Diplomate of Oriental Medicine
A Diplomate of Oriental Medicine is a practitioner who is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM®) and has met the certification requirements for both acupuncture and Chinese herbology. It is a considerable professional achievement to earn the designation Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). NCCAOM certification indicates to employers, patients, and peers that one has met national standards for the safe and competent practice of acupuncture and Chinese herbology as defined by the acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) profession. For additional information, about the Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, please visit the NCCAOM Website.
Smith College: BA in Biological Sciences
Smith College is a distiguished liberal arts college in Western Massachuesetts and member of The Seven Sisters.
For more information about my undergraduate education, please visit smith.edu
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine: MAcOM
At AOMA, the study of integrative medicine draws on the 2,000-year history of Chinese medicine which views the mind, body, and spirit as a single interrelated system. The Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program provides a foundation for students' development into compassionate, effective practitioners who embody the spirit of this ancient and integrative medical practice. Each of the core components within AOMA's rigorous and comprehensive curriculum promotes mastery of an essential element of Chinese medicine.
For more information about my graduate institution, please visit aoma.edu
AOBTA: Certified Practitioner
The American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia is a national not-for-profit professional membership association of the practitioners, instructors, and schools/programs of the various Asian Bodywork Therapy (ABT) Forms.
The various Asian Bodywork Therapy professions, that AOBTA now recognizes as "ABT Forms", originally had their roots in China. Over the centuries China, Japan, Thailand, Korea, and more recently North America and Europe, have changed and evolved these Forms of bodywork into separate and distinct professions. The AOBTA recognizes those Forms of Asian Bodywork Therapy that meet our professional curriculum standards and have been approved by an application process. The following "Forms" meet our professional standards and are formally recognized by AOBTA:
- AMMA Therapy®
- Chi Nei Tsang
- Five Element Shiatsu
- Integrative Eclectic Shiatsu
- Japanese Shiatsu
- Jin Shin Do® Bodymind Acupressure®
- Jin Shou Tuina™
- Macrobiotic Shiatsu
- Medical Qigong
- Nuad Bo 'Rarn (Traditional Thai Bodywork)
- Shiatsu Anma Therapy
- Zen Shiatsu
AOBTA offers a number of membership levels, some professional and some non-professional. Professional membership levels require completion of well-defined educational standards and approval via a Peer Review process.
For more information about AOBTA Certification, please visit aobta.org