Meet the interns for the 2023-2024 school year. They are eager to learn and to help you feel your best.
Andrew Anders, a Michigan native, holds a Bachelor of Science in Technology Management and a Master of Science in Technology Studies. He is an accomplished martial artist, with a 5th-degree black belt in Kukkiwon Taekwondo and a 4th-degree black belt in Hoijeon Moosool. In 2014, he excelled at the World Hoijeon Moosool Championships in San Antonio, Texas, securing 1st place in sparring and 3rd place in weapons.
Since 2005, Andrew has practiced Japanese Folk Medicine (Usui Shiki Ryoho) and taught it since 2010. He conducted research on this method in Japan in 2015 and 2022. He also completed a one-week internship at a traditional acumoxa clinic in Tokyo in 2022.
Andrew’s primary focus is assisting individuals with chronic physical and mental conditions to enhance their quality of life naturally with East Asian Medicine.
Heather Doyle is grateful to be studying East Asian Medicine in southern Appalachia. She brings lifelong experience with dance and somatic movement education to her practice. Through collaborative creative process and street medicine training, she has learned to trust in the power and wisdom of each of our bodies/minds to be our best teachers. Heather considers it a privilege to accompany patients on each of their autonomous paths, honoring the different goals each person brings to the clinic. She is committed to continuous learning towards a liberatory body-positive, trauma-informed and gender-affirming treatment approach. When not in the JTS Clinic, Heather leads class as an artist educator with Bodywise Dance, teaches Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis, studies taiji and qigong with Sifu Alex King, and takes long walks through the woods with her family.
Ricki Draper, based in Knoxville, TN, has a background in community organizing and non-profit consulting. Ricki is interested in integrative healthcare that recognizes structural barriers to health and wellness and honors the individual and their experience. Ricki is particularly interested in using acupuncture to support queer and trans healthcare.
In their free time, Ricki enjoys hiking with their little dog, Fiddle, spending time with their niblings, and reading all the books.
Hi! My name is Austin. I am from Laurel, MD and currently live in Asheville, NC. I love spending time outdoors, whether hiking with my dog, white water rafting, rock climbing or playing sports.
Acupuncture came into my life when I was playing lacrosse in college. I had chronic injuries that were not healing through Western treatment, and as a last-ditch effort decided to give Chinese Medicine a try. That is where my healing journey began. Not only did I find relief from treatments, but I gained a greater awareness of what health truly looks like for me. I learned about how my physical pain was also tied in with my sleep, diet, stress levels, movement, and much more. After finding relief, I decided to dedicate myself to doing for others what so many practitioners have done for me.
As a former athlete, I must say that treating injuries and pain has always been an interest of mine — after all, it is what brought me here. That being said, the whole-person treatment approach is what truly inspires me, and is why I love Chinese Medicine so much. I look forward to both using what I have learned so far and gaining new knowledge as I walk alongside you through your unique healing journey.
Becca Nicholson lives in beautiful Marshall, NC. She has a background in art, languages, nonprofit management, and historic restoration work. She hopes to bring her creativity to patient care, honoring the uniqueness of each individual and their needs and goals. She is especially interested in using acupuncture to support pain management, emotional balance, menstrual cycle health, and headache disorders such as migraine disease. She loves the beauty, simplicity, and completeness of Chinese Medicine and feels grateful and excited to be learning and offering it.
When she isn’t studying, you might find her hiking, playing guitar, knitting, or working in her ever-expanding garden.
Brandon Tester, a Virginia native earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology in 2007 from The University of Virginia’s College at Wise. He then went on to earn his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from Sherman College of Chiropractic in 2011. He currently owns and operates his own Clinic in Wise, Va.
Being able to pursue Acupuncture Studies at Jung Tao has deepened my understanding of the human body and ignited a passion to bring this incredible medicine to remote areas and integrate it into my current practice.
If I’m not at my office or Jung Tao, you’ll likely find me outdoors. Hobbies include photography, music, and gardening. My wife and I also love to travel and spend time with our fur babies.