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Holly Guzmán, OMD, L.Ac

Teaching is a passion for Holly. It feels to her like she has a pact with the future of health care, to pass on the wisdom that has been so generously shared with her. With a lifetime of clinical experience, practical information is easy to convey in her seminars. It is important to her to keep it lively and fresh.

Originally, Holly was the first person to host Kiiko as a teacher, so Kiiko’s first acupuncture seminar ever, was in Santa Cruz in 1984 . After almost 30 years of hosting Kiiko seminars regularly in Santa Cruz, Kiiko Matsumoto has now trusted Holly Guzman to be the one who archives Kiiko’s teaching material in video form for students to learn and review her powerful work; KMS (Kiiko Matsumoto Style). Additional practitioners whom Holly has hosted for seminars, such as Lillian Bridges, have courses up on this website. Every year Holly holds new seminars herself, at home and in conferences, and brings prized teachers to come and teach in Santa Cruz.

Holly Guzman has consistently practiced in California and taught Chinese Medicine at schools and conferences since 1983. She began learning at age 13 in Afghanistan, with the help of the Chinese Embassy. After an independent study in acupuncture at UCSC, her foundational teachers included Dr. Tin Yao So, who was the founder of the first school of acupuncture in the USA; Ted Kaptchuk, with whom she apprenticed in his clinic and assisted him in opening the first acupuncture clinic in a State Hospital; Kiiko Matsumoto, founder of KMS style Japanese acupuncture; an apprenticeship with Miriam Lee, who was pivotal in legalizing acupuncture in California; and Yat Ki Lai, a legendary herbalist and faculty at ACTCM.

Since 1984 she has been Faculty at Five Branches University of Chinese Medicine. Holly received her doctorate in Chinese Medicine in 1988, following extensive study in Japan and China. Holly has been studying with Jeffrey Yuen since 1996. She and her son Jason Eagle have been producing and improving educational videos for practitioners since 2012.

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