Written by Andrea Penagos, Yo San Clinic Intern
This March, a small and mighty delegation of Yo San students – Shareef Von Reitter, Dawn Webster, and myself – joined Dr. Qiwei Zheng and two students from South Baylo University on a learning trip to Beijing, China where we observed TCM doctors in clinical settings, mainly at the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences’ (CACMS) Hospital of Acupuncture and Moxibustion.
This past October, I was involved in a scooter accident; I was immediately taken to the ER. My left shoulder had been injured, but they performed multiple tests on me to make sure that nothing else had been affected in the accident. Because the injury was near my spine, they decided to run a CAT scan to make sure I didn’t have a head injury. To their surprise as well as mine, there was fogginess on the CAT scan, which led them to perform a full MRI scan. Thirteen hours later, and when they also found out that I did not have health insurance, I was released and told that I had a broken humerus and a cancerous tumor in my brain.
After graduation on March 23rd, 2014, the members of Cohort 3 in Yo San’s Doctoral Program were not quite finished; they still had one very important thing to do. The DAOM Thesis presentations took place several weeks later, from April 4th to 6th, on Yo San University’s campus. The event represented a culmination of research, time and dedication for each of the nine cohort members.
Yo San University Founder, Dr. Daoshing Ni, and Brenda Strong (star of Desperate Housewives, and Dallas, and long time friend of the University), along with YSU grads Andrea Thorpe and Danica Thornbury were among the featured presenters at the “Fertility Planit” Conference held April 4-5, 2014 at UCLA.
When Debbie Rodriguez graduated from the Yo San University DAOM Reproductive Medicine specialty program in April of 2013, she knew that the research work that she had accomplished regarding “Forbidden Acupuncture Points During Pregnancy” via her Capstone Dissertation was unique and significant.
The Yo San University DAOM Program is proud to boast that it has no candidates in “ABD” status. For each of the three cohorts that have undertaken and progressed through the two-year Yo San University advanced specialty doctoral programs in the Reproductive Medicine and Healthy Aging specialties, every candidate has completed the dissertation requirement on time.
It’s easy to say “Happy 25 years to Yo San”, but the reality is that it takes commitment, dedication and perseverance to build an institution from the ground up.
Lisa received her Masters of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine from Yo San University in California. After graduation Lisa went on to study orthopedic acupuncture at Cedars- Sinai in Los Angeles, while at the same time maintaining a practice specializing in orthopedic acupuncture, and pain management for orthopedic doctors in Southern California.