STAFF & FACULTY
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT
Lawrence Lau, MD, MSOM, L.Ac — President/CEO
Lawrence Lau is President/CEO of Yo San University, and brings to YSU over twenty years of combined experience in academic affairs, curriculum development and integrative medicine. He graduated from allopathic medical school in Singapore, where he was in private practice for several years before moving to Hong Kong for advanced training. His interest in Traditional Chinese Medicine brought him to California, where he earned a master’s degree in Oriental Medicine from Samra University and obtained California acupuncture licensure. Lawrence joined Yo San University in 2001 as Dean of Clinical Education, and eventually assumed academic leadership responsibilities for both the MATCM program and overall clinical affairs.
A strong proponent of integrative evidence-based complementary approaches to patient care and wellness, Lawrence was instrumental in setting up various integrative clinical externship sites for Yo San University, including the Venice Family Integrative Chronic Pain Clinic collaboration (2006 – current), the Premiere Oncology Foundation/Yo San University Integrative Clinic program (2007-2011), the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA)/Yo San University Pediatric Acupuncture program (2009 – current), and the acupuncture wellness program at LAC+USC Medical Center Foundation’s Wellness Center at the Historic General Hospital (since 2016). Lawrence also teaches courses in Integrative Care and TCM Health Cultivation in both the Master’s and Doctoral degree programs at Yo San University, and maintains a private acupuncture practice at Yo San University.
Imani Singleton, BA — Administrative Assistant (Board of Trustees)
Imani graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) with Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. During her undergraduate days at UCLA, Imani was library assistant at the Young Research Library at UCLA, where she planned and performed complex database searches to gather pertinent research information, as well as used multiple library systems to manage database records, including creating, editing and maintaining accuracy of database records.
ENROLLMENT & STUDENT AFFAIRS
Joe DeNeal, BA — Director of Enrollment Services & Student Affairs
A seasoned sales and marketing executive, Joe started his management career at Target Corporation and then his sales career at a technology start-up where he was able to lead his sales team to become top producers. Born in Chicago, Illinois and raised along the East Coast, Joe earned his Bachelor of Art in Management and Marketing at James Madison University in 2002. After moving to Los Angeles, Joe decided to combine his management and sales competencies to start a career in higher education, and was able to help develop distance education programs for prospective students nationwide and provided executive leadership for career colleges in the LA area. As Director of Enrollment Services and Student Affairs at Yo San University, Joe works with prospective students, current students and alumni to provide the best Yo San University experience.
Shannon Lawrence, L.Ac, MATCM
Shannon graduated from Yo San in August 2016. She is the owner and founder of 8 Rivers Acupuncture in Los Angeles, CA. Shannon has treated patients in the Yo San University clinic, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and Being Alive West Hollywood. Shannon not only has a passion for healing and education but found a calling for research and writing while editing “Acupuncture Anatomy: Regional Micro-Anatomy & Acupuncture Networks by Dr. Chang Sok Suh. She greatly enjoys recruiting new students to Yo San and looks forward to teaching one day as well.
DEVELOPMENT & EXTERNAL AFFAIRS
Brandon Blair, BA — Director of Development & External Affairs
As Director of Development & External Affairs at YSU, Brandon is responsible for fostering the advancement of YSU through private financial support and services of individuals, corporations and foundations, as well as building relationships with our Alumni. Prior to joining YSU, Brandon held several Development and External Affairs positions that included appointments at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering & Applied Sciences, the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy & Economics at USC, and at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. Brandon holds a BA in political science and sociology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
ACADEMIC & CLINICAL AFFAIRS
Brady Chin, MSOM, L.Ac — Dean, MATCM Program
Brady Chin is the Dean of the MATCM program at Yo San University, and is in charge of all academic aspects of the Master’s degree program. Brady has over twenty years of experience in Chinese medicine, qigong and martial arts. He graduated from Samra University and had previously served in various administrative roles in other TCM schools in the Los Angeles area. An active member of the acupuncture profession, Brady was a past President of the California Society of Oriental Medicine & Acupuncture (CSOMA).
Brady joined Yo San University in 2005, and held various administrative roles at the University including the position of Dean of Clinical Education in 2007-2009. Brady is also an active member of both the academic and clinical faculty at YSU.
Laraine Crampton, DAOM, L.Ac — Dean, DAOM Program
Laraine Crampton is Dean of the DAOM program at Yo San University, and is in charge of all academic aspects of the postgraduate doctoral degree program at YSU. Laraine received her MATCM and DAOM degrees from Yo San University, where she has served as a faculty member for the past 22 years. She has been the Chair of the MATCM Qi Cultivation department from 2007, and was the interim Dean in the DAOM program prior to her current appointment
A seasoned clinician with special interest in Longevity and Internal Medicine, Dr. Crampton has had a private acupuncture practice in Santa Monica, CA for 18 years, where she enjoys caring for multi-generations families. She came to TCM from a background in professional writing, media production and education, including serving as adjunct professor in the USC School of Business Administration.
Melissa Estrada, MTOM, L.Ac — Dean, Clinical Education
Melissa Estrada is Dean of Clinical Education at Yo San University, and is in charge of all aspects of clinical education for both the MATCM and DAOM programs at YSU. Prior to joining YSU, Melissa was Program Manager, Graduate Medical Education at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, CA, where she provided administrative leadership and supervision to the training of General Surgery residents, managed compliance and accreditation related to graduate medical education, as well as supported activities towards meeting operational goals and initiatives of the Hospital.
A graduate of Emperor’s College, Melissa also maintains a private acupuncture practice in South Pasadena.
Karen Cocozza, MATCM, L.Ac — Assistant Academic Dean, MATCM
Karen Cocozza is the Assistant Academic Dean in the MATCM Program. She graduated from YSU with her MATCM degree in fall 2015, and obtained her California Acupuncture Licensing Exam in March 2016. Prior to coming to Yo San, Karen graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Biology from Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania and worked as a metals analyst chemist. Karen also served in the U.S. Army as a Military Intelligence Team Sergeant from 2004 to 2010.
Melissa Tsai, MTOM, L.Ac — Assistant Academic Dean, MATCM
Melissa Tsai is the Assistant Academic Dean in the MATCM Program. She graduated from University of California, Riverside with a B.S. in Business Administration, and obtained her master’s in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Emperor’s College of Oriental Medicine. In addition to working at Yo San University, she is currently working to treat patients at her private practice in West Los Angeles.
Sean Gates, MLIS — Manager, Library Services
Sean Gates is the Library Services Manager, assisting and instructing students, faculty and staff in all aspects of information access. In addition to his part-time role at YSU, Sean works in the UCLA Young Research Library. He has prior experience in public libraries and an academic library, and is familiar with bibliographic searching, cataloging, reference service, and copyright issues. Sean graduated from UC Irvine with a B.A. in English literature and from UCLA with a master’s in library and information science.
Vickie Rodriguez, BA — Clinic Manager, YSU Blount Community Clinic
Vickie Rodriguez comes to YSU with more than 20 years of experience in customer service. She is an experienced and versatile professional who has worked in complex office operations and excels in matters related to personnel management, including recruitment, scheduling, policies and procedures, finance and payroll. Prior to joining YSU, Vickie was the Director, Support Services for Homewatch Caregivers, and has served in management positions in customer service, logistics, and as a Spanish linguist for the U.S. Government, among other roles. Her customer-focused management style is a tremendous asset to the University’s busy clinic.
Kat Van Vlack, MATCM, L.Ac — Manager, Herb Dispensary, YSU Blount Community Clinic
A YSU MATCM graduate, Kat Van Vlack is a valued resource to faculty, students and patients as Manager of the Herbal Dispensary at the YSU Blount Community Clinic. In her half-time role she provides instruction and supervision for students in herbal theory and practice courses and who are doing their practicum work in the clinic herbal dispensary. Kat enjoys facilitating the development of students’ knowledge of herbs and their facility and agility in compounding accurate herbal formulas. She previously worked at the Tao of Wellness.
OPERATIONS & FINANCE
Sum-Yee Wang, MA — Vice President, Administration & Finance / Chief Financial Officer
Sum-Yee Wang is a founding member of Yo San University and served as the University’s CFO from its inception in 1989. Ms. Wang brings to the University her strong business sense and strategic planning experience, overseeing the accounting, financial aid, cash flow management, payroll and budgeting systems of the University. Ms. Wang holds a BS in business administration from the University of Southern California, and a MA in psychology from Antioch University.
Tora Flint, MA — Director, Operations/Registrar
Tora Flint is Yo San’s Director, Operations and has lead responsibility for overseeing the administrative office suite and building operations. In addition, she serves as University Registrar, among other activities that are essential to keep Yo San running. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications from Chiang Mai University in Thailand and a master’s in Global Marketing Communications from Emerson College in Boston.
Marguerite Dunne — Office Manager
Marguerite Dunne joined the Yo San team as our multi-tasking Office Manager, whose responsibilities include staffing the Administrative Suite front desk, responding to myriad student and faculty questions, processing course evaluations, and ably handling an array of general office duties. A native of Ireland, Marguerite also lived in the U.K. before settling in the United States. Her professional background is in publishing/advertising sales and, prior to joining Yo San, Marguerite was the West Coast sales coordinator for Hearst Integrated Media; an account manager for Fox Associates, Los Angeles, and sales coordinator/office manager for Rodale Press Runner’s World and Bicycling Magazine.
Shuilan May, BA — Controller/Bursar
Mariani Shuilan May has been working at Yo San since 1991 as the University’s Controller/Bursar. She is responsible for financial operations of the institution including student accounts, payroll, accounts payable and receivable, financial aid disbursement, maintaining University accounting and H.R. functions. Prior to joining Yo San, she worked with the director of the PT Bibit Baru/Selektani group of horticultural companies in Indonesia. Shuilan earned her bachelor’s degree in English at University of North Sumatera, Indonesia and completed her accounting studies at Santa Monica College.
Jyotika Pratap — Assistant to the Controller
Jyotika Pratrap grew up in the Fiji Islands and migrated to the U.S. in 2001, where her first position was as a customer service representative at Longs Drugs Store in Santa Monica. A year later, she joined Yo San University as an administrative receptionist and subsequently “moved” to Yo San University’s clinic as lead front desk staff. After working in the YSU Clinic for approximately five years, she was appointed Assistant to the Controller/Bursar in the University’s accounts office and has held this position since 2008. Jyotika earned her diploma in Information Technology (software development) from Boxhill Institute of Technical and Further Education in Lautoka City, Fiji Islands. She has advanced her business education by completing a series of accounting courses at the West Los Angeles College in Culver City.
Ed Mervine, MA — Financial Aid Coordinator
Since 2001, Ed Mervine has served as Yo San’s Financial Aid Coordinator. In this role he is responsible for overseeing all aspects of student financial aid from disbursement to federal reporting. Prior to joining YSU Ed created automated systems and work teams, and managed processing and status information as director of financial aid at University of La Verne, Devry University, Chaminade University and as an associate director at USC. Ed graduated from the University of Akron, where he earned a BA and MA in American history.