Editorial Team


Kevin W Chen, Ph.D.is an associate professor at the Center for Integrative Medicine and Department of Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine (USA).  Dr. Chen was educated in the universities of both China and the United States, and has years of experience and training in blending eastern and western perspectives, and in the practice of life-nurturing methods. As a long-time practitioner of Qigong Yang Sheng, he is one of the few scientists in the U.S. to have both hands-on knowledge of mind-body practice, and an active research career in mind-body medicine, which is funded through grants by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and various foundations.  Dr. Chen devotes his career and life to the practice of Yang Sheng, and promotion of self-healing and mind-body-spirit integration through the non-profit organization, World Institute for Self Healing (WISH) 


Sharon Montes, M.D. – Dr. Sharon Montes, MD, is an internationally recognized pioneer in the field of integrative health and holistic medicine.  She has practiced and taught the integration of Western/Eastern philosophy and health care for over 50 years. She has served as the medical and education director of the University of Maryland Center for Integrative Medicine. An Amazon international bestselling author, she currently offers coaching for spiritually oriented leaders who want new tools that will allow them to be of greater service with greater joy. www.livingwellwholehealth.com/pq


Managing Editor:

Catherine Cattarello — Catherine is a professional editor who has been studying eastern spiritual traditions for 15 years.  She holds a BA in English and Textual Studies, and an MA in Communications.  She is an award-winning author who has written about alternative medicine.  Catherine is excited for this opportunity to blend her interests in health and eastern wisdom with her expertise as an editor.


Previous Editors and/or Previous Staff:

Christina Barea YoungChristina Barea-Young – (Editor-in-Chief 2016-2017) a Daoist Priest of the Zheng Yi Pai and Quan Zhen Pai (China), and a Medical Qigong Therapist.  She dedicates her time to helping people find balance through Medical Qigong Therapy, Qigong & Tai Chi instruction, and TCM related talks, workshops and courses. Christina has published 2 books, the first, a translation of Daoist Scripture, and the second on qigong exercises. For more information about her please visit: http://www.therisinglotus.com/

Michelle WoodMichelle Wood –  (Editor-in-Chief 2013-2015) Rev Michelle K. Wood holds a degree in Holistic Relaxation Therapy, is a student of the Yijing, and embraces the philosophies of both Daoism and A Course In Miracles. She is a qigong and meditation instructor, enjoys Bhakti Yoga (kirtan), has studied the archetypal vibrations found in Sanskrit mantras and chants, and has journeyed on a 74-day pilgrimage to the sacred sites of India. Now in Boise, ID, she serves the community through group counseling via a weekly grief-recovery and transitions group (Stepping Stones to Joy) as well as individual spiritual counseling. For more information, please  visit: http://michellekwood.com

Rebecca Kali (Editor-in-Chief 2011-2012) is founder of Dao of Well-Being™ , the former Executive Director of the National Qigong Association, and the founding director of Qigong Alliance International (http://www.QiCentral.org),   She is a certified Medical Qigong and Daoist Qigong instructor.  Ms Kali leads workshops and retreats in the U.S. and tours to China and Tibet. Find out more at http://www.Dao-of-Well-Being.com and http://www.QigongChinaTrip.com .

Joy E. Staller, B.A.  (Editor in Chief)  is a co-founder of the Qi Dao E-newsletter. After spending many years in the computer field, she joined Dr. Kevin Chen in doing Qigong research at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. She is a long time student of religion.

Helen H. Hu, OMD, L.Ac. is A Cardiologist and Practitioner of integrated medicine. Dr. Hu is a specialist in Herbal medicine, and has a Philosophy of life structured around Oriental traditions. http://www.omdweb.net/


Solala Towler is the publisher of The Empty Vessel: the Journal of Daoist Thought and Practice. Mr. Towler has written a number of books on Daoist thought and practice, including Cha Dao: the Way of Tea and the Inner Chapters of Chuang Tzu. He leads tours to China to study Qigong and other Daoist practices in the sacred mountains of China. In addition, he has recorded CDs of meditation, relaxation, and movement music http://www.abodetao.com

Fiona_MartyFiona Tobler  — (Past Managing Editor) Fiona enjoyed a fulfilling 34-year career with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission as a Program Manager. She healed herself with qigong and now enjoys an active life again. Fiona has been a student of Buddhism for many years. She is certified in Reiki Level II. Fiona feels strongly that we should empower ourselves to be the best we can be and that we should walk in nature every day!

Jianhong_LiJianhong Li (Past Layout Editor) Born in a small town of Yao ethnic minority in China. The natural beauty of mountains, rivers and rice fields is deeply rooted inside her thus anything connected with nature makes her happy. She has been studying,working and traveling in Asia, Europe, America, and looks forward to living in the countryside and having a simple life.

Marguerite Marguerite A. Zietkiewicz (Past Layout Editor)  earned an Associates degree in Secretarial Science from Central City Business Institute in Syracuse and an Associates degree in Fine Arts from Monroe Community College in Rochester. She is a member of Rochester Contemporary Art Center, and has exhibited in the Center’s gallery. 

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