Traditional Chinese Medicine Faculty


Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, NCCAOM, USA, 2009 – Present
M.D., Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), USA and
Medical Council of Canada (MCC), Canada
Master of Science, Biomedical Sciences, University of Texas at El Paso
Bachelor of Medicine, Clinical Medicine, Fu Dan University (formerly Shanghai Medical University)

Teaching Specialization: Biomedical Sciences and Integrative Medicine

Dr. Maoyi Cai served as a board member of the Acupuncture Committee of Alberta, Canada, from 2003 to 2005. He was also the Dean of Academic Affairs at Alberta College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, between 1997 and 2005. Dr. Cai passed the American and Canadian medical licensing examinations, and was certified as an M.D. in 1997 and 1999, respectively. Between 1990 and 1996, Dr. Cai taught a variety of biomedical science courses at colleges and universities in Texas and New Mexico. Dr. Cai practiced medicine, in the Shanghai Medical University, from 1984 to 1990. Dr. Cai joined the faculty of the Texas Health and Science University in January, 2006. Dr. Cai has been the Academic Dean since 2008.

Haitao Cao, Lic. Ac., Ph.D. CLINIC DIRECTOR/TCM Instructor

Ph.D. in Basic Theory of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China
Master of Medicine in Internal Medicine, Shaanxi College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China
Bachelor of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shaanxi College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China 

Teaching Specialization: Acupuncture and Herbology

Dr. Cao earned her Master’s degree in 2003 and her Doctorate in 2006. She came to the University in January of 2007 with over ten years of experience as a clinician, instructor, and researcher in Traditional Chinese Medicine, specializing in Internal Medicine. She has published original research in journals such as Traditional Chinese Medicine Research and Chinese Journal of Integrated Traditional and Western Medicine on Digestion, and has edited volumes such as Methodology of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine.


Ph.D., in Acupuncture and Moxibustion and Tuina, Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China
B.S., in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Guang Xi University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China

Teaching Specialization: Acupuncture and Herbology

Dr. Tan has taught professionally for more than eleven (11) years, and has been a practitioner of acupuncture for more than ten (10) years.  She loves the culture of TCM and the “amazing therapeutic effect of acupuncture and moxibustion.”  She specialized in Internal Medicine and Moxibustion and Tuina Science at Shanghai Research Institute of Acupuncture and Meridians and served as Attending Physician of Acupuncture and Moxibustion in the clinic.  She has also taught basic theory of TCM and the theory and application of acupuncture and moxibustion.  She is the author, principal and/or co-researcher of more than sixteen (16) published research articles and studies.  Dr. Tan is a welcome new member of the core faculty of Texas Health and Science University in May of 2012.


Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine, Texas Chiropractic College
Master of Science in Human Nutrition, University of BridgeportDiplomate, American Chiropractic Neurology Board, ACNB, Carrick Institute for Graduate Studies, Parker UniversityDiplomate, International Academy of Medical Acupuncture, International Academy of Medical Acupuncture, New York Chiropractic College

Fellow, American College of Functional Neurology

Dr. Root is a Chiropractic Neurologist and Clinical Nutritionist, and has been in clinical practice for over 25 years providing individualized/personalized healthcare. He specializes in pain syndromes, movement disorders, metabolic conditions, athletic performance and injury prevention and rehabilitation, nutritional biochemistry, receptor-based therapies, and acupuncture. In 2007, he was invited to serve as the Team Doctor for the Cambodian National Volleyball League for Landmine-Disabled Athletes, and for the Cambodian National Soccer team, and enjoyed a clinical practice in Phnom Penh. Dr. Root holds a Masters in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, a Chiropractic Medicine degree from Texas Chiropractic College, a Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Neurology Board, a Fellow of the American College of Functional Neurology, and a Diplomate in Acupuncture from the International Academy of Medical Acupuncture. 


M.A.O.M., Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
M.Ed. in Counseling and Student Services from University of North Texas
B.A. in Sociology, National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan 

Ms. Allison Yu is a Texas licensed acupuncturist and herbalist and is nationally recognized as a board-certified Diplomat in oriental medicine by the NCCAOM.  With a background in education, she has been supervising the Student Intern Clinic at THSU and bringing her practical experience to help students with theoretical understanding.  Along with her general practice, she has strong interests in pain management, reproductive and gynecological conditions, and “Shen – Zhi” conditions which include insomnia, depression, anxiety, panic, PTSD, ADHD and weight control.  With over 10 years’  practice as an alternative health care professional, her passion is being a healer by combining a counseling and education background with Chinese medicine methods.  She helps her patients to cultivate a holistic understanding of the influences of body, mind, spirit, and environment, and she provides her patients with whole health treatments.

Guili Zheng, Lic.Ac., Ph.D. TCM INSTRUCTOR

Ph.D. in Pharmacology, Beijing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China
Master of Medicine in Pharmacology, Shandong College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China
Bachelor of Medicine in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Shandong College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, China

Teaching Specialization: Herbology

Dr. Zheng served as Assistant Professor, Associate Professor , and Associate Dean at Shandong University of TCM. He is a member of the China National Committee of Chinese Medicinal Formulae, paper reviewer of Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Journal of Shanxi Traditional Chinese Medicine. In addition to his more than 20 years of teaching, research, and clinical research experience, Dr. Zheng has almost 20 papers and books of TCM published in both Chinese and English. Dr. Zheng joined the faculty of Texas Health and Science University in 2001.


Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, University of East-West Medicine – Sunnyvale, CA
Master of Medicine, University of East-West Medicine – Sunnyvale, CA
Master of Business Administration, Boston University
BBA, Yonsei University, Korea 

Teaching Specializations:  TCM Diagnostics, Acupuncture, Licensure Preparation and Chinese Herbal Formulations

Dr. Hong has instructed many students of Traditional Chinese Medicine since 2008.  In addition to his teaching, Dr. Hong has served as academic dean in Korean and English language MSTCM programs, participated in program evaluation, served as campus security officer, and assisted in adoption of several online program management systems.  Dr. Hong’s broad experience as a licensed acupuncturist and earned doctorate make him a welcome addition to our core faculty at Texas Health and Science University.


D.A.O.M., Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Texas Health and Science University 

M.S.A.O.M., Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Texas Health and Science University 

B.S. Physical Therapy, Chang Gung University, Taiwan

Teaching Specialization: Acupuncture, Herbology  


Dr. Chan comes to the faculty of Texas Health and Science University with a rich heritage in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Born in Taiwan and raised in a family culture committed to the business of Chinese herbs, Kai developed an early interest in the profession of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.  He earned his bachelor’s degree with a major in Physical Therapy with a specialty in sport medicine and pain management.  After receiving his Physical Therapy License, he has complemented these skills with his interest in the special techniques of cupping and Asian Body Work.  Dr. Chan is a graduate of Texas Health and Science University in the Class of 2013.  He was Valedictorian of his class with the highest cumulative Grade Point Average and Academic Honor.  He teaches in the San Antonio classrooms and works as a Licensed Acupuncturist practitioner in the Clinic.

Roberto G. Guerrero, D.A.O.M., L.Ac., (San Antonio Campus)

D.A.O.M, Texas Health and Science University
M.A.O.M., Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine
B.A., Psychology, The University of Texas in San Antonio

Teaching Specialization:  Acupuncture & Herbology

Dr. Guerrero, a Licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist, is Owner of Alamo Acucare, a practice located in San Antonio, Texas, which specializes in pain management, chronic conditions, martial arts, and sport related injuries.  He received his doctoral and master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degrees from Texas Health and Science University.  He also holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at San Antonio.  Mr. Guerrero is Senior Instructor at the Mu Sool Won of San Antonio, Martial Arts Center.

Tiffany Smith, Lic.Ac., M.S.A.O.M.

M.S.A.O.M., Texas Health and Science University
M.S., Microbiology and Immunology, Texas Tech University
B.S., Microbiology, Texas Tech University

Teaching Specialization:  Biomedical Sciences

Ms. Smith is a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, and a board-certified Diplomat in Oriental Medicine.  A graduate of Texas Health and Science University in August 2012, Ms. Smith was the Valedictorian of her class graduating with highest academic honors at the Summer Graduation Ceremony.  She earned her bachelor’ s degree in Microbiology and the Master of Science degree in Microbiology and Immunology at Texas Tech University.   Prior to pursuing a degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Smith spent 15 years in the biotech industry as a research scientist, technical writer, and marketing manager.  Smith also has taught at Austin Community College and joined the Faculty of Texas Health and Science University in 2013. She teaches courses in Western Biomedical Sciences.  She maintains her own acupuncture practice specializing in pain and stress management, and Internal Medicine.

Charese R. Lande, Licensed Physical Therapist (Austin Campus)

B.S. in Physical Therapy, University of Texas School of Allied Health at San Antonio
B.A. in Biology, University of Texas at Austin

Ms. Lande has worked as a physical therapist for over 30 years in a variety of healthcare practice settings. She has extensive experience providing rehabilitative care to patients with chronic orthopedic, neurological, and mental conditions, and has included pediatric patients in her practice. Ms. Lande has served as Senior Physical Therapist and Acting Interim Co-Director at St. David’s Medical Center, Sports/Ortho Team. She has also delivered outpatient services for injured workers with work conditioning, work-hardening and acute management of injuries in a start-up industrial medicine clinic which interfaced with 400 companies. Ms. Lande currently works in private practice alongside licensed acupuncturists to provide a holistic model of healthcare to address a wide amount of symptoms and issues related to the origins of pain. Ms. Lande teaches integrative clinical skills at Texas Health and Science University.