Board of Directors

Executive Committee 

Galina Roofener headshotGalina V. Roofener, AP
President
Chair- Executive Committee
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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 at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio. 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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Sandra Kahn headshotSandra Kahn AP, RN
Vice President
Committee Co-chair Conference, Marketing/Advocacy
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Sandra Kahn AP, RN returns to the board and has been elected by the new board of directors to serve as the Vice President. She has been a licensed acupuncturist since 2007 and a member of FSOMA since 2005 as a student and currently as a practitioner. She is also board-certified by NCCAOM with a Diplomate in Acupuncture.  She was granted a Bachelor of Health Science and a Master of Oriental Medicine from Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Sandra is the owner of Acupuncture & Oriental Healthcare, Inc. in Davie, Florida. 
Sandra believes that visibility and education about Oriental Medicine in our communities are the milestones of moving our profession forward. She is active in her community by conducting workshops about holistic health & wellness, stress management, and the benefits of acupuncture. She is a member and committee volunteer of the Case Management Society of America, a board member/executive committee member/committee volunteer of the South All Florida Case Management Network, and a volunteer of the Florida Medical Reserve Corps for Broward County.  She will be Co-chairing the Conference Committee, serves on the Advocacy and Membership Committees. 

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Theresa Gilmore headshotTheresa Gilmore, AP
Treasurer
Committee Chair - Finance
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Theresa Gilmore is a native Miami resident, the third of seven children, and loves south Florida, the ocean, and is an open water swimmer.
She studied acupuncture, herbal medicine, homeopathy, nutrition, and cupping at Acupuncture Massage College and graduated valedictorian in 2002. She is an NCCAOM Diplomate and trained at the Lincoln Medical and Mental Center to be certified to treat substance abuse issues. During her time in New York,  she volunteered to treat stress victims near the site of the Twin Towers disaster and realized how powerful this energy medicine could be. She is  committed to helping people solve their health puzzles and find their healthy place.
Gilmore has a private practice and is also a professor at the Acupuncture and Massage College in Miami..

"I am passionate about this medicine and want to make sure it is available to everyone." 

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Dan Litwin headshotDan Litwin, AP
Secretary
Committee Chair Marketing/Advocacy
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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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 Directors

Christina CasadoChristina Casado, AP
Committees - ByLaws Chair, Legislative

Christina M. Casado, L. Ac., is a licensed Acupuncture Physician and Certified Chinese Medical Herbalist with over ten years of innovative practice in holistic medicine.

She started her formal training with an Environmental Science B.S. from Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts, followed by an M.S. in Biology from The University of Missouri at St. Louis, and an M.B.A. from Florida International University.  She also served in an affiliate professorship at Acupuncture Massage College, teaching Chinese Herbal Medicine.

Prior to studying acupuncture, Christina studied the medicinal actions of plants and their uses in medicine.

I come from a family of public servants and I grew up with the belief that it is my personal responsibility to participate in our community in a meaningful way.  I spent 12 years working for my local municipal government before discovering the power of Eastern Medicine.  During those years I realized how difficult and confusing it is for the average person to navigate the government, to access some of our public resources, to even understand what is required for a permit or license.  I also saw firsthand how a small group of interested parties with access to government can make decisions that affects the general community, sometimes without a large part of that community even realizing it is happening.  As the acupuncture profession continues to grow and expand into mainstream healthcare, it is in our best interest to have a seat at the table that outlines how and what we are allowed to practice.  I would like the opportunity to serve on the FSOMA Board to advocate for our profession, for the integrity of our practices as physicians, the continued growth of our medicine through the students we teach, and the many people we help by sharing our knowledge and care.“ 

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Mercy Gomez headshotMercy Gomez. AP
Committees - Co-chair Conference, Legislative, Journal

After graduating, in 2013, from FIU with a bachelor’s degree in health administration, Gomez decided to go back to school. She started her studies in Chinese Medicine, that has completely expanded and continues to expand her knowledge. She finally felt that she had found a path that even though was completely different than what she was accustomed or had in mind it was exactly where she was supposed to be. Since 2014, her journey in this new world of Chinese medicine, has helped her grow not only as an individual but also to become the practitioner that evolves with her community. Since then, she has continued to expand her studies within the scope of Chinese Medicine and finds it more fascinating every single day. 

“As I help clients that come to my practice and help the geriatric community. I realize that I feel that there is something more that I could be doing with my profession. I feel that I want to understand and dive further into my profession. Be behind the scenes to connect practitioners and help bring the community together so that we are more connected if we choose. I feel that I know acupuncturists that wish they could connect with more colleagues to either barter, have an open questionnaire forum, sharing new techniques or questions regarding a complicated patient. Maybe there are platforms out there with these opportunities, but I feel that starting to bring the students into these communities would not only help with retention but also help them feel more welcomed within the community. I also want to be more involved within our Acupuncture community, whether that be helping currently with projects started or starting new projects. I look forward to be choosing to be part of the FSOMA board if that is what is best."

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Damita Hartz headshotDamita Hartz, AP
Committee - Well Being Resource
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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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Rhoda Lohier headshotRhoda Lohier, AP
Committees - Membership, Chair - Fundraising 
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Dr Rhoda graduated from ATOM in 2011 and interned in China before setting up practice in Miami. She is originally from Haiti moving to NYC at the age of 6.   She was introduced to Acupuncture when a severe toothache took her to the emergency room, instead of having the tooth pulled or root canals she got acupuncture and dedicated herself to studying.   

As an acupuncture physician Rhoda has helped many patients who suffer various ailments.  It is with her patients' support she has decided to open a small clinic that offers Acupuncture treatments as well as Electrolysis treatments.    Dr. Rhoda's Mission:  - Help get as many people out of pain as I can and help some individuals feel better about themselves. According to God's plan, we all must age, but we do not have to do it painfully.  Therefore, let us find a solution to your pain and suffering.

“I’ve always wanted to contribute to the health of acupuncture and its reputation.  It's a shame that so many people aren’t aware of our awesome medicine. One of our problems is that not enough colleagues are contributing to maintain and develop acupuncture so that it becomes the medicine of the world – because it is.  Therefore, I would like to work through FSOMA to encourage people to contribute more so that the world will respect and understand this awesome medicine.“ 

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Lynn McPhearson headshotLynn McPhearson, AP
Committees - Conference, Membership
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Dr. Lynn McPherson completed his Master of Science in Oriental Medicine and a BS Degree in Professional Health Sciences at the East-West College of Natural Medicine in Sarasota, Florida. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Physiology from the University of South Florida. 

Dr. McPhearson currently serves as a medical technician in the United States Air Force Reserve; he attained his Associate of Science in Practical Nursing Technology from the Community College of the Air Force. Dr. McPhearson studied abroad at the original Shaolin Temple in China, studying martial arts in medicine for two months under the Shaolin monks. Dr. McPhearson is one of, if not the only, acupuncture physicians credentialed to do acupuncture in combat deployed settings, Afghanistan, without having to be credentialed as an MD, DO, NP, PA, or PT.

Dr. McPhearson has become an FSOMA board member to “enhance the outreach of the FSOMA, provide technological innovation, and contribute to the evolution of the acupuncture profession within Florida and beyond.fsoma-seperator

Tasha Perez HeadshotTasha Perez, AP
Committees - Membership, Marketing/Advocacy, Well-being
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Tasha Perez graduated from East West College of Natural Medicine where she earned both her Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and a BS Degree in Professional Health Sciences. She earned her AS Degree from the Florida College of Natural Medicine in Pompano, Florida. An NCCAOM nationally board-certified licensed acupuncturist, Tasha is the Chief Practitioner and owner of Quiet Waters Wellness Center LLC. 

As a license acupuncturist and fellow member of the FSOMA organization, I recognize how important it is to have a group of like-minded individuals with a common community to support the growth of the acupuncture profession from where established to its current position and beyond.

“I believe some of the concerns for the profession are: Full acceptance under the healthcare insurance and in the hospital to be recognized as a medical form of treatment, To be suitably compensated, have a standardized acceptance throughout all 50 states to practice in the patient and outpatient settings, to promote an increased awareness for other acupuncturists to advocate for the profession”

fsoma-seperatorDickie Walls headshotDickie Walls, AP
Committees - Membership Chair, Marketing/Advocacy
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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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Yue "April" Wang headshotYue "April" Wang, AP
Committee - Legislative
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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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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.