Edward Neal, MD, LAc. - Director


Dr. Neal graduated with honours from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, where he participated in one of the earliest case based medical school curriculums in the country.  He completed his post graduate training in Internal Medicine at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon (1994) and studied Chinese medicine with Dr. Anita Cignolini of Milan, Italy.  He went on to study Chinese languages at Portland State University and Heilongjiang University in Harbin, China.  Dr. Neal’s research involves translation and study of classical acupuncture texts, particularly the Huangdi Neijing  (Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic ) and the integration of classical treatment techniques into modern biomedical practice.

Stephen Boyanton, LAc. - Senior Researcher    


Stephen Boyanton LAc., received his B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Florida (1995). After receiving his B.A. he spent five years living in China before returning to the U.S. to pursue his M.A. in Religious Studies at the University of Virginia (2004) and an M.S. in Chinese medicine from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, San Diego (2008). He is currently completing a PhD in East Asian history at Columbia University focusing on Chinese medical history.  His dissertation explores the role of the Shanghan Lun (Treatise on Cold Damage ) in the transformation of Chinese literate medicine during the Song (960-1279 C.E.), Jin (1115-1234 C.E.) and Yuan (1271-1368 C.E.) dynasties.  His primary research interests involve study of the Shanghan Lun and its sister text, the Jingui Yaolue (Essentials of the Golden Coffer) as well as the primary texts on Wenbing (epidemic/warm disease ), examining how these texts have been understood and applied throughout Chinese history.  In addition to this research he maintains a clinical practice in New York City and is actively involved in Chinese medical continuing education.  




Caroline Strassberg, MA, LAc. - Associate Researcher


Caroline Strassberg LAc., received her B.A. in Philosophy [1999] and her M.A. in Counseling Psychology [2000] from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR.  After working for several years doing research in family counseling at the University of Oregon, she attended the Classical Chinese Medicine program at the National College of Natural Medicine, graduating with honours in 2010.  Since graduating, Caroline has continued to study Classical acupuncture and the Huangdi Neijing (Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic ).  Her primary research area has been the classical understanding of the  jin (sinew meridians).  She is lead investigator of the  jin (sinew meridians) research project and is an assistant instructor in the Introduction to Neijing Studies course.

Z'ev Rosenberg, LAc. - Senior Researcher


Z’ev Rosenberg, L.Ac., is one of the first generation of traditional Chinese medicine practitioners to practice in America.  Prior to opening his practice in acupuncture and herbal medicine in 1983, he was a Shiatsu therapist and Macrobiotic counsellor in Denver, Colorado and Santa Fe, New Mexico.  As President of the Acupuncture Association of Colorado from 1984 to 1988, he spearheaded the establishment of the first acupuncture licensing laws in Colorado.  As well as being a professor at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine for the past twenty-three years, he has lectured widely around the United States, and has written many articles published in a wide variety of Chinese medicine journals.  He is California Director of the Institute of Classics in East Asian Medicine and Director of the Alembics Institute in San Diego, California.

Lorraine Wilcox, PhD. LAc. - Senior Researcher


Dr. Lorraine Wilcox, PhD, is an experienced translator of Chinese medical texts and an accomplished author on various Chinese medicine topics.  She completed her PhD in classical Chinese medicine in 2007, writing her dissertation on the use of moxibustion during the Ming Dynasty.  Her published works include Moxibustion: The Power of Mugwort Fire, Moxibustion: A Modern Clinical Handbook, Raising the Dead and Returning Life: Emergency Medicine of the Qing Dynasty and The Great Compendium of Acupuncture and Moxibustion Vol. V, as well as numerous research articles in a variety of professional journals.  In her clinical career she served as staff acupuncturist at the Jeffrey Goodman Special Care Clinic in Los Angeles from 1995 to 2005 where she helped to introduce complementary medicine treatments to HIV care. Dr Wilcox has been teaching Oriental medicine since 1990 and joined the faculty at Emperor’s College in 2010.

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