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Bruce Ferguson, DVM, MS, CVA, CVCH

Dr. Ferguson received his MS in animal behavior in 1986 and his DVM in 1992 from the University of Florida.  He studied with IVAS in 1997 and began attending Chi Institute classes in 1998.  After he was certified in Veterinary Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine, he studied Tui-na in Beijing and, alongside Dr. Xie, developed the Veterinary Tui-na course now offered at the Chi Institute.  He has attended human acupuncture school and trains with experts in human TCM annually.  He has also trained and taught oriental martial and meditative arts for over 25 years and includes qigong practice in his lectures at the Chi Institute. After moving to Perth, Western Australia in 2007, Dr. Ferguson established the Western Australian TCVM Herbal Medicine course and became an adjunct senior lecturer at the Murdoch University School of Veterinary and Life Sciences.  He is the current president of the American Association of TCVM.

  Dr. Carolin Power BSc, BVMS, CVA, BHSc (acu)
Director of Chi Institute Australia 

Dr. Carolin Power received her Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery from Murdoch University in 1999.  After that she worked in general practice, as well as various emergency and critical care hospitals in Australia and United Kingdom.  When she discovered how much TCM enriched her own life, she decided to pursue this path in her veterinary career.  She received her certification through the Chi Institute in 2013 and has enjoyed running a small animal TCVM clinic since, which encompasses acupuncture, herbal medicine, food therapy, tui na and exercise therapy. She has also completed her Bachelor degree in acupuncture, and is now practicing TCM and TCVM in Adelaide, Australia. She joined the Chi Institute team as Administrator in 2014 and later became Director of Chi Institute Australia and is dedicated to sharing her passion for TCVM with all current and future veterinary acupuncturist.  



Dr. Aish Ryan

Aish graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2003. She spent a number of years in small animal clinics in Melbourne and London before feeling like a greater challenge was needed. Aish took a break from being a vet and worked briefly as a consultant and then worked for AQIS. Aishs love of animals drew her back to being a small animal vet and in 2010 she started Vets at Home mobile clinic in Melbourne.

As a mobile vet Aish was seeing a lot of geriatric patients and large dog lameness. In order to provide more treatment options for her patients she undertook the Chi Acupuncture course in 2012.   Aish was struck by the beauty of the Chinese medicine physiology, pathology, diagnosis and treatment. It was beautiful, it made sense and it worked! From here Aishs Chi course addiction began and she has gone on to do courses in Tui Na massage, Food Therapy and has started training in herbal medicine.

Aish loves being able to combine her veterinary and Chinese medicine knowledge for the best outcome for her patients. She has also found the knowledge has helped her make better decisions not only for her patients but for herself and her own pets.

  Dr. John Katakasi

He graduated from the University of Sydney in 1995 with second class honours. He has had a lifelong personal  involvement in elite level sport and both the horse and greyhound racing industries. He has always had an interest in physical conditioning and exercise physiology.

He was introduced to acupuncture and Chinese Medicine by accident while attending a lecture where discussion on treatments using acupuncture were discussed. After this he began reading and trying to understand points and treatments.

He undertook formal training in acupuncture and herbal medicine as he could see the benefit in these options in not only treating but also to prevent injuries, and to maintain performance. In February 2009  he received a Certification in Veterinary Acupuncture from the  International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. While still finishing this course he also undertook training in Veterinary Chinese Herbal medicine and in August 2010 received Certification in Veterinary Chinese Herbal Medicine from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society and College of Integrative Veterinary Therapies. He has found that acupuncture has enabled him to understand how to maintain patients a lot easier, while allowing him to spend a shorter amount of time per patient. He has developed a style of examination and treatment that allows him to treat up to 30 cases per day from a single consulting room.

"Shen" Huisheng Xie, DVM, PhD
Chi Founder

Dr. Xie (pronounced "shay") received his DVM from the Southwest China University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1983, after which he received his MS in Veterinary Acupuncture from China Agricultural University in 1988. He was an assistant and associate professor at China Agricultural University College of Veterinary Medicine before he left China in 1994 to pursue his doctoral studies in America. He received his PhD from the University of Florida for his investigation of the mechanisms of pain control in horses using acupuncture in 1999. He was an associate professor and the director of the acupuncture program in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Florida as well.

In 1998, Dr. Xie founded the Chi Institute, where he continues to teach and develop educational programs. Dr. Xie's academic accomplishments are extensive. He has received achievement awards from several major Chinese institutions, including the Ministry of Agriculture, the National Science and Technology Committee, and the China Agricultural University. He has lectured on veterinary acupuncture and herbal medicine around the world, and has been invited to speak in the United States, Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Australia, Mexico, Brazil and Europe. He has authored 18 books and over 100 scientific papers. His textbooks, which include Xie's Veterinary AcupunctureXie's Veterinary Chinese Herbology, and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine: Fundamental Principles, have been used for TCVM training programs in China, Japan, Europe, South America, Australia and the United States.

  Dr. Cheryl Chrisman 

Dr. Chrisman received her DVM from Michigan State University in 1968, an MS degree from the Ohio State University in 1974 and became certified in veterinary neurology by the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 1976. Dr. Chrisman is a certified veterinary acupuncturist from the Chi Institute. She was a professor and Chief of the Neurology Service at UF for 30 years and integrated acupuncture into her neurology practice as well as a member of the UF Acupuncture Service. She is a Professor Emeritus at UF as well as the former Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and is on the Executive Board of the American Association of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine.

  Dr. Roger Clemmons

Dr. Clemmons received his DVM in 1973 and his PhD in 1979, both from Washington State University.  He is an associate professor of neurology and neurosurgery at the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, and is also a certified veterinary acupuncturist.  He integrates Veterinary Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine and nutrition into his practice.