Governance and Faculty




       Roland Matthews
       Linda Ballantine




Linda Ballantine, B.A.
Brad Claypool, B.A.
Elsa Del Toro, L. Ac.
Beverly Faxon, M.A.
Galie Jean-Louis, B.F.A., L. Ac.
John Kaey, J.D.
Joe Ruiz, B.A.
Ginny Wolff, M.D.
Student Representative




      Roland Matthews, M.Ac., L. Ac., B. Ed., Executive Director
      Linda Ballantine, B.A., Director of Administration and Finance
      Sara Bayer, D.A.O.M., M.A., L. Ac., Dean of Faculty
      Elsa Del Toro, L. Ac., Director of Acupuncture & Student Clinic
      Matt Van Dyke, M. Ac., L. Ac., Director of Herbal Certificate Program, Librarian
      Jessica Biles, B.S., Registrar, Director of Student Services, Clinic Manager



 Sara J. Bayer, D.A.O.M., M.A., L. Ac., L.M.P., Certified Advanced Rolfer™

Acupuncture Sciences
sara11Sara Bayer is an acupuncturist, licensed in California (1987) and Washington (1991), and a Certified Advanced Rolfer(R) as well as a Washington State licensed massage practitioner. Certified in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine by the National Commission for Certification in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Sara has taught continuously in schools of acupuncture since 1987and at MAI since 2008.

Before studying acupuncture she completed massage coursework while obtaining her Master’s degree in Chinese Language and Literature from the University of Michigan, graduating in 1982. A Certified Rolfer™ since 2004, in 2010 she completed the Advanced Training in Rolfing(R). Over the last decade her year-long course in musculoskeletal pain has become recognized by students as a vital component of basic acupuncture training. In August 2014 she graduated from the Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program of the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. For her capstone project she translated the Expanded Treatise on Warm Epidemics written by Dai Tian-zhang circa 1695.

Elsa Del Toro, L.Ac.

Acupuncture Review
ElsaElsa Del Toro studied homebirth midwifery in Portland, OR, before switching tracks in 2007 and embarking on her other passion, the study of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture at Middle Way Acupuncture Institute. She graduated in 2010 and opened Essential Points Acupuncture in Arlington, WA, in 2011.

Elsa divides her time between her acupuncture practice and working at Middle Way Acupuncture Institute, where in addition to teaching the test prep classes to 3rd year students, since 2011 she has served as the Registrar, and since 2013 also as the Director of Student Services. She’s been studying and teaching Karate, Tai Chi and Qigong since 1998, and also teaches meditation classes as a way of giving back to her community.


        David Goodell, L.Ac.

                Five Element Acupuncture

David Goodell has been involved in the meditative and healing arts for over forty years. He began in 1975 by participating in meditation work offered by Arica Institute. By 1976, he was also studying T’ai Chi with The School of T’ai Chi Chuan, Inc., founded by Patrick Watson. He has taught Tai Chi since 1982.

While completing the necessary pre-med courses to study acupuncture, he also earned a bachelor’s degree in Chinese Civilization from George Mason University in 1983. He graduated from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute (TAI) in Columbia, Maryland, in 1985 and has maintained a private practice in Classical Five Element Acupuncture since.

Additionally, he continued his acupuncture studies with J. R. Worsley, earning his BAc (UK) from the College of Traditional Acupuncture, UK, in 1989; MAc from the TAI in 1990; and AcM (UK) in 1996. He organized and attended numerous Patient Consultation Days and Seminars with J. R. and Judy Worsley. Additionally, David is a graduate and was a coaching assistant in their Basic and Advanced Teacher Training programs. He was also a clinical supervisor at TAI from 1995–1997. From 1997 until 2008 he participated in the Worsley’s Master Apprentice Program, serving as a senior coach from 2002–2008. He was a founding member and president of the Worsley Institute, a non-profit educational organization, from 1998–2008.

Meanwhile, David continued to study and teach T’ai Chi. Within a year of moving to Seattle in 2005, he established the Seattle School of T’ai Chi (taichiseattle. com) and, shortly after, co-founded with his wife, April Hulvershorn, the Center for Classical Five Element Acupuncture ( where they both practice.

Vincent Matteucci, M.D.


Vincent Matteucci MD 2Dr. Matteucci practices comprehensive ophthalmology and focuses on cataract surgery, eyelid surgery, and laser surgery. He treats most medical diseases of the eye such as diabetic eye disease, glaucoma and macular degeneration. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, he received his medical degree from Tulane University Medical School, completing his internship at the University of Utah and his residency at University of California, Los Angeles, Jules Stein Eye Institute. He lives in Bellingham, where he pracitices with the Northwest Eye Clinic. In addition to his practice at the clinic, Dr. Matteucci has participated in volunteer cataract surgery missions in El Salvador for Peace Health Hospital and Surgical Eye Expeditions. He is a member of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the WA Association of Eye Physicians & Surgeons, and is Board Certified with the American Board of Ophthalmology.

Roland Matthews, M.Ac., L.Ac., B.Ed.

Roland3 copyAcupuncture Sciences
Mindfulness Practices
Roland J Matthews has been studying Chinese medicine and philosophy for the last twenty years. After years of studying Jin Shin Do, a form of acupressure, he was inspired to study acupuncture. He attended the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture in Florida (2002) and is board-certified in acupuncture by NCCAOM. He founded MAI in 2006. In addition to serving as the school’s executive director, he teaches and maintains a small private practice.

Linda Munson, Ph.D. (ABD), M.T.C.M., L.Ac.

LindaStudent Clinic Supervisor
Introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine                                                                                                          Acupuncture Therapeutics, Differential Diagnosis & Point Location Review
Linda Munson is a licensed acupuncturist (2002) and massage practitioner (1997). Board-certified in acupuncture by the NCCAOM, she has taught at Middle Way Acupuncture institute since 2008. Prior to studying Chinese Medicine and massage, Linda worked in Arctic Alaska for 16 years as a Native teacher trainer with the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and as an elementary school teacher with the North Slope Borough School District.

Before that she spent 5 years in highland Guatemala with the Proyecto Linguistico Francisco Marroquin writing a grammar and teaching literacy in Mam, a Mayan language. She also has extensive experience working with Southwest Native tribes developing bilingual curricula through the University of California, San Diego. Linda holds a B.A. in French Language and Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles (1970), and an M.A. and ABD in Linguistics from the University of California, San Diego (1983). Linda maintains a small private practice and sees patients part-time in a physician’s office.

Robert Shapiro, M.Ed.

Qi Gong & Tai Chi Practices
bobBWBob Shapiro has been a practitioner of Tai Chi and Qigong since 1972. He has trained over the years with various Masters and Teachers both Chinese and American. Bob began teaching Tai Chi and Qigong 25 years ago and has taught in a variety of community, educational and clinical settings, including Middle Way Acupuncture Institute since its inception. Bob has an MA in Adult Education and a National Certification in Group Psychotherapy. His specialty is Experiential Learning.

Matthew Van Dyke, M.Ac., L.Ac.

MattPractice Management 2, Acupuncture Sciences
Student Clinic Supervisor
Matt Van Dyke was born and raised in Western Washington, however, his study of acupuncture took him to Five Branches University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Santa Cruz, California, where he received a 4 year Masters Degree in Chinese Medicine. His training included extensive instruction not only in Acupuncture, but also in Herbal Therapy, Tui Na (Chinese Massage), Nutritional Therapy and counseling, and Qi Gong. In 2005 he undertook a month long internship at Liao Ning hospital in Shenyang China, where he studied with Dr. Ma Lao Shi, respected Acupuncturist and Physician. Matt currently practices Chinese Medicine from London Health Center in Ferndale and at Bellwether Medical Acupuncture in Bellingham. His primary focus is on pain management, however, he sees and has had great success with a variety of complaints, in addition to working towards disease prevention. He has been at Middle Way since 2009.

Carolyn Watson, M.S., L.Ac.,

CarolynFood Therapy
Practice Management
Surface Anatomy, Musculo-skeletal Anatomy
Carolyn Watson is a human movement specialist and acupuncturist. She operates a large movement education center, Core Kinetics Movement & Pilates, in Bellingham. She has been teaching anatomy, human movement, and business classes for over 16 years, and greatly enjoys being a student as well as a teacher. She has taught at Middle Way since 2012.

Luna Way, M.Ed., L.M.P.

LunaIntro to 5E

Luna Way, a Middle Way Acupuncture Institute graduate (2010), earned her Master’s degree in Education from Lesley University (1998) and spent twenty one years teaching in public schools. She received her first acupuncture treatment for hay fever and got instant relief in 1992. Within five years her hay fever was completely gone and she was hooked on acupuncture. She started reading and ingesting the theory of Chinese Medicine as well as taking classes in vibrational Acupuncture using tuning forks and Tibetan bowls, Cranial Sacral, Reiki, Hypnotherapy and Counseling, Shiatsu, and Massage. In her Shiatsu training, she became hooked on the concept of the 5 Elements. Her father had taught her about watching and studying nature to forecast the seasons, so 5 Element Theory made perfect sense to her. She had found in her bodywork that she needed to understand the deeper reason for disease, so in 2007 she enrolled at MAI because it offered both 5-Element and TCM. Having been a teacher since 1984, she began teaching both 5-Element theory and Shiatsu at Whatcom Community College. She has taught at Middle Way since 2013.

Susan Wellman, M.T.C.M., L.Ac., L.M.P.

SusanStudent Clinic Supervisor
Susan Wellman worked as a visual artist before studying Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Seattle, WA. She graduated in March, 2002, and then opened The Wellman Clinic in Mount Vernon, WA, in June of that year. She is board certified by NCCAOM in both acupuncture and Chinese herbology. She holds a BA degree in Psychology (cumlaude) from Seattle University (1993) and became licensed as a Massage Therapist in 1985. She recently completed a two year graduate mentorship program with Sharon Weizenbaum through White Pine Healing Arts in Amherst, MA. When not seeing patients in her busy practice, or training students in her position as a clinical supervisor (since 2011) at Middle Way Acupuncture Institute, she spends her time playing in a Jazz trio and riding her horse.

Rebecca Wilhelm, N.D., L.Ac.

Clinical Nutrition
Biomedical Survey 1 & 2
Rebecca Wilhelm is a licensed acupuncturist and naturopathic physician. A graduate of Bastyr University, she graduated from both programs in 2004 and now practices in Mount Vernon and Arlington. She has a family medicine practice with an emphasis in natural health care, and specializes in women’s health and digestive illnesses. In her free time, she has a small farm south of Mt. Vernon with alpaca, sheep, 21 chickens, and 1-2 spoiled cats.


Stephen Brown, L.Ac.,
Japanese Meridian Therapy

Serena Emerson, L.M.P.

Cathy Follis, D. C.
Biomedical Test Prep



Brenda Loew, M. Ac., L.Ac.,
Hara Diagnosis
Manaka’s Cords

Jason Robertson, L.Ac.,
Channel Therapy

        C. Griffin Trotter,  M.D.,

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