About Doug

  • I am a 1996 graduate of Emperor’s College in Santa Monica. Since that time I have been practicing and teaching in the area as well as traveling world wide to learn more. For 20 years I have been teaching and a clinic supervisor at Emperor’s College and Yo-San University in Santa Monica.
Me back in 2012?
  • I was born in Kansas and attended Kansas University, Hampshire College and the Art Institute of Chicago and Whitney Independent Study Program. In the 1980’s I was working as an artist and video editor in New York City near Chinatown. If I was ill I visited the local herb shop to get better and became fascinated by the medicine. Although I had acupuncture 10 years earlier I was especially impressed with my doctor’s skill in herbs.
PMPH press and Emperors College in Santa Monica.
With colleagues from PMPH press and Emperors College in Santa Monica.


  • In 1991 it was time to change careers and I came to Los Angeles and began acupuncture school at SAMRA and then Emperor’s College. What I found was an amazing medicine and philosophy that would take me on this long and wonderful journey. Since then I have been to China for 3 relatively short trips (as well as Portland, Boulder and Dublin!) and continually studied and educated myself. A few years after graduating in 1996 I was asked to join the teaching and clinical faculty at Emperors College and Yo-San University.


  • I have done 3 short internships and advanced study in China. There I studied: 1) Pain in Shanghai 2) Hep C in Beijing 3) oncology in Beijing. Going to China for a few months as an acupuncturist is like being a gondola driver and going to Venice, Italy. You get to see the real deal but you still aren’t an expert in navigating the canals. For that reason, I see Chinese medicine as a constant path of practice and study. 
With the director of the dermatology department at Beijing TCM Hospital.master of it. Since being there I have continued to study, learning new, old and better techniques for both acupuncture and Chinese herbs.
Fundamentals of Chinese Medicine
A book I co-wrote for the People’s Medical Publishing House in Beijing.