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"Shen" Huisheng Xie, DVM, PhD 
Chi Founder & President, Lecturer in all Chi Programs

Dr. Huisheng Xie (pronounced “Shay”) founded the Chi Institute in 1998, to train veterinarians in Chinese acupuncture, herbal medicine, food therapy and Tui-na. He’s an experienced professional with extensive academic accomplishments. Before coming to America, Dr. Xie received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Veterinary Medicine (equivalent to DVM), from the Sichuan College of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine in 1983. He then received a Master of Science in Veterinary Acupuncture from Beijing Agricultural University in 1988, where he also served as an associate professor until July, 1994. He went on to receive advanced training in human acupuncture at the Beijing College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the National Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In August, 1994, he moved to America to pursue his doctoral studies, and in 1999, he received his PhD from the University of Florida for his investigation of the mechanisms of pain control in horses using acupuncture.

Dr. Xie has received achievement awards from several major institutions including the China Ministry of Agriculture, the National Science and Technology Committee, the Beijing Agricultural University, the Chinese Veterinary Medicine Association, Chinese Association of Traditional Veterinary Science, World Association of TCVM, and the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. He has lectured around the world, speaking in the U.S., Canada, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea, Australia, Mexico, Brazil, Europe and South Africa. These teaching activities at 14 different international veterinary organizations and 20 universities have helped veterinary students, clinicians, and faculty not only learn and practice TCVM, but also to start research within the field. In addition, he’s been interviewed by CBS News, the Discovery Channel and PBS. In 2005, CBS News referred to him as “a leading authority in animal acupuncture.” Dr. Xie has authored more than 20 books and has had over 100 papers published in peer-reviewed veterinary medical journals. His textbooks, including Xie’s Veterinary Herbology, Xie’s Veterinary Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine: Fundamental Principles, have been used for TCVM training programs around the world.

Currently, Dr. Xie continues to teach and develop educational programs at the Chi Institute in Reddick, Florida. He also serves as a clinical professor at UF’s College of Veterinary Medicine. Not to mention, he’s an honorary professor and director of the International Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine of South China Agricultural University and China Southwest University. Dr. Xie has trained over 6,000 veterinarians to practice TCVM worldwide.

  Peter Antosiewicz, DVM, CVA, CVTP
Dr. Antosiewicz received his DVM in 1981 from the Agricultural School of Veterinary Medicine of Warsaw, Poland. He became certified in veterinary acupuncture through IVAS, and was certified in Herbal Medicine and Veterinary Tui-na through the Chi Institute. He is currently pursuing his Master's degree in TCVM. Dr. Antosiewicz has also completed certification programs in canine rehabilitation, canine postural rehabilitation and chiropractic manipulation. He is the owner of Squibnocket Animal Center in Brookfield, CT and Valley Veterinary Hospital in New Milford, CT, where he practices integrative veterinary medicine, with specific interests in pain management and rehabilitation.
  Stacie Atria DVM, CVA
Dr. Atria earned her Bachelor's degree in music and biology from the University of Miami and her DVM from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2008. Dr. Atria completed the Mixed Animal Acupuncture course at the Chi Institute in December 2006 and was granted certification from the Chi Institute and China's National Society of TCVM. She has completed both the Equine and Small Animal Advanced TCVM courses, as well as the Food Therapy course and all five TCVM Veterinary Herbal modules at the Chi Institute. Dr. Atria recently completed a one-year clinical internship in acupuncture at the University of Florida Veterinary Medical Center under the direction of Dr. Xie. At UF, Dr. Atria did clinical research investigating the use of acupuncture and herbal therapies for the treatment of anhydrosis and recurrent airway obstructive diseases in horses.
Michael D. Bartholomew, CVA, CVH, CVTP, CVFT
Dr. Bartholomew is currently an integrative practitioner at The Animal Hospital of Dunedin in beautiful Dunedin, Florida. He incorporates TCVM into his practice on a daily basis. He has treated pets across the United States and from around the world, including locations as far as Turkey, France, England and even Hong Kong. He has been published in several magazines, including Dog Fancy's Natural Dog and Dogs Naturally, and is the co-author of several chapters in Xie's Veterinary Herbology.  He also lectures on a regular basis. Dr. Mike has been certified in Veterinary Acupuncture, Tui-na, Food Therapy and Chinese Herbal Medicine through the Chi Institute and has been a lecturer/lab assistant at Chi since 2008. 


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  Mary S. Battistella, DVM, CVA
Dr. Battistella is a 1983 graduate of the Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine. Shortly after graduation, she opened her own veterinary practice. In 1994, she was certified in acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine through IVAS. She has been involved with IVAS as a teaching assistant for several courses and was on IVAS' education committee. Dr. Battistella has also been a board member of the AAVA and the AHVMA. She has lectured on acupuncture and TCVM for state associations, at the North American Veterinary Conference, IVAS Congress (2004), China Veterinary Acupuncture Congress in Beijing (2006), the AAVA annual meeting (2007 and 2011) and the AHVMA meeting in 2008.  She currently has a full service veterinary practice, Kowaliga Whole Health Pet Care & Resort, in Eclectic, AL.  Her other interests include bluegrass music, jewelry making, gardening and scuba diving.
  Jody Bearman, DVM, CVA, CVCH

Dr. Bearman earned her BS in Bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1987 and her DVM from the University of Minnesota Veterinary School in 1992. She took the Chi Institute courses as soon as she paid off her student loans, and has never looked back since! She practices TCVM in a mixed animal practice doing house/farm calls, as well as at the clinic where she last practiced Western Medicine. Dr. Bearman loves watching/helping her human kids in their theatrical, musical and sports endeavors; doing anything outdoors; spending time with both her human and animal family; qi-gong; meditation; yoga/pilates and learning everything that she can.

  Signe Beebe, DVM, CVA
Dr. Beebe received her DVM in 1988 from the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine and has practiced integrative medicine since 1995. She was certified in Veterinary Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, and Tui-na by the Chi Institute and has completed the certification program in Canine Rehabilitation and Physical Therapy at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Beebe is the owner of Integrative Veterinary Center in Sacramento, CA. She specializes in Chinese Herbal Medicine, and has a particular interest in the application of Chinese medicine for zoo animals. Dr. Beebe is a regular instructor for the Chi Institute, and is a board member of the American Association of TCVM and the Natura Nutritional Advisory Board. Dr. Beebe is the author of Clinical Handbook of Chinese Veterinary Herbal Medicine and lectures at scientific meetings in the US and internationally.
Suzanne Brannan, DVM, CVA 
Dr. Brannan graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. In 2004, she became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, completing the Small Animal Acupuncture course at the Chi Institute. Dr. Brannan is currently continuing her education in Chinese Herbal Medicine, Food Therapy, and Tui-na at the Chi Institute. She divides her time amongst three practices in Gainesville, Micanopy and Ocala, and keeping up with her daughter.

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Dr. Tatang Cahyono specializes in TCVM, in the largest small animal clinic in Jakarta. Dr. Cahyono received his DVM in 2003 from Airlangga University,Indonesia. During his early professional career, he worked in pharmaceutical industry, then certified and worked as a human acupuncturist. Neurological disorders in animals not treated well with the Western medical approaches, Dr. Cahyono started providing service treatment with TCVM methode and has treated numerous animals with successful outcome. On 2012, he went to study in The Chi Institute for Small Animal Acupuncture Program, Chinese Veterinary Herbal Medicine, Food Therapy and Veterinary Tui-Na. Dr.Cahyono is Indonesian Board Director of WATCVM and representative of Chi Institute in Indonesia. He gives presentations on TCVM topics in veterinary schools, international TCVM conference, veterinary associations in Indonesia and maked TCVM class in Udayana and Bogor Agricultural University. He articles are published in a local and international newspaper and  In addition to being a TCVM veterinarian, he works as a director in a veterinary medicine company in Indonesia.

Shauna Cantwell, DVM, MVSc, CVA 
Dr. Cantwell is a 2002 graduate of the Chi Institute Mixed Animal Acupuncture class. She graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Canada in 1989, and worked in mixed, small animal, and emergency medicine until 1995. In 1998, she completed a residency in anesthesia, obtained a Master's in Veterinary Science, and joined the faculty of the Anesthesia and Pain Management department at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Cantwell applies acupuncture in clinical studies and on her animals at home. She and her husband have a farm in Newberry, Florida, where they rescue, retrain, rehabilitate and heal fifteen horses, five dogs, and three cats. She has practiced tai-ji for fifteen years and rides dressage in her free time.
 

Elizabeth Carson, DVM, CVA, CVTP 
Dr. Carson obtained her DVM from the University of Florida in 2006.  She recently completed a one-year internship in acupuncture at the University of Florida Veterinary Medical Center.  Dr. Carson completed the equine acupuncture course at the Chi Institute in December of 2005.  She obtained her certification in both acupuncture and Tui-na from the Chi Institute in 2007  She has completed both the equine and small animal Advanced TCVM, Food Therapy, Tui-na, and all five of the Herbal Medicine modules at the Chi Institute.  She is currently completing her Veterinary Herbal Medicine certification.  At present, Dr. Carson is completing research on the treatment of equine anhidrosis with acupuncture and herbal therapy at the University of Florida.  She is an equine and small animal lab instructor at the Chi Institute and plans on pursuing a Master's degree in TCVM.
  Han-Wen Cheng, DVM, MS, CVA
Dr. Cheng practices in New Taipei city, Taiwan. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from National Chia Yi University in 1979. Dr. Cheng has attended numerous TCVM training events and conferences. His most recent TCVM training was the TCVM Annual Conference hosted by the Chinese Veterinary Medical Association, the China National Society of TCVM and the Chi Institute in 2012. Dr. Cheng is not only the President of The Chinese Society of Traditional Veterinary Science, but he is also the Vice Chairman of the Fourth Members Conference of Asian Society of Traditional Veterinary Medicine. Beginning in 1990, Dr. Cheng has been invited to speak by different veterinary medical associations, including the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, the Chinese Society of Traditional Veterinary Science, the Chi Institute and various universities. Dr. Cheng has received several awards including Taiwan Outstanding Veterinarian Award by National Veterinary Festival in 1999 and was recognized as one of the Top Ten International TCVM Practitioners by Global Sun Samiao Medicine research Institute in 2012.  Dr. Cheng is the owner, veterinarian, and director of Sino Union Animal Hospital. He is also the director of Chi Institute Taiwan.

Cheryl Chrisman, DVM, MS, EdS, ACVIM-Neurology, CVA 

Dr. Chrisman received her DVM from Michigan State University in 1968, an MS degree from the Ohio State University in 1974 and became certified in veterinary neurology by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 1976. Dr. Chrisman is a certified veterinary acupuncturist from the Chi Institute. She was a professor and Chief of the Neurology Service at UF for 30 years and integrated acupuncture into her neurology practice as well as a member of the UF Acupuncture Service. She is a Professor Emeritus at UF as well as the former Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and is on the Executive Board of the American Association of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.

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Roger Clemmons , DVM, PhD, DACVIM (Neurology & Neurosurgery)

Dr. Clemmons graduated with his DVM from Washington State University. There, he also was granted a PhD in veterinary science (emphasis in neurophysiology and clinical neurology). Dr. Clemmons then took a faculty position at the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine where he practiced neurology and neurosurgery for 35 years before he decided to join the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Dr. Clemmons, a board-certified specialist in Neurology, has published over 100 peer-reviewed original studies, reviews, papers and abstracts and given numerous presentations, both in the US and abroad. At UF, he has had an active research program and is known for his work on platelet physiology and in the study of neurodegenerative diseases such as degenerative myelopathy. He has developed a number of innovative neurosurgical techniques including fixation of atlantoaxial subluxation and Wobbler’s syndrome. Dr. Clemmons taught veterinary and graduate students at the University of Florida for 35 years. There, he was known for his progressive and charismatic teaching style.

Dr. Clemmons received a certified veterinary acupuncturist (CVA) from the Chi Institute in 2000.  He was certified in TCVM Food therapy (CVFT) from the Chi Institute in 2009. He integrates Veterinary Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine and nutrition into his practice. He is a national and international speaker in the field of neurology and science of veterinary acupuncture.

  Connie L. Clemons-Chevis, DVM, CVA, CVHC, CVFT, CVTP 
Dr. Clemons-Chevis received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Montevallo, Alabama in 1976 and a Master’s in Exercise Physiology from the University of Kentucky in 1980. She graduated from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986. She started her own small animal and exotic practice in 1987, which evolved into the marine mammal field in 1993. After Hurricane Katrina destroyed the marine mammal park in 2005, she started studying mixed animal acupuncture at Chi Institute and became certified in acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Food Therapy and Tui-na. She is currently working on a Master’s degree in TCVM and has two publications on acupoints in Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. Dr. Clemons-Chevis has lectured on TCVM in dolphins in China and at the IVAS and IAAAM conferences. She owns Alternative Medicine for Pets, a TCVM-exclusive, mixed animal practice in Panama and Gulfport, MS. She is also a Consultant Veterinarian for the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport, MS. She enjoys bicycling, volleyball, hiking and learning.
  Xiaolin Deng, OMD, AP, MS 
Dr. Deng received her Oriental Medical Doctor degree from Hubei University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1982.  She has practiced and taught Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in China and the United States for over 22 years.  Her clinical expertise is in the treatment of hypertension and renal diseases using TCM.  She is the owner of Mainland Acupuncture Center in Gainesville, Florida and teaches the acupuncture techniques demo for the Chi Institute acupuncture courses.
  Lynne Dennis, DVM, CVA, CVCH 

Dr. Dennis graduated from the North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1993 and completed a 1 year large animal internship at the University of Georgia CVM in 1994. After 10 years in general small animal practice, she completed the Chi Institute’s Small Animal Acupuncture course in 2003 and was certified in veterinary acupuncture. Since 2004, Dr. Dennis has practiced TCVM exclusively. She completed the Chi Institute course in Chinese Herbal Medicine in 2010 and became certified in 2012. She has also completed the courses in Small Animal and Equine TCVM Diagnostics, Classical Points and Advanced Acupuncture Techniques,  Food Therapy, Tui-na, and Evidence Based Acupuncture.  In 2012, Dr Dennis opened HarmonyVet Acupuncture and Spine Care in Madison, WI, where she offers a variety of holistic therapies including acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Food Therapy, Tui-na and reiki for small animals and horses.  She lives in Madison, Wisconsin with her husband and three children.

  Constance DiNatale, DVM, CVA 
Dr. DiNatale owns a holistic practice in Winter Park, Florida.  She uses predominantly herbs, acupuncture, nutrition and spinal manipulation to treat patients.  She took the IVAS acupuncture course in 1989, and has studied and taught with Dr. Xie at the Chi Institute since 1999.  Her favorite things to do in her spare time are to spend time with her son, Valentine, and to teach and learn at the Chi Institute.


Christine Eckermann-Ross, CVA, CVCH 

Dr. Eckermann-Ross graduated from North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2000, and has practiced at Avian & Exotic Animal Care in Raleigh, NC since her graduation.  She earned her certification in acupuncture from IVAS in 2005, and in Traditional Chinese Herbal Veterinary Medicine in 2007 from the Chi Institute.  Dr. Eckermann-Ross was appointed as an adjunct associate professor at NCSU-CVM in 2004.   Her practice is dedicated entirely to exotic animals, and incorporates conventional “Western” medicine and surgery as well as TCVM.  In addition to regular practice, Dr. Eckermann-Ross has worked as an acupuncture consultant to the North Carolina zoo.  She has spoken at regional, national and international veterinary meetings, and has written articles for a variety of professional and lay publications.  She also enjoys working with local rescue and wildlife organizations, and performing educational outreach through programs at local museums.  She enjoys running and yoga, and performing arts of all kinds!

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  Allison Faber, DVM, MS, CVA, CVCH 
Dr. Faber earned her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Florida in 1995. After practicing traditional medicine for 10 years, Dr. Faber received certification in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine through the Chi Institute. Dr. Faber has also received training in Chinese Herbal Medicine and Food Therapy, and is currently on staff as a teaching assistant at the in Reddick, Florida. A resident of the Richmond, Virginia area, Dr. Faber has combined experience in equine and small animal medicine. Alternative medicine has long been an area of interest for her, especially pertaining to health maintenance and equine performance. Dr. Faber created Full Circle Veterinary Services, PLLC to combine her firm foundation in western medicine with alternative wellness therapies for horses, dogs and cats. She has 3 children and enjoys the constant quest for balance in life.


Bruce Ferguson, DVM, MS, CVA, CVCH 
Dr. Ferguson received his MS in animal behavior in 1986 and his DVM in 1992 from the University of Florida.  He studied with IVAS in 1997 and began attending Chi Institute classes in 1998.  After he was certified in Veterinary Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine, he studied Tui-na in Beijing and, alongside Dr. Xie, developed the Veterinary Tui-na course now offered at the Chi Institute.  He has attended human acupuncture school and trains with experts in human TCM annually.  He has also trained and taught oriental martial and meditative arts for over 25 years and includes qi-gong practice in his lectures at the Chi Institute.  After moving to Perth, Western Australia in 2007, Dr. Ferguson established the Western Australian TCVM Herbal Medicine course and became an adjunct senior lecturer at the Murdoch University School of Veterinary and Life Sciences.  He is the current president of the American Association of TCVM.
 
Margaret Fowler, DVM, CVA, CVCH, CVTP, CVFT, CTCVMP
Dr. Fowler graduated Summa Cum Laude from LSU School of Veterinary Medicine in 1981. For over 20 years, she was a companion animal practitioner where her practice was voted Best of Bay County. She spent 15 years as Director of Veterinary Services at a local zoo. As a prior student of martial arts with a long interest in the Eastern lifestyle, she started training with Dr. Xie and the Chi Institute in 2005 and discovered that TCVM was her life’s passion. Dr. Fowler became certified in all 4 branches. In 2013 Dr. Xie designated her Certified TCVM Practitioner, one of only 20 in the world. She earned her Master’s degree in TCVM in August 2016 from the Chi Institute and joined the faculty shortly thereafter. Dr. Fowler has published papers in the American Journal of TCVM and the IVC, presented  papers and cases at 2 International Conferences of TCVM, and is a lab instructor and lecturer at the Chi Institute. Through the Chi Institute, Dr Fowler discovered her life’s second passion…teaching TCVM and advising TCVM veterinarians and students of the Chi Institute. Although she works closely with several conventional veterinary hospitals, Dr Fowler has devoted her practice solely to TCVM for over 11 years. Acupuncture & Holistic Veterinary Services of NW Florida has been voted Best of Panama City Beach for 8 years in a row.  She has treated animals from all over Florida, the Southeast and even internationally. Her focus is companion animals but also treats exotics, horses, and zoo animals.  Now retired from practice as of 2017, Dr Fowler devotes all of her professional time to teaching at the Chi Institute.

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Lauren Frank, DVM, CVA, CCRT, CVCH
Dr. Frank received her BS degree in Biology from California State University, Sacramento and her DVM from the University of California, Davis. In 2009, she received her certification in veterinary acupuncture (CVA) through the Chi Institute. She completed a specialty internship in Rehabilitation and Acupuncture under Dr. Huisheng Xie at the University of Florida and was certified as a Canine Rehabilitation Therapist (CCRT) through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute (CRI). In 2011, she was certified in Chinese Veterinary Herbal Medicine (CVCH) through the Chi Institute.

Dr. Frank has taught courses for veterinary students at the University of Florida; the University of California, Davis; and Washington State University. She has lectured on veterinary medicine in both the USA and internationally. Dr. Frank has also contributed to several textbooks with Dr. Xie, including editing the 3rd edition of the Chinese Veterinary Herbal Handbook, and co-authoring several chapters of the 2nd edition Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine: Fundamental Principles. Dr. Frank has been practicing Physical Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine at the University of California, Davis’ Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital since 2012.

 

Jeremy Frederick, DVM, DACVIM, CVA 

Dr. Frederick received his DVM degree in 2005 from the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Canada.  Following that he completed an internship in Large Animal Medicine and Surgery at the University of Minnesota, and a residency in Large Animal Medicine at the University of Florida. Since receiving board certification as an Large Animal Internal Medicine Specialist in 2009, he has practiced equine medicine in Australia, Florida, and New York and published papers in several veterinary journals.  While in clinical practice, Dr. Frederick developed an interest in TCVM and became certified in Veterinary Acupuncture in 2011. His practice utilizes an integrative approach utilizing both western and traditional Chinese Veterinary diagnostics and treatments.  His main clinical area of interest is sport horse performance issues. Currently his TCVM caseload includes both equine and small animal patients.

Jennifer Freeman, DVM, CVA 

Dr. Freeman was born in Chicago, IL, but has been a Floridian since she was a teen.  She wanted to be a vet since she was a young child… it must run in her family because her older sister is a veterinarian too! Most of her teenage years were spent horseback riding and spending time with her pets.

Dr. Freeman graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. She then spent two years practicing at a small animal hospital in Flagler Beach, FL. From there, she moved to the Orlando area to work at a small animal general practice, the Sanlando Springs Animal Hospital, where she became interested in alternative medicine. She attended the Chi Institute while working at Sanlando, and immediately began using her new skills! She completed the Basic Acupuncture course in December 2011, and earned her CVA in January 2012. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Freeman decided to practice TCVM exclusively and opened a mobile practice where pets could be treated in the comfort of their own homes so they could relax. She has two dogs, two cats and a horse, and is an amateur dressage rider. Her other hobbies include reading, traveling and spending time with her pets.

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Shining Guo, PhD

Dr. Guo pursued his undergraduate studies at the Qing Dao Agricultural University in Qingdao, China, where he graduated in 1990. He received his Master’s degree from the College of Veterinary Science, China Agricultural University in Beijing, China in 1997. While he was pursuing his Master’s degree, Dr. Guo served as a lecturer at his undergraduate institution, the Qing Dao Agricultural University. After receiving his Master’s degree in 1997, he continued his studies at the College of Animal Sciences, Northeast Agricultural University in Haerbing, China, where he received his Ph.D. in 2002. Currently, Dr. Guo is an Associate Professor at the College of Veterinary Medicine, South China Agricultural University in Guangzhou, China. Dr. Guo is one of the contacts in Guangzhou for the Chi Institute’s Canine Acupuncture in China program.

  Joyce Harman, DVM, CVTP 
Dr. Harman graduated from the Virginia Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine in 1984 and became a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1985. She has been certified in veterinary acupuncture for fourteen years and veterinary chiropractics for a decade. She has since completed advanced training in homeopathy and herbal medicine and is currently working on a Master's degree in TCVM. Dr. Harman has served as president of the AHVMA, chairman of the Alternative Medicine Committee for the AAEP and has been a member of the task force on alternative medicine for the AVMA. She has published 40 papers in professional publications and given many lectures to professional audiences internationally.
  Roselle Hartwigsen DVM, CVA

Dr. Roselle Hartwigsen qualified as veterinarian from the University of Pretoria in 2011. Thereafter she was certified as a Veterinary Acupuncturist in 2013 from the Chi Institute Europe. She spent the next couple of years working in private practice, integrating complimentary medicine especially acupuncture when treating patients. Her clients are found in South Africa, Botswana and Dubai. In 2016 she spent a year treating horses exclusively and bringing veterinary acupuncture to the horse racing industry in Gauteng. 

Dr Roselle has a passion for integrating complimentary veterinary medicine into daily veterinary care in South Africa.  One way she tries to achieve this is by education veterinarians through the Complimentary Veterinary Medicine Group of South Africa (CVMG), and the Chi Institute. 

  Jenna Hauck, DVM, CVA

A graduate of Georgetown University, Dr. Hauck earned her DVM from the University of Florida in 2003. Following her training at UF, Dr. Hauck completed a one-year internship in small animal internal medicine and surgery at the Wheat Ridge Animal Hospital in Denver, Colorado. She completed her Small Animal Acupuncture training and certification through the Chi Institute in 2007. Since then, she has completed the Small Animal Advanced Acupuncture course, the Veterinary Food Therapy course and will complete her last Herbal Medicine module in 2013. She practiced both TCVM and conventional veterinary medicine for several years before establishing Veterinary Acupuncture and Wellness, a holistic specialty practice in Jacksonville Beach, FL in 2011 with her business partner and friend, Dr. Courtney Cone

  Dan Hawkins, DVM, CVA 
Dr. Hawkins received his MS in Animal Physiology in 1970 from Oregon State University, his DVM in 1973 from Texas A&M University. He has been in equine practices in New York, Maryland, and Lexington, Kentucky where he practiced Theriogenology, lameness, and surgery. From 1988 to 1999, he was a faculty member in Large Animal Surgery at the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine. He became a Diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Surgeons in 1994. From 1999 to 2007, he was the Director of the clinical program and Chief Surgeon at the Dubai Equine Hospital, Dubai, U.A.E. He became certified in TCVM at the Chi Institute in 2008, completed the Advanced Equine Acupuncture Course in 2009, and received certification in animal chiropractic (IVCA) in 2010 after graduating from Options for Animals College of Animal Chiropractic. He is the Chairman of the AATCVM Research Committee and an Assistant Editor for the AJTVCM. He has a unique skill set of 35 years experience with lameness and 27 years performing surgery in both academic and private practice settings in the US and internationally. His practice is now limited to consultation, chiropractic, and acupuncture primarily on racehorses and some sport horses where he integrates conventional veterinary medicine, chiropractic and TCVM.
  Donna Hein, DVM, CVA, CVTP, CVFT 

Dr. Hein earned her DVM from Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine in 1998.  She became certified in acupuncture in 2008 with IVAS.  That same year Dr. Hein published an article in the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture entitled, “The Use of Acupuncture to Treat a Head Trauma Case in a Domestic Shorthair Cat.”  Dr. Hein became certified in Tui-na in 2011 and certified in Food Therapy in 2012 with the Chi Institute.  In 2013, she completed all 5 modules of Chinese Herbal Medicine and is in the process of completing her certification with the Chi Institute.  Dr. Hein mostly practices veterinary acupuncture in small animals and equines through her mobile services, but also practices relief services to veterinary hospitals in Northwest Houston.  When not working, Dr. Hein enjoys running, practicing martial arts and especially spending time with her family, including her 2 daughters.  She earned her black belt in May 2013, with her oldest daughter (10 yrs old) in the Korean based martial art, Kuk Sool Won.

  Skip Hightman, DVM, DOM, CVA, CVH, Diplomat NCCAOM 
Dr. Hightman is a 1975 Illinois graduate and has practiced TCVM since 1994. He has lectured and been an instructor for IVAS and the Chi Institute. Dr. Hightman is certified in veterinary chiropractic, Tui-na, NAET (allergy elimination treatment), homeopathy, and healing touch. He uses these methods in conjunction with acupuncture, herbal medicine and nutritional therapy.
  David Hirsch, DVM, CVA, CVCH 
Dr. Hirsch graduated from Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1983. He was certified by the American Chiropractic Veterinary Association in 2001, and was certified by the Chi Institute in Veterinary Acupuncture in 2002 and Herbal Medicine in 2007. He is the co-owner and co-director of Parkway Veterinary Hospitals in Cape May Courthouse and Marmora, New Jersey. Dr. Hirsch is a member of the Board of Trustees for the Atlantic Coast Veterinary Conference and a past board member for the Marine Mammal Stranding Center of New Jersey.
  Carole Holland, DVM, CVA, CVTP 
Dr. Holland is working in Wellington, Florida at the Palm Beach Equine Clinic. Her practice is focused on providing chiropractic, acupuncture and herbal medicine services. She has worked on the racetracks in New York and Florida as a "Western" practitioner for 18 years. However, after studying veterinary chiropractic and then completing the veterinary acupuncture certification at the Chi Institute, Dr. Holland changed her clinical practice and now mostly works as an alternative medicine practitioner.
Songhua Hu Songhua Hu, DVM, PhD 
Dr. Hu received his DVM in 1982 and MS in veterinary medicine in 1985 from Zhejiang Agricultural University in China. In 2002, he received his PhD from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine. He has been a faculty member of Zhejiang University College of Veterinary Medicine since 1985, and currently serves as the head of the Department of Veterinary Medicine and the director of the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. He teaches courses in TCVM, veterinary acupuncture, and veterinary immunology to undergraduate and postgraduate students. His research interests are in the mechanisms of Veterinary Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture. He has published 10 books and over 100 scientific papers, and has also obtained 11 national innovation patents.
 

Min Su Kim DVM, PhD 

Dr. Min Su Kim received his DVM from Kyungpook National University of Veterinary Medicine and PhD degree from the Seoul National University in 2006 with acupuncture and surgery studies. Then, he completed internship in acupuncture, at the University of Florida (UF) Veterinary Medical Center. He is associate professor at College of Veterinary Medicine, Chonbuk National University and has been working a research professor at Indiana Medical School. He has authored over 5 books of veterinary surgery and traditional veterinary medicine and published over 90 papers on the veterinary surgery and acupuncture effect in the peer-reviewed journals. He has been working as academic committee chair in both Korean Society of Veterinary Surgery (KSVS) and Korean Society of Traditional Veterinary Medicine (KSTVM). He has been doing one of the major speakers and instructors at the Asian Chi course (South Korean and Beijing).

Linda Lauper, DVM, CVA, CVTP, CVCH
Dr. Lauper became interested in alternative therapies when she worked as a veterinary assistant at a racetrack during college in 1986. She was introduced to acupuncture by Dr. Marvin Cain, often considered to be the “father of equine acupuncture in the United States”. Through watching Dr. Cain work with his patients, Dr. Lauper realized that she did not want to be limited to the conventional veterinary education.

She graduated from the University of Minnesota’s School of Veterinary Medicine in 1993 and, in 1995, completed an internship at the Alamo Pintado Equine Medical Center in Los Olivos, CA, where she began practicing sports medicine. In 2003, Dr. Lauper started her own practice in Northern California and incorporated acupuncture into her treatments. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Lauper attended the Chi Institute, where she refined and deepened her knowledge of TCVM. In 2003, she was certified as a Veterinary Acupuncturist and Tui-na Practitioner, and in 2006, she received her certification as a Veterinary Chinese Herbologist. Dr. Lauper works in her sport horse performance practice, H.A.P.P.E.E. Horses, Inc., in Clements, CA, and instructs at the Chi Institute whenever possible. She is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in TCVM and is looking forward to her thesis defense.

When she is not working, Dr. Lauper enjoys ranch life with her husband, Mike, and 15 year old son, Josef, where they raise and train horses and compete in various equestrian activities.


John Langlois, DVM, CVA
Dr. Langlois is a graduated of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1981. He has been an equine practitioner in Marion County, Florida for the past 32 years, where he established his own practice in 1983, with an emphasis on reproductive medicine, lameness diagnostics and surgery. Dr. Langlois has enjoyed invitations to perform surgery in Normandy, France and Santiago, Chile. In 2008, he graduated from the , where he has received advanced training in veterinary acupuncture, Chinese veterinary herbal medicine and veterinary Tui-na massage. Dr. Langlois was a member of the PELI inaugural class in 2010, and served as an instructor there in 2011 and 2012. In 2013, PELI joined IVMI, and Dr. Langlois will continue to instruct the EVMM program through the IVMI.

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  Zhongjie Liu, DVM 
Dr. Liu is a professor at China Agricultural University College of Veterinary Medicine and vice president and secretary-general of the TCVM branch of the China Association of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine. He has taught TCVM courses for both graduate and postgraduate students in universities around the world, including Iowa State, NC State, Washington State and the University of Edinburg. He is also the chief editor of the Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine textbook. He has researched the effects and mechanisms of electro-acupuncture on the hemorheological indexes and completed a study on the mechanism of Chinese herbs to anti shiga-like toxin, which was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation. He has published more than 60 research papers. He specializes in the treatment of animal diseases with acupuncture and herbal medicine, with a particular focus on treating nerve paralysis with acupuncture.

  Aituan Ma, DVM, PhD
Dr. Ma is a professor at the College of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, Agricultural University of Hebei, China. Dr. Ma graduated from the College of TCVM, University of Hebei, China in 1987 and from there she became a teaching assistant at her hometown University. She received her Master's degree of TCVM in 2005 and got her PhD from the College of Veterinary Medicine, China Agricultural University in 2008. She has authored 4 TCVM textbooks and published over 50 papers. She was a visiting professor at Cornell University, the University of Florida and the Chi Institute from 2011 to 2012.
 Marilyn Maler Marilyn Maler, DVM, CVA 

Diplomate, American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

Dr. Maler utilizes acupuncture, chiropractic and osteopathy to diagnose and treat lameness and performance problems.  She specializes in sports medicine and rehabilitation, and practices integration of modern veterinary medicine diagnostics and therapeutics with alternative modalities. This integration allows for an invaluable “whole patient” approach to veterinary medicine. Equine back pain, TMJ dysfunction and hoof balance are areas of special interest to her. 
Soon after graduating from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine with Honors in 1999, she initiated her education in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine at the Chi Institute.  She is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, Certified Veterinary Herbologist, Certified Veterinary Tui-na Practitioner and Certified Veterinary Food Therapist. In 2005, she began teaching at the Chi Institute during the basic acupuncture course. She currently also instructs at the advanced acupuncture modules and Tui-na courses. Simultaneously, she started her education in Veterinary Chiropractic, completing basic chiropractic courses at both Options for Animals and Healing Oasis Wellness Center as well as many advanced chiropractic courses.  She is certified in Veterinary Chiropractic by both the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association and American Veterinary Chiropractic Association. She also instructs at Options for Animals and is a certifying examiner for the IVCA.   

Larry D. McCaskill, DVM, CVA 
Dr. McCaskill received his DVM degree from the LSU School of Veterinary Medicine in May 1981. He opened McCaskill Veterinary Hospital in New Roads, LA, a mixed animal practice, in August, 1981.

Prior to entering veterinary school, he was an USAF Jet Fighter Pilot.  While attending veterinary school and for most of his years as a veterinary practitioner, he continued to fly. He maintained dual careers as a veterinarian and pilot for 29 years. He flew in the USAF Reserves, and was a pilot for United Airlines.

In 2008, Dr. McCaskill received his CVA from the Chi Institute. He continued his studies with the Chi Institute’s Advanced Acupuncture course in 2009 and an International Course on Veterinary Acupuncture, with Professor Song Dalu at the Nanjing Shihuang Institute of Animal Science and Technology, Nanjing, China.

Dr. McCaskill participated in the First International TCVM Conference in Lanzhou, China, in 2010. In May 2012, he was one of the staff instructors, at the Southwest China Veterinary School, Chongqing, China, for international veterinary students receiving an introductory course in Veterinary Acupuncture. Dr. McCaskill was a speaker at the Second International TCVM Conference in Suzhou, China, in October 2012.  

Dr. McCaskill currently works in his Integrative Veterinary Medicine/TCVM Referral Practice at the Jefferson Animal Hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

 Carolina Medina Carolina Medina, DVM, DACVSMR, CVA, CVCH, CVTP, CVFT 
Dr. Carolina Medina is originally from Caracas, Venezuela. She received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from St. George's University in 2005. Between 2005 and 2006, she became certified in veterinary acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, Tui-na massage and Food Therapy by the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and the China National Society of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. Also in 2005 and 2006, Dr. Medina completed a 14-month clinical internship in TCVM at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. In 2010, she became certified in canine rehabilitation therapy through the Canine Rehabilitation Institute. She was a clinical assistant professor and Chief of the Integrative Medicine service at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine from 2008-2013. She was one of the founders of the American Association of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine in 2006 and served as the secretary and treasurer from 2006-20013. She was also one of the founders of the American Journal of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and has been an Associate Editor and regular contributor since 2006. She is on the Board of Directors for the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management and the American Association of Rehabilitation Veterinarians. In 2013 Dr. Medina became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. Currently she works as a TCVM practitioner and rehabilitation specialist at Sacramento Veterinary Referral Center in Sacramento, California.
  Vasiliki "Vickie" Harvey, DVM, CVA 
Dr. Harvey graduated from the university of Florida college of veterinary medicine in 2004 and from the Chi Institute in 2005. She has been a Chi Institute equine lab instructor for the mixed animal group and guest lecturer since 2005. She was veterinarian in charge of Equigen 1999-2011, a full service equine reproduction center. Wellbeings Holistic Clinic 2011-2013, a mixed animal holistic clinic. And now Wellbeings Equine Holistic Veterinary Medicine 2013-present, an equine TCVM mobile practice serving Wellington, Orlando and the Gainesville, FL areas. She loves to ride horses, paint, sail, travel with her husband and read. Dr. Harvey lives in Winter Springs, FL with her husband, little dog and leopard desert tortoise.
Katherine Metzger-Smit, DVM, CVA, CVCH, CVTP 

Dr. Metzger-Smit grew up in South Florida. She graduated in 1988 from Florida Atlantic University School of Biological Sciences and in 1992 from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine. She practiced in the Jacksonville area for 10 years. She developed an interest in complementary medicine to augment the practice of veterinary medicine. She was certified in animal chiropractic by the AVCA in 2001. She was certified as a Veterinary Acupuncturist and Herbalist by the Chi Institute and the China Society of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine in 2000 & 2001, respectively. She moved to the Orlando area in 2002 and has practiced at the Piedmont Animal Hospital since August of that year. In 2009, she also received her certification for Tui-na, a form of gentle manipulation.

Lorena Lloret Nadal, DVM, CVA 
Dr. Lloret obtained her DVM from Murcia University in Spain in June 2002. In 2005, she obtained her veterinary acupuncture certification from the Chi Institute and the University of Chiang Mai in Thailand, where she met Dr. Xie. In 2006, she completed the University of Florida Acupuncture Internship program with Dr. Xie. She now offers TCVM as a complementary treatment to veterinary clinics around Madrid. She is the translator and editor-in-chief of the Spanish edition of TCVM: Fundamental Principles by Dr. Xie. She is the director of the Chi Institute of Europe in Madrid, Spain, where she is also one of the major speakers.
Le Ling Pang, DVM, CVA
Dr. Pang graduated with her DVM from the University of Putra, Malaysia in 2009. In 2012, she received her CVA certification from the Chi Institute. Since then, she has been integrating TCVM with conventional western medicine in her small animal practice “That’s Animal Centre”. Dr. Pang serves as a lab instructor for the Chi Institute’s Canine Acupuncture Program in Guangzhou, China. She is also an academic associate of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University Kelantan, Malaysia, with the goal of helping to develop TCVM teaching and learning throughout the country.
 Carla Pasteur Carla Pasteur, DVM, CVA, CERP 
Dr. Pasteur grew up showing horses in many disciplines, including reining, saddleseat, dressage and pleasure. She graduated in 1991 from the University of Wisconsin and opened an equine exclusive clinic in Green Bay. The practice grew to cover five counties, with emphases on reproduction and lameness. She received her acupuncture training from IVAS in 1997, sold her conventional practice and began an equine alternative practice. She has been a Chi instructor since 2005 and has lectured internationally. Her current practice encompasses TCVM, chiropractic and osteopathy, focusing on sport and performance horses.
 

Ashley Keefe Paper, DVM, CVA  
Dr. Paper is a 1992 graduate of the Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation, she worked as an associate small animal veterinarian with additional experience in zoo work; and as an emergency, surgical referral, and relief veterinarian in Jacksonville, FL. She opened the Anastasia Cat Clinic in St. Augustine, FL, in 2003 and continues to enjoy an exclusively feline practice that integrates Eastern and Western medicine. She became certified in veterinary acupuncture through the Chi Institute in 2008 and is the developer of the circadian clock. Her daughter is a student at the University of Florida and her other interests include camping, bluegrass music, jewelry making, gardening and cooking.

   

Sarah Plevin, BVMS, MRCVS, CVA, DABVP, DACVSMR

Sarah is originally from the UK, she graduated from Glasgow Veterinary School in 2003, following which she completed a surgical internship at Ocala Equine Hospital in Florida.

She is a diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners and of the American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation. Sarah became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist in 2012 and currently is a partner at Florida Equine Veterinary Associates.

 Patricia Perkins Patricia Perkins, BHS, DVM, CVA, CVCH, CAC  
Dr. Perkins has a thirty-year history training and competing dogs. She earned a Bachelor's degree in health sciences and worked for thirteen years in clinical laboratory medicine. In 2000, she graduated from the University of Missouri with a DVM. Dr. Perkins pursued veterinary acupuncture training at Colorado State University and at the Chi Institute. She completed her veterinary chiropractic training at Options for Animals and her Chinese Herbal Medicine training at the Chi Institute. She enjoys dog obedience training and showing with her Belgian Malinois, Azure, and her Whippet, Emma. She is the owner of Canine Performance Medicine, LLC and practices in suburban Kansas City, Missouri.
 
Sarah Peters, BVSc, CVA
Animals have always been Dr. Peter's life and veterinary science has been a calling for her since an early age. After having moved to South Africa from Europe, she completed high school and went on to study veterinary medicine at Onderstepoort, Pretoria. She qualified in 2000 and was in private practice when, what seemed like a miraculous recovery with TCVM by her own dog, made her explore this field in more detail. This brought her to the Chi Institute west coast acupuncture course in 2007. She has not looked back since and has added herbal courses to improve the treatment of her patients. She has now bought her own practice and will be integrating TCVM and conventional veterinary medicine on a full time basis. She is looking forward to the journey.  
Tiffany Rimar, DVM, CVA, CVCH, CVFT, CVTP 
Dr. Rimar received her BS in marine biology from the University of North Carolina - Wilmington in 1998 and her DVM from Ross University in 2005. She has been studying and practicing TCVM since 1998 and was awarded certification in 2005 by the Chi Institute and the China National Society of TCVM. Dr. Rimar was the first TCVM intern in the US at the University of Florida, and worked closely with Dr. Xie for almost two years, helping edit several of his books and articles.  Dr. Rimar has also written book chapters in Xie's Chinese Veterinary Herbology and an internal medicine textbook.  Dr. Rimar teaches basic acupuncture principles and techniques as well as advanced techniques and labs at the Chi Institute in both large and small animal classes, as well as the technician courses. Dr. Rimar now has her own peaceful clinic, Veterinary Healing Arts Center in St. Pete Beach focusing on natural healing.  She is also an associate editor for AJTCVM and has lectured in the U.S., Canada and China on TCVM principles and acupuncture techniques.

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  Joanna Robson, DVM, CVSMT, CMP, CVA, CSFT, CIT

Dr. Joanna Robson is the owner of Inspiritus Equine, Inc. and the founder of Integrated Soundness Solutions™ - a philosophy and practice of combining the best methods from Eastern and Western veterinary medicine, with top equine professionals working together, for the best diagnostic and healing approach for the patient. She is a 2002 graduate of the Washington State University Six-Year Honors Veterinary Medicine Program, and completed an internship in medicine and surgery at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon, Canada. She then completed certifications in Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy from the Healing Oasis Wellness Center in Sturtevant, and Veterinary Acupuncture from the Chi Institute. Dr. Robson is also a certified massage practitioner (Pacific School of Massage and Bodywork), and Certified Saddle-Fitting Technician (Saddlefit4Life®). She obtained her certification in Infrared Thermography through the Infraspection Institute™ and is the technical director of EquineIR. Dr. Robson also employs Western and Chinese Herbal Medicine in her daily practice.

Dr. Robson published her second book and DVD – Recognizing the Horse in Pain II and What You Can Do About It, and is a sought-after lecturer. She has spoken nationally and internationally at events such as the Equine Affaire™ and Equitana™ Germany and Asia-Pacific, Rolex Kentucky, and the 2010 World Equestrian Games. She is a long-time member of the AVMA, AAEP, AQHA, and USEF.

  Terri Rosado, DVM 

Dr. Rosado graduated from the University of California, Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine in 2005. She then completed a one-year internship at the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine in Small Animal Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, and Surgery, followed by certification in Mixed Animal Acupuncture from the Chi Institute in Reddick, FL. After working for several years at a small animal practice in Palm Coast, FL and managing an emergency clinic in St. Augustine, Terri recently opened an integrative center in Flagler Beach. She is a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Therapist and continues her holistic education through courses in Chinese herbology.

Judith Saik, DVM, DACVP

Dr. Saik graduated from LSU Veterinary School in 1980 and later completed a 3-year residency program at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School after opening a mixed practice in Maryland. She has been a lecturer at the New Bolton Center, the University of Pennsylvania and the National Institutes of Health. She currently runs a small animal clinic in Winterville, GA and is the Editor-in-chief of the AJTCVM.

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  Dayou Shi, PhD

Dr. Shi has been studying TCVM for over a decade. He began his academic career when he received his Bachelor’s of TCVM degree from the Sichuan Institute of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine in Chongqing, China. Dr. Shi then pursued his TCVM education at the South China Agricultural University in Guangzhou, where he received his Master’s degree of TCVM and his PhD. He currently works as an Associate Professor for the College of Veterinary Medicine, South China Agricultural University. Dr. Shi performs an important role for the Chi Institute, as he is the coordinator in China for the Canine Acupuncture program in Guangzhou, China.

  Deng-Shan Shiau, PhD

After receiving his PhD degree in Statistics from the University of Florida in 2001, Dr. Shiau started his clinical research career with research faculty positions at UF in Neuroscience (and later Biomedical Engineering) department to study the dynamics of electroencephalogram (EEG) from patients with seizure disorders.  Since 2008, Dr. Shiau has served as the Vice President of Scientific Affairs at Optima Neuroscience, Inc., a bio-tech company that he co-founded to develop software and hardware devices for brain function monitoring.  During the past 8 years, Dr. Shiau has been leading several NIH-funded clinical studies (approximate $4.7M in total funding).  He also led the study design and data analysis for obtaining FDA approvals.  With his training in experimental design and experience in clinical research and scientific writing, Dr. Shiau currently teaches Research Methods and Master Thesis I & II courses of Master’s Degree Program at Chi Institute.

 

Sa-Kyeng Shin, DVM, MS, CVA, CVCH, CVT, CVFT

Dr. Shin received her Masters of Veterinary Medicine degree from South Korea’s Chungnam National University in 2009. In 2010 she took her first course with the Chi Institute and within a year, she earned the Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA), Certified Veterinary Chinese Herbalist (CVCH), Certified Veterinary Food Therapist (CVFT) and Certified Veterinary Tui-na Practitioner (CVTP) certifications. During this time, she also completed an acupuncture visiting practitioner internship under TCVM expert, Dr. Huisheng Xie. Dr. Shin currently practices Oriental medicine at the Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital of Seoul National University in Seoul, South Korea. In 2015, Dr. Shin took on the role of Director and Representative of Chi Institute Korea.
Karen Spracklen Karen L. Spracklen, DVM, CVA 
Dr. Spracklen is originally from Goshen, Indiana and received her BS and DVM degrees from Purdue University.  She was certified in animal chiropractic through the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association in 1996 and she completed her certification in veterinary acupuncture through the Chi Institute in 1999.  Karen owns the Holly Lane Veterinary Service, an equine practice entirely devoted to complementary therapies - primarily acupuncture, chiropractic and Chinese herbs.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading and dressage riding.
Don Thompson, DVM, CVA, CVCH, FAAVA
Dr. Thompson was raised on a Registered Holstein-Friesian dairy farm with his nine siblings on the Canadian border of Northern New York. He graduated from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1984 and practiced in Northern Vermont in large and small animal private practice until 2013, with an even distribution of small animal, equine, and food and fiber patients.  Dr. Thompson now owns Elk Park Animal Hospital in Southwestern Colorado, an integrative large and small animal practice. He is certified in both Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine by both the Chi Institute of TCVM and the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture. Contributions to the veterinary profession include numerous lectures around the United States and in China, teaching assistant for both the Chi Institute and IVAS and has authored a chapter for the Chi Institute’s Practical TCVM textbook pending publication.

Gregory Todd, DVM, CVA  

Dr. Todd graduated from the University of Florida with a DVM in 1988.  In 1993, Dr. Todd became an apprentice to Dr. Patrick Sullivan, AP, and began studying Traditional Chinese Medicine.  In 1996, he became certified by IVAS.  His studies continued at the Chi Institute.  He has lectured and instructed nationally and internationally for IVAS, the North American Veterinary Conference and the Chi Institute.  Dr. Todd practices integrative veterinary medicine at the Animal Hospital of Dunedin in the Tampa Bay Area. Read his faculty spotlight here

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Rieko Miura Tran, BVSc, CVA, CVCH, CVTP  
Dr. Tran was born and raised in Hokkaido, Japan. After she graduated from Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine (Japan) in 1994, she moved to the United States. She has been practicing small animal medicine and surgery in Northern Virginia since 1999. She is certified in Veterinary Acupuncture (2007), Tui-na (2008), and Chinese Herbal Medicine (2011) through the Chi Institute. She is an owner of Pearl Veterinary Holistic Medicine (the division of Internal Medicine) at the Referral Center of Northern Virginia, where she provides Chinese medicine to companion animals. In her spare time, she works as a criticalist in the Prince William Emergency Veterinary Clinic.

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Cher Chong TsePeng, DVM, CVA   

Dr. Chong first pursued Microbiology (hons) in UPM, then she graduated with her DVM from University of Putra, Malaysia in 2011.  In 2014, she became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist  from the Chi Institute. Since then, she's been integrating TCVM into her small animal practice, Chong Veterinary Clinic. She is currently continuing Tui-na, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Food Therapy with Chi Institute.

 Karen Turner Knarr Karen Turner Knarr, DVM, CVA, CVFT, CVCH 
Dr. Turner Knarr is a 1989 graduate of the Auburn College of Veterinary Medicine. She took the mixed-animal course at the Chi Institute in 2004 and became a certified acupuncturist in 2005. She integrates TCVM with western medicine at her animal hospital, located in Chattanooga,TN, that she co-owns with her husband, Robert. Dr. Turner Knarr enjoys spending time with her family, Robert and her children, Katheryn and Jackson. Her hobbies include walking, primitive rug hooking and horseback riding. She also enjoys competing in dressage.
 
Mitsie Vargas, DVM, CVA, CVFT 

Dr Vargas received her DVM from Tuskeegee University in 1994. In 1996 she established her AAHA acredited Orchid Springs Animal Hospital in Winter Haven, FL. In 2009 she completed her certification in Reconnective energy healing and started her studies at Chi Institute, eventually garnering the Certified TCVM Practitioner status (certifications in Acupuncture,Chinese Herbology, Food therapy and Tui-Na).  She is also a certified veterinary journalist and has published hundreds of newspaper articles including her book Alt-Vet:The Revolutionary Pet Care and Longevity Solution. She is the AVMA Spokesperson for Hispanic market. She's earned many awards including Purina National Pet Care Award, Bay News 9 Medical Hero Award, Brighthouse Business Award, Girls Inc "She knows where she is going award" and the FVMA Gold award. She served as a TCVM consultant for Disney Animal kingdom and started in 2015 as a TA for the Acupuncture program at Chi Institute. She is currently pursuing her Master's degree in TCVM. She was named "America's Favorite Veterinarian" 2015 by the AVMF.


Cynthia Wallis DVM, CVA, CVCH  
Dr. Wallis is a 1988 graduate of the Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine.  After graduation, she worked at the Brookfield Zoo and the Cincinnati Zoo before entering private practice.  She took the CSU acupuncture course in 1997/98 and TA'd the course for three years after that.  She is IVAS certified and has been an examiner for the IVAS certification exam.  She is certified in veterinary spinal manipulative therapy through the Healing Oasis.  She has been studying advanced veterinary acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Food Therapy at the Chi Institute since 2002 and became a Certified Chinese Veterinary Herbalist (CVCH) in 2009. Dr. Wallis currently has a mixed animal practice in Colorado where her practice is exclusively acupuncture, chiropractic and Chinese Herbal Medicine.

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 Lindsey Wedemeyer Lindsey Wedemeyer, MA, VetMB, CVA, CVH, MRCVS 
Dr. Wedemeyer earned her Bachelor's degree in pharmacology from Cambridge University in 2001.  She received both her Veterinary degree and her Master's degree from Cambridge University and became a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in 2004.  Dr. Wedemeyer studied acupuncture with IVAS, becoming certified in 2005.  She studied and became certified in herbal medicine at the Chi Institute, and has completed both the equine and the canine advanced TCVM courses at the Chi Institute.  After running her own TCVM referral practice in the UK for three years, Dr. Wedemeyer moved to the US.  She is currently studying for her Master's degree in TCVM, and is co-authoring and editing several TCVM textbooks with Dr. Xie.  She is an associate editor of the AJTCVM.  She also designed the new AATCVM and AJTCVM websites and currently serves as the AATCVM IT Committee Chairperson.  Dr. Wedemeyer is a lecturer and lab instructor at the Chi Institute for the Small Animal Acupuncture course.
  Cynthia West DVM, CVA, CVTP  

Dr. West graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. After completing a 15-month internship at Hollywood Animal Hospital, she practiced primarily conventional Western Medicine at her own small and exotic companion animal clinic in Plantation, Florida for 19 years. After selling her South Florida practice, she began to study TCVM at the Chi Institute. In 2008, after becoming certified in Veterinary Acupuncture and Tui-na by the Chi Institute, she opened her new practice, Alternative Veterinary Medicine, located just north of Tallahassee, Florida. She now practices primarily TCVM and integrated medicine for small and exotic companion animals. Due to the growing demand for holistic medicine, she has begun to practice TCVM for equine patients as well. She has recently completed the advanced acupuncture course for small animals, and currently TA's the Small Animal Acupuncture course at the Chi Institute. She will soon complete her certification in both Chinese Veterinary Herbal Medicine and Food Therapy. She plans to expand her study of holistic medicine to include energy medicine in the near future.  Her energy is renewed by relaxing with her critter family on her farm in South Georgia.

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 Jianqin Xu Jianqin Xu, DVM 
Dr. Xu is a professor and PhD supervisor of the College of Veterinary Medicine in China Agricultural University in Beijing, China.  He is the president of the China National Society of TCVM, and is a member of the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture's Panel for New Veterinary Drugs. He is also the deputy and chief-editor of several scientific journals, including Acta Veterinaria et Zootechnica SinicaChinese Journal of Veterinary ScienceProgress in Veterinary Medicine, and Information on Animal Health Products.  His research area includes gastrointestinal structural damage and repair, clinical application of Chinese herbs and their mechanisms, and the research and development of new traditional veterinary drugs.  He is also the project leader of six National Natural Science Foundation projects.  He is the winner of four national innovation patents and a research award from the National Natural Science Foundation and the Ministry of Agriculture. He has supervised 35 PhD and Master's students, and has authored 20 books and 80 scientific articles in the field of TCVM.
 Madeline Yamate Madeline Yamate, DVM, CVA, MBA 
Dr. Yamate received her BA from Amherst College in 1982, MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University in 1991, and DVM from the University of California, Davis, in 2005. She is certified in Veterinary Acupuncture, Veterinary Herbal Medicine and Veterinary Tui-na by the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and China National Society of TCVM. From 2006-2007, she was an acupuncture intern at the University of Florida, Gainesville. Dr. Yamate has lectured on Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine and TCVM nationally and is a lecturer and teaching assistant at the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. Currently, Dr. Yamate is the Marketing Director for the American Journal of Traditional Veterinary Medicine and an associate veterinarian at the Integrative Veterinary Center in CA.
 Carlos Zamora Carlos Zamora, DVM, CVA 
Dr. Zamora got his DVM at Universidad Central de Venezuela, Maracay, Venezuela in 1997. He was certified as an Equine Chiropractor by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association at Illinois in 1998. In 2000, Dr. Zamora became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist at the Chi Institute and China National Society of TCVM. He has been pursuing a Master's degree in TCVM since 2004. Currently, he is practicing at the Central Equine Hospital of Ocala, Florida with emphasis on reproduction, lameness, chiropractic and acupuncture.
  Jifang Zheng, DVM 
Dr. Zheng received his DVM in 1983 from the College of Sichuan Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine. Over the last 20 years, he has successfully researched and detected AES of acupoints and Meridians in sheep, conducted acupuncture and acupoint immune studies, overseen the study on Pi-Xu Zheng with electrogastrogram in cows, the study and development of TCVM nationally, the prevention of cholera gallinarium with TCVM, and the prevention and cure of viral disease in livestock. At present, Dr. Zheng is a Review specialist for new veterinary drugs for the Chinese Ministry of Agriculture, a senior member of the Chinese Association of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine, the chief TCVM scientist for the Institute of Animal & Pharmaceutics Science, Master's advisor of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, committee member of the Chinese Association of Institute of TCVM, editor of the Journal of TCVM, executive director of the Northwest Subcommittee of Chinese Association of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine, and a visiting professor at Southwestern University.

 




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Karen Turner Knarr
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Visiting Speakers


 

Reed Holyoak Reed Holyoak, DVM, PhD, CVA 
Dr. Holyoak received his DVM from Washington State University in 1988. He then went on to receive his PhD from the University of Kentucky in 1992 and specialty board certification from the American College of Theriogenologists in 2000. He received his veterinary acupuncture certification from the Chi Institute in 2009. In 2012, Dr. Holyoak assisted with the Veterinary Acupuncture Introduction Course cosponsored by China Southwest University and the Chi Institute in Chongqing, China. He currently holds the Bullock endowed professorship of Equine Theriogenology at Oklahoma State University and is also head of the Veterinary Clinical Sciences Department, Center for Veterinary Health Sciences. He is working on a variety of research projects, including: infectious diseases affecting reproduction; embryo-pathogen/toxin interactions with equine arteritis virus and others; embryo transfer in large animal species including food animals and equine.
Sarah le Jeune Sarah le Jeune, DVM, DACVS, DECVS, CVA 
Dr. le Jeune is originally from Belgium and received her DVM degree from the University of Liege in Belgium in 1999. After completing a residency in equine surgery at UC Davis, Dr. le Jeune became a board-certified surgeon and has been a member of the UC Davis Equine Surgery faculty since 2003. Since becoming certified in veterinary acupuncture, she has integrated acupuncture and TCVM into her equine practice.
  Ronald B. Koh, DVM, MS, CVA, CVCH, CVFT 
Dr. Koh received his DVM from the National Chung Hsing University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2006. He was certified as a CVA in 2009 and he was certified as a CVCH and a CVFT by the Chi Institute in 2010. He completed a clinical internship in acupuncture at the University of Florida (UF) under Dr. Xie’s direct supervision and received his Master’s degree for his investigation of the use of acupuncture and herbal medicine for the treatment of Cushing’s disease in dogs in 2012 from UF. Dr. Koh is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences of the School of Veterinary Medicine at Louisiana State University. He has lectured on acupuncture, herbal and integrative medicine at veterinary conventions in the US and abroad. He is a committee member of the American Association of TCVM.
  Robert MacKay, BVSc (Dist), PhD

Dr. MacKay received his veterinary degree (BVSc) from Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand in 1975. After 3 years of dairy practice in New Zealand, he did an internship at the University of California, Davis (1977-78) and a residency in large animal medicine at the University of Florida (1978-80). In 1981, he became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathology at the University of Florida. Dr. MacKay serves as a Professor of Large Animal Medicine at the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine, where his clinical interests include general internal medicine with a special interest in clinical neurology. His areas of research focus are equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM), anhidrosis and endotoxemia of horses.

  Mushtaq Memon, BVSc, PhD, CVA 
Dr. Memon received his veterinary education in Pakistan, residency training in Food Animal Med & Surgery from the University of Illinois, and his PhD in Theriogenology from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Memon is a Diplomate, American College of Theriogenologists. He received veterinary acupuncture certification from the Chi Institute in 2008. Dr. Memon is Associate Professor, Dept. of Vet Clinical Sciences and the Allen School for Global Animal Health at Washington State University (WSU). He was instrumental in starting the Complementary & Alternative Vet Med program at WSU. Dr. Memon was Fulbright Scholar in Oman during ’05-’06. Based upon his dedication to global causes, he was selected from distinguished Fulbright Alumni to serve as Fulbright Ambassador. With his strong commitment to serve humanity, the worthy cause has taken him to more than 25 countries. Dr. Memon supports Chi Institute in various ways. He suggested starting the Chi scholarship program, and he was the 1st recipient of the Chi Faculty scholarship to complete his acupuncture training. Recently, he encouraged Chi Institute starting the summer Vet Student acupuncture program in China. Dr. Memon intends to assist the Chi Institute in spreading the Qi worldwide, especially to the Middle East and N. Africa.
Justin Shmalberg Justin Shmalberg, DVM, CVA, DACVIM

Dr. Shmalberg is currently the Clinical Associate Professor & Service Chief Integrative Medicine Medical Director at the Small Animal Hospital of the University of Florida. He obtained his veterinary degree from the University of Wisconsin and completed the mixed animal acupuncture internship under Dr. Xie at the University of Florida. After completing his internship he went on to become a resident at the UF College of Veterinary Medicine. He has published several articles on the mechanism and efficacy of veterinary acupuncture in peer-reviewed journals.  His specific interests include Nutritional supplements, Integrative medicine, Nutritional oncology and Energy expenditure during rehabilitation.

 

Jose Zilberschtein Jose Zilberschtein Juffe, DVM, PhD, MS, CVA, CRhV 
Dr. Zilberschtein received his DVM degree in 1991, Master of Science degree in Veterinary Acupuncture in 1995 and Diploma in Advanced University Teaching in 1997, all from Buenos Aires University, Argentina. He received his Diploma in Veterinary Rehabilitation from Barcelona University, Spain in 1999 and his PhD degree in 2002 from the Department of Animal Medicine and Surgery Science at the University of Murcia, Spain. He received training in a TCVM Continuing Education externship 2003/2004 and is currently involved in various acupuncture researches with Dr. Huisheng Xie, in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida. Dr. Zilberschtein was hired by the University of Murcia as an academic staff professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine, in the Medicine and Clinic Surgery Department, and became a clinical faculty member in the Veterinary Medicine Teaching Hospital of the University of Murcia in the Surgery and Clinic Equine Service and the Acupuncture, Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation Service. He has given lectures at national and international meetings and congresses in different countries and continents, and is author and co-author of books and scientific publications. Dr. Zilberschtein became the first clinician of complementary and alternative veterinary medicine at a public university in Spain. He is one of the major speakers and instructors in the veterinary acupuncture course offered by the Chi Institute Europe in Madrid, Spain.