Julie Barefoot, LAc
Julie, a Raleigh, NC native, graduated from Jung Tao School in 2008. She switched career paths in 2007 from a medical aesthetician to the Student Director of Jung Tao to aid future classes through their journeys in discovering Chinese Medicine. Since her graduation, she has opened acupuncture clinics in her hometown of Raleigh as well as her current residence, Mountain City, TN.
She enjoys sharing her extensive knowledge of Chinese Medicine with her community through her weekly radio program titled Health Alternatives with Julie Barefoot. Her most exciting moments are utilizing her acupuncture skills to assist women with childbirth. She has currently assists with labor and deliveries at Carolina Medical Center, Rex Hospital, UNC Women’s Center, Duke, and ETSU. Ms. Barefoot is a Grand Rounds Instructor and Clinical Supervisor, and teaches point location.
Kim Bonsteel, LAc, LMBT, NCTMB
Kim Bonsteel is state licensed and nationally certified in acupuncture as well as massage & bodywork therapy, and is a graduate of Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine. His bodywork is an eclectic mix of modalities from around the world.
He has studied with rolfers and osteopaths, and relies on Asian techniques from shiatsu and tuina. A third generation native of Florida, he has resided in North Carolina since 1978, and practices in Macon, Jackson, and Transylvania counties. Kim was formerly an amateur botanist and Western herbalist, having identified and collected more than 250 species of medicinal plants of the southern Appalachians. A former student of Matsubayashi Shorin-ryu Okinawan Karate-do, he is now a daily taijiquan practitioner and white sash instructor. He also enjoys yoga, singing, hiking, wildcrafting, writing, travel, and chess.
Kim maintains a private practice and teaches point location and energetics at Jung Tao School. He is currently an adjunct faculty member.
Greg Bryson, MFA, LAc, CMT
Greg Bryson began teaching as a graduate student at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he received a Master of Fine Arts Degree in 1998. For most of the next ten years he taught art as an instructor at VirginiaTech. During this time he began studying Chinese martial arts, and continues to train under Mike Denbow in the North American Tang Shou Tao Association.
The martial arts training introduced him to both Western and Eastern bodywork modalities, leading to his completion of the massage program at the Blue Ridge School of Massage in 2007 and the acupuncture program at the Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine in 2008.
He currently serves as a clinical supervisor and the clinic director at the Jung Tao School and practices acupuncture and massage therapy at his clinic, New River Healing Arts, in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Pradip Bulsara, LAc
A devoted practitioner of yoga and meditation for over 30 years, Pradip Bulsara has been sharing yoga practices since 1988 to diverse age groups with different levels of experience. Pradip has been an active member of the community by volunteering to instruct free yoga classes at the Hindu Center of Charlotte every Sunday morning for over 25 years.
Pradip’s educational background is in electrical engineering, computer science, project management, naturopathy, and Chinese medicine. He graduated from Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine in 2010 and has a private practice in Gastonia, North Carolina. Mr. Bulsara is an adjunct grand rounds instructor.
Tom Cohen, Lac, LMBT
Born in Cleveland, Ohio. Tom is a Charlotte, NC resident for over 30 years. He has a BS in Literature from UGA. He leads a group in Daitoryu Aikijujutsu, a classical Japanese martial art. He has also studied the Russian martial art of Systema, Aikido, and is currently training in the Filipino art of Balintawak.
Tom is a Jung Tao School Class 3 graduate. His practice, Insight Wellness is located in the Historic Dilworth area of Charlotte. He lives in Charlotte with his wife, Christina and their 3 furry children. Tom has taught grand rounds palpatory anatomy and is currently an adjunct faculty member.
Mike Denbow, Ph.D., LAc
Mike Denbow, is a professor 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 is a professor at Virginia Tech where he has published over 225 papers, and currently teaches five 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®). A licensed massage therapist, he also graduated from the Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine. He has been practicing tuina and massage therapy professionally for over a decade, and currently owns an acupuncture clinic in Blacksburg, VA. Since obtaining his acupuncture license, he has continued to emphasize tuina and acupuncture as his main modalities. Dr. Denbow has served Jung Tao School in the past as the anatomy and physiology instructor, as Academic Dean, and as a research faculty member. Currently he serves on the board of directors, guest lectures in anatomy and physiology, and is an adjunct grand rounds instructor.
Tom Eddins, LAc
Tom Eddins began his study of energetics in the field of music, completing his Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in classical guitar performance at the North Carolina School of the Arts in 1999. Tom subsequently moved to the mountains of North Carolina and, enhanced by their beauty and green serenity, began to study Chinese bio-energetics through martial arts and Taijiquan.
Tom has worked in the field of health care since 2000, and acupuncture specifically since 2003. He graduated in the top tier of his class at Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine in 2005. Tom has since taught classes in Taijiquan both in the community and at Jung Tao. He is an NCCAOM certified and licensed acupuncturist in the state of North Carolina and currently runs a private acupuncture practice in Boone, North Carolina. Mr. Eddins teaches in the energetic class series and serves as a clinical supervisor at JTS.
Sarah Girard, LAc
Sarah Girard began studying Chinese dietary therapy in 1999. After graduating from Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine in 2005 she opened a private practice in Winston-Salem, NC. She also taught at Forsyth Technical Community College Massage School for four years.
In 2009, she completed an extended Chinese Dietary Program through the Chinatown Wellness Center in New York City, with Jeffrey Yuen; adding to well over 500 post-graduate hours with Yuen in Chronic Painful Obstruction (Bi Syndrome), Endocrinology, Cancer, Channel Systems of Acupuncture and Stone Medicine. Sarah is a grand rounds instructor, a clinic supervisor, and teaches in the energetics series at JTS.
Sherri L. Green, Ph.D., MSW, LCSW, M. Dip. Ac.
Dr. Green is a graduate of Jung Tao and has over 25 years of experience in higher education and in the fields of public health and perinatal and maternal substance use. She is the president of Jung Tao School and is available to lecture on a range of topics including but not limited to lectures on professional skills, leadership, integrated and evidence based care, interdisciplinary collaboration, interview and counseling skills, and on research topics.
Dr. Green has authored more than 90 technical and evaluation reports, mentored students for masters and doctoral research projects, and co-authored peer reviewed manuscripts in the field of public health. She has been principal investigator on numerous health related evaluation and research projects. Her passions include time in nature, study of world philosophies and healing practices, and the integration of research and practice to improve patient outcomes. Dr. Green is a licensed therapist and a seasoned educator and administrator and serves as principal investigator on several projects. She teaches professional skills at JTS and is available to mentor student research.
Stacy Hewitt, LAc
Stacy’s journey to become a practitioner of alternative medicine started in 1997 when he graduated from the Carolina School of Massage Therapy and furthered his postgraduate education with advanced certifications in neuromuscular therapy, myofascial massage, structural body work, and shonishen, a form of Japanese pediatric massage.
One of the top graduates of his class, Stacy received his four-year graduate degree in acupuncture at the Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine in Sugar Grove, North Carolina in 2012. Taking the best from both Eastern and Western medicine, Stacy has post- graduate acupuncture training in Orthopedic and Sports Medicine and blends this with his Eastern training in Dr. Tan, Kiiko Matsumoto and Classical Nguyen Van Nghi styles of acupuncture. He has also completed advanced acupuncture studies in internal medicine, fertility, women’s health and pediatric care.
Being a graduate of UNC-CH, Stacy calls Chapel Hill, NC, home and currently practices acupuncture full time in addition to teaching at Jung Tao School and the Carolina Massage Institute. Stacy serves as an adjunct grand rounds instructor.
Jennifer Lauritzen, LAc
1954 – 2022
Jennifer Lauritzen, a native of Key West, FL, wife, mother and grandmother, is a North Carolina state licensed and nationally certified acupuncturist. She studied Classical Chinese medicine under Dr. Sean Marshall and graduated from Jung Tao School in 2004. In 2003, Jennifer began studying with Dr. Tran Viet Dzung on a biannual basis and continues to do so to expand her knowledge of Classical Chinese Medicine.
Jennifer’s past interest and current focus has included holistic medicine and horticulture. She attended Miami Dade Community College in 1972-1974 for their horticulture program and has continued to expand her knowledge in this area throughout her life. In 1976 she began her studies of holistic medicine under Dr. Rudolph Perry for a period of one year in naturopathic medicine and afterwards obtained a certificate of completion. Jennifer currently resides between her beloved Key West and the Southern Appalachian mountains. She is a clinic supervisor and clinical treatment skills instructor.
Dongcheng Li, D.O.M., A.P.
Dr. Li is a Florida licensed acupuncture physician and NCCAOM Diplomate in Oriental Medicine. He had been appointed as a professor at American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Houston and Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine in Fort Lauderdale in the past six years.
Dr. Li is a fifth generation practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and the only apprentice in his family. He was trained in China from the time was very young, learning precious and unique protocols, including many herbal and acupuncture recipes and formulas which are family secrets.
In addition to his traditional family training, Dr. Li graduated at the top of his class from Inner Mongolia Medical University in China in 2001, earning his Medical Degree with a major in Traditional Chinese Medicine. He then received a Master’s degree in Chinese Medicine at Zhejiang Chinese Medical University, completing his dissertation at the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences in China in 2004. Before coming to the United States, he worked for the Chinese Pharmaceutical Association for 3 years. Dr. Li came to the United States in 2007 and quickly earned another Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology at the University of Texas at Arlington in the US in 2009. He is currently studying for his Doctoral Degree in Education at Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Li is not only a Chinese medicine practitioner with over 15 years of experience, but also an educator and social activist. He has published 10 books and teaches Acupuncture Board Licensing exam preparation classes for new potential Acupuncturists all across the United States and China since 2009. Dr. Li is also the co-founder of Acupuncture of China (www.acucn.com), serving as its Chief Development Officer since 2005. Dr. Li serves as the North American Representative for the World Federation of Acupuncture-Moxibustion Societies (WFAS). At Jung Tao School, Dr. Li is an adjunct instructor teaching NCCAOM board review courses.
Philip Lee, L.Ac.
The Biomed board prep series will be led by Philip Lee, L.Ac., who is a colleague of Dr. Dongcheng Li, and is a licensed acupuncture physician in the State of Florida. He holds a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). A pre-med major at the University of Miami (graduated 2004), Philip is also a graduate of the Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine (Spring 2014).
Philip is an experienced teacher and has been teaching board review classes and doing private tutoring for years. He has versatility in teaching and over the years has tutored students ranging from primary school to medical school level. He has also taught students in the United States and in China. This breadth of experience shaped his ability to make difficult concepts easy to grasp for learners. Philip has been practicing acupuncture since 2014 and is currently studying for a PhD in Oriental Medicine at the prestigious Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing, China. He hopes to continue advancing his studies and integrating his knowledge of Western and Eastern Medicine for the benefit of his patients and students.
Jon-Erik Lido, LAc
Jon-Erik was introduced to the theory of Chinese Medicine through Chinese martial arts. The theory and practice of the internal martial arts Xingyiquan and Baguazhang opened up a new world to him. They provided him with a visceral, personal experience of the theoretical and energetic underpinnings of the Daoist philosophy, cosmology, and channel energetics that are at the heart of Chinese Medicine. They also introduced him to the practice of one branch of Chinese Medicine: Tuina, or medical massage.
From this starting point the education at Jung Tao School provided him with a seamless introduction to acupuncture. Meanwhile the Taiji (Tai Chi) courses continued to develop his skills of sensitivity and awareness. Jon-Erik continues his study of the classics of Chinese Medicine to this day. He has added Yoga to his routine for personal internal development, and is a registered yoga teacher. Through yoga he strives to awaken new levels of awareness, sensitivity, and compassion for all people. Jon-Erik has a special passion for Yin Yoga, which combines Chinese acupuncture theory with poses derived from Hatha Yoga. Jon-Erik is a clinic supervisor.
Susan Lorentzen, LAc
Susan is a 2003 graduate of Midwest College of Acupuncture and holds a Masters of Oriental Medicine. She brings her caring attention to detail and love of teaching to the clinic setting. Susan is an adjunct grand rounds instructor and clinic supervisor.
Barry G. Marshall, LMBT, NCTMB, M. Dip. Ac.
Barry Marshall is a native of the area, born and raised in Sugar Grove, NC. He began 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 College & Technical Institute’s Massage Therapy program. Barry has continued his education by studying tuina, acupressure and deep tissue massage, and in 2015 he graduated again from Jung Tao School, this time with a M. Dip. Ac. Barry teaches Taijiquan and palpatory anatomy, and serves as Registrar for the Jung Tao School.
Ray Mercurio, LAc, LMT, BA, MBA, CPA
Ray Mercurio graduated from Queens College of New York City where he received a BA in Accounting and Economics. He then attended The University of Rochester where he received his MBA. He went on to get his CPA from New York State. Ray spent 25 years in various corporate positions after which he formed his own investment company.
In 1991, he became interested in complimentary and holistic healing modalities. His studies include Neuromuscular Therapy, CranioSacral Therapy, SomatoEmotional Release, Therapeutic Imaging and Dialog, and Reike. He is a graduate of Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine, is NCCAOM certified, and is a licensed acupuncturist in the state of North Carolina. He incorporates all of the above modalities in his private practice in Charlotte, North Carolina. Mr. Mercurio guest lectures in the professional skills course.
Myra Jane Ramseur, RN, FNP, LAc
Ms. Ramseur studied with Dr. Sean Marshall and graduated in the first class at Jung Tao School. She has worked as an RN in a wide range of settings for 40 years, including hospitals, through home health, and in hospice. She studied to be a Nurse Practitioner at Emory University in 1975, and earned a Masters of Education degree from Georgia State University in 1977.
Shortly thereafter she moved to the mountains of North Carolina to provide care in a rural health clinic as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Health Educator. She enjoys providing auriculotherapy treatments to a weekly group at her local YMCA. She has a small acupuncture private practice which she runs out of her home. Her hobbies include performing music and magic with her husband, and raising vegetables, chickens, and donkeys on their farm in Lincolnton, NC. She was licensed to practice acupuncture by the state of North Carolina in July of 2005. She calls on her broad range of experience in Western Medicine to teach Pathophysiology and other classes in the biomedical component of the program.
Jen Resnick, MSTOM, DAHM, LAc
An international champion and nationally-renown martial arts instructor, Dr. Resnick began her Chinese medicine practice in Oakland, CA, where she was the Head Instructor of a community martial arts center. There, she combined Chinese medicine theory with the practice of martial arts, qi gong and meditation to investigate the path of somatic healing and empowerment through movement.
Her training in Qi Gong and Zheng Gu Tui Na trauma medicine allows her, in turn, to effectively treat sports injuries and musculoskeletal pain. She has since taught Zheng Gu Tui Na at national martial arts conferences, has been a visiting faculty member at Tri-State College of Acupuncture, Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine, PCOM-NY and has taught continuing education courses in New York, California, Montreal and France.
Dr. Resnick is also a founding member of the Global Alternative Healthcare Project, one of the first organizations to offer TCM-based medical aid internationally. She has led trips to Indonesia, Nepal, Navajo Nation and Jackson WY to offer free, high quality care to communities in need.
Dr. Resnick’s educational background includes a B.A. in Semiotics from Brown University, MSTOM from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, and a DAHM from Seattle Institute of East Asian Medicine. She is nationally certified with the NCCAOM in Chinese herbs and acupuncture, and currently practices at Evolve Health + Wellness in NYC. Dr. Resnick teaches Classical Tui Na and Traumatology, an advanced optional elective course at Jung Tao School. As the CE and New Programs director, she is advising further development of the JTS orthopedics focus and new programs on tui na, herbal studies, a professional doctorate curriculum, and service learning opportunities at JTS.
Nikki Rhodes, BS, MS
Nikki grew up in Charlotte, NC and came to Boone, NC in 1998 to attend Appalachian State University. As an undergraduate, she majored in pre-professional biology with a minor in chemistry. She fell in love with the beautiful, grounding mountains and decided to continue her studies at ASU, earning her Masters degree in biology with a concentration in molecular biology.
Her work within the degree program included research and analysis of DNA. As a graduate student, Nikki taught laboratory sections of biology, parasitology, and zoology. At CCC&TI in Boone, NC, she teaches anatomy and physiology labs and ABE/GED/AHS math and science classes. She is also the Lab Coordinator in the College and Career Readiness program on the Watauga campus of CCC&TI. Nikki has a passion for learning and continues to strive for a better understanding of our world through art, music and science. Ms. Rhodes is the Course Director for Anatomy and Physiology and Palpatory Anatomy courses at JTS.
Nikki Rodney, Ph.D., MPH, M. Dip. Ac., LAc
Dr. Nikki Rodney is a graduate of Jung Tao School and a medical anthropologist who works on maternal and child health issues in war-torn central Africa. She also collaborates with the University of California San Diego on a research study testing the effect of acupuncture on telomere length and overall aging. Dr. Rodney was key to Jung Tao being part of this study.
After obtaining her doctorate from the University of Florida, she decided to study acupuncture to add clinical skills to her research background in the pursuit of the alleviation of human suffering. She graduated from the Jung Tao School in 2015 and volunteers with Acupuncturists without Borders at a refugee health clinic in Cleveland, where she lives with her family. Dr. Rodney serves as one of the adjunct research faculty at Jung Tao.
Abe Rummage, LAc, M. Dipl.Ac., LMBT
Abe began his study of Chinese medicine, Tai Chi, and martial arts in 2000 with apprenticeships under Sifu Yahesh Ben Yisrael and master acupuncturist Jim Westmoreland. In 2004, Abe obtained his diploma in Massage and Bodywork Therapy from Southeastern School of Neuromuscular and Massage Therapy and became board certified and state licensed in N.C. as a massage and bodywork therapist.
Abe speaks weekly with doctors, support groups and wellness programs about the benefits of acupuncture and Chinese medicine and how it can work alongside our current paradigm of health care. Abe is an adjunct grand rounds instructor at JTS.
Bonnie Walker, D.C., LAc
Dr. Walker began her studies in Classical Chinese Medicine with a personal apprenticeship with Dr Sean Marshall in 1993 and continued her advanced training with Dr. Tran viet Dzung from 2001-2012. She was one of the original founding faculty of Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine, and has served as Biomedical Dean, Clinical Supervisor, and full-time faculty. Currently she serves as an adjunct grand rounds instructor, guest lecturer in the biomed courses, and is offering input to our doctoral program planning.
She was awarded her instructor’s white belt in Taiji Quan from Jung Tao School in 1996. In 2004 she was awarded her master’s diploma in acupuncture with special recognition for meritorious service. She developed and teaches monthly continuing education seminars for chiropractors, medical doctors and acupuncturists. Dr. Walker
returned to Jung Tao School in 2017 to serve as a Grand Rounds Instructor, and to help faculty plan for expansion of its orthopedic focus and to assist with planning for a professional doctorate.
Dr. Walker graduated from National College of Chiropractic in 1989 and founded Wellspring Chiropractic and Acupuncture Center in Boone, NC in 1990 where she practices full time with her daughter Dr. Amanda Peters (also a Jung Tao alumna). Her special areas of interest include internal medicine, reproductive health, and integrative medicine.