Hawai‘i College of Oriental Medicine

Formerly Named "Traditional Chinese Medical College of Hawaii"

Experts In Their Field.

Learn from the people who are experts with rich experience and deep commitment to Oriental Medicine.

Our students are inspired by experts who are at the forefront of Oriental Medicine. Our distinguished teachers are the leading doctors, PhDs, researchers and authorities in  their field of medicine today.

You will learn from the some of the best. The foundational theories they teach will give you a broad base of information to draw from when you start working with your own patients as an Acupuncturist and Oriental Medicine Practitioner.

Joe C. Chang, MAOM, Dipl OM, LAc.

Joe has worked at 2 integrative PTSD programs for the military as an acupuncturist. Additionally, he has worked as a volunteer acupuncturist with the Austin Veterans and Family Advocacy Council in their Veterans Team Recovery Integrated Immersion Program. He has published peer-reviewed articles for Occupational Therapy International and Medical Acupuncture. He is currently a member of the Military Acupuncture Society for Military Physicians. He has been an invited speaker at Boston Medical Center, the Washington State Veterans Affairs Department, and the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital. He is the coauthor of The Treatment of PTSD with Chinese MedicineundefinedAn Integrative Approach.

Articles by Joe Chang:
Acupuncture for the Treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Review of Evidence-Based Research

Weighing the Costs - Integrative PTSD Programs for Veterans

Kelly Frith, LAc, Dipl Ac (NCCAOM)

MSOM, Hawaii College of Oriental Medicine, 2005.

Undergraduate education at The Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA with an emphasis on Herbal Medicine.

She currently maintains a private practice in Waimea combining herbal medicine and Japanese Acupuncture. Ms. Frith teaches our Herbal Dispensary course and is a teaching assistant for other herbal classes.

Gwen Fujioka, Tai Chi & Qi Gong Teacher

Certified Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Meditation and Stress Management instructor since 1998, initially studying under Master Tom Grunden from 1993.

Sifu Gwen also trained in the Choy Lee Fut system, under Grand Master Chan Yong Fa, Sifu John Saw and Sifu Seng Jeorng Au (Au's Shaolin Arts Society) in China and Hawaii in Shaolin Lohan Chi Kung, as well as The Chan Family Tai Chi form; with Master Chen Hui-Xian to teach their Turtle Longevity Qi Gong forms, and in Germany with Master Li Cheng Ji in Tai Chi, Tai Chi Sword and Tai Chi Stick.

Sifu Gwen teaches Qigong courses and has been teaching at HICOM since 2001

Harry Uhane Jim, Kahuna

Harry Uhane Jim is one of the last Kahuna of Lomilomi, Keeper of the Deep Mysteries of authentic Hawaiian esoterica. He shares the secrets of this ancient oral tradition with readers for the first time in Wise Secrets of Aloha. Recognizing that the world is in great peril, Kahuna Harry was blessed by the Halau Guardians who instructed him to share the true teachings and tools of Lomilomi for the practice of physical, emotional, and spiritual healing.

He writes: "Now is the time to share aloha with humanity. `Aloha' means the Breath of God is in our Presence. It is time to reveal the profound Lomilomi secrets of the kahunas for personal and planetary peace." Wise Secrets of Aloha is as simple as it is profound, as contemporary as it is ancient. It is true to Hawaiian esoteric teachings and available to all who bring the right attitude. Aloha calls. Listen in the the splash of waves, in the breeze-- the air is filled with aloha. All the abundance, joy, and freedom from old wounds readers have ever yearned for can be found by adopting the aloha spirit.

book:  "Wise Secrets of Aloha"

William Pettis, LAc, MSOM, Dean

Graduated from Bastyr with MSOM and spent over a decade as a Emergency Medical Technician in Mississippi where he was trained working rounds with the hospital medical doctors.
Elected "Acupuncturist of the Year" by the American Association of Oriental Medicine in 2005. His specialties are Herbal Oncology and High End Sports Medicine with world class athletes.

When William Pettis decided he wanted to study acupuncture and Oriental medicine in 1998, he had no idea of the high-profile endeavors he would soon undertake. All he knew was that he was interested in Chinese herbs. Had he been told that he would one day provide health care to six professional athletes en route to the Beijing 2008 Olympics, surely he would have laughed in disbelief. Had you told him he would be the co-owner of two different clinics and travel around the world treating members of athletic teams as well as cancer patients, he would have thought that sounded nice — but implausible.

Yet Pettis, a graduate of Bastyr's acupuncture program who was elected "Acupuncturist of the Year" by the American Association of Oriental Medicine in 2005, has done all of this and more. A combination of an entrepreneurial spirit, a love of Chinese herbs, and a few ounces of persistence and personality has landed him a career beyond his wildest dreams.

"I am blessed, because I have this really dynamic group of clients," he says. "The athletes are genetic anomalies you don't get to see that kind of patient very often, to see that kind of discipline."

He explains that working with professional athletes, who regularly push their bodies to their limits, requires specific problem-solving skills. And Pettis relishes the challenge. "Every behavior, everything they eat and the way they respond to the environment and medications it's all unusual," he says. "You don't get to the Olympics by living a normal life. They all started at age nine or 10." Luckily, he says, "Oriental medicine is an adaptive model. It helps people be able to adapt to individual and environmental changes."

Similarly, Pettis didn't end up treating professional athletes by resting on his laurels. Having a chance to work with these unique clients required a lifetime of study and work as well as a bit of good fortune. Shortly after graduating from Bastyr, Pettis was treating cancer patients in both Arkansas and Tennessee when a fateful turn of events occurred. A friend of his, who just happened to be an agent for one of the cyclists on Lance Armstrong's professional cycling team, asked Pettis if he could treat the team members. Pettis gladly did. After that, Pettis' career took off and he started working with other pro cyclists.

Pettis never guessed he would become so involved in sports medicine. "I was always an amateur sports person, but I never knew I'd be talking to Lance Armstrong," he muses.

Although coincidences helped shape his career, Pettis was destined to become a medical trailblazer. He grew up in rural Mississippi, where his family used natural remedies at home. He became a paramedic at age 19 and worked in that field for 10 years. Later, he taught in the field of allied health and completed a physician's assistant (PA) immersion during one summer in Africa.

During his time in Africa, where he was involved with a church-related program, Pettis used his medical knowledge to diagnose patients, while African physicians delivered the remedies usually herbs, often antimicrobials that were sometimes in the Chinese herb family. Pettis became fascinated with the herbs and wanted to know more about how they worked. "I came home and said, 'This is what I want to do,'" he says.

He started searching for just the right profession and the perfect school. He decided to study Chinese herbal medicine since it is a credentialed field. "Chinese herbal medicine is the only profession with a specific board certification for herbs," Pettis explains.

During his education at Bastyr, Pettis became interested in trying to incorporate Oriental medicine services into local cancer-treatment centers. He took the initiative to help establish Oriental medicine services at the Seattle Cancer Treatment and Wellness Center before he graduated. That center is now a model integrative cancer-treatment facility.

Foreign travel continued to be part of his education. Pettis flew to Korea during Bastyr school breaks to study Korean constitutional medicine through an internship. More recently, he traveled to China to study with an oncologist.

After he graduated from Bastyr with an MS in Acupuncture and a Certificate in Chinese Herbal Medicine, Pettis moved back to Tennessee and developed a strong base of cancer patients and then opened another practice in Arkansas, which was right across the river. At the same time, he began treating athletes from around the world, and he acquired many clients from Vancouver, Canada. Because of this, he decided to move back to Seattle and recruit other Bastyr graduates to work with him there. He closed his Tennessee practice, but continued traveling back and forth between Seattle and Arkansas, and in 2005 the two clinics became part of a larger entity which the three co-owners named the Institute of New Medicine (INewMed).

The INewMed clinics offer an integrative medical model that is one of the first of its kind. In this model, each patient's health is assessed first from an Oriental medicine perspective, and from there the treatment plan branches out into other needed services. The consultants on-site include a nurse, a naturopathic physician, a core fitness strength trainer, a conventional medical doctor, a physical therapist and a sports psychologist. Pettis also contracts with many Western medical specialists off-site.

The Seattle branch is a high-end, modern sports center offering integrative services to athletes, although he treats chronic illnesses and other health problems as well. Pettis has been able to transform the health of professional athletes such as George Hincapie, a cyclist on Lance Armstrong's team in the 1990s. Hincapie, whose career was threatened in 2003 by his declining health after several infections and numerous rounds of antibiotics, recovered under Pettis' care. The clinic put him on a regimen that included a macrobiotic diet, Chinese medicine, and Western medical services, including care by a hematologist, a pathologist and a cardiologist. Pettis now has six clients who will be going to the Beijing Olympics, including a cyclist, a runner, a paddler and a mountain biker.

Not only has he had tremendous results with athletes, but Pettis has also helped many obese patients achieve a normal weight and helped diabetes patients return to normal blood-sugar levels. "It's very effective," he says. "I mean, there are very few cases of type 2 diabetes we can't turn around."

In the Arkansas INewMed clinic, Pettis specializes in oncology treatment and chronic diseases. Although he is paid generously by most clients in his Seattle office, much of his work in Arkansas is pro bono or offered on a sliding scale. Sometimes people pay him with a hog from their farm. He feels that it all balances out and he derives a lot of satisfaction from giving hope to late-stage cancer patients. "To actually see a Chinese herbal formula written three thousand years ago shrink someone's tumor is pretty exciting," he says, "and it happens more than one would think."

He still considers Chinese herbs to be his specialty and he constantly studies and researches Chinese herbs in his spare time. "There are thousands of plants yet to be explored," he explains.

He credits his success to persistence and hard work, as well as knowing his own strengths and being able to identify and utilize the strengths of others. "We've surrounded ourselves with people who have talents and knowledge that we don't," he says. "We all do very specific things, and we are very selective about who we work with." Also, being outgoing and "having personality" helps, he says.

But when it comes right down to it, it's quite a simple formula, he says, and one that's as old as the medicine itself. "Oriental medicine is definitely an art. If you show up and paint a halfway decent picture for people, they will start showing up. If you can shrink someone's tumor or help them get their job back — if you're getting good results — word of mouth will travel."

Sarah West, LAc, Dipl Ac (NCCAOM)

1986 New England School of Acupuncture, Santa Fe College of Natural Medicine, 1982, International Training Center, Academy of Traditional Medicine, Beijing, 1992, M.S. in Oriental Medicine, Southwest Acupuncture College, 1993, Faculty member and Clinical Supervisor, Southwest Acupuncture College, 1985-1993; Chair, Department of Acupuncture, Southwest Acupuncture College, 1989-1993.

Examiner for Acupuncture Board of New Mexico and for National Council of Acupuncture Schools and Colleges. Faculty member, HICOM, 1995-present. Past HICOM Assistant Academic Dean and Director of Acupuncture.

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