CTMI 2019 guest faculty

Dr. Debbie Kim

Dr. Debbie Kim

Acupuncturist, Herbalist and Asian bodywork specialist

Deborah S. Kim, M.A., L.Ac., ACN is a California State and nationally licensed Acupuncturist, Herbalist and Asian bodywork specialist. She graduated with her degree in Environmental Studies/Pre-Medical with honors from UCLA and received her Master’s with honors in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Yo San University.  She has also completed postgraduate studies in Orthopedics, Clinical Nutrition, Applied Kinesiology and Functional Medicine. Deborah is a certified Taiqi and Qigong (Chinese arts in energetic movement) instructor. 

Deborah has maintained a busy private practice in the Los Angeles area since 2004 including acupuncture, herbal and food based medicine, nutrition and related therapies. These modalities create a complete form of internal medicine that have been used for thousands of years in treating a wide variety of health concerns. 

Deborah Kim began on her personal journey of healing after years of struggling with her own health.  As a premed student at UCLA, she was learning much about the mechanics of the body, but very little was helping her to recover from illness after illness. The antibiotics and other drug therapies proved only to be a temporary solution, while causing other long-term problems. Gradually, over the next decade, she was able to recover her own health and well-being through the use of multiple healing modalities including acupuncture, nutrition and food-based medicine, herbal and plant-based medicine, yoga, tai chi and meditation as well as the highly specific lab testing used in Functional Medicine. It was this multifaceted journey that provided the foundation for the healing platform that she shares today.

Dr. Robert Tsai

Dr. Robert Tsai

Physical Therapist

Robert Tsai, originally from Taipei, Taiwan, received his Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Chapman University in 2018, and is currently a practicing physical therapist based in Los Angeles and Orange County, CA. 

Rob is a firm believer in elevating the independence, self-awareness, and knowledge of dancers in regards to health and wellness, and seeks to connect the science to the artist through DancePrehab. Rob has also presented research/taught movement sessions at conferences for healthcare professionals and educators alike. (International Association of Dance Medicine and SciencePerforming Arts Medicine Association.) 

Rob was first exposed to dance through breakin’/bboyin’ in high school, and continued his movement exploration at Chapman University as an undergraduate, studying ballet, jazz, and modern techniques. Rob spent 8 years auditioning and working in the LA commercial dance industry, represented by Movement Talent Agency and Bloc. While teaching throughout the United States and Taiwan, witnessing the positive effect of movement on students inspired Rob to pursue physical therapy.