Academic Advisory Board

Wongu University of Oriental Medicine



Jennifer Brett, ND, LAc

Dr. Jennifer Brett, ND, L.Ac. is the founding director of the UB Acupuncture Institute. She graduated in 1987 from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine and graduated in 1988 from the Tri-State College of Acupuncture. She is currently the chair of two Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM) Committees (CCAOM Distance Learning Committee and CCAOM Research Committee) and a member of the ACCAHC (Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care) Clinical Working Group.

Dr. Brett worked to create an acupuncture degree programs in which students and graduates become caring and responsible citizens and skilled healthcare professionals. It is Dr. Brett’s vision that acupuncturists become respected members of the healthcare community in all its various functions, from acute in-patient care to chronic, ambulatory care, research, and training.

Dong Ji, Ph.D., L.Ac. (CA)

Dr. Dong Ji began his education in traditional Chinese medicine at Beijing University of Chinese Medicine in 1991 and received his medical degree after a five-year program focused on both Chinese and Western clinical medicine. Because of the enthusiasm for the discovery of basis of acupuncture, he went to the Neuroscience Research Institute at Peking University and received his Ph.D. under Professor Ji-Sheng Han who had been consecutively founded by National Institutes of Health (NIH, the U.S.) R01 grants for the research on neurobiological basis of pain relief by acupuncture.

Dr. Ji studied Chinese medicine classics in a master-disciple program supported by the government of China with Master Tan, who was elected as one of the Famous and Veteran Physicians of Chinese Medicine. In this special program, Dr. Ji focused his study on Shang Han Lun lineage school and Taoism Chinese medicine.

Dr. Ji has his private practice and also teaches Chinese medicine classics for doctoral programs in several Oriental medical schools in California. He also teaches Chinese Internal Herbal Medicine and other courses (Neurology and Orthopedics). He teaches and supervises UCLA 4th year medical school students and clinic fellows with integrative medicine courses.

Dr. Ji was the editor-in-chief of The World of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the assistant-editor of Chinese Journal of Pain Medicine. He presently serves as a reviewer for the journal of Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior (published by Elsevier). He has been a commissioner for the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) of the U.S. Department of Education since 2013. Dr. Ji teaches Classical Oriental medicine texts at Wongu.

Yihyun Kwon, PhD, DC, MSOM, LAc

Dr. Kwon is one of the pioneers in integrative medicine, both by his training and in his history of leadership within the MSAc and MSOM programs at NUHS. He earned both a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in microbiology from Chung Ang University in Seoul. Afterwards, he studied diabetes and cancer at the Yeonsei University in Seoul and at the University of Calgary in Canada, and worked in a research lab for eight years.

In 1998, he moved to Chicago and simultaneously studied for and received both a doctor of chiropractic degree from National University of Health Sciences as well as a master’s degree in acupuncture and oriental medicine from Midwest College of Oriental Medicine in 2002. In 2010, Dr. Kwon earned his PhD from Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Dr. Kwon is an Associate Professor of Clinical Sciences at National University of Health Sciences.

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