chemical Ecology of Medicinal Plants from the University of Maryland, College Park.
  Darlene M. Trandel, Ph.D, R.N., MSN
Darlene Trandel is a professional health coach who is certified by the International Coaching Federation and MentorCoach, and has completed the health and wellness coaching program at WellCoaches. Dr. Trandel has also worked as a family nurse practitioner at the University of Virginia, Kaiser Permanente, and the University of Washington, and has served on the faculty of the University of Virginia, the University of Washington, and the University of North Carolina. She holds a master’s degree in psychiatry and mental health nursing from the University of Virginia, and a doctorate in nursing science and healthcare research from the University of Washington.
Rose Truby-Scharff Rose Truby, D.Ac., L.Ac.
Rose Truby is a licensed acupuncturist with a Doctor of Acupuncture degree from Maryland University of Integrative Health. Ms. Truby is also a Phi Beta Kappa graduate from The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, where she earned Bachelor of Art degrees in Studio Art and Psychology. Ms. Truby has extensive experience in holistic approaches to health maintenance, disease management, as well as pediatric special needs and impaired seniors care. For the past 11 years, Ms. Truby has dedicated herself to the general practice of acupuncture and application of wellness techniques, and regularly treats a diverse group of patients with a wide range of conditions, including end of life oncology issues, post surgical pain management, and depression and mental impairment treatment. Ms. Truby has enhanced her training and care with courses and experience in Acupuncture Oncology at the Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture; Auricular Addictions Training CHI; Energetics of Food and Nutrition; and Clinical Issues of Pregnancy, Delivery, Post-Partum Acupuncture, and Pre-Natal Treatment.


Lynne Valdes, M.S., E-RYT 500
Director, Yoga Therapy Program

Lynne has an extensive background in adaptive yoga and a wide range of experience working with individuals with behavioral health disorders, chronic conditions, and disabilities. She offers private and group instruction as well as workshops for yoga teachers and students. Lynne has been greatly influenced by her studies in Viniyoga, Mind-Body Solutions Adaptive Yoga and Integrated Movement Therapy. Lynne holds a Master of Science in Yoga Therapy from Maryland University of Integrative Health. She is a certified Warriors At Ease yoga and meditation teacher for military populations as well as a Multiple Sclerosis Wellness Professional, and a qualified Dementia Care Specialist. Lynne is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500 and is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.


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 Bryan Walsh Bryan Walsh, ND, Associate Professor
Dr. Walsh holds a degree in Naturopathic Medicine from the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine. He combines a passion for nutritional biochemistry and functional medicine, yet maintains a broad view of wellness, believing in the infinite capacity for the body to heal itself given the appropriate conditions and environment. Dr. Walsh is a guest lecturer at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, has been a presenter at national conferences, lectures nationally to health care professionals, and has been an advisor to a number of wellness companies. Dr. Walsh is co-owner of Rescue My Health, LLC, where he maintains a private practice with his wife in Ellicott CIty, Maryland.
  Tim Weed, DVM, M.A., L.Ac.
Tim Weed is a graduate of Washington and Lee University and Auburn Veterinary School. He has a Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS). Dr. Weed is also a graduate of Tai Sophia Institute. He maintains both a people and veterinary practice with an equine focus in Middleburg, Virginia. Dr. Weed has been teaching the equine anatomy and physiology section in the Tai Sophia Institute Animal Acupuncture Program since 2004.
  Rebecca Wilkinson, M.A., ART-BC
Rebecca Wilkinson is a Master's Level Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist and serves as adjunct faculty for the George Washington University Graduate Art Therapy Program. She is a co-founder of Creative Wellbeing Workshops, LLC which provides individuals and organizations with consultation and training on how to significantly increase and sustain well-being. She is co-author of Positive Art Therapy: Envisioning The Intersection of Art Therapy and Positive Psychology. Rebecca facilitates workshops through the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts in Washington, D.C. for individuals struggling with severe illness, their caregivers, and for healthcare professionals. She has also worked in inpatient psychiatric hospitals.
 Claudia Joy Wingo Claudia Joy Wingo, MPH, PGDipTropMed, BSN, RN, DMH, MNHAA, CN
Claudia Joy Wingo is Interim Program Director, Health Promotion, practicing Clinical Herbalist, RN, Certified Naturalist and Public Health Educator. She completed a Master in Public Health in 2012 at James Cook University, Australia and was a senior lecturer in Advanced Herbalism and Nutrition at Australasian College for Natural Therapies in Sydney. She is currently Head of Education on the Executive Board of the National Herbalist Association of Australia. Claudia’s interest in health, nutrition, and herbalism has a long history. Following a Chef’s apprenticeship, she studied medical botany in Israel and Australia, receiving Diplomas in herbalism and nutrition. She then trained as an RN and worked in Outback Australia, Central America, PNG & Bangladesh. Claudia was core faculty, then Clinical Chair & Clinic Director in the MSci of Herbal Medicine program at Tai Sophia 2001 – 2008 and was adjunct faculty at University of MD’s CAM program. She has been a practicing herbalist and health educator since 1981.
  Cornell M. Woolridge, M.S.
Cornell Woolridge serves as a teaching assistant for the on-line program for Maryland University of Integrative Health. Mr. Woolridge holds a Master of Science Degree in Ethics and Public Policy from Suffolk University, a Bachelor of Arts in English from Skidmore College and most recently a Graduate Certification in Transformative Leadership from Maryland University for Integrative Health. Cornell is also Founder and Curator with CivicSolve, an organization focused on “Building Better Communities Through Civic Engagement”. Cornell has managed successful campaigns in Texas, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. He has served as Political Lead Organizer for the Service Employees International Union and Manager of Government Relations and Grassroots Advocacy for the Epilepsy Foundation of America. Cornell was raised in Texas, where he met his partner and childhood friend Candace.
  Mae Wright, M.S.
Valerie Mae is a Native of Onondaga, New York, and a veteran of the United States Army. She served in the military, government, and corporate private sector for 17 years leading in foreign affairs, Middle East culture and affairs, and national intelligence matters. Mae attended Maryland University of Integrative Health to complete her Masters of Science Degree in Herbal Medicine. Mae has since left the Intelligence Community to be a leader in herbal medicine, Native American Medicine, and Integrated Healthcare. Mae is a Clinical Herbalist and Board-Certified Nutritionist. Currently in private practice specializing in oncological support, neuromuscular support, and pediatrics, and serving as faculty of herbal medicine at the Maryland University of Integrative Healthcare, Mae also serves as President-elect of MCPC, President of Maryland NORML, and Vice-Chair of Maryland ASA, and is a Charter Member of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) as well as a NARF Member.


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  Jeffrey Yuen, B.S., Dipl. C.H.
Jeffrey C. Yuen comes from two Daoist lineages – 88th generation of the Yu Qing Huang Lao Pai (Jade Purity Yellow Emperor Lao Zi School) and 26th generation of the Quan Zhen Long Men Pai (Complete Reality Dragon Gate School). His Daoist name for each tradition is respectively Yuan Xu and Song De. Jeffrey Yuen trained under his adopted grandfather, the late Daoist Master Yu Wen (1872-1981) of the Yu Qing Huang Lao Pai, a sect from the Shang Qing tradition of Daoism that developed during the later Han Dynasty (3rd Cent. CE).  Master Yu Wen trained in Mt. Hua and learned all the facets of Daoism, including the classics; rites and liturgies; healing arts; and divination. He later traveled extensively throughout China and served as the lineage holder of the Daoist martial arts system known as Wu Xing Quan/Five Element Fist - an internal and monastic style of Hua Shan. Having a strong resonance with Daoist teachings ever since childhood, Jeffrey Yuen studied extensively under Master Yu Wen and was allowed to openly practice and serve the community when he was 16 years old. He also studied Chinese herbal medicine with Master Gong Song-Liu, a eunuch for the last two emperors of the Qing Dynasty who apprenticed with the imperial medical physicians.


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 Miriam Zacharias Miriam G. Zacharias, MS, LPSN
Miriam Zacharias is the creator of From Prospect to Patient©, a breakthrough marketing and sales method for health and wellness professionals which teaches them how to achieve greater personal and financial freedom and reach greater numbers of clients to make more health happen. Following 25+ years as a sales and marketing executive in corporate America, including Microsoft, Oracle, and Kidde Corporations, Miriam received advanced degrees and certifications in holistic nutrition, executive coaching, and in sports nutrition. In the past decade, Miriam has worked with countless health practitioners and organizations as a marketing advisor, speaker, and teacher. Her personal history in applying a conscious marketing model to build a thriving holistic nutrition practice uniquely qualifies her to enable others in health and wellness fields increase their impact. She is currently the CEO of Competitive Fitness Group, Chief Nutrition Officer and Marketing Strategist at TriathlonExperts.com, marketing instructor for the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute, and serves as Vice President of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals, the leading holistic nutrition association in the United States. Learn more about Miriam by visiting www.miriamzacharias.com.
 Heming Zhu Heming Zhu, Ph.D, CMD, M.Ac., L.Ac.
Heming Zhu holds a PhD of Medicine in Anatomy and Neuroscience from Tongji Medical University and was awarded the international certificate of Chinese Medicine Doctor (CMD) by World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies (WFCMS). Dr. Zhu is an acupuncturist, teacher and scientist who has practiced, taught and researched modern conventional medicine and traditional Chinese medicine for 28 years. His work includes valuable research in the mechanisms of neurological diseases such as epilepsy, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease and the role of neuro-immuno-endocrine network in the development of neurological disorders. Dr. Zhu is the recipient of the 2007 Award for Research Excellence, has published more than 20 peer reviewed journal articles and is the author of the book Surface Anatomy of Acupuncture published in 2009.

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