MEET THE ADMINISTRATION OF YO SAN UNIVERSITY
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
Lawrence Lau, MD, MSOM, L.Ac
President/Chief Executive Officer
Lawrence Lau is President/CEO of Yo San University, and brings to YSU over twenty years of combined experience in academic affairs, curriculum development and integrative medicine. He graduated from allopathic medical school in Singapore, where he was in private practice for several years before moving to Hong Kong for advanced training. His interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine brought him to California, where he earned a master’s degree in Oriental Medicine from Samra University and obtained California acupuncture licensure. Lawrence joined Yo San University in 2001 as Dean of Clinical Education, and eventually assumed academic leadership responsibilities for both the MATCM program and overall clinical affairs.
A strong proponent of integrative evidence-based complementary approaches to patient care and wellness, Lawrence was instrumental in setting up various integrative clinical externship sites for Yo San University, including the Venice Family Integrative Chronic Pain Clinic collaboration (2006 – current), the Premiere Oncology Foundation/Yo San University Integrative Clinic program (2007-2011), the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA)/Yo San University Pediatric Acupuncture program (2009 – current), and the acupuncture wellness program at LAC+USC Medical Center Foundation’s Wellness Center at the Historic General Hospital (since 2016). Lawrence also teaches courses in Integrative Care and TCM Health Cultivation in both the Master’s and Doctoral degree programs at Yo San University, and maintains a private acupuncture practice at Yo San University.
Daouia Amrir, MBA
Director of Enrollment Management
Brady Chin, MSOM, L.Ac
Dean, MATCM Program
Brady Chin is the Dean of the MATCM program at Yo San University, and is in charge of all academic aspects of the Master’s degree program. Brady has over twenty years of experience in Chinese medicine, qigong and martial arts.
He graduated from Samra University and had previously served in various administrative roles in other TCM schools in the Los Angeles area. An active member of the acupuncture profession, Brady was a past President of the California Society of Oriental Medicine & Acupuncture (CSOMA).
Brady joined Yo San University in 2005, and held various administrative roles at the University including the position of Dean of Clinical Education in 2007-2009. Brady is also an active member of both the academic and clinical faculty at YSU.
Robert Hoffman, DAOM, L.Ac
Dean, DAOM Program
Robert Hoffman is Dean of the DAOM program at Yo San University, and is in charge of all academic aspects of the postgraduate doctoral degree program at YSU. Robert received his MATCM from Yo San University, and his doctoral degree from Five Branches University. He is currently a PhD candidate at Zhejiang Chinese Medicine University in Hangzhou, China. Dr. Hoffman has written numerous peer reviewed articles on Chinese medicine, and serves as editor and peer reviewer for several integrative medicine journals. His current research is in the use of mushrooms as adjuvant therapy in cancer treatment, and the role of Chinese herbs in T cell regulation. In addition to maintaining a private acupuncture practice in Santa Monica, Robert teaches martial arts and Qigong in the Los Angeles area, and serves on the ACAHM board of commissioners.
Farshid Namin, DAOM, MD (Iran), LAc.
Associate Dean, DAOM & MATCM Program
Dr. Namin is most recently a graduate of YSU’s DAOM program. In addition to his role as a TCM professional, he brings years of past experience in International Disaster relief since gaining his MD (Iran, 1997) and MPH. Dr. Namin is also serving patients in his private practice of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
In addition to his position the DAOM program, Dr. Namin is also practicing in the YSU Blount Community Clinic as a member of the select group of Clinical Practice Fellows in the clinic.
LIBRARY SERVICES, STUDENT AFFAIRS, ALUMNI AFFAIRS
Sean Gates, MLIS
Manager, Library Services /Student & Alumni Affairs Coordinator
Sean Gates is Manager of Library Services, assisting and instructing students, faculty and staff in all aspects of information access. In addition his role in the library, Sean is also the Student Affairs Coordinator at YSU, working with students and coordinating student support services at the university. He has prior experience in public libraries and as well as the UCLA library, and is familiar with bibliographic searching, cataloging, reference service, and copyright issues.
As the YSU Library Manager, Sean is very much in touch with students and student activities, and is in an unique position to manage and implement best practices towards student services objectives.
Sean graduated from UC Irvine with a B.A. in English literature and from UCLA with a Master’s in Library and Information Science.
OPERATIONS & FINANCE
Chief Financial Officer
Bruce Kariya is a seasoned finance executive with over 20 years’ experience in business and financial management. He has held senior finance positions in various for-profit and nonprofit organizations including the YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles, California Food Policy Advocates, VT Griffin, Children Now, and Computer Options, Inc. Bruce had also served as an elected representative on the Oakland Board of Education in the late 90s.
Bruce grew up in Los Angeles and went to Venice High school, around the corner from the current Yo San University campus location. He holds two Bachelor degrees from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania: a BS in Economics with a focus on Accounting, and a BA in Oriental Studies with a concentration in Japanese Studies.
Having spent the first 20 years of his professional career in the Oakland/Bay Area, Bruce relocated back to Los Angeles in 2018.
Tora Flint, MA
Director, Operations / Registrar
Tora Flint is the University’s Director of Operations and has lead responsibility for overseeing the administrative office suite and building operations.
In addition, she serves as University Registrar, among other activities that are essential to keep the University functional.
She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Chiang Mai University in Thailand and a Master’s in Global Marketing Communications from Emerson College in Boston, MA.
Edgar Trovada, BS, CPA
Financial Aid Coordinator
A seasoned finance and accounting executive, Edgar has over thirty-five years of highly diversified finance and accounting background, and has served in various Finance, Financial Aid and Educational Fund Management positions in educational institutions in the US.
As Financial Aid Coordinator, Edgar is responsible for overseeing all aspects of student financial aid operations in YSU, from disbursement to system and procedural management, mandatory reporting and ensuring regulatory compliance.
Edgar holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Marguerite Dunne joined the YSU team as our multi-tasking Office Manager, whose responsibilities include staffing the Administrative Suite front desk, responding to myriad student and faculty questions, processing course evaluations, and ably handling an array of general office duties.
A native of Ireland, Marguerite also lived in the U.K. before settling in the United States. Her professional background is in publishing/advertising sales and, prior to joining Yo San, Marguerite was the West Coast sales coordinator for Hearst Integrated Media; an account manager for Fox Associates, Los Angeles, and sales coordinator/office manager for Rodale Press Runner’s World and Bicycling Magazine.
Jyotika Pratap grew up in the Fiji Islands and migrated to the U.S. in 2001, where her first position was as a customer service representative at Longs Drugs Store in Santa Monica. Shortly after, she joined Yo San University as an administrative receptionist and subsequently “moved” to Yo San University’s clinic as lead front desk staff.
After working in the YSU Clinic for approximately five years, she was appointed Assistant to the Controller/Bursar in the University’s accounts office where she held this position for 10 years. Since October 2018, she took on the position of Bursar/Accounting Officer.
Jyotika earned her Diploma in Information Technology (software development) from Boxhill Institute of Technical and Further Education in Lautoka City, Fiji Islands. She has advanced her professional education by completing a series of accounting courses at the West Los Angeles College in Culver City.