“She was excellent. She pushed me beyond my comfort zone and this challenged me to grow as a student and potential practitioner. Her stories of her life as an acupuncturist were inspiring and informative.” – ITEA Student


ITEA Faculty

The Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture is proud to offer an outstanding qualified international faculty. The core Classical Five-Element faculty have been awarded teaching certification through study with Professor J.R. Worsley and J.B. Worsley, and/or Hilary Skellon, daughter of Professor Worsley, in Classical Five-Element Acupuncture (CF-EA). It is hoped that all faculty will teach each group of students at some point during the program, but this may not be possible, as faculty is recruited on the basis of availability for each Intensive or Weekend.

To read more about any of ITEA’s faculty please click on a name below.

Mary Able
Lic.Ac. (US), M.Ac. (US), Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM),B.A.,CMT, NCTMB
Primary Acupuncture Faculty, Guest Faculty – Skin Palpation

Mary earned her Licentiate of Acupuncture in 2006, and her Masters of Acupuncture in 2007 from ITEA. She practices Classical Five-Element Acupuncture in Lakewood, Colorado. She has had a practice in massage therapy, movement education and related bodywork emphasizing wellness in body, mind and spirit since 1996.Mary holds degrees and certifications from Colorado College, Colorado School of Healing Arts, The Trager Institute and The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork.

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Hadi Ali
M.Ac. (US), Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM),B.A.
Guest Faculty – Nutrition for Clients

Hadi studied naturopathic medicine at Bastyr University and University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine. He completed post-graduate studies in Craniosacral Therapy with The Milne Institute; Thai Massage, Acupuncture Injection Therapy and Mesotherapy at the Miami School of Medicine; Systemic Family Constellation Therapy with Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt; and Psychosynthesis Therapy. Hadi has degrees in Philosophy and English from Tufts University and a Masters in Acupuncture from the ITEA. He also served as Medical Director at the Integrative Medicine Foundation in New York City, a non-profit organization focusing on the research and development of traditional medicine in sub-Saharan Africa. He is currently pursuing a doctorate in Pharmaceutical sciences at the University of Colorado Denver Skaggs School of Pharmacy. Hadi teaches Nutrition for Clients, and Pharmacology at ITEA.

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Annette Bagnall
Lic.Ac. (UK); Adv.Lic.Ac. (UK), M.Ac. (UK), SRN, IRL
Primary Acupuncture Faculty

Annette graduated in 1993 with a Lic. Ac. from the College of Traditional Acupuncture in Leamington Spa, England. She obtained her Adv. Lic. Ac. in 1996 and her M. Ac. in 1998 from the same institution. She has two private practices in Dublin, Ireland. She obtained her degree as a Registered Nurse in 1972. Annette has been teaching Classical Five-Element Acupuncture since 1996, and has also taught at the College of Traditional Acupuncture and the School of Five Element Acupuncture in England. Annette was a member of the original Master Apprentice Program (MAP) with Judy Worsley, and continues to study with her. Annette has taught at ITEA since 2003.

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Suzanne Burnell
Lic.Ac.(UK), B.Ac. (UK), Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM); B.A.
Primary Acupuncture Faculty

Suzanne has been practicing Classical Five-Element Acupuncture since 1983, currently in Boulder, Colorado. She graduated from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute in Columbia, Maryland and the College of Traditional Acupuncture in England. She continues to study with Hilary Skellon, and is Past President of the Board of the Worsley Institute. Suzanne graduated from George Mason University in 1983 with a Bachelors degree in Health Sciences. Her teaching experiences include serving as a clinical supervisor with the Worsley Institute of Classical Acupuncture for six years, and teaching trainings and workshops since 1973. She has also taught at the Arica Institute. Suzanne’s experience was welcome when she joined the ITEA faculty in 1999.  She is working toward being the Lead Faculty member for the Practitioner’s Track.

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Jane Cohen
Adv.Lic.Ac. (UK), Lic.Ac.(US), M.Ac. (US), Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM), B.A., Certified Zero Balancing
Clinical Supervisor

Jane received degrees from the Worsley Institute of Classical Acupuncture in Miami, from the College of Traditional Acupuncture in England, and Vermont College. She has been in private practice since 1991, in Vail, Colorado, at Vail Sports Medicine Physical Therapy, and in Boulder, Colorado.

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James Damman
M.Ac.; Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM); B.S.; B.A., Cert. Zero Balancing
Primary Acupuncture Faculty, Clinical Supervisor, Deputy Clinical Director

James received his Master of Acupuncture degree from Tai Sophia in Maryland in 1995. He is also a certified practitioner of Zero Balancing. Prior to becoming an acupuncturist James earned two bachelors degrees from the University of Michigan in Industrial Engineering and Liberal Arts. James has private practices in Loveland and Louisville, Colorado. He began teaching at ITEA in 1999.

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Allison Dodge
Lic.Ac. (CO); Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM)
Primary Acupuncture Faculty, Clinical Supervisor

Allie Dodge has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan and a Masters Degree in Classical Five-Element Acupuncture from the Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture (ITEA) in Louisville, CO. She has had a private acupuncture practice since 2008, and currently sees clients at Pachamama Farm & Wellness in Longmont, CO. Allie is a clinic supervisor, faculty member, and serves as Faculty Representative to the Board at ITEA. She is also certified in Mind-Body Medicine and has been leading and facilitating Mind-Body Skills Groups since 2011.

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Melissa Durgin
L. Ac., Dipl. Ac.

Melissa received a Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Denver in 2011. In 2013, she also completed a three year Five Element certification program with Judi Terrill. Being somewhat familiar with Classical Five-Element Acupuncture is helpful when it comes to helping students prepare for their NCCAOM board exams.
Melissa maintains a private practice in Denver where she specializes in women’s health and emotional wellness. She has been blessed to teach at ITEA since 2013.

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Laurie Hill
M.Ac. (US), Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM), M.A.
Primary Acupuncture Faculty, Clinical Supervisor

Laurie has been in private practice since 1986, having graduated from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute in Columbia, Maryland. She received her M.A. degree from Lesley College Graduate School in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1988 and has served on ITEA’s faculty since 1998. Laurie currently enjoys her roles as Clinical Supervisor and Assistant Faculty Chair. As a member of the Master Apprentice Program (MAP) for many years, she is grateful for her advanced training with Judy Worsley and continues to deepen her understanding of CF-EA through her continuing education with both Judy and Hilary Skellon. Laurie currently practices in Aurora, Colorado. She began to teach at ITEA in 1998, bringing to that endeavor 12 years of teaching experience in Taiji and meditation, and five years experience teaching acupuncture students at the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture and for the Worsley Institute of Classical Acupuncture.

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Beth Kearns
Lic.Ac. (US), Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM), Certified Advanced Neuro-Structural Integration Technique
Primary Acupuncture Faculty

Beth received her Licentiate in Acupuncture from ITEA in 2005. She began practicing bodywork in 2001 when she received her advanced certification in Neuro-Structural Integration Technique. In addition to joining the ITEA faculty in 2011, Beth also teaches cleansing programs. She practices acupuncture in an integrative wellness center in Boulder, CO.

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Tom Kirby
Adv.Lic.Ac. (UK); Lic.Ac. (US), Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM), B.A.
Primary Acupuncture Faculty, Clinical Supervisor

Tom graduated from the Worsley Institute of Classical Acupuncture in Miami and the College of Traditional Acupuncture in England. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Colorado College in 1989. He has been practicing since 1993, and now has a private practice in Ft. Collins, Colorado. He continues his acupuncture study through Continuing Education fro Judy Worsley and Hilary Skellon. Tom has been teaching and supervising at ITEA since 1999. Prior to that he had four years teaching experience in the sports field.

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Sandra Lillie
Adv.Lic.Ac. (UK); Lic.Ac. (US), M.Ac. (US), Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM), B.A., Certified Zero Balancing; Certified Elementary Education
Primary Acupuncture Faculty, Clinical Supervisor, President

Sandra received her acupuncture degrees from the Worsley Institute of Classical Acupuncture and the College of Traditional Acupuncture in England. She has been in private practice in Boulder, Colorado since 1993. She is founder and President of ITEA, and a member of its Board of Directors. Sandra is a Master Apprentice of the lineage and continues to study with Judy Worsley and Hilary Skellon. She received her B.A. in Music from Colorado College in 1961, and certification in Elementary Education from the University of Colorado in 1974. She is also a certified practitioner of Zero Balancing, studies ancient Andean healing, and Taoism. She has been teaching at ITEA since its inception in 1996, and taught Qigong from 1993 – 1996.

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Jim McCormick
B.Ac., M.Ac. (UK); Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM); B.A.
Guest Faculty – Zero Balancing

In private practice since 1973, Jim received his Master of Acupuncture qualification from the College of Traditional Acupuncture in England, and his B.A. from Dartmouth College. He was the first person to be certified to teach Zero Balancing by its founder, Dr. Fritz Smith. Jim teaches the Zero Balancing Core I curriculum. Jim taught CF-EA for 25 years before coming to teach at ITEA in 2000. He has also taught Zero Balancing since 1979.

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Mary Ellen Metke
M.Ac. (US), Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM)
Primary Acupuncture Faculty, Clinical Supervisor

Mary Ellen graduated from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute in Columbia, Maryland, in 1989, and has studied with J.R. Worsley since 1988. Since 1990 she has been in private practice in Boulder, Colorado. She is also employed by Longmont United Hospital in the Health Center for Integrated Therapies program, which offers in and out patient acupuncture care. She continues her acupuncture study with Judy Worsley and Hilary Skellon. Mary Ellen is President of the Board of Directors of ITEA. She has studied Tai Chi for many years and has taught Tai Chi since 1988. She has taught and mentored local CF-EA students since 1990, and began teaching at ITEA in 2001.

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Claudia O’Neill
CMT, NCMTB
Guest Faculty – Skin Palpation

Claudia received her training from the Welbe College of Massage Therapy and has been in private practice in Boulder since 1992. Claudia has earned her National Certification in Therapeutic Massage. Her background includes a wide range of rich experiences, working with athletes to hospice patients. Claudia teaches touch and related health subjects at ITEA, where she attended the first two years of the program. She taught emotionally disturbed and mentally challenged children and did private tutoring for five years. She has been teaching at ITEA since 2000.

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Kathleen Robinson
B.Ac. (UK), Lic Ac.(US), Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM), B.A.

Kathleen is not teaching or supervising at this time, but may return when her schedule clears up more. She has been practicing since 1990, and now has a private practice in Denver and Castle Rock, Colorado. She received her degrees in Acupuncture from the Worsley Institute of Classical Acupuncture in Miami and the College of Traditional Acupuncture in England. She has continued her acupuncture study with Judy Worsley and Hilary Skellon. She also holds a B.A. in Religion, with emphasis in Philosophy from Berea College, Kentucky. In conjunction with acupuncture Kathleen helps her clients develop an awareness of its impact on the spirit as well as the body and mind. She joined the faculty of ITEA in 1998.

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Elisabeth Rochat
Guest Faculty – Chinese History and Philosophy

Elisabeth, scholar and teacher of ancient Chinese history and philosophy since 1982, was the primary lecturer and General Secretary of the Ricci Institute for many years, and is the senior lecturer for the European School of Acupuncture. She is a sinologist specializing in Classical Chinese language, Chinese classics, Chinese medicine and Taoism. She holds degrees in Philosophy and the Classics, and in Chinese Studies. She is co-author of many exquisite books on Chinese philosophy. She lectures internationally, enlightening students through explanation of the meanings of Chinese characters and their evolution through history. She began teaching at ITEA at its inception in 1996.

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Ty Romijn
M. Ac.(US), Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM)
Primary Acupuncture Faculty

Ty has been practicing since 2003, and has a private practice in Vinyard Haven, MA. He received his degree from the Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture, and has been on the ITEA faculty since 2006. He feels the study is a lifelong journey. Ty finds great joy in teaching this medicine and is grateful to have found it. He is a certified Zero Balancer and teacher, and also teaches Tung Family Tai Chi Chuan.

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Randi Savage
B.S., M.S., Dipl. Ac., M. Ac.
Primary Acupuncture Faculty, Clinical Supervisor

Randi earned her Masters in Classical Five Element Acupuncture and her Licentiate of Acupuncture from the Institute of Taoist Education & Acupuncture in 2006. She teaches and supervises at ITEA. She received a Bachelors in Nursing in 1987, and a Masters in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Randi is NADA certified, has studied functional medicine, and created the first Medical Reserve Corp for acupuncture as a national model.

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Hilary Skellon
Lic. Ac. (UK), B. Ac. (UK), M.Ac. (UK), Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)
Primary Acupuncture Faculty, Director, Clinical Director

Hilary is the Director of ITEA, and trains teachers to teach at ITEA. She earned her acupuncture degrees from the College of Traditional Acupuncture in England. She has been in private practice since 1981, and has been teaching Classical Five-Element Acupuncture since 1982. At the College of Traditional Acupuncture in England she worked as a senior teacher and clinical supervisor. From 1990-1994 she was also Vice-Principal of the college. She was on the faculty of the Worsley Institute of Classical Acupuncture in Miami, and until her move to the US in 1999, a faculty member of the School of Five Element Acupuncture in London. Hilary continues to study with Judy Worsley.

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Suzanne Williamson
D.C., B.A.
Guest Faculty Pathology, Medical Terminology, Western Medical Tests

Suzanne has practiced chiropractic since 1992. She now has a practice in Queretero, Mexico. A graduate of the Palmer College of Chiropractic West in San Jose, California, she graduated magna cum laude with honors in clinical excellence. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1983. Suzanne brought her teaching experience of 36 years to the ITEA faculty when she joined in 2002.

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Dr. Judy Worsley
Dr. Ac. (UK), Acupuncture Physician (FL), B.A., J.D.
Guest Faculty – Acupuncture

Dr. Worsley received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Washington University, St. Louis, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence, University of Miami Law School. Her acupuncture training began in England under the personal tutelage of Professor J.R. Worsley. In 1974 she gained her Licentiate in Acupuncture from the College of Traditional Chinese Acupuncture, UK. (CTA), her Bachelor of Acupuncture from CTA in 1978, her Master of Acupuncture in 1980 and Doctor of Acupuncture in 1983. Judy has been teaching WF-EA since 1975. Since the early 1980s she has, with her husband, Professor J.R. Worsley, traveled extensively across America conducting training seminars for students and practitioners as well as patient consultations. She has continued to do so since becoming Master of the lineage in 2003. In 1996, with Professor J.R. Worsley, Judy founded the original Master Apprentice Program (MAP). The program expanded to accept new students in 2001, and Judy teaches the ongoing program yearly, offering the highest level of training in the WF-EA tradition. She has been teaching at ITEA since 2000.

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