By Joslyn Williams
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine is celebrating 25
years of ancient wisdom, family legacy, and modern medicine.
The University was founded by brothers, Dr. Daoshing Ni and Dr. Mao
Shing Ni, who come from an uninterrupted line of 38 generations of
Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners.
When they founded Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine,
the brothers said they made a pledge to pass on the teachings of their
father, grandfather, and ancient teachings of Chinese Medicine to future
generations – to provide you with a place of learning based on the
guiding principles of Taoism, where you may explore your own spiritual
growth as an integral part of learning the healing arts.
Dr. Mao and Dr. Dao maintain a busy practice in Santa Monica (the Tao
of Wellness) and continue as faculty members and members of the Board
of Trustees of the University.
One of the distinguishing qualities of Yo San University is that its
master’s program graduates consistently achieve the highest pass rate on
the California Acupuncture Examination.
The four-year master’s degree program leads to eligibility for taking the California Acupuncture Licensure Exam.
Upon passing that exam graduates may practice Traditional Chinese
Medicine independently. The Doctoral program is a two-year advanced
specialty program for current practitioners offering two unique
specialties – Reproductive Medicine and Healthy Aging/Longevity. Both
programs emphasize integrative medicine, so that graduates are prepared
for working collaboratively with Western health care professionals.
In California acupuncturists are considered to be primary care
providers, and Yo San University graduates are frequently the preferred
healthcare providers of individuals who are aware of the benefits of the
time-tested techniques of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Both the Master’s and Doctoral programs are quality and rigorous
courses of study including intensive face-to-face didactic and carefully
supervised clinical experiences. Both programs are fully accredited.
Yo San University also operates an on-campus Community Clinic located
in the Venice/Marina del Rey area at 13315 W. Washington Boulevard, Los
It offers more than 21,000 low cost treatments each year. Clinical
services are also rendered free-of-cost at six externship sites in the
community including: Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Venice Family
Clinic, WISE & Healthy Aging in Santa Monica, Visions Adolescent
Treatment Center in Brentwood, Virginia House Care Center in Tarzana and
Being Alive in West Hollywood.
Community education regarding the benefits of complementary medicine is another high priority goal of Yo San University.
One of the ways that the University accomplishes that goal is through
its annual conferral of the Robert Graham Visionary Award to an
outstanding high profile individual who has made significant
contributions to humanity, and who is also an advocate for Traditional
Named for the late international sculptor and spouse of actress
Anjelica Huston, the award is presented at the University’s annual gala
fund raising event. Recent recipients of the award have been Danny
DeVito and Rhea Perlman (2009), Sela Ward (2011), Robert Downey, Jr.
(2012) and Debbie Allen (2013).
Yo San University indeed is a place where creativity, constructive
learning, and positive qi are cultivated. With a perspective of
facilitating harmony and balance students learn a full range of
Traditional Chinese Medicine techniques to restore wellness to others.
For more information, visit www.yosan.edu.
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