Our faculty is comprised of experienced practitioners who share the desire to carry out the mission of the college and to help each student excel. All of the licensed acupuncturists and physicians on our faculty are also practicing clinicians who bring their real life professional experience into the classroom and clinic.
Leanne Apfelbeck, DC, MS, has been involved in education for over 25 years covering topics in biology, massage therapy, sports medicine, and Chiropractic Medicine. Dr. Apfelbeck began her Chiropractic career after graduating from the National College of Chiropractic in Lombard, Illinois in 1988. During that time, she maintained a private practice, taught in the Lincoln Post Graduate Department of Chiropractic, and was also on the faculty at the National University of Health Sciences. Dr. Apfelbeck earned a Master’s Degree in Athletic Training from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, Utah where she published a paper in The Journal of Chiropractic Medicine. Currently, Dr. Apfelbeck has a private practice in Asheville, North Carolina, and is also an Adjunct Associate Professor of Biology at the University of North Carolina Asheville.
Patricia Bernarding, M.Ed., A.A.S. in Business Administration., CMT, has been involved in the field of adult education for twenty-five years. She obtained her Master’s Degree in Education from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania. Ms. Bernarding has been involved in the public school system and in proprietary colleges both as an educator and administrator. She has continued her graduate studies in English and Teaching English as a Second Language at Western Carolina University, North Carolina. In 2003, she received her Associate Degree in Business Administration from South College-Asheville. While in Tucson, she attended the Desert Institute of the Healing Arts and received certification as a Massage Therapist.
Stuart Bonner, M.D., completed his undergraduate work in Chemistry at Furman University in 1977. He continued his education and received his M.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1982. From 1983 to 1998, Dr. Bonner practiced emergency medicine in the Greenville, SC hospital system. In 1998 he began private practice in Integrative Medicine, co-founding Integrative Medical Associates in 2000. Dr. Bonner continues to pursue education by taking courses in nutritional and integrative medical support for health care issues.
Julie Burke, L.Ac., Dipl. O.M., LMBT, Teaching Assistant, has served the Asheville community as a well-respected healer for the past ten years. She began her path with a degree in Anthropology in 1996 from the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga, focusing on ethnobotany, shamanism, and Native American studies. She studied massage therapy with Craig Ellis at the North Carolina School of Natural Healing in 2000. Two years later, Ms. Burke took her practice deeper by studying Reiki and Energy healing with Daisy Conway. In 2008, she graduated from Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts and opened her practice, Deep Alchemy Acupuncture. In 2012, she became a Reiki Master and is now certified to teach others. Ms. Burke enjoys sharing her clinical and life experiences as she guides and encourages students in their development.
Ed Entmacher, M.D., graduated from UNC medical school in 1978 and from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill residency program in 1983. He is board eligible in both adult and child psychiatry. He has been in private practice in Asheville, NC since 1983. Dr. Entmacher sees a wide variety of clients in his private practice. He enjoys doing psychotherapy, especially in-depth therapy, which allows for deep and transformative changes. He consults with various agencies, ranging from community mental health clinics, to working with pregnant women with substance abuse issues, and troubled youth, as well as college students at university mental health clinics. Dr. Entmacher has also enjoyed teaching opportunities, such as supervision of colleagues, supervision and training of psychiatric and family practice residents.
Lori Fendell, M.Ac., L.Ac., P.A., M.P.H., earned her B.S. at the State University of N.Y. at Stony Brook as a Physician Assistant, and spent thirteen years as a P.A. in primary care, gynecology, emergency medicine, health education, AIDS research, and nutritional education. Ms. Fendell also worked at a large Cambodian refugee camp for one year doing medical training and supervising the clinic. This dramatically shifted her perspective on wellness and healing especially after exposure to traditional healing and herbalism. Ms. Fendell was inspired to return to study for her Master’s in Public Health (International Health) at the University of Hawaii in 1984. As a result of her introduction to acupuncture, she attended and graduated from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute in Columbia, Maryland, and has been in full-time private practice since 1991 in Durham, North Carolina. She has also studied Chinese and Western herbs and has incorporated them into her practice for ten years. Ms. Fendell is a guest lecturer at Duke University Medical Center, UNC-Chapel Hill and other university medical centers.
Mark A. Fortney, L.Ac., began his studies of Chinese culture and medicine in 1987 when living in Beijing, China. He spent several years living in China and Taiwan. In 1990 graduated with a bachelor’s degree in East Asian Studies. In 1994 he completed a Masters in Anthropology from the University of Iowa that focused on food and health systems in China. In 1996 he graduated with a Masters in Teaching from the University of Iowa. Mr. Fortney completed his education in Chinese Medicine at The Academy for Five Element Acupuncture in Florida in January 2005. He has run a private practice, Pulse Chinese Medicine, in Asheville since 2005. Mr. Fortney continues his study of Chinese Medicine with classes from Jeffrey Yuen, Lori De Char, David Crow, and in western science. His research interests include Peruvian shamanism, local herbalism, essential oils, and the spirit of the medicine.
Josh Fox, L. Ac., is an experienced guide to our local abundance of plant food and medicine incorporating his knowledge of Chinese medicine with nine years of Western herbal studies. He received a Bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and a Master's degree in Oriental Medicine from Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts. Mr. Fox apprenticed with CoreyPine Shane and Joe Hollis and completed programs at the Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine in Asheville and the American School of Herbalism in California. He also spent many summers working in herbal first-aid clinics, receiving extensive training over the years from Sevensong and Frank Cook. Mr. Fox is a core faculty member of the Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine and a regular plant guide for No Taste Like Home, wild food tours. He frequently offers plant walks, workshops, and weekend retreats while maintaining his private practice Fox Herbs & Acupuncture in downtown Asheville.
Sarah Girard, L.Ac., began studying Chinese dietary therapy in 1999. After graduating from Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine in 2005 she opened a private practice in Winston-Salem, NC. She also taught at Forsyth Technical Community College Massage School for four years. In 2009 she completed an extended Chinese Dietary Therapy Program through the Chinatown Wellness Center in New York City with Jeffery Yuen, adding to 300 post-graduate hours with Yuen in Chronic Painful Obstruction (Bi Syndrome); Endocrinology; Cancer; Channel Systems of Acupuncture and Stone Medicine. She is now both clinical instructor and regular presenter at Jung Tao’s Grand Rounds Clinique modules.
Jean Hardesty-Prater, M.Ac.O.M., L.Ac., obtained her Master’s degree at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2000; at the same time she was certified as a teacher of Soaring Crane Qi Gong and certified by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA). Since 2000, she has worked in both group and private practices in Asheville, Virginia, and Arizona, in traditional acupuncture clinic and community clinic settings. She was a faculty member and Dean of Admissions at the Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and a substitute instructor at the Asian Institute for Medical Studies, in Tucson, AZ. Mrs. Hardesty has studied advanced pulse techniques of Dr. John Chen and Dr. Leon Hammer, acupuncture styles of Dr. Tan and Master Tung, and Classical Chinese Medicine with Jeffrey Yuen. She is certified with Acupuncturists Without Borders and was previously certified by NCCAOM as a continuing education instructor for Facial Renewal Acupuncture. Mrs. Hardesty earned a B.F.A. from Smith College in 1993 and has had a 13 year career in graphic design. She has been an Associate in Polarity Therapy since 1994. Her special interests are herbalism, essential oils, gemstones for healing, quantum physics, and Matrix Energetics. She currently has a private practice in Asheville.
Lorraine Harris, L.Ac., Dipl. O.M., received her Master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 2001 and is nationally certified in Oriental medicine. Ms. Harris has specialized in women's health and fertility during most of her practice in Asheville. She is a charter member of the Clinical Excellence of Fertility Professionals, an international organization of fertility specialists, started by fertility expert, Dr. Randine Lewis, and is a Fertile Soul clinic. She continues to study with Randine Lewis and Jeffrey Yuen. Prior to studying Chinese Medicine, Ms. Harris’s other health-related studies included nutrition, exercise physiology and biomedicine. Ms. Harris also holds a Masters degree in business administration and had a prior career in marketing research.
Jenna Hayworth, L.Ac., Dipl. O.M., Teaching Assistant, is the founder of Tri-Cities Acupuncture & Wellness, where she has practiced Chinese Medicine since graduating from Daoist Traditions in 2009. Ms. Hayworth believes that education is the greatest gift that she can share with her clients, and she often speaks with community groups on the topics of nutrition and self-care. In addition, she is a frequent guest lecturer for the Mind-Body-Spirit Healing class at East Tennessee State University’s School of Nursing. Close ties to the academic community offer Ms. Hayworth the opportunity to guide and mentor new healthcare practitioners, as well as to cultivate her own knowledge of complementary and holistic medicine concepts. She is deeply honored to return to Daoist Traditions as a member of the faculty.
Joshua Herr, Lic. Ac., M.S., pursued undergraduate studies at Warren Wilson College with interests in agriculture and natural science. He received his Master’s of Science in Acupuncture and Certificate in Herbal Medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington, in 2000. While studying at Bastyr, he managed and expanded the university’s medicinal herb garden, introducing over 80 species of Chinese medicinal plants. Mr. Herr completed this phase of his studies by traveling to Seoul, Korea, to study at Kyung Hee University. From 2000-2004, he provided health services in an integrated healing center in Seattle, WA, working collaboratively with other healthcare professionals. He moved to Asheville, NC in 2004 and became a faculty member at the Atlantic University of Chinese Medicine. In 2006, Mr. Herr joined the Chinese Acupuncture and Herbology Clinic and became an instructor at Daoist Traditions. He continues his studies in Chinese Medicine with Jeffrey Yuen and Dr. Richard Tan.
Joe Hollis received his BA degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1965. In 1972, he founded Mountain Gardens as a botanical garden of economic plants, specializing in Eastern North American and East Asian medicinals. Mountain Gardens cultivates several hundred Chinese herbs and incorporates a seed business, retail nursery, and herb shop/pharmacy, filling prescriptions and preparing tinctures and salves from Chinese and native herbs. Since 1980, Mr. Hollis has lectured, consulted, and taught workshops in herb cultivation and processing at Mountain Gardens, community colleges, and conferences. Mountain Gardens continues to pioneer Chinese herb cultivation in America, trialing several hundred species per year of seeds obtained from botanical gardens and research institutions in China and Japan.
Paula Kennedy, Ed.D., completed her B.S., Ma.Ed., and Ed.D in Educational Leadership and Counseling at East Carolina University. She received her doctorate in Educational Leadership in 2007. She has served for 13 years as Director of Student Services with the School of Nursing, University of North Carolina Wilmington, faculty member of Academic Affairs, College of Arts and Sciences with East Carolina University and now faculty member with Walden University. Her areas of research are Nursing Education, Academic Advising, and Higher Education Administration and Counseling. Ms. Kennedy has served as Ed.D Faculty with Higher Education Leadership with the Richard W. Riley College of Education & Leadership at Walden University where she chairs research and doctoral studies committees for nursing students completing doctoral studies in Educational Leadership and research. She continues to pursue education by taking courses in nutritional and integrative health, counseling, research and integrative support for health care professionals.
Karen Litton, Lic. Ac., Dipl. OM (NCCAOM), has practiced Oriental Medicine at the Chinese Acupuncture and Herbology Clinic since 2008 following her graduation from Daoist Traditions. Prior to studying acupuncture, she worked as a massage therapist for twenty years, specializing in sports injuries. Ms. Litton also holds a degree in social work from Hunter College in New York, where she worked with mentally handicapped adults and their families. As a graduate of Daoist Traditions, Ms. Litton has a deep understanding of the program as a whole and is excited to be able to guide students through their coursework. She actively continues her studies in Oriental Medicine with Jeffrey Yuen.
Susan Lorentzen, Lic Ac., has dedicated her life to improving the lives of others. She completed massage therapy training at the Blue Sky Education Foundation in 1994 and received Hatha yoga certification at the Southwest Institute of the Healing Arts in 1997. Ms. Lorentzen earned her Master’s degree of Science in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine in 2004. From 1993 to 2011 she was in private practice in Franklin, WI providing Chinese medical services and private yoga instruction. Ms. Lorentzen was an instructor at the Milwaukee School of Massage and the Lakeside School of Massage in Milwaukee, WI and she brings her love of Chinese Medicine and teaching to Daoist Traditions.
Mary Cissy Majebé, O.M.D., Lic. Ac., DOM (New Mexico), began her educational pursuits with a BA in Sociology from the University of New Orleans in 1975. She continued her education at the University of Southern Mississippi where she received an MA in Exercise Physiology in 1980. She pursued her Ph.D. at the University of Virginia before deciding to attend the American College of Chinese Medicine, completing her studies in 1985 with a Master’s in Chinese Medicine. In 1990 she received her O.M.D. degree from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine. In 1985, Dr. Majebé founded the Chinese Acupuncture & Herbology Clinic in Asheville, NC. She was the first chair of the North Carolina Acupuncture Licensing Board and was instrumental in helping to write the laws governing the practice of acupuncture in NC. Dr. Majebé has continued her study of Chinese Medicine in China and Korea and in Classical Chinese Medicine with Jeffrey Yuen.
Junie Norfleet, Lic. Ac., M. Ed., holds a Master’s Degree in Chinese Medicine from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine in Santa Fe, NM. Prior to attending the International Institute of Chinese Medicine, she completed a one-year tutorial in 1996 with Ms. Majebe. She has practiced acupuncture at the Chinese Acupuncture and Herbology Clinic in Asheville, NC since 1999. Before studying acupuncture, she served for ten years as office manager at the Asheville clinic. Ms. Norfleet also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Master’s Degree in Education from Western Carolina University. She taught in the North Carolina public schools for ten years, as well as at Asheville Country Day School and Asheville-Buncombe Community Technical College. Ms. Norfleet has taught Qi Gong since 2000 and is continuing her studies in Classical Chinese Medicine with Jeffrey Yuen.
Tracy Peck, M.Ac., L.Ac., studied acupuncture, bodywork, taijiquan & Qi Gong at the Bio-Balance Institute from 1981-1986. He then attended and graduated from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute in Columbia, Maryland. Mr. Peck co-founded East Gate Healing Arts Center in Greensboro in 1990 and continues to practice acupuncture & Chinese medicine there. He has a life-long interest in Daoist philosophy, mysticism and Internal Alchemy, all of which sparked his initial interest in Chinese Medicine. Mr. Peck is a certified teacher and healer in the Emei Linji tradition as well as in several Wudang Qi Gong forms. He is a 25th generation Daoist Initiate in the Wudang Longmen Nei Dan Pai (Internal Elixir School) under Master Yun Xiang Tseng and
has been a senior student and teaching assistant of Master Yong Zhou for twelve years. He continues his education in Classical Chinese Medicine with Jeffrey Yuen, Daoist Priest.
Kristin Query, Lic. Ac., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM), Dipl. CH (NCAOM), LMBT, is a nationally board certified acupuncturist, herbalist and massage therapist. She has worked within the medical field for over 18 years in both western and eastern medicines and realizes the benefits of integrating healing modalities. Ms. Query earned her Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from the College of Charleston in 1994 and completed massage therapy training in 2000. She graduated from Daoist Traditions in 2007 and shares her enthusiasm and understanding with her students. She is the founder of Sojourn Healing and is licensed and practicing Chinese Medicine in both North Carolina and South Carolina. Ms. Query continues her studies in Classical Chinese Medicine with Jeffrey Yuen.
Phil Ramsey, L.Ac., LMFT, was among the first class to graduate from Daoist Traditions in 2007 and has been practicing Chinese Medicine since that time. Mr. Ramsey holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of North Carolina-Asheville and a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Appalachian State University. Since 2000, he has been a practicing psychotherapist in Asheville and currently sees clients in his private practice and at All Souls Counseling Center. He maintains his practice of Tai Yu Shen Gong as taught by Jeffrey Yuen, Qi Gong, and Aikido and serves on the board as Treasurer of the Asheville Aikikai. Mr. Ramsey continues his studies in Classical Chinese Medicine with Jeffrey Yuen to deepen his understanding of the classical tradition.
Kathy Robinson, M.D., graduated from UNC Chapel Hill School of Medicine in 1989. She did her residency in family medicine at Duke University. She worked in private practices in Cary NC and Durham NC then went on to teach in the family medicine residency program at Duke. In 1998 she moved back to her hometown of Asheville. Since then she has worked in public health, first at the Buncombe County Health Department and presently at WNC Community Health Services. Dr. Robinson teaches healthcare at local prisons, serves on the Ethics Committee of Mission Hospital and volunteers at Asheville Buncombe Community Christian Ministry medical clinic. She is a past president of Asheville Toastmasters and loves to read and garden.
Connie Ross, M.D., completed her undergraduate work in Chemistry at Furman University in 1981 and received her MD degree at the University of South Carolina in 1985. She completed her residency in 1998 in Family Medicine in the Greenville, SC hospital system. She began a private family medicine practice in 1988. From 1989 to 1998, Dr. Ross worked in emergency medicine. During this time, Dr. Ross coordinated training programs for medical personnel in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Advanced Pediatric Life Support. She also taught resident physicians in training for Family Practice. In 2000 she co-founded Integrative Medical Associates in Tryon, North Carolina. Dr. Ross continues to pursue education by taking courses in nutritional and integrative medical support for health care issues.
Peter Shea, L.Ac., M.S., earned his B.A.in Secondary Education in 1992. He graduated from the American Institute of Massage Therapy in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl in 1996. He received his M.S.in Oriental Medicine in 2003 from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine in Santa Fe, NM. Peter ran his own practice in Western NY, specializing in orthopedic conditions, from 2003-2008 before selling his practice and moving to the Blue Ridge Mountains. He has pursued extra training in Qigong, Tui Na, Daoist Philosophy and Northern Wu Tai Chi and actively explores the relationship between movement arts and spirituality. He continues his studies of the Dao with Jeffrey Yuen.
Josephine K. Spilka, M.S., L.Ac., received her Master's Degree in Oriental Medicine from Samra University in Los Angeles in 1994. Ms. Spilka has studied intensively with Jeffrey Yuen since 1999, using the 5 meridian system view of the body and classical-style treatments in her private practice. Appreciating both the poetry and practicality of Chinese Medicine, Ms. Spilka enjoys finding the principles of Chinese Medicine reflected in the world around her and sharing it in her teaching and work with clients..
Ann Wolman, L.Ac., Dipl. CH (NCCAOM), earned her B.S. in History at the University of Colorado. In 1987, she earned a professional teaching certificate and taught secondary school for five years. She graduated from the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1996 and began practicing in Denver and Boulder Colorado. She maintained a private practice specializing in Women’s Health Fu Ke (Chinese Medine OB/GYN) and Tieh Tah (martial arts injury treatment and prevention). After completing an extensive internship with Amelia Greacan, Dipl. Ac., CH (NCCAOM) in Japanese Acupuncture, she integrated this approach into her practice. She has studied and taught martial arts for twenty-five years. Ann is currently in practice at the Chinese Acupuncture & Herbology Clinic in Asheville.
Jeffrey Yuen, is an 88th generation Daoist Priest of the Yu Qing Huang Lao Pai (Jade Purity School, Yellow Emperor/ Lao Tzu Sect), ordained by Master Yu Wen, and 26th generation of the Quan Zhen Long Men Pai (Complete Reality School, Dragon Gate Sect), ordained by Master Lu Xin-Xu. Mr. Yuen is recognized internationally to be a Master of Classical Chinese Medicine, Taoism, Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology, Tai Ji Chuan, and Qi Gong. He has served as a Guest Lecturer at Rockefeller University, City University of New York, San Francisco State University, Vassar College, and is the only non-M.D. acupuncturists on faculty for the American Association of Acupuncture Physicians. Mr. Yuen was the first recipient of the Oriental Medicine Educator of the Year Award presented by the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 1995. Currently the President of the International Tai Chi Institute, he is responsible for the development of programs to preserve and promote the teaching of Tai Chi Chuan and other Chinese healing arts in the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Yuen was the Dean of Academic Affairs at the Acupuncture and Oriental Medical Studies program at the Swedish Institute of Health Sciences, New York. He was a key figure in the development of the first Ph.D. program in the field of Classical Chinese Medicine, now offered at the American University of Complementary Medicine in Los Angeles, CA. Mr. Yuen willingly shares his knowledge of Classical Chinese Medicine through lectures nationally and internationally.
Weixing Zhao, Lic.Ac., Dipl. CH (NCCAOM), graduated in 1983 from Hubei College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Wuhan City, China, after five years of study. He then became a teacher and Chinese Medical Doctor, working in the schools and teaching hospital for ten years. In 1991, he moved to Tel Aviv, Israel, where for the next six years he was a faculty member and clinic supervisor at the Israeli College of Complementary Medicine. In 2000, he moved to Minnesota where he opened his own private practice. Prior to his arrival at Daoist Traditions, he was a faculty member and Clinical Director at the Atlantic University of Chinese Medicine in Mars Hill, NC for four years. He joined the faculty of Daoist Traditions in 2006 and maintains a private practice in Asheville.