Acupuncture and Massage College of Oriental Medicine - Faculty

ISALI BEN-JACOB, A.Phys., B.S.

Dr. Isali Ben-Jacob conducted his undergraduate studies at the University of Miami with an emphasis in physics and electrical engineering and his medical studies at the Southeast Institute of Oriental Medicine. He holds a diplomat in Homeopathy. His core training was from Master Wei Lun Huang from Foshan (Guangzhou, China) with a lineage to Master Yang Cheng Fu. He practices in Miami and Trinidad; is a former faculty member of the Florida College of Integrative Medicine where he taught courses in Acupuncture Injection Therapy and Advance Case Analysis and supervised in the Clinic Theater; and currently instructing classes at Acupuncture and Massage College classes in Practice Management &Acupoint Injection Therapy. He has also served as a staff member of the Complementary Healthcare Unit at the Miami Heart Institute. He has served as a speaker for the companies Heel and Guna for a combined ten year period.

LOREN BROWNE, L.M.T.

Mr. Browne graduated from the Massage Therapy program at the Southeast Institute of Oriental Medicine in 2001. He has been practicing massage therapy for six years and has been working in clinics and spas specializing in Tui Na and Shiatsu massage. Mr. Browne is currently working at AMC as a Massage Therapy Clinic Supervisor.

RYAN BROWNE, L.M.T.

Mr. Browne completed his studies in massage therapy at the Acupuncture & Massage College in 2003. He is currently studying Traditional Chinese Medicine at AMC. Mr. Browne is also a Yoga instructor, a spiritual music teacher and performing artist. After returning from a 2-year stay in India where he studied Yoga, Indian Classical Music and Ayurvedic Medicine, Mr. Browne joined AMC as a Massage Therapy Clinic Supervisor.

HONG CHEN, M.D. (China), Ph.D., L. Ac., AP, DOM

Hong Chen, who teaches TCM Gynecology at AMC, holds a Ph.D. in Integrated Traditional Chinese and Western Medicine from Guagzhou University of TCM, with a specialization in dermatology. She holds an M.D. from Luzhou Medical College and a Master of Gynecology from Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She received a postdoctoral fellowship at the New York University School of Medicine. Dr. Chen has taught at Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine (Ft. Lauderdale), the American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (Roseville Minn.) and Luzhou Medical College.

YOSEPH D. FELEKE, M.D. (China), M.S.O.M., A. Phys.

YosephFeleke came to AMC in 2011, having served as professor and clinic supervisor at MCOM in Chicago since 2000. He holds a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor or Surgery (M.D. Equivalent) degree from Shanghai Second Medical University and Doctorate of Acupuncture and Moxibustion from the University of Shanghai TCM, and a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from Midwest College of Oriental Medicine, Racine, Wisc., Dr. Feleke has medical experience at hospitals in Addis Ababa and Shanghai, and professionally has developed protocols for minimizing side effects of conventional pharmaceutical treatments for HIV/AIDS and cancer.

ANA M. GONZALEZ, M.P.H., G.P.C.

Ana Gonzalez has a Master's of Public Health and is also certified nationally through the American Association of Grant Professionals. She has over 15 years of experience in health promotion and disease prevention specifically, HIV/AIDS, women's reproductive health and childhood obesity. Currently, she is Adjunct Faculty for the Acupuncture & Massage School, Broward College-Biological Sciences Division and she maintains a full-time position with the American Heart Association.

CUI HAN, Ph.D. (China), M.Ed. (England), A.Phys.

Dr. Cui Han is a Florida State Licensed Acupuncture Physician. Dr. Han received both her Bachelor's and Ph.D. degrees from Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She got her Master's degree of Education in Bristol University in the United Kingdom in 2005. Dr. Han has been teaching and practicing Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture in China, England and the United States since 1997, specializing in Gynecological, Neurological and Mental disorders. Dr. Han has extensive publications in the field of electro-acupuncture, acupuncture treatment on depression, needling techniques and Chinese medicine case reports.

XIANHUI LI, M.D. (China), A.Phys.

Dr. Li graduated and received her medical degree from Beijing University of Chinese Medicine in 1995 where she was trained in both Chinese medicine and western medicine. From 1995 to 2002 Dr. Li worked as a resident doctor and attending physician in Guang-an-men Hospital affiliated to China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing, the best hospital of Chinese Medicine in China. She got her Master of Science in biology from Florida State University in 2007. Dr. Li has extensive publications in the field of coronary heart disease and traditional Chinese Medicine. Dr. Li specializes in treatment of cardiovascular, gynecological disorders and acute/chronic pain.

WEI LU, M.D. (China), A. Phys.

Dr. Wei Lu is a Florida State Licensed Acupuncture Physician. She is certified by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association as an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist. She graduated from the Shangai College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Dr. Lu has been treating patients in China and the Miami area since 1976, specializing in substance abuse, and detoxification. She has been a faculty member at the Acupuncture and Massage College since 1992 where she has taught courses in Points Location, and Theory of Chinese Medicine in addition to supervising students in the Clinic. Since 2005, Dr. Lu has served as a Clinic Director for the Acupuncture and Massage College.

VIVIAN MELO, L.M.T.

Ms. Melo graduated from Florida College of Natural Health in 1998. She is a licensed Massage Therapist in the state of Florida. Ms. Melo has worked for rehabilitation centers and spas; she has her own private practice. She has been a Massage Instructor for the past eight years. Before joining the faculty at AMC, Ms. Melo served as the Massage Program Director at Everest Institute (formally known as National School of Technology) for three years.

DANIELE PEREZ-VENERO, M.L.S.

Ms. Perez-Venero earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish, Magna Cum Laude, at Florida State University in 1978 and a Master in Library & Information Science at San Jose State University in 1987. Born and raised in France, she has lived and worked in several countries (France, England, Spain, and Panama) before becoming a U.S. citizen and moving to the United States. Ms. Perez- Venero is completely fluent in French, Spanish, and English. Prior to being a librarian, Ms. Perez- Venero taught French at the college level. Her most recent professional job was as Reference Librarian specializing in medical sciences at Barry University, a position she held for seventeen years.

AIGARS REZEVSKIS, M.D. (Latvia), L.M.T.

Dr. Aigars Rezevskis received his Medical degree from the Latvian Medical Academy in 1992. He is also a Florida State Licensed Massage Therapist. His areas of expertise include Western Medicine, Sports Medicine, Manual Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Therapeutic Massage. Before joining the faculty at the Acupuncture and Massage College, Dr. Rezevskis performed surgery at the P. Stradins State Hospital (Riga, Latvia). Dr. Rezevskis has been practicing his very unique system of Massage Therapy in the Miami area since 1994.

RENEE SKUBAN, M.S.O.M., A.Phys., L.M.T

Renee Skuban is a Florida State Licensed Acupuncture Physician and is certified by the NCCAOM. She received her Oriental Medicine degree from the Acupuncture Massage College in 2000, earning the Clinical Award of Excellence. Several months later, she graduated from AMC's Massage Therapy program. In 2002, she was nominated by Governor Jeb Bush to serve the Florida Department of Health on the Acupuncture Board. She sat as Vice Chair for the Board for two years and continues to serve as a member of the Board. In addition to teaching at AMC, Ms. Skuban maintains a private practice.

KAMRAN KHAN, O.M.D. (Sri Lanka), A.Phys.

Kamran Khan is a Florida State Licensed Acupuncture Physician. He received his degree from the Acupressure- Acupuncture Institute (Miami) in 1995. Dr. Khan was raised and educated in London, England. In 1999, Dr. Khan earned his Homeopathic Diplomat from the National Board of Homeopathic Examiners. He has traveled extensively in Asia where he has studied the Oriental Healing Arts with numerous Masters. Dr. Khan currently practices and teaches in the Miami area, specializing in Acupuncture, Herbology, Shiatsu, Tui Na, Thai Massage, Colorpuncture, Homeopathy, Qi Kung, and Yoga.

ADJUNCT FACULTY


ROBERT HAYDEN, M.S.O.M., A.Phys.

Robert Hayden is a Florida State Licensed Acupuncture Physician. He graduated from the MidWest College of Oriental Medicine in 2002, where he later taught in the Acupuncture program. He specializes in Japanese Acupuncture styles, and has taught Japanese techniques to Acupuncturists and bodyworkers nationwide. At the Acupuncture and Massage College, he teaches Japanese Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. A native of the Chicago area, he now lives and practices in Hollywood, Florida.

BELINDA SUE SHAPIRO, Ed.D., ATC/L

Dr. Shapiro has worked and taught in the field of athletics and athletic training since 1980. She earned a B.S. in Physical Education from West Virginia University, an M.Ed. and an Ed.D. in Sports Medicine and Curriculum Design from the University of Virginia. She has served as an athletic trainer at the collegiate (University of Virginia 1976-83) and professional levels (Continental Basketball Association 1983-86 Cincinnati Slammers). She has worked as a clinical therapist for Health South and prior to moving to Miami, she also served as clinical director of sports medicine clinics in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Albany, New York. She is a full-time Associate Professor at Barry University (Miami) in addition to teaching courses at the Acupuncture and Massage College. She currently sits on the National Athletic Training Clinical Education Committee, where she is responsible for designing and developing clinical education workshops for athletic training professionals.

DAIYI TANG, M.D. (China), A. Phys.

Before joining AMC, Dr. Daiyi Tang was Professor, Chair of Herbology and clinic supervisor at the American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Roseville, Minn. He has also taught TCM at the New York College Graduate School of Oriental Medicine, Syosset, N.Y. He was a postdoctoral fellow in physiological science at Eastern Virginia Medical Center. Dr. Tang earned his M.D. at Chengu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ph.D. at Peking Union Medical College Hospital. He has been Editor-in-Chief of International Journal of Clinical Acupuncture since 2005.

FAYI WU, M.D. (China), Ph.D., D.O.M. (NCCAOM), A. Phys.

Dr. Fayi Wu is a Florida State Licensed Acupuncture Physician. Dr. Wu earned his Bachelor's degree inChinese Medicine from Beijing University of Chinese Medicine and a Master degree in Chinese Medicinefrom Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine. In the graduate school, his project focused on treatingdigestive disorders with Chinese Medicine. He finished his resident doctor training and was promoted tothe attending physician at Beijing Huimin Hospital in Beijing, China. He received his Ph.D. in proteinbiochemistry from Florida State University. Dr. Wu has published more than ten papers on treatingdigestive disorders with Chinese Medicine and cancer biology in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Wuspecializes in treating acute/chronic pain, digestive disorders, and neurological disorders.

GORDON XU, M.D. (China), A.Phys.

Dr. Xu earned his Medical degree in Chinese Medicine from the Shandong University of China. He graduated from the Jiang Xi College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1981, where he specialized in Tui-Na and Acupuncture. He teaches Dragon Gate QiGong and Taoist Tui-Na healing exercises. Dr. Xu came to the United States in 1993 and taught at the Five Branches Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine at Santa Cruz, California before joining the Acupuncture and Massage College faculty in 2003. Dr. Xu has been treating patients in China and the United States since 1981.