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
Board of Directors
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.
Dominic Sembello, LAc, Dipl Ac
Interim Vice President
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.
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.Carlos Chapa, LAc, DiplOM, PhD
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.
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.”
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.
Donnell Borash, DAOM, LAc
Borash received her Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree from
Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington.
She completed a master’s degree in traditional Chinese medicine at the
American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, California,
and received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of San
Dr. Borash is
nationally board certified by the National Certification Commission for
Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and is designated as a Diplomat of Oriental
Medicine. She is currently employed by the DoD, Interdisciplinary Pain
Management Clinic at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, HI.
She is a
licensed acupuncturist in CA and in TX where she is also a licensed massage
therapist. She is a certified personal trainer and
certified fitness nutritionist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.
Her most valued athletic accomplishments are the Boston Marathon in 2003 and
Ironman Cozumel in 2011.
Andy Rosenfarb, ND, LAc
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.
Scott Cormier, Dipl OM (NCCAOM), LAc
Scott Cormier earned his MTOM from Emperor's College of Traditional Oriental Medicine in Santa Monica, California, in 2002. In 2007 Scott served as a member of the negotiating team from the American Association of Oriental Medicine (AAOM) that was instrumental in the unification of the two national professional associations (the AAOM and the Alliance of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine). These two associations had been separated since 1993; they joined together under the name "American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.” Scott continued to serve on the AAAOM Board of Directors first as secretary and then as a Student Organization advisor. Since 2007 he has also been a member of the Professional Ethics and Disciplinary Committee for the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Scott maintains a private practice in his home state of Maine.