Speakers - 2015 Great River Symposium

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Listed in alphabetical order.


Jacqueline Gran, SFQ Master Healer, SFQ Qi-ssage instructor

Jacqueline Gran has been passionate about energy and art for as long as she can remember. She has been practicing Spring Forest Qigong (SFQ) since 1999. She was certified as an SFQ Master Healer in 2009, a level two instructor in 2009, a level one instructor in 2008 and became certified as a Qi-ssage instructor in 2012.


Glori Hinck, RD, MS, DC, MET

Dr. Glori Hinck is the instructional designer/technologist for the Opus College of Business at the University of St. Thomas. Previously, Dr. Hinck was an associate professor in the College of Chiropractic and director of the Office of Educational Technology at Northwestern Health Sciences University. She holds a master’s degree in educational technology from Boise State University where she is also currently pursuing a doctorate in educational technology. She has been an affiliate graduate faculty member at Boise State where she has taught online course design and social network learning. 

Dr. Hinck combines her academic and clinical experience with her expertise in educational technology to create online and hybrid educational content and programs. She has conducted research related to Facebook and professionalism and has presented both traditional and online continuing education programs related to social media.


Nicole Lange, MOm, LAc

Nicole Lange is on a mission to employ age old ideas to create radical modern change! Her love of holistic medicine and educating others led her to pioneer her unique style of TCM practice - Patient Centered Holism. At its core, this model of care is a powerful combination of traditional holistic care, an understanding of the most cutting edge research, an awareness of the stresses specific to modern life and most importantly, a respect for each unique individual's life, values, beliefs and healing process. Over the past decade, Lange has honed and expanded this model of care through extensive study and experiences in her thriving private practice - Life Healing Life. In practice, she exclusively works in the areas of infertility (subsequent pregnancies) and women's sexual and emotional health.

Inspired by the idea that a great TCM practitioner truly changes society and the intentions of humanity, Lange has made educating not only her patients, but society a focus of her work. She is an author and has spoken to over 150 audiences on various TCM topics - always with the belief and desire to convey the message that her audience can do far more for their own health than she ever could - with the RIGHT information!  A wife and mother of two, Lange is also an ardent believer in practicing what she preaches, hence, this is a slow going revolution! She is a 2006 graduate from Northwestern Health Sciences University and is especially excited to share her message at the 2015 Great River Symposium.


Marlene Merritt, DOM (New Mexico), ACN, LAc

Marlene Merritt received her master’s degree in Oriental Medicine in 2000 and is a doctor of Oriental medicine. She also completed a master's degree in human nutrition in 2014 and successfully combines both in her private practice. She is certified as an applied clinical nutritionist (ACN).

Merritt is licensed both by the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners and by the New Mexico Board of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and nationally board certified by NCCAOM. She has a regular column in Acupuncture Today and other publications about nutrition. In addition to a full-time clinical practice, she lectures nationally to healthcare practitioners all over the U.S. and Canada on issues ranging from diabetes, endocrine dysfunction, cardiovascular issues, blood chemistry, nutrition and nutrition research.


John Pirog, MSOM, LAc

John Pirog has been a teacher and practitioner of Chinese medicine for more than 30 years. Pirog graduated from Midwest College of Oriental Medicine (Chicago, IL) in 1983 and served in an internship at Lincoln Hospital (New York), where he received specialty training in the use of acupuncture for substance withdrawal. He later completed an acupuncture clinical residency at Chengdu College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Chengdu, China).

Pirog has taught acupuncture throughout his Chinese medical career, has lectured throughout the United States, and is the author of the widely-used textbook Practical Applications of Meridian Style Acupuncture. He is currently a professor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine at the College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at Northwestern Health Sciences University.


Whitfield Reaves, OMD, LAc

Whitfield Reaves is one of the leading practitioners in the field of acupuncture sports medicine. He first began clinical practice in 1981 and has specialized for more than 30 years in the field of orthopedics and sports acupuncture. Licensed in California in 1981, Whitfield earned a doctor of Oriental medicine degree in 1983. His thesis, "Acupuncture and the Treatment of Common Running Injuries," demonstrated that TCM could address many clinical issues in sports medicine. He is also the author of The Acupuncture Handbook of Sports Injuries and Pain, one of the few texts integrating traditional acupuncture with orthopedic and sports medicine.

His experience in sports medicine includes the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, as well as numerous track and field, cycling and other events nationally over the past 25 years. He is the director of The Acupuncture Sports Medicine Apprenticeship Program. Reaves continues to teach seminars and apprenticeship style workshops in North America and Europe. He can be reached at his website www.WhitfieldReaves.com.


Haihe Tian, MD (China), MS, PhD (China), LAc

Haihe Tian started his medical training in 1982 at Beijing University of Chinese Medicine in China. He studied both Western and Chinese Medicine for 6 years. He earned his master's degree and Ph.D. by working with the world famous TCM expert, Professor Dong Jian-hua. He worked in the affiliated hospital of the university until 1997, and then moved to America where he has been teaching and practicing Chinese medicine for more than 17 years.

Tian served as a board member of AAAOM (American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine), committee member of CCAOM (Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine), and SME member. He is a site visitor and inspection specialist for ACAOM (Accreditation of Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) and a test writer specialist of NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine).

He is president of Beijing University of Chinese Medicine American Alumni Association, president of American Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine and director of Chinese Acupuncture and Herbs Center in Florida. He has given more than 200 lectures and seminars at state, national and international conferences. He has published more than 40 professional papers and 20 medical books as an author or co-author.


Mei Wang, MMed (China), PhD (China), DiplAc/CH, LAc

Mei Wang received her Ph.D. in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Shangdong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (China). She loves the emphasis on prevention, balance and natural healing that is intrinsic to the Chinese medical art.

She has been practicing acupuncture and TCM for 28 years and Korean Hand Therapy for 8 years. Wang is a professor at the College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at Northwestern Health Sciences University, where she teaches Chinese Herbal Medicine, Materia Medica, Tai Ji and Qigong.


Jinming Yue, BS (China), DiplAc/CH, LAc

Jinming Yue is from a family of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioners. Under the influence of his father’s success in treating patients, he chose it as his career. He loves its holistic theory of correspondence between human and the universe, natural healing and balance theory.

He has practiced acupuncture and TCM for more than 28 years and has been performing Korean Hand Therapy (KHT) since 2008. He is currently an associate professor at the College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at Northwestern Health Sciences University, teaching Advanced Diagnosis, Korean Hand Therapy and Tai Ji. Yue also supervises student interns in the teaching clinic.


Guoping Zheng, MD (China), MS, LAc

Guoping Zheng is a master herbalist and acupuncturist specializing in infertility and general women’s health. She has been studying and practicing Traditional Chinese Medicine for 38 years. She earned a bachelor's degree from the Fujian College of TCM in China in 1980. After two years of general practice, she attended Hubei College of TCM and received her master's degree in TCM OB/GYN in 1982. She studied and worked with the famous TCM expert Professor Huang Shengwu. In 1986, she enrolled in a doctoral program at Guangzhou University of TCM, the leading program in China studying the use of herbs in women’s reproductive endocrinology.

Dr. Zheng also had the great honor to study and work with Professor Luo Yuankai, the renowned TCM OB/GYN and fertility expert. Through her 38 years of study, research and practice - along with learning, gathering and combining many experts’ special experience - Dr Zheng has created a comprehensive treatment approach that combines acupuncture, traditional Chinese herbal medicine and cupping therapy for each individual infertility and OB/GYN patient, very often creating great results.

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