Faculty

CO-FOUNDER | CLINIC STAFF & FACULTY Kathleen Leavy holds an A.S. Degree in Biology and an A.S. Degree in Nursing. She has 12 years experience in critical care and dialysis. Kathleen is NCCAOM certified in acupuncture and herbology. In practice since 1992, Kathleen continues advanced studies...

CO-FOUNDER (Now Retired) – Leon Hammer, M.D., is a graduate of Cornell University, Cornell Medical College, and the William A. White Institute of Psychoanalysis and Psychiatry. In the early 1970’s, Dr. Hammer began a study of Chinese Medicine in England and traveled to study in...

CLINIC DIRECTOR & FACULTY Jerrod Fletcher graduated from Dragon Rises College in 2007 with a Bachelors of Health Sciences and Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He also holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from Harding University, AR. As Clinic Director, he oversees the activities of...

FACULTY Andrew Nichols, received a Doctor of Psychology degree from the Florida School of Professional Psychology, a Ph. D., in Psychology from LaSalle University, and certification in psychoanalysis from the Topeka Institute of Psychoanalysis. Dr. Nichols has taught psychology at several colleges and universities since...

FACULTY Claire Holland holds a Bachelors degree in music and in biology, as well as, a Masters degree in music from Western Michigan University. She received her M.D. from Creighton University School of Medicine in 1980. She has been a physician in a number of...

CLINIC STAFF & FACULTY Eduardo Alvarez is a graduate of the University of Florida in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. He has lead or directed several water, harpy eagle and gopher tortoise conservation projects in the Western hemisphere. He teaches at City College and has taught...

CLINIC STAFF & FACULTY Hamilton Rotte has a Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental medicine from American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco. He is NCCAOM certified in Herbal medicine. Hamilton studied in Hangzhou, China and completed post-graduate work in Chendgdu, specializing in...

CLINIC STAFF & FACULTY Vasanthi is a graduate from London University and Dragon Rises College (2004), and holds a Ph.D from the University of Cambridge, UK. She is Nationally Board Certified in both Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology. She started studying Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis in...

FACULTY Teresa Bruggeman holds a Bachelors of Nursing from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Masters of Acupuncture from the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture. She holds membership in Sigma Theta Tau, a nursing research fraternity. She has years of experience within the medical...

FACULTY Vickie Dyal holds an Associate of Arts degree from Sante Fe Community College, a Bachelors of Arts in Elementary Education from the University of Florida, and a Master’s of Elementary Education from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University. She is a 2017 graduate of Dragon...

FACULTY Dr. Khalid Shakoor holds a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine. He is a 2013 graduate of Dragon Rises College possessing a Bachelors of Health Sciences and Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He is a certified...

CLINIC STAFF & FACULTY Brandon Weintraub is a 2015 graduate of Dragon Rises College possessing a Bachelors of Health Sciences and Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He also holds a Bachelors of Arts in Classical Studies from the University of Florida. He has a...