Stephen Xu

Stephen Xu - Chief Executive Officer, NZ College of Chinese Medicine

  • PostGradCert. TEdu., GradDip. Med., MHSc (Acu)
  • Six years medical training in China
  • Registered medical doctor in China since 1981
  • Lecturer in Medicine in China 5 years
  • NZQA Qualified Assessor US 4098 and 11552
  • CEO for New Zealand College of Chinese Medicine since 2004
  • The Vice Chairman of World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies
  • Voluntary Chairperson for Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Society for more than 20 years


Dr Vahideh Toossi - Lecturer and Clinical Supervisor, NZ College of Chinese Medicine

  • PhD in Clinical Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (Beijing University of Chinese Medicine) ; Medical Doctor (MD) (Mashhad University of Medical Sciences ); TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language).
  • Lecturer of Biomedical Sciences and Clinical supervisor
  • Course moderator for Biomedical Sciences
  • Past experience teaching medical terminology at Jahad Daneshgahi University
  • Past work experience practising western medicine and acupuncture in Mashhad (Iran), Kyrenia and Nicosia Nth Cyprus.  
  • Member of the Society of Iranian Medical Practitioners
  • Co author of 2 research articles from MD thesis on how to enhance clinical exms for medical students
  • Contributor to a Korean Lecturers research article on how to alleviate Dysmenorrhea with acupuncture and Oriental medicine
  • Two research articles orally presented and published during the 13thWorld Congress of Chinese Medicine 2016
  • Translation of Henry Lu’s Legendary Chinese Healing Herbs to Persian


Meng Jay Jing - Medical Student, Dunedin; TCM Practitioner

  • Meng Jay Jing completed a combined bachelor and master degree in Acupuncture from Beijing University of Chinese Medicine (BUCM) at 2008.
  • Before coming to New Zealand he has completed his two years’ residency training from Guang’An Men Hospital (teaching hospital of BUCM), he also worked for the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies and State Administration of Tradtional Chinese Medicine. Since 2011, he started to teach and practice acupuncture at the New Zealand College of Chinese Medicine. Jay is currently a medical student at Otago Medical School.
  • Jay specializes in treating muscular-skeletal injury and disorders and disease such as gastrointestinal upset, Irritable Bowel syndrome, asthma, hay fever, and women’s health with acupuncture and Chinese herbal formulae.
  • Jay is the member of New Zealand Chinese medicine and Acupuncture Society and New Zealand Acupuncture Standard Authority.


Dr Jessica Li Feng - Program Director/Principal, NZ College of Chinese Medicine

  • PhD in TCM, BMed, NDA, NCAE.
  • Chinese Medicine practice for 30 years.
  • NZQA recognised qualification for Workplace Assessor and Moderator
  • Awarded the title of Chief Physician by the World Federation of Chinese Medical Societies.
  • Visiting Professor for Zhejiang Chinese Medical University
  • Executive member of the Council of World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies (WFCMS) and Educational Instruction Committee of WFCMS.
  • The vice president of I Ching-Navel Needling Research Specialized Committee of WFCMS.


Bob Wang - Tutor and Lecturer, NZ College of Chinese Medicine

  • Master of Medicine(TCM) Heilongjiang University of TCM
  • Associate Chief Physician World Federation of Chinese Medicine & Acupuncture Societies
  • National Diploma of Acupuncture NZ School of Acupuncture and TCM
  • National Certificate in Adult Education
  • ACC registered Health Provider
  • Owns and operates own Acupuncture and Tuina clinic - has practiced in New Zealand since 2004
  • Tutor and Lecturer NZCCM since 2007
  • Special research and presentation interests include facial paralysis, clinical research on the use of acupuncture and herbal prescriptions on insomnia, the treatment of acute lumbar sprain with Jiaji electro-acupuncture and microsystems


Dr Damien Hoon - Musculoskeletal Radiologist, Auckland

He works as a Partner at  Auckland Radiology Group and has a consultant radiologist position at Middlemore Hospital, Counties Manukau District Health Board.

He studied medicine and trained in radiology at Auckland. Having completed his MSK and MRI fellowship in Albury, New South Wales, he worked at National Capital Diagnostic Imaging in Canberra before returning to New Zealand.

His current interests are in general, sports medicine and orthopaedic imaging with a special interest in MRI and imaging of bone and soft tissue tumours.  Damien has expertise in general musculoskeletal and spinal intervention.   He is co-section head of MRI at Middlemore Hospital, a panel member of the NZ Bone and Soft Tissue Tumour Registry and team member of the Middlemore Musculoskeletal Tumour Unit.  He has an active role in teaching and training radiology registrars.


Dr Donny Wong - Respiratory and General Physician, Auckland

I am a respiratory and general physician working full time at Waitemata DHB, working across both sites of North Shore and Waitakere hospitals.  I completed my secondary school years in Auckland and went to University of Otago where my clinical years were spent in Wellington.  My specialty training was completed in Auckland across all three DHBs, and I did my fellowship in Perth in pleural diseases as my subspecialty.


Dr Chin-Yun Lin - Dermatologist, Auckland

Dr Chin-Yun Lin is a specialist dermatologist and accredited Mohs micrographic surgeon trained across New Zealand and Australia. His specialty interests include skin cancer, melanoma, dermatitis, psoriasis, acne, pigmentary disorders, cosmetic dermatology. His clinical responsibilities include consultations and surgery at Remuera Auckland Skin & Cancer Foundation, consultations at Ormiston Hospital at Botany Junction, and Mohs surgery services for Auckland District Health Board.

After graduating as Dux of Macleans College in‭ ‬Auckland, he went on to complete his undergraduate medical degree with first-class honours at the University of New South Wales in Australia.  

He undertook his dermatology advanced training at tertiary teaching hospitals in Auckland, Hamilton, and Christchurch. Further dermatology training and a Mohs surgical fellowship were undertaken at St Vincent's Hospital and the Skin & Cancer Foundation Australia, in Sydney. He is also a member of the American College of Mohs surgery.

Dr Lin has won various dermatology awards such as the Trans-Tasman Scholarship for the best registrar presentation at the New Zealand Dermatological Society Annual Conference, and the best poster presentation at the Australasian College of Dermatologists Annual Scientific Meeting. Dr Lin also takes interest in clinical teaching and research. He has published several papers in peer-reviewed journals, and presented at international conferences such as the World Congress of Dermoscopy. Dr Lin is also on the reviewers’ panel for the Australasian Journal of Dermatology.


Mr Stanley Loo - Plastic Surgeon, Auckland

Stanley Loo is a fully trained and qualified Plastic Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgeon who has extensive experience in a wide variety in plastic surgical procedures. He is committed in providing care to the highest standard.

Originally from Auckland, Stanley graduated from the Auckland School of Medicine in 1995. His early medical training occurred in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch in a number of specialties. He then continued on to train in Plastic Surgery in Auckland, Hamilton and Wellington gaining his Royal Australasian Fellowship of Surgery (FRACS).

Stanley continued onto postgraduate training in New Zealand, Malaysia, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan, in the fields of burns, cleft lip and palate surgery, microsurgery, microtia surgery and Asian cosmetic surgery,working with world renowned leaders in their fields.

Returning to New Zealand in 2008, Stanley was appointed as a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Middlemore Hospital where he has subspecialty interests in Cleft Lip and Palate, Microvascular Surgery, Microtia Surgery and has been instrumental in the setting up of the Middlemore Head and Neck Service and the Melanoma Unit. Stanley is also involved in teaching of our future plastic surgeons.

Stanley is committed to research and has presented and published a number of papers and invited to participate in a number of international meetings.  Stanley runs New Zealand's only microvascular course at Middlemore Hospital teaching microvascular skills to all surgical trainees and specialists who require these skills. He has also been the Scientific Convenor of the New Zealand Plastic Surgical Scientific meetings. Stanley has also been appointed as an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Department of Surgery within the Faculty of Medical and Health Science at the University of Auckland.


Michelle Wong

Dr Michelle Wong - Otorhinolaryngologist, Auckland

Michelle is a Kiwi graduate who trained in Sydney and the UK. She moved back to Auckland 4 years ago to take up an Otologist position at Auckland City Hospital. She has a special interest in general otorhinolaryngology, childhood and adult ear diseases, KTP laser ear surgery and minimally invasive endoscopic ear surgery. Michelle has been involved in starting the New Zealand Dizziness and Balance Centre - the first of its kind in NZ. She has been running courses in training other ENT Surgeons with the use of the KTP in the middle ear and is a Senior lecturer at Auckland Medical School. She also works privately in a group practice: the Auckland ENT Group.


Dr Garsing Wong

Dr Garsing Wong - Appearance Medicine Specialist, Auckland

MBChB, BHB, Dip. Comm. Em. Med., Adv Cert PP Radiochemistry, FRNZCUC, FRNZCGP, MNZSCM.

DR. Garsing WONG, Registered medical practitioner in New Zealand, United Kingdom and Switzerland. Born 1965 in Auckland, graduated from the University of Auckland with Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery 1991, Bachelor of Human Biology 1987, Advanced Certificate in the Principles and Practices of Radiochemistry 1987 and the Diploma in Community Emergency Medicine 1996 as well as completing the Laser Training Course, University of Queensland 2005

Dr Garsing Wong has a cosmetic clinic well known for its specialised Botox® treatments for lower facial contouring, sweat treatment (hyperhidrosis), migraine treatment with Botox®, as well as catering for the popular anti-wrinkle properties of Botox® used for frown lines and crows feet. In addition to our innovative non surgical eyelid lift procedure, and running a dedicated Migraine Clinic, Dr Wong has introduced the first Venus Viva Nanofractional Ablative Radiofrequency Skin Rejuvenator with the MP2 skin tightening procedure also known as the Venus Freeze into New Zealand. Dr Garsing Wong continues to keep his hand in giving educational talks for the New Zealand Society of Cosmetic Medicine, holding workshops and being an examiner for the Royal New Zealand College of Urgent Care.

Present Positions:
Director of Sapphire Appearance Medicine Clinic and Chronic Migraine Clinic.
Fellow of the College of Urgent Care Physicians (formerly known as the Accident and Medical Practitioners Association)
Fellow of the Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners
Member of the International Hyperhidrosis Society.
Registered with New Zealand Medical Council and the General Medical Council, United Kingdom.

Past Positions:
Former Censor for the New Zealand College of Appearance Medicine 2012-2013
Former Secretary and Treasurer of the New Zealand College of Appearance Medicine 2010-2012
Former Chairman of the Royal New Zealand College of Urgent Care (prev. known as The Accident and Medical Practitioners Association)
Former Professional Member of the International Association for Organotherapy and Stem Cell Transplantation, Switzerland
Former Member of the Primary Care Advisory Group - Ministry of Social Development New Zealand 2007-2012
Former Medical Director of the White Cross West Auckland Accident and Medical Clinic 1996-1999
Worked in Worthing, Southlands, Orpington and Medway Hospital in England, United Kingdom. General Surgery and General Medicine in Regionalspital Thun, Switzerland.

2011 Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, Vol 10, pages 93-96 "Phosphatidyl Choline Lipolysis and Hyaluronic Acid Augmentation to Enhance Non-Surgical Lower Facial Contouring Using Botulinum Toxin Type A, Drs Garsing Roger Wong and Wen-Pei Chen".

2006 September The Journal of Sexual Medicine, Vol. 3 Issue 5 Page 892 Vardenafil Improved Erectile Function in a "Real-Life" Broad Population Study of Men with Moderate to Severe Erectile Dysfunction in Australia and New Zealand, Research Investigator for Bayer/GlaxoSmithKline Vardenafil Trial SB-782528-020.


Dr Derek Luo - Gastroenterologist, Auckland

Derek is a Consultant Gastroenterologist at Counties Manukau Health and has since 2010 and has also been in private practice since 2011. He has a broad interest in General Gastroenterology and Hepatology and has a subspecialty interest in pancreatic and hepatobiliary disease. He speaks Mandarin and Cantonese and is passionate about doing his bit for the Chinese community and has been actively involved with ACMA for the past seven years as well as being on several committees with an interest on Asian Health.


Dr Judy Huang - Gastroenterologist, Auckland

Judy is a consultant Gastroenterologist in Middlemore Hospital and the private sector. She was trained in New Zealand and completed her overseas fellowship in Cambridge University, United Kingdom. She speaks Mandarin and likes to be involved in the community and Asian Health. She has a broad interest in General Gastroenterology and Hepatology, including nutrition and intestinal failure.


Dr Stephen McBride - Infectious Diseases Physician, Auckland

Stephen McBride is the Clinical Head of Infectious Diseases and a specialist in Infectious Diseases and General Medicine at Middlemore Hospital in South Auckland, New Zealand.  He attended Auckland University School of Medicine and completed basic training in the Auckland region.  He undertook advanced training in Infectious Diseases and General Medicine in Auckland and in Oxford, United Kingdom, returning to a consultant position at Middlemore in 2010.  His areas of special interest include orthopaedic infections and travel-related infections.


Dr Laurence Teoh - Rheumatologist, Auckland

Laurence Teoh is a New Zealand born and trained Specialist Rheumatologist and General Physician. He attended Auckland School of Medicine and undertook his Physician Training in Auckland (FRACP 2012). He subsequently undertook a research fellowship year during 2014 with the Osteoarthritis Clinic and Rheumatology Unit at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney. Laurence currently works as a Rheumatologist at Medical Specialists Group, and also as a General Physician at Middlemore Hospital.


Associate Professor Elsie Ho - University of Auckland

Elsie Ho is Associate Professor of Population Mental Health and Director of the Centre for Asian and Ethnic Minority Health Research at the University of Auckland. Elsie is a leading expert in migration and Asian health studies in New Zealand, and has published internationally in numerous refereed journals and books. She has been coordinator and researcher of several commissioned research projects, including the first Asian report into mental health issues for Asian immigrants in New Zealand, completed in 2002. In 2007, Elsie was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (MNZM) for her services to migrant communities. Her current projects include migration and health trajectories, at-risk migrant families, care-giving in transnational families, Asian pre-school children, and health and wellbeing of older migrants.


Samantha Bennett - Asian, Migrant, Refugee Health Gain Manager, ADHB and WDHB 

Samantha Bennett has an education background and post graduate qualification in public health, majoring in health promotion. Samantha has worked at a national and state level in the public sector in Australia in the field of physical activity promotion developing and managing initiatives across the education and community settings for the Australian Sports Commission. At a state level at Queensland Health, she managed projects on tobacco control with Indigenous Australians, and early years development across the priority health areas such as healthy eating and physical activity.  More recently at the Health Promotion Board, Singapore, Samantha led the national planning for primary care engagement to health professionals for four years, and was actively involved in the inception of capacity building strategies to health professionals for the soft skills - Motivational Interviewing and Health Literacy in collaboration with the National University of Singapore.  

Samantha is currently working as the Asian, Migrant and Refugee Health Gain Manager, Auckland and Waitemata DHBs, and oversees the strategic planning at the population health level across the two districts with the aim of ‘increasing health gain in targeted Asian, new migrant and former refugee populations where health inequalities impact on their health status’.


Dr Khalid Shah - House Officer, Lakes DHB

I have qualifications in medicine, mental health and public health, and have worked widely in both NGOs and the DHB mental health sectors. I worked on number of initiatives/projects related to Asian health, and also have been a member of the WDHB Asian Mental Health and Addictions Governance Group.  I am currently working as a resident medical officer at Lakes DHB and also doing a part-time Master of Health Sciences from the University of Auckland.


Dr Conroy Wong - Respiratory Physician, Auckland

Conroy is a respiratory and general physician at Middlemore Hospital, Auckland and Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland. He also has a private practice at East Care Specialists in Howick.  His research is primarily focused on clinical trials evaluating new treatment options for bronchiectasis. He also has research interests in pulmonary infections, asthma and COPD.


Dr Pui Ling Chan - Endocrinologist, Auckland

Dr Pui Ling Chan (FRACP) is an Auckland trained Endocrinologist and General Medicine Physician. She is employed full time at Middlemore Hospital. Pui Ling is actively involved in  teaching and training for student and junior doctors. She regularly visits the Counties Manukau general practices (GPs) for multidisciplinary meeting and organizing CME activities to up skill the clinical knowledge of GPs in the Papakura/Takanini areas.

Pui Ling does private practice at Macmurray Specialist Center in Remuera and Cardiology Institute in Albany. Born and grew up in Malaysia, Pui Ling came to New Zealand in 2003 and started practicing medicine in NZ since 2004. She is multilingual and speaks fluent English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

Pui Ling is passionate about general Endocrinology and Diabetes. Her areas of practice include managing thyroid, pituitary, adrenal, bone/calcium metabolism, female reproductive disease, as well as general diabetes management. She welcomes all referrals on Endocrinology, Diabetes and General Medicine.

Pui Ling is passionate about travelling and found her recent trip to the Arctic Circle in Norway during winter mesmerizing, more so when she spotted the aurora borealis under the freezing -40C sky. She also enjoys tramping and hiking in the beautiful New Zealand national parks and trails in the company of her husband and two sons.


Dr Dean Corbett - Ophthalmologist, Auckland

Bachelor of Science Auckland University (Cell Biology and Botany)

Cataract, Refractive and Laser Eye Surgery: Refractive Surgery Fellow, Australian Institute of Vision, Melbourne, Australia, 1998

Glaucoma Surgery: Glaucoma Fellow, Moorfields Eye Hospital, London 1999-2000

Clinical Tutor Specialist ADHB 2000-2001

Appointments available: Remuera , Orewa, Takapuna- Fred Thomas Drive

Institute of directors course graduate

Senior Clinical Lecturer - University of Auckland

Dean Corbett is a specialist in all forms of vision correction surgery including laser eye surgery, implantable contact lenses and lens exchange procedures. He is able to advise on all surgical procedures for sight correction as well as other nonsurgical techniques to enable patients to optimise their visual potential and functioning. Dean has a particular interest in presbyopia (loss of near vision with increasing age) correcting surgery and glaucoma surgical care (fellowship at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London).

Dean has been a cautious and early user of innovative intraocular lenses (IOL’s) for those undergoing cataract surgery, being the first New Zealand ophthalmologist to implant a Rayner Toric IOL and a STAAR Toric IOL, both used to correct high corneal astigmatism. Recently, Dean was the first surgeon worldwide to implant a SYMFONY IOL, which has become the leading choice of IOLs for many surgeons around the world. This IOL has received accolades for its unique optical design, delivering exceptional visual quality and a range of vision allowing over 80% of patients to be glasses free after lens replacement (or cataract) surgery. He is currently investing two new IOL’s again as a princepal investigator which are potentially revolutionary in design.

Dean's current energies are focused on research, using exciting and innovative technologies to enhance patients’ vision and ocular comfort. He has been the Principal Investigator in New Zealand for studies into:

1. Dry eye

2. IOL’s to expand range of vision

3. New glaucoma devices for both drug delivery and pressure reduction

4. Presbyopia correction

Dean, is a Senior Clinical Lecturer and provides training to New Zealand Ophthalmic Registrars. In 2010 he was officially recognised by trainees as one of the leading teachers to registrars on the Australasian training scheme.

Outside of ophthalmology, Dean’s family is very important to him. He says his wife Tina has been incredibly supportive of his professional development and “has been the backbone of my career”. He especially enjoys seeing his children, James (24) and Genevieve (22) grow and achieve in their academic, sporting and artistic careers and they all share interests in tennis, hockey, golf, boating, skiing, diving and music.


Dr Emily Chang - Paediatric Palliative Care Specialist, Auckland

Dr Emily Chang is a paediatric palliative care specialist born and raised in New Zealand. Emily comes from a Taiwanese Chinese background and has an interest in cultural influences in paediatric palliative care.


Jess Jamieson - Paediatric Palliative Care Social Worker, Auckland

Jess Jamieson is a social worker with a background in paediatric oncology before becoming a founding member of the paediatric palliative care team at Starship Children’s Hospital.  Jess is firmly committed to the concepts of Partnership, Participation and Protection as the basis for her work.


Gemma Aburn - Paediatric Palliative Care Nurse, Auckland

Gemma Aburn is a nurse specialist in paediatric palliative care. Gemma’s nursing background is in children’s oncology and nursing education. Gemma is completing her doctoral studies, exploring staff experiences of working in children’s oncology in New Zealand.


Dr Charles Ng - Musculoskeletal Physician, Auckland

MBChB FAFMM  Dip Sports Med(London)                                         

Charles grew up in Auckland. He graduated from Otago Medical School in 1982. Postgraduate training was in O&G, general practice, manual medicine, acupuncture and sports medicine before working in general practice in Auckland.  Pursuing an ongoing interest, he underwent Fellowship training in Musculoskeletal Medicine and has been in specialist practice since 2003.

The focus of his work is the diagnosis and management of chronic musculoskeletal conditions, including spinal and sacroiliac joint pain, shoulder, hip, knee and peripheral joint pain, muscle and tendon pain, sports injuries and chronic pain disorders. Specialised management consists of diagnosis, education, exercise therapy, medication and interventional pain management ( spinal, peripheral joint and soft tissue injections ).

At the ACMA Conference, Charles will be presenting on the management of acute low back pain and the role of interventional pain management. He will participate in the panel discussion on low back pain.


Matias Ureta - Physiotherapist, Auckland

My name is Matias Ureta. I was born in Chile but was raised in Wellington, NZ. I spent 4 years as a medic in the NZ Army, prior to completing my physiotherapy degree at AUT, Auckland, in 2013. I am a father of 2, and live with my family in West Auckland. I have worked in community physiotherapy since graduation, and  have recently opened a physiotherapy practice, Viva Physiotherapy, based out of The Doctors New Lynn.


Mr Clayton Chan - Orthopaedic Surgeon, Auckland

Clayton was born and raised in Wanganui and attended Wanganui Collegiate School. He graduated from the Auckland Medical School and completed his Orthopaedic training in 1999. He then completed his fellowship training in Canada, specialising in Spine and Joint Replacement Surgery.  Since his return to New Zealand in 2002 Clayton has been in private practice in Auckland and is a Consultant in Orthopaedic and Spine Surgery at North Shore Hospital.


Dr Michal Kluger - Pain Specialist, Auckland

Dr Kluger is a specialist anaesthesiologist and pain physician who practices at Waitemata DHB and Anaesthesia Associates private group on the North Shore . He trained in Edinburgh and Adelaide before settling in New Zealand. He is part of a multidisciplinary group investigating risk factors and treatment for  persistent pain after arthroplasty, general abdominal surgery and breast surgery. He is also involved with anaesthesia research in the areas of trauma and elective joint replacement and had a role in implementing Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS)  protocols for elective hip and knee surgery and acute hip fracture surgery. Dr Kluger advocates a multidisciplinary model for the management of patients with persistent back pain.