Experience & Education in all three fields of endevour


Web Development

Web Development Education

Bachelor's in Computer Science

Roosevelt University, Schaumburg, Illinois, May 2002
Honors, Dean's List, GPA 4.0

I love the Analysis and Design of projects, seeing them from a larger view and then adding in the details until its a design I am proud to share with others.

Web Development Skills Overview

PHP was my first web language, so I've been using it for about 15 years. I have always included MySQL, JavaScript, CSS and HTML, so 15 years for them, too. CSS3, HTML5, Bootstrap, JQuery and Wordpress are newer skills, yet I've dug deep become pretty familiar with them, as well.

Skills & Tools

  • PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, CSS(3), HTML(5), Bootstrap, JQuery, Wordpress
  • Familiar with Adobe Illustrator, Node.js, NPM, React, Heroku, API frameworks (ie. Google Maps)
  • Git versioning using Command Line and Bitbucket
  • Comfortable with Mac, Linux or Windows OS (prefer Mac or Linux)
  • Experience working in tandem with graphic artists and other programmers
  • Versed in cross-browser issues, and web application security
  • Continual study of clean code principles and object oriented design patterns
  • 30+ years of developing lasting relationships with clients

Web Development Continuing Education

Some recent courses and tutorials I've taken

JavaScript Foundations

Course at

Fundamentals of programming with JavaScript, including Document Fragments, Design Patterns and JavaScript Application Frameworks, like BackboneJS.

Freelance Projects - Keepin' busy and on top of things!

Po Shen's Workshop

For now, this is my online portfolio. My vision is to see it grow into a place where Web Developers, Healing Arts practitioners and Martial Artists can explore deep articles, videos and more!

PHP, MySQL, HTML(5), CSS(3), JavaScript, AJAX, JQuery, Bootstrap, Google Maps API calls, Git, Adobe Illustrator, and more! Look into The Making of Po Shen's Workshop to find out about all the web development skills and technologies used to make this site.

Golden Cabinet Herbal Pharmacy

This business worked with web developers to create an online customer portal. I was hired as a consultant to examine their customer order processes and evaluate the effectiveness of their new customer portal.

This required all I've learned as a Web Developer, from programming, to security, good coding practices, and even HIPAA regulations.

Acupuncture Continuing Education Website

Currently in development, this site will allow acupuncturists (and other natural healthcare practitioners) to log in and take courses to obtain continuing education courses so they can keep their licenses current.

PHP, MySQL, HTML(5), CSS(3), AJAX, JQuery, Bootstrap, JavaScript, Stripe API calls and more.

HIPAA-compliant, practice management application

Still in early development, this large-scale web application is a HIPAA-compliant, web-based practice management application for acupuncturists. The project integrates patient charting, scheduling, and in-house inventory, as well as a patient portal.

PHP, MySQL, HTML(5), CSS(3), AJAX, JQuery, Bootstrap, JavaScript, API calls to Twillio and Stripe, and more.

Grafletics, Inc.

Grafletics needed a new website footer design. A few rounds of feedback and a half hour later, done!

The founder, Rick Gilbert, provided links to some sites with footers he liked, and I used Adobe Illustrator to create mockups. He hasn't yet put up the new design. ;(

TRC, Inc.

Freelance web developer project to create a web-based application that allows truckers to pay their taxes online directly to the IRS.

It sure was fun delving into the reams of XML/SOAP requirements provided by the IRS!


On-the-job Projects - Who took my Yoda action figure?!

Eswoosh, Inc.

Rolling Meadows, Illinois, 2001 - 2002

Just before graduating with my computer science degree, I worked with this company as a Web Application Developer and Internet Technology Consultant. I developed dynamic internet applications, met with clients to gather requirements, and worked in tandem with the graphic artists and other developers to prefect the look and feel of our projects.

Rolling Meadows Chamber of Commerce

Real Estate Lookup

Developed a section of their public website for the community to research available real estate by categories. There was also a backend administrative form for managing the data.

PHP, MySQL, HTML, CSS, JavaScript

Klaucens & Associates, Inc.

Northbrooks, Illinois, 1998 - 2000

I acted as technical support, web master, systems analyst and programmer, and assisted engineers in designing electrical, HVAC, plumbing and fire protection systems

Portfolio Website

Designed a nice portfolio site for the company. This was in the old days before Wordpress and such.

PHP, MySQL, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator

AutoLisp Symbol Manager

"Lost in Stupid Parentheses" - well, that might be a LISP programmer's anacronym, yet I thoroughly enjoyed creating this interactive symbol manager to make the lives of us drafters, as well as the electricians, plumbers and HVAC engineers so much easier.

AutoLisp, Lots of math (google was my friend)!

Plotter Paper Tracker

Yes, Visual Basic. What can I say? I loved creating applications to share with the company. This one tracked plotter paper usage and cost.

Visual Basic! ;]


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Healing Arts Education

Master's in Science of Oriental Medicine

Southwest Acupuncture College, Albuquerque, New Mexico, May 2008

“A picture is worth a thousand words.” Ancient scientists recognized life as patterns, much like how modern physicists see matter as vibrating modes. Life’s patterns are a language which, like any language, expresses meaning. Ancient physicians focused on understanding this universal language and recorded their findings as healing principles and practices. Yin and Yang are at the core of Asian Medicine, and like 0 and 1, represent a binary pattern that can uncover the secrets of the Universe.

Massage Therapy Certification

Chicago School of Massage Therapy (now Cortiva), Chicago, Illinois, May 1989, Class 14

500-hour year-long course on all aspects of healing through touch, including anatomy & physiology, study of various techniques (such as shiatsu, swedish, sports massage, trigger point therapy, and more).

Healing Arts Licenses & Titles

Doctor of Oriental Medicine (D.O.M.)

New Mexico acupuncture and primary healthcare provider license, 2008

Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.)

Oregon acupuncture license, 2012

Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (Dipl. OM. (NCCAOM))

National board certification

Healing Arts Continuing Education

An overview of my continued training....

Traditional Chinese Medicine Continuing Education

Koshi Balancing, Shonishin Pediatric Acupuncture, Channel Theory, Fukushin Abdominal Diagnosis, Shan Han Lun, and more

Advanced Bodywork Courses and Continuing Education

Craniosacral Therapy, Structural Integration, Hakomi Bodywork, Sotei Exercises, Aston Patterning, Tui Na, Jin Shin Do, Shiatsu, and more

Healing Arts Experience: Physician, Educator and Eternal Student

Spirit River Healing Arts

Doctor of Oriental Medicine / Licensed Acupuncturist
Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2008 – 2012 / Portland, Oregon, 2012 – December 2016

Owner and physician at Spirit River Healing Arts, my own Traditional Chinese Medicine practice. As the owner, I also handled marketing, bookkeeping, and inventory, and treated patients using the following:

  • Acupuncture and adjunctive therapies (herbal formulas, dietary and lifestyle plans, moxabustion, cupping, gua sha, etc.)
  • Advanced Bodywork techniques (ie. Craniosacral Therapy, Structural Integration, fascial release techniques, Acupressure styles, Tui Na, Dao Yin longevity exercises, and more)
  • Mindfulness meditation, as well as other Western style meditation practices, and Eastern-style Qi Gong, Nei Gong (internal techniques) meditation and healing practices
  • Taiji Chuan (aka Tai Chi) instruction both as prescriptive and mindfulness-based exercise, and as martial arts training
  • Decades of experience with a wide variety of conditions

Working Class Acupuncture

Licensed Acupuncturist, Manager of Hillsdale, OR clinic
Portland, Oregon, Feb 2013 – May 2015

Managed WCA's Hillsdale clinic and also treated patients in this community-style acupuncture clinic. As an acupuncturist, I saw 20-30 patients each 4-hour shift. As the clinic manager, I handled oversight of ordering, cleaning, building maintenance, new acupuncturist training, and more. I attended regular meetings with the other location managers and helped set business policies. I loved the patients and always shared more, such as bodywork, herbs and other modalities.

Casita Community Acupuncture

Doctor of Oriental Medicine
Albuquerque, NM, 2011 - 2012

A friend needed help at her wonderful community-style clinic in New Mexico. I helped by seeing 20 – 30 patients per shift. Treatments included acupuncture, moxabustion, cupping, Tui Na, suggesting herbal patents, and more.

Doctor of Oriental Medicine Consultant

Kid Power Therapy Associates, Inc.
Albuquerque, New Mexico, Summer 2010

Imagine a Kung Fu Panda style training gym for kids run by brilliant and compassionate healers of all kinds. I had the honor of assisting as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, sharing traditional Chinese medicine therapies with the Kid Power staff of Occupational and Physical Therapists, Speech Therapists and others.

One of my favorite memories was teaching Taiji Chuan exercises to a young girl with brain damage. She could not make movements which crossed over her body's centerline. After the exercises, she was able to perform these movements and then opened up to communicate with her therapists in a way she had not done before!

Herbal Consultant and Research Assistant

Golden Flower Chinese Herbs
Albuquerque, New Mexico, 2007 - 2008

I acted as a consultant for those calling for help understanding the proper use of herbs. This included medical doctors, veterinarians, doctors of oriental medicine and licensed acupuncturists, and chiropractors. I also performed industry research and organized the data to or professional advocacy and marketing.

Professor of Taiji Chuan

Pacific College of Oriental Medicine - Chicago
Chicago, Illinois, 2004 - 2005

While still a student at the college, I was asked to design and instruct the Yang Style Taiji Chuan curriculum at this college of traditional oriental medicine. I taught classes, discussed Daoist philosophy and how the art and science of Taiji Chuan would benefit students both as a therapy to offer their patients, as well as a personal practice to improve their skills as a physician.

Acupuncture Intern and Bodyworker

Dr. Lixin Sha
Chicago, IL, 2004

Assisted Dr. Sha in treating patients and was specifically requested for my skill in therapeutic bodywork. This was an amazing opportunity to learn from a respected and skilled M.D. and traditionally trained acupuncture physician.

Massage Therapist

Heart in Hand Wholistic Healing Center
Chicago, Illinois, Sometime around 1990-ish

Back in the day, near the beginnings of my massage therapy / bodywork arts practice, I worked in conjunction with a psychotherapist (who mostly utilized Hakomi body-centered psychotherapy) and a group of bodyworkers. My skills and understanding grew, cultivated by learning from and working with amazing healers who performed bodywork (Craniosacral Therapy, Structural Integration and more), and Shamanic work (such as Mary Thunder who combined Native American rituals with 10-step program work).

Massage Therapist

Lutheran General Massage Therapy Program
Park Ridge, Illinois, 1988 - 1990

I developed the Massage Therapy program at the hospital's wellness center, treated a wide variety of hospital and community patients, and also handled marketing.


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Martial Arts Education

Taiji Chuan

No ranking system, just training for almost 30 years
Teachers include: Master Kimball Paul, Master Ron Hoffman at Crossroads Academy for the Study of the Internal arts
Also, years of continuous self-study

Shotokan Karate

Shodan (1st degree black belt) in Shotokan style Karate
Issued by Sensei Jefferey Kohn, founder of Karate Can Do.

Martial Arts Teaching Experience

Taiji Chuan Instructor

Spirit River Taiji School

Chicago, Illinois / Albuquerque, New Mexico / Portland, Oregon

Private and Group classes teaching Taiji Chuan 3-section form, push hands, postural alignment for developing Qi power, martial arts applications, Dao Yin longevity exercises, Mindfulness and Daoist style meditations.

Pacific College of Oriental Medicine

Chicago, Illinois

While still a student at the college, I was asked to design and instruct the Yang Style Taiji Chuan curriculum at this college of traditional oriental medicine. I taught classes, discussed Daoist philosophy and how the art and science of Taiji Chuan would benefit students both as a therapy to offer their patients, as well as a personal practice to improve their skills as a physician.

Japanese Cultural Center

Chicago, Illinois

Private and Group classes teaching Taiji Chuan 3-section form, push hands, postural alignment for developing Qi power, martial arts applications, Dao Yin longevity exercises, Mindfulness and Daoist style meditations.

Aikido Assistant Instructor

Tokushinkan Dojo

Oak Park, Illinois

Group classes in Aikido, as well as integrating Taiji Chuan principles into the practice.

Shotokan Karate Instructor

North Shore Martial Arts Academy

Morton Grove and Highland Park, Illinois, 1978 - 1988

Private and Group classes, Adults, children and those with disabilities

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