Lisa B. O'Shea

Certified Qigong Master, Therapist, and Instructor
Founder of the Qi Gong Institute of Rochester

I grew up with a very western attitude about science and medicine. My father was a surgeon in a Boston suburb and both his parents were physicians as well. My grandmother was a pediatrician and my grandfather was a family doctor. I was very drawn to the fields of science and math and went to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and graduated with a BS in Chemical Engineering in 1986. I worked for a couple of large companies as an engineer, Kimberly Clark and then Mobil Chemical.

I felt a need for change beginning to grow. I received certification in Reiki and Hypnotherapy in 1988 and decided to branch out and get a teaching degree. I began the New York State teachers certification program at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY in 1992. Meanwhile, to reduce my stress level I began taking a local Tai Chi/Qigong class. Six months later my asthma had completely disappeared. This got my attention. My western medical mindset had really kept me from considering alternative therapies for asthma. Although I had done the Reiki and Hypnosis work, I had never found a way to integrate them into my busy lifestyle. Going to a weekly Tai Chi class made all the difference.

I began to study Qigong and Traditional Chinese Medicine in earnest after that. In 1995 I became a Certified Qigong Healer through the Chinese Healing Arts Center with Master T.K. Shih. By the time I finished my student teaching and got my NY State teachers certificate in Chemistry and Physics I had a modest private practice going as well as a few Qigong and Tai Chi classes. Before getting a high school teaching job I thought I would give my new business a chance. I never looked back. My only connection to the world of science and engineering now is reading Scientific American and doing home repairs.

In 1997 I became a student of Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming (YMAA) in Boston and began learning his school's system. I received instructor certification through his school in 2003 and on Nov. 5, 2012 received full certification as Qigong Master. Dr. Yang continues to influence my work and inspire me to lofty goals. I will forever be in his debt for the generosity and accessibility of his teaching.

In 1998 I created the Qi Gong Institute of Rochester, through which I offer a variety of classes in Qigong, Tai Chi, Qi Healing, Meditation, and Nutrition as well as certification in Qigong Therapy.

I have continued progressing in the field of Qigong, creating two original Qigong forms: Rising Lotus Medical Qigong in 2001 and Healthy Balance Qigong in 2012. The Rising Lotus form incorporates fluid spinal movements with visualization and breathing to clear out blockages and improve wellness. It's easy to learn and creates a wonderful flow within the body. Healthy Balance Qigong is the culmination of 18 years of teaching experience and powerfully clears out blockages and brings profound healing to the body. This form combines movement, visualization, meridians, acupuncture points, and Qi Healing techniques to facilitate healing physically, mentally, and emotionally.

There have been some other significant teachers on my journey. In 2002 I began studying with Master Hong Liu in Los Angeles, CA, learning some very powerful meditations and healers techniques. In 2007 I received Instructor Certification for Shiba Luohan Gong with Dr. Jay Dunbar at his Magic Tortoise Taijiquan School in Chapel Hill, NC. This is a wonderfully dynamic style of Qigong incorporating muscle strengthening as well as yoga-like stretching. Also, studying his San Shou (Tai Chi Fighting Set), has greatly influenced my Tai Chi instruction.

Qigong and Tai Chi have been a life changing process for me. I had a teacher once tell me, "If you like everything in your life the way it is, don't do Qigong or Tai Chi because it changes everything." I would have to agree.

Lisa's bio from the Qigong for Healing DVD published by YMAA Publishing (

Anne Socha

Shamanic Healer
Certified Qigong Therapist

Anne Socha

Anne has gathered many healing traditions over a lifetime of learning. In 1998 she graduated from the Crystal Mountain Massage School. In 2002, she was the very first graduate of the Qi Gong Institute of Rochester’s Qigong Therapy program with Lisa B. O’Shea. In 2004 she graduated from Fellowhips of the Spirit as a Reverend, metaphysician and Psychic Medium. She continued to develop her spiritual evolution with Shamanic healing since in 2007 and is initiated in the tradition of the Four Directions, a Peruvian tradition. Over the years Anne also completed trainings as a Reiki Master. Anne has woven these powerful tools together to create her own uniquely effective and compassionate healing sessions.

Anne offers private healing sessions Fridays-Sundays as well as monthly group Healing Circles at the Qi Gong Institute of Rochester. Please contact Anne directly for more information or to schedule a session.

Contact: 505-917-9077 ~ Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

“Anne’s healing sessions and shamanic journeying circles are powerful and transformative. She brings a sensitivity and loving invitation for true healing to arise. I have received many healings from her over the past 20 years and highly recommend her.” ~ Lisa B. O’Shea, Qigong Master and founder of the Qi Gong Institute of Rochester.


Jim Bielan

Certified Tai Chi Instructor

Jim Bielan

Jim is a lifelong resident of Webster, New York with a MS in Education from Nazareth University. Investing in his community, he taught in the Webster School District for over two decades. He began his Tai Chi practice in 2015 under the instruction of Master Lisa B. O’Shea and received his permanent instructor certification in the Yang Style Tai Chi Long Form in 2022. Jim is a passionate educator and deeply appreciates watching students develop personal growth while pursuing their life endeavors. Jim volunteers for various community groups and enjoys gardening and travel to Vermont.

Jim teaches Tai Chi Short Form and offers private lessons through the Qi Gong Institute of Rochester.

Contact: 585-662-3159 ~ Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Jacob Doyle, LMT

Jacob is a licensed massage therapist, graduate of the FLCC massage program and is the son of Master Lisa. The nurturing environment of his office incorporates a strong focus on targeted pain relief including instruction for stretches and exercises for lasting relief. His holistic approach helps build a lifestyle to promote your individual wellbeing. Jacob maintains standards above and beyond New York State and Center for Disease Control guidelines to ensure your safety. As a fourth-generation wellness practitioner, his whole life has a theme of caring for people’s wellness.

Please contact Jacob directly to schedule a massage therapy session. 

Contact: 585-955-3025 ~ Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

website: Jacob Doyle, LMT 

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