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Division of Integrative Medicine

About Us


Promoting wellness in mind, body and spirit across West Texas through education, clinical care and scholarship.


  • To promote educational opportunities for faculty, resident physicians, medical students and community health care providers;
  • To encourage ongoing and new integrative medicine research activities and collaborations;
  • To provide responsible leadership in the evidence-based advancement of integrative medicine in the primary care clinical setting.


To respect and foster a culture integrating complementary, alternative and conventional medicine in academia and community.


DIM was established in March 2013 upon the receiving of Weil Foundation Grant. With School of Medicine Dean Berk’s support, DIM successfully applied and was accepted to join Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine                     (CAHCIM) in July 2013. Since then, DIM has made strikes in promoting IM education, research and clinical care at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. 

CORE Faculty

  • Yan Zhang, Ph.D., L.Ac. Founding Director
  • Kim Peck, M.D. Assistant Director 
  • David Trotter, Ph.D.
  • Eric Ehle, D.O. Integrative Medicine Residency Track Lead Faculty (Amarillo)


Our TTUHSC faculty has been involved series of activities educating medical students, residents as well as the public sector.

Resident Education:

Integrative Medicine Residency Track (Currently offered at Amarillo site only)

Program overview:

    • This track offers additional education and training in the diagnosis and treatment of primary care patients using the tools and philosophies of integrative medicine.
    • This track addresses a number of key elements of holistic care that are often overlooked in traditional medical school curricula, including nutrition, mind-body medicine, the evidence-based use of herbal medicine and supplements, acupuncture, a focus on patient-centered communication, self-care and the importance of a healing environment. 
    • The curriculum for this special training track is taught in a longitudinal fashion over the course of the two-year program (i.e. in the second and third year of the residency), with various educational elements integrated into the standard family medicine residency curriculum. 
    • The core of the program is a web-based series of award-winning teaching modules made accessible to our residents in collaboration with University of Arizona's Center for Integrative Medicine (ACIM Curriculum). The web-based curriculum from the ACIM has already been successfully piloted at a number of residency programs across the country. Educational information from this online program is complemented by a variety of on-site interactive and experiential learning activities.
    • Residents completing the integrative medicine track will receive a certificate from the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. This certificate is applicable toward requirements for board certification in Integrative Medicine after graduation for those residents who are interested in continuing to pursue this career path.

Click here for Program Q&A

For details, please contact Dr. Eric Ehle

Medical Student Education: Integrative Medicine Elective Courses

In collaboration with the Office of Academic Affairs, DIM provides faculty mentoring and advising on the following electives.  For details, please contact Dr. Yan Zhang.

  • Integrative, Complementary, and Alternative Medicine (ICAM) Elective
  • Texas Tech Apprenticeship Program – TTAP
  • MSIV CAM research/elective rotation
  • LEAPS into IMs.  LEAPS is a CAHCIM program to enhance the leadership skills and knowledge base of future physician leaders in Integrative Medicine among medical student applicants nationwide (LEAPS into IM ). 
    • 2014 recipient: Asha Kovelamudi MSI  
    • 2015 recipient: Nuvneet Khandelwal
    • 2016 recipients:  Jasmin Aldridge and Jacquelyn Benner



April 2017:  Integrative Medicine Symposium-Keynote Speakers Alejandra Carrasco, MD and Eric Ehle, DO

March 2017:  Ming Chyu, PhD, Founder & Coordinator, Healthcare Engineering Option, Master of Engineering Program, Texas Tech University, Healthcare Engineering: Inspiring Engineering Minds to Advance Human Health  (Flyer), PowerPoint Presentation Healthcare Engineering....


April 2016:  Clinical Hypnotherapist, Hypnosis and Healing  by Bob Howell, MEd, LCDC, CRT (Flyer)

April 2016:  Mindfulness Intervention for Mental Health: Brain Mechanisms and Its Implications   by Yi-Yuan Tang, PhD, Presidential Endowed Chair in Neuroscience

October 2016:  Reiki Therapy in Western Medicine  by Robert Payne, BBA, Reiki Master-Teacher & Lesley Shelton, MA, Reiki Master-Teacher (Flyer), PowerPoint Presentation Reiki Therapy...

November 2016:  Yoga Therapy as a CAM Modality in Theory Practice  by Rachelle Atkinson, RYT500, Certified Yoga Therapist (FlyerHandoutPowerPoint Presentation Yoga Therapy...


January 2015:  Nutrition and Bone Health by Dr. Leslie Shen (Flyer)

March 2015:  The wellness benefits of community drum circles and rhythm based events by Prof. Alan Shinn and Lisa Rogers


April 2015:  Can Mindfulness Techniques Help You Handle Stress and Prevent Burn-out? By Dr. Sharmila Dissanaike (Flyer)

May 2015:  How Ayurveda Has Revolutionized My Life and My Career as an OB/GYN? By Dr. Vrinda Devani (Flyer)

October 2015:  Bodybuilding for the Brain: Mindful Learning by John Pelley, MBA, PhD  (Flyer), PowerPoint Presentation Bodybuilding for the Brain..., TEDx: Bodybuilding for the brain

The Success Types Medical Education

November 2015:  Arts in Medicine:  Hope & Healing Through the Arts  by Christine Neugebauer, MS, MT-BC, LCP

November 2015:   The Role of School of Health Professions - Students in Global Health: An Interdisciplinary Experience in Jinotega, Nicaragua (Flyer), PowerPoint Presentation The Role of School of Health...


January-May 2014:  Mindfulness and Life-Work Integration (Flyer) seminar series targeting physician and medical students:  Dr. Dissanaike as the instructor.

March 2014:  Dr. Zhang led the team and secured the second year of Weil Foundation fund to further develop the Division of Integrative Medicine.

March 2014:  Asha Kovelamudi, Swetha Mandaloju, Vivian Giles presented their poster Complementary and Alternative medicine (CAM): Perceptions and practices at TTUHSC at the MS1 Honors Project Expo.  Zhang as the faculty mentor.

May 2014:  Dr. Zhang presented two posters at International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health.   IRCIMH 2014 Yoga and Acupuncture Poster

June 2014Asha Kovelamudi MSI was selected among medical student applicants nationwide to participate in the Leadership and Education Program for Students in Integrative Medicine ( LEAPS into IM ). LEAPS is a CAHCIM program to enhance the leadership skills and knowledge base of future physician leaders in Integrative Medicine.


July 2014:  Officially started our Integrative Medicine Residency elective course at Department of Family Medicine Residency program, Dr. Peck as the leading faculty, Drs. Zhang, Trotter and Haynes as core faculty. Our residents are taking the 200 hour online curriculum, an award-winning program at University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine (Curriculum)

August 2014:  MSII initiated elective course approved:  Integrative, Complementary, and Alternative Medicine (ICAM) Elective.  28 medical students enrolled.  Drs. Zhang and Peck as faculty mentor.

Fall 2014:  Integrative Medicine monthly Lunch Lecture Series sponsored by DIM and co-organized by student ICAM group on the first Wednesday noon.  We have received good feedback about this series.

September 2014:  Tai Chi Chuan – a martial art with health benefits for all ages by Jane Colmer PhD (Flyer), PowerPoint Presentation Tai Chi Chuan

Tai Chi

September 2014:  Dr. Zhang has been accepted as one of 12 fellows selected among 60 applicants worldwide to participate in International Complementary Medicine Research Leadership and Capacity Building Program at University of Technology at Sydney, Australia Research Center for Complementary and Integrative Medicine.  This three-year program is the world-first program to help develop the next generation of leaders in the field and encourage international collaboration.


October 2014:  Reflexology, by Kelly Garry (Flyer), PowerPoint Presentation Refexology

October 2014:  MSIV initiated elective course approved:   Research Rotation Acupuncture and Women’s Health.  One student, Dr. Zhang as the faculty mentor. 

October 2014:  DIM organized a group of faculty, residents and medical students to attend Symposium of Integrative Medicine Professionals in the Land of Enchantment (SIMPLE) at Albuquerque.  Dr. Zhang was also an invited speaker.  At the conference, our residents and students had opportunities to interact with IM researchers, educators and practitioners, including Dr. Andrew Weil.

November 2014:  The Role of Music Therapy in Pain Management and Comfort Care by Robin Edwards Ph.D. (Flyer)

December 2014:  Mindfulness Based Interventions for Chronic Pain by David Trotter Ph.D. (Flyer)PowerPoint Presentation Let's Start with Guided Meditation...


March 2013:  Received Weil Foundation grant to establish DIM

June 2013:  Obtained Dean Berk’s support and successfully applied and accepted to join Consortium of Academic Health Centers for Integrative Medicine (CAHCIM)

July 2013:  Launch of Division of Integrative Medicine

September 2013:  Division of Integrative Medicine (DIM) held the first Integrative Medicine conference in conjunction with Department of Family Medicine CME events.  Dr. Arti Prasad from University of New Mexico was our keynote speaker.

(Conference Flyer)

October 2013:  Drs. Peck and Zhang attended CAHCIM annual meeting and TTUHSC was officially welcomed as the 56th member.

October 2013:  Two MSII and one MSI attended the National Student Conference for Integrative Medicine in Chicago and brought back extremely positive experiences to their peers.  Student Interest Group (Integrative and Complementary and Alternative Medicine ICAM) has been reorganized and expanded.  Drs. Zhang and Peck served as Faculty mentor.

Research and Scholarly Activities

Our faculty has an established track record in Integrative Medicine/Complementary and Alternative Medicine-related research that have results in numerous selected peer-reviewed journals publications, conference presentations, and grants/awards.  Below is a select list of most recent research activities:

Journal Articles

  • Zhang Y, Lauche R, Sibbritt D, Olaniran BA, Cook R, Adams J. (2017) The use of health information technology among American adults with chronic health conditions:  Findings from NHIS 2012,  Journal of Medical Internet Research (IMF: 5.175) (in press)
  • Yan Zhang, Jeff Dennis, Mathew Leach, Felicity Bishop, Holger Cramer, Vincent Chung, Craig Moore, Romy Lauche, Ron Cook, David Sibbritt Jon Adam (2017) Complementary and Alternative Medicine Use by U.S. Adults with headache or migraine: Results from the 2012 National Health Interview Survey,  Headache, the Journal of Head and Face Pain, doi: 10.1111/head.13148, PMID: 28742215 [Abstract]
  • Yan Zhang, Jenifer Phy, Chris Scott-Johnson, Sheila Garos, Jennie Orlando, Samuel Prien, Jaou-Chen Huang, Effects of a Delphi Consensus Acupuncture Treatment Protocol on the Levels of Stress and Vascular Tone in Women Undergoing In-Vitro Fertilization: A Randomized Clinical Trial Protocol, BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine.   2017, 17:197, DOI: 10.1186/s12906-017-1693-4, PMID: 28376836 [Abstract]
  • Laura F. DeFina, David S. Leonard, Benjamin L. Willis, Carolyn E. Barlow, Carrie E. Finley, Marjorie Jenkins, Barbara C. Pence, Yan Zhang, Ming-Chein Chyu, E. Michael Lewiecki, Chwan-Li Shen, High cardiorespiratory fitness is associated with reduced odds ratio of osteopenia and osteoporosis in women: Cooper Center Longitudinal Study, Journal of Women's Health . 2016 Oct;25(10):1073-1080, PMID: 27749191 [Abstract]
  • Holger Cramer, Helen Hall, Matthew Leach, Jane Frawley, Yan Zhang, Brenda Leung, Jon Adams, Romy Lauche, (2016) Prevalence, patterns, and predictors of meditation use among US adults: A nationally representative survey, Scientific Reports,  Article number: 36760 (2016) doi:10.1038/srep36760, PMID: 27829670 [Abstract]
  • Jane Frawley,Wenbo Peng, David Sibbritt, Lesley Ward, Romy Lauche, Yan Zhang, Jon Adams, (2016) Is there an association between women’s consultations with a massage therapist and health-related quality of life? Analyses of 1,800 women aged 56-61 years. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, doi:10.1016/j.jbmt.2016.04.008, PMID: 27814852 Article Abstract
  • Jean-Miche Brisimee; Shengping Yang; Matthew Lambert; Ming Chien Chyu; Peihsuan Tsai; Yan Zhang; Jia Han; Catherine Hudson; Eunhee Chung; Chwan-Li shen, (2016) Differences in musculoskeletal health due to gender in a rural multiethnic cohort: a Project FRONTIER study, BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders 2016, 17:181, DOI: 10.1186/s12891-016-1042-7, PMID: 27113571 [Abstract]
  • Zhang Y, Leach M, Bishop F, Leung B. (2016) A comparison of the characteristics of acupuncture-preferred consumers and non-acupuncture preferred consumers: a secondary analysis of NHIS 2012 data, Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 2016 Apr;22(4):315-22. doi: 10.1089/acm.2015.0244. Epub 2016 Mar 22. PMID: 27003512 [Abstract]
  • Holger Cramer, Lesley Ward, Amie Steel, Romy Lauche, Gustav Dobos, Yan Zhang, (2016) Prevalence, patterns, and predictors of yoga use: Results of a US nationally representative survey, submitted to Journal of Preventative Medicine, 50 (2016), pp. 230-235 DOI information: 10.1016/j.amepre.2015.07.037, PMID: 26497261 [Abstract]
  • Vincent CH Chung; Xinyin Wu; Ping Lu, Edwin P Hui1; Yan Zhang; Anthony L Zhang, Alexander YL Lau; Junkai Zhao; Min Fan, Eric TC Ziea, Bacon FL Ng, Samuel YS Wong, Justin CY Wu1. (2016) Chinese herbal medicine for symptom management in cancer palliativecare: systematic review and meta-analysis, Medicine (Baltimore). 2016 Feb;95(7):e2793. doi: 10.1097/MD.0000000000002793, PMID: 26886628 [Abstract]
  • Cramer H, Chung VCH, Lauche R, Zhang Y, Zhang A, Langhorst J, Dobos G, Characteristics of acupuncture users among internal medicine patients in Germany, Complementary Therapies in Medicine (2015), 2015 Jun;23(3):423-9. doi: 10.1016/j.ctim.2015.04.009. Epub 2015 Apr 25.
  • Zhang, Y., Leach, M., Hall, H., Sundberg, T., Ward, L., Sibbritt, D., Adams, J., (2015). Differences between male and female consumers of complementary and alternative medicine in a national U.S. population: a secondary analysis of 2012 NIHS data. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Volume 2015, Article ID 413173, 10 pages,
  • Xueyong Shen, Lixing Lao, Yan Zhang and Ke Cheng, Editorial comments Biophysical and Clinical Research on Acupuncture and Moxibustion, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 2015, Article ID 518138, 2 pages, 2015. doi:10.1155/2015/518138.
  • Ming-Chien Chyu, Yan Zhang, Jean-Michel Brismée, Raul Y. Dagda, Eugene Chaung, Vera Von Bergen, Susan Doctolero, Chwan-Li Shen. Effects of martial arts exercise on body composition, serum biomarkers and quality of life in premenopausal women, a pilot study.  Clinical Medicine Insights- Women’s Health. 2013:6 55–65, doi: 10.4137/CMWH.S11997
  • Phisitkul Sorot, Ming-Chien Chyu, Yan Zhang, Jean-Michel Brismée, Sharma Prabhakar, Raul Dagda, Dagda M, Tang L, Jia-Sheng Wang,  Chwan-Li Shen, (2013) Modified Tai Chi Exercise among End-Stage Renal Disease Patients Undergoing Hemodialysis: An Exploratory Pilot Study, Altern Integ Med 2013, 2:5

Conference Presentations

  • J.L Phy, J. Orlando, Y. Zhang, s. Garos, L. Penrose, S. Prien, J. Huang, Effect of acupuncture on vascular biomarkers and psychological well-being of women undergoing IVF, poster presentation at American Society for Reproductive Medicine Congress, San Antonio, October 28-November 1, 2017
  • Zhang Y, Tochterman A, Willnauer C.. Headache sufferers and their use of CAM: Preliminary findings from NHIS 2012.  Presentation at International Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health (ICIMH) 2016, May 17-20, Las Vegas. 
  • Chwan-Li Shen, Shengping Yang, Jean-Michael Brismee, Peihsuan Tsai, Ming-Chien Chyu, Yan Zhang, Jia Han, Matthew E. Lambert,  Investigation Of Gait Disturbance And Grip Strength In A Rural Cohort: A Project Frontier Study, poster at the 2015 American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), San Diego, California, May 26- 30, 2015. 
  • S. Fussner , Y. Zhang , R. smalligan , E. MacLaughlin , R. M. Bharadwaj, Effectiveness of educational interventions for practice behavior changes in dealing with fall risks in the geriatric population, poster at the 2015 Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Geriatrics Society, National Harbor, MD, May 16, 2015.
  • Armaity Austin, Roberta Weintraut, Yan Zhang, Kim Peck, Using Integrative Medicine to Enhance Student Experience in Family Medicine and the PCMH, Lecture-Discussion at the 48th STFM Annual Spring Conference, Orlando FL, April 25-29, 2015
  • Zhang Y (invited speaker): State of Acupuncture Research and Practice for Women’s Health, at 6th Symposium of Integrative Medicine Professionals in the Land of Enchantment (SIMPLE), Albuquerque, New Mexico, October 13-15, 2014
  • Zhang Y, American Adult Yoga Use: Preliminary Findings from NHIS 2012 Data, poster presentation  at The International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health (IRCIMH), Florida, USA, on May 13-16, 2014.
  • Zhang Y, American Adult Acupuncture Use: Preliminary Findings from NHIS 2012 Data, poster presentation at The International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health (IRCIMH), Florida, USA, on May 13-16, 2014.
  • Berry J., Ramirez M., Cazorla S., Vangipuram R., Acosta J., Aziz A., Purdom A., Zhang Y., Arentz C. Exploration of Demographics, Attitudes, Beliefs, and Barriers of Breast Health among Breast Cancer Patients in a West Texas Cancer Center, poster presentation at American Society of Breast Surgeons’ 15th Annual Meeting, April 30 – May 4, 2014 in Las Vegas, NV.
  • Shen CL, Defina LF, Leonard DS, Willis BL, Barlow CE, Jenkins M, Pence BC, Zhang Y, Chyu MC, E. Lewiecki ME.  High cardiorespiratory fitness is associated with reduced risk of osteopenia and osteoporosis in women: Cooper Center Longitudinal Study. American Society for Bone and Mineral Research.   ASBMR 2013 Annual Meeting, October 4-7, 2013 Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  • Shen CL, Chyu, M; Pence, Barbara; Zhang, Yan; DeFina, Laura; David Leonard; Willis, Ben; Wright, Beth; Mike Lewiecki, Positive Association Between Cardiorespiratory Fitness And Femoral Neck Bone Mineral Density: Cooper Center Longitudinal Study, poster presentation at the 60th Annual Meeting and 4th World Congress on Exercise is Medicine of the American College of Sports Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana, May 28- June 1, 2013
  • Lance Evans, Renee Bogschutz, Kathryn Panasci, Jaye Cole, Brian Irons, Grace Sun, Yan Zhang,  and Ron Cook, An education initiative to increase students’ knowledge and understanding of team-based collaborative practice: A report on the interprofessional wellness clinic, poster presentation at Annual Southern Group on Educational Affairs/Southern Group on Student Affairs (SGEA/SGSA) meeting, April 18-20, 2013, in Savannah, Georgia.
  • Grace Sun,  Renee Bogschutz, Jaye Cole, Ron Cook, Lance Evans,  Brian Irons, Kathryn Panasci, and Yan Zhang, Bridging Innovations: Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of an Interprofessional Medicare Wellness Clinic, oral presentation for the 39th The National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties 39th Annual Conference in Pittsburgh, PA.  April 11-14, 2013
  • Zhang Y, Shen LC, Brismee JM, Peck  K, Dagda R, Lo D,  Doctolero S, 2012, Exploring the Effects of Self-Managed Acupressure on Pain, Function and Osteoarthritis Biomarkers among Postmenopausal Women with Osteoarthritic Knee Pain: A Feasibility Study,  poster presentation at the  Society of Acupuncture Research 2013 International Conference  in Ann Arbor, MI, April 18-21,2013.


  • Zhang Y (Project Director), No number, 07/1/2016 to 6/30/2017, Integrative Medicine Symposium at TTUHSC, Weil Foundation, $5,000 (funded, completed)
  • Yoon YS (PI), Zhang Y (Co-I), Characterizing the Effect of Oriental Medical Treatment of Tinnitus, 9/1/2015/8/31/2016, The CH Foundation, $52,428 (funded completed)
  • Zhang Y (PI), Peck P, Trotter D, 07/1/2014 to 06/30/2015, Advancing Integrative Medicine Education among Residents , Medical Students and Health Professionals at TTUHSC, Weil Foundation,  $10,000 (funded completed)
  • Phy J (PI), Zhang Y: Effect of Acupuncture on Vascular Biomarkers and Psychological Well-Being of Women Undergoing In Vitro Fertilization (IVF), LWBIWH & UMC Women's Health Research Scholar Program 2014-2015, $20,000 (awarded, ongoing)
  • Zhang Y (Project Director 10%), 07/1/2014 to 06/30/2015, Expanding Integrative Medicine Education among Medical Students, Residents and Faculty at TTUHSC, Weil Foundation,  $30,000 (funded and completed)
  • Chauncey K, (PI) Zhang Y (program evaluator, 7%), 12/1/2013 to 11/30/2016, CPRIT 2012 RFA P-12-PPE-1: Health Behavior Change Through Public and Professional Education and Training: West Texas Cancer Survivors Network – Phase II (WTCSN – II)  $300,000 (funded, ongoing)
  • Zhang Y (Project Director 15%), 03/1/2013 to 06/30/2014, Establishment of Division of Integrative Medicine within the Department of Family and Community Medicine, Weil Foundation,  $30,000 (funded, completed)

Clinical Practice

The faculty in the department of Family and Community Medicine, have a track record of involvement in Integrative Medicine or Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) in patient care. We offer the following services:

  • Integrative Medicine Consultation Clinic:  Dr. Eric Ehle
          Contact information
          1926 civic Circle
          Amarillo, TX 79109
          Phone:  (806) 355-9355
          Fax:  (806) 340-7975

  • Texas Tech Physicians of Lubbock Family Medicine Clinic
    • Behavioral Therapy:  Dr. Trotter
    • Acupuncturist:  Dr. Zhang
    • Nutrition Consultation:  Dr. Chauncey 

          Contact Information:
          Department of Family & Community Medicine
          Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
          First Floor, Medical Pavilion 3601 4th Street
          Lubbock, Texas 79430 806-743-2757