Marie-France Collin graduated from the San Diego campus of Pacific College with a master’s degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine. She has spent over 20 years in Asia studying languages and the many cultural aspects of the countries she lived in, as well as Oriental medicine in its various forms and applications. Marie-France Collin is a PCOM graduate and licensed acupuncturist in Illinois and California. She studied Tuina for both adults and children in hospitals in China (Shanghai and Beijing) on multiple occassions from 1991 to 1998. She has taught Pediatric Tuina to parents and caregivers in Hong-Kong, at Pacific Symposium and PCOM Chicago in the Massage Department and as a continuing education course.
Keith, certified by the American Tai Chi & Qigong Association as an advanced instructor, has studied qigong for health since he was diagnosed with life in a wheelchair as a child. He has since studied in the US and overseas, specializing in Chinese martial and healing arts, seeing them as parts of a greater whole. Keith has also ventured deep in to Chen and Yang family tai chi, qigong and martial arts.
Thea Elijah has been a student, practitioner, and teacher of acupuncture, herbal studies, and qi gong for more than 20 years. She is most interested in the intersections of different lineages, where we can explore diversity while maintaining rigor. Her own practice is rooted in classics studies with Elisabeth Rochat de la Vallée, 5 Element studies in the Worsley tradition, pulse studies with Leon Hammer, herbal studies with Ted Kaptchuk, and many others. Elijah is the former director of Chinese herbal studies at Academy for Five Element Acupuncture and Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly Traditional Acupuncture Institute). She is also a teacher of the Shadhiliyya Order, a perspective that aids her in considering energy medicine from a cross-cultural perspective. At her students’ request, she has created a body of work called Whole Heart Connection, which draws upon the principles of both Chinese medicine and Sufism to bring these healing principles and practices into daily life. Elijah maintains a practice in southern Vermont and practices all over the United States.
With a commitment to helping others actualize their full potential and wellbeing, Dr. East Haradin has been a licensed acupuncturist and practitioner of integrative medicine since 1999. In addition to a private practice, she shares her passion for this medicine as a professor, and clinical supervisor, at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, California. In 2008, she created a special outreach program at the Family Recover Center in Oceanside, California, where residential and day-treatment patients receive acupuncture in group and private settings. In 2013 she completed a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) with her research and clinical trial focused on combining aromatherapy with acupuncture.
Greg Bantick received his early education in Chinese medicine in Sydney, Australia, and was instrumental in developing one of the early training programs in Brisbane. He arranged trips by several leading Chinese and Japanese scholar practitioners to Australia during the early 1980’s. Bantick undertook further lengthy training in China, Japan, England, and at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. While in San Diego, he served in curriculum advisory roles and as a senior faculty member and clinical supervisor for over 15 years. In 2001, he became Academic Dean and Clinical Director of the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine. He returned to Brisbane in early 2005, where he has a clinical practice and continues to teach part time. Bantick has also maintained a private practice for over 40 years.