I began my studies of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in the mid 1970's with Martha Benedict, a student of Miriam Lee [whose arrest for practicing medicine without a license in the early 1970's led to the state implementing licensing for acupuncturists] and one of the first caucasians to be licensed to practice acupuncture in California. I continued studying acupuncture and Chinese Medicine with teachers in the Bay Area. I also went to Oakland's Merritt College and obtained my degree and licensure in nursing as an RN in 1980. I then attended the first class of the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, completing the program in early 1983. Martha Benedict was one of the founders of the college, along with Yat K Lai and C S Cheung. Dr Lai was involved in the initial development of acupuncture licensure in California and still practices in San Francisco. Dr Cheung is a well known translator of Chinese Medical materials into English, and only recently retired from translating and teaching, in his 80's. My first serious tai ji quan and qi gong teacher, Fong Ha was also involved as a translator at the American College of TCM.
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