Faculty

The history of Oriental medicine spans centuries and nations. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine has assembled an expert and varied academic team, respected both in the US and abroad, to do justice to this expansive body of knowledge. Faculty members have been selected for their ability to convey both a deep appreciation of traditional Oriental medicine and massage and an understanding of the problems that affect patients in today's modern culture. From acupuncturists and medical doctors to massage therapists and Taoist priests, PCOM's faculty will be an essential and continuing resource during your education and beyond into private practice. PCOM employs nearly 200 faculty members at its three campuses. Because the faculty is our most valuable resource, we hope you visit at least one of our campuses and sit in on some classes to experience their magic firsthand.

Kalkstein, Max, MTOM, LAc

Max Kalkstein is a graduate of PCOM-NY (1998). He is both a licensed acupuncturist and licensed massage therapist and has been a faculty member since 2005. Max began his study of Chinese Medicine in 1989 and specializes in the treatment of orthopedic disorders. He also holds a master instructor's...

Kamel, Lamya, LAc, DAOM

Education: Pacific College of Oriental Medicine – Chicago – DAOM (Graduation 2016) Pacific College of Oriental Medicine – Chicago – MSTOM (Graduation 2012) George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences – Washington DC ( 2003-2005) Scripps College – Claremont, CA – Bachelor of...

Kaplanidis, William, J., MS, MA, LAc

William J. Kaplanidis, LAc, MS, MA began teaching T'ai Chi at Pacific College in 1996. Since then he has taught various classes including Qigong, Clinical Counseling, Oriental Medicine Theory and Tui Na. From 2000-2002 William served as Department Chair of Allied Arts and assisted with faculty and...

Kardash, Ted, PhD, MFT

Ted Kardash, PhD, has been on the San Diego faculty of PCOM since 1990. He currently directs the school's Clinical Counseling program and also teaches classes in Tai Chi Chuan, a health movement form and martial art. Dr. Kardash received his doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the...

Katin, Melanie Morris, MSTOM, LAc

Melanie Katin has been practicing Chinese medicine since 2004, after graduating from PCOM-NY. She also has degrees in anthropology from UC Berkeley, and dance from NYU/Tisch School of the Arts. She maintains a busy private practice, where her emphasis is on people with auto-immunity issues, most...

Keefe, Donna, LAc, MTOM

Donna L. Keefe, LAc earned her Masters of Traditional Oriental Medicine after graduating in 1988 from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. She continued post-graduate studies while working in a hospital in Hainan, China in 1993, receiving a Certificate in Bi Zheng and Scalp Acupuncture. She is...

Kian, Lena, ND

Lena graduated as a Naturopathic Doctor from Bastyr University and received her BS in Biopsychology from the University of British Columbia. She specializes in Allergies, Autoimmune Disorders, Fertility, Gastro-Intestinal Disorders, Mental/Emotional Health, Naturopathy, Nutrition, and Weight Loss.

Kidd, Jane

Jane grew up and was educated in Cincinnati, Ohio. Beginning at a young age, she trained in and later taught both swimming and ballet, which she pursued through and beyond college. At the University of Cincinnati, Jane completed her masters degree in Special Education with a focus on Learning...

Kotiw, Julie, DC, BS, CMT, RYT

Julie Kotiw has been a licensed chiropractic physician since 2009, certified in acupuncture since 2009, a certified massage therapist since 2003 and a registered yoga teacher since 2014. She has her bachelor’s degree in general science from Palmer College of Chiropractic –Iowa Campus, and her...

Krahn, Shelly, LAc

Shelly is a recognized and successful Oriental medicine provider, professor and supervisor at PCOM with over 25 years experience. She specializes in the treatment of gynecological issues, female and male-factor infertility, and both menopausal and post-menopausal issues. She has worked with many...

Kuebel, Mark, MS, BA, NADA, LAc

Mark Kuebel began his interest in medicine in the 1970's, graduating with a BA, Biological Sciences, concentrating in cell and molecular biology in 1982. He spent the next 10 years exploring art and medical sciences like homoeopathy and Western herbology. After the AIDS crisis personally impacted...

Kuo, Brian, MSTOM, DAOM, LAc

Dr. Brian Kuo, MSTOM, DAOM, LAc, earned his Masters degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Samra University in Los Angeles, CA, and his Doctoral degree in Oriental medicine (DAOM) from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, specializing in Geriatrics, in 2005. His doctorate included...
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