Niki Bilton holds 3 degrees from the College of Traditional Acupuncture (UK) and served on its faculty from 1988-1999, holding the positions of Clinical Supervisor, Advanced Training Tutor, and Dean of Post Graduate Studies. Niki has offered/taught seminars and clinical events throughout Europe and North America since 1995. She is President of Tending Shen Inc., providing treatment and graduate education, and Academic Dean of Onigiara College of Acupuncture and Moxabustion, Ontario, Canada.
Shannon Conrad completed her Five Element Acupuncture training at the Tai Sophia Institute in Columbia, MD in 2007. She holds an MA from Columbia University on Chinese studies, and lived in China for four years. Prior to starting acupuncture school she worked as a Sinologist and consultant on China-related topics for the Voice of America Radio, and U.S. Department of Labor. Shannon practices in Portland, OR, and leads trips for Five Element Acupuncturists to study in Chinese hospitals.
Thea Elijah has been a student of Chinese herbal medicine for 20 years. She is the former Director of the Chinese Herbal Studies Program at TAI Sophia Institute and at the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture. She has studied with Ted Kaptchuk, Leon Hammer, and has worked closely with Lonny Jarrett. Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallee and JR Worsley have been equally influential in shaping her understanding of the depth of Chinese medicine. Thea is memorable, poetic and always clinically relevant.
David Ford believes that the form of Taoist wilderness-based, Five-Element acupuncture he teaches is the shamanic foundation of our medicine. He graduated from TAI in Maryland and has been practicing and teaching Oriental medicine for 37 years. David studied acupuncture with JR Worsley, who told him, “to learn this medicine you need to observe nature and children, and forget about the books. For 50 years, David has been living this profound advice as he explores the deep Alaskan and New Zealand wilderness’s to truly understand the Elements and bring them back into his teaching and clinic practices to help illuminate the ancient roots of our sacred medicine.
David Goodell is a 26-year veteran of Five-Element Acupuncture. He completed his initial training at the Traditional Acupuncture Institute and studied extensively with JR and Judy Worsley from 1984 to 2007. He supervised as the TAI clinic in Columbia, MD and has since mentored many students during their clinical years in Seattle. David is also an avid T’ai Chi practitioner and has taught it since 1982.
Neil Gumenick is Founder and Director of The Institute of Classical Five-Element Acupuncture Inc. and has been in practice since 1981. He holds 3 degrees from the College of Traditional Acupuncture (UK) and an Advanced Teacher certification. Neil has written and taught extensively on the spirits of every point. He was a 10-year participant and senior coach in MAP™, has taught at numerous Oriental medical schools and symposia internationally, and is a longstanding columnist for Acupuncture Today.
Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallee:
Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallee is an internationally recognized author and scholar in the field of Chinese medical classics. Beginning in 1976, she collaborated with scholars Fr. Larre and Dr. Jean Schatz on publications on Chinese philosophy and classical Chinese medical texts. Her published works include numerous texts in French, Latin, and English.