Alicia Villamarin PhD, AP, MCHt
Dr. Alicia Villamarin obtained her Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology at New York University Medical Center, the Sackler Institute in 1996. In 2002 she graduated with a Master in Oriental Medicine and a Bachelor in Health Sciences from ATOM –Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine- (Ft. Lauderdale, Florida). Dr Villamarin is a Nationally Board Certified Acupuncture Physician. Continuing her education, she obtained her certification as Acutonics Practitioner and later, as Acutonics Teacher, she became a Master Reiki, a Master Clinical Hypnotherapist, a Pranic Healer practitioner and a Certified Yoga Teacher. She is a Senior NSEV Acupuncturist and Sound Healer. Dr. Villamarin has practiced Acupuncture and related modalities in her private clinic, Full Moon Acupuncture & Healing Arts Center, since 2002.
In addition to her work in health care, she received her Teacher Certification in her home country of Spain in 1984.
Dr. Villamarin has been a volunteer and trainer for non-profit Acupuncture organizations such as Acupuncturists without Borders: missions in Ecuador (2009) and Nepal (2010) and Pan African Acupuncture Project (PAAP) in Uganda, Africa (2012). In 2014 she traveled with a team to Upper Mustang, Nepal for the first mission of her newly founded organization “The Wu Project, Inc.”
Dr. Villamarin always felt compelled to merge and integrate East and West, science and technology, with philosophy and spirituality. With her background and continuous search for knowledge, she is able to bridge the gap and bring forth the valuable traditions often lost in modern medicine.
Maria Romero DVM, AP.
Doctor Maria Romero is a Diplomat in Oriental Medicine and an Acupuncture Physician licensed by the State of Florida. She is certified in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology by the NCCAOM (the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine).
Her private practice, located in South Miami Beach, bases its work on the belief that medicine needs both the integration of cutting-edge modern knowledge with the wisdom of ancient healing modalities; and in the belief that the way to achieve total health and wellbeing is to adjust both to meet the diversity and uniqueness of individuals.
Maria graduated from the School of Veterinary Medicine, the ISCAH, in Havana, Cuba.
She also took part of the TNT (Teacher In Training) program at the Department of Physiology and Pathology. Upon her arrival to the U.S. in 1991, she worked at the Knowles Animal Clinic, a veterinary hospital specializing in trauma and surgery for the Miami area. Her colleagues called her an "animal whisperer”.
In 2004 she obtained her Master of Oriental Medicine and Bachelor Degree of Health Sciences at the Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The following year Dr. Romero was prized with the full scholarship to continue her post-graduate clinical training at the Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine at Tianjin TCM University, China.
After returning from China, Dr. Romero dedicated herself to the enhancement of neurological awareness, integrating universal principles of spirituality and holistic health as part as her practice, as well as her own personal self-development. Maria has always been drawn to explore both scientific and mystical traditions, always questioned the meaning of existence and the relationship between spiritual evolution, health and wellbeing. In the course of her exploration and teaching, Dr. Romero obtained several other certifications including the Senior NSEV Acupuncturist, Acutonics Practitioner, Laughter Yoga Leader, Master Reiki, Akashic Records Consultant and TD Facilitator.
Dr. Romero’s earnest sense for universal responsibility prompted her healing others as a volunteer in Afghanistan in 2007-8, in India in 2011, and in Nepal, every year since 2010. Treating and training in the different communities led to realize the need for formalizing this project, so, in 2014, Maria Romero became the co-founder, along with Alicia Villamarin, of "The Wu Project", a nonprofit organization dedicated to train health care workers in the barefoot chinese medical model in remote rural areas around the world. In the summer of the same year, they gathered an excellent team of volunteers, and traveled to a remote area in Upper Mustang, Nepal, in their first mission.