Our leadership team is made of experienced practitioners with many years of state-level experience in practice, leadership, and legislative action. If you are interested in serving and have experience and passion to share, please contact us!
Dr. Olivia Hsu Friedman earned a Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, a diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine Dermatology from Avicenna UK, and an MSOM from National University of Health Sciences. She is also a board certified NCCAOM Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (Dipl OM).
Before serving on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Acupuncturists, Dr. Friedman was one of two Illinois delegates to the ASA and served on the Illinois Society of Acupuncturists as Vice President. She serves on the Advisory Board of LearnSkin, the faculty of the Chicago Integrative Eczema Support Group sponsored by the National Eczema Association and the NUHS Presidential Alumni Advisory Board. Dr. Friedman is the owner of Amethyst Holistic Skin Solutions and practices TCM Dermatology utilizing only herbal medicine in Chicago, Illinois.
Amy Mager DACM, LAc
Vice Chair of Public Policy
Amy graduated from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1989 and was first licensed to practice acupuncture in CA. Amy has been licensed in MA since 1992. She is also a board certified NCCAOM Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (Dipl OM). She serves on the AOMSM Board and serves as its secretary as well as the ASA Board. Amy works on the legislative committee in MA and serves as the Co-Chair of the AOMSM Dry Needling committee as well as serving as a Board Representative to the ASA Dry Needling Committee. Amy is also a trained birth educator, birth assistant and Certified Lactation Counselor. Amy has been published in Parenting From the Heart, Round the Circle and Try Acupuncture. Amy practices in Northampton and Springfield, MA. Amy has a radio show with Bob Flaherty on WHMP, “Healing Outside the Box, Inside the Heart”. Amy has a private practice in Northampton and Springfield MA and runs a women’s only clinic once a week. Amy teaches birth preparation and fertility classes at the Cooley Dickinson Center for Midwifery Care.
Charis Wolf MSTCM, LAc
Vice Chair Operations
Charis Wolf earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in Intellectual History from UC Davis, after being a physics major for 3.5 years which also earned her a minor in physical sciences. During her first year in undergrad, she worked for Department of Energy, UC Berkeley lab in Livermore, CA doing genetic research. Upon graduating she moved to San Francisco and had a 10 year career in marketing and branding until she realized that she wanted a career that was more fulfilling. Her inspiration led her to a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She is also a board certified NCCAOM Diplomate of Acupuncture (Dipl Ac).
Charis went on to practice in California for nearly 10 years and then moved to WA state where she has been practicing for over 5 years. During her time in WA state she worked in an integrative medicine clinic and volunteered for the Washington state association, where she went on to be Vice President and then President. Her service has included running legislation, working on research literature review to increase insurance coverage and serving as the state representative to the ASA for 2 years. She has also been a practitioner in research funded by the NCCIH through the University of Washington studying Acupuncture and Traumatic Brain Injury. Currently she holds a teaching position at the Seattle Institute of East Asian Medicine and runs her own practice. Her passions are building interdisciplinary relationships, teaching and research.
Beyond her work, she is an avid gardener, enjoys the outdoors and makes all kinds of herbal concoctions for her family.
Dr. Hongjian He graduated from Guangzhou College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1983. She was trained as an Internist and did a residency in the China Japan Friendship Hospital with western medicine and TCM in Beijing. As a licensed acupuncturist in FL since 1988 and a board certified NCCAOM Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (Dipl OM), Dr. He has taught and practiced TCM, acupuncture, nutrition, and functional medicine in Florida for over 33 years while promoting, protecting, and advocating for the acupuncture profession relentlessly/persistently especially in legislation. Prior to the ASA, Dr. He served as President, Vice President or board member on many acupuncture-related professional associations such as the American Acupuncture Association and Oriental Medicine, National Federation of Chinese TCM Organizations, American Alliance Professional Association for Acupuncture and Safety, Florida Acupuncture Association, Florida State Oriental Medical Association. She also received several awards for her leadership, contributions, and service on both the national and state level.
Dr. He is very aware of the need for the unification of our profession and hopes to specifically assist in bridging relationships with the Chinese communities and fostering stronger collaboration on important issues such as Medicare.
Dr. Nell Smircina DAOM, L.Ac., Dipl. OM (NCCAOM)
Board Member At Large
Dr. Nell Smircina, DAOM, L.Ac., Dipl. OM (NCCAOM) is the Immediate Past Chair of CSOMA in CA, and has served on both the Advocacy Committee and Medicare Taskforce for the ASA. In addition to her state and national experience, she also is an advocate at an international level. As the Director of Development for the American Acupuncture Council, she actively works to support the profession through many strategic initiatives, including work to further develop the implementation of ICD11 codes, established by WHO, which include Traditional Medicine diagnostics.
Clinically, Dr. Nell specializes in acupuncture for optimal post-surgical recovery, an area she researched extensively during her doctoral program. She is the Founder of PIQUE Health, an integrative concierge practice in Beverly Hills, but more recently has pivoted and scaled her business with a more B2B focus, specifically on the collaboration and integration of acupuncture into established businesses. She shares her insights and business building tools with the profession in her Acupuncture Today column, “The Business of Acupuncture”.
Dr. Nell values mentorship and has taught in many AOM schools on the topics of practice management, professional development, and messaging. She believes being able to effectively communicate our medicine’s value to the public is critical to the growth of the profession. Through teaching and coaching, she assists students and practitioners looking to have thriving businesses while helping as many people as possible.
Dr. Nell has been featured as an SME on Good Day LA and Good Morning Arizona; and her work has appeared in Thrive Global, Authority Magazine and Acupuncture Today. She is a passionate international speaker on the topics of the integration of medicine and the constantly evolving healthcare industry.
David W. Miller MD, LAc
Immediate Past Chair
Dr. David W. Miller, MD, LAc is the founding Medical Director for Pediatric Integrative Medicine with the University Hospitals Connor Integrative Health Network and Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. He is one of the only physicians dually board certified in Pediatrics (American Board of Pediatrics) and Chinese medicine (NCCAOM – National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine). Prior to joining the UH Connor network, Dr. Miller was in private practice with East-West Integrated Medicine, LLC in Chicago, Illinois for 14 years, and saw patients of all ages for holistic and integrative care.
Dr. Miller has designed curricula in masters and doctoral programs in integrative physiology, pediatrics, medical communications, and public health and is an active participant and leader in numerous state and nation medical associations. He is the founding Chair, and now Immediate Past Chair, of the American Society of Acupuncturists, and immediate past-Chair of the NCCAOM board development committee on Biomedicine. He participates actively with the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, the American Medical Association, the Integrative Health Policy Consortium, and other state and national groups. He has served on the Illinois state regulatory board for acupuncture, and has passed legislation related to the practice of acupuncture in Illinois, and has also lobbied nationally for issues related to acupuncture and integrative medicine.
Dr. Miller received his Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Vassar College, his M.D. from the Brown University School of Medicine, and completed his internship and residency in Pediatrics at the University of Chicago. He then completed his Master of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine with the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago. He is also a board certified NCCAOM Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (Dipl OM).
He is a peer reviewer for JASA: The Journal of the American Society of Acupuncturists, as well as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine.