Joe has studied Qigong, Taijiquan & Eastern philosophy and Religion since 2001 when he began his own interest in the Asian Healing arts. Joe began his search in Lincoln, NE where he met his very first Taijiquan & Qigong teacher William Kingery. Joe became an “indoor student” of Bill Kingery’s learning about Tai Chi, Qigong and Internal Martial Arts studying weekly at Bill’s own home for nearly 4 years. It was about this time that Joe found out that he could learn to do Chinese Medicine in Colorado and without hesitation he moved to Colorado the following year and began his 4 year Master of Sciences program in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine (CSTCM).
At CSTCM Joe was on Honor roll, worked on promoting Chinese Medicine at the Dragon Boat Festival held Yearly at Sloan Lake, was Co-founder of the Internal Arts Club and worked with much of the faculty being a student liaison for his class. Even during his Master’s program Joe sought more knowledge and started doing a student apprenticeship with the late Ron “Doc” Rosen.
Joe started training with “Doc” in his second year of school and would spend everyday at “Doc’s” Asian Medicine Clinic learning Classical Chinese Medicine. “Doc” was the very first Licensed Acupuncturist in the State of Colorado, studied Chinese Medicine for 53 years and developed GUAMAP and the Street Medics. Joe learned much from his time with “Doc” until his untimely passing in summer of 2007.
Despite school and apprenticeship, Joe kept up his Martial Arts studies, studying Shen Tao Taijiquan, Ghost Bat Style Kung fu and Lung Mo Xing Yi Quan with Master Craig Carpenter of the Imperial Wu Tang Temple. Though Joe still maintained his desire to heal and quickly started studying Tien Tao meditation system, Kundalini work, Energy Healing and Native American Shamanism with Master Craig Carpenter. After studying with Master Carpenter since 2005 with years of diligent work, seminars and Personal instruction Joe has been promoted to Guide Status within Tien Tao allowing him, to be one of the only ones teaching some of this Ancient Meditation healing system.
Once Joe graduated he still chose to go right back into another apprenticeship learning Japanese Style Acupuncture with Jeffrey Dann Ph.D. L.Ac. where he apprenticed for another year. During this time Joe was also accepted back to CSTCM where he was Head Instructor for Tui Na (Chinese Massage) and an assistant to senior faculty members, as well as Assistant Supervisor in student clinic.
Joe constantly seeks to improve his own knowledge and healing abilities, to this end he currently trains in Chen Style Taijiquan, Qigong and continues to work towards Master Healer Status with Tien Tao. Joe travels all over the U.S. to bring these Arts back to Lincoln, NE. He currently travels back to Colorado to Train with Master Craig Carpenter 2-3 x per year. He also trained in Chen Style Taijiquan Teacher Training program offered by Sifu Cheng Jin Cai in Houston, TX until Cheng Shifu’s untimely passing in November of 2016.
Joe is presently training in Sun Family Nei Jia Quan (Internal Martial Arts) of Xing Yi Quan, Bagua Zhang and Taijiquan with Bradford Tyrey of Oklahoma. Joe drives down monthly for weekend training with Bradford, assists him in publishing his books on the Sun Family and more.
Joe is also a Taoist adept training under Taoist Abbot Lao Zhi Chang of Four Dragons Institute.
Joe’s main areas of study are;
- Taoist Studies
- Chen Style Taijiquan and Qigong; Chinese Tui Na
- Sun Family Nei Jia Chuan; Internal Arts of Xing Yi Quan, Bagua Zhang and Taijiquan
- Chinese Classics; Zhen Jiu Da Cheng, Bin Hu Mai Xue, Nan Ching, Nei Jing, Ling Shu, Tao Te Ching, I Ching, Chuang Tzu
- Editing Chinese Translated Texts
M.S. in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Specialties include: Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine Theory & Philosophy, Body work, Tui Na, Qigong and Meditation. Academic Dean’s Honor list. Areas of interest: Pain, Autoimmune Disorders & Digestive Diseases, May 2009
Southeast Community College, Human Services, Sociology and Psychology.
1st Degree Black Belt Chen Style Taijiquan, Master Cheng Jin Cai, October 2015
Advanced Training and Diagnosis, Assessment and Treatment of Sports Injury and Pain, Whitfield Reaves, 60 hour Apprenticeship, May 2012
Tien Tao Guide, Master Craig Carpenter, May 2009
I Chun Peng (2014) (Edited by Joe Wollen), Acupuncture Today, Vol. 15 Issue 08, Inside Liver Failure, Cirrhosis and Cancer
Wollen, Joe (2008). Acupuncture Today, Student’s Corner Vol. 9 Issue 2. The Importance of Finding/Remembering a Mentor.
Wollen, Joe (2008). Acupuncture Today, Student’s Corner Vol. 9 Issue 2. The Left and Right Brain Frustrations of TCM.
Wollen, Joe (2008). Acupuncture Today, Student’s Corner Vol. 9 Issue 2. Gaining Confidence as a Student.
Beginning Tien Tao Meditation Class, March 2013 thru September 2013, General Public
Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital Holistic Health Conference, April 12th 2013, Introduction to Acupuncture and Asian Medicine
University of Nebraska Health Center, November 30th 2012, Introduction to Acupuncture and Asian Medicine and Psychological Aspects of TCM.
Nebraska Pain Symposium, August 2012, Acupuncture and the Asian Medical Model of Pain
Beginning Tien Tao Meditation Class, July 2012 thru January 2013, various clients and general public.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, November 7th 2011, Introduction to Acupuncture and Asian Medicine
Creighton Medical University, October 11th 2011, Introduction to Acupuncture and Asian Medicine
Case Management Society of America Nebraska Fall Forum, September 27th 2011, Introduction to Acupuncture and Asian Medicine
Live and Learn, City 5 TV, August 1, 2011. The Basics of Acupuncture.
Wollen, Joe (February 2011 thru April 2011). Advanced Yin Yang theory, Meridian Technique and theory, Spleen/Stomach Central Pivot, 9 Indicator Pulse Balancing. Selected advanced students at Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Wollen, Joe (March 2010). Tien Tao Meditations Class 1 & Intuitive Awareness. Various clients and general public.
Wollen, Joe (November 2008). Advanced Pulse Theory. Students at Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Wollen, Joe (August 2008). Tien Tao Meditations Class 1. Students at Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Currently only Inheritor of Tien Tao Meditation System
Taoist Adept in Taoist Distance Education under Taoist Abbot Lao Zhi Chang- July 2017
Private Student of Bradford Tyrey (3rd Generation Lineage holder of Sun Style Internal Arts) training in Bagua Zhang, Xing Yi Quan, Taijiquan and Qigong June 2017
Chen Style Taijiquan Teacher Training; Ongoing since April 2013-ended in October 2016 after death of Cheng Jin Cai
Informal Discipleship in Tui Na with Grandmaster Cheng Jin Cai September 2014-ended in October 2016 after death of Cheng Jin Cai
Since 2005, Personal & class training from High Master Craig Carpenter in Tien Tao Meditations, Native American Shamanism & Tibetan Mediation to be promoted to Guide status within this Meditation system.
The Disease of Our Time: Strategies for the Treatment of Anxiety, Depression and Other Emotional Disorders: Heiner Fruehauf; Online
The Lung: Unique Clinical Applications of Classical Herbal Strategies: Heiner Fruehauf; Online
Women’s Health: Supporting Fertility and Endocrine Function with Chinese Herbs: Heiner Fruehauf; Online
Fundamentals of Classical Chinese Herbalism Alchemy, Direction, Stability and Modification: Heiner Fruehauf; Online
Advanced Japanese Hari Acupuncture: Sensei Koei Kuwahara Hari Acupuncture, Kuzuno Genan Sensei; Shigo (Midday/Midnight Method)
Advanced Japanese Hari Acupuncture: Kuwahara Sensei Hari Acupuncture, Nakano Masanari Sensei Miyawaki 8 Extraordinary Vessel Treatment, En-Teishin Treatment; October 2019
Sotai Ho Summit II; September 2018, Numerous instructors 13 CEUs
Energetics of the Five Flavors and Canonical Formulas; Arnaud Versluys, (online) 16 CEUs
Tian Lineage Shang Han Lun Pulse diagnosis; Arnaud Versluys, (online)
Nineteen Lines of Pathology; Arnaud Versluys, (online) 16 CEUs
Dorsolateral Prefontal Cortex Treatment, June 2017 Kiiko Matsumoto (Online) 12 CEUs
Sotai Ho Summit; September 2016, Numerous instructors; 16 CEUs
Chen Style Taijiquan Teacher Certification Course, Private Training, Master Cheng Jin Cai, October 3rd-October 10th, 2015
Chen Style Taijiquan Teacher Certification Course, Private Training, Master Cheng Jin Cai, May 16th-May 23rd, 2015
Sotai Ho Module 1; April 12th 2015, Jeffrey Dann Ph.D. L.Ac. 8 CEUs
CPR/BLS Southeast Community College; March 28th 2015
Qin Bo Wei Method to treat Fire, Jason Blalack L.Ac., Feb. 22 2015-4 CEUs
Qin Bo Wei Method to treat Dampness and Dryness, Jason Blalack L.Ac, Jan 25th 2015-4 CEUs
Qin Bo Wei Method to treat Cold and Summerheat, Jason Blalack L.Ac, Dec. 14th 2014-4 CEUs
Qin Bo Wei Method to treat Deficiency and Cold, Jason Blalack L.Ac, Oct. 24th 2014-4 CEUs
Qin Bo Wei Method to Treat Blood and Deficiency, Jason Blalack L.Ac., Sept. 28th 2014-4 CEUs
Chen Style Taijiquan Teacher Certification Course, Private Training, Master Cheng Jin Cai, September 20-27th, 2014
Qin Bo Wei Method to Treat Qi and Blood, Jason Blalack, L.Ac. Sept 14th 2014-4 CEUs
Qin Bo Wei Method to Treat Phlegm and Food, Jason Blalack L.Ac., July 20th 2014-4 CEUs
Qin Bo Wei Method to Treat Wind and Phlegm, Jason Blalack L.Ac., June 22nd 2014-4 CEUs
Chen Style Taijiquan Teacher Certification Course, Private Training, Master Cheng Jin Cai, April 7-11th, 2014
Chinese Tui Na, Master Cheng Jin Cai, April 7-11th 2014
Chen Style Taijiquan Teacher Certification Course, Private Training, Master Cheng Jin Cai, August 7-12th, 2013
Chinese Tui Na, Master Cheng Jin Cai, August 7-12th 2013
Xing Nao Kai Qiao Stroke Rehab Therapy Introduction, Atsuki Maeda L.Ac, July 5th and 6th 2013-14 CEUs
Chen Style Taijiquan Teacher Certification Course, Master Cheng Jin Cai, March 29th-31st 2013
Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis I, Helen Miller L.Ac. R.N., March 2013-14 CEUs
Contemporary Chinese Pulse Diagnosis I, Helen Miller L.Ac. R.N., September 2012-14 CEUs
Ethics in Oriental Medicine, Jack Daniels LAc, March 2013-4 CEUs
Sports Acupuncture and Orthopedic Assessment Apprenticeship, Whitefield Reaves OMD, May 2012; 20 CEUs
Sports Acupuncture and Orthopedic Assessment Apprenticeship, Whitefield Reaves OMD, January 2012; 20 CEUs
Sports Acupuncture and Orthopedic Assessment Apprenticeship, Whitefield Reaves OMD, November 2011; 20 CEUs
Japanese Acupuncture and Theory. Jeffrey Dann PhD LAc February 2011-14 CEUs
CPR/BLS. Parago Jones LAc February 2011
Japanese Meridian Therapy. Stephen Brown LAc March 2010-14 CEUs
Endocrinology I. Jeffrey Yuen LAc July 2009-14 CEUs
Cosmetic Acupuncture of Face and Neck. Denise Ellinger LAc January 2009
Ongoing Instruction in Chen Style Taijiquan
Fall 2013: Student Clinic (CLI 213) CSTCM, Asst. Supervisor, Clinic Forum CSTCM
Fall 2012: Student Clinic (CLI 213) CSTCM, Asst. Supervisor, Case Studies CSTCM, Clinic Forum CSTCM
Summer 2012: Student Clinic, (CLI 213) CSTCM, Asst. Supervisor
Winter 2012: Student Clinic, (CLI 213) CSTCM, Asst. Supervisor
Spring 2011: Tui Na I, (TCM 207) CSTCM, Instructor
Spring 2011: Point Practicum 2, (TCM 115) CSTCM, Asst. Instructor
Spring 2011: Student Clinic (CLI 213), CSTCM, Asst. Supervisor
Fall 2010: Tui Na I, (TCM 207) CSTCM, Instructor
Fall 2010: Point Practicum 2, (TCM 115) CSTCM, Asst. Instructor
Fall 2010: Student Clinic, (CLI 213) CSTCM, Asst. Supervisor
Summer 2010: Tui Na I, (TCM 207) CSTCM, Instructor
Summer 2010: Point Practicum 2, (TCM 115) CSTCM, Asst. Instructor
Spring 2010: Tui Na I, (TCM 207) CSTCM, Instructor
Owner, Operator of Water by the River Asian Medicine Clinic and Nebraska Chen Style Taijiquan Development Center at Water by the River Asian Medicine Clinic (05/09-Present)
- Services include Asian Medicine treatment; Cupping, Acupuncture, Moxibustion, Gua Sha, Japanese Style Acupuncture & Moxibustion
- Qigong instruction within the Meditation tradition of Tien Tao Healing & Native American Shamanism. Currently a Guide within this System. Extensive studies in Asian Philosophy, Medicine & Religion.
- Taijiquan instruction of Chen Style Taijiquan
- Marketing and business development
Studied Japanese style Acupuncture & Moxibustion with Jeffrey Dann PhD. LAc Sept 2009 – October 2010
Mentorship with Ron “Doc” Rosen September 2006-July 2007 (Deceased 7/22/2007)
Areas of interest include: Musculoskeletal work, Pain, Complex diseases such as Cancer Treatment Support, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis.
Head Librarian at Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine (5/05 – 08/08)
- Responsible for full Library inventory and working with the Administrative Director in organizing & operating the Library.
- Hired & trained other librarians in proper organization and running of the Library
- Worked with Bookkeeper & Registrar in tracking late fees and holding students accountable for lost, or late books.
- Implemented and Developed color coding filing system, electronic inventory list & electronic late fee tracking.
Craig Carpenter, High Master of Imperial Wu Tang Martial Arts & Tien Tao Meditations. Tel: (970) 599-9338
Vladimir Dibrigida, Administrative Director of Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Tel: 303 329-6355 Ext: 11
Parago Jones, Student Clinic Director of Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Tel: 303 329-6355 Ext: 16
How to Book With Me
Call us at 402-488-6100 to schedule an appointment.
I started seeing Joe after a friend was told she would have to be on inhalers and meds her whole life from complications with bronchitis but after seeing him only a few times her cough, chest pain and breathing problems were healed. Joe has helped me in my journey healing from chronic lyme disease; he has alleviated neck pain, helped with headaches and hormone and sleep regulation.
Over the last ten years Joe has helped in preventing and treating athletic injuries for my kids with his in-office care and his at home recommendations. He helped my mother-in-law heal from a horrible accident where a semi truck hit her; she thinks his massages are the best and attributes her quick recovery from multiple severe injuries to his care.
Most remarkably, he treated my daughter when she was diagnosed with scoliosis; despite being in a brace her curve was quickly worsening to where surgery was likely. But after a year of physical therapy and frequently working with Joe, her back not only stabilized but her curve improved significantly. Our surgeon said he had never seen a back get better without surgery; we attribute this miracle largely to Joe’s skilled, wise and compassionate care.
– Jamy S.
What is integrative medicine?
Integrative medicine is healing-oriented medicine that takes account of the whole person (body, mind, and spirit), including all aspects of lifestyle. It emphasizes the therapeutic relationship and makes use of all appropriate therapies, both conventional and alternative.