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Staff & Faculty Directory

The expertise of our school’s faculty and their authentic approach to teaching Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is one of the strengths of our school. We have an outstanding TCM faculty averaging more than 20 years of experience in the integrative practice of acupuncture and Chinese herbology in China, with many having taught or done research there. In small classes, these master practitioners mentor students in the philosophy and practice of Oriental Medicine.

Staff Directory

President

Dr. Yemeng Chen
president@nyctcm.edu
516.739.1545 x208

Academic Dean

Dr. Megan Haungs
academic_dean@nyctcm.edu
516.739.1545 x218

Administrative Dean

Dr. Dong-Hua Yang
administrative_dean@nyctcm.edu
516.739.1545 x216

Admissions Manager

Ms. Lynn Bai
admissions@nyctcm.edu
516.739.1545 x211

Operations Manager

Ms. Ling Ling Chang
library@nyctcm.edu
516.739.1545 x215

Education Technology Coordinator

Mr. Xudong Fu
tech_support@nyctcm.edu

Student Services Coordinator

Ms. Lois Gross
studentservices@nyctcm.edu
516.739.1545 x214

Administrative Coordinator

Ms. Elise Ma
elise.ma@nyctcm.edu

Records Manager

Ms. Susan Su
records@nyctcm.edu
516.739.1545 x213

Clinic Director

Ms. Mona Lee-Yuan
clinicdirector@nyctcm.edu
516.739.1545 x202

Clinic Manager

Ms. Kat Zhao
clinicmanager@nyctcm.edu
516.739.1545 203

Financial Aid Coordinator

Mr. Darren Zhang
financial_aid@nyctcm.edu
516.739.1545
x212

Financial Manager

Ms. Lily Zou
controller@nyctcm.edu
516.739.1545 x210

Faculty Profiles

Yongshun Bei

D.Ac., B.Med. (China), L.Ac.

yongshun.bei@nyctcm.edu

Yongshun Bei graduated from Shanghai University of TCM in 1985, and completed postgraduate study at Fujian College of TCM in 1995. From 1985 until 2001 he taught at Fujian College of TCM, and served as Assistant Dean and later Vice Dean of the Acupuncture and Chinese Tui Na Department and Director of the Chinese Tui Na Section from 1994 until 2001. He has authored and edited numerous books and articles, most of which focus on the modalities of acupuncture and tui na. Yongshun Bei is currently licensed to practice acupuncture in New York State.

Bin Cai

Ph.D. (China), L.Ac

bin.cai@nyctcm.edu

Bin Cai received his Bachelor of Acupuncture and Tuina from Anhui College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2001, Master of Traumatology and Orthopedics from Chengdu University of TCM in 2004, and his Ph.D. in Orthopedic Biomechanics and Anatomy from Southern Medical University in 2011. He has worked as a research scholar at CUNY Biomedical Department and is an Acupuncture Fellow at the Integrative Medicine Department at Beth Israel Mount Sinai. He also has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Phillips School of Nursing from Mount Sinai Bet Israel and is a Registered Nurse. Bin Cai is currently licensed to practice acupuncture in NY and NJ.

Vicky Chen

B.Med. (China), L.Ac

vicky.chen@nyctcm.edu

Vicky Chen graduated from Hubei College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1982. She completed two one-year-long advanced education programs from 1989 to 1991. The first focused on the digestive system (Western Medicine) at the First Medical University of Shanghai No.1 People’s Hospital with Master Xieling Wu. The latter focused on gynecology (Traditional Chinese Medicine) at the Yueyang Hospital of Shanghai TCM University with Master Nanshu Zhu. From 1982 to 1999, she taught and practiced as a deputy director of physicians at the affiliated hospital of Hubei College of TCM. Vicky Chen has more than 30 years of experience and a strong background in Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She specializes in women’s health and internal medicine. She has been a faculty member at NYCTCM since 2005 and serves as a clinic supervisor and instructor. Vicky Chen is currently licensed to practice acupuncture in New York State.

Yemeng Chen

Ph.D. (China), L.Ac., FICAE

yemeng.chen@nyctcm.edu

Yemeng Chen graduated from Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1985. After that he worked as an instructor in Shanghai Medical University and practiced as a physician in the affiliated Huashan Hospital, becoming the Director of the Acupuncture Department in 1989. He completed his Ph.D. in Traditional Chinese Medicine at Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2012. Yemeng Chen has more than 30 research papers published in various medical journals in different countries and has also published ten acupuncture books, including two large-scale reference works. He has been the Academic Dean at New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine since 1996, and was appointed President of the school in 2006.

He was a member of the New York State Board of Acupuncture, appointed by the New York State Education Department from 2000 to 2010, elected Vice-Chair of the Board after 2007 and was also the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Yemeng Chen serves as a Commissioner (Educator Member) of Accreditation Commission of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), elected as the Secretary in February 2015 and is also the Executive President of the National Federation of Chinese TCM Organizations (NFCTCMO). He is currently a guest professor in the International Education College at Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Peizhu Cheng

B.Med. (China), L.Ac.

peizhu.cheng@nyctcm.edu

Peizhu Cheng graduated from Beijing Traditional Chinese Medical College in 1982 and apprenticed with the famous TCM doctor Master Shenyu Zhu. After graduation she practiced and taught Chinese medicine at Peking Union Medical College Hospital until 1986. After coming to the U.S., she has conducted a private acupuncture practice as well as teaching at several New-York-area TCM schools. Peizhu Cheng is currently licensed to practice acupuncture in New York State.

Joseph Sing Cheung

MA

joseph.cheung@nyctcm.edu

Joseph Sing Cheung received his Master of Arts: East Asian Studies from St. John’s University School of Graduate Studies. As an Adjunct Instructor of Physical Arts, he has been teaching classes in introductory and advanced level Tai Chi Chuan, Qigong, Yoga and other physical arts at the New York College of Health Professions since 2004. Joseph is an accomplished gold medal level competitor and coach for local, state and national martial arts championships
and is a 6th degree black belt, certified by Kukkiwon – World Taekwondo Headquarters

Yen Nien Hou

Pharm.D., R.Ph., L.Ac.

yennien.hou@nyctcm.edu

Yen Nien Hou received his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in 2012. He received his Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2017. Dr. Hou is currently working as the Herb Information Center Coordinator- Pharmacist; Traditional Chinese / Western herbalist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where he provides information to healthcare practitioners and patients regarding dietary supplements, including herbal remedies, and drug-herb interactions.

Woo-Yup Kang

D.C., MSTOM, L.Ac

wooyup.kang@nyctcm.edu

Woo-Yup Kang earned his Doctorate of Chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College and his Master of Science degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. He has practiced as a chiropractor since 1998 and as an acupuncturist in New York since 2001.

He specializes in Huang Di Nei Jing and is the president of So Mun Academy New York, which studies Huang Di Nei Jing. He is also an independent Medical Examiner for Chiropractic and Acupuncture in New York State. Woo-Yup Kang is currently licensed to practice acupuncture in New York State.

Stephen Kaplan

DTCM, L.Ac.

stephen.kaplan@nyctcm.edu

Stephen Kaplan graduated from the Swedish Institute of Massage Therapy in 1993 and received his Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Five Branches Institute of TCM in 1997. He currently teaches at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine as well as at NYCTCM, and conducts a private practice in both acupuncture and massage. Stephen Kaplan is currently licensed to practice acupuncture in New York State.

Mona Lee-Yuan

M.S., L.Ac., P.T.

mona.lee-yuan@nyctcm.edu

Mona Lee-Yuan attended University of Miami from 1979 to 1983 for her studies in physical therapy. She received her Bachelor of Science with a specialty in Pediatrics in 1983 and has been a pediatric physical therapist for more than three decades. Because of personal experience of benefits from acupuncture and herbs, she decided to study acupuncture and graduated from NYCTCM in 2006. After graduation, she returned to NYCTCM part-time in 2007 to pursue studying herbs and graduated in 2011. In 2006, she established her company Mind, Body, Spirit Acupuncture & Holistic Health in Oceanside, NY and specializes in women’s health/infertility, orthopedic and neurological diseases. She joined NYCTCM as a faculty member in 2014.

Lance Li

M.S., L.Ac.

lance.li@nyctcm.edu

Lance Li received his Master’s Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College in 2000 and since then has worked in various acupuncture clinics in the New York metro area. He is currently affiliated with the Cardiac Rehab Center at New York Hospital Queens and serves as a clinic supervisor at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, as well as teaching at NYCTCM. Lance Li is currently licensed to practice acupuncture in New York State.

Qi Li

M.S., L.Ac.

qi.li@nyctcm.edu

Qi Li received her Bachelor of Medicine in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2001 and a M.S. in Nutrition from Sage University in 2011. She received her M.S. in Acupuncture from NYCTCM in 20017. From 2003 to 2013 she worked as a Traditional Chinese Medicine provider in a number of clinics in China, where she prescribed herbal formulas and provided acupuncture treatments. Since 2018 she has work as an acupuncturist in clinics in Manhattan and Long Island.

Jerry Lin

DACM, M.S., L.Ac.

jerry.lin@nyctcm.edu

Jerry Lin received his Master’s Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from NYCTCM in 2016. In 2020 he received his Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine degree from Pacific College of Health and Science. Dr. Lin is a licensed acupuncturist in New York and New Jersey and is licensed in Pennsylvania as a Practitioner of Oriental Medicine. His practice specialties include the management of acute and chronic pain, gynecology, treating internal imbalances, and the treatment of mental and psychological issues.

Alexander Liu

DACM, M.S., L.Ac.

alexander.liu@nyctcm.edu

Alexander Liu received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in 1982 and Master of Science in Instrument Analysis in 1985 from Zhengzhou University of China. He later received his Master of Science in Biochemistry from University of Missouri and a Master of Science in Engineering Management from Kansas University. Alexander Liu graduated from NYCTCM in 2017 with a Master of Science in Health Science, Oriental Medicine. He has been teaching Qi Gong and Tai Chi for over 20 years.

Donna M. Mah

DACM, L.Ac., LMSW

donna.mah@nyctcm.edu

Donna Mah earned her Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine degree from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 2018 She received her Master of Science degree from PCOM in 2013 and a Master of Social Work degree from
Fordham University Graduate School of Social Services in 2023. In addition to her work as a faculty member and clinic supervisor at Pacific College of Health and Science, Dr. Mah is an instructor at the Interprofessional Program in Integrative Healthcare at the Institute for Family Health. Dr. Mah has been a research acupuncturist in several major studies regarding the use of acupuncture in the treatment of chronic pain, including clinical trials conducted at Albert Einstein Collee of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center,
and the Institute for Family Health.

John Pai

M.D. (Taiwan), L.Ac.

john.pai@nyctcm.edu

John Pai received his M.D. in 1983 from China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan, and his Master of Medical Science in 1985 from the Institute of Chinese Medical Research associated with that same institution. From 1983 until 1997 he practiced in Taiwan as a General Practitioner and became a Board Certified Psychiatrist in 1989. He was on the faculty of China Medical University from 1993 to 1997. From 1995-97, he was the Director of the Acupuncture Department at China Medical University Hospital.

Since coming to North America in 1998, he has continued in private practice of TCM and has been an instructor and clinical supervisor at various TCM schools in Canada and the U.S. John Pai is currently licensed to practice acupuncture in New York State.

Sherita Persaud

M.D. (St. Lucia)

sherita.persaud@nyctcm.edu

Sherita Persaud began her training at a very young age and received her nursing degree at age 17 from a vocational learning institute and received her Bachelors of Science from SUNY New Paltz. She received her M.D. from Spartan Health Sciences University in 2010. In addition to western medicine, Sherita independently studies Ayurvedic Medicine, Homeopathic Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine and believes that integrative medicine can best service patients and provide healing and disease prevention.

Kaihong Qiu

DAOM, B.Med. (China), L.Ac.

kaihong.qiu@nyctcm.edu

Kaihong Qiu graduated from Fujian University of TCM in 1991. With over 20 years of clinical experience, she utilizes a combination of TCM techniques in her practice and customizes them based on each patient. Her specialties include pain management, facial rejuvenation, chronic fatigue, women’s health, etc. Kaihong Qiu is currently licensed to practice acupuncture in New York State. She obtained a diploma of DAOM in December 2022.

John Scalice

M.S., L.Ac.

johscal@nyctcm.edu

John Scalice received his B.S. from Excelsior College and then completed a Master’s degree in Acupuncture at New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, graduating in 2004. In 2012 he returned to NYCTCM to join the inaugural class in the Medical Qigong Advanced Certificate Program, earning a Medical Qigong Practitioner certificate in 2014. He continues to study, practice and teach Qigong and Medical Qigong. He is licensed to practice acupuncture in New York State.

Martin Silber

D.Ac., M.S., L.Ac.

martin.silber@nyctcm.edu

Martin Silber received his Master’s Degree from TriState College of Acupuncture in 1995. In 1997, he received his Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist certification and Registered Trainer status in 1999. He is responsible for creating the original Long Island chapters for ASNY in 1997, 1999 and 2007. He has been the head acupuncture supervisor for Nassau County’s Department of Drug and Alcohol Detoxification program for the past 15 years. In 2002, he created and supervised the first acupuncture detoxification program for Catholic Charities in Commack, NY. He became a Clean Needle Technique instructor and examiner for the CCAOM in 2009 and has been an instructor and clinic supervisor at the NYCTCM since then. With over a decade of teaching and supervising experience and more than 30 years of clinical experience in the tri-state area, he is currently licensed to practice acupuncture in New York.

Victoria Szafranska

D.C., MsACN, L.Ac., LMT

victoria.szafranska@nyctcm.edu

Victoria Szafranska earned her Doctorate of Chiropractic and her Master of Science in Applied Clinical Nutrition degrees in 2019 from Northeast College of Health Sciences. A 2021 graduate from NYCTCM, she holds a Diplomate of Acupuncture and is licensed to practice in New York State. Dr. Szafranska uses multiple modalities, chiropractic, acupuncture, nutrition and massage therapy, in her clinical practice.

Catherine Tortorella

D.C., L.Ac.

catherine.tortorella@nyctcm.edu

Catherine Tortorella graduated from C.W. Post College and New York Chiropractic College. She has practiced as a Chiropractor in New York since 1981. A 2002 graduate of NYCTCM, she is currently licensed to practice acupuncture in New York State.

Catherine Vecchione

D.C., M.S. Ed., BSN, R.N

catherine.vecchione@nyctcm.edu

Catherine Vecchione received her Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University in 1989 and her Doctor of Chiropractic from New York Chiropractic College in 1994. She graduated from Hofstra University with a Master of Science in Science Education – Biology in 2009. Catherine then attended Adelphi University and graduated Summa Cum Laude with Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2015. She has practiced as a Chiropractor from 1995 to 2015 and is currently a Registered Nurse in the Emergency Department at NYU Winthrop Hospital. Catherine has been teaching at NYCTCM since 2003.

Frank M. Ventimiglia

M.S., L.Ac.

frank.ventimiglia@nyctcm.edu

Frank Ventimiglia received his Associate’s degree in Occupational Science in Massage Therapy and his Master’s degree in Acupuncture from New York College of Health Professions. From 2016 to 2020 he was a First Responder and Team Leader for The Trauma Response Team, Nassau County Department of Health Medical Reserve Corps. He is trained in NADA and in Battlefield Acupuncture and has supervised the NADA Detox Protocol at Nassau University Medical Center. He currently has a private clinical practice and is an adjunct professor at the New York College of Health Professions.

Julie Von

DAOM, L.Ac.

julie.von@nyctcm.edu

Julie Von received her Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree in 2010 from American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, specializing in Gynecology, Obstetrics, and Women’s Health. In 2010 she completed a clinical residency in Women’s Health and Obstetrics Shanghai College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She received her Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree from the Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin in
2005. Dr. Von is the author of the book Spiritual Fertility, Integrative Techniques For The Journey To Motherhood and is the Clinical Director at the New Clinic for Integral Medicine & Psychiatry.

Ada Wang

Ph.D.(China), L.Ac.

ada.wang@nyctcm.edu

Ada Wang graduated from the doctoral program at Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2009. She was a visiting research scholar in the U.S. in 2011. Her research has been focused on comparative study between Chinese medicine and western medicine. She has more than 10 research papers published in Chinese top-level medical journals. Her specialties are pain management, dermatology and gastrointestinal disorders. She is currently licensed to practice acupuncture in New York State.

Dorothy Wong

DAOM, MSTOM, L.Ac

dorothy.wong@nyctcm.edu

Dorothy Wong is fourth generation acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist. She currently is a candidate for the Doctoral Program at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. She received her Master’s degree at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in the United States has training in advanced clinical courses at Guang Zhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. She received her Bachelor’s Degree of Science from State University of Stony Brook with a double major in Biology and Philosophy and served as an EMT for three years. Currently, her family runs an herbal pharmacy, China Yua Choi, Inc. in Chinatown, New York and she practices in Manhattan, Long Island and is affiliated with various medical facilities. She has served as a faculty, administrator and clinic supervisor at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, a guest lecturer at various universities, medical schools and community outreach programs and instructs CPR/First Aid for the American Heart Association for 17 years. She is a published editor for Beijing University of TCM. She currently teaches TCM Syndrome Analysis for NYCTCM.

Bin Xu

Ph.D. (Japan), B.Med. (China), L.Ac.

bin.xu@nyctcm.edu

Bin Xu received his Bachelors and Masters in Medicine from the Harbin Medical University, his Diploma of Acupuncture and TCM from the University of Heilongjiang, and his Ph.D. in Medical Science from Kanazawa Medical University in Japan. He worked as a physician in China from 1990 to 1993, and since 1993 has been employed as a Research Scientist in the New York City area. He is the author of numerous articles on both TCM and Western Medicine, and is currently licensed to practice acupuncture in New York State.

Yan Xu

M.S., B.Med. (China), L.Ac.

yan.xu@nyctcm.edu

Yan Xu graduated from Beijing University of TCM in 1983, and received her Master’s in Health Science (Acupuncture) from NYCTCM in 2003. She served as an instructor and a physician in charge in the affiliated hospital of Beijing University of TCM before coming to the US in 1996. She has been practicing acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine for more than 20 years. Currently, she is licensed to practice acupuncture in both New York and Connecticut. Her specialties are allergies, women’s health and pain management.

Fang Yang

M.D. (China), L.Ac.

fang.yang@nyctcm.edu

Fang Yang received his M.D. from Chongqing University of Medical Sciences in 1982, and his Master Of Medical Sciences from West China University of Medical Sciences In 1987, Until 1991 he worked as an medical instructor at School of Medicine and attending physician at Teaching Hospital, West China University of Medical Sciences. He came to state as the visiting professor at Albany Medical College in 1991 and he did research work in the Field of cardiovascular disease. He currently work at Department of Pathology and Laboratories, Nassau University Medical Center. He has Been a faculty member of NYCTCM since 2002 and he has practiced acupuncture in New York State since 2003.

Kevin Yang

M.S., L.Ac.

kevin.yang@nyctcm.edu

Haizhen Yang received her M.S. in Acupuncture from NYCTCM in 2009, her M.S. in Oriental Medicine from NYCTCM in 2014, and her Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medicine Arts in 2022. She received a M.S. in Biomedical Science from Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2020. She has been practicing acupuncture since 2009, and from 2019 to 2020 worked as an acupuncturist at Virtua Hospitals in New Jersey. Dr. Yang currently has a private practice in New York and New Jersey.

Baorong Wang

AOS, L.Ac., LMT

baorong.wang@nyctcm.edu

Baorong Wang graduated in 1987 from a four year program
at the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine,
where he received a diploma. In 1988 he continued his
studies in Tui Na at the School of Continuing Education of
Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. From
1990 to 2004 he practiced Tui Na and Shiatsu in Japan.
Mr. Wang received his Associate of Occupational Studies
in Massage Therapy from New York College of Health
Professions in 2017. He is currently in clinical practice in
acupuncture.

Sharon Zhao

Ph.D. (China), B.Med. (China), L.Ac.

sharon.zhao@nyctcm.edu

Sharon Zhao received her Bachelor of Medicine from Guangzhou College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1985, her B. S. from Hunter College School of Health Science in 1996, and her Ph.D. from Guangzhou University of TCM in 2005. She worked as an internist in China from 1985 to 1989, and has worked as a Medical Technologist in this country since 1993. She is currently licensed to practice acupuncture in New York State.

Yiping (Kat) Zhao

M.S., L.Ac.

yiping.zhao@nyctcm.edu

Yiping Zhao received her Master’s degree in Acupuncture in 2008 and her Master’s degree in Oriental Medicine in 2009 from New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In her private practice clinics she utilizes acupuncture, Chinese herbs and recommendation for lifestyle changes and modifications in diet and exercise to treat the entire individual and help patients achieve balance and wellness in their everyday lives.

Zhenyu Zhou

Ph.D. (Japan), B.Med. (China), L.Ac.

zhenyu.zhou@nyctcm.edu

Zhenyu Zhou received his Bachelor of Medicine degree from Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1993 and received a PhD in Molecular Neurobiology from the School of Medicine of Kanazawa University in Japan in 2000. He was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Neuroscience Research Center of the University of Texas-Houston Medical School from 2001-2005. Dr. Zhou has worked in the field of research at New York Medical College, the University of Pittsburgh, Columbia University, and Weill Cornell Medical College.

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