2022 FSOMA BOD

Executive Committee

headshot of David BibbeyDavid Bibbey, AP
President
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David Bibbey, AP is the practitioner-owner of Alternative Primary Care in Crystal River, FL, and a faculty member at Florida College of Integrative Medicine in Orlando.  He is a frequent presenter and leading voice in his community on the benefits of healthy lifestyle choices.  David also enjoys teaching personal strategies that reduce the risk of developing preventable diseases.  He has nearly a decade of training and experience in evidence-based use of herbs and supplements.

In 2011, David earned a Master’s in Oriental Medicine / Bachelor’s of Professional Health Studies at Florida College of Integrative Medicine (FCIM).  Prior to attending FCIM, he earned a Bachelor’s of Science – Alternative Medicine at Everglades University in 2008.  David is a NCCAOM Dipl. Oriental Medicine Candidate.  Since 2003, he has been affiliated with Huffman’s, a natural food and supplement retailer in Crystal River. His relationship there has fostered many opportunities for guest speaking at community events and promoting wellness through prevention.  David’s respect for Integrative and Oriental Medicine continues to fuel his commitment to life-long learning, and help shape his personal and professional choices.  He believes strongly that individual practitioners can, and should have a defining role in promoting and protecting AOM for future generations of professionals and patients.  David also considers activism and volunteerism hallmarks of professionalism; and, he has never asked another to contribute more than he is willing to give.

Prior to becoming an Acupuncture Physician, David had careers in marketing, sales, operations management, and systems training.  His personal story also includes nearly a decade of primary caregiving for his disabled father.  Ultimately, this last experience remains his greatest source of pride.  David’s approach to life, business, and AOM has been informed and tempered by overcoming challenges.  He is an optimist at heart, who believes that our lives are enriched most through service to others.

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Gretchen Gonzalez, AP
VIce-President
Conference Committee Chair

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Originally from Massachusetts, Gretchen Gonzalez had been a Doctor of Oriental Medicine in private practice in Albuquerque, NM since 2008, and in 2017 she moved to Jacksonville, FL with her husband and became an Acupuncture Physician, beginning her new practice here on the east coast. 

I see practitioners of Chinese Medicine in the U.S. to be at a critical point in our growth as a professional group. The demand for our services is growing rapidly and the integration of acupuncture as a service offered more and more within the western medical world, I feel that the need is great right now for more professional interaction among acupuncturists and more collaboration to make sure that we who are doing the work are having a voice and an impact on how our profession is represented and included in the mainstream.

As acupuncturists, we tend to end up more isolated than we need to be, working in our private practices and always feeling too overwhelmed by keeping up with our own lives personally and professionally to be active and involved in our professional organizations and our communities. I am sad to have been one of those who shied away from engaging in the professional organizations that were there to look out for us because I thought I was too busy in the past and I don’t want to continue making excuses. I just want to be a part of the good work that needs to be done by offering my service to FSOMA. 

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Rafael Perez
Treasurer
Nominations/Board Development Committee Chair
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Rafael is a Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (FABORM). Rafael Perez has a Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) and a Bachelor in Health Science.  He is a Diplomate of Acupuncture (NCCAOM). He has performed thousands of treatments addressing many different conditions. Rafael was always very interested in natural healing and the ability of the body-mind complex to improve health.  In 1999 Rafael began formally exploring alternative health and wellness modalities. 

For the last 15 years, Rafael has received formal training from various renowned teachers in Kundalini Yoga, Philosophy, energetic healing, and other health and wellness modalities.  Rafael is a certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor having received training at the home of Yogi Bhajan in Anandpur Sahib, India.   He is also a Reiki practitioner attuned and trained by Master Reiki Trainer Sangeet Kaur of The Healing Source in Phoenix, AZ.   Rafael has as received additional training in Japanese Meridian Therapy and Dr. Tan Balance Method.  In order to better help his clients, Rafael studies and practices The BodyTalk System and is a Certified Bodytalk Practitioner.

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Joshuah Jackson headshotJoshuah Jackson AP
Secretarty
ASA Rep
Insurance Committee
CEU/Speaker Committee Chair
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Dr. Joshuah Jackson is a licensed Acupuncture Physician, Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine, and NCCAOM Board Certified Diplomat of Oriental Medicine serving in the state of Florida.  

Dr. Jackson has always had a passion for healthcare and it was that passion that lead her to pursue Oriental medicine. After a rigorous course of study, she graduated Suma Cum Laude from the Florida College of Integrative Medicine in 2014 ready to serve those communities in need.  Later she received her doctoral degree in acupuncture and Chinese medicine from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. 

"I can see the positive impact this medicine has had on the lives of others, sometimes when they have had no other means of help. I absolutely love this medicine and would like to do my part to support the profession because I want to see our profession grow and thrive. Serving on the board is a great way to carry out this mission and impact the AOM field on a larger scale than what I could on my own by actively participating in FSOMA’s mission and serving my community and fellow practitioners. I see FSOMA is a platform to spread the message of AOM's safety, efficacy, and effectiveness, protect the practice of AOM, and hopefully transform the landscape of healthcare here in Florida. Being a part of the board means being a part of something larger than me and doing my part to make a greater impact for our profession, first in Florida and through the US as well."

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headshot Theresa GilmoreTheresa Gilmore, AP
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My name is Theresa Gilmore. I am a native Miami resident, the third of seven children, and I love south Florida, the ocean, and an open water swimmer.

I was introduced to homeopathy in 1993 when one of my pet cats became ill. I spent the next handful of years studying homeopathy and getting acupuncture and homeopathic treatment for myself and my pets. Feeling better than I had in more than twenty years, I decided I wanted to spread the word and help others. I studied acupuncture, herbal medicine, homeopathy, nutrition, and cupping at Acupuncture Massage College and graduated valedictorian in 2002. I am an NCCAOM Diplomate. Immediately upon graduating, I trained at the Lincoln Medical and Mental Center and am certified to treat substance abuse issues. During that time in New York, I volunteered to treat stress victims near the site of the Twin Towers disaster. In New York, I realized how powerful this energy medicine could be. I am committed to helping people solve their health puzzles and find their healthy place.

I have a private practice and am also a professor at the Acupuncture and Massage College in Miami. I continue to study and learn weekly as I know there is so much more to know.I am passionate about this medicine and want to make sure it is available to everyone

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Damita Hartz, AP
Well Being Resource Committee
Ethics Committee Chair

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Damita grew up in a medical family and always had an interest in medicine, holistic medicine, and mental health. After attending the University of Florida for a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, Damita went on to attend Ball State University and obtain a Masters of Arts in Mental Health Counseling and Social Psychology. After working in the mental health field for 3 years, she decided she wanted to help her clients on a deeper level than she could as a mental health counselor. 

In 2017, she completed her Master’s in Oriental Medicine and Bachelor’s in Health Science at Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine. As an Acupuncture Physician and Licensed Mental Health Counselor, she has years of experience assisting clients with many different issues such as chronic pain, mental/emotional issues, addictions, insomnia, trauma, women’s health issues, men’s health issues, stress management, gastrointestinal issues, and more.

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headshot Dan LitwinDan Litwin, AP
Chair Advocacy Committee
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Dr. Daniel Litwin Originally worked in the culinary field for over 30 years and, despite having great success, had always maintained an interest in edible and medicinal wild plants. This led Daniel to pursue a career in Traditional Chinese Medicine at the New York College of Health Professions, where he also taught for five years the fundamentals of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the School’s massage program. Daniel graduated with a Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine and opened a sports medicine practice on Long Island called The Body Result. In November of 2019, Daniel moved to Clearwater, Florida, and has been practicing there. Currently, Daniel is set to complete his Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in February 2022. 

I want to do my part in advancing the recognition of our profession as medical providers, for example, by supporting the Judy Chu bill HR 4803 “Healthcare for seniors act of 2021,” which would give acupuncturists credentialing to bill for Medicare patients. I would also like to see about partnering with local departments of health in creating initiatives for acupuncturists in dealing with health issues affecting local communities.

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headshot Galina RoofenerGalina V. Roofener, AP
ASA Rep
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Galina has over 30 years of experience in health care. She was a major contributor to the development of the Chinese Herbal Therapy program. As a result, Cleveland Clinic garnered global attention as being one of the first major medical institutions to open a hospital-based herbal clinic in the United States. Currently, Galina focuses on providing traditional Chinese herbal medicine care via Telehealth consults in her private practice.

Before moving back to Florida to be closer to her family she served on the State Medical Board of Ohio’s Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Advisory Panel concerning the subject of Chinese herbs and other modalities of Oriental Medicine. Also, in the past, she served on the Hospital-Based Practice Task Force Committee advisory panel for the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Currently, Galina is serving on the herbal committee at the American Society of Acupuncturists.

I am committed to changing lives exponentially through the facilitation of interdisciplinary collaboration between Western and Eastern medical communities through integrative & holistic healthcare and education.

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headshot of Yue WangYue Wang, AP
Legislative Committee

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Graduated from Beijing University of TCM. After graduation, she worked as MD in the affiliated hospital for 10 years before coming to United States. She worked as a doctor, professor and researcher in the first 10 years of her career. She helped establish the “Diabetes association of TCM “ in China and was vice secretary of the association. She is a current board member of “Diabetes Association of World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies”.

She has been practicing in Florida for 18 years. I was board member and president of FLORIDA Acupuncture Association from 2013-2019.
She is a dual member of both FAA and FSOMA and will be a liaison to the FAA.

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Dickie Walls headshotDickie Walls, AP
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Student Membership Chair

Dickie Walls DAOM is owner and practitioner at Inner Space Acupuncture in Delray Beach, Fl since 2002.  He holds a Master of Oriental Medicine and DAOM from Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine (ATOM). He served as outreach director and clinical supervisor at ATOM since 2002. He did post graduate studies at Shanghai University of TCM in 2002, and Tian Jin University of TCM in 2005.  He established a Veteran’s program at ATOM and supervised a free clinic for Vets. He established and supervised an ATOM student clinic at Light of the World clinic, offering free acupuncture for the underserved.  

Dickie began volunteering as event photographer for FSOMA as a student member in 2000, and has continued that function since. He has attended FSOMA acupuncture education events in Tallahassee and acted as liaison with FSOMA and ATOM.  

Service to FSOMA and ATOM are a big part of that life. Dickie loves to dive and takes photos above and below the sea.  

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FSOMA OFFICE STAFF

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Ellen Teeter, AP
Executive Director
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Ellen Teeter, AP, licensed in Florida since 2000, is a clinical practitioner and tai chi teacher. She has been on the FSOMA Board of Directors since 2004 and served as Vice President from 2004 to 2006 and again from 2010-2012. She has been Chair of the Website and Journal Committees, served on Legislative and Conference committees, and was the editor of the FSOMA Journal.

Ellen attended Emory University receiving a BA in Political Science, received her Oriental Medical education from the Florida Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in St. Petersburg, FL, graduating in 1999. She has studied and practiced martial arts, tai chi, and qi gong for over 20 years.

FSOMA’s focus will be on building the profession through business management development, pro-active legislation efforts, and promoting insurance coverage for acupuncture services.  Ellen is located in the Bradenton and Sarasota area.

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Natalia MorrisonNatalia Morrison AP
Director of Communications
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Natalia Morrison is an AP in the Miami area and is working with FSOMA to expand communication distribution through social media platforms, promoting FSOMA Events, and building a stronger bridge of communication between FSOMA and our professional community.  

Natalia dedicates her time and work, to her private clinic, Healing Blossom (specialized in Acupuncture and Integrative Healthcare).  She integrates Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture, Food Therapy, Herbal Therapy, Color Light Therapy, Sound Healing, Yoga, Meditation & lifestyle coaching - to help her patients achieve their health goals while inspiring & guiding them to create the life they desire. Natalia believes in the conscious integration of science and spirituality for the health and evolution of all people.