The 5 Element Institute is a leader in integrating evidence based, non-pharmacological therapies in the healthcare system. Our focus is on improving patients’ health with acupuncture and other integrative medicine treatments.

Our mission is to build an inter-professional bridge between the acupuncture profession and conventional medical communities, through research, treatment, and educational programs rooted in the tradition of Worsley Five Element Acupuncture, with the object of encouraging collaborative and integrative clinical practices that can enhance the patient experience, improve health outcomes, and lower healthcare costs.

The 5 Element Institute is a leader in providing evidence-based acupuncture treatment to hospitals and other conventional medicine practices. We pioneer progressive post-graduate continuing education opportunities in acupuncture, including specialized certificate programs in Worsley Five Element Acupuncture, Pain Management Acupuncture, and Oncology Acupuncture. The Institute also supports cutting edge research to advance our understanding of acupuncture’s role in complementing conventional medical practice.

Meet Our Faculty

Michael Kowalski A.P., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)Michael Kowalski

Institute Director and Acupuncture Professor

Michael Kowalski is a licensed Acupuncture Physician and Founder/Director of the 5 Element Institute in Jacksonville, Florida. He has practiced Worsley Five Element Acupuncture for since 1984, and has been a leader in the field of acupuncture education since his first faculty appointment in 1985.

After receiving his B.A. from Yale University, Michael Kowalski earned two professional acupuncture degrees at the College of Traditional Acupuncture (UK). After graduating in 1984, he served on the College faculty, and practiced acupuncture in the faculty clinic, directed by Professor J.R. Worsley. In 1988 Michael founded the Acupuncture & Holistic Health Center in Jacksonville, where he has maintained his private practice. In 2017 Michael provided acupuncture for cancer symptom management for the pilot program in Mayo Clinic Jacksonville’s Breast Center.

Michael Kowalski has served to educate in many capacities, including as President, Dean of Acupuncture, and faculty lecturer at many entry-level acupuncture schools including the Florida Board of Acupuncture Apprenticeship program, the Mandarin School of Chinese Medicine in Jacksonville, the Classical Acupuncture Institute, the Worsley Institute of Classical Acupuncture, and he continues to serve on the faculty of the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture.

Michael loves to share his passion and knowledge of this profound system of Oriental Medicine. To learn more about Michael’s acupuncture practice, please visit the Acupuncture and Holistic Health Center website.

Judy Worsley 2Judy Worsley A.P., Dr.Ac., J.D.

Professor Emeritus

Between 1973 and 1983 Judy Worsley received her Licentiate, Bachelor, Master and Doctorate in Acupuncture certifications. Under Professor J.R. Worsley’s direction, she practiced, taught and supervised at the College of Traditional Acupuncture (UK) until 1995. During this time Judy and J.R. Worsley opened the Worsley Institute of Classical Acupuncture, an undergraduate program in the USA and in 1991 they were married.

In 1996 J.R. & Judy created the Master Apprentice Program (MAP™) for ongoing postgraduate work. Judy Becker Worsley was a devoted student of Professor J.R. Worsley from 1973 until his death in 2003. She succeeds him as the leader of this tradition of Worsley Five Element Acupuncture.One of Judy’s designated responsibilities is to be affiliated with teaching organizations that demonstrate that they practice and teach Worsley Five-Element Acupuncture both in content and spirit as taught by Professor J.R. Worsley.

Suzanne BurnellSuzanne Burnell, B.I.S., Lic.Ac., M.Ac., Dipl.Ac. (NCCAOM), A.P. (FL)

Acupuncture Professor

Suzanne Burnell has been practicing Worsley Five-Element Acupuncture since 1983, currently in Boulder, Coorado. She is a graduate of George Mason University, the Traditional Acupuncture Institute (Tai Sophia), the College of Traditional Acupuncture (UK) and the Worsley Advanced Teacher Training.

Suzanne is a teacher in the Master Apprentice Program (MAP™), having worked directly with Dr. J.R. and J.B. Worsley from its inception in 1997, is a founding member and current President of the Worsley Institute, a faculty member of the Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture (ITEA) since 1999, and a faculty member of the 5 Element Institute since 2011.

H. Joseph “Joe” Dunn, D.C., FIAMA, DABCN

Joe Dunn photoAssociate Acupuncture Professor

Joe Dunn D.C. had 12 years practicing Electrical Engineering before seeking help for chronic LBP with Chiropractic, which had a life changing impact on his severe head pain. Dr. Dunn completed his Doctorate Degree in Chiropractic Medicine in 1986 and Diplomate degree in Chiropractic Neurology in 1992. The Dunn Wellness Center started in 1987 including integrating with Acupuncture Physicians since 1989.

Dr. Dunn’s formal Acupuncture studies began at University of Miami in 2000, where Drs. Oleson, Konefel, Shore, Corbin and Strittmatter taught Auriculotherapy. Dr. Dunn completed his professional Acupuncture studies receiving National Board Certification and Florida License Certification in 2005. Dr. Dunn continued studies in Auriculotherapy with Raphael Nogier and Battlefield Acupuncture with John Howard. Dr. Dunn is currently furthering his Acupuncture studies at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada.