Julie Barefoot, LAc
Grand Rounds Instructor
Julie, a Raleigh, NC native, graduated from Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine in 2008. She switched career paths in 2007 from a medical aesthetician to the Student Director of Jung Tao to aid future classes through their journeys in discovering Chinese Medicine. Since her graduation, she has opened acupuncture clinics in her hometown of Raleigh as well as her current residence, Mountain City, TN. She enjoys sharing her extensive knowledge of Chinese Medicine with her community through her weekly radio program titled Health Alternatives with Julie Barefoot. Her most exciting moments are utilizing her acupuncture skills to assist women with childbirth. She has currently assisted with labor and deliveries at Carolina Medical Center, Rex Hospital, UNC Women's Center, Duke and ETSU.
Kim Bonsteel, LAc, LMBT, NCTMB
Kim Bonsteel is state licensed and nationally certified in acupuncture as well as massage & bodywork therapy, and is a graduate of Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine. His bodywork is an eclectic mix of modalities from around the world. He has studied with rolfers and osteopaths, and relies on Asian techniques from shiatsu and tuina. A third generation native of Florida, he has resided in North Carolina since 1978, and practices in Macon, Jackson, and Transylvania counties. Kim was formerly an amateur botanist and Western herbalist, having identified and collected more than 250 species of medicinal plants of the southern Appalachians. A former student of Matsubayashi Shorin-ryu Okinawan Karate-do, he is now a daily taijiquan practitioner and white sash instructor. He also enjoys yoga, singing, hiking, wildcrafting, writing, travel, and chess.
Greg Bryson, MFA, LAc, CMT
Greg Bryson began teaching as a graduate student at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he received a Master of Fine Arts Degree in 1998. For most of the next ten years he taught art as an instructor at Virginia Tech. During this time he began studying Chinese martial arts, and continues to train under Mike Denbow in the North American Tang Shou Tao Association. The martial arts training introduced him to both Western and Eastern bodywork modalities, leading to his completion of the massage program at the Blue Ridge School of Massage and Yoga in 2007 and the acupuncture program at the Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine in 2008.
He currently serves as a clinical supervisor at the Jung Tao School and practices acupuncture and massage therapy at his clinic, New River Healing Arts, in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Pradip Bulsara, LAc
Grand Rounds Instructor
A devoted practitioner of yoga and meditation for over 24 years, Pradip Bulsara has been sharing yoga practices since 1988 to diverse age groups with different levels of experience. Pradip has been an active member of the community by volunteering to instruct free yoga classes at the Hindu Center of Charlotte every Sunday morning for over 20 years.
Pradip's educational background is in electrical engineering, computer science, project management, naturopathy, and Chinese medicine. However, he has expanded his knowledge of yoga, and meditation by one-on-one training with Guru Carmon and by further exploring, observing, and integrating these in day-to-day life.
Tom Cohen, LAc
Grand Rounds Instructor
Born in Cleveland, Ohio. Tom is a Charlotte, NC resident for 30+ years. He has a BS in Literature from UGA. He leads a group in Daitoryu Aikijujutsu, a classical Japanese martial art. He also studies the Russian martial art of Systema. Tom is a Jung Tao School Class 3 graduate. His practice, Insight Wellness is located in the Historic Dilworth area of Charlotte. He lives in Charlotte with his wife, Christina and their 4 furry children.
Tom Eddins, LAc
Tom Eddins began his study of energetics in the field of music, completing his Batchelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in classical guitar performance at the North Carolina School of the Arts in 1999. Tom subsequently moved to the mountains of North Carolina and, enchanted by their beauty and green serenity, began to study Chinese bio-energetics through martial arts and taijiquan. Tom has worked in the field of health care since 2000, and acupuncture specifically since 2003. He graduated in the top tier of his class at Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine in 2005. Tom has since taught classes in Taijiquan both in the community and at Jung Tao. He is an NCCAOM certified, licensed acupuncturist in the state of North Carolina and currently runs a private acupuncture practice in Boone, North Carolina.
Sarah Girhard, LAc
Sarah Girard began studying Chinese dietary therapy in 1999. After graduating from Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine in 2005 she opened a private practice in Winston-Salem, NC. She also taught at Forsyth Technical Community College Massage School for four years. In 2009 she completed an extended Chinese Dietary Program through the Chinatown Wellness Center in New York City with Jeffrey Yuen, adding to well over 500 post-graduate hours with Yuen in Chronic Painful Obstruction (Bi Syndrome); Endocrinology; Cancer; Channel Systems of Acupuncture and Stone Medicine. She teaches Chinese Food Therapy and Chinese Medical Theory and is an Intern Clinic Supervisor at Daoist Traditions Acupuncture College in Asheville, NC. She is now both Clinical Instructor and regular presenter at Jung Tao's Grand Rounds Clinique modules.
Jennifer Lauritzen, LAC
Jennifer Lauritzen, a born native of Key West, Florida, wife, mother and grandmother, is a North Carolina state licensed and nationally board certified Acupuncturist. She studied Classical Chinese Medicine under Dr. Sean Marshall, and graduated from Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine in 2004.
In 2003 Jennifer began studying with Dr. Tran Viet Dzung on a biannual basis and continues to do so to expand her knowledge of Classical Chinese Medicine. Dr. Tran Viet Dzung was a long time protege and associate of Dr. Nguyen Van Nghi, who was Dr. Marshall's teacher, mentor, friend and president of the World Acupuncture Organization, before his death on December 17, 1999.
Jennifer's past interest and current focus has included holistic medicine and horticulture. She attended Miami Dade Community College from 1973 to 1974 for their horticulture program, and has continued to expand her knowledge in this area. In 1976 she began her studies of holistic medicine under Dr. Rudolph Perry, in naturopathic medicine.
Jennifer currently resides between her beloved Key West and the Southern Appalachian Moutain area. She is currently a supervisor at the Jung Tao School Intern Clinic and also has a small practice on the side.
Barry G. Marshall, LMBT
Barry Marshall is a native to the area, born and raised in Sugar Grove. He began his martial arts training at the age of 19 with Master Rick Ward at Blue Ridge Kung Fu Arnis Academy in Boone, NC. He received a Brown Belt in Kung Fu from Master Ward in 1992, and was then awarded a Black Belt by the World Mushuquan Federation in 1993. In 1990 he began teaching taijiquan at Blue Ridge Kung Fu.
Barry began studying taijiquan with Dr. Sean Marshall in 1994, and was awarded a white sash by Dr. Marshall in 1997, signifying him as an instructor of taijiquan at Jung Tao School. He completed the three year Chinese Medicine certificate program at Jung Tao School in 1998. In 2007, he was awarded his red sash from Dr. Marshall, certifying him as a senior instructor of taijiquan.
Ray Mercurio, LAc, LMT, BA, MBA, CPA
Ray Mercurio graduated from Queens College of New York City where he received a BA in Accounting and Economics. He then attended The University of Rochester where he received his MBA. He went on to get his CPA from New York State. Ray spent 25 years in various corporate positions after which he formed his own investment company. In 1991, he became interested in complimentary and holistic healing modalities. His studies include Neuromuscular Therapy, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, SomatoEmotional Release, Therapeutic Imaging and Dialog, and Reike.
He is a graduate of Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine and is a NCCAOM certified and licensed acupuncturist in the state of North Carolina. He incorporates all of the above modalities in his private practice in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Lora Moyle, LAc, MHS, RT, CNMT
Lora L. Moyle began her career as a registered Radiographer and Nuclear Medicine Technologist and was the first registered technologist to complete the B.S. in Radiologic Science Program at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She completed a Masters in Health Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina. She has over twenty years of experience serving as a faculty member at the Medical University of South Carolina, Vance-Granville Community College, where she was also the Chairperson of Health Education, and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. In addition to her experience in the educational arena, Lora has been employed as the Director of Operations for a radiologic physics consulting firm, President of a mobile mammography/health screening company, Business Manager of a health care consulting firm and a medical acupuncture network, and Associate Radiation Safety Officer at N.C. State University.
Ms. Moyle graduated from Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine in 2004, and served as an instructor, Academic Director and Chairperson of the Board of Directors. She resigned from the Board to serve as the Interim President of Jung Tao. She maintains a private practice as a licensed acupuncturist.
Myra Jane Ramseur, LAc, FNP
Ms. Ramseur studied with Sean Marshall and graduated with the first class of Jung Tao. She has worked as an RN in a wide range of settings for 40 years, including hospital, home health, and hospice. She studied to be a Nurse Practitioner at Emory University in 1975, and earned a Masters of Education degree from Georgia State University in 1977. Shortly thereafter she moved to the mountains of North Carolina to provide care in a rural health clinic as a Family Nurse Practitioner and a Health Educator. She enjoys providing auriculotherapy treatments to a weekly group at her local YMCA. She has a small acupuncture private practice which she runs out of her home. Her hobbies include performing music and magic with her husband and raising vegetables, chickens, and donkeys on their farm in Lincolnton, NC. She was licensed to practice acupuncture by the State of North Carolina in July of 2005. She calls on her broad range of experiences in Western Medicine to teach Pathophysiology and other classes in the Biomedical component of the program.
Nikki Rhodes, BS, MS
Nikki grew up in Charlotte, NC and came to Boone, NC in 1998 to attend Appalachian State University. As an undergraduate, she majored in pre-professional biology with a minor in chemistry. She fell in love with the beautiful, grounding mountains and decided to continue her studies at ASU, earning her Masters degree in biology with a concentration in molecular biology. Her work within the degree program included research and analysis of DNA. As a graduate student, Nikki taught laboratory sections of biology and zoology. At CCC&TI in Boone, NC, she taught anatomy and physiology labs and lectured in biology. Currently, she is teaching ABE/GED/AHS classes at CCC&TI. Nikki has a passion for learning and continues to strive for a better understanding of our world through art, music and science.
Abe Rummage, LAc, Dipl.Ac., LMBT
Grand Rounds Instructor
Abe began his study of Chinese medicine, Tai Chi and martial arts in 2000 with apprenticeships under Sifu Yahesh Ben Yisrael and master acupuncturist Jim Westmoreland. In 2004 Abe obtained his diploma in Massage and Bodywork Therapy from Southeastern School of Neuromuscular and Massage Therapy and became board certified and state licensed in N.C. as a massage and bodywork therapist.
Abe continued with formal education at Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine and graduated at the top of his class from Jung Tao School in June 2008. He became North Carolina licensed and Nationally board certified in acupuncture in the same month. Abe owns and operates AcuCare Clinic in Denver, N.C. where he provides acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulas for a wide variety of health problems.
Abe speaks weekly with doctors, support groups and wellness programs about the benefits of acupuncture and Chinese medicine and how it can work alongside our current paradigm of health care.
Jung Tao School - Publications
Translator - Classical Texts
Originally from France where he received a scholarship in Philosophy and design, Emmanuel moved to the US in 1998.
Editing & Layout - Jung Tao School original texts
Growing up in the Pacific Northwest, Eirik has always held a deep connection to the natural world. He started training early in the martial and yogic arts, and these techniques and experiences have deeply influenced his life from a young age. Always drawn to nature, Taoism and Asian philosophy, he has been practicing the arts of tracking, nature awareness and aboriginal living skills for over 10 years. Eirik is a Senior Instructor at Coyote Trails School of Nature in Oregon and has taught camps, classes, and workshops to thousands of students across the country. He holds Level III Track and Sign Interpretation certification in three different bioregions from CyberTracker International. He studied Integrative Healing, Philosophy of Physics and Nature Awareness at The Evergreen State College. Eirik is currently a fourth-year Intern at the Jung Tao School clinic, and is working on editing and collating Li: The Inner Principles of Chinese Medicine- the first-year energetics student workbook by Dr. Sean Marshall.
An Ohio native turned NC mountain resident, Beth Cox holds degrees in English and Philosophy and Liberal Arts. She has over ten years' experience in scholarly publishing, including editing and marketing academic books, journals, catalogs, and marketing materials. Also a licensed yoga instructor, she lives with her husband and two children in Fleetwood, North Carolina.
Illustrator & Layout
Janet Brashear has always had a keen interest in all things creative and artistic. Vowing to become an artist since an early age, she graduated from Stetson University with a Bachelors of Fine Arts and a concentration in printmaking. Janet exhibited in galleries along the East Coast and also in her native Central Florida for several years before moving to the mountains of North Carolina in 2004. Upon settling in West Jefferson she founded and operated Bohemia, an art gallery/cafe/live music venue that encouraged all types of creative freedom and expression.