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.
Our curriculum is structured so that all faculty will teach each group of students at some point during the program, when possible, as faculty are recruited on the basis of availability for each Intensive or Weekend.
Mary Able Lic.Ac. (US), B.A., M.Ac., D.Ac., Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM),CMT, NCTMB Primary Acupuncture Faculty, Supervisor, Guest Faculty - Skin Palpation, Chair of the BoardMary earned her Licentiate of Acupuncture in 2006, and her Masters of Acupuncture in 2007 from ITEA. She earned her Doctorate in Acupuncture from Pacific College of Health and Science in 2020. 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 also 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.
Kelly Brock Clinical Nutritionist, M.S., Western Science Guest FacultySince January 2020, Kelly Brock had served as adjunct faculty at Farmingdale State College teaching Sports Nutrition, Medical Terminology, Nutrition Communication, Research in Health Sciences and Nutrition Science Seminar. In Fall 2021, Kelly was asked to be of service in the University in the High School (UHS) Faculty Liaison position. In addition, Kelly is a guest lecturer for the Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture and its Master of Acupuncture program. Furthermore, in the Spring of 2021 - Kelly consulted on legal case about proper nutrition protocols. She holds a Master's degree with Honors in Applied Clinical Nutrition from Northeast College of Health Sciences (formerly New York Chiropractic College), a cum laude Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science with a minor in Dance from Hofstra University and an Associate in Arts from Nassau Community College. She was the recipient of the Lucille Nathanson Memorial Dance Scholarship. In August 2018, Kelly represented the Applied Clinical Nutrition program for New York Chiropractic College in a testimonial that depicted her dedication to the field of nutrition, her involvement in research projects and her plans to expand her practice to place emphasis on nutrition related to mental health. She has been a featured personal trainer on News 12 Long Island, is a registered 200-hour yoga teach (RYT-200). Previously, she was certified as a American College Sports Medicine personal trainer (ACSM-PT) and group fitness instructor via International Fitness Trainers of America (IFTA).
Jane Cohen Adv.Lic.Ac. (UK), Lic.Ac., B.A., M.Ac., Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM), Certified Zero Balancing Clinical SupervisorJane 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.
Allison Dodge Lic.Ac., B.A., M.Ac., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM) Primary Acupuncture FacultyAllie 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, and faculty member. She is also certified in Mind-Body Medicine and has been leading and facilitating Mind-Body Skills Groups since 2011.
Melissa Durgin Lic.Ac., M.Ac., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM) Traditional Chinese Medicine, Guest FacultyMelissa 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.
Amy Houlihan Lic. Ac., M.Ac., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM) Acupuncture FacultyAmy graduated from ITEA in the summer of 2019, with a Master’s in Five -Element Acupuncture and is now practicing in Old Town Lafayette, CO. Her practice is located in an old stone home she renovated which houses 6 treatment rooms and many alternative healing practitioners, named Stone House Health. Amy is currently a teaching faculty member at ITEA where she is also a Board member. She is very passionate about Five Element Acupuncture and continues to be amazed by its affects on people’s health.
Beth Kearns Lic.Ac., M.Ac., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM), Certified Advanced Neuro-Structural Integration Technique Primary Acupuncture FacultyBeth 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. She joined the ITEA faculty in 2011 and supervises in the student clinic. Her acupuncture practice is in Boulder, CO.
Kelly Kessen Lic. Ac., B.S., M. Ac., M.S., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM) Primary Acupuncture FacultyKelly Kessen is a licensed Classical Five-Element Acupuncturist and Functional Medicine Practitioner in Boulder, CO. Kelly is passionate about helping people incorporate their innate connection with nature into their daily lives, which stems from her immense love and respect for the natural world. She spends as much time outside as possible, learning from the expressions of the five elements. Kelly earned her Masters Degree in Classical Five-Element Acupuncture from the Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture (ITEA) in Louisville, CO, where she now has the honor of being a faculty member. She enjoys teaching through a body-centered approach, finding unique ways for students to integrate what they are learning.
Tom Kirby Adv.Lic.Ac. (UK), Lic.Ac., B.A., Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM) Primary Acupuncture Faculty, Clinical SupervisorTom 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.
Joshua Marrow Lic.Ac., M.Ac., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM) Primary Acupuncture FacultyJosh received his Masters in Acupuncture form ITEA in 2006 and has been in private practice continuously since graduation. He currently practices Classical Five Element Acupuncture in Minneapolis, MN, previously practicing in Boulder, CO and New York, NY. Josh attended The University of California, Berkeley and The University of Wisconsin, Madison graduating with an Honors BA in Philosophy. He was also a founding board member of the Hannah Arendt Center for Politics and Humanities at Bard College.
Jim McCormick B.Ac., M.Ac. (UK); Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM); B.A. Guest Faculty – Zero BalancingIn 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.
Mary Ellen Metke
Mary Ellen Metke M.Ac. (US), D.Ac., Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM) Primary Acupuncture Faculty, Clinical DirectorMary Ellen graduated from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute in Columbia, Maryland, in 1989, and studied with J.R. Worsley from 1988 until his death. Since 1990 she has been in private practice in Boulder, Colorado. She has also been employed by Longmont United Hospital in the Health Center for Integrated Therapies program, which offered acupuncture care. She continues her acupuncture study with Judy Worsley and Hilary Skellon. Mary Ellen 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.
Jennifer Nuncio Lic. Ac., M.Ac., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM), LPC Acupuncture Faculty
Jennifer graduated with a B.A. in Psychology in 1997 and then her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Colorado - Denver in 2003. After fifteen years working as a Licensed Professional Counselor, she graduated with her second Master’s degree in Classical Five-Element Acupuncture from the Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture (ITEA) in Louisville, Colorado in 2018. Jennifer has been in private practice since then offering a variety of modalities that work with the varied and complex levels of the whole person. Her work with clients includes acupuncture, counseling, and energy and spiritual healing from Indigenous medicine practices. She is currently on faculty at ITEA and will begin a new role of teaching assistant at Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado this spring teaching Classical Five-Element Acupuncture at both institutions. She is passionate about supporting the return to health in mind, body, and spirit for individuals to live in accordance with their true nature and finding their bliss.
Kathleen Robinson Weston Lic. Ac., B.Ac., B.A. Acupuncture FacultyKathleen has devoted her adult life to the practice of Classical Five Element Acupuncture while raising two boys, now remarkable young men. She has served both as a clinical supervisor and a primary faculty member at ITEA since 1996. Following graduation for Berea College in Berea, Kentucky (BA, Religion), she soon was called to the medicine and began to study with JR Worsley in Leamington Spa, England. Kathleen earned her BA in Acupuncture in the first class from the Worsley Institute of Classical Acupuncture (WICA I) in 1990, and continued study with JR until his death in 2003. She established her own private practice and treated patients until its sale in 2019. Kathleen was employed at the Center for Integrated Therapies (Longmont United Hospital), 1996 - 2007. Although retired from full time practice, Kathleen’s devotion to education and learning continues.
Elisabeth Rochat Guest Faculty - Chinese History and PhilosophyElisabeth, 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.
Ty Romijn Lic.Ac., M.Ac., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM) Adjunct Acupuncture FacultyTy has been licensed to practice acupuncture since 2003, and has both a private practice and is a salaried Acupuncturist/Zero Balancer at Vineyard Complementary Medicine on Martha’s Vineyard, an island off the coast of Massachusetts. He received his degree from the Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture, and has been on the ITEA faculty since 2006. Ty was certified as a Zero Balancer, while attending ITEA in 2000. He has been on the ZBHA faculty, teaching both Core ZB, since 2012 and ZB expanded, addressing the organs and the skull, since 2019. Ty is passionate about supporting ITEA students in understanding how Zero Balancing can support their Acupuncture practice.
Randi Savage Lic. Ac., B.S., M.S., M. Ac., DAOM, R.N., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM) Primary Acupuncture Faculty, Dean of Students and Director of Western ScienceRandi earned her Masters in Classical Five Element Acupuncture and her Licentiate of Acupuncture from the Institute of Taoist Education & Acupuncture in 2006. She received her Doctorate in Acupuncture from Pacific College of Acupuncture in 2018. 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.
Hilary Skellon Lic. Ac. (UK), B. Ac. (UK), M.Ac. (UK), Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM) Primary Acupuncture Faculty, Academic Dean and Dean of FacultyAs the Academic Dean, Dean of Faculty and previous President of ITEA, Hilary 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 is J. R. Worsley's daughter. She is also Visionary on the Board of ITEA.
Terry Treece Lic.Ac., B.S., M.S., M.Ac., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM) Primary Acupuncture FacultyTerry earned her Masters in Classical Five-Element Acupuncture and her Licentiate of Acupuncture from the Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture in 2014. She continues to teach at ITEA since 2018. She received a Bachelors in Special Education/ Emotionally Disturbed in 1976 from Central State University, Edmond, Oklahoma, and a Masters in Special Education/ Learning Disabilities from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colorado in 1980. Terry taught Special Education for 15 years and Regular Education 4th and 5th grades for 18 years. Terry is a retired public school teacher who has had a private acupuncture practice since February of 2016. She works to support people’s body, mind and spirit on their journey to manifest their best life. Terry practices in Denver, Louisville and Silverthorne CO.