Acupuncture Continuing Education

About HealthCMi

Since 2005, HealthCMi has been a trusted authority for acupuncture continuing education. We have helped thousands of acupuncturists worldwide complete their required acupuncture CEU and PDA credits required to keep a valid license.

Our On-Demand courses are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and are quick to complete. Simply download the course materials, complete the online quiz, and receive a certificate of completion. There is no extra charge to retake quizzes if needed.

Our live webinars count towards in-person (face-to-face) acupuncture CEU & PDA credit and feature live video and audio directly to your computer, tablet, or smartphone.
HealthCMi continuing education online courses are approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing for nursing continuing education credit in the State of California.
Seminar Development
The Healthcare Medicine Institute is dedicated to supporting a consortium of authors and presenters. Content providers are encouraged to publish medical works for medical professionals that are both useful and interesting. By providing a certificate of completion and license renewal process in conjunction with the production of medical works, the Healthcare Medicine Institute assists writers in obtaining the financial support requisite to devote time towards quality publications. The Healthcare Medicine Institute assists writers and presenters with lecture presentations, quiz creation, approvals for continuing education credit, and the preparation of educational materials for publication.
HealthCMi Chinese Medicine Access Program
A primary focus of this program is the development and support of research initiatives to promote outcome based medicine, including Chinese medicine laboratory investigations and clinical trials. Policy directives of the program are based in scientific evidence with a focus on disease control and prevention. The following are program initiatives:
  • Fund research on herbal medicine efficaciousness, active ingredients, patient outcomes and access, and cost-effectiveness
  • Fund research toward policy initiatives for acupuncture and herbal medicine access in integrative medicine environments
  • Facilitate adoption of Chinese medicine protocols for healthcare systems and providers in integrative medicine environments
  • Fund research on extraction and synthesis of herbal medicine ingredients
  • Promote university and government cooperation in research, including recognition of evidence based medicine in policy
  • Foster cooperation and coordination between existing entities to expedite inclusion of Chinese medicine
  • Provide legal and legislative support for Chinese medicine initiatives focused on improved patient outcomes
  • Promote sustainable production of herbal medicines, ensuring purity and potency
These certifications ensure that HealthCMi offers acupuncture continuing education online courses for the entire USA, Canada, and more.

Authors and Administration

Prof. Richard Liao, L.Ac.
Professor Liao has served as professor of herbology and acupuncture theory at the Academy of Chinese Culture & Health Sciences in Oakland, California. Prof. Liao has also served as faculty at Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, California. His many years of teaching experience bring the highest quality of interesting and useful courses to HealthCMi continuing education online. In addition, Prof. Liao has a private acupuncture practice in Walnut Creek, California.
Prof. Jeffrey Pang, L.Ac. 
Prof. Jeffrey Pang received his M.D. in western medicine and TCM from the Sun Yat Sen University of Medical Science in Guangzhou, China. He practiced as a licensed acupuncturist for ten years in Guangzhou and Hong Kong prior to becoming a licensed acupuncturist in California. Prof. Pang’s family has practiced TCM for generations and his clinical practice spans over 30 years. Since 1984, Prof. Pang has served as the Department Chair for the Theory, Herbology and Internal Medicine departments at Five Branches University. Currently, he is an active faculty member at Five Branches University at both the Santa Cruz and San Jose locations and authors publications for Chinese Medicine and dietetics at HealthCMi. In addition to teaching and curriculum development for Five Branches University and HealthCMi, Prof. Pang has a private practice in Santa Cruz and San Jose, California.
Ken Pang, L.Ac. 
Ken Pang, L.Ac. received his degree in TCM from Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine. He was instrumental in the formation of Five Branches University and practiced as a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist in China, Hong Kong, and California. Retiring after 50 years of clinical practice, Ken Pang, L.Ac. now focuses on publishing the venerated Pang family secrets of TCM.
Dr. Van S. Stevens, D.M.D., P.A. 
Dr. Stevens has been a periodontist for over 30 years with a practice limited to periodontics and oral implantology. He is a member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Osseointegration, American Academy of Periodontology, Central Dental Society, Union County Dental Society, New Jersey Dental Society, Northeast Periodontal Study Group, and the Academy of Dental Practice and Administration. Dr. Stevens has hosted live, on-site continuing education seminars for many years and assists with dental related continuing education CEU projects.
Adam White, L.Ac., Dipl. OM. (NCCAOM), M.T.C.M.
Adam White, L.Ac. has served as a faculty member and continuing education director for Five Branches University, where he is currently a research advisor. His publications cover a variety of topics including Chinese medicine dietetics, pelvic inflammatory disorder treatments, acupuncture for musculoskeletal pain, and herb-drug interactions. Adam White's current projects include organic herbal medicine farming, classical acupoint prescriptions combined with modern research, and the development of post-doctoral course materials for licensed acupuncturists. His private acupuncture practice is located in Capitola, California.
Colleen DeLaney, L.Ac., M.T.C.M.
Colleen DeLaney is a California licensed acupuncturist and has been in private practice for approximately two decades in Chico, California. She served as an X-ray technician for 15 years in California hospitals and received her Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine degree from Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, California.
John Struthers, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM)
John Struthers served as Academic Director of Five Branches University from 1989 to 1992. As a Five Branches faculty member, John Struthers taught western sciences and Chinese medicine theory. Currently, he is a licensed acupuncturist and author for with a private practice in Chico, California.
Prof. Joanna Zhao, L.Ac.
Prof. Zhao is the academic dean of Five Branches University and director of the TCM Clinic. She studied with Xiuyan Lu, Yuan Fang, and Prof. Wae Shui and is a graduate from the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is a nationally recognized speaker, including on the specialty of oncology and Chinese medicine. Prof. Zhao is responsible for ongoing cooperation between Five Branches University and Shuguang Hospital and Zhejiang Chinese Medical University. Prof. Zhao is a primary contributor to the HealthCMi Chinese Medicine Access Program and it’s associated task force.
Kevin Walker, L.Ac., R.Ph.
Kevin Walker is a licensed acupuncturist, registered pharmacist, and contributing author to HealthCMi. He has extensive experience in patient monitoring, drug information, and collaborative practice. He was a staff pharmacist at the Alta Bates Medical Center in Berkeley, California, and worked with inpatient care at University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio. His collaborations have produced important continuing education courses at HealthCMi on the topic of safety and herb-drug interactions. He completed his interships at Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Zhejiang Chinese Medical University. His education includes degrees from Ohio Northern University and the Academy of Chinese Culture & Health Sciences (Oakland, California).
Susan Johnson, L.Ac.
Susan Johnson, L.Ac. practiced acupuncture in San Francisco and currently has an acupuncture clinical practice in Santa Cruz, California. In addition, she has served as president of the American Association of Acupuncture. She studied Master Tung style acupuncture under the auspices of renowned teachers including Dr. Miriam Lee and Dr. Wei-Chieh Young. Susan Johnson has been teaching Master Tung acupuncture for decades worldwide and is the official HealthCMi presenter for Master Tung acupuncture online courses.
Tinisia Green, L.Ac., Dipl.OM. (NCCAOM)
Tinisia Green, L.Ac., Dipl.OM. (NCCAOM) is a licensed acupuncturist in Texas and an NCCAOM Diplomate of Oriental Medicine. She has extensive experience as a technical writer and her medical writing and organizational skills assure high quality educational materials for HealthCMi acupuncture continuing education online. Tinisia Green, L.Ac. received her Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from the Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin (AOMA).
Dr. Greg A. Livingston, Ph.D., L.Ac.
Dr. Livingston is a contributing author for the Healthcare Medicine Institute. Dr. Livingston received his Ph.D. in Chinese Internal Medicine and the Clinical Application of Shang Han Lun at Zhejiang University of Chinese Medicine, China.  He is one of the few westerners to have completed his Ph.D. in Chinese Medicine in China entirely in Chinese.  Dr. Livingston served as a Chinese Medicine Physician at the North American International Hospital, Hangzhou and has lectured at Zhejiang University Medical School.
Wangyi Tang
Wangyi Tang is a staff writer and translator for the Healthcare Medicine Institute. He has rich experience in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) translation and serves as a contracted translator for Zhejiang Traditional Chinese Medicine University. He holds a degree in dentistry and is also a licensed dentist, which enables an integrative view of the treatment of modern biomedically defined diseases with Chinese medicine.
Elizabeth Piech, L.Ac.
Elizabeth Piech holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College and graduated from the New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. A licensed acupuncturist and contributing writer to HealthCMi, her reports cover important topics relevant to acupuncturists and their patients.
Yixin Zheng
Yixin Zheng is a HealthCMi translator and staff writer. A student of acupuncture at Heilongjiang University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, he brings quality news and research to our readers.
Natalie C. Saunders, BA (Hons), Lic. Ac.
Natalie C. Saunders is a licensed acupuncturist practicing in Birmingham, UK. She graduated from the College of Traditional Acupuncture and completed further training at the Heilongjiang University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. As a contributing writer to HealthCMi, she draws upon her experience as an acupuncturist to provide high quality news and research with practical, clinical applications.
Dr. Michael Koplen, D.C.
Dr. Koplen brings his years of experience to HealthCMi. He holds a BA from Emory University and is a Palmer College of Chiropractic-West graduate (Doctor of Chiropractic). In addition, he holds massage therapy degrees from the Rocky Mountain Healing Arts Institute and the Boulder School of Massage Therapy. Dr. Koplen is a National Chiropractor of the Year recipient from the Landis-Ward Group.
Chase G. Waters, L.Ac., M.T.C.M.
Chase G. Waters is a doctoral fellow in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at Five Branches University (San Jose, CA) and has a Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine (MTCM). Chase was an Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine resident at Highland Hospital in Oakland (California) and served as the Associate Director of Admissions for Five Branches University. His administrative and publishing skills contribute to HealthCMi research and outreach.
Dr. Ann Yuyan Wang, CMD, L.Ac.
Dr. Ann Wang, CMD, L.Ac. is the founder and director of the Integrative Medicine Center (Ithaca, NY) and is a medical consultant for Treasure of the East. She received her medical degree in Chinese medicine from Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Previously, she was Chief Medical Administrator of the Chinese State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, adjunct professor of the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, and a faculty member at Cornell University. She is one the first overseas practitioners to be awarded the title of Doctor of Chinese Medicine, Physician in Chief by the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies. She is also a member of the Presidential Council of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies.
Teresa Williams Zhang, Ph.D.
Teresa Williams Zhang, Ph.D. received her B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley. She is the second-generation owner of the company that was the very first to bring granule herbs from mainland China to the US. As Tianjiang's exclusive general agent and distributor in the US, she and her team have served American acupuncturists and herbalists over 27 years with herbal medicines from Tianjiang.
Talia White
Talia White received a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara in writing and editing. She is currently a staff editor for the Healthcare Medicine Institute and educator at the San Diego Zoo.
Xiaolian He
Xiaolian He is an expert in dietetics. She has an MS in Food Science and holds a degree in biochemistry. In addition, she has extensive experience in research and publishing. Her experience with research at the NIH (National Institutes of Health) brings important insight to HealthCMi.
Jamie Li
Jamie Li has extensive research and translation experience. She holds advanced degrees in biology and Chinese medicine and is a valued member of the HealthCMi writing staff.
Michael Huang
Michael Huang is a researcher and editor with prior experience from Harvard University and University of Pennsylvania. He brings accurate Chinese to English translations of acupuncture and herbal medicine research to HealthCMi.
Galen Williams, M.T.C.M., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM), Dipl.C.H.
Galen Williams, Dipl.Ac. currently serves as an administrative advisor to the Healthcare Medicine Institute. She has been nationally certified in both acupuncture and Chinese herbology since 1995. Galen Williams, Dipl.Ac. has been in private practice in Louisville, Colorado since 1997 and specializes in the treatment of gynecological concerns and the treatment of Shen imbalances. 
Linda Zhu
Linda Zhu is a staff writer and translator for the Healthcare Medicine Institute. She has a degree from Peking University in Chinese Language and Literature, which compliments her expertise in biomedicine.
Charles Lek
Charles Lek is a staff writer and translator for the Healthcare Medicine Institute. His expertise in technical writing and his strong academic background compliments his multilingual skills. Charles provides accurate biomedical and TCM translations for diagnoses, treatment protocols, and laboratory results.

In Memoriam

Prof. Sharon Feng, L.Ac.
During her lifetime, Prof. Feng was a contributing editor and author for the Healthcare Medicine Institute.  Dr. Feng received her M.D. degree from the Shanghai Second Medical University (China) where she later served as the Clinic Director of the Chinese/Western Medical Division from 1978-1984 and was Chief of Residents.  Dr. Feng was a licensed acupuncturist in California with a clinical practice spanning over 30 years.  Dr. Feng was the Department Chair of Gynecology for Five Branches University and taught herbology and clinical medicine. We loved her very much and her legacy is in the health of her patients and the continuing knowledge that lives through her students.