|Board of Directors|
AAAOM is governed by an elected Board of Directors composed of four officers and the immediate past-president. The Executive Committee includes the president who serves as chair, the vice-president, treasurer, secretary, and immediate past-president. The executive director serves as an ex-officio member of the Executive Committee.
Responsibilities of the Board:
Board of Directors
Don Lee, LAc, DNBAO, AOS, CSCS
Don Lee is an orthopedic acupuncturist who has extensive training and expertise in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders. His general practice integrates acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine with Western physical medicine and mind-body therapies, with an emphasis on pain management, nutrition, breathwork, and exercise. A diplomate of the National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics, he also is board certified as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and, in 2008, he founded the Academy of Orthopedic Acupuncture. Among his professional activities, Don has served on the boards of both Yo San University and Emperor’s College of Traditional Oriental Medicine in Santa Monica, as well as the governing bodies of the National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics and the California State Oriental Medical Association. As an educator, Don teaches graduate- and doctoral-level courses in orthopedics, electro-acupuncture, integrative therapies and composite diagnosis. Don maintains office practices in Santa Monica and Woodland Hills.
Jacob completed his Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine in 2005. He furthered his clinical and research education by earning his Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2014. He has 10 years of clinical experience running a successful private practice. Dr. Godwin practices acupuncture based on evidence-based physiological models and is a strong advocate for the development of these models. He has also published on the importance of research-literacy and evidence-based medicine for acupuncturists. Dr. Godwin brings a passion for science and research to his role as director and as the founding chairperson of the AAAOM Acupuncture Science and Research Committee. He sees science and research as a way forward for the profession, a way that will ensure a future for acupuncture that is just as impressive as its past.
Anne Biris, LAc
Anne has been in private practice since 1994 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She graduated from Midwest College in Chicago with an MSOM. She is the founder of Humanitarian Acupuncture Project, a non-profit whose mission is to help form TCM clinics in underserved countries. Her passion is to help integrate and collaborate the different aspects of the field. She has a strong background in five element teachings and classical Chinese medical studies. Her clinical specialties are infertility and oncology.
Carlos Chapa, PhD, Dipl. OM, LAc
Carlos Chapa is a US Navy Veteran, proudly serving for over 5 years as a Marine Medic. He won numerous awards for his leadership roles and was nominated for Sailor of the Year. He worked as a Nurse Assistant in various Emergency Rooms and volunteered as a Paramedic for over 7 years. Carlos continued his Philosophy / Pre-med undergraduate studies, which included Korean & Chinese Languages. This eventually brought him to Asia where he was exposed to Acupuncture & Eastern Medicine first hand. Carlos graduated from Dongguk University in 2006 and was part of the first student group that was chosen to go to S. Korea to complete an externship at several Korean Hospitals. This scholarship / award was offered to Carlos due to his Leadership roles as the President of the student body. Since then, Carlos has completed several externships in S. Korea and China. He received his PhD in 2012 and continues to travel from Dallas to NYC and LA for advanced training.
Carlos created a Dallas / North Texas group where he has an active role in building relationships with fellow LAc's and is a proud member of the TAAOM, AAAOM, and NGAOM. His vision and mission statement is simple. United we stand, divided we fall.
Michael Jabbour, CSP, MS, LAc
Michael Jabbour earned his master's degree in acupuncture and Oriental medicine from the Touro College Graduate Program in Oriental Medicine. Since this time he has done extensive work in Chinese medical text translation and acupuncture research. Beginning in 1999, Michael has also actively been practicing as a business management and strategy consultant doing data warehousing, systems engineering, and process analysis. He is an active international speaker on issues pertaining to technology, politics, acupuncture research, and Oriental medicine. Mr. Jabbour is the immediate past president of the Acupuncture Society of New York and maintains a private practice in acupuncture and herbology in Forest Hills, New York.
Student Organization President
Joshua is a second generation healthcare practitioner. His father and stepfather have been chiropractors since the early 80s and his mother has practiced acupuncture since 2001. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a Bachelors of Science in Biology, Josh spent a year backpacking around the world before returning to work as a high school biology teacher and then a technical trainer in the biotechnical industry. Josh received his MAcOM from AOMA: Graduate School of Integrative Medicine in 2012. He currently practices in Atlanta, GA with his family. He has served the AAAOM in many capacities from his time as a student to present.
Amanda received her Master’s of Science degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 2009 and completed clinical training at San Diego Hospice and Institute for Palliative Medicine, Rady's Children's Hospital, UCSD Free Clinic Project, and Tele-care. She is a doctoral candidate in Yo San University’s integrative medicine program specializing in healthy aging and longevity. She is passionate about the development of a competency based educational and professional development model and expanding workforce opportunities for acupuncturists in a variety of settings.
John Barrett earned a Master’s of Traditional Oriental Medicine at Emperor’s College of Oriental Medicine and served an internship in China at a teaching hospital associated with the University of Beijing. Prior to practicing acupuncture and Oriental medicine for ten years, John has twenty years international experience as a CPA, auditor, and management consultant. In addition to maintaining a private acupuncture practice in Los Angeles, John speaks internationally about AOM as part of his corporate wellness program, Caveman Bodies in a Corporate Jungle®, and he is on staff at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.
Andy Rosenfarb earned his MAOM from Pacific College ofOriental Medicine in 1997, did postgraduate studies at Zhejiang College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Hangzhou, China, and received his Doctor of Naturopathy in 2004. Andy specializes in Chinese medical ophthalmology. He is the author of "Healing Your Eyes with Chinese Medicine" and "Ophthalmology in Chinese Medicine." He is an executive council member of the Specialty Committee of Ophthalmology, part of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine. Andy is past-president of the New Jersey Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NJAAOM) and currently vice president of the National Guild of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NGAOM). He maintains a private practice in Westfield, New Jersey.
Dominic Sembello is Nationally Board Certified in acupuncture and has been in private practice since 2001. After graduating from West Chester University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelors Degree in Sports Medicine in 1997, he graduated from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) in San Diego, California in 2001. He is currently licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Dominic specializes in the treatment of peripheral neuropathy, fibromyalgia, neurological pain, auto-immune and connective tissue disorders. As part of his education he was also formally trained in Chinese Herbal Medicine, an important aspect of his private practice.
Dominic is also part of the charter members of the New Jersey Police Surgeons and serves as a Deputy Police Surgeon. New Jersey Police Surgeons (NJPS) is a non-profit organization that exists to serve as a liaison between police departments and law enforcement personnel that are injured, require medical attention during a crisis or emergency situation, or require preventative care.
Jamie is a licensed Acupuncturist in Burien, Washington. After graduating from Bastyr University in 2008, she quickly discovered the difficulties in owning and operating a private practice. She has therefore made it her mission to understand the ins-and-outs of business ownership, community collaboration, and patient care, and to provide those tools to other acupuncturists. It is her belief that for the profession to succeed as a whole, and for patients to have access to great care, every acupuncturist should be thriving in their medical careers. It is this focus to medical entrepreneurship that inspired Jamie to join the board of the AAAOM, as a platform to bring practice management skills to the AAAOM members. Jamie also has a Master’s degree in medical anthropology, is completing a DAOM degree in 2015, and has a great love for research and interdisciplinary collaboration. She has a private practice just outside of Seattle, with a focus on family medicine and pediatrics. She is also a mom to three beautiful children, and works tirelessly at patient education of the benefits of natural medicine as preventive care in childhood.
Ryan is the Founder and Executive Director of San Diego's Alternative Healing Network (AltHealNet.Org), a 501(c)(3) non-profit that promotes the use of integrative healing to the public and improves access to holistic care. Ryan studied at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, where he was a student organizer and creator of the San Diego Healing Arts Festival, a free community event to bring music and healing practices together. Upon graduation, he grew the festival into the current non-profit organization, and established a series of free outreach clinics for underserved populations. These free programs are also off-site training locations for PCOM, IPSB School of Massage, SDSU School of Nursing, Bastyr University (Naturopathic Medical Students expected to join in Summer 2015), UCSD School of Medicine and other institutions of higher learning. He grew the festival to 25,000 annual attendees, and created two sliding-scale storefront wellness centers whose proceeds support the free weekly outreach programs in a "Robin Hood-like" fundraising model. AltHealNet also hosts staff and student wellness events for SDSU, UCSD, and Rady Children's Hospital of San Diego. Having just celebrated ten years in practice, his organization has facilitated over 18,000 free health services. Ryan brings community, collaboration, compassion, and a strong organizational and event coordination background to the board.
Andrew was persuaded by his family to learn about acupuncture and the profession in the United States. He earned his Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) and is currently finishing his Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree at OCOM. He has completed externships at Kyung Hee University Oriental Medicine Hospital and Nei Kang Korean Medicine Clinic in South Korea. Andrew's topics of concern include: professionalism, competencies, communication, and cultural appropriation. He hopes to bring said topics to light with the AAAOM. Andrew practices with his family at their clinic in Oregon.
With an MSTCM degree from ACTCM, Rhonda lends twenty years of experience in the AOM field, beginning with studies at the Shiatsu School of Canada and PCOM-SD. Licensed in California and New York, she has practiced TCM Obstetrics privately in Ithaca. Now residing in Kansas, one of six states that does not recognize and regulate the professional practice of AOM, Rhonda works collectively with Memorial Health System med-staff and administration for safe integration of AOM within the non-profit rural Kansas hospital, collaboratively improving outcomes in patients suffering from chronic pain in the presence of multiple comorbidities since February 2010. She is passionate about policies that efficiently remove barriers to integrative AOM services, with ends to reduce intentional and accidental narcotic associated deaths and improve patient outcomes on all fronts.
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