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New Mexico Faculty

Please Note: D.O.M. (Doctor of Oriental Medicine) is the title granted by the state of New Mexico upon licensing. L.Ac. (Licensed Acupuncturist) is the title granted by the state of Colorado upon licensing.


Chief Executive Officer

Anthony Abbate, D.O.M.
Anthony has specialized in business management and public relations for various health organizations since 1973. At that time, he also began his study of the healing arts, with a concentration in western herbs and nutrition, which led to training in traditional Oriental medicine. He graduated from the acupuncture program of the Institute of Traditional Medicine in 1983 and completed advanced studies at Southwest Acupuncture College in 1988. Anthony is a licensed Doctor of Oriental Medicine in the state of New Mexico and President of Southwest Acupuncture College. From 1989-1996, he served as President of the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM), the national organization that contributes to the development of professional programs in the field of Oriental medicine.


Executive Director

Skya Abbate, D.O.M., Dipl. Ac., Dipl. C.H., M.A. Sociology, M.P.S. (Master of Pastoral Studies), MA Bioethics and Health Policy,
Full Professor

Skya began her career as a medical sociologist serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Brazil, and then later taught in the Sociology Department of the University of Rhode Island from 1978-1981. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from Salve Regina College, Newport, RI 1973, where she graduated summa cum laude and class valedictorian, and an M.A. in Sociology from the University of Rhode Island conferred in 1978. Following pre-med studies at the University of Rhode Island 
in 1983, Skya graduated from the acupuncture program of the Institute of Traditional Medicine in Santa Fe, NM. She then undertook two advanced clinical training programs with the Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing, China in 1988 and 1989. She holds a Masters degree in Pastoral Studies (Loyola University New Orleans, 2012), a M.A in Bioethics and Health Policy (Loyola University Chicago, 2016), and is currently enrolled in the doctoral program of Bioethics at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School Medicine.
Skya is a licensed Doctor of Oriental Medicine in the state of New Mexico, Executive Director of Southwest Acupuncture College with campuses in Santa Fe, NM and Boulder, CO. She was former President of the New Mexico Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and has served for over six years as an educational expert and Commissioner for the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM), the national organization that accredits professional degree programs in Oriental medicine.
Skya is the author of fourteen books and authored over thirty-six journal articles published in such prestigious journals as the American Journal of Acupuncture, the Journal of Chinese Medicine, the New England Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Acupuncture Today where she served for six years as the needle technique columnist. With over thirty years of private practice, teaching, and writing in Oriental medicine, she is one of the most respected and prolific women writers in Oriental medicine in the Western world. She teaches both nationally and internationally, and at Southwest Acupuncture College.


Henry Ahlefelder, M.S.O.M., D.O.M., Instructor
Henry Ahlefelder currently practices at his clinic, The Acupuncture Center of Los Alamos, in northern New Mexico. He graduated from Southwest Acupuncture College in 2007. Henry studied both acupuncture as well as esoteric forms of traditional meditation and healing in India and Nepal. He was previously based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands where he worked as the European sales manager for the Yogi Tea Company, and helped develop and promote the brand and its philosophy of organic and sustainable development. He also travelled extensively teaching yoga, meditation and healing, and was featured in a variety of television and newspaper articles including the BBC’s Heaven and Earth program. In 2013 he published his first book, The Way of the Divine Everyman, which is currently being translated for publication in Sweden and Poland. Dr. Ahlefelder regularly returns to Europe to teach acupuncture, meditation and healing.


Pamela Barrett, B.Us., D.O.M., Dipl. O.M Instructor 
Pamela received her Bachelor of University Studies in 1992 from the University of New Mexico in Harp performance and Social Psychology. She graduated from Southwest Acupuncture College in 2009 with a Masters in Oriental Medicine and then completed an internship through Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine in China at the Harbin Traditional Medicine Hospital (2009). She is nationally certified with NCCAOM. Since 2009, she has practiced with her mentor specializing in making and using Chinese herbal remedies. After training with Acupuncturists Without Borders in 2013, she volunteered with the Military Stress Relief Project, a weekly community style acupuncture clinic for veterans, active duty personnel, and their families. She is National Acupuncture Detox Association (NADA) certified and is a NM state recognized Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist supervisor. Pamela currently resides in Albuquerque, NM, and enjoys her garden and pet bird. She will be the new Clinic Director starting in January 2018. 


Steven Bennett, M.S.O.M., D.O.M., Associate Professor
Steven received his Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine in 2004. He provides pain relief and constitutional treatments in Albuquerque NM where he maintains an Oriental medical practice. Steven specializes in Chinese pulse diagnosis and in developing customized herbal formulas. He has studied extensively with Dr. Jimmy Wei-Yen Chang on Pulsynergy technique. Steven began his medical career as a medic in the Army, where he was awarded the Expert Field Medical Badge. After the Army he studied Biology and developed an interest in Ethnobotany,. Steven completed an apprenticeship in 1998 in Shiatsu massage therapy before going on to study Oriental medicine. He has worked with organizations such as Healthcare for the Homeless, as attending Acupuncturist at Casa los Arboles, a residential recovery program for homeless men, and the Sandoval County Stars Program, a multiple DWI offender treatment and recovery program. Dr. Bennett enjoys hiking in the mountains and deserts of the Southwest to locate and identify medicinal and edible plants and mushrooms.


Debra Boehme, Ph.D., D.O.M., LPCC, CSIM Instructor, NM DMAT Team Member, Instructor
Deb joined the college as a clinical supervisor in 2011. She completed her first three years of study at the International Institute of Chinese Medicine and completed her last two semesters at Southwest Acupuncture College in 2004. She received her Ph.D. in Health Promotion and Wellness from the University of New Mexico in 1988 and in 1979 a Masters in Counseling and Physical Education, both from Kansas State University. She also has a client base at East/West Integrated Pain and Rehab Center and is a trainer for Acupuncturists Without Borders. Deb brings the worlds of both eastern and western medicine together as a result of her twenty plus years as a state employee with the Emergency Medical Services Bureau/Disaster Preparedness and is a member of the New Mexico Disaster Medical Assistance Team where she serves as a mental health clinician.


Hilary Broadbent, B.A., Ph.D., D.O.M., Full Professor
Hilary received a Bachelor of Arts degree with dual majors in Biology and Ancient Greek from Barnard College in 1986, and a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology from Brown University in 1993. Following several years as a postdoctoral researcher at Oxford University, she returned to the United States to study acupuncture, first at the Arizona School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Tucson, and then at Southwest Acupuncture College, where she earned her Masters degree in Oriental Medicine in 2003. Hilary teaches Taiji Quan and Qi Gong privately and has an acupuncture practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


Brian Carey, M.S.O.M., D.O.M., Instructor
Brian has run a private acupuncture and herbal clinic on Albuquerque's Westside since 2005 where he practices Classical Chinese and Japanese styles of acupuncture and provides Traditional Chinese Medicine herbal therapy. He graduated in 2004 from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine. In 2002, he studied at the World Health Organization’s acupuncture training center in Beijing, China at various hospitals in Beijing. Brian also has an extensive background in business and technology management.


Yu Shu Cheng, M.S., Dipl. Ac., Dipl. C.H., D.O.M., Full Professor
Yu Shu Cheng completed her undergraduate studies at Chang Chun College of Acupuncture,  graduating in 1983 with a Master’s degree in Chinese Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine. She then taught courses on the classical Chinese medical texts for two years at the same college. From 1985 to 1988, she specialized in pulmonary medicine as part of her graduate program, also taking courses in Japanese language. After her graduate studies she began work in the University Hospital of Chang Chun where she worked for 7 years as a cardiologist in the inpatient department of the hospital. Dr. Cheng has also been involved in extensive research in the fields of pulmonary, cardiac, and renal medicine and has participated in the publication of over 20 journals and 10 books on these subjects. Yu Shu currently has a private practice in Los Alamos where she specializes in Chinese herbal medicine and acupuncture.


Walter Eddy, B.S., D.O.M., M.T.O.M, L. Ac. DNBAO, Full Professor
Walter Eddy received his under-graduate degree of Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry from San Diego State University in 1981 and his degree of Master of Science Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, California in 1995. He earned a California secondary teaching credential in Biology and Chemistry, and taught Western science to underprivileged youth at the Elementary Institute of Science in San Diego, California. In addition, Walter is a diplomate of the National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics. He is recognized by the Academy for Guided Imagery as a Certified Interactive Imagery Guide. He is board-certified by the NBHA and IMDHA as a medical and clinical hypnotherapist. Walter also has training in Cranial Sacral Therapy, St. Johns Neuromuscular Therapies, and neurolinguistic programming. Walter combines all these modalities with genuine compassion, insight, and respect for his patients to provide the very best in healthcare in his private practice in Santa Fe, NM.


Teresa Vergara Flowers, B.S., Associate Professor
Teresa became a certified pharmacy technician in 2002. In 2003, she enlisted in the United States Army and was stationed in the Combat Support Hospital at Yongsan Garrison in Seoul, South Korea. In 2007, she was assigned to the Brooke Army Medical Center at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio until 2010. Teresa holds an Associates of Arts Degree from the University of Maryland in General Education and a Bachelors of Science degree in Human Services from Wayland Baptist University. Teresa has worked at Lovelace Women’s Hospital and taught at Brookline College and CNM. Teresa is currently pursuing her Maters degree in Business Administration and Leadership at Grand Canyon University. She currently resides in Rio Rancho, NM and maintains a busy pace by keeping up with her husband and four children.


Bevonnie Garuti, M.S.O.M., D.O.M., Instructor
Bevonnie Garuti received her B.A. in Psychology and English from Central Connecticut State University. She worked with the severely mentally ill and homeless populations following her graduation. These experiences led her to an interest in the mind-body connection, to different types of healing, and ultimately to Traditional Chinese Medicine. After graduating from Southwest Acupuncture College in 2005, she began treating patients with conditions of altered metabolism, particularly hormonal imbalances and thyroid disease. Bevonnie’s treatment style focuses on empowering patients to embrace lifestyle changes, and helping patients to help themselves. She also specializes in offering supportive care for patients fighting breast cancer. She currently practices in Corrales N.M.


Jonathan Gimbel, M.S.O.M., D.O.M., Dipl.O.M., Associate Professor
Jonathan Gimbel graduated from Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 1994 and received a Masters of Acupuncture degree. In 2013 he earned a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine degree from Southwest Acupuncture College. He began his studies in Japanese Meridian Therapy with Steven Birch, Junko Ida, Sharon Weizenbaum, and Steven Brown. His postgraduate study includes observation and practice on Shodo-Shima Island, Japan (1994) with Yoshi Ikeda (trans. Jingei Pulse Diagnosis); pulse and abdomen palpation with Shudo Denmai; Shaku-ju Therapy with Kobayashi Sensei; and classical Japanese moxibustion techniques with Junji Mizutani Sensei. Jonathan has been a member of the Toyohari Association of Japan and North America since 2001, after completing the Toyohari training program, and has continued yearly study in Japan and the U.S. Jonathan was originally licensed in Washington State and holds a current license in New Mexico.


Monica Luna, D.O.M., Dipl. O.M., Associate Professor 
Monica comes from a native Santa Fean family that used local herbs as medicine since the 1800s. She was a landscape designer and master gardener before she attended Southwest Acupuncture College where she earned her Master of Science in Oriental Medicine in 2007. Her desire to make medicine out of flowers led her to the discovery of the miraculous materia medica of Chinese herbs. In 2007, she studied Chinese medicine at Tong Ren Hospital in Beijing, China, and has run a private practice in Santa Fe, Rio Arriba, and Bernalillo counties since 2008.

George Mandel, D.O.M., B.S., Dipl. O.M, M.S.O.M., Instructor
George is a trained practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He graduated from Southwest Acupuncture College in 2004, and has studied at the International Acupuncture Training Center, located in Beijing, China. George is a National Board Certified Diplomate, certified by the National Council for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and is also a trained detoxification specialist, certified by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association. He was invited in 2004 to start a NADA detox program at Hoy Recovery Center, in Espanola. George has since worked with the First Judicial Court in Santa Fe as the Drug Court Acupuncture Detox Specialist.


Mary Ellen Marino, Dipl. Ac., D.O.M., N.D., Full Professor
Mary Ellen Marino graduated from the Midwest Center for the Study of Oriental Medicine in 1984 and taught at that college for seven years. She works at the national level as a Clean Needle Instructor for CCAOM. She is also contracted as an expert in the field of Energy Medicine by the University of Arizona’s Program in Integrative Medicine. She has maintained a private practice since 1985.

 


Eric Michaelsen, B.A., M.S.O.M., D,O.M., Instructor received a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and East Asian Studies from Kalamazoo College in 2009 and a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in 2016. He is a former public high school teacher and sits on the board of the High Desert Hari Society. He practices Meridian Therapy and Sotai and has studied with T. Koei Kuawhara Sensei.


Ruth Oliver, DPN, RN, Full Professor
Ruth received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mercy College of Detroit in 1986 and a Master of Science in Nursing Administration from San Diego State University in 1997. She went on to obtain her Doctor of Nursing Practice from Grand Canyon University in 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. Ruth has worked as a registered nurse for over thirty years at the bedside, in management and IT, and for the last fifteen years in education. Her career began in Michigan moving on to Illinois and Southern California before arriving in Santa Fe in 2015. She has taught in bachelor and master programs both face-to-face and online and has worked as a hospital educator. Her basic precepts of education are that teaching and learning should be creative and fun.


James Park, D.O.M., P.T., Associate Instructor
James Park is a board certified physical therapist and Doctor of Oriental Medicine with certification for extended prescriptive authority. He began his rehabilitation medicine training at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, and graduated in 1994, earning all honors. In 2004, he received his Masters in Oriental Medicine from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine, in Albuquerque, New Mexico and is a Nationally Certified Diplomat in Oriental Medicine. Dr. Park has 21 years of clinical experience in outpatient physical therapy, pain management, and rehabilitation, and 12 years of experience as an Oriental Medicine practitioner. For the past nine years Dr. Park’s successful practice in Albuquerque focuses on acupuncture treatments and various physical modalities for neuromuscular disorders to relieve pain. In his spare time he is restocking his herbal pharmacy, which offers more that 400 different types of herbs.


Susan Plourde, D.O.M, Instructor
Susan is a professional healthcare provider in private practice since 1997 when she received her Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College. The last five years she has been a provider of acupuncture and traditional medicine for the Access to Recovery (SAMSHA) Federal Grant. This privilege has honed her skills in treating addictions, depression, anxiety, stress, insomnia and pain. In addition to providing a variety of treatment styles—Master Tong, traditional, classical and microsystems—she also provides client education and self care protocols to create more effective and long lasting therapeutic improvements. She continues her post-graduate education by attending acupuncture, traditional and classical Chinese medicine, and nutritional seminars.


Yvette E. Powell, B.A., M.S.O.M., Dipl. Ac., Dipl. CH., D.O.M., L.M.T., Instructor
Yvette Powell received a Bachelor’s Degree in English Language and Literature in 1987. She graduated from Southwestern Acupuncture College in 1996 with a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine. She is a licensed Doctor of Oriental Medicine and is a licensed Massage Therapist in the state of New Mexico. Yvette has completed an internship at Beijing University of TCM, China. Her practice combines traditional acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and manual therapies. As a holistic practitioner, Yvette is dedicated to providing comprehensive and result-oriented treatments to assist each client in their individual healing process. She has maintained a private practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico for over 13 years. Yvette is bilingual in German/English and previously taught at a language school in Berlin, Germany. 


Melanie Richardson, B.S., B.Us., D.O.M., Associate Professor
Melanie has been a practicing Doctor of Oriental Medicine since 2002 in the state of New Mexico. A long time advocate of natural health care, she began her career as a geologist. During the journey she also picked up her degrees in University Studies, Fine Arts and Anthropology focus, and Biology, mammalia and biochemical systems. Her earliest experiences in school, of being the teacher’s helper and helping other students in class, came to fruition in tutoring, seminars/ workshops, and the classroom. Melanie is an enthusiastic teacher eager to share her knowledge. She currently is on the board  for  ARPS,  a  non-profit  organization  serving  the
disabled, and works with the Midwives of New Mexico promoting pregnancy safety for both mother and child. She is the current
Clinic Director at the Santa Fe campus.


Rebeccah Rodriguez, D.O.M., M.H.P, Associate Professor
Rebeccah Rodriguez began her educational journey on the East Coast where she earned a Bachelor's degree in Behavioral Neuroscience from Lehigh University in 1992. She continued on to allopathic medical school until a healing crisis caused her to explore alternative medicine for personal wellness and eventually a career. She studied at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine for two years earning all honors before transferring to the International Institute of Chinese Medicine graduating in 2001. She also earned a Masters in Public Health from UNM in 2006. Dr. Rodriguez is a Nationally Certified Diplomat in Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology. She has spent the last 15 years in clinical practice including private practice, staff provider at UNM Center for Life Integrative & Preventive Clinic, grant implementation of acupuncture (acu-detox settings & breast cancer patients), and community acupuncture.  Dr. Rodriguez runs the Red Bird Community Acupuncture clinic in Albuquerque's South Valley and enjoys teaching biomedicine courses and clinic supervision at the Southwest Acupuncture College.


Paul Rossignol, B.A., M.S.O.M., D.O.M., Associate Professor
Paul Rossignol received his B.A. in Philosophy with a minor in East Asian Studies from the University of New Mexico in 2000. His passion for Classical Chinese philosophy lead him to attend the International Institute of Chinese Medicine and later Southwest Acupuncture College where he graduated with his M.S.O.M in 2005. He has practiced as a D.O.M. privately  and as a contracting physician for the University of New Mexico Student Health Center. Paul holds black belt ranking in Aikido as well as master instructors certification in Yang Tai Chi Chuan and Hsing I Chuan. He has instructed Tai Chi Chuan for the University of New Mexico and New Mexico School of Natural Therapeutics as well as Southwest Acupuncture College. He currently serves as the President of the Acupuncture Alumni Association of New Mexico and as a board member for the U.S. I Chuan Qigong Association. Paul is the Campus Director at the Santa Fe campus.


Claudia Sheils, R.N., M.S.O.M., Dipl. O.M., D.O.M., Instructor
Claudia Sheils is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, a Registered Nurse and teaches at Southwest Acupuncture College. In addition to being an educator, a researcher, and contributor to various medical journals, she has a private family practice specializing in pediatrics and healthy aging for seniors. Recently she started treating patients at Pinon Community Acupuncture Clinic and brings her passion for Japanese Acupuncture, extensive experience, and compassionate care to us. Claudia came to Oriental Medicine after 35 years in healthcare and human services, including work as a registered nurse resident at UNM Hospitals working with children in long term care. She spent 12 years as a research assistant and co-authored papers published in various medical journals. Claudia is also a special education teacher, a witness manager expert for Major Crime Prosecutions in Canada, and a mental health counselor. All these experiences have been instrumental in contributing to her broad spectrum approach in understanding and dealing with the complexities of individualized healthcare. She shares her time between Santa Fe and Victoria, British Columbia.


Win Smith, B.S., N.D., D.O.M. Full Professor
Win Smith apprenticed with Dr. Hsi-Yu Tao in the late 1970's. He became a licensed acupuncturist in New Mexico with the initial state licensing in 1982, and has served as a licensing examiner with the state's examining board on several occasions. His principal areas of clinical focus have been physical medicine and internal medicine. Dr. Smith combines modern Orthopedic evaluation and Physical medicine treatments with traditional Oriental medicine's soft tissue manipulation and “bone setting” techniques to address spinal and other joint dis-articulation maladies and chronic pain syndromes, including sports injuries, trauma from accidents, etc. His focus with regard to internal medicine has been using diet and food based cures of the traditional  “Monastery” Diet of Taoist origin for both correction and prevention of degenerative diseases most commonly seen in the clinical setting and responsible for the overwhelming majority of causes of death in Americans today. Dr. Smith also has certification in Naturopathy, Postural Integration, and as a Personal Trainer, and published the book "Self Spinal Alignment and Other Life Extension Techniques" and accompanying DVD.


Hiroki Takeda, B.S., M.S.O.M., Dipl. O.M., D.O.M., Associate Professor 
Dr. Hiroki Takeda is a Japanese practitioner, specializing in traditional Japanese acupuncture, Oriental physical therapy, and the Japanese herbal medicine (Kampo). He has been studying Shiatsu, a Japanese body therapy, and practicing Qi Gong since 1991. He has received intensive private trainings in Japan on the Japanese meridian therapy acupuncture directly from several master acupuncturists, including Haruki Yoshida, Gen-an Kuzuno, and Kazuto Miyawaki.Dr. Takeda received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Waseda University, Tokyo and Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College (SWAC), Santa Fe, NM. He was awarded scholarships from both of the institutions: Okuma Memorial Scholarship (Waseda University) and Gentle Tiger Scholarship (SWAC). Dr. Takeda has been a faculty member of SWAC since 2012. He is also a guest faculty member of University of New Mexico (UNM), College of Pharmacy and has been a lecturer of complementary and alternative medicine course at UNM since 2014.


Amanda Wheat, D.O.M., Instructor
Amanda has been running a small private practice in Española since graduating with a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in 2008. She is a general practitioner treating all diseases and all ages using acupuncture, herbs, nutrition, bodywork, and lifestyle advice. She is a native New Mexican and has always been interested in the local “Remedios” used from the plants and “weeds” growing all around her. Her interest in herbal remedies and exposure to acupuncture, as teenager, led her to a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine.


Jacob Wilcox, B.S., M.A., M.S.O.M., D.O.M. L.Ac., Associate Professor
Jacob has a diplomat in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology (NCCAOM). He received his training and Masters of Oriental Medicine from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2003. Having owned a thriving practice in Rochester, NY for the past eleven years, he brings a wealth of clinical experience, success at treating a wide spectrum of illnesses, and a unique treatment approach. In addition to Traditional Chinese Medicine he also practices Classical Acupuncture. Jacob Wilcox has a particular passion for Chinese herbs and has formulated and produced his own line of thirty different high quality Chinese Herbal tinctures.


Zhong Kang Yu, M.D. (China), B.S., D.O.M., Ph.D., Full Professor
Zhong Kang Yu obtained his medical degree from Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Shanghai, China in 1982. He then worked as a resident from 1982 through 1988 and as physician in charge from 1988 through 1991 at Shanghai Longhua Hospital, a teaching hospital of Shanghai University of TCM. During this period, Zhong was also teaching internal medicine, both TCM and Western medicine at the same University. In 1992, He came to America and obtained his Ph.D. degree in Nutrition at the University of Georgia in 1997. Since then he has been working on research of cancer biology and cell biology at Yale School of Medicine and Harvard School of Public Health. Zhong owns and operates his own private practice in Albuquerque.


Tony Zayner, D.N., M.S.E.d, M.S.O.M., C.M.T., C.H., Associate Professor
Tony Zayner lived and worked in China for 12 years where he studied Mandarin, Tai Chi, Tui Na, Thai massage, Chinese medicine, painting, and calligraphy. When he returned from China in 2000, he graduated from the Soma Institute for clinical massage in 2001. In 2004, he was certified as a Clinical Hypnotist by the Liedecker Institute. In 2005, he graduated from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine with a BSN and MSOM in Chinese Medicine. He graduated from the National University of Naprapathic Medicine in 2009. Tony has taught at that school and at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine from 2006-2011. He is practicing as a Naprapath in Albuquerque.