cOre facultyLauren Anderson, N.D.
Dr. Lauren Anderson earned her bachelor’s degree in Nutritional Science with honors from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan and went on to complete her dietetic internship at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.  After working as a Registered Dietitian for over 10 years, she returned to school to complete her medical degree at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe, Arizona.  She is currently licensed in the State of Hawaii as a Naturopathic Doctor with special privileges in Minor Surgery and Parenteral Therapy.  In addition to teaching at ICAOM, she maintains a private practice where she specializes in Integrative Family Medicine, Pediatrics, Massage and IV Therapy. She also works as part of the Sacred Healing Arts medical team and is a Certified Yoga Instructor. 

Yasuko Akiyama-Bevett, M.H.C., M.S.O.M., L.Ac.
Yasuko Akiyama-Bevett completed her B.A. in Psychology at the Kansai University in Japan in 1994.  She also completed an M.S. degree in Counseling Psychology at the State University of New York at Albany in 1995 and completed an externship at Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York specializing in marital and family therapy training from 1997–1999.  She received an award for research excellence in 2004 while attending the Japan Women’s University.  In 2011, Ms. Akiyama-Bevett was awarded an M.S.O.M. degree from ICAOM in Honolulu, Hawaii.  She is a Certified Clinical Psychologist and has served as an onsite counselor and clinical manager providing training for staff counselors and nurses and assisting patients at the Mind and Body Health Plaza, Tokyo, Japan.  She has published numerous articles in established journals in Japan.

Ray DeLa Cruz, D.Ac (Hawaii), L.Ac., LMT
Dr. DeLa Cruz completed a 3 year Master level program in acupuncture with the Oriental Medical Institute of Hawaii in 1993.  He received his doctorate training at the University of Health Sciences, Hawaii, in the year 2000.  His specialty is in acupuncture sports therapy and he has operated his own practice since 1993 in Honolulu.  He also practices Hawaiian Lomi Lomi massage therapy.  Currently, he teaches Functional Anatomy and Kinesiology, and Acupuncture Orthopedics classes at ICAOM. 

Catherine Yu-Ling Low, B.A. (Taiwan), DAc. (Hawaii) Dipl. Ac., Dipl. C.H., L.Ac.   
Dr. Cathy Low graduated from the Soo Chow University in Taipei, Taiwan with a B.A. in Japanese Language in (1981).  She graduated from the Oriental Medical Institute of Hawaii in 1992.  Dr. Low is a Diplomat in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs of the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).  She holds a professional staff certificate issued by the Hawaii Department of Education in 1998.

Wai Hoa Low, DAOM, MBA, Dipl. Ac., L.Ac.
Dr. Low graduated from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine with a Doctoral of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (2008).  Dr. Low graduated from Chaminade University with a Master in Business Administration (2008).  Dr. Low completed a 3-year master level program in Acupuncture with the Oriental Medical Institute of Hawaii in 1996.  He is a Diplomat in Acupuncture of the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).  He is a certified Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist from NADA (2005) and is a national certified Clean Needle Technique Instructor from CCAOM (2004).  Dr. Low studied advanced Acupuncture under the supervision of Senior Professor Li Shan Gao at Guanmen Hospital in Beijing, China, in 1997.

Timothy Nguyen, MSTCM, L.Ac., Dipl. OM
Mr. Nguyen is a practitioner and owner of Acupuncture & Wellness Center in Honolulu.   Mr. Nguyen received a Bachelor of Science in 1994 from University of Southern California (USC), and earned his Masters in TCM in San Francisco at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2006. Before moving to Hawaii, he was practicing for 10 years in Palo Alto, CA at the Energy Wellness Center.  Mr. Nguyen did a postgraduate externship at the Zhejiang Chinese Medical University in China and is a Licensed Acupuncturist in both California and Hawaii.  He is also certified by NCCAOM as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine since 2006. 
Randy Otaka, B.A., M.T.O.M., L.Ac.
Mr. Otaka earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion from William's College, where he also completed the Pre-Medical program, graduating Cum Laude in 1994.  He earned his master’s Degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine, graduating Summa Cum Laude in 1999.  Mr. Otaka is in private practice in Honolulu, where he integrates Shiatsu and Thai bodywork into his Oriental Medicine practice and is also a Tai Chi instructor in the community.

Mai Wang, B.S., M.S.O.M., D.A.O.M., Dipl. O.M., L.Ac.
Dr. Mai Wang is an instructor and a clinic supervisor at ICAOM.  Prior to practicing Chinese Medicine, Dr. Wang worked as a Software Engineer and Product Marketing Manager in the Silicon Valley for 13 years, after receiving her Bachelor of Engineering from Monash University in Australia in 1992.  She majored in Electrical and Computer System Engineering and graduated with Honors.  Fascinated by the great wisdom of Chinese Medicine, Dr. Wang decided to re-enter school and study TCM in 2003.  She received her M.S. in Traditional Chinese Medicine from University of East West Medicine in 2006 and eventually earned her Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Five Branches University in 2009.  Dr. Wang is a Licensed Acupuncturist in both California and Hawaii.  She is also certified by NCCAOM as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine.

John Welden, PhD, MSOM, Dipl. Ac., L.Ac.
Growing up in Hawaii, Dr. Welden was immersed in Asian culture and philosophy from an early age.  After completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM), he earned his M.S.O.M. from Southwest Acupuncture College (1997) in Santa Fe, NM.   He is a Diplomat in Acupuncture of National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and a Licensed Acupuncturist (HI) since 1997. He has been an active member of the ICAOM faculty since 1999, where he also served as the Academic Dean for 8 years (1999-2007).  Dr. Welden then earned his M.A. (2011) and Ph.D. (2015) in History at University of Hawaii, Manoa, researching Chinese medical history.

Andre R. West, D.C.
Dr. R. Andre West earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1994.  While at Temple, Dr. West worked as a student research assistant in the endocrinology section of the Temple University General Clinical Research Center.  Dr. West graduated from Life Chiropractic College West with a Doctor of Chiropractic in 1997.  He is certified as a Corrective Exercise Specialist with the National Academy of Sports Medicine and as a Level 1 Certified Nutrition Coach with Precision Nutrition.  Dr. West served in the active and reserve US Navy as a general duty Hospital Corpsman and as a Field Medical Service Technician from 1987-2001.  Dr. West has taught clinical and science courses at post-secondary institutions since 2004.  Dr. West is in private practice in Kailua, Hawaii.

Shi Zhong Xiao, DTCM (China), Dipl. Ac., L.Ac.

Dr. Xiao was awarded Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine by Suzhou Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1967.  He completed the Third Traditional Chinese Medicine certification course approved by the Suzhou Public Health Bureau in 1966.  Dr. Xiao is a Diplomat in Acupuncture of the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and a Licensed Acupuncturist in the State of Hawaii.  Dr. Xiao has been in private practice since 1994.

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