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Deborah Lincoln, MSN, RN, RAc, Dipl Ac (NCCAOM)
Deborah Lincoln is president emeritus of the Michigan Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and current chair of the Michigan State Acupuncture Board. In February 2006, she saw a 20-year endeavor culminate in the passage of Michigan's first-ever acupuncture law. She received her RN in Australia and a Master's in Public Health and in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in England. For over 30 years she has been in private practice in acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Oriental medicine, and cranial sacral therapy in Lansing, Michigan, initiating the first integrative medical practice in mid-Michigan. Deborah served as an AAAOM board member for a total of 13 years and served as president of the AAAOM Board 2008-2010.
Education & Credentialing Committee
Michael Jabbour, CSP, MS, LAc
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.
Essential Health Benefits Committee
Jeannie Kang, MS, DNBAO, DNBIM, LAc
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 and is the immediate past president of AAAOM. Since 1998 Ms. Kang has practiced in Los Angeles, California.
Michael Jabbour, CSP, MS, LAc
Michael Jabbour earned his Master’s of 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.
John Barrett, Dipl Ac (NCCAOM), LAc
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 spent twenty years as a CPA, auditor, and management consultant. Having practiced acupuncture and Oriental medicine for ten years, he currently maintains a private acupuncture practice in Los Angeles. John speaks internationally as part of his corporate wellness program, Caveman Bodies in a Corporate Jungle®, and he is on staff at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.
Good Preparation and Dispensing Committee
Kevin Ergil, MA, MS, LAc, Dipl OM (NCCAOM), FNAAOM
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, AB, MBA, JD
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, DOM
Mark Evans, LAc
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 AAAOM Insurance Committee since 2007.
Inter-Professional Standards Committee
William Hendry, DOM, LAc
William Hendry holds a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and maintains a private practice in Greenville, South Carolina. He is credentialed by Greenville Health System as an associate in the Integrative Oncology Dept. and is a con-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 DAOM at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine.
Media and Public Education Committee
Kari Auer, MA
Kari Auer is the online communications coordinator for the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Tobacco Control at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In addition to coordinating the bureau’s qualitative research projects, she coordinates all online communications efforts, most notably working to establish its newly-developed smoking cessation website and Facebook page. Fueled by the bureau’s social media success, Kari has served as a consultant to other programs as well as providing technical assistance to jurisdictions across the nation. Kari holds an MA from Adelphi University and a BA from St. Josephs College.
Jane Yu, MAOM, Dipl OM (NCCAOM), LAc
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.