About Dr. Mel McDonald
Dr. Mel McDonald was previously in clinical practice at NEWS from 1998 to 2011, where he practiced Integrative Medicine with Drs. Elizabeth Schultz, DO and Kirk Melville, MD, in Watkinsville, Georgia. He specializes in Oriental Internal Medicine, Acupuncture; acute & chronic pain management, stress disorders and Naturopathic Internal Medicine. Also included in the focus of his practice, are gastrointestinal, immune, adrenal and emotional disorders. He is currently in private practice at 999 Baxter Street, Suite B, Athens, GA, 30606.
Dr. McDonald received his Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM) degree from Five Branches University, San Jose, CA. His Oriental medical education also consisted of a four-year Masters degree from East West College of Natural Medicine and a one-year postgraduate internship with Dr. David Cohen, DO, FAAMA (Fellow of the American Board of Medical Acupuncture). His postgraduate specialty with Dr. Cohen was done in French Energetic & Electro-Acupuncture. His combined education in Oriental and Naturopathic medicine total over 12 years. Prior to his Oriental medical education, Mel spent six years earning two doctoral degrees (Doctor of Naturopathy-distance learning and Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine-residential). His Naturopathic medical education is over and above the usual four-year education at most residential naturopathic schools and was combined with a three-year externship at NEWS, which totaled over 3,000 clinical hours alone with an additional 2,000+ hours didactic.
Dr. McDonald is a Licensed Acupuncturist (LAc) in the State of Georgia and the State of Colorado. He is a Federally Registered Naturopath in Washington, DC. Dr. McDonald is Board Certified (NCCAOM) in Oriental Medicine (Dipl. OM) and Acupuncture (Dipl. Ac), and he is also a Board Certified Naturopathic Physician (ANMCAB/ANMA).
**Dr. McDonald is currently accepting new patients.
- American Association of Oriental Medicine
- Arkansas Association of Oriental Medicine
- Georgia State Oriental Medicine Association
- Georgia Association of Medical Acupuncturists
- Idaho Association of Naturopathic Physicians
- American Naturopathic Medical Association
Xuejiao (Jo) Feng, MAcOM, LAc is Nationally Board-Certified in Oriental Medicine by NCCAOM and is a Licensed Acupuncturist by Georgia Composite Medical Board. She earned dual Bachelor of Science degrees from Birmingham-Southern College in 2013 and earned her Masters of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree (MAcOM) from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM).
During her time at OCOM, she was an exemplary student and clinician in the resident training clinic. She excelled and consistently scored in the highest percentile range in the degree program at OCOM. She gave acupuncture treatments in the OCOM intern clinic, Quest Center for Integrative Health, and Providence Infusion Acupuncture Clinic in Portland. She is highly trained in treating pain relief, GI discomfort, women’s health, mental-emotional health, psoriasis, eczema, sleep disorders, fatigue, preventative care and many more health related isssues! To achieve the best results for patients, she often utilizes other modalities such as Electrical Stimulation, Cupping, Moxibustion, Chinese herbal formulas, and manual therapies such as Tuina, etc. She values communication with patients so they feel more at ease, confident and comfortable with the acupuncture treatments and prescribed herbal formulas in Chinese Medicine. She respects individuality and advocates equality for ALL.
Xuejiao was born and raised in Baotou, China and attended high school in Beijing. She has since, lived in Philadelphia PA, Portland OR and now has recently relocated to live and practice in Athens, GA and to also to be closer to her family.
Languages Spoken Chinese, English
School Five Branches University, East West College of Natural Medicine, University of Natural Medicine, Clayton College, Southern College of Naturopathic Med
Degree Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Master of Science in Oriental Medicine, Bachelor of Professional Health Sciences, Doctor of Naturopathy, Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine.
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