Chris Osmond, Ph.D.
Chris Osmond began his education career as a middle and high school teacher in Washington D.C. before returning to graduate school at Stanford and UNC Chapel Hill to learn more about the role of the arts in education, the importance of autobiography in teaching, and the design and assessment of curriculum. Before coming to Boone in 2010, he held joint appointments in the Department of Social Medicine at the UNC School of Medicine and the Department of Elementary Education at the UNC School of Education. He has also designed professional development curricula for nationally-disseminated programs. He is currently Associate Professor of Leadership & Educational Studies and Associate Director of the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership in the Reich College of Education at Appalachian State University. His wife, Joanna, is a counselor and intuitive healer who practices in the Boone area. They have three amazing boys together, and love these mountains!
Dana Roten, M.B.A.
Director of Finances, Financial Aid Director
Dana Roten is a graduate of Appalachian State University with an undergraduate degree in Finance, and a Masters in Business Administration. She began her career with General Electric in Hickory, North Carolina, and there completed the G.E. Financial Management Program. Dana worked as Assistant Controller at Bernhardt Furniture in Lenoir, North Carolina until the birth of her first child. Her family moved to Lexington, Kentucky where her husband completed the Doctoral Program in Finance at the University of Kentucky. Her family of four returned to Boone upon her husband joining the faculty at ASU in the College of Business. While in Boone, Dana has worked as a bookkeeper for several local businesses, including Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine.
Barry Marshall, LMBT, NCTMB
Barry Marshall is a native to the area born and raised in Sugar Grove. He begin his martial arts training at the age of 19 with Master Rick Ward at Blue Ridge Kung Fu Academy in Boone, NC. He was awarded a Black Belt by the World Mushuquan Federation in 1993.
Barry began studying with Dr. Sean Marshall in 1994, and was awarded a white sash by Dr, Marshall in 1997, signifying him as an instructor of Taijiquan at Jung Tao School. He completed the three year Chinese Medicine certificate program at Jung Tao School in 1998. In 2007 he was awarded a red sash from Dr, Marshall, certifying him as a senior instructor of Taijiquan.
In 2007 Barry graduated from Caldwell Community Collage & Technical Institute’s Massage Therapy program and is state Licensed and nationally certified. His Bodywork is a mixture of several styles including, Tui na, Acupressure, deep tissue massage, Orthopedic massage, and Myofascial release.
Ms. Calloway is a native of western North Carolina and was born and raised in Banner Elk , NC. She attended ASU and MSU. She has a background in construction project management and office administration. April serves as both an administrative assistant and as a clinic manager. She can claim that family members help construct the stone building in which JTS resides!
Matthew Klizek, M.S.
Matthew Klizek is a graduate of Westminster College with a BA in History and Masters in Library Science from Appalachian State University. He began his career working in the Appalachian Collection in Belk Library at ASU and as a page at the Watauga County Public Library. He is also a certified librarian in the state of North Carolina.
Hínár Polczer, M.S.
Director of Information Technology Services
Originally from Budapest, Hungary, Hínár Polczer moved to the USA in 1997 and to North Carolina in 1998. He previously served as an IT Specialist for Midway Airlines. Since 2002, he has been managing the UNC Chapel Hill Biology Department IT services and data server park while also performing Information Security Liaison duties for the University. Altogether, Hínár has over 30 years of experience in these various Information Technology roles. Hínár has been an avid practitioner of Traditional Kung Fu for almost three decades and has shared this discipline since the early 2000’s by founding UNC Monkey Kung Fu Club. In addition to teaching the art of Traditional Monkey Kung Fu, wellness, and self-defense, he has also brought various educational seminars on Taoism to the UNC campus and does Kung Fu performances in various cultural festivals at and around UNC Chapel Hill. Hínár has a Masters Degree in Information Science and is a student of Chinese Medicine at Jung Tao.
Zsanett came to the United States from Hungary in 1997. She has lived in New Jersey for the past 20+ years and she moved to Beech Mountain, NC in May of 2018. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in International Business and Management from Montclair State University. Prior to her move to North Carolina, she has worked in the Tri-State area as an Executive/Administrative Assistant for various companies. Her last job, before her move, she worked as an Administrative Assistant in the Internal Audit Department at Vornado Realty Trust, a Fortune 500 company in New Jersey. Currently she works with Dana Roten in the Finance Office.
Joy has a B.A. in Anthropology and a M.Ed. in Reading from the University of Virginia. For the past fifteen years she has worked in public schools in N.C. as a Title I teacher, Title I Coordinator, LEA Testing Coordinator, and a school administrator for N.C.’s literacy assessment for Kindergarten through 3rd grade. Before returning to teach elementary age students, she taught as Adjunct Faculty at Appalachian State University for six years. Upon moving to Boone in 1992, she started a landscape business. In 1996, she purchased a farm in Sugar Grove and applied for and received organic certification for animals and crops. Though the farm is no longer operational it is a sanctuary for native medicinal plants and animals. Joy was fortunate to be treated by Dr. Marshall in the early years of JTS and has appreciated the healing presence of the school in the community since it was established. She joined the staff in August of 2018 as an Administrative Assistant.
Board of Directors
Shawn Arthur, Ph.D.
Board of Directors – Chairman
Board member since 2013
Shawn received his Religious Studies BA and MA from the University of Tennessee in Knoxvlle, and his Ph.D. in Chinese Religion and Society from Boston University. His graduate training focused on religions (Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism) and medicine in ancient China as well as their contemporary counterparts. Shawn’s first monograph, Ancient Daoism Dietary Practices: Examining Ways to Health and Longevity (Lexington Books, 2013) analyses the ascetic religious diets of third-century Taoists and their relation to perceptions of the body and Chinese medical concepts. This study also analyses the ingredients and practices of these diets using theories and data from the fields of contemporary Western pharmacology, psychology, and parasitology.
Currently, Shawn is an Associate Professor of Religion at Appalachian State University who teaches about Chinese religions, Chinese medicine, global studies, religion and the body, and anthropology of religion.
Michael Denbow, Ph.D., L.Ac.
Board Member since 2018
D. Michael Denbow, professor emeritus at Virginia Tech, received his B.S. and M.S. from the University of Maryland, and, in 1980, his Ph.D. in physiology from North Carolina State University. He retired after 38 years at Virginia Tech where he published over 230 papers, and taught courses including Anatomy and Physiology, Neurochemical Regulation, and Chinese Medicine. He has studied martial arts and tuina as a member of the North American Tang Shou Tao Association since the late 1980’s. In 2006, he became a certified instructor for Jin Shou Tuina through the American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA®). He graduated from the Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine where he also taught Anatomy and Physiology and served as the Academic Dean. Since obtaining his acupuncture license, he has continued to emphasize tuina and acupuncture as his main modalities is his acupuncture clinic located in Blacksburg, Virginia. Dr. Denbow has taught grand rounds and anatomy and physiology and served as the academic dean at Jung Tao School, and is available to the school for guest lectures. He joined the Board of Directors of the Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine in 2018.
Sherri Green, Ph.D.
Board member since 2016
Dr. Sherri Green has had a successful career in both the North Carolina university system and as a senior manager in health focused non-profits. She is a graduate of the Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine and has a Ph.D. in Maternal and Child Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Gillings School of Global Public Health. Dr. Green has a strong track record in building health programs that have gained national attention, experience handling large multifaceted projects and programs, and a long career as a university educator. Dr. Green has served as principal investigator on numerous research and program grants, primarily focused on substance use disorders, trauma, and maternal and child health. Dr. Green has been honored for her work as a community leadership mentor and as an innovative teacher. She brings with her a life-long love of this medicine and of the internal arts.
Eric Karchmer, Ph.D., M.D. (China), L.Ac.
Board of Directors – Vice-Chairman
Board member since 2015
Eric is both a practitioner of Chinese medicine and a medical anthropologist, researching the contemporary practice of Chinese medicine in China. From 1995 – 2000, Eric was a medical student at the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine, where he earned a Bachelors of Medicine, focusing on both herbal medicine and acupuncture. Upon graduating, he set up his own Chinese medicine clinic in Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 2001. This medical training in Beijing also served as the foundation of his Ph.D. research for a degree in Anthropology at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Eric completed his Ph.D. in Anthropology from UNC in 2005. His publications have explored the various ways in which doctors of Chinese medicine have responded to the encounter with biomedicine. Eric joined the Anthropology Department at Appalachian State University in 2013 and has kept an active clinical practice in his new home of Boone, NC.
Yvette Marie Miller, M.D.
Board member since 2018
In addition to extension service as a board member for various nonprofit organizations, Dr. Miller has been with the American Red Cross since 1996, serving in various leadership capacities including regional Medical Director, Director of Apheresis Collections and Clinical Services Director. Additionally, while acting as Medical Director in Tucson, AZ, she served as Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology at University of Arizona Health Sciences Center. Dr. Miller is currently the Executive Medical Officer for the Donor and Client Support Center in Charlotte, N.C. Having been in this position since 2008, she is responsible for determining allogeneic and autologous donor eligibility criteria, evaluating post-donation information and product suitability, approving donor reinstatement/reentry and providing medical guidance for donor complications management. Dr. Miller also oversee staff performing hemovigilance data management, product retrievals/market withdrawals, consignee notification and donor test result notification. Additionally, in this role, she acts as a subject matter expert for the development of processes and procedures related to donor qualification, suspect product disposition and blood product collection management.
As a physician, Dr. Miller’s personal philosophy is that there are significant benefits in the use of complementary medicine. Combining eastern and western medicine provides the best chance for patients to heal physically, emotionally, and spiritually. She particularly believes in the healing benefits of acupuncture and has used acupuncture as her primary personal treatment modality for the last 20 years. That is why Dr. Miller relishes the opportunity to be a board member for Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine, to support the mission of and expansion of this unique school would be a benefit to the students and the community.
Burton Moomaw, L.Ac.
Board of Directors – Secretary
Board member since 2018 and Guest Lecturer
Burton Moomaw graduated from Jung Tao School in 2007 and has been in private practice in Boone, NC since then. Boone is Burton’s home, having lived here since 1986, starting three businesses in Boone, and having married in 1989, raising his two sons here. Burton studied with Dr. Tran Viet Tzung for seven years and now is immersed in compliment channel theory, studying with Ann Cecil-Sterman. Both of these traditions contain the knowledge that makes acupuncture a stand-alone modality. His other interests include travel, beekeeping, rock climbing and Jungian psychology. Burton joined the Jung Tao School Board in 2018 and currently serves as secretary of the board and is available to the school for guest lectures.