Peter Fairfield, B.A., DOM (Swami Premanand), Full Professor
Peter received his Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree from New England School of Acupuncture in Watertown, Massachusetts in 1978. He went on to complete his Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from the New College of California in San Francisco in 1981. In 1987 and 1988 Peter received additional clinical education at Xi Yuan Hospital in Beijing China studying traditional Chinese and Western medicine. In 1990, Peter graduated from the Upledger Institute in Cranial-Sacral Therapy and Somato-emotional release. He went on to study Tibetan Medicine at the Hospital of Traditional Tibetan Medicine in Lhasa, Tibet, in 1993. That same year, he also studied in Chungdu, China at Chungdu Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  In 2003, Peter studied the Medical application of Qi Gong at the Shanghai College of Tradition Chinese Medicine in Shanghai, China. Peter has over 45 years of experience in Oriental medicine specializing in transformative and psychiatric issues. Internationally he teaches professional seminars on integrated and Oriental Medical Psychiatry. He is the founder of the Dept. of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, a separately licensed department at Pacific College of Naturopathic Medicine in San Rafael, CA.  Peter was an acupuncturist at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, and toured with many high-end musicians and speakers. He currently has the Tara Center for Health and Happiness in Santa Fe. His book DEEP HAPPY is an international best seller.

Elizabeth Fordyce, B.A., D.O.M., Dipl. Ac., L.M.T., Associate Professor
Elizabeth received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Fine Arts from the University of Puget Sound, in Tacoma, Washington, in 1980. She moved to Santa Fe, NM where she graduated from the Academy of Massage and Advanced Healing Arts in 1988 and in 1989 she went on to study sports and emergency medicine at the University of NM. In 1993, she was awarded a Master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College. Elizabeth moved to Austin, TX where she lived and worked as a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist for 25 years. In 2004, she joined the faculty and clinical staff at the Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin teaching Dr. Richard Tans' Balance method and Tung's Acupuncture for the Acupuncture department where she taught for 15 years. Elizabeth returned to Santa Fe in 2018 and has resumed her work supervising in the student clinic at Southwest Acupuncture College and treating patients in her private practice.

David Ruther, D.O.M., Rxl., C.L.M.Trp.T., Dipl. Ch. H., Dipl. Ac., Associate Professor
David completed his Master of Science in Oriental Medicine Degree from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine in 1992. From 1996-1998 he received OBGYN acupuncture certification training with Bob Flaws. David interned at Dong Zhi Men and Quan Jie Hospitals in Beijing China in 1992 and 1999. He went on to earn his certificate in Injection Therapy and the Evolution of Chinese Medicine in 2006 and in 2008, he completed his studies at the American Institute for Myofascial Studies in Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction. In addition to a strong background in TCM, David emphasizes a lot of modern approaches from Dr. Tan, Tung's acupuncture, and Japanese acupuncture from Kiiko Matsumoto, and Mia Kawai.   He incorporates myo-fascial evaluations and acupuncture for musculo-skeletal problems.  David uses modern nutritional protocols as well as herbal formulas. He has offered numerous acupuncture presentations and has been an actively practicing clinician for 27 years.




Debby Shapiro, B.S.N., L.Ac., Associate Professor Debby graduated with a Bachelor in Nursing from Hebrew University in Jerusalem in 1982. She completed her Masters of Traditional Oriental Medicine, graduating magna cum laude from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 1992. Debby is well versed in Chinese herbology and completed a course in the Emotional and Spiritual Functions of Chinese Medicine in 2001 at the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture in Gainesville, Florida.  She then became an instructor and clinic supervisor of that same course at The Academy.  She has also been an instructor at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is a past-president (1997-1999) of the Acupuncture Association of Colorado and maintains a private practice in Lakewood, Colorado.



Nell Clark, B.S., M.S.T.C.M., R.N., L.Ac., Instructor
Nell earned her B.S in Nursing in 2000. After completing her nursing degree at the University of Texas in Austin and working in the field for a number of years, she began her journey to study traditional Chinese medicine. She graduated from the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2008. Nell has been in private practice for nine years, all the while still working in emergency rooms as a RN. Nell has studied Esoteric Acupuncture, Five Element Pediatric Acupuncture and Facial Rejuvenation.


Rachael Rose, M.S.O.M, L.Ac., Associate Professor Rachel earned her B.S. in Industrial Psychology from Edgewater State College in 1992 and went on to study at the University of Colorado to do graduate work in Behavioral Neuroscience as well as MCDB Biology courses. In 2003, Rachael graduated from SWAC, Boulder campus. She hit the ground running after graduation starting a successful practice, Full Circle Wellness Center in the North West Denver Highlands. In practice she primarily uses extraordinary meridians, ear points and lots of moxa. She credits her successful results to the effect of treatment to calm the central nervous system. She loves her work and loves to teach. Rachael specializes in anxiety disorders, autoimmune disease; sleep disorders including night terrors, cosmetic acupuncture and sports medicine.