The Kamwo Valedictorian Award recognizes those at the top of their class for their academic achievement in Traditional Chinese Medicine.



2019 VALEDICTORIANS

 
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Christa Wroblewski

Pacific College – New York – 2019

Christa Wroblewski graduated with a Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM) from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) in 2019. She plans to begin her practice as a Licensed Acupuncturist and Board Certified Herbalist in New York State. While at PCOM, Christa completed 900 hours of clinical training and treated hundreds of patients. Additionally, she was exposed to fantastic off campus clinical experiences at the Institute for Family Health and Kamwo Meridian Herbs.  She holds a B.A. from Muhlenberg College where she studied Theatre and Sociology.

In addition to practicing Chinese Medicine, Christa works in NYC as a registered yoga teacher and meditation instructor. She aims to teach each patient how to balance their body, mind, and spirit comprehensively. With a strong background in martial arts, dance, and physical performance, she views movement as medicine. While she is successful at treating various health concerns, she intends to focus her acupuncture practice on pain management, women’s health, orthopedic and neurological disorders.

Within the next few years, Christa intends to advance her studies by completing her Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) through PCOM and certification in Functional Medicine. Her greatest goal is to encourage patients to rediscover the magic of the human body and utilize practical tools for self-healing.


 
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Terrence Monte

Pacific College – New York – 2019

Terrence Monte, L.Ac., MSTOM is the founder of Blue Orchid Wellness and a nationally board certified and state licensed Acupuncturist.  Terrence graduated as the Valedictorian of his class at Pacific College of Medicine.  Originally trained as a mechanical engineer, Terrence received his B.S. from Lafayette College, and an MFA from the University of Iowa.  Although seemingly opposite modalities of study, they are, in fact, all designed to teach HOW things function.  He is perhaps most proud of the fact that throughout these past 15+ years of academic achievement he has taught yoga full time and accumulated absolutely no student loans.

 It is with this diverse knowledge of the Body and Spirit that Terrence appeals to a patient’s own preferences and long term health goals in every treatment. Terrence uses acupuncture, herbs, Tui Na massage, cupping, moxabustion, dietary recommendations, meditation, and personalized yoga programs to create a multi-faceted approach where the patient is highly involved in their own healing.  Terrence rejects the old idea that the “doctor knows best” and encourages all patients to take command of their own health.  Thus, Terrence seeks to educate and assist patients in their evolution, and consequently gives a high level of personalized follow up to every treatment.  Please visit terrencemonte.com  or call 310-499-3876 for more information on how to schedule an appointment.

 
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Alli Urbanik Kimmel

Pacific College – New York – 2019

Alli Urbanik Kimmel graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine with a Master’s of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM). She is board certified in acupuncture and herbal medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and is licensed to practice in New York State. Alli is the author and illustrator of the blog “A Beginner’s Guide to Chinese Medicine.” She holds a Bachelor’s degree with Honors from the University of Chicago.

Alli strongly believes that healing should be accessible and achievable for all people, and that by better understanding our bodies, we can empower ourselves to take charge of our own health. She is passionate about exploring the synergistic relationship between acupuncture and modern biomedicine: her clinical training included work with NYU Langone Hospital - Brooklyn, Mt. Sinai-Beth Israel Hospital, and Housing Works' Downtown Brooklyn Health Center. She has a particular interest in the areas of women's health, autoimmune conditions, and mood disorders. Her private practice is located in Brooklyn, NY.



2018 VALEDICTORIANS 

 
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Jennifer Samath

University of Bridgeport – 2018

Jennifer Samath is a graduate of the University of Bridgeport Acupuncture Institute and is a Licensed in Acupuncture in the State of Maryland. She received her Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2014 and was a recipient of winner of the 2014 China Scholarship Award for a 2 week externship in Liaoning Hospital of TCM, and 2014 Dedication and Service to Patients in Integrated Clinic Award. In May 2018, she returned and graduated with second Master’s degree in Chinese Herbology on a part-time basis and extended her clinical hours to focus on patient management and to gain more insight from highly regarded professors.  Additionally, she was a recipient of the Kamwo Valedictorian Award Certificate in April 2018, through the University of Bridgeport Acupuncture Institute.

Prior to Acupuncture school, she studied for over 2 years through a TCM apprenticeship and worked as a personal assistant to a Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist, Wanda B. Ahonui.  During this apprenticeship, she observed diverse populations, and trained in Sports Medicine, Tui Na (Chinese Medical Massage), Cupping, Gua Sha, energy work, and Internal Martial Arts (including Ba Gua Zhang, Qi Gong and Nei Gong) in multiple locations in CT and NY.  She had also trained under Tom Bisio and Frank Butler, and received certificates in Zheng Gu Tui Na Levels 1-4 and Internal Conditions. She also trained and attended classes in Ba Gua Zhang under Tom Bisio.

 
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Yuji Kim

Pacific College – New York – 2018

NY licensed acupuncturist, and NCCAOM-certified in acupuncture and herbal medicine, Yuji Kim is a highly accomplished professional who has obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Lehman College, where she also pursued a Master of Science in Adult Health in Nursing. Additionally, Kim continued her education at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine where she earned a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine, specializing in Acupuncture and Herbs. She achieved the Valedictorian Award in 2018 when she graduated Pacific College while also working full-time. With over ten years of hospital and OB nursing experience, Kim is a knowledgeable and highly qualified individual who has received over 3,500 hours of clinical internships and academic training in acupuncture and oriental medicine. She embraces a holistic engagement to take care of patients in integrative, clinical settings. 

Currently working as an RN at the Columbia campus for New York Presbyterian Hospital, Kim is also pursuing a doctorate degree at Pacific College for Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. She hopes to combine the two fields of Eastern and Western medicine into a holistic approach so that her treatments always meet the needs of her individual patients.

 
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Jenny Yang

Pacific College – New York – 2018

Jenny’s journey into acupuncture and Chinese medicine began with an intense interest in human anatomy and physiology as well as in the ability of the body to heal itself when supported. As a result, she worked as an assistant in two physical therapy offices while pursuing a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology full time. After deciding that PT was not the right path, she worked in Early Intervention, obtaining and coordinating services for children with developmental disabilities and behavioral disorders. She then pursued a dual Masters of Science in General and Special Education and taught in integrated classrooms of over 40 children. Subsequently, Jenny worked as an Educational Administrator for the Committee for Preschool Special Education in a private company. As a staunch believer in the power of education to transform lives, Jenny completed a one year health coach certification program at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in NYC in the hopes of more effectively serving the children and families of the community. It only made sense to consolidate her passions for health, education, healing and well-being by completing the Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. Currently, Jenny is completing the Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine program at Pacific College.

 
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Christina Checinski

Pacific College – New York – 2018

Christina Checinski is a licensed acupuncturist and board certified herbalist in New York and New Jersey. She attended Pacific College of Oriental Medicine where she received her Masters in Oriental Medicine and her Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine. She is board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She has offices in Nanuet, NY and Fair Lawn, NJ where she treats a variety of conditions such as acute and chronic pain, allergies, asthma, digestive issues, thyroid disorders, diabetic neuralgia, women’s health and more.

Christina is also a certified neurofeedback trainer, and a certified clinical Homeopath. A special focus of her practice is an integrative approach to helping patients achieve emotional well-being related to focus/attention, stress, anxiety, depression, addiction and other related diagnosis such as ADHD, OCD, PTSD.  

 

2017 VALEDICTORIANS

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Sarah Biffen

Pacific College – New York – 2017

Sarah is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Board Certified Herbalist in New York State. After graduating as Valedictorian from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City, she co-founded Sanctuary Acupuncture & Holistic Health. She also holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia. Along with completing 900 hours of hands-on clinical training at the Pacific College Acupuncture Center, she gained invaluable experience at NYU Hospital's Initiative for Women with Disabilities, and The Housing Works Association Medical Center. Prior to her graduate studies, she completed a one-year Health Coach Certification program at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City.

Sarah utilizes Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Diet and Lifestyle Therapies to restore patient health, and address a variety of conditions including women's health, fertility, musculoskeletal pain, gastrointestinal disorders, and psycho-emotional well being.

She feels honored to do what she loves, in the city that she loves.


2016 VALEDICTORIANS

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Priscilla Wong

Pacific College – New York – 2016 (Winter)

Priscilla Wong graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) with a Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine (MSTOM) and a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM). She is board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) in New York and New Jersey and is a member of the Acupuncture Society of New York (ASNY). Prior to pursuing her studies in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Priscilla graduated from New York University and was teaching in the New York school system as an elementary teacher in general and special education. 

Priscilla currently practices in Madison, NJ at Hollenbach Family Chiropractic alongside a chiropractor, massage therapist, and a team of midwives. She commonly treats individuals with digestive, emotional, gynecological, and orthopedic concerns. She hopes to continue enlightening her patients with the importance of healthy lifestyle choices and the positive influences of Chinese Medicine. 

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Jaclyn Reich

PACIFIC COLLEGE – NEW YORK – 2016 (SPRING)

Dr. Jaclyn Reich, DACM, is a NJ licensed acupuncturist with national board certifications in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She graduated with high honors from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, where she earned her Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM). Jaclyn also holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biopsychology from The College of New Jersey. With her knowledge of both Eastern medicine and Psychology, Dr. Reich works to provide empathetic and judicious treatments for her patients to help them attain improved physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being.

 

Jaclyn currently works in Lawrenceville, NJ, where she founded the Acupuncture department at Complete Health of Lawrenceville, a multidisciplinary health and wellness center featuring chiropractic care, physical therapy, massage therapy, reiki, and yoga.

 

Sai Jurawanichkul

PACIFIC COLLEGE – NEW YORK – 2016 (SUMMER)

Sai Jurawanichkul was born in Thailand and raised in NYC. Before her journey into Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), she attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in upstate New York. She is currently an intern at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, where she is also involved in research on the incorporation of Evidence Informed Practice in TCM academia and clinical practice.

After graduation, Sai plans on working at Aquarius Acupuncture with Dr. Sarah Sajdak, DAOM, LAc in Greenwich Village. She is interested in working with underserved populations in an integrative medical setting, and her main goal is educate and empower patients to take charge of their health.

 

PAST VALEDICTORIANS


2015

Erica Burley | Ellen Brown
Andrew Clark | Courtney Robertson


2014

Tim Klempt | Jerry Lui | Marie Schiraldi-Cattau


2013

Patricia Botet | Supriya Kiritkumar Desai | Annora Cheng  Carrie M. Koo | Grace Kim | Carla San Diego |Andrew Crapo


2012

Patrick Brent King | Christina Dwyer | Anna Park


2011

Erin Foster | Anya Sawyer | Mary Szubia


2010

ELISA HIRSCH-COTTER


2009

RACHEL ESQUILIN | BROOKE FRIES | ERIKA ROMINGER
BETH LEATHERMAN | SALLY TOMM


2007

Sarah Coles McKeown | Simone Stur


2006

Stephen Bigger


Jeremy V. Pulsifer | Joanna Joda

2005