At the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine, we believe that we have assembled one of the most outstanding groups of faculty present at any school of East Asian medicine. Faculty must have a minimum of ten years of practice experience before teaching at SIOM. Faculty teach in their areas of expertise and our curriculum represents the breadth and depth of their knowledge. Get to know our faculty and you will begin to understand why SIOM graduates are so well prepared for clinical practice.
Daniel Altschuler, Ph.D. (China), L.Ac. studied and taught Chinese medicine in Taiwan for nearly 15 years, apprenticing under Dr. Lee Chen-Yu. He has an MA (1992) in Asian religions from UCLA and a Ph.D. (2005) in Chinese medicine from Guangzhou Chinese Medical College. His specialties include neuropathy and chronically stubborn diseases. He has authored the translation entitled Neuropathy: Traditional Chinese Herbal Treatment in a Modern Medical Environment. Daniel is an instructor for Chinese medical theory and language and is a clinical supervisor.
Betsy Baker-Bold, M.P.T., O.C.S., C.M.P.T., earned her Master's Degree in Physical Therapy at the University of Puget Sound in 1996, after receiving her Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science there in 1993. She is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist from the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and a Certified Manual Physical Therapist through the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy. Betsy is an owner and managing partner of Olympic Physical Therapy in Everett and is also an Official Medical Provider for the United States Ski Team. Betsy teaches physical medicine at SIOM.
Stephen Brown, E.A.M.P., graduated from the Japan Central Acupuncture College in 1983. He is licensed in Japan in acupuncture, moxibustion and acupressure. Stephen has written several articles and translated several texts into English from Japanese including Introduction to Meridian Therapy and Finding Effective Acupuncture Points by Denmei Shudo. He is one of the instructors for the Japanese acupuncture courses and supervises in the Japanese acupuncture and shiatsu clinics.
Marguerite Dinkins, M.Ac.O.M., E.A.M.P., received her Master’s degree in acupuncture and Oriental medicine at the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine in 2000. Since then, she has been in private practice in the Green Lake neighborhood of Seattle. She teaches and supervises students in palpation and tuina.
Yefim Gangoneishvili, L.Ac., is a graduate of the San Francisco College of Acupuncture (1991). Yefim teaches point location, channel palpation, and acupuncture techniques, as well as supervising in clinic. He has served on the faculty of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, New York College of Holistic Health Education and Research, and the Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts.
Kimberly Ivy began her qi gong training 35 years ago in Tucson. In 1993 she settled in Seattle, Washington and shortly after founded Embrace the Moon Taijiquan and Qigong, Inc. Kim holds black belts in Judo & Aikido and is certified in several different Qigong systems. Kimberly has developed qi gong programs for those with special health concerns including Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue, Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson's disease.
Li Jin, D.A.O.M., E.A.M.P., began her TCM study in 1988 at Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China, where she earned her first Bachelor's degree in Traditional Chinese medicine. Dr. Jin also received her Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (2005). Her area of specialty is women's health and pain management. Dr. Jin maintains a private practice in Seattle. She teaches gynecology and supervises in the teaching clinic at SIOM.
Paul Karsten, M.Ed., E.A.M.P., is a graduate of SAMRA University of Oriental Medicine (1982) and received a Master's degree in medical education from the University of Washington (1996). Paul is one of the founders of SIOM and currently the Dean. He teaches in the theory courses and clinical preceptorship.
Joshua Lerner, M.T.C.M., E.A.M.P., graduated from the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2001. He also received a master's degree in Japanese Literature from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1994. He has done advanced study in tuina and has a particular interest in the treatment of traumatic injuries and musculoskeletal conditions. Joshua supervises in SIOM's teaching clinic.
Sue Machtley, PT, DPT, OCS, MTC, graduated from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in 2006 with a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree. She is a Board Certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist through the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties and a Certified Manual Physical Therapist through the University of St. Augustine. She is the practice owner at Green Grass Physical Therapy. Sue teaches the surface anatomy sequence at SIOM and assists in the physical medicine series.
Craig Mitchell, Ph.D.(China), E.A.M.P., received a Master of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco (1993). Craig completed his PhD from the China Academy of TCM (Beijing) in 2006. He has written numerous articles and translated several Chinese medical texts, including On Cold Damage: Translation and Commentaries. At SIOM he is a clinic supervisor and teaches classes on herbal medicine and medical Chinese. Craig is currently the President of SIOM.
Sachiko Nakano, M.AC., E.A.M.P., is a graduate of the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (1995). She is also certified by the Toyohari Acupuncture Association and is currently a Toyohari Program faculty member. She has translated for and studied with some of Japan's prominent practitioners. Sachiko has established outreach clinics for under-served patients. She is a clinical supervisor for our students at the Asian Counseling and Referral Service.
Joseph Pau began his studies of taijiquan in 1982. Since 1993 he has studied with Harrison Moretz and several of his teachers in Seattle and China. He started teaching tai ji and qi gong in 1995 at the Taoist Studies Institute and since then has also taught at local colleges and community centers. Joseph teaches qi gong at SIOM.
Jason Robertson, E.A.M.P., is a graduate of the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (2000). He is involved in ongoing post-graduate studies in Beijing with acupuncture specialist, Dr. Wang. In collaboration, they wrote and published Applied Channel Theory in Chinese Medicine (Eastland Press, 2008). Jason maintains a private practice in Seattle. He teaches acupuncture point groups and point location.
Andrea Russell, M.Ac.O.M., E.A.M.P., began her Chinese medical education at the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2000, and received her Master's degree in acupuncture and Oriental medicine at the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine in 2006. She maintains a busy private practice in West Seattle and has served as the SIOM librarian since 2005. She teaches the practice management course to third-year students.
Allen Sayigh, M.Ac.O.M., L.Ac. graduated from the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine in 1999. A fascination with herbs drew him into the field of Oriental Medicine and he began managing the school dispensary while a student at SIOM. He is presently the herbal dispensary manager for SIOM as well as at Bastyr University. He teaches courses covering the interactions between pharmaceuticals and herbal therapy.
Susan Scott, E.A.M.P., has been in private practice in the Seattle area for close to twenty years. She graduated from NIAOM in 1985. She actively utilizes Toyohari acupuncture, Manaka ion-pumping cord techniques, Nogier auricular acupuncture, and cranial sacral assessments in her practice. She also uses the Nogier VAS technique to assist her decisions regarding herbal supplements. Susan teaches Auriculotherapy and supervises in the teaching clinic at SIOM.
DeAnza Spaulding, M.A., L.M.H.C. graduated from the Western Seminary of Seattle with a master’s degree in counseling psychology (2002). She has a private practice specializing in working with sexual and ethnic minority populations. She provides workshops on multi-cultural competency. DeAnza teaches the Communication Skills course at SIOM.
Jutta von Stieglitz, M.D., received her M.D. from the Medical School at Universitaet Hamburg in 1995. Her specialty interest is pediatrics. She worked in pediatrics at the University of North Carolina and Duke University from 1997 - 2005. Jutta has a particular interest in case based medical education and its use in training acupuncturists in preparation for working alongside biomedical practitioners. She teaches the western clinical science series at SIOM.
Yiwen Su, M.T.C.M.(China), E.A.M.P, began his TCM study in 1980 at Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China, where he earned his Master's degree in Traditional Chinese medicine. After graduation Dr. Su received one year additional clinical training in Dermatology and General Surgery in the Hospital of Sichuan Province. Dr. Su maintains a private practice in Seattle. He teaches classes in internal medicine and dermatology at SIOM.
Danielle Szabo, N.D. Danielle received her N.D. degree from Bastyr University in 2006. Her previous education focused on nutrition and massage therapy. Danielle maintains a private practice with an emphasis on integrative medicine while also teaching basic sciences at the collegiate level. Danielle teaches the biochemistry and anatomy & physiology courses at SIOM.
Yun Wang, M.D. (China), M.Ac., E.A.M.P., received his medical training at the Qingdao Medical College (1978) and supplemented his acupuncture training at the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (1993). He maintains a private practice in Seattle specializing in treatment of musculoskeletal pain, trauma and stroke. Dr. Wang is a supervisor in the clinical training at SIOM.
Liangxi Zheng, M.T.C.M. (China),E.A.M.P., is a graduate of the Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (1991). His specialty in China was acupuncture techniques with expertise in scalp acupuncture for treating stroke patients. Liangxi teaches acupuncture techniques and participates in clinical training.