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Peter Angelo L.Ac., C.A.
Peter Angelo has been a faculty member at the Eastern School of Acupuncture since 2000 and currently serves at the clinical supervisor of the Eastern Schools externship at the Veterans Hospital in East Orange, NJ. A Graduate of Florida School of Massage in 1985 and of Tri-State College of Acupuncture in 1995, Peter completed a two year post graduate study of classical acupuncture styles, in addition to one year on the use of essential oils in Chinese Medicine, both with Jeffrey Yuen in 2003-2004. Peter also has been a Student/Teacher of Tai Chi Chuan and Chi Jung since 1978.

Patricia Barron, B.A. L.Ac.
Patricia Barron has studied forms of martial arts including Hung Ga kung fu and various forms of QiGong since 2001 and Yang Style Tai chi since 2004. She became involved with Traditional Chinese Medicine by receiving treatments and taking courses in Tuina Chinese Massage by her Sifu Pedro Yee which led her to the interest of Acupuncture. She graduated from the Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine in 2008 and is currently licensed in Acupuncture in NJ, NY and PA. Patricia has a degree in Psychology from Rutgers University and is a Social Worker. For several years, she studied the Five Animal Frolics QiGong system with Master Walter Fricke at the ESATM achieving the level of QiGong instructor.

Ken Burgess, (certified teacher)
Ken Burgess has dedicated over three decades to the practice and study of traditional martial arts. He has attained teacher certification in Karate, Kung Fu, Tai Chi and Chi Kung. In 1991, after receiving the precepts, he became a Buddhist and was given the Dharma name, Hoshu (Treasured Practice). After clearly realizing the potential healing powers of these practices, he is now committed to deepening his understanding to help others improve their physical and mental health and fulfill his vow to relieve suffering. He is currently teaching Yang Family Tai Chi under Holly Sweeney-Hillman and is working toward full certification in the 18 Luohan Chi Kung System under Sifu Sergio Arione.

Mitchel Chalek B.F.A., M.S., C.A. (NJ), L.Ac. (NY). Dipl. Of Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
Mitchel Chalek is currently teaching Oriental Theory and Clinical Skills at The Eastern School of Acupuncture. A graduate of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 1999, Mitchel is certified in Ohashiatsu, from the Ohashi Institute in 1989 and also has a BFA from New York University, in 1977. Prior to joining the Eastern Schools faculty, Mitchel taught at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, and has a private practice in Montclair, NJ.

Jianzhong Chen, B.A., C.A., (NY, CT). Dipl. AC and O.B.T (NCCAOM)
Jianzhong Chen has been teaching Oriental Bodywork at The Eastern School of Acupuncture since 1998. Prior instructor of varying acupuncture programs at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, Mercy College and New Center College. Jianzhong is a Diplomate of Chinese Acupuncture & Massage from Shanghai Quinjin College in China and also has a B.A. in Commercial Economics from Shanghai University of Finance and Economics. Jianzhong is a fifth generation practitioner with 40 years experience in Oriental Medicine.

Lois Denmark, M.S., C.A., (NJ), L.Ac. (NY), Dipl. Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Bach Foundation Registered Practitioner (Utilizing Bach Flower Essences)
Lois Denmark is currently teaching core curriculum courses for both the Acupuncture and Traditional Herbal Medicine programs at The Eastern School of Acupuncture. Lois graduated with a MS from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 1999. In addition Lois holds a Diploma in Acupuncture from PIOM-NY as well as a B.A from Montclair State College.

Leslie DiCola, B.S., L.Ac.
Leslie DiCola is a graduate of the Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine. She has a full time acupuncture practice in her hometown of Chester, New Jersey.She is a clinic supervisor, teacher, and administrator at Eastern School. She practices and teaches Kiiko Matusmoto-style acupuncture. She has been a dedicated student of Kiiko’s for eight years. Leslie is also a student of Jeffrey Yuen and has completed studies in herbal medicine, gems and stones medicine and dietary therapy. Her current studies with Jeffrey include patent herbs and essential oils. Leslie holds a BS in biology from Montclair State University and has completed 60 post baccalaureate credits in education. Leslie is a naturalist and has enjoyed employment with NJ Audubon Society, the USDA Forest Service and NJ Department of Parks and Recreation. Six years with the program, part time Instructor and Clinic Dean.

Jihong Ding, M.B/B.S., C.A., L.Ac., Dipl. Of Oriental Medicine
Jihong Ding is a Clinical Supervisor and teaches Clinical Skills courses at The Eastern School of Acupuncture. Jihong has a Medical Degree from Anhui College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China, 1987, and practiced in China from 1987-1995. An author of various books and articles on Tai Chi, Qigong, Eastern Nutrition and Oriental Medicine, Jihong is also Master of Tai chi Chuan and Tai Chi Sword, having won numerous medals and championships in both events. Jihong has been practicing acupuncture in the United States since 1996 and specializes in Gynecological, Neuromuscular, Psychological Disorders and Pain Syndromes.

Robin Lustig, MS, DC, LAc, CNS, DCBCN
Robin Lustig currently teaches Structural Assessment and Anatomy at the Eastern School of Acupuncture. Robin received her DC at New York Chiropractic College in 1986 and her MS degree in Clinical Nutrition from Bridgeport University in 1998. Robin is a graduate of the Eastern School . Robin also holds degrees in Naturopathy, Sports Medicine and is a Certified Nutrition Specialist. She is also Diplomate of the Board of Chiropractic Nutrition. She currently practices in Lodi and Wayne, New Jersey; specializing in Nutrition and Herbology, Sports and Rehabilitation, and Applied Kinesiology.

Sheila Mason, M.S.W., M.A., C.A., (NJ, PA). Dipl. Ac., (NCCAOM)
Sheila Mason currently teaches core curriculum courses at The Eastern School of Acupuncture. Sheila received her Diplomate in Acupuncture from Tri-State Institute of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture in NY, as well as receiving her B.A. in 1986 from the University of Illinois and her M.S.W., from George Williams College Chicago, Illinois. Sheila is a T’ai Chi Chuan Instructor at the Teaneck Education Community Center and a faculty member at The Swedish Institute.

Michael O’Neill, B.A., M.B.A., L.Ac.
Starting in his early 20’s and continuing into his late 40’s, Michael practiced martial arts. In the late 70’s he dislocated his shoulder multiple times and eventually had surgery. After the surgery, he went to a physical therapist who was also a massage therapist. The massage therapy did more for his shoulder than the physical therapy did. He continued martial arts and began to study massage on his own. In 1995, he attended massage school to become a massage therapist. He began his massage practice part time and decided to study acupuncture. He graduated The Eastern School of Acupuncture in March 2008. Micheal specializes in Japanese acupuncture as practiced by Kiiko Matsumoto. While going to acupuncture school, he also became Level II certified in the Myoskeletal Alignment Technique, a form of body work, as taught by Eric Dalton which further compliments Kiiko’s style.

Jeremy Steiner, B.A., L.Ac.
Jeremy graduated from Rider University in 2001, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Communications. He then went on to further his studies at the Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine, where he obtained his diploma of Acupuncture in 2007. Here he was trained in Traditional Chinese Medical Acupuncture, Five Element Acupuncture and Japanese Style Acupuncture. He also has certification in Five Animal Frolics and Pangushengong Medical Chigong. He was national Board Certified in Acupuncture in 2007, by the national Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), as well as being state licensed in Pennsylvania and New Jersey since 2007. He has extensive training and experience working with Master Kiiko Matsumoto, possibly one of the most influential acupuncturists in the last one thousand years. Jeremy has a very busy clinic in Manasquan, NJ, where he has treated between 40 to 60 patients per week for the last 5 years. Currently, Jeremy teaches courses in Japanese Acupuncture, and supervises student interns at the Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine. He implements a holistic approach to health and strongly believes in the power of self-healing to achieve long term constitutional improvements in health.

Michael A.Taromina, J.D.
Michael Taromina currently teaches Ethics and Management courses at The Eastern School of Acupuncture. Michael holds a B.A. from Fordham University and received his J.D. from The City University of New York Law School. He has an extensive background representing practitioners, institutions, organizations and students in the acupuncture and Oriental Medicine field and is presently serving as a member of the Review and Disciplinary Committee for NCCAOM. Michael has designed and taught programs in health law, ethics, professional liability, and practice management while serving on the faculty at Touro College, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, Tri-State College of Acupuncture and New York College of Health Professions. Michael has also been a guest lecturer at Mount Sinai Hospital, New York University, the Building Bridges of Integration for Tradition Chinese Medicine Conference, AOM Alliance Annual Conference, Cardozo School of Law, Brooklyn University, Hostos Community College, and Strathmore College, Africa.

Shiaomei Weingarten, B.A., M.S., Lic. Ac. (NY, CT, PA), C.A. (NJ), Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)
Shiaomei Weingarten currently teaches Survey in Japanese Acupuncture and is a clinic supervisor at The Eastern School of Acupuncture. A graduate of the Eastern School, Shiaomei holds a B.A. in Oriental Languages from Fu Jen Catholic University, Taipei, Taiwan and a M.S. in Hotel and Food Service Management from the School of Hospitality Management, Florida International University, Florida. Shiaomei has postgraduate studies in Advanced Japanese Treatment (Kiiko Matsumoto Style), is certified in Reflexology by the International Institute for Reflexology, Florida and has professional training with Professor Lin Yun, leader of Tibetan Black Sect Tantric Buddhist Feng Shui.

Xin Zheng, M.Ac., OMD (China), C.A. (NJ, NY)
Xin Zheng teaches core curriculum courses at The Eastern School of Acupuncture. Xin holds a M.Ac from the China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine and an OMD from Beijing University of Traditional Medicine in China. A faculty member at the New York institute of Chinese Medicine, Xin also has done extensive clinical research, and has teaching experience in China, Wales and England in Internal and Neurological Diseases, with particular reference to Pain Management.

Aili Zhu, D.C., C.A., (NY, NJ) (NCCAOM)
Aili Zhu is currently The Eastern School of Acupuncture’s Clinic Dean as well a faculty member. A graduate of the Eastern School, Aili received her D.C at the National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Illinois. She is also a clinical director at Northvale Acupuncture and Chiropractic and practices physical rehabilitation, nutritional counseling and Chinese Herbal Medicine.

SPECIAL MASTER CLASSES TAUGHT BY:
Kiiko Matsumoto, Lic.Ac.
Jeffrey Yuen, B.S. Dipl. Chinese Herbology

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