Welcome to American Dragon

We are sorry to report that Dr. Penner, passed away on January 6th, 2020.

Dr. Penner was dedicated to his patients and derived much satisfaction from helping to heal people. We are sorry he can no longer provide that service, but hope that the information provided on this website can continue to serve the community. The American Dragon website was his passion, and, over the years, has become a great reference for both patients and professionals.

Joel was also an accomplished jazz trumpeter, with two CDs ‘Dragon Jazz’ and ‘Church of the Little Black Dog.’ He performed with such varied artists as Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Glen Campbell, and Florence Henderson, as well as working in and around Los Angeles with his Jazz sextet.

We intend to keep this site going, and will post more information as things move forward.

If you have questions, or ideas, please use this link to contact us.


Joel Penner, O.M.D.


Private practice - Thirty years
Professor of Chinese Medicine - Twenty years
Past chairman of the Herbology Department - Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine
Author and Lecturer
Technical advisor on Chinese Medicine for the TV shows “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice”.


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The dragon has been a symbol in many cultures around the globe for thousands of years, but is most popular in China. To the Chinese, dragons are associated with the power of transformation; the search for wisdom, happiness and immortality. They symbolize balanced growth in spirit and are bringers of eternal change.