About Janus Lee


At a young age Janus Lee learned about natural medicine from her father, who was educated and practiced as a Naturopathic physician in Australia. Later on, stateside and unable to legally practice Naturopathy, he did emergency medicine in several volunteer capacities. Beginning in 1980 Janus used what she'd learned from her father to design and teach community education subjects such as 'Food as Medicine'.

Janus' lifelong interest in the North American pharmacopoeia led to studying plants as medicine, and to biological illustration for her BA degree. Following that in the mid 1980's, apprenticeship with a Korean-trained acupuncture physician led to further formal education and interning in three colleges of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Janus graduated with an MS in Oriental Medicine and a certificate in Asian Bodywork Therapy (ABT), including thesis work on children with ADD/ADHD. Subsequently she served in both the ABT and Acupuncture programs as teaching assistant, and then for several more years as faculty member at the Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin (AOMA).

Since 2000, Janus has also supervised Zen Shiatsu clinics at AOMA, and taught classes like 'Zen and the Art of Medicine' which she developed as an ABT elective course for acupuncturists. Janus' commitment to Asian Medicine has also extended to teaching non-acupuncture students for the last several years, both privately and at the Texas Healing Arts Institute.

When the first National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) exam in Chinese Herbology was offered in 1999, Janus was one of the first two people in Texas to successfully become an NCCAOM diplomate in Chinese Herbology. Then, when the NCCAOM exam in Asian Bodywork Therapy was introduced in 2000, Janus began successfully tutoring and teaching prep classes for this with a 100% pass rate.

A member of the American Organization of Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA) since 1999, Janus served as AOBTA State Representative in Texas until recently. Since 2000 Janus has also maintained her private practice of 'Zen medicine' at 1512.5 South Congress Ave. in Austin.

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