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.

Vanin, Sara, LMT, NCBTMB

Sara Vanin is the Chair of the Massage Department and has been part of the Faculty body at Pacific College since 2007. She teaches Shiatsu, Intro to Body Therapy and is a Massage Clinic Supervisor. She has been studying Eastern and integrative healing arts since 1995. She is a graduate of the...

Vargas, Johanna, LMT, BCTMB

Johanna Vargas, LMT, BCTMB , arrived at bodywork through her movement arts practices. With over two decades of movement-based disciplines, she has ample first-hand experience with muscular pain. Her history of successfully identifying, resolving and preventing its recurrence in her own body informs...

Vavrinchik, David, LAc, MS

David Vavrinchik, M.S., L.Ac., received his Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and is licensed in the state of Illinois. He is also board certified by the NCCAOM in the practice of both acupuncture and herbal medicine. Previous to his...

Vozar, Elaine, LAc, MSTOM

Elaine Vozar is the founder of Acupuncture Works Chicago, located in Lincoln Square. Elaine specializes in treating families. She was trained in botany, psychology, and Chinese language at Indiana University Bloomington. After moving to Chicago, she worked in women’s health for six years. Deciding...
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