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:
- To position AAAOM to best serve all of its members and to maintain the focus and vision to improve the practice and management of acupuncture
- To establish policy
- To direct the activities of the elected officials, committees, and executive director
- To oversee AAAOM finances
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.
Kimberley Benjamin graduated from Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, California in 2008. After passing both the CA and National Board exams she relocated to Fort Collins, Colorado, where she practices both as an acupuncturist and an herbalist in an integrative medicine clinic. Kimberley served on the AAAOM-SO for three years as the Northwest regional director, vice president of events, and president. Kimberley enjoys exploring Colorado, a playground that serves her passion for the outdoors.
Jane Yu received a Master’s of Oriental Medicine from the AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine in Austin, Texas. In 2007, Jane participated in an international TCM training program in China for several weeks, studying with doctors in the Teaching Hospital of Chengdu University of TCM in Sichuan province. While in school, she was an active leader in the AOMA Student Association and it was through this service that AOMA sent her to the 2008 AAAOM Membership Conference in Chicago to represent its students on the national level. Realizing that individual practitioners needed to join together to grow the profession, Jane started participating in the AAAOM Student Organization. She served as secretary of the AAAOM Student Organization in 2010 and as its president in 2011. Jane has an emerging private practice in Austin, Texas.
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.
Immediate Past President
Jeannie Kang received a BA at UC, Riverside, studied at Sussex University in Brighton, England, and completed a psychology residency at Patton State Hospital in Highland, California. She received her MA from South Baylor University. From 2002-2006 Ms. Kang served on the board of directors of the California State Oriental Medical Association (CSOMA) in various capacities, including the Executive Committee and as immediate past-president. She currently serves as international advisor to the World Health Organization. Since 1998 Ms. Kang has had a successful private practice in Los Angeles, California.
Jennifer Minor, MA, MTCM, Dipl OM (NCCAOM), LAc
Jennifer Minor is the founder and co-director of Six Harmonies Traditional Medicine Center in Los Gatos, CA. She is also an associate professor at Five Branches University and a certified instructor with the American Organization of Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA). Jennifer’s Chinese medicine training comes primarily from a traditional apprenticeship, with over 17 years of study with Dr. Vince Black, Miranda Warburton, PhD, and the North American Tang Shou Tao Association (NATSTA). Jennifer received an MA in Medical Anthropology from Northern Arizona University, completed a graduate research fellowship with the National Cancer Institute’s Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and received a Master’s in Chinese Medicine from Five Branches University. Today Jennifer and her business partner, Miranda Warburton, have a successful private practice in Los Gatos, CA, which also serves as the home base for their efforts to bring alternative health care to underserved communities through the Navajo Healthcare Project and CasaBESU.org
C. Daerr Reid graduated from Southwest Acupuncture College in 2000 and for the past 12 years has been in private practice in Wilmington, NC. Daerr specializes in sports injury and chronic pain syndromes as well as fertility issues. She is active in her state capital, Raleigh NC, where she works to advance the acupuncture and Oriental medicine profession by establishing a strong presence with the NC legislature. In 2011, Daerr facilitated the creation of Acupuncture Advocates, the affiliated PAC of NCAAOM.
In March 2013 Daerr was nominated to serve as public policy director for the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Daerr believes that all citizens should have access to complementary medical care, as research proves that AOM is not only effective in treating a variety of health conditions; it is safe, with minimal side effects.
Ann Y. Wang, CMD (China), LAc (appointed alternate)
Ann Wang is the founder and director of the Integrative Medicine Center in Ithaca, NY, where she specializes in the management of chronic illness, women’s health and infertility, and is co-founder and vice president of Blue Light Herb Company. She is also an executive member of the Presidium of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies. Before coming to the United States, Ann worked at Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine as a teaching physician and then served as an executive medical administrator for both the Department of Health and the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing, China. After moving to the U.S. in 1987, she worked as a Chinese lecturer and visiting scholar at Cornell University and Colgate University; in 1992 she started her U.S.-based practice in acupuncture and integrative medicine. She graduated from Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and AGU, the College of Alternative Medicine Research Advancement. Ann was one of the first six oversea practitioners to be awarded the title of Doctor of Chinese Medicine, Physician in Chief, by the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies.
Jay Sexton received his law degree from the University of Indiana and his MBA from the University of Michigan. He is an administrative law judge and has practiced law in Lansing, MI, for thirty-four years. He has been a patient of acupuncture for over thirty years and believes it is an important aspect of his overall medical care program.
Hannah Seoh, MPH, MS currently works for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She earned an MPH in Epidemiology and MS in Biostatistics from The Ohio State University College of Public Health. As a former student of acupuncture and Oriental medicine, having attended one year each at the Florida College of Integrative Medicine and the Minnesota College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, she is committed to furthering the profession and hopes to return to the medicine someday.
PresidentJoshua Saul, LAc
Josh 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 a technical trainer in the biotechnical industry.
In December 2012 Josh received his MSOM from the AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine. His group practice in South Austin, Texas, strives to make acupuncture and Oriental medicine an integral part of primary healthcare decisions. He is one of three practitioners in his group, which focuses on pain, digestive disorders, and sports injuries.
Josh’s upbringing greatly shaped his attitude towards health care and his desire to serve humanity through healing. "I grew up watching people being carried into my parent’s clinics with debilitating pain and walking away unaided. I’ve seen people heal from all manner of illness. And from those experiences I learned that the body is capable of healing itself if you provide the right care, diet, and lifestyle. Having completed my own formal education, I realize that to provide comprehensive care we must combine the best of biomedicine with natural techniques that heal with greatest efficacy and the fewest side effects.”