Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture Orthopedics Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Board Certified Acupuncture Orthopedics, Civil Litigation, Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Certified Massage Therapist, Certified Fitness Trainer,


Licensed Acupuncturist, specialist in physical examination and report-writing for orthopedic and chronic pain conditions, and experienced expert witness regarding acupuncture-related litigation.

Professional Skills

  • Acupuncture expert witness/consultant regarding litigation, insurance audits and regulatory board investigations.
  • Doctorate-level and continuing education instructor regarding topics including safety training, professional ethics and risk management, and medical documentation.
  • Acupuncture/electro-acupuncture and dry/trigger-point needling, specializing in orthopedics, sports and chronic pain.
  • Manual therapies: muscle energy technique, orthopedic massage, suction cupping and gua sha (aka IASTM).

Professional Distinctions & Experience

  • Served as subject matter expert for California Acupuncture Board.
  • Represented both plaintiffs and defendants as expert witness in malpractice litigation.
    16 years’ continuous patient care experience in physician-lead clinics, and on referral basis with diverse medical professionals, providing acupuncture.
  • First licensed acupuncturist contracted with Palo Alto Medical Clinic and Kaiser Permanente, Santa Cruz.
  • Orthopedic physical exam, functional capacity evaluation and report-writing for Workers Compensation (PR-2s).

Medical Professional History

  • Private Practice, Lic. Acupuncturist, Santa Cruz Acupuncture Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Clinic, 2003-present.
  • L.Ac., SpineMed Associates and PRIME Pain Medicine Institute, Santa Cruz.
  • Clinical Supervisor, Associate Professor and Clinic Orientation and Safety Instructor, MTCM/FPD Program, Five Branches University of Traditional
  • Chinese Medicine, 2005-present

Medical Education, License & Certifications

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Master of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Five Branches University, Santa Cruz, 2002
Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.) #9132, California Acupuncture Board, 2003
Acupuncture Speciality Certifications
Diplomate, National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics, 2006
Certificate in Integrative Sports Medicine, Five Branches University, 2004

Medical Professional History

  • Expert Witness, California Acupuncture Board and civil malpractice litigation, 2009-2010.
  • Approved Continuing Education Provider #1225, California Acupuncture Board, 2014-present
  • Instructor, Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Program, Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences, 2017-present.
  • Head Instructor, Integrative Acupuncture Orthopedics Board Certification Program, 2015-present
  • Physical Therapy Aide and Athletic Training Assistant, Palo Alto Medical Foundation/Santa Cruz, 2000-2005

Medical Education, License & Certifications

  • Integrative Medicine
    Fellow, Academy of Integrative Pain Management, 2014
  • Dry Needling Training and Certification
    Certified Myofascial Trigger Point Therapist, Myopain Seminars, 2017
  • Manual Therapy Certifications
    Acupressure Diploma, Acupressure Institute, 1998
    Certificate in Sports & Deep Tissue Massage, McKinnon Institute, 1998
    Certified Massage Therapist, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 1997
  • Exercise Instruction
    Personal Trainer, American College of Sports Medicine, 2006


  • Professional Member, California State Oriental Medical Association, California Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine Association
  • Credentialed Fellow, Academy of Integrative Pain Management