Click here to listen to the interview with Dr. Bernard Shannon, the Executive Director of the International Institute of Medical Qigong (IIMQ). He currently serves as the Chairman of the National Qigong Association (NQA) and on the Board of Directors of the World Academic Society of Medical Qigong (China). He is an acclaimed doctor and teacher of Medical Qigong therapy who has taught Medical Qigong and treated patients in Asia, Europe and throughout North America. Dr. Shannon has been acknowledged by the National Qigong Association as a Level IV Qigong Teacher, which is the highest teaching certification granted by the National Qigong Association. This denotes wisdom, insight, Qi transmission, empowerment, and the mentoring of others in the field. As the Executive Director of the IIMQ, Dr. Shannon is responsible for creating its curriculum and overseeing various Medical Qigong programs implemented throughout several TCM colleges and Medical Qigong Institutes in Europe and North America. His vision for the IIMQ is, “…to facilitate the integration of Medical Qigong therapy into the personal and professional lives of our patients and students.” He desires “through maintaining the highest academic and clinical standards that the IIMQ will continue to bridge the gap between Eastern and Western medicine, promoting a system of health care that empowers people to heal themselves.” Dr. Shannon received his Doctor of Medical Qigong (DMQ) degree from the Western District Medical Qigong Science and Traditional Chinese Medicine Research Institute (China), license # 98029.08, and the International Institute of Medical Qigong (USA). He completed his residency training while treating patients at the Xi Yuan Hospital (China). Dr. Shannon started his martial training in the late 1980s and has trained in several styles including Muay Thai, Western Boxing, Judo, and Jiu-jitsu. Dr. Shannon is also a Sifu (Master Instructor) in Baguazhang and Yang Family Taijiquan.