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Ken Bendat, L.Ac. - TCM Internal Medicine and Treatment Strategies: 

Susan Bolman, M.D. M.P.H. - Biomedicine :  Dr. Bolman is an assistant professor at Hawaii Pacific University teaching anatomy & physiology, biology, chemistry, organic and biochemistry. She has worked as program manager and clinical director in Mozambique, Brazil, Bolivia, Cambodia, and the Philippines. She has extensive experience in teaching public health and administration of public health programs in developing countries.

Lauran Chapple, L.Ac. - TCM Internal Medicine, Japanese Palpation-based Acupuncture: Lauran is a WMI graduate, doula, and practicing acupuncturist. She commutes between Honolulu and Madison, Wisconsin where her husband attends medical school.

Edward B. Christenson, M.D. - Biomedicine II: Dr. Christenson graduated from University of Siena, School of Medicine and Surgery in Italy in 1981. He is a Board-certified anesthesiologist and an Assistant Clinical Professor with the Department of Complementary and Integrative Medicine at John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii. . He has broad interests in diverse fields of medicine, including aesthetic and regenerative medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, clinical informatics and public health. Dr. Christenson has certifications in Medical Acupuncture from UCLA and aesthetic laser technologies. In addition he has extensive continuing medical education in music and sound therapy, mind/body interaction, and herbal medicine.

Corrie Goodier, R.N. - Biomedicine  and Treatment Strategies: Corrie graduated with a B.S. in Nursing at the University of Utah. She is a Nurse at Hospice Hawaii and the Secretary of Hospice Palliative Nursing Association. She is the co-founder of Tabibu Africa, Inc., a non-profit foundation providing healthcare, education and training for impoverished women and children of East Africa. 

Gary Greer, L.Ac. - Classical Taoist Medicine: A graduate of WMI, practicing acupuncturist, Gary served as a hand to hand combat instructor for the USMC from 1985-1989 in Okinawa, Japan and Hawaii. He was a Hwarangdo instructor for the Young Buddhist Association from 1989-1996, and taught Seven Mountain Louhan Kung Fu and Qigong from 1996-2006. Gary has also trained in Hung Gar, Jow Ga, Choy Li Fat, Taiji Praying Mantis, and Chang Quan at the Beijing Sports University.

Xiaoming Hu, Ph.D. - Chinese Medical Language: Dr. Hu graduated from University of Hawaii at Manoa with a Ph.D. with Chinese Linguistics and Chinese Language Pedagogy as her specialty.  She has been teaching Mandarin Chinese at the University of Manoa over 10 years at various levels, and the intermediate to the advanced in recent years.  In addition, her previous studies and work at the Beijing West District Traditional Medicine Hospital, her continued passion for and the learning of TCM make her an excellent candidate for teaching the TCM Chinese terms to WMI students, in addition to teaching Mandarin language.

Tara Mattes, L.Ac. - TCM Internal Medicine : WMI graduate, licensed acupuncturist, teacher, writer, clinic supervisor, doula, published author, Tara is busy all the time. When she's not teaching or supervising clinic, she's working or writing. 

Mei-Li, MSTOM, Dipl. OM, L.Ac - TCM Internal Medicine, Treatment Strategies and Herbal Medicine: Mei is a graduate of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. She has attended formal apprenticeship under Dr. Wu Sheng-xiang treating chronic and difficult-to-treat diseases and as Assistant Acupuncturist to Dr. Wang Ju-yi world renowned doctor of Chinese Medicine learning a unique method of diagnosis, called Channel Palpitation. She is the founder of Oahu Acupuncture and Herbs in Kaimuki on the island of Oahu.

Mei-Lin Maunakea, MSTCM, Dipl. OM, L.Ac - TCM Internal Medicine and Treatment Strategies: Mei-Lin Luo Maunakea owns an acupuncture practice located in Honolulu, Hawai'i and is also a Traditional Chinese Medicine faculty instructor at World Medicine Institute (WMI) in Aina Hina. Born in China, raised and trained in the U.S., and continuing the family trade, Mei-Lin applies Traditional Chinese Medicine for pain management, gynecological disorders, mental disorders, digestive issues, and for many other ailments. With a strong background in clinical and basic biomedical science, Mei-Lin's knowledge of both Western and Eastern medicines allow her to communicate easily with patients and their physicians in order to practice her medicine professionally, with care, and with insightful attention to every patient's specific condition. 

Eric Mead, L.Ac. - Materia Medica and Formulas & Strategies: 

Gayle Todoki, DAc. - Ethics and Practice Management: Dr. Todoki is a graduate of the Tai Hsuan Foundation College of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine. She has been with WMI since 1987 as instructor, Clinical Director, V.P, President, and Academic Dean. 

David Vitello, L.Ac. - TCM Internal Medicine and Treatment Strategies: Acupuncturist, herbalist, and book editor, Dave is a graduate of WMI. He specializes in pain management, chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression and musculoskeletal sport injuries.

Di Xu, Ph.D. - Dissertation Research Methods: Harvard graduate and University of Hawaii professor, Dr. Xu has spent the last decade teaching students the ins and outs of writing thesis and dissertation, conducting research, and writing for publication. 

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