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Board of Trustees

David Berkshire, President

David Berkshire

David Berkshire apprenticed with David Ford from 1998 – 2010, graduated from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2001 and participates in the annual MAP seminar with Judy Worsley. Currently David balances time with his wife and daughter with a busy clinical practice, running 2 large integrative medical clinics, teaching in the Classical Chinese Medicine program at National College of Natural Medicine and serving the Worsley Institute as its newest Board of Trustees President.
“I love Chinese Medicine and Worsley Acupuncture reflects the heart of our medicine and my hope is through example I can help others see the power of the simplicity of nature.”

Annette Sessions, M.D., Secretary

Annette Sessions, M.D.

Annette Sessions currently resides in Rochester, NY, where she is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Urology at the University of Rochester. During this tenure, she experienced the power and beauty of Worsley Five-Element Acupuncture® through the sharp end of the needle. In hopes of offering this medicine to her own patients, she studied this lineage of acupuncture through GLITCA, completing the requirements in 2009 and participating in the subsequent Master Apprentice Programs (MAP℠). She now practices both WFEA and urology through the University. Prior education included earning an A.B. in French at Duke University (1989), a M.A. through Middlebury College’s school in France (1990), and a M.D. at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (1997). She completed her residency in Urologic Surgery at the University of Rochester, subsequently joining the Department of Urology.

Sabeeha Kurji, Treasurer

Sabeeha Kurji, R.TCM.P, L.Ac., MSOM

Sabeeha graduated from Samra University of Oriental Medicine in 1999. She continued her studies in acupuncture orthopaedics, neural injections and nutritional therapy. Sabeeha then went on to deepen her knowledge of Chinese Medicine with postgraduate certification in Worsley Classical Five-Element Acupuncture®, graduating from the Institute of Classical Five-Element Acupuncture in 2007. She has also been a Hatha Yoga instructor since the age of 18 and is a certified 500 hr Master of Yoga through the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center. She completed Basic Teacher Training with the Worsley Institute in 2016. She is currently enrolled in the Worsley MAP program.

Daniel Axelrod

Daniel Axelrod, L.Ac. M.Ac.O.M.

Daniel graduated from the Institute of Classical Five-Element Acupuncture in Santa Monica, CA, in 2002. He started practicing Worsley Acupuncture in Portland, OR in 2001 and now lives and practices in Boulder, Colorado. He has been a MAP℠ participant since 2004 and joined the board in 2012. Daniel also enjoys web design and helping with the Spirit of the Points project and the Worsley Institute website.

Meg Castagna, L.Ac.

Meg Castagna, L.Ac., M.AC.

Meg Castagna graduated from the Worsley Institute of Classical Acupuncture in 1997 and has a private practice in Portland, Maine. She has done continuing education with JR & Judy Worsley having participated in the Master Apprentice Progam (MAP℠), teacher training and consultations as well as serving on the WI Board in the late 90’s. She welcomes students to her clinic for observation and support on a regular basis and really enjoys teaching. Meg worked in the field of Human Resources for several years before becoming an acupuncturist.

“I have always been drawn to the natural world spending all of my childhood outdoors on the sea and in the woods. I cultivate a large organic garden of flowers, fruit and vegetables with a focus on supporting the environment and wildlife”.

The study of Worsley Five Element Acupuncture has deepened and broadened Meg’s love and appreciation of nature and all it has to teach us. She is grateful every day for her work with clients and believes WFEA helps the world as a whole.

Josh Luper, D.Ac., L.Ac.

Josh Luper, D.Ac., L.Ac.

Josh serves as Director for our Worsley Institute Service to the Earth℠ (WiSE℠) and is also a participant in MAP℠. He received his academic training at Middle Way Acupuncture Institute and earned his Doctor of Acupuncture from Pacific College. He co-owns and practices in an integrative naturopathic clinic in Portland, OR. In addition to his clinical focus and training in WCF-EA, Josh specializes in pain management and is also a Board-Certified Structural Integrator. When outside the clinic, he enjoys hiking and exploring the PNW as well as traveling to visit family in his hometown of Nashville TN.

Janet Darby, L.Ac.

Janet Darby trained at the College of Traditional Acupuncture (CTA), in Leamington Spa, graduating in 1996.  With over 25 years of clinical experience, she is excited to be teaching the next generation of students with the Worsley Institute Team at Worsley Institute Training (WIT) UK to preserve the integrity of this beautiful system of medicine. For many years working in Sydney and Canberra, Australia, Janet was registered with The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.  True to Worsley Classical Five-Element Acupuncture, she has successfully completed Teacher Training in Colorado, US, as well as participated in the Masters Apprenticeship Program in Boston, US, and Norfolk, UK.

She was a member of the Great Britain World Cup-winning Ladies Modern Pentathlon Team in 1979, 1980 and 1981 as well as a member of the English World Silver Medal-winning Ladies Team for Mountain Running in 1989. Although not involved in competitive sport since commencing an acupuncture career, Janet continues to have an interest in a variety of different sports and in supporting athletes to maintain health and well-being.

Advisory Board

Eric P. Hartmann, DVM, M.Ac., L.Ac.


Seattle, Washington


Judy Becker Worsley, J.D., D.Ac. 
Warwickshire, England

Ronald Pratt 
Rochester, NY

Adrienne Carlée, M.Ac. 
Charlottesville, Virginia

Kirsten Diesler, Dipl.-Kffr. Lic.Ac.
Bali, Indonesia

Heiner Fruehauf, PhD, L.Ac.
Portland, OR

Matt Cetlinski, Acupuncture Physician
Gainesville, FL

Regina Miesch, M.Ac.
Sacramento, CA

Eric Rebeyrol
Akershus, Norway

Floyd Herdrich
Richmond, VA

Tom Volf, Filmmaker, Photographer
Paris, France

Neeshee Pandit

Kauai, Hawaii


Robert Abramson, D.D.S., M.A., M.D.

East Hampton, NY


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