Governance & Faculty




  • Linda Ballantine
  • Elsa Del Toro
  • Matt Van Dyke



  • 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


  • Linda Ballantine, B.A., Director of Administration and Finance
  • Jessica Biles, B.S., Registrar, Director of Student Services, Clinic Manager
  • Elsa Del Toro, L. Ac., Director of Acupuncture & Student Clinic
  • Matt Van Dyke, M.T.C.M., L. Ac., Executive Director, Director of Herbal Certificate Program, Librarian


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

Acupuncture Sciences

Sara 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.

Director of Clinical Studies, Communication and Counseling

Elsa 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 serving as Director of Clinical Studies, she teaches communication and counseling classes and assists in conflict resolution. 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.

Jeffrey Grossman, EAMP

Practice Management

Jeffrey Grossman, EAMP, started his acupuncture career in 1997. A graduate of New England School of Acupuncture (NESA), he moved from New Jersey, to Washington State and opened up multiple clinics in the Seattle metro area. In 2002 he started a company called Acupuncture Media Works in order to help his and other struggling practices find an easier way to attract, retain and reactivate patients. His business, Acupuncture Media Works/Acuperfect Websites, now incorporates one to one coaching, group coaching, website development, and patient-attraction product development. He has also created an online summit geared toward marketing and business development for the acupuncture profession.

Jeffrey has taught business development and marketing classes at Bastyr, Yo San University, New England School of Acupuncture, and the Florida State Oriental Medicine conference. He also worked as a board member with the Acupuncture Association of Washington (now called Washington East Asian Medicine Association or WEAMA), for over 4 years.

After 20 years of marketing experience, graphic design and working with advertising agencies, Jeffrey knows well the challenges that new and seasoned practitioners face and is happy to be providing effective protocols with succinct marketing and education materials for acupuncture students.

Tai Lahans Ph.D., M.Ed., M.T.C.M., L.Ac.

Integrative Medicine, Oncology

Tai Lahans began her studies in medicine by earning a PhD from UC Berkeley in medical anthropology. Her dissertation was on the Ayurveda Shastras. She lived in Mumbai for six years serving the poor of Dherava Slum as part of a team of medical providers who utilized Ayurvedic, Western medicine, homeopathy, and Chinese medicine. The clinic she co-founded served the very rich of Bollywood in order to subsidize the medical care for the outcaste poor of Dherava which at that time was the largest slum in the world with over one million people living in it. She began studying Chinese medicine in the 1970s and has practiced Chinese medicine for the past 30 years serving mainly patients with chronic viral diseases and cancers. Teaching has also been a primary love and Tai has taught at several schools including Bastyr University and Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine. She has also taught in several clinical settings including integrated hospital oncology units. She lived in the PRC for four years studying and working on oncology units. She holds a PhD in integrated oncology from China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences in Beijing. Tai Lahans is the author of Integrating Conventional and Chinese Medicine in Cancer Care: A Clinical Guide (Elsevier – Churchill Livingstone 2007) and The Geology of the Modern Cancer Epidemic: Through the Lens of Chinese Medicine (World Scientific Publishing 2013).

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

Student 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.

Matt Van Dyke, M.T.C.M., Dipl.OM., L.Ac.

Executive Director, Acupuncture Sciences, Qi Gong Practices, 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’s clinical focus is on maximizing Quality of Life and Longevity, which includes tapping into our innate Human Potential. He enjoys living, practicing medicine, and teaching Qi Gong in Bellingham, Wa.  He has been at Middle Way since 2009.

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

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.

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., L.Ac.

Cathy Follis, D. C.
Biomedical Test Prep

Brenda Loew, M. Ac., L.Ac.,
Hara Diagnosis
Manaka Yin Yang Channel Balancing Therapy (including IPC)

Jason Robertson, L.Ac.,
Channel Therapy

C. Griffin Trotter, M.D.,

Alethea Fleming, ND
Gerontology and Rheumatology