Joshua Saul, LAc
Josh is a second generation healthcare practitioner; his father and stepfather are chiropractors and his mother practices acupuncture. After receiving a BS in Biology from the University of Georgia, Josh spent a year backpacking around the world before teaching high school biology teacher and working as a technical trainer in the biotechnical industry. In December 2012 Josh received his MSOM from the AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine in Austin, Texas. His group practice in South Austin, Texas, strives to make acupuncture and Oriental medicine an integral part of primary healthcare decisions, focusing on pain, digestive disorders, and sports injuries. Josh recalls being very influenced by seeing how patients treated in his parents’ clinics came in often unable to walk; however, after receiving treatments, following a healthy diet, and lifestyle, they were able to regain their health. Josh knows that the best of biomedicine should be combined with natural techniques to provide the greatest efficacy and the fewest side effects.
Erika Schultz will receive her Master in Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture degree from the AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine in December 2013. Erika strives to ensure student members are engaged in important issues relevant to this growing and evolving profession. She has served in local student government at AOMA and received scholarships to attend AAAOM national conferences. She was the recipient of AOMA’s 2012 President’s Award for her contributions to state advocacy. Erika is a regular contributor on the importance of advocacy in our profession for Emperor College’s Qi Blog and tweets as @acuInternErika. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing, yoga, and walks with her beloved pup.
Jennifer joins the AAAOM Student Organization with an academic background in anthropology, including medical anthropology, and experience working in non-profit and legal environments. She has a passion for languages, enhancing cross-cultural understanding, and holistic healthcare. Jennifer is currently enrolled at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, Chicago, Illinois, working on her master’s of science in traditional Oriental medicine.
Connie Randolph received her BS in economics and has been a finance/administration/risk management/database person for small businesses for the past two decades. She began her studies in acupuncture and Oriental medicine at AOMA in Austin, TX, in summer 2011, with plans to graduate in December 2014. She hopes to be a part of making Oriental medicine a more mainstream option within Western medical care, to gain from its efficiencies, to appreciate how all the different parts are really part of a whole and to empower the patient to be a part in healing himself.
Molly Dyer is a 2nd year student at Southwest Acupuncture College (SWAC) in Boulder, CO. Advocating for the profession and sharing ideas with other professionals has inspired her to join the AAAOM Student Organization Board. Ms. Dyer also serves as the president of the SWAC Boulder AAAOM-SO chapter. In addition to school, she enjoys cooking and tap dancing. She has yet to master the art of tap dancing while administering acupuncture.
Kathleen S. Funk, LAc
Kathleen received her Master of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine degree from the American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine in Houston, Texas. She completed her residency in China at Zhejiang Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine and at the Affiliated Integrative Hospital of Luzhou Medical School. Kathleen frequently speaks at health fairs and conferences to raise public awareness of integrative health, acupuncture-related issues, and legislative advocacy. She has been a featured guest lecturer on traditional Chinese medicine and the philosophy of medicine at Baylor University. Kathleen is a proud member of the Dao Li Jiao (The Way of Reason School). For many years she has had a deep interest in spirituality and energetics and how they relate to the human body. Kathleen is currently studying medical Qigong at the International College of Medical Qigong and trains in internal martial arts with Taoist master and Ching Yi Kung Fu Association founder, Dr. Her Yue Wong.
Sarah Hartwig is a student at the Academy of Chinese Culture and Health Sciences in Oakland, California. Her passion for learning Chinese medicine led her to live in Asia, primarily China and Taiwan, prior to entering the master’s program. She encourages an understanding of Chinese medicine that is inclusive of different styles and strives to promote a community of practitioners who are cohesive and active in maintaining the richness of the medicine. Sarah enjoys traveling, taiji/qigong, and time spent with nature.
Chase G. Holtzklau
Chase G. Holtzklau will receive his master’s degree in traditional Chinese medicine with specializations in classical Chinese medicine and sports, trauma and orthopedic medicine from Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, California in spring 2015. During his master's studies, he will participate in three hospital internships in Hangzhou,China,Vietnam, and Taiwan. As an actively engaged student-scientist-activist in his undergraduate years, he served as the student senator of environmental affairs and chair of numerous committees, and he brings this experience to the AAAOM-Student Organization. Chase is an advocate for rigorous and reflective study of classical Chinese medicine and philosophy and hopes to become a professor and clinician. In his leisure time, Chase enjoys the outdoors in the Santa Cruz and Bay area, practicing kung fu, making herbal medicines, and spending time with his lovely fiancée.
Born in Armenia, Ani Petrosyan came to the U.S. as a young girl. She attended elementary and high school in New Jersey but spent her summers in Armenia volunteering at children's homes and hospitals. Upon graduating Fordham University with a Bachelors of Science in Biology and Philosophy, Ani's admiration and interest in Eastern medicine grew. She attends the Eastern School of Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine in New Jersey and hopes to help bring acupuncture and Oriental medicine into the mainstream healthcare system.
Tiffany Tuftee is currently in her second year of the master’s of acupuncture program at Five Branches University, in Santa Cruz, California. She is co-president of the school student council and comes to the AAAOM-SO board and ready to absorb information to bring back to her peers, professors, and community members. During her five years of managerial experience working with adults with developmental disabilities, Tiffany learned to advocate for these people she served. She intends to utilize these same skills to bring more awareness, support, and recognition to the acupuncture and Oriental medicine profession.