Jackie Close – Jacqueline Close, MTCM, EAMP has been a Yi Ren Qi Gong student since 2012. As an acupuncturist and herbalist she has found that studying and practicing Yi Ren Qi Gong has given her a much deeper and more practical understanding of Chinese medicine. She has personally experienced the benefits of Qi Gong and believes it can have an extremely positive impact on health.
Jackie has been in private practice in Seattle since 2002. She hopes to bring her knowledge of owning and operating a successful Chinese medical clinic to the organization.
Lauri Amidon – Lauri is board vice president of the Institute of Qigong and Integrative Medicine and a certified Yi Ren Qigong instructor at IQ&IM’s Center in Bothell, WA. Lauri has served on the Board as a director and President. She also serves as an assistant to Dr. Sun in seminars and mentors in the Teacher Certification Training Program. She has been studying with Dr. Guan-Cheng Sun, the founder of Yi Ren Qigong and IQ&IM for 10 years. She has also been involved with several research studies looking at the effects of Yi Ren Medical Qigong in chronic health conditions, including chronic back pain and type 2 diabetes. In addition to Qigong, Lauri has an extensive background in dance, yoga, pilates and herbal medicine.
Guan-Cheng Sun, PhD is the founder and executive director of the Institute of Qigong & Integrative Medicine (IQ&IM). Dr. Sun earned his Ph.D. in molecular genetics from the Graduate University for Advanced Studies in Japan in 1993, and was awarded a fellowship from the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.
Dr. Sun has spent over 30 years cultivating his internal Qi and refining his skills in Qi management and has developed a new system of Qigong called “Yi Ren Qigong.” He is currently engaged in Qigong education at IQ&IM and Integrative Medicine research at Bastyr University, Kenmore, Washington.