Program Director Neil R. Gumenick, M.Ac. (UK), C.T. (Adv.), L.Ac., Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM), Founder and Director of The Institute of Classical Five-Element Acupuncture. Neil is a Worsley certified advanced teacher of Classical Five-Element Acupuncture and a practitioner with over 35 years of private practice experience. Neil holds three degrees from the College of Traditional Acupuncture (U.K.), and he participated for 10 years in the Master Apprentice Program™, led by Profs. J.R. & J.B. Worsley. Neil has taught at the USC and UCLA Schools of Medicine, the Worsley Institute of Classical Acupuncture, the Traditional Acupuncture Foundation, California Acupuncture College, Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine, and Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. He has been a Professor at Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine and SAMRA University of Oriental Medicine. Neil is co-author of The Art of Practice Management for Acupuncture Health Care Practices, a frequent contributor to the California Journal of Oriental Medicine, and a distinguished columnist for Acupuncture Today. Neil maintains a full time practice in Santa Monica, CA. For more on Neil, read his full bio here.

Brian Bender, L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.(NCCAOM) earned his B.S. in Education/Mathematics from the University of Colorado in 1975, and in 1984 he received a Master's degree from the McLaren College of Business Administration, University of San Francisco. After earning his MSTOM degree from Pacific College in 1996, he completed his certification in Classical Five-Element Acupuncture at the Institute of Classical Five-Element Acupuncture in Santa Monica, CA. He is in the Master Apprentice Program under the guidance Prof. J.R. Worsley and Dr. J.B. Worsley. Brian also has over 20 years of training and teaching in the martial arts of Aikido and Iaido. Brian is currently an instructor and clinical supervisor of Oriental medicine theory, point location and needle technique, and acupressure at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. He maintains a private practice in Del Mar, CA.
Eliot Ivanhoe, M.D., M.Ac. (U.K.), C.T. (A), Dipl. Ac., after completing his residency in neurology, began studying with Professor Worsley in 1979. He received his Masters Degree from the College of Traditional Acupuncture (U.K.) in 1987 and was involved for 9 years in the Master Apprentice Program. Dr. Ivanhoe maintains a private practice in Santa Monica, CA.
Andrea Hoffman Kachuck, MD, FAAP, DABMA, is a native Californian. She earned her B.A. in dance with a minor in anthropology from UC Santa Cruz and her medical degree from USC Keck School of Medicine. After completing her pediatric residency at LAC-USC Pediatric Pavilion followed by a fellowship in Pediatric Rehabilition, she practiced pediatric rehabilitation at Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center, and then went on to become the medical director of California Children Services (CCS) for Los Angeles County. Returning to her passion for a more holistic approach to the healing process--a passion developed during college and afterwards through her practice of Jin Shin Do Acupressure and through extensive travels in Indonesia, India, and Washington State--Andrea studied acupuncture first with Dr. Tusn Nun Lee at the Academy for Pain Research, and then with Dr. Joe Helms, through his Medical Acupuncture for Physicians course. Immediately after passing her Medical Acupuncture Boards in 2005, Andrea began to study Classical Five Element Acupuncture with Neil Gumenick. She currently teaches Introduction to Clinical Medicine at the USC Keck School of Medicine and maintains a private acupuncture practice for children and adults in Valley Village.
Kathleen Poncher D.A.O.M., L.Ac. is a board-certified California Licensed Acupuncturist and graduate of the Doctor of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine program from Emperor's College in Santa Monica, California. She is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of its Master's program. She completed her certification in Classical Five-Element Acupuncture at the Institute of Classical Five-Element Acupuncture Inc. in Santa Monica, CA. Dr. Poncher received a Bachelor of General Studies, from the University of Connecticut, and went on to study neurology at Boston University School of Medicine. She has developed a lecture series on "Patient Interviewing Skills" that is taught at Emperor's College master's curriculum, and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in NYC.

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