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Faculty Snapshots

Selected from a community of prominent Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western medicine practitioners, teachers, authors and international lecturers in the United States, China and Taiwan, the faculty at FBU is dedicated to being at the forefront of teaching and provide a supportive learning environments, both in academic and clinical experiences for students to graduate as competent TCM practitioners.

Anna Goldfarb

M.S., L.Ac.,

Assistant Professor

Anna Goldfarb, assistant professor at Five Branches University, is greatly valued for her passion in teaching students to become competent doctors in both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Western Medicine. Her skillful integration of the two medicines allows patients to benefit from the best of both worlds.

Ching Ching Chi

L.Ac., Ph.D., DAOM


What is Traditional Chinese Medicine? How does Acupuncture work? What does it mean to say that your body is your best doctor? Ching Ching Chi is a DAOM, Ph.D. Graduate of Zhejiang TCM University, and a licensed acupuncturist and herbalist in the state of California. Ching specializes in pain management, Diabetes and its complications, stroke rehabilitation, cancer care, and autoimmune diseases.

Jeffrey Pang

L.Ac., M.D. (China)

Senior Professor

Did you know you can find medicinal herbs growing along the trails you hike? Engage in our community where common interests in herbal medicine and holistic lifestyles unite. Professor Pang has been a principal member of the Five Branches’ faculty since 1984. Professor Pang leads as Head of the Theory and Herbology Department and he reviews and develops the Chinese medicine curriculum at Five Branches.

Lucy Hu

L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.(NCCAOM), M.D. (China)

Senior Professor

Lucy Hu graduated from the Chinese Acupuncture Medical Institute of Hong Kong in 1982 with diplomas in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. With three decades of medical experience and specialization in pediatrics, professor Hu teaches in the departments of TCM Clinical Medicine and TCM Clinical Training in our DTCM/MTCM program. She is also a faculty member in our DAOM program.

Thomas Leichardt


Thomas Leichardt, L.Ac teaches medical qigong, energetic medicine, and core mysticism at Five Branches University,   while offering energetic healing sessions to his students and clients. He began his study and practice of medical qigong in 1999 and completed the highest level of training and certification from the International Institute of Medical Qigong at the Henan University of TCM in 2006.

Ron Zaidman

MBA, MTCM, Doctoral Fellow

President and CEO

A warm welcome to prospective students from our University President, Ron Zaidman. “Education at Five Branches University prepares graduates for independent practice and a successful career. Chinese Medicine has gained an edge in the treatment of chronic health conditions where pharmaceutical and modern medicine have yet found a solution.”

George Lu

L.Ac. Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)


Learn what’s vital for a successful treatment from George Lu. George interned at Shu Guan Hospital in Shanghai, China. He trained in Dr. Shi style Orthopedic Tuina along with other specialties including internal medicine, advanced acupuncture techniques, and gynecology. George has practiced in Canada and Southern California and opened his first clinic in Cupertino in 1995. He specializes in sports injury, Tuina, and fertility.

Fengli Lan



“If you know how Chinese Medicine is constructed, it is easier to develop it based on your own knowledge and clinical experiences.” Learn from Dr. Fengli Lan who has over 20 years of professional experience in Chinese Medicine, and published 24 books and numerous peer-reviewed journals.