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Arar, Ilija

Associate Professor

Basic Sciences
Phone: 315-568-3082
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- D.C., New York Chiropractic College, 2000
- M.Ed., Syracuse University, 2006
- B.S., McMaster University, 1994

Biosketch:

Dr. Ilija Arar graduated from McMaster University in 1994 with a degree in Honors Biology. He worked as an analytical chemist for Fine Analysis Laboratories in Hamilton, Ontario where he was responsible for monitoring oil and water soluble vitamin concentrations in most commercially available neutraceutical preparations on the market today. Dr. Arar matriculated at New York Chiropractic College in 1997, and was hired by the college immediately following graduation in 2001. In 2006 he received a Master’s of Science in College Education from Syracuse University. He is currently employed full time as an assistant professor instructing classes in human gross anatomy as well as physiopathology for both the D.C. and AOM programs. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he has also conducted research in the area of musculoskeletal physiology, with an emphasis on elucidating models of inflammation as well as physiological effects of manual therapy on skeletal muscle.

 

Balliett, Mary E

Professor

Basic Sciences
Phone: 315-568-3292
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- D.C., New York Chiropractic College, 1988
- M.S., New York Chiropractic College, 2008
- B.S., Cornell University, 1976

Biosketch:

Dr. Mary Balliett is a full-time Professor in the Department of Basic Sciences at NYCC. She is the former Acting Dean of the School of Applied Clinical Nutrition at New York Chiropractic College. Currently, she teaches courses in Biochemistry, Systems Physiology in the D.C. program and Chemistry course in the AOM program. In addition, she is involved with nutritional and other research projects in the Research Department. She has been a practicing chiropractor for 26 years. She is a 1988 magna cum laude graduate from the D.C. program and graduated with honors in 2008 from the MSACN program at New York Chiropractic College. Her B.S. in Biology was granted by Cornell University in 1976 with a concentration in biochemistry.

 

Barr, Deborah A.

Professor

Basic Sciences
Phone: 315-568-3217
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- Sc.D., Boston University, 1988
- M.S., Texas A & M University, 1982
- B.S., Colorado State University, 1979

Biosketch:

Dr. Barr is a Professor in the Department of Basic Sciences at New York Chiropractic College, providing instruction to the professional degree programs of New Your Chiropractic College and the Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Her doctorate is in Applied Anatomy and Physiology from Boston University, and earned a Master’s of Science degree from Texas A&M University and a Bachelors of Science from Colorado State University. Dr. Barr has been a full time faculty member at NYCC since 1991, was the Departmental Chair for seven years, and has teaching responsibilities in neuroanatomy laboratories, musculoskeletal physiopathology and the physiology course series in the AOM program. Dr. Barr is a member of the American Physiological Society and professionally has been very active in medical education as she is a charter member of the International Association of Medical Science Educators, served two terms as Secretary and as a member of the Board of Directors of IAMSE.

 

Bloom, Lisa K.

Assistant Dean of Preclinical Chiropractic Education/Professor

Chiropractic Clinical Sciences
Phone: 315-568-3180
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- Ph.D., Concordia University, 2017
- D.C., New York Chiropractic College, 1990
- B.Mus., Ithaca College, 1983

Biosketch:

Lisa K. Bloom, D.C., Ph.D., is the Assistant Dean of Preclinical Chiropractic Education and a Professor in the Clinical Sciences Department at New York Chiropractic College. She earned a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from New York Chiropractic College and a Ph.D. from Concordia University Chicago. Dr. Bloom is a Fellow and Diplomate of the International Academy of Chiropractic Neurology and holds a Diplomate in Applied Chiropractic Sciences. Dr. Bloom has been the featured speaker at conferences in 46 states in the U.S., as well as the keynote speaker at many international conferences. A multiple winner of the Faculty Excellence Award, Dr. Bloom serves as a member of the examining board of the International Academy of Chiropractic Neurology. Dr. Bloom is the creator of the YouTube NeuroDocUniverse channel which is utilized worldwide and is focused on improving clinical mastery in neurological examination and diagnosis.

 

Callahan, Erica

Assistant Professor

Health Centers
Phone: 315-568-3293
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- D.C., New York Chiropractic College, 2007
- M.S., New York Chiropractic College, 2010
- B.S., Roberts Wesleyan College, 2004

 

Easton, Darlene

Associate Professor

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Phone: 315-568-3107
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- BPS/ MS, New York College of Health Professions, 2002
- BPS/ MS, New York College of Health Professions, 2000
- M.S., New York Chiropractic College, 2011
- B.A., SUNY Stony Brook, 1989
- A.A., SUNY Farmingdale, 1987

Biosketch:

Darlene Easton M.S., L.Ac, NCCAOM Diplomate Oriental Medicine, Associate Professor and Practitioner of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine has been teaching and in practice since 1998. Ms. Easton received her undergraduate degree from Stoneybrook University in 1992 and her Master’s in Oriental Medicine from the New York College of Health Professions in 1998. As part of her undergraduate education, Ms. Easton spent over one year studying Chinese Language at Nankai University, Tianjin, and People’s Republic of China. Since earning her Master’s degree, she visits China yearly, leading educational programs and taking time to further her own studies in acupuncture and herbal medicine. Ms. Easton has earned multiple post-graduate and advanced training certificates in Oriental Medicine from the prestigious Guangzhou University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and from Zhejiang University’s Provincial Hospital in Hangzhou. In 2011, Ms. Eaton expanded her education and earned her masters in Applied Clinical Nutrition from NYCC. She brings all this knowledge and experience to the classroom and to her patients, furthering both the education and practice of OM and nutrition in the United States. Ms. Easton is a full-time faculty at the New York Chiropractic College’s, School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She teaches courses in basic and advanced Oriental Medicine Theory, Clinical Skills, Eastern Diet and Nutritional Therapy and has served as a supervisor of student interns in the College’s integrative and hospital clinics. She has a well established private practice at the Seneca Falls Integrative Health Center.

 

Ergil, Kevin V.

Professor

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Phone: 315-568-3211
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- DCAM, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 2016
- M.A., University of Washington, 1986
- M.S., American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 1989
- B.A., University of California, 1983

Biosketch:

Dr. Kevin V. Ergil is a Professor at the Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine of NYCC. He has been a practicing acupuncturist (licensed in New York and California), and herbalist since 1990. His research and clinical interests have extended into the areas of chronic immunodeficiency disorders, women’s health, and harm reduction acupuncture. He was co-chair of the Overview Panel for the Workshop on Acupuncture sponsored by NIH in 1994 and presented on Acupuncture Licensure, Training, and Certification in the United States at the NIH Consensus Development Conference on Acupuncture in 1997. He has served as a director of the Society for Acupuncture Research. His current interests include safety and efficacy issues related to single substance phytopharmacy, drug-herb interaction and toxicity issues in Chinese herbal medicine, and the assessment of clinical outcomes in complementary and alternative therapies. Mr. Ergil is a past president of the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, San Francisco (1990-1992) and the founding Dean of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, New York Campus (1992-1998). He was Director of Research and Chair of the Department of Acupuncture at the New York College for Health Professions. From 2000 – 2006 he was the Director of the Graduate Program in Oriental Medicine in the School of Health Sciences at Touro College (2000-2006). He was awarded the title Founding Director of the Touro College GPOM in 2006. As a representative to the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from 1991 to 2000 he chaired the Research Information Committee and the Core Curriculum Committee. At the FLSAOM Mr. Ergil teaches courses in Oriental Medicine Theory & Diagnosis, Acupuncture Techniques, Chinese Materia Medica, Chinese Prepared Medicines, Medical Research and Botanical Medicine & Chinese Medicine Pharmacognosy & Toxicology. Mr. Ergil has published extensively in a variety of areas. Most recently he has completed 3 chapters, for the 5th Edition of Fundamentals of Complementary and Alternative Medicine. He and Marnae Ergil are coauthors of the Pocket Atlas of Chinese Medicine (2009).

 

Ergil, Marnae C.

Academic Coordinator/Professor

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Phone: 315-568-3685
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- DCAM, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 2016
- M.A., University of Washington, 1988
- M.S., Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 1999
- B.A., Middlebury College, 1985

Biosketch:

Marnae C. Ergil is a Professor at the Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Her interest in China dates to 1981 when she began studying Chinese language at Middlebury College, where she received her BA in East Asian Studies. Ms. Ergil received her Master’s degree in Anthropology in 1989 and was funded by the National Academy of Sciences to study the education of practitioners of Chinese medicine in China. From 1991 – 92 she lived and studied in Tianjin, China where she attended the 1st year of Chinese medical school, completing her coursework in Chinese. She received her Master’s in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. While a student at PCOM, Professor Ergil translated Practical Diagnosis in Traditional Chinese Medicine, published by Churchill Livingstone. She is also the co-author of the Pocket Atlas of Chinese Medicine, published by Thieme Publications, and the co-translator of Jiao Shu-De’s Ten Lectures on the Use of Chinese Medicinals published by Paradigm Publications. She has also published in numerous journals. She has been teaching at schools of Chinese medicine in the United States since 1989. Professor Ergil has taught courses in Chinese Medical Classics (On Cold Disease Shang Han Lun; Warm Disease Theory Wen Bing; Classic on the Spleen & Stomach Pi Wei Lun), Fundamental Theory, Diagnostic Methods, Pattern Identification, Channels & Points, Channel Theory, Case Studies, Disease Patterns and Materia Medica. At the Finger Lakes School of Oriental Medicine, she teaches in all areas of the program. Professor Ergil was the Chair of the Dept. of Oriental Medicine and the Clinic Director at the New York College of Health Sciences and the Chair of the Acupuncture Dept. at Touro College. At the Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine she served as the Academic Coordinator. Professor Ergil has had an active private practice in New York since 1997. She has received advanced clinical training in Chinese medicine dermatology, acupuncture in labor and delivery and the treatment of infertility. She completed her Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in 2016. At the FLSAOM she practices in the Seneca Falls Health Center. While her practice is a general practice, she specializes in the treatment of children, gynecological conditions and skin conditions.

 

Garrison, Philip G.

Dean of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine/Assistant Professor

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Phone: 315-568-3172
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- MTCM, Five Branches University, 2009
- DAOM, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, 2014
- B.A., Pomona College, 2001

 

Herbert, Paul W.

Instructor

Chiropractic Clinical Sciences
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- D.C., New York Chiropractic College, 2014
- M.S., New York Chiropractic College, 2016
- B.S., Texas A & M University, 2010

 

Li, Aizhong

Professor

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Phone: 315-568-3177
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- Ph.D., Heilongjiang University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 2008
- M.Sc., Heilongjiang University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 1984
- B.Sc., Heilongjiang University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, 1978

Biosketch:

Dr. Aizhong Li is a full Professor in FLSAOM of NYCC. She started to work for NYCC since 2004 as a full time faculty, teaching many TCM courses. Additionally, she has served as a faculty clinician at the college’s outpatient health center acupuncture clinic in Rochester New York up to the date. Dr. Li has published more than 40 papers and books in both Chinese and English and presented in many national and international conferences. Dr. Aizhong Li received her Chinese medicine education from the Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine (HLJUCM) in China. She was appointed as a full time faulty in HLJUCM, engaged in research, teaching and practice started in 1984. In 1992, she came to USA as a visiting scholar at Brown University. From 1993 to 1996, she was working as a senior postdoctoral research fellow for Harvard University, Harvard Medical School. From 1997 to 2004, Aizhong established her private practice in Toronto Canada, meanwhile, she worked as a full time faculty member in The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences (TMI) to teach and also served as an acupuncture clinic supervisor in the Wasser Pain Management Center of Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto.

 

Mittak, Veronica L.

Associate Professor

Basic Sciences
Phone: 315-568-3120
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- D.H.Ed., ATSU School of Health Management, 2009
- M.P.H., ATSU School of Health Management, 2006
- M.S., Walden University, 2014
- B.A., University of Wisconsin, 1985

 

Pingicer, Michael G.

Asisstant Professor

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Phone: 315-568-3314
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- M.S., Touro College, 2006
- B.A., The College of William and Mary, 1999

Biosketch:

Mr. Pingicer is an Associate Professor and the AOM Clinic Director at the Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine of New York Chiropractic College. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from The College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA in 1999. He earned a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine, from Touro College in New York City in 2005. Following graduation, Mr. Pingicer established and maintained busy private Oriental Medicine practices in Brooklyn and Manhattan where he practiced for close to a decade before coming to NYCC in 2014. While in clinical practice in NYC, he served as an adjunct faculty member in the Oriental Medicine program at Touro College. Mr. Pingicer is certified in Sports Medicine Acupuncture® and Zheng Gu Tui Na (Chinese medical bodywork) and is certified with the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association and Acupuncturists Without Borders. As a full-time faculty member at the Finger Lakes School, he teaches in the classroom and supervises in the clinics. He is an experienced clinical supervisor, point location and herb teacher and teaches an advanced treatment of painful conditions elective. As AOM Clinic Director, he coordinates and oversees all aspects of clinical education for the Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine at all four AOM clinic locations.

 

Plezbert, Julie A.

Professor

Chiropractic Clinical Sciences
Phone: 315-568-3195
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- D.C., National College of Chiropractic, 1986
- B.S., George Williams College, 1980
- B.S., National College of Chiropractic, 1984
- A.S., College Of Dupage, 1977

 

Gigliotti, Maria C.

Adjunct Instructor

Department: Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
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- M.S.W., Syracuse University, 2001
- B.S.W., Rochester Institute of Technology, 1993 

 

Isacks, Bryan L.

Adjunct Assistant Professor

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Phone: 315-568-3113
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- M.S., New York Chiropractic College, 2007
- B.A., North Carolina School of Arts, 1998

 

Biosketch:

Mr. Bryan Isacks, L.Ac. graduated from NYCC's School of AOM with an M.S. in Acupuncture in 2007, and completed his M.S. in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2008. He was the recipient of the Golden Needle Award, as well as the Award for Clinical Excellence in the M.S.A. program. Mr. Isacks has been in private practice outside of Ithaca, NY since the summer of 2007, and currently maintains a forty patient per week caseload. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member for the Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine of NYCC where he teaches Tai Ji Quan and Qi Gong and assists in Channels & Points and Acupuncture Techniques. Mr. Isacks lives in Ovid, NY with his wife Andrea, his daughter Sophie, his son Ryder and too many dogs.

 

Legters, Fern M.

Adjunct Instructor

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Phone: 315-568-3205
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- M.S., New York Chiropractic College, 2012
- M.S., New York Chiropractic College, 2012
- B.S., SUNY Institute of Technology, 1989
- A.A.S., Cayuga Community College, 1987

 

Murante, Julie R.

Adjunct Instructor

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
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- M.S., New York Chiropractic College, 2006
- M.S., New York Chiropractic College, 2007
- B.S., Castleton State College, 1994


Biosketch:

Julie Murante has been a practicing Acupuncturist (licensed in NY) since 2006. Ms. Murante earned her undergraduate degree from Castleton State College in 1994. She earned her Master’s in Acupuncture in 2006, and her Master’s in Oriental Medicine in 2007 from the Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Upon graduating, Ms. Murante joined the FLSAOM’s faculty as an Instructor. She has done trainings in Detox at the Lincoln Hill Hospital in the Bronx, NY and has worked at the Finger Lakes Addiction Crisis Referral Agency in Clifton Springs, NY and the Veterans Administration Hospital in Canandaigua, NY. She is also one of the Co-founders of Rochester Community Acupuncture in Rochester, NY. In 2007, she completed an internship at the Zhejiang University’s Provincial Hospital in Hangzhou, China. In addition to acupuncture, Ms. Murante is a certified strength and conditioning specialist and a raw food nutrition specialist.