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Education & Credentialing Committee
Michael Jabbour earned his Master’s 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 been actively 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. Michael 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. He currently serves as president of the AAAOM Board of Directors.
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.
Good Preparation and Dispensing Committee
Kevin V. Ergil, MA, MS, LAc, Dipl OM (NCCAOM), FNAAOM,is a professor at the Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine of NYCC and holds licenses in New York and California. He is past president of the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, San Francisco, the founding dean of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, New York Campus, and was director of research and chair of the Department of Acupuncture at the New York College for Wholistic Health Education & Research. Prior to joining the faculty at NYCC, Kevin directed the graduate program in Oriental medicine in the School of Health Sciences at Touro College, serving as an associate professor until 2008. He has served as a director of the Society for Acupuncture Research and as a member of its advisory board. Kevin’s current clinical and research interests include safety and efficacy issues related to single substance phytopharmacy, drug-herb interaction and toxicity issues in Chinese herbal medicine, the assessment of clinical outcomes in complementary and alternative therapies, and the clinical management of chronic pain in the presence of multiple comorbidities including PTSD.
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, Michigan, 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.
Herbal Medicine Committee
Eric Buckley received his Master’s Degree in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Eric holds his diplomat in canonical Chinese medicine of Shang Han Bing Lun herbal formulas and is a certified sports medicine acupuncture specialist. He is immediate past president of the New Mexico Society of Acupuncture and Asian Medicine and currently serves on the board of the Oregon Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Eric founded the Department of Integrative Medicine at the Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe and is now in private practice in Portland, Oregon.
Mark Evans received his Master’s in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine in 2001 from the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Denver, Colorado. He has practiced acupuncture since 2002, first in an integrated care pain clinic in Aurora, Colorado, before moving to Berlin, New Hampshire, where he now owns and operates his own integrated care facility. Mark also owns and operates his own medical billing company, North Woods Medical Billing, which he founded in 2000. He has been a member of the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Insurance Committee since 2007.
Inter-Professional Standards Committee
William Hendry holds a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), a Master's of Science in Oriental Medicine from East West College of Natural Medicine and maintains a private practice in Greenville, South Carolina. He is credentialed by Greenville Health System as an associate in the Integrative Oncology Department and is a co-investigator on clinical trials assessing the role of acupuncture as an adjunct to conventional cancer treatment. He is currently serving as the vice president of the South Carolina Oriental Medicine Association and is pursuing a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine.
Media and Public Education Committee
Jane Yu received her 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, 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.
Public Policy Committee
Jeannette’s background includes 25 years teaching experience as a high school orchestral music director and serving as guest clinician at Illinois Music Educators Association and Illinois High School Music Association events. Prior to teaching, Jeannette worked in print and digital advertising with clients such as Edelman, JR Thompson, and Abbott Laboratories. A newcomer to the acupuncture and Oriental medicine fields, Jeannette has teamed with leading AOM educators in the Chicago area to form CCAM Research Partners, which advocates awareness of the potential of integrative medicine. She presently serves as its executive director.
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