TCM Faculty


Steve Biancolin, B.Sc., R.Ac. Registrar

Steve Biancolin is a Registered Acupuncturist with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncturists of BC.  Steve has been involved in TCM for about 17 years when a health crisis triggered self-study into both Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine.  He completed his formal training in acupuncture, graduating from the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences (now Kootenay Columbia College of Integrative Health Sciences) in 2012.  Since, he has successfully owned and operated an integrative clinic, has held educational workshops, instructed at the college, and is involved in the college Administration.  He is passionate about Chinese Medicine and helping others to find wellness through this profound medical system both directly through his practice and indirectly through his involvement in administration.  Further, he finds great appreciation in the ability to help students realize their path towards Acupuncture and TCM as a career choice.

Steve also hold a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management from the University of Northern BC. 


Ellissa Crête, R.TCMP (Doctor of TCM program), Herbal Dispensary Supervisor

Ellissa is a Registered TCM Practitioner and Certified Bodyworker. She has offered massage services since 2004 with a keen interest in meridian-based modalities such as Zen Shiatsu and Thai-Yoga Massage. In 2014, Ellissa graduated from the Doctor of TCM Program at ACOS and she participated in additional TCM clinical internships in Kunming, China. Ellissa has a private practice in Nelson, she teaches weekly Iyengar-inspired yoga classes which focus on postural alignment and the use of props, such as yoga ropes. At KCCIHS, formally ACOS, Ellissa has worked as a clerk in the Herbal Dispensary since 2015. It is her pleasure to assist and support students in deepening their knowledge of TCM herbs and formulae through their Herbal Dispensary Observation.


Mary DeVan, M.A., Instructor

Mary received her Masters of Arts degree from UBC in 1989, and her Masters in Counseling from Gonzaga University in 2008. Currently also working as a therapist in private practice and a clinical supervisor of a multi-service agency, Mary has 20 years experience working with people healing from trauma. Mary has facilitated several groups and presented at conferences and numerous workshops both locally and in Vancouver. She has experience with various therapeutic modalities and is a Somatic Experiencing practitioner.


Jennifer Dunn Moynes, R.TCMP, Instructor

Jennifer received her diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences in 2004. Since, she has been a member of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of British Columbia, and has been practicing in Nelson BC. Her clinical practice and experience include her home practice, supervision of the KCCIHS student clinic, tuina clinic, and classroom clinic, in-hospital treatments and visits to a local psycho-social rehab facility. Jennifer loves to integrate her clinical experience into her teaching. She has been lecturing at KCCIHS, formally ACOS, since 2006, and strives to help students embody Chinese Medicine through a combination of theoretical understanding and practical application. Over the past 12 years, she has enhanced both her practice and teaching with advanced studies in Gynaecology, Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Neurology, Cardiology, Sports Medicine, Chinese Herbology and Psychotherapy.   She believes that continued advancement in all fields of medicine require a dedication to education, both of self and other.


Ryan Gallant, R.TCMP, Instructor

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Dr James Kakulavaram, BPT, M.Sc. Anatomy, MD

Dr. James has 12 years of international teaching experience. His passion to teach and share medical knowledge has led him to graduate in Bachelors of Physical Therapy (4 ½ years) in 2004 and Masters in Medical Anatomy (3 years) in 2008 from Dr. NTR University of Health Sciences, Andhra Pradesh, India. Dr. James was bestowed M.D degree with Magna Cum Laude in 2015 from Southwestern University School of Medicine, Cebu, Philippines. In 2011 he founded Anatomy Study Club at SWU. In 2015 he was awarded Best in Leadership and a plaque for his contribution to Anatomy Study Club. His strong academics and enlightening experience in education, has helped him to develop innovative concepts in teaching medical and paramedical subjects. In 2015 he moved to Canada and studied French for a year in Gatineau while working as free-lance Anatomist in Ottawa. He also gives online courses for Medical & paramedical, NPTE, USMLE and MCI. In 2016 he moved to Nelson to take up his new assignment at KCCIHS to make learning simple and easy. His teaching principle – “It’s not enough to know, one must understand!”


Nina-Lynn Hamilton, B.Sc., CLSp (MB), Instructor

Nina is an instructor at the Academy in the Western Medicine department. Nina received her B.Sc. from the University of Calgary in cellular, molecular and microbial biology in 1997, and received her post-graduate diploma in Molecular Diagnostics from the University of Connecticut in 1999. Nina worked for six years with Calgary Laboratory Services as a Laboratory Scientist in the Molecular Microbiology Department in the area of Research and Development. In 2006 Nina and her family moved to the Kootenays to enjoy the lifestyle and slower pace, but quickly took on a new challenge as a Coroner’s agent here in Nelson. Nina is excited to meet and work with the staff and students of KCCIHS during the next year and she wanted to be sure and add … P.S. Microbiology is interesting!


Daniel HensgbachR.TCMP, Instructor, Clinic Supervisor, Herbal Dispensary

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Chris Holland, BA, Instructor

Chris Holland is a Communications Specialist with a diverse work history and grounded understanding of the needs of businesses. With a degree in Communication from Simon Fraser University, Chris launched his career by creating a one person traveling promotional show for the opening of Science World. Moving into the raucous world of hospitality promotions
Chris spent the next decade pioneering new ways to promote, market and advertise using guerrilla tactics fusion campaigns and hosting the grandest events on the most impoverished of budgets. The adventure continued as Chris spent the next six years in the corporate world developing sales strategies, resource/account management, professional training, development, human resource consultation and advertising/marketing analysis skills. For the past 12 years Chris has been working with entrepreneurs, social enterprises, community organizations, educations institutions and national corporations providing a unique mix of inspiration, education and action. Residing in the Kootenays Chris Holland brings has cultivated his knowledge and experience to a new plateau through Juggernaut Marketing and Communications. The motivation behind this company is Chris’s€™ passion to truly live the fusion life.


Xian Yi Hu, Instructor

Coming from a long lineage of Traditional Chinese medicine doctors, and with 40 years clinical practice, Xian yi brings to our school vast experience and consummate skill. She began her career in Le Shan City, China as a resident doctor for a public hospital. In 1986, and for the next 10 years Xian Yi was the attending physician at the Sichuan Province Academy of TCM. During this time, she contributed to the research and publication of the Huang di nei jing tai su, numerous academic papers on other important medical canons, and won second prize, at the provincial level, for her scientific and technological achievements. In 1996, Xian Yi worked at the Zhen Hua Institute of TCM, where she engaged in research and clinical treatment of autoimmune disease. In 2002, Xian Yi moved to South Africa where she continued her practice and taught Chinese medicine and acupuncture. Xian Yi currently resides in Canada but is still actively researching and sharing her knowledge of TCM remotely.


Koji Kataoka, R.TCMP, Instructor

Koji Kataoka is a licensed practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine having completed two years of study in China and five years of the DTCM program at the Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences. Proficient in Chinese Mandarin language, Koji completed supplemental practicums in Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine and General Practice in China. He has also completed continuing education workshops in Sports Medicine, Myofascial Release and Cranial Sacral techniques among others. Complementing his medical studies, Koji spent time at the Shao Lin Monastery in China where he studied Tai Qi, Qi Gong and Kung Fu intensively. Building on that experience, Koji seeks to continually improve his practice through constant study and self-reflection. After establishing a thriving practice over the past ten years, Koji is delighted to share his clinical experience with KCCIHS students for the second year running.

Shauna Leduc, B. Kinesiology, Certified Athletic Therapist, CATA, Instructor





Dana Leigh Lyons, DOM, L.Ac.

After graduating from the Academy’s Doctor of TCM Program, Dana became a Licensed Acupuncturist and Doctor of Oriental Medicine in the United States. She is owner of Alchemist Eating, a programme integrating Chinese Medicine, mindfulness, and paleo-primal eating principles to help people who struggle with their relationship to food. Her private practice focuses on weight, diet, digestion, and eating addictions. Dana also holds a Master’s degree from Georgetown University. While at KCCIHS, formally ACOS, her thesis was on neuroplasticity within the context of Chinese Medicine. That research continues to inform her treatments, as does a daily yoga practice spanning more than a decade. 


Dr. Jeff Lloyd, Chiropractor, Instructor
Jeff is a registered chiropractor in the province of British Columbia with a private practice in Nelson, where he operates a multidisciplinary health care clinic. In addition to his core training at Chiropractic college he has taken specialized training in soft tissue treatment, orthotic therapy and spinal rehabilitation.



Michael Smith, Dr TCM, Instructor

Michael Smith is an author, speaker, professional martial artist, teacher, clinician, and a respected integrative medicine pioneer with over 20 years of clinical experience. In his practice, Dr. Smith combines functional medicine and evolutionary nutrition with the ancient wisdom and vast experience of Traditional Chinese medicine. His primary focus in medicine is complex chronic auto-immune diseases (as a patient, Michael has lived with both Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis for over 25 years). 

Michael is a co-founder of the prestigious Academy of Classical Oriental Sciences, the first five year full time doctorate level training program in TCM in Canada. He is also the primary developer of Neuro-Somatic Therapy, a hands on approach to reducing the way people embody distress, illness and trauma. As a Martial Artist, Michael has been training for almost 40 years. He has had the good fortune to train with some of the highest level teachers in the Western world, while training prison guards, police officers and members of both military and paramilitary organizations.


Harreson Sinclaire, Administrator

From a young age Harreson studied and traveled with his Osteopath father, Arthur Lincoln Pauls, helping to promote and organize seminars for Paul’s popular bodywork technique “Ortho-bionomy”. In his 20’s  Harreson became interested in carpentry and went on to become a General Contractor. Over the past three years, Harreson has built the beautiful school facilities at 402 Baker Street and is currently renovating the new space at the Nelson Commons Building. In addition, he runs a successful green tea company, Matcha Mountains Match Inc.


Joanne Van Allen Sinclaire, R.TCMP, BGS, Academic Dean, Instructor
Joanne began her studies at the school, formally known as ACOS, during its second year of operation and has been a main instructor for over thirteen years in the Acupuncture, TCM, and clinical departments. Since 2014 she has acted as the Academic Dean.  She has a Bachelor of General Studies from Thompson Rivers University and has over thirteen years of clinical experiences as a Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioner (RTCMP). She has a background in Bio-Dynamic and medicinal herb farming and helped to create the Kootenay’s first Community Supported Agriculture Program (CSA). This experience, along with her love of herbs and gardening, has led to the creation of KCCIHS’s first online herb course. Currently, she is in the process of creating several more courses which integrate knowledge of Chinese and Western Herbs.


Kevin Wallbridge, TCMP (program) B.A., Instructor

Kevin earned his degree in Medical Anthropology and Asian Studies. He is a highly experienced teacher of the esoteric concepts of the body and health that are found in Chinese physical culture. From a year-long residency in China, Kevin has first hand experience of the People’s Republic. He was trained as a cross-cultural facilitator by the founder of the Canadian Association of Applied Anthropologists. He offers his twelve years of experience in the Asian martial arts to the benefit of the students and the community alike. Kevin is bilingual in English and Mandarin.