We’re proud to introduce you to our doctors, to share our work’s purpose, and to offer a glimpse of our deep history dating back 38 generations of medical practitioners in the Ni family and 74 generations of spiritual training from master to student. Together, we offer you our expertise and guidance as part of a truly unique medical practice.
Dr. Daoshing Ni, D.O.M., L.Ac., Ph.D, Dipl.C.H.
Dr. Dao is a Licensed Acupuncturist in the State of California and is a Diplomate of Chinese Herbology NCCA. Dr. Dao has been active in the TCM profession as well as professional organizations. He was an examiner for the California Acupuncture Committee and also participated in the Chinese Herbology Exam development for NCCA. Well known and respected for his special interest in reproductive and gynecological conditions, Dr. Dao is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, Pacific Coast Fertility Society, and American Association of Oriental Medicine. Dr. Dao is the author of Tao of Fertility and co-author of Sitting Moon: A Guide to Rejuvenation after Pregnancy.
Dr. Mao Shing Ni, L.Ac., D.O.M., Ph.D, Dipl. C.H., ABAAP
Dr. Mao Shing Ni, popularly known as Dr. Mao, is the 38th generation of Chinese medicine doctors in his family. Well known and respected in the field of integrative and anti-aging medicine, he is the cofounder of Tao of Wellness and Yo San University, both award winning centers for health and Traditional Chinese Medicine graduate education, respectively. Dr. Mao holds two doctorates as well as being board certified in anti-aging medicine. Dr. Mao has written 18 books, including his bestselling books Secrets of Longevity, Second Spring, Secrets of Longevity Cookbook and his latest, Live Your Ultimate Life. Awarded Best of the Best on The Doctor Oz Show, Dr. Mao can also be seen on The Doctors, Katie Couric, as well as the pages of The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times. Online he writes about natural health and longevity on The Huffington Post, Ask Dr. Mao, EmpowHer and other popular websites and speaks at medical conferences internationally. Dr. Mao maintains a full time clinical practice with his brother, Dr. Daoshing Ni and their team of doctors at Tao of Wellness, integrative medical centers with offices in Santa Monica, Newport Beach and Pasadena, California.
Albert Vaca, L.Ac.
Albert Vaca, California Board Licensed Acupuncturist, received his Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from Yo San University. Having a background in martial arts and competitive sports, he was drawn to Sports Medicine and orthopedics. He completed a postgraduate training in acupuncture orthopedics at Cedars Sinai Hospital, and furthered his training by becoming certified as an Acupuncture Orthopedic Specialist from the Academy of Orthopedic Acupuncture.
Albert is a firm believer in integrative healthcare and has worked in women’s health, internal medicine and pediatrics with other medical specialists at the Venice Family Clinic and Being Alive HIV clinic. An educator at heart, he served as Dean of Clinical Education at Yo San University where he enjoyed sharing his clinical knowledge with interns. He is co-author of BACK to Pain-Free Health: Secrets of Natural Healing for Back Pain, and is fluent in Spanish.
Albert is dedicated to personal development and practices meditation and tai chi regularly. He hopes to empower patients at Tao of Wellness with his knowledge, and to help them activate their innate restorative abilities that promote healing and well-being.
Sally Goluboff, L.Ac.
Sally Goluboff received a Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Yo San University. She completed a residency program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, where she treated pediatric patients with chronic pain conditions as well as autoimmune diseases. Sally also completed an externship program at Venice Family Clinic, which is a multidisciplinary medical clinic in Los Angeles that serves low-income residents.
Sally enjoys working in an integrative setting and treating patients of all ages. She is also passionate about treating women’s health and fertility. She is also fluent in Spanish.
Before she began her studies in Chinese Medicine, Sally had experience in education at a large university campus, and program management for a private tutoring company. She speaks four languages and has traveled all over the world. She has lived in five countries and spent a year in Japan teaching conversational English to high school students.
Prior to being awarded the Tao of Wellness Fellowship, she was the Assistant Academic Dean at Yo San University. In her role as Assistant Dean she was able to advise students and help them create an academic plan to graduate successfully with a Master’s Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Sally also had a private practice in Westchester.
J. Matthew Brand, L.Ac.
J. Matthew Brand is a California Board Licensed Acupuncturist. He obtained his undergraduate degree at UC Santa Cruz before completing his Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine at Yo San University. A lifelong athlete, Matthew has been steeped in martial arts for over 18 years, particularly with Xing Yi, Ba Gua and Tai Chi. As a result, professionally, he has been specializing in orthopedic medicine and sports injury. However, after years of volunteer work with US veterans, addressing a myriad of psycho-emotional and physical issues, Matthew has come to appreciate and approach patients in the most holistic way possible. He is equally adept in gynecology, pediatrics and gastroenterology as he is with muscle sprains and strains.
Prior to joining Tao of Wellness, Matthew was the Assistant Academic Dean, Clinic Herbalist and Faculty at Yo San University. Matthew hopes to bring Tao of Wellness patients the most comprehensive treatments possible, and to empower their lives with effective daily practices.
Frances Lam L.Ac.
Frances Lam is a California State Board licensed acupuncturist. After earning her Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton, she followed her passion for health and wellness to study at Yo San University in Los Angeles, where she received her Master’s of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, graduating with Honors.
Completing a clinical internship at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and Venice Family Clinic, her specialty training included musculoskeletal/orthopedics, rheumatology, oncology, complex regional pain syndrome and neurological conditions.
With a background in swimming and surfing, Frances learned firsthand how important nutrition, daily activity and rest are for maintaining optimal health. She also holds certification as a fitness specialist from Irvine Valley College and as an orthopedic exercise and fitness nutrition specialist from the American Council on Exercise (ACE).
Since she became a licensed acupuncturist in 2009, Frances had been working in corporate wellness, investigating ways to help people understand the various components that can contribute to a healthy lifestyle and how to prevent the onset of chronic disease. Her practice also includes women’s health, internal and anti-aging medicine.
Soeon Park, L.Ac.
Soeon (pronounced “so-on”) is a California Board Licensed Acupuncturist who received her Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) from Yo San University. Her appreciation of her chosen profession is due to her very early exposure to its benefits in her native South Korea. She was born prematurely and had serious health complications. Her parents turned to TCM which resulted in her successful recovery. This initial exposure was the genesis of her path to pursue a profession in acupuncture and TCM so that she can share the life-changing benefits of this ancient medical tradition with others.
After completing intensive clinical training at Yo San Community Clinic, Venice Family Clinic, and Wise and Healthy Aging Center in Los Angeles, Soeon pursued advanced acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine training at the China Beijing International Acupuncture Training Center, and completed residencies at Beijing Hospital, Tongrentang Hospital, and Dongzhimen Hospital in Beijing, China.
Soeon brings to the Tao of Wellness a passion for promoting quality of life, healthy aging, and vibrant living. Always one to round out her skills and improve herself, she is certified in TCM Nutrition, Self-Healing Qi Gong, and TCM Dermatology. She has also honed her clinical skills to include pain management, digestive issues, insomnia, as well as reproductive and mental health. Her ultimate goal is to provide the best treatments possible together with encouraging a balanced and happy lifestyle.
Traditional Chinese Medicine has its origin in ancient Taoist philosophy which views a person as an energy system in which body and mind are unified, each influencing and balancing the other. Unlike allopathic medicine which attempts to isolate and separate a disease from a person, Chinese medicine emphasizes a holistic approach that treats the whole body. We believe that acupuncture, along with herbal therapy, tuina massage and nutrition are the key tools to wellness. Many people have found Traditional Chinese methods of healing to be excellent tools for maintaining optimum health and preventing illness. Traditional Chinese Medicine is effective for physical, psychological and emotional conditions.
One of the Ni family’s strongest beliefs is: to be a good practitioner, one must also be a good teacher. Hence, Master Ni, Drs. Dao & Mao Ni also founded a school of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Yo San University in Marina del Rey where the doctors teach and continue to transmit this ancient knowledge of healing. Drs. Daoshing and Mao Shing Ni are also well published authors. Between the three of them, including Master Ni, they have published over 70 books in Chinese Health and Fitness, Chinese Classics, Taoist Philosophy, Tai Chi and Qi Gong. These are great resources for patients to promote their own wellness. Even though Tao of Wellness has received accolades such as, “Best of L.A.”, we strive to continue improving and providing the best possible service.
Master Ni, Hua-Ching has been teaching and practicing in the United States since 1976. Master Ni is fully acknowledged and empowered as a true Master of Tao.
He is heir to the wisdom transmitted through an unbroken succession of 74 generations of masters dating back to the Han dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE). As a young boy, he was educated within his family in the spiritual foundation of Tao, and trained in mainland China by Taoist masters in healing, T’ai Chi Ch’uan, Kung Fu, Internal Alchemy, Chinese Medicine and Herbology. Later, he studied for more than 31 years in the high mountains of China, fully achieving all aspects of Taoist science and metaphysics.
Throughout his life, Master Ni has supported himself through his work as a physician. Tao of Wellness and its predecessor clinic were established by Master Ni in 1976. He retired in 1985 and his two sons, Drs. Daoshing Ni and Mao Shing Ni took over and have since expanded the medical center by bringing in additional associates. All doctors and associates at Tao of Wellness treat various conditions, such as infertility, gynecological disorders, immunology, gastrointestinal, pain disorders, pain management and healthy aging medicine.