MEET THE ADMINISTRATION OF YO SAN UNIVERSITY
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
Lawrence Lau, MD, MSOM, L.Ac
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
Shannon Lawrence, MATCM, L.Ac
Shannon graduated from the MATCM program at YSU in August 2016. In addition to her work as Admissions Advisor in the university, Shannon is the owner and founder of 8 Rivers Acupuncture in Los Angeles, CA.
Shannon has treated patients in the Yo San University Blount Community Clinic, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and Being Alive West Hollywood.
Shannon not only has a passion for healing and education but found a calling for research and writing while editing “Acupuncture Anatomy: Regional Micro-Anatomy & Acupuncture Networks by Dr. Chang Sok Suh. She greatly enjoys recruiting new students to YSU and looks forward to teaching one day as well.
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.
Ashley Wren, MATCM, L.Ac
Assistant Dean, MATCM Program
Ashley Wren is the Assistant Dean of the MATCM program at Yo San University, providing academic support for students in the MATCM program and assisting the Dean of the MATCM Program with all aspects of academic administration including faculty management, student academic advising, and the development and implementation of academic and administrative policies relevant to the MATCM program.
Ashley graduated from the University’s MATCM program in 2013, and has served as a Clinical Teaching Assistant in the YSU Blount Community Clinic prior to her appointment as Assistant Dean.
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. In addition to maintaining a private acupuncture practice in Santa Monica, Robert teaches martial arts and Qigong in the Los Angeles area.
Farshid Namin, DAOM, MD (Iran), LAc.
Program Coordinator, DAOM 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 & STUDENT AFFAIRS
Sean Gates, MLIS
Manager, Library Services /Student Affairs Coordinator
Sean Gates is the Library Services Manager, 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.
YSU BLOUNT COMMUNITY CLINIC
John Fang, DAOM, L.Ac
Dean, Clinical Education
A seasoned educator with over 17 years’ experience in the TCM profession, John has held academic dean positions at several TCM Schools in the greater Los Angeles area prior to joining Yo San University.
As Dean of Clinical Education, John provides administrative leadership and supervision to the training of both Master’s and Doctoral level TCM students in YSU, ensures programmatic compliance with accreditation and other regulatory requirements for clinical education, and along with the clinical faculty, develops and delivers an exceptional clinical education experience for our MATCM and DAOM students.
John obtained both his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Acupuncture/Oriental Medicine from South Baylo University in Anaheim. He also holds a Master’s degree in Administration from Central Michigan University, and maintains a part-time private acupuncture practice in Rancho Cucamonga.
Vickie Rodriguez, BA
Vickie Rodriguez comes to YSU with more than 20 years of experience in customer service. She is an experienced and versatile professional who has worked in complex office operations and excels in matters related to personnel management, including recruitment, scheduling, policies and procedures, finance and payroll.
Prior to joining YSU, Vickie was the Director, Support Services for Homewatch Caregivers, and has served in management positions in customer service, logistics, and as a Spanish linguist for the U.S. Government, among other roles. Her customer-focused management style is a tremendous asset to the University’s busy clinic.
Kat Van Vlack, MATCM, L.Ac
Manager, Herb Dispensary
In her half-time role she provides instruction and supervision for students in herbal theory and practice courses and who are doing their practicum work in the clinic herbal dispensary.
Kat enjoys facilitating the development of students’ knowledge of herbs and their facility and agility in compounding accurate herbal formulas. She previously worked at the Tao of Wellness.