VISITING FACULTY

Brandt Stickley is an Associate Professor in the College of Classical Chinese Medicine, National University of Natural Medicine, and a Visiting Professor at Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine, Pacific Rim College, Five Branches University, Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences, Yo San University and Maryland University of Integrative Health. As a Senior Instructor…

Dr. Amanda J. Bilyk is a licensed Acupuncture Physician and Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM), a Primary Care Physician in the State of Florida. Dr. Bilyk holds a Diplomate Certification in Oriental Medicine from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), a Florida state license, and is a Nationally Board Certified…

Dr. Whyrick has been involved in the field of natural medicine since 1996.  A history of chronic asthma led him to investigate alternative approaches to traditional western medicine for management of associated symptoms.  In this search, he discovered detoxification and purification strategies through naturopathic, dietary and herbal therapies, which helped ‘cure’ his childhood illness.  In 1995, he began…

Mary graduated from FSU with a BS in Biology in 1991, and from Nova Southeastern College of Pharmacy with her Pharm.D. in 1994. She has spent her career as both an active Pharmacist as well as Educator for over a decade. Mary has been an Infectious Disease Pharmacist, Staff Coordinator, and began teaching Pharmacy in…

Shelby Havens

Shelby is a graduate of the University of Florida and American Sentinel University in Aurora, Colorado. Her interests include mental health, holistic health, and social justice. She is a nurse practitioner at the Helping Hands Clinic in downtown Gainesville. She is a member of the Gainesville Ukulele Club.

CLINIC STAFF/FACULTY

Laisha has a long history with Dragon Rises College, including earning her Masters Degree, teaching, supervising in the clinic and working in administration, early on, as Registrar, Assistant to the Academic Dean and later as Clinic Director. She is a certified teacher of the Shen-Hammer Pulse Diagnosis system. She has had a private Chinese medicine…

Jim Brooks

James “Jim” Brooks holds a BA in Psychology from the State University of NY at Albany, a Master of Social Work (MSW) also from SUNY Albany, and  Master of Acupuncture and Certificate of Advanced Study in Chinese Herbal Medicine from the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture in Gainesville, FL.  Jim is a licensed acupuncturist in…

CLINIC DIRECTOR (GNV), FACULTY MEMBER (GNV)

Dianne Voitle is an acupuncturist practicing in Gainesville, FL. She evaluates and treats patients based on the concepts of oriental medicine. Acupuncturists complete their evaluations by getting a patient history and looking at and touching the body. Then, they place very fine acupuncture needles into specific points on the body. Stimulating these points and nerves…

Eduardo Alvarez

ACADEMIC DEAN/FACULTY

Eduardo grew up in a small city in Venezuela, home to Angostura Bitters (a medicinal tincture for stomach ailments designed in 1824). His broad experience in education includes K-12 substitute-teacher, 6th Grade teacher, and Education Coordinator at a private facility for youth at risk in Alachua County, FL. As Lead Faculty in the Academic Team at…