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Masters Degree Faculty Members

"Shen" Huisheng Xie, DVM, PhD 
Chi Founder & President

Dr. Huisheng Xie (pronounced “Shay”) founded the Chi Institute in 1998, to train veterinarians in Chinese acupuncture, herbal medicine, food therapy and Tui-na. He’s an experienced professional with extensive academic accomplishments. Before coming to America, Dr. Xie received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Veterinary Medicine (equivalent to DVM), from the Sichuan College of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine in 1983. He then received a Master of Science in Veterinary Acupuncture from Beijing Agricultural University in 1988, where he also served as an associate professor until July, 1994. He went on to receive advanced training in human acupuncture at the Beijing College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the National Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In August, 1994, he moved to America to pursue his doctoral studies, and in 1999, he received his PhD from the University of Florida for his investigation of the mechanisms of pain control in horses using acupuncture.

Dr. Xie has received achievement awards from several major institutions including the China Ministry of Agriculture, the National Science and Technology Committee, the Beijing Agricultural University, the Chinese Veterinary Medicine Association, Chinese Association of Traditional Veterinary Science, World Association of TCVM, and the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association. He has lectured around the world, speaking in the U.S., Canada, Japan, Thailand, Indonesia, South Korea, Australia, Mexico, Brazil, Europe and South Africa. These teaching activities at 14 different international veterinary organizations and 20 universities have helped veterinary students, clinicians, and faculty not only learn and practice TCVM, but also to start research within the field. In addition, he’s been interviewed by CBS News, the Discovery Channel and PBS. In 2005, CBS News referred to him as “a leading authority in animal acupuncture.” Dr. Xie has authored more than 20 books and has had over 100 papers published in peer-reviewed veterinary medical journals. His textbooks, including Xie’s Veterinary Herbology, Xie’s Veterinary Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine: Fundamental Principles, have been used for TCVM training programs around the world.

Currently, Dr. Xie continues to teach and develop educational courses and programs at the Chi Institute in Reddick, Florida. He also serves as a clinical professor at UF’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He’s an honorary professor and director of the International Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine of South China Agricultural University and China Southwest University. Dr. Xie has trained over 10,000 veterinarians to practice TCVM worldwide.

Michael D. Bartholomew DVM, CVA, MSTCVM, CVCH, CVFT, CVTP 

Dr. Michael Bartholomew earned his DVM from the University of Illinois in 2001.  Between 2005 and 2009 he earned certifications in Veterinary Acupuncture, Tui-na, Food Therapy and Chinese Herbal Medicine from the Chi Institute.  He then went on to earn an Master of Science in TCVM from the Chi Institute in 2016. He is currently an integrative practitioner at The Animal Hospital of Dunedin in beautiful Dunedin, Florida, and incorporates TCVM into his practice on a daily basis. He has treated pets across the United States and from around the world, including locations as far as Turkey, France, England and even Hong Kong. He has been published in several magazines, including Dog Fancy's Natural Dog and Dogs Naturally, and is the co-author of several chapters in Xie's Veterinary Herbology.  Dr. Bartholomew also lectures on a regular basis, as he  has been a lab assistant at the Chi Institute since 2008 and became a formal MS program faculty member in 2016. 

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Suzanne Brannan, DVM, CVA 
Dr. Brannan graduated from the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine in 1991. In 2004, she became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, completing the Small Animal Acupuncture course at the Chi Institute. Dr. Brannan is currently continuing her education in Chinese Herbal Medicine, Food Therapy, and Tui-na at the Chi Institute. She divides her time amongst three practices in Gainesville, Micanopy and Ocala, and keeping up with her daughter.

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Roger Clemmons, DVM, PhD, DACVIM, CVA, CVFT (Neurology & Neurosurgery)

Dr. Clemmons graduated with his DVM from Washington State University. There, he also was granted a PhD in veterinary science (emphasis in neurophysiology and clinical neurology). Dr. Clemmons then took a faculty position at the University of Florida’s College of Veterinary Medicine where he practiced neurology and neurosurgery for 35 years before he decided to join the Veterinary Specialty Hospital of Palm Beach Gardens, FL. Dr. Clemmons, a board-certified specialist in Neurology, has published over 100 peer-reviewed original studies, reviews, papers and abstracts and given numerous presentations, both in the US and abroad. At UF, he has had an active research program and is known for his work on platelet physiology and in the study of neurodegenerative diseases such as degenerative myelopathy. He has developed a number of innovative neurosurgical techniques including fixation of atlantoaxial subluxation and Wobbler’s syndrome. Dr. Clemmons taught veterinary and graduate students at the University of Florida for 35 years. There, he was known for his progressive and charismatic teaching style.

Dr. Clemmons received a certified veterinary acupuncturist (CVA) from the Chi Institute in 2000.  He was certified in TCVM Food therapy (CVFT) from the Chi Institute in 2009. He integrates Veterinary Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine and nutrition into his practice. He is a national and international speaker in the field of neurology and science of veterinary acupuncture.

Dr. Fowler graduated Summa Cum Laude from LSU School of Veterinary Medicine in 1981. For over 20 years, she was a companion animal practitioner where her practice was voted Best of Bay County. She spent 15 years as Director of Veterinary Services at a local zoo. As a prior student of martial arts with a long interest in the Eastern lifestyle, she started training with Dr. Xie and the Chi Institute in 2005 and discovered that TCVM was her life’s passion. Dr. Fowler became certified in all 4 branches. In 2013 Dr. Xie designated her Certified TCVM Practitioner, one of only 20 in the world. She earned her Master’s degree in TCVM in August 2016 from the Chi Institute and joined the faculty shortly thereafter. Dr. Fowler has published papers in the American Journal of TCVM and the IVC, presented  papers and cases at 2 International Conferences of TCVM, and is a lab instructor and lecturer at the Chi Institute. Through the Chi Institute, Dr Fowler discovered her life’s second passion…teaching TCVM and advising TCVM veterinarians and students of the Chi Institute. Although she works closely with several conventional veterinary hospitals, Dr Fowler has devoted her practice solely to TCVM for over 11 years. Acupuncture & Holistic Veterinary Services of NW Florida has been voted Best of Panama City Beach for 8 years in a row.  She has treated animals from all over Florida, the Southeast and even internationally. Her focus is companion animals but also treats exotics, horses, and zoo animals.  Now retired from practice as of 2017, Dr Fowler devotes all of her professional time to teaching at the Chi Institute.

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 Carla Pasteur Carla Pasteur, DVM, CVA, CERP 
Dr. Pasteur grew up showing horses in many disciplines, including reining, saddleseat, dressage and pleasure. She graduated in 1991 from the University of Wisconsin and opened an equine exclusive clinic in Green Bay. The practice grew to cover five counties, with emphases on reproduction and lameness. She received her acupuncture training from IVAS in 1997, sold her conventional practice and began an equine alternative practice. She has been a Chi instructor since 2005 and has lectured internationally. Her current practice encompasses TCVM, chiropractic and osteopathy, focusing on sport and performance horses.
  Deng-Shan Shiau, PhD

After receiving his PhD degree in Statistics from the University of Florida in 2001, Dr. Shiau started his clinical research career with research faculty positions at UF in Neuroscience (and later Biomedical Engineering) department to study the dynamics of electroencephalogram (EEG) from patients with seizure disorders.  Since 2008, Dr. Shiau has served as the Vice President of Scientific Affairs at Optima Neuroscience, Inc., a bio-tech company that he co-founded to develop software and hardware devices for brain function monitoring.  During the past 8 years, Dr. Shiau has been leading several NIH-funded clinical studies (approximate $4.7M in total funding).  He also led the study design and data analysis for obtaining FDA approvals.  With his training in experimental design and experience in clinical research and scientific writing, Dr. Shiau currently teaches Research Methods and Master Thesis I & II courses of Master’s Degree Program at Chi Institute.

Gregory Todd, DVM, CVA  

Dr. Todd graduated from the University of Florida with a DVM in 1988.  In 1993, Dr. Todd became an apprentice to Dr. Patrick Sullivan, AP, and began studying Traditional Chinese Medicine.  In 1996, he became certified by IVAS.  His studies continued at the Chi Institute.  He has lectured and instructed nationally and internationally for IVAS, the North American Veterinary Conference and the Chi Institute.  Dr. Todd practices integrative veterinary medicine at the Animal Hospital of Dunedin in the Tampa Bay Area. 

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Tamara Shearer DVM

Dr. Tamara Shearer graduated from the Ohio State University with her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in 1986. She is certified in veterinary acupuncture, Chinese veterinary herbal medicine, veterinary Tui-na and veterinary food therapy through the Chi Institute. Dr. Shearer is internationally renowned for her work in animal hospice and palliative care. She is one of the leading veterinarians in the world who helped develop and specializes in hospice, palliative care and pain management.

Connie L. Clemons-Chevis, DVM, CVA, CVHC, CVFT, CVTP
Dr. Clemons-Chevis received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Montevallo, Alabama in 1976 and a Master’s in Exercise Physiology from the University of Kentucky in 1980. She graduated from Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1986. She started her own small animal and exotic practice in 1987, which evolved into the marine mammal field in 1993. After Hurricane Katrina destroyed the marine mammal park in 2005, she started studying mixed animal acupuncture at Chi Institute and became certified in acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Food Therapy and Tui-na. She is currently working on a Master’s degree in TCVM and has two publications on acupoints in Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. Dr. Clemons-Chevis has lectured on TCVM in dolphins in China and at the IVAS and IAAAM conferences. She owns Alternative Medicine for Pets, a TCVM-exclusive, mixed animal practice in Panama and Gulfport, MS. She is also a Consultant Veterinarian for the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport, MS. She enjoys bicycling, volleyball, hiking and learning.


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