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FSOMA Board of Directors


Executive Committee Members

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President
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Sandra Kahn, AP, RN
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Sandra Kahn, AP, RN has been a licensed acupuncturist since 2007 and a member of FSOMA since 2005 as a student and currently as a practitioner. 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.

Prior to entering the field of Oriental Medicine, Sandra obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. After graduating from nursing school, Sandra worked at Miami Children’s Hospital in Miami, Florida on the internal medicine unit. Having the opportunity to work in administration, Sandra accepted the position of Quality Assurance Reviewer conducting medical and nursing peer reviews, participating in interdisciplinary committees, and preparing for survey and accreditation by The Joint Commission. Once obtaining her license as a Healthcare Risk Manager, she transferred into Risk Management reviewing medical records for potential medical malpractice cases and assisting defense counsel on active legal cases. After 7 years at Miami Children’s Hospital, Sandra transitioned as a legal nurse consultant at an insurance defense law firm in Fort Lauderdale. Her main responsibilities included medical records review and summation of medical malpractice and personal injury cases in preparation for medical expert reviews and Independent Medical Examinations, depositions, mediations, and trials.

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 of the Case Management Society of America, Weston Business Club, a board member of the South Florida Case Management Network, and a volunteer of the Florida Medical Reserve Corps for Broward County.

Sandra strives to integrate the best knowledge of both Western and Eastern medicine to meet the treatment and prevention needs of her patients. She also strongly believes in being a partner in healthcare as well as educator for all her patients to empower them in gaining knowledge about the functionality of their bodies for proper health maintenance.

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Vice President

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David Bibbey, AP

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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 hss 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 care-giving 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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Treasurer

Rafael Perez
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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 bachelors 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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Secretary

Dr. Saima Bhatti O.M.
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Saima Bhatti is an Acupuncture Physician and Diplomat of Oriental Medicine. Saima is also certified to provide vitamin and homeopathic injections.

Saima acquired her first Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from Florida State University. She later graduated from Everglades University with a Bachelor of Science in Alternative Medicine. Saima then attended the Florida College of Integrative Medicine where she acquired a Bachelors in Professional Health Studies and a Masters of Oriental Medicine.

Saima is President of the Central Florida Chapter of FSOMA. She is also a member of Acupuncturists Without Borders, a global organization that has mobilized to provide and services for communities affected by natural disasters and related first aid and trauma events. Saima’s main objective is to be of service to all people requiring care, as well as to maximize exposure of the many benefits Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine provides.

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Jennifer Broadwell, AP
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Jennifer Broadwell, DOM, ADS, is an Acupuncture Physician licensed by the State of Florida and holds a National Certification by the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine). She completed her undergraduate studies in Nursing in North Carolina where she developed a fascination and profound appreciation for the human body. She continued her education and training at Acupuncture and Massage College in Miami, FL where she was awarded her Master of Oriental Medicine Degree. Her studies included specialized training in Acupuncture, Chines Herbal Medicine, Moxibustion/ Heat Therapy, Cupping Therapy, Asian Body Work, Electro-Acupuncture & Nutritional Therapy

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Hongjian He, AP
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Hongjian He, AP graduated from Guangzhou Medical College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1983 with a degree in Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She completed 3 years of residency training in Internal Medicine at the China-Japan Friendship Hospital; one of the world’s most prestigious hospitals for Integrated Western and Chinese Medicine.

Dr. He moved to Clearwater, Florida in 1988, and has been increasing her passion and dedication for practicing Chinese Medicine ever since. She continues to study widely with experts in Oriental medicine and has been a guest lecturer at at the University of Florida’s Shands Hospital, the University of South Florida’s Rheumatology Residency Program and several accredited acupuncture colleges. She now specializes in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, and Nutrition to promote Natural and Holistic Healing.

“I believe that integrating modern medical technology with such a safe, effective, ancient, healing art is the best way to deal with chronic illnesses and disorders.”

Hongjian has been involved extensively in promoting acupuncture in Florida and nationally with the AAAOM.  She won many awards for her work and dedication. She is a founding mother of FSOMA being involved in the organization in the 1990s during its founding.  For a while in the 1990s the fledgling FSOMA was run out of her office in Clearwater.

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Tammy Dippenworth, D.O.M, DIPL. OM, DIPL. AC, DIPL. CH

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I have been in the health care business for most of my life. I graduated in 1982 from the University of Pittsburgh, Nursing school, Bachelors of Science degree. My advanced training led me to the ICU, recovering open-heart surgical patients. I have always put myself in the highest positions in the hospital and achieved the highest pay for my training. For a brief time I was an ACLS (advanced cardiac life support) instructor, a certification required to work in ICU/CCU and emergency room.

 

I am honored by the nomination to serve on the FSOMA Board of Directors. I don’t take this nomination lightly, for it is a 3-year commitment. I recently attended the FSOMA conference and I was really awakened by what it takes to pull that event together and preserving our Profession. I noticed that most of the people that were there are the pioneers that volunteer year after year. While I appreciate all they have done and continue to do, I felt it was my turn to step up and do my part. FSOMA has done so much to continue making Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine mainstay in the health field and is paving the way for the future of our profession and I would like to participate in that movement and preservation.

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Wes Eades 
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Wes Eades AP, has been a FL licensed acupuncturist since 2009 with over 40 years of experience integrating and practicing Eastern and Western complimentary medicine and bodywork.

He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Health Science and a Master of Oriental Medicine from Florida College of Integrative Medicine in Orlando.

Wes has a special interest in Orthopedics, musculoskeletal disorders, headache and pain management. He is also an NCTMB Board Certified Massage Therapist. New York LMT since 1996 and FL Licensed Massage Therapist since 2006. He was a former Tuina instructor and faculty member at FCIM in Orlando. 

Wes actively participates in his community, educating, speaking and conducting workshops about holistic health and wellness, stress management, and the benefits that Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine provide. 

It is through education of our Fl State Legislators, MDs, DOs, PTs, Chiropractors and other healthcare professionals, insurance providers, patients who are seeking insurance health plans inclusive of acupuncture coverage, our profession will advance and move forward exponentially over the next few years. We are Primary Care Physicians in the constantly changing healthcare environment especially as we become part of the opioid abuse reduction/pain management alternative health system. 

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Gretchen Gonzalez, AP

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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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Joshuah Jackson AP
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Dr. Joshuah Jackson is a licensed Acupuncture Physician, Doctor of Oriental Medicine, Dotor 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 would be 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 AOMs safety, efficacy, and effectiveness, protect the practice of AOM and hopefully to 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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Kimberly Liu, AP
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Dr. S. Kimberly Liu is a multicultural and multi-lingual physician, who specializes in mental health, women's health, and chronic and terminal illnesses using a holistic approach. She is an avid advocate of Oriental medicine who actively works toward including integrative medicine in our health care system, volunteers her time and expertise in Latin American countries, involved in multiple nonprofit organizations that promote arts & crafts in local communities; outreach and educational programs in LGBTQ communities; literacy programs for children of low income families; and bringing the East and the West together by promoting cultural awareness and competency.

I have been involved in one way or another with FSOMA Central Florida local chapter in the last 4.5 years, thanks to the influence of my mentor Dr. Lynn Thames. 

I come from a family lineage of doctors of Oriental Medicine, and want to serve, help and guide my fellow colleagues here in Florida, where the profession is still blooming. I believe that if all of us are united, we can grow, improve and become better physicians and help our patients.

I know that I can provide a positive influence and support my fellow colleagues as a Board member of FSOMA.  It is a great privilege to continue to serve my community. 

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Executive Director – FSOMA Office

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Executive Director

Ellen Teeter , AP
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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.