Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, NCCAOM, USA, 2009 – Present
M.D., Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), USA and
Medical Council of Canada (MCC), Canada
Master of Science, Biomedical Sciences, University of Texas at El Paso
Bachelor of Medicine, Clinical Medicine, Fu Dan University (formerly Shanghai Medical University)
Teaching Specialization: Biomedical Sciences and Integrative Medicine
Dr. Maoyi Cai served as a board member of the Acupuncture Committee of Alberta, Canada, from 2003 to 2005. He was also the Dean of Academic Affairs at Alberta College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, between 1997 and 2005. Dr. Cai passed the American and Canadian medical licensing examinations, and was certified as an M.D. in 1997 and 1999, respectively. Between 1990 and 1996, Dr. Cai taught a variety of biomedical science courses at colleges and universities in Texas and New Mexico. Dr. Cai practiced medicine, in the Shanghai Medical University, from 1984 to 1990. Dr. Cai joined the faculty of the Texas Health and Science University in January, 2006. Dr. Cai has been the Academic Dean since 2008.
Ph.D. in Basic Theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China
Master of Medicine in Internal Medicine, Shaanxi College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China
Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shaanxi College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China
Teaching Specialization: Acupuncture and Herbology
Dr. Cao earned her Master’s degree in 2003 and her Doctorate in 2006. She came to the University in January of 2007 with over ten years of experience as a clinician, instructor, and researcher in Traditional Chinese Medicine, specializing in Internal Medicine. She has published original research in journals such as Traditional Chinese Medicine Research and Chinese Journal of Integrated Traditional and Western Medicine on Digestion, and has edited volumes such as Methodology of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine.
D.A.C.M., Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, Pacific College of Health and Science M.S., Texas Health and Science University B.A., Media Arts, University of Arizona Teaching Specialization: Acupuncture, Herbology, Clinic
Dr. Jessie Villegas is a Licensed Acupuncturist in the State of Texas and is nationally certified as a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine by the NCCAOM. She earned her Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree at Texas Health and Science University in San Antonio, Texas, and has received her doctorate at Pacific College of Health and Science. Dr. Villegas’s rich Mexican heritage, holistic health, and herbal remedies have always been a part of her life. Throughout the years Jessie has worked as a wellness coach, group exercise instructor, and personal trainer. “My goal as a practitioner is to not only treat the patient’s ailment but to educate them on sensing imbalances before they become problematic. This enables health to synergistically flow through all aspects of life.”
Ph.D. Industrial Engineering, Purdue University M.S.O.S.M. Maritime Systems Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology M.S. Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan B.S. Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan
Dr. Lin is an experienced leader and facilitator in the area of lean-agile mindset and continuous improvement. His 30 years of experience spans various industries, such as healthcare, service, and manufacturing. He has facilitated over 200 large and medium scale projects by leveraging his extensive and deep understanding of the business process, risk and data analysis, decision making, text mining, machine learning, lean six sigma, human factors, sustainability, augmented reality, and innovation to help companies achieve better results and improved customer experience. In addition to his professional experience working for Global 500 in the United States, Mexico, and Taiwan, Dr. Lin has also served as a program/session chair and co-chair/keynote speaker for various international conferences. He has published more than 60 peer-reviewed journal papers, conference papers or book chapters since 2014, which includes more than 20 SCI/SSCI/EI/Scopus indexed articles, and a book titled “Work-Study-Industry 4.0” (6th edition). He has taught various management courses in colleges such as Purdue University, University of Texas at San Antonio, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, and National United University in Taiwan, as well as industries, and local communities (including those considered as minority groups, or those that are affected by poverty). His teaching philosophy has always revolved around patience, open-mindedness, motivation, fun, and preparing students for success both within and outside the academic environment. Dr. Lin serves as a senior member and committee member for various non-profit organizations. He received various awards that include valedictorian, honorable student of the nation (Taiwan), honorable teacher, and honorable service contributions.
M.A.O.M., Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
M.Ed. in Counseling and Student Services from University of North Texas
B.A. in Sociology, National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan
Ms. Allison Yu is a Texas licensed acupuncturist and herbalist and is nationally recognized as a board-certified Diplomat in oriental medicine by the NCCAOM. With a background in education, she has been supervising the Student Intern Clinic at THSU and bringing her practical experience to help students with theoretical understanding. Along with her general practice, she has strong interests in pain management, reproductive and gynecological conditions, and “Shen – Zhi” conditions which include insomnia, depression, anxiety, panic, PTSD, ADHD and weight control. With over 10 years’ practice as an alternative health care professional, her passion is being a healer by combining a counseling and education background with Chinese medicine methods. She helps her patients to cultivate a holistic understanding of the influences of body, mind, spirit, and environment, and she provides her patients with whole health treatments.
Ph.D. in Pharmacology, Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China
Master of Medicine in Pharmacology, Shandong College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China
Bachelor of Medicine in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shandong College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China
Teaching Specialization: Herbology
Dr. Zheng served as Assistant Professor, Associate Professor , and Associate Dean at Shandong University of TCM. He is a member of the China National Committee of Chinese Medicinal Formulae, paper reviewer of Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Journal of Shanxi Traditional Chinese Medicine. In addition to his more than 20 years of teaching, research, and clinical research experience, Dr. Zheng has almost 20 papers and books of TCM published in both Chinese and English. Dr. Zheng joined the faculty of Texas Health and Science University in 2001.
Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, University of East-West Medicine – Sunnyvale, CA
Master of Medicine, University of East-West Medicine – Sunnyvale, CA
Master of Business Administration, Boston University
BBA, Yonsei University, Korea
Teaching Specializations: TCM Diagnostics, Acupuncture, Licensure Preparation and Chinese Herbal Formulations
Dr. Hong has instructed many students of Traditional Chinese Medicine since 2008. In addition to his teaching, Dr. Hong has served as academic dean in Korean and English language MSTCM programs, participated in program evaluation, served as campus security officer, and assisted in adoption of several online program management systems. Dr. Hong’s broad experience as a licensed acupuncturist and earned doctorate make him a welcome addition to our core faculty at Texas Health and Science University.
Sung Moon (S. Moon) Rhim, DAOM Candidate, MS in Oriental Medicine (Austin and San Antonio Campus) CLINIC ADJUNCT FACULTY INSTRUCTOR
DAOM Candidate, Fire Branches University – Present MS in Oriental Medicine, South Baylo University – 2014 BA in Social Science, Ehwa Women’s University, Seoul, Korea – 1981
Teaching Specialization: Acupuncture
Ms. Moon is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, nationally certified Board Certified Diplomat of Oriental Medicine by NCCAOM, and a member of the EBM. She completed her Oriental Medicine education in Los Angeles, California, and afterwards she underwent an intensive clinical practice in Silicon Valley where she treated over 10,000 patients. She is currently a DAOM candidate with focus on PTSD, Anxiety, Insomnia, Depression, Addiction, and other psychological symptoms. Furthermore, Ms. Rhim has a great number of experience in applying Bio-Acupuncture, facial rejuvenation techniques, and internal medicine. She teaches clinic classes in Austin and San Antonio.
D.A.O.M, Texas Health and Science University
M.A.O.M., Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
B.A., Psychology, The University of Texas in San Antonio
Teaching Specialization: Acupuncture & Herbology
Dr. Guerrero, a Licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist, is Owner of Alamo Acucare, a practice located in San Antonio, Texas, which specializes in pain management, chronic conditions, martial arts, and sport related injuries. He received his doctoral and master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degrees from Texas Health and Science University. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Mr. Guerrero is Senior Instructor at the Mu Sool Won of San Antonio, Martial Arts Center.
M.S.A.O.M., Texas Health and Science University
M.S., Microbiology and Immunology, Texas Tech University
B.S., Microbiology, Texas Tech University
Teaching Specialization: Biomedical Sciences
Ms. Smith is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, and a board-certified Diplomat in Oriental Medicine. A graduate of Texas Health and Science University in August 2012, Ms. Smith was the Valedictorian of her class graduating with highest academic honors at the Summer Graduation Ceremony. She earned her bachelor’ s degree in Microbiology and the Master of Science degree in Microbiology and Immunology at Texas Tech University. Prior to pursuing a degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Smith spent 15 years in the biotech industry as a research scientist, technical writer, and marketing manager. Smith also has taught at Austin Community College and joined the Faculty of Texas Health and Science University in 2013. She teaches courses in Western Biomedical Sciences. She maintains her own acupuncture practice specializing in pain and stress management, and Internal Medicine.
Ph.D., Education– Adult, Professional and Community Education, Texas State University M.A.A., Applied Administration, University of the Incarnate Word B.A., English/Psychology, University of the Incarnate Word
Dr. Garcia is a leader, facilitator, and promoter of intercultural exchange and continuous improvement activities that span across higher education and educational opportunities.
Dr. Garcia received her Ph.D. in education from Texas State University. The concentration of her degree focused on adult, professional, and community education. While at Texas State University, Dr. Garcia conducted research regarding educators who lived and worked abroad. The focus of her study centered on the educators’ motivation to live and work abroad and how they were able to negotiate the challenges of working in a culture different from their own. Before this, Dr. Garcia received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in psychology and her Master of Arts in Applied Administration from The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW), where she was awarded the distinguished Sister Alcoque Power Award for Academic Excellence.
Dr. Garcia has worked in various realms of education serving as an educational consultant for non-profit organizations, admissions counselor and academic advisor for local community colleges and universities, and even as a private teacher to the Japanese advisors at Toyota- Texas plant. She has taught both nationally and internationally in K-12 and at the college level, and for the past four years, Dr. Garcia has been serving as a faculty member with Palo Alto College in the Community Programs department. Before this, Dr. Garcia served as a teacher of English as a foreign language in Rome, Italy and Istanbul, Turkey. She also served as an ambassador for study abroad students at John Cabot University, in Rome, Italy.
Dr. Garcia is a member of Alpha Chi, The National Society of Leadership and Success (Sigma Alpha Pi), she has served on the Board of Directors for the University of the Incarnate Word’s Alumni program and has recently been named Chair of Academic Achievement for the Board of Trustees for Prelude Preparatory School.