Dr. Hsiao earned his PhD degree from Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1999, where he majored in Internal Chinese Medicine. He is currently working as a professor at Southern California University of Health Sciences and clinical supervisor at SCU Health System since 2004. Dr. Hsiao enjoys treating chronic internal and gynecological conditions in addition to chronic pain, and adopts an evidence-based approach. He has been a co-investigator of clinical trials including Efficacy of Acupuncture for Hypertension; and Usefulness of Acupuncture for Cancer Pain and Quality of Life. Dr. Hsiao has published papers and presented at many national and international conferences. His other interests are in managing mental illness, male infertility, and providing adjunct quality of life treatment for cancer patients.
Lawrence Hsiao, MCM, L.Ac, Chair, Department of Herbology & Internal Medicine. Hsiao has been a professor and clinical supervisor at Southern California University of Health Sciences-College of Eastern Medicine since 2005. Hsiao received his Master’s degree of Clinical Medicine (TCM) in Internal Medicine with the emphasis in diabetic complications and his Bachelor of Medicine degree from Beijing University of Chinese Medicine with full scholarships. He has written several research publications and presented at multiple professional conferences. Hsiao received the Faculty Scholarship Award in 2008, the Leadership Award in 2011, and the Most Collegial Award in 2012.
Clifford Lee earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religion with extensive coursework in Engineering from Swarthmore College. After working for four years in a community-based organization in one of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods, Lee earned a Master of Science in Education from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania and then taught high school mathematics for five years. In 2006 he earned a Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from South Baylo University. He received his California license to practice and his national certification in early 2007 and has been practicing ever since in both Los Angeles and Orange counties. Lee uses a combined approach of acupuncture and acupressure/tui-na, as well as herbology and nutritional counseling based on body type and constitution and pulse/abdominal diagnosis. Specialties include pediatrics, women’s health, geriatrics, pain and stress management, weight control, gastrointestinal health, sleep quality, and smoking/drug detoxification.
Lee volunteers at various community organizations, specifically at the Korean Resource Center in Los Angeles (Koreatown), and nationally at the National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC), especially around issues concerning healthcare. Another of his life objectives is to contribute towards increased public accessibility to high quality healthcare, including acupuncture and East Asian medicine, regardless of income and status.
Dr. Lee, has served as an associate clinical professor at Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU) College of Eastern Medicine since 2013. He received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 1997. After working as a chiropractor for 10 years, Dr. Lee returned to SCU to continue his education in the area of traditional Chinese medicine. He received his Master’s in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2011. Dr. Lee currently works and manages several clinics outside the University Health Center, specializing in various types of chronic and acute pain. Dr. Lee integrates his practice with western and eastern medicine to achieve the optimal outcome for his patients.
Dr. Mir received her Masters and Doctorate degrees in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from South Baylo University, Anaheim. She is a Licensed Acupuncturist in California and also holds a Diplomate in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Dr. Mir is currently working as an assistant professor at the Southern California University of Health Sciences, College of Eastern Medicine and a clinical supervisor at SCU Health Systems since 2008. She also provides clinical services at the Oncology Institute of Hope and Innovation in Whittier, California. Dr. Mir has participated in research on HIV/AIDS and cancer. Her main clinical research interest is in the effects of acupuncture on chemotherapy-induced neuropathy in cancer patients.
Sivarama Prasad graduated in Ayurvedic Medicine from University of Kerala, India and received his Master in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU). Dr. Prasad is a licensed acupuncturist in California and holds a Diplomate in Acupuncture from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He is currently working as a professor of research in the SCU’s College of Eastern Medicine and a clinician at SCU Health System and at the Students’ Health and Counseling Center at California State University, Fullerton.
Prasad has over twenty years in clinical experience in integrating Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Western diagnostic methods to evaluate, assess, and manage patients. Additionally, he also advises yoga/tai-chi and breathing practices to his clients. One of his strengths is providing detailed dietary advice based on Eastern traditional medicine that is individualized to the patient’s condition. His main interests are in managing internal medicine conditions, specifically gastrointestinal, respiratory, immunological, psychological, and cardiovascular conditions.
Jenny Yu is an associate professor of Eastern Medicine at Southern California University of Health Sciences as well as Interim Dean of the College of Eastern Medicine. (SCU) She received her BA from the University of Southern California and her MSAOM from South Baylo University. Yu began practicing Eastern Medicine in 1997 in Santa Monica, CA before eventually becoming supervising clinician and faculty at SCU in 2001. She is currently the chair of the department of clinical education and the assistant director at SCU University Health Center. She has authored books in herbal studies and has several publications regarding treatments by acupuncture and herbal medicine. Being exposed to Eastern Medicine since childhood, Yu developed interest in helping patients relieve symptoms by natural approach and lead a healthier lifestyle. She carried on her achievements and goals into the professional world in helping patients and focuses in gynecological and autoimmune disorders.
Elisabeth Choi is a second generation eastern medicine practitioner. Her passion for health and wellness stems from her personal healing experience with acupuncture. She earned her Bachelors in biochemistry and cell biology from the University of California, San Diego and completed her Master of Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine with honors at Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU). She has also trained extensively with renowned practitioners around the world and at the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan. During the course of her career, she has treated a wide range of conditions including low back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, migraines, headaches, anxiety and depression, fatigue and insomnia, digestive issues, women’s health issues, and symptoms associated with many chronic illnesses including diabetes, cancer, HIV, autoimmune disorders, and stroke rehab. Choi has been involved with several research projects regarding the benefits of acupuncture for various conditions including cancer and low back pain. Choi takes an integrative approach towards health and strives to bridge the gap between conventional and eastern medicine for a healthier, happier life.
Thales Ruela, L.Ac., MAOM holds a Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU), where he graduated Cum Laude and Dean’s List. Ruela also holds a degree of physical therapy in Brazil, where he specialized in joint mobilization (Maitland Technique), respiratory therapy, and liver transplant rehabilitation. A trusted practitioner and educator, Ruela, is held in the highest regard by the many people whose lives he has touched. Ruela is currently a clinician and herbal pharmacy manager at SCU University Health Center and an acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist at Buena Park Medical Group.
Dr. Hwang recieved his Bachelor’s in Biology from U.C. Irvine and his Doctorate of Chiropractic from Southern California University of Health Sciences (SCU). After receiving acupuncture treatment for a minor health issue, Dr. Hwang decided to broaden his scope of practice and returned to SCU where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and certified by California State Board of Acupuncture shortly thereafter. Dr. Hwang is currently serving at the Interim Clinical Director of the College of Eastern Medicine at SCU.