We are so excited that you have found Elemental Wisdom! We value the opportunity to inspire and guide you, and those around you, on your journey to optimal health.

Juli Kramer, Ph.D., Founder of Elemental Wisdom

I have been married for 30 years and am blessed with two wonderful adult children. When my children were little, I trusted completely and blindly in Western medicine. When I and my children had some problems that only worsened despite doing what doctors told us to do, it started me questioning. I trusted my instincts and began researching for meaningful alternatives.

I researched, because that’s one of the things I love to do! I have my Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a cognate in Counseling Psychology. My Master’s is also in Psychology. Through my research, I found Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). I remembered documentaries I had seen as a child in the 1970s and wanted to take a deeper look. Ultimately, I decided to focus on TCM because it is rooted in over 3,000 years of documented, peer reviewed, and rigorously evaluated practices.

Now, I want to help YOU learn how to incorporate Elemental Wisdom into your life! I want you and your family to feel the calm and ease that come from healthy living. Some of the steps will be easy. Others will feel completely foreign to you and therefore harder to manage. I’ll be here to support and guide you on your journey to health!

Dr. Dayong Hou


My parents are both doctors. When I was young, I always saw a lot of neighbors come to my home and wait for my parents to return from work and give them treatment. My mother was a gynecologist who worked at the hospital, so I did not see her work with patients as often; but, I remember when my father got home, first he would treat the patients before doing anything else. He would use Chinese herbs and acupuncture. When I saw the neighbors come over, they were anxious; after my father treated them, then they felt better. They felt relaxed and happy. I thought that if I can help make people feel better, it would make me better too. My father was famous around the small town. Everybody who had a problem, their first choice was to see my father.

I remember many times at night, even at midnight, I would hear knocking at the window. The patient would tell my father that there was an emergency. He would either treat them there or go to their home. The way he cared for people made a strong impression on me. Also, when I was younger and living in China, every family was poor. They did not have enough money and did not go to the hospital very often. Usually my father did not charge them, he just helped and treated them. Every holiday, the patients would bring some gifts to my house. My house always had too many gifts! They didn’t have money, but they would bring cake, eggs, and even some chickens. These gifts helped us survive the famines and problems in the late 1950s and early 1960s. My parents were very respected. I wanted to follow in their footsteps. I wanted to learn Traditional Chinese Medicine to help people feel better. It was in my heart from growing up.

I graduated from Hei Long Jiang University of TCM, Harbin, China in 1989. Prior to and after completion of this program, I further developed my expertise by training with my father, Dr. Lusheng Hou, well known western and eastern doctor and leader of Acheng Hospital. I specialized in both individualized treatment and in diagnosis in herbs, acupuncture, Tui Na and traditional rehabilitation exercise. I completed my residency as a doctor at Harbin Dao Li Hospital and became the Director of the Acupuncture and Moxibustion Department in 1994. I am an instructor and a clinic supervisor at CSTCM and also runs my own acupuncture clinic. I am nationally certified in Acupuncture by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and as an (Licensed Acupuncturist) L.Ac. in Colorado.

Dr. Zhizhong Nan


My true love is Physics. If I had followed a traditional path, I would have study Physics at university. However, in my teens, I had a severe case of cirrhosis. I woke up every morning shedding skin. I went to a local Western medicine hospital, where the doctors put me an IV for one month. Nothing changed! I had an uncle growing up who was as close to me as a father. He was a Chinese Medicine doctor and asked me to come live with him to cure my cirrhosis. I was finally able to go live with him when I was 20 years old. He completely cured me with acupuncture and herbs! HE CURED ME! My life changed. Motivated and inspired by this experience, I attended the same university he did for Chinese Medicine.

Upon completion of my eleven-year program, I obtained a doctor’s degree of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture from the prestigious Heilongjiang University of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), one of the top medical schools in China. Prior to and after completion of this program, I further developed my expertise by training with my uncle, Dr. Jingzhen Nan, a well-known acupuncture doctor and professor at the Heilongjiang University of TCM, as well as my aunt, Dr. Xuehua Wang, a nationally renowned, top-100-doctor in China, who specializes in infertility and pediatrics. I regularly attends advanced programs of study in China and the United States to keep abreast of the latest and most innovative methods to help his patients.

I taught at the Heilongjiang University of TCM for 4 years before coming to the United States in 1992 to teach Chinese Medicine at the Colorado School of TCM. In over 21 years of teaching, I have trained thousands of acupuncturists both in China and the U.S. at schools of TCM and at seminars in both the U.S. and China.

I have also participated in clinical research and professional organizations to further people’s education about and access to the healthful benefits of acupuncture. I was a member of a clinical research team on pain management with Kaiser Permanente and Saint Joseph Hospital, 1993-1996. Since 1995, I have been the official acupuncturist for the Denver Broncos. Prior to Broncos, I also served as the official acupuncturist for the Colorado Rapids soccer team. Also, since 2004, I have been volunteering my time as a speaker of the distinguished non-profit Foundation for Wellness Professionals, a national organization of health care experts who lecture free-of-charge in their communities to educate the public on ways to maintain their health and prevent disease.


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