Clinic Staff & Faculty
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.
Julie Barefoot, LAc
Julie, a Raleigh, NC native, graduated from Jung Tao School 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.
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 Girard, 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, FL, wife, mother and grandmother, is a North Carolina state licensed and Nationally certified Acupucturist. She studied Classical Chinese medicine under Dr. Sean Marshall and graduated from Jung Tao School 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.
Jennifer's past interest and current focus has included holistic medicine and horticulture. She attended Miami Dade Community College in 1972-1974 for their horitculture program and has continued to expand her knowledge in this area throughout her life. In 1976 she began her studies of holistic medicine under Dr. Rudolph Perry, ex California teacher, for a period of one year, in naturopathic medicine and afterwards obtained a certificate of completion.
Jennifer currently resides between her beloved Key West, and the Southern Appalachian mountains. She is currently a supervisor at Jung Tao School and has a small practice on the side.
Jon Erik-Lido, LAc
Jon-Erik Lido developed an interest in energetics from his studies of internal Chinese martial arts. When one day he realized his life’s work could be about helping people, becoming an acupuncturist became the only choice. Jon-Erik graduated from Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine in 2008. His acupuncture practice is located in Durham, NC. Beyond acupuncture he also teaches Yin Yoga, which integrates acupuncture theory with yoga asana. Jon-Erik continues his personal internal development, studying the martial art Jiulong Baguazhang.
Pat Birdsong has lived in Sugar Grove, North Carolina for the past 30 years. She has been very active in community efforts and serves as a member of the Cove Creek Community Council. She was the founding Chair of the non-profit Sugar Grove Developmental Day School and continues to serve on the Board of Directors. She has also served on the Board of Directors of Cove Creek Preservation and Development for the past eight years. Ms. Birdsong began her career as a paralegal working with Civil Rights actions in the State of Mississippi and the Native American Rights Fund in Boulder, Colorado. While her children were young, she worked as a batik artist from her home and was a member of two local cooperative galleries. She continued her education at Appalachian State University where she earned her Masters in Communication Disorders. She is currently Certified in Clinical Competence as a Speech-Language Pathologist, specializing in therapeutic intervention for young children with developmental disabilities. Ms. Birdsong has been a patient of alternative and Chinese medicines for the past 33 years, having first realized the benefits of acupuncture in 1974.