About OMJ

Our Mission is to inform, educate, and provide a forum for debate and exchange of information about all aspects of Oriental Medicine and its interface with other medicines, ancient or modern.


The Oriental Medicine Journal is published seasonally, based on the 5 Energetic Phases of Water (Winter); Wood (Spring); Fire (Summer); Earth (Late Summer); and Metal (Fall); as well as a "Special New Year Edition" issue commemorating one of the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac.


Sande McDaniel
, publisher of Oriental Medicine Journal since late fall of 2003, launched her involvement with the celebrated 10th Anniversary edition. Sande, who does all the design and production for OMJ, graduated from the American Academy of Art in Chicago, Illinois, and owned a typesetting business in Indiana for 15 years. She studied Shiatsu at International School of Shiatsu, located in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and completed the one month intensive at International Shiatsu School (ISS Kiental) in Switzerland. Sande’s design credits include Shiatsu Practitioner’s Manual by Saul Goodman, Acutonics for Dogs & Cats by Judith and Paul Ponton, Acutonics From Galaxies to Cells: Case Study Companion Guide, Volume One by Donna Carey and Ellen F. Franklin, Acutonics®: There’s No Place Like Ohm, Sound Healing, Oriental Medicine, and the Cosmic Mysteries, 2nd Edition by Donna Carey, and Unintended Sutras and Traveler’s Advisory by Donna Carey. Sande lives part time in Chicago, Illinois, and Taos, New Mexico, with her wonderful Siberian Husky, Xena.


Mary J. Rogel
, editor of Oriental Medicine Journal, is a licensed acupuncturist whose practice, East Point Associates, Ltd., has a strong focus on orthopedics and body mechanics. Her approach differs from that of most practitioners in that she focuses on tendons and ligaments and their effect on structural alignment. A surprising number of health problems have a structural component to them. This is her starting point for diagnosis and treatment not only of pain conditions, but also of internal medicine conditions such as digestion, breathing, and cardiovascular problems. Mary incorporates many non-needle therapies into her treatments, including body work and tui na, Qi Gong Chinese exercise classes, and Acutonics® tuning forks.

Acupuncture is a second career for Mary. She holds a PhD in social psychology from The University of Chicago and spent 10 years teaching psychology and 25 years doing health research and consulting before becoming a full-time acupuncturist. She opened her acupuncture practice in Hyde Park after graduating from the Midwest Center for the Study of Oriental Medicine in 1986.

Along with her commitment to clinical practice, Mary is invested in sharing her unique methods with other practitioners and with the general public. She has published a number of articles concerning her concepts and methods and is a licensed provider of acupuncture continuing education in Illinois. She has been teaching her style of orthopedic diagnosis and treatment to practitioners in various health care professions since 1991; and she co-teaches an annual class on detoxification with colleague Mary Helen Lee of White Moon Healing Center in Chicago. In addition, Mary has a weekly talk radio show entitled “Rethinking Orthopedics” on the Health and Wellness Channel at www.voiceamerica.com.

Mary played a major role in legalizing acupuncture in Illinois. She served for many years on the Board of the Illinois State Acupuncture Association and was the Chairman of the Illinois Board of Acupuncture for the first 14 years after the Acupuncture Practice Act was passed.

Mary brings a trained eye to technical writing, editing, and proofreading of manuscripts on topics related to Oriental Medicine. As the Editor of Oriental Medicine Journal, she is responsible for procuring manuscripts, sending them out for review, preparing them for publication, and proofreading each issue before it is printed.