Jared West, President
Jared West graduated from the American Institute of Alternative Medicine in 2008. Jared served on the board of the Ohio Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine when we successfully lobbied to create a license in Ohio for the practice of herbs. He has testified to Ohio Medicaid and committees in the Ohio House and Senate. He serves on the Ohio Medical Board’s Oriental Medicine Advisory Committee. His mother, Karen Young, is president of the Idaho Acupuncture Association.
Christine Kaiser, MS, LAc, LCH, FABORM, Vice President
Christine Kaiser is the Clinical Manager for the Acupuncture and Massage Therapy programs, as well as a Licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist, at University Hospitals Connor Integrative Health Network. She specializes in Women’s Health and Fertility, and integrates Chinese medicine into the UH Ahuja Fertility Center. She regularly educates hospital providers through Grand Rounds presentations on acupuncture and integrative medicine modalities. As a Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (FABORM), she is board certified in treating fertility issues with Chinese Medicine. Christine graduated from Bastyr University with a Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2005. She has completed advanced herbal studies at the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and a two-year teaching residency at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health in Seattle. She served as adjunct faculty at Bastyr University teaching students both in the classroom and clinic. Christine is currently the Vice President of the Ohio Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (OAAOM) and the Treasurer and Co-founding Board Member of the Maternity Acupuncture Association (MAA).
Susan Darling Veleber, MSAOM,LAc,LCH, Secretary
Susan practices acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine at the Center for Integrative Medicine at Cleveland Clinic. She earned her Bachelor of Science from Cornell University, her Master of Science degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine(MSAOM) from Bastyr University and completed a post-graduate internship in Chinese herbal medicine at the Shanghai University of Traditional Chinese Medicine’s Shu Guan Hospital in the People’s Republic of China.
Susan held a staff position as Acupuncturist and Instructor of Medicine in the General Internal Medicine Division at the Mayo Clinic utilizing acupuncture for a full range of medical conditions including acute and chronic conditions, post-operative pain control, palliative care, and clinical research. She was among the first acupuncturists to become a Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (FABORM)and specialize in treating fertility and pregnancy. Susan has spoken on integrating Traditional Chinese Medicine with standard care for numerous conditions at national medical conferences and educated medical residents, fellows, physicians and nurses about Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has taught at Bastyr University and supervised herbal students in the Bastyr Chinese Herbal Dispensary.
Susan is certified by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) as a Diplomate of Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology (Dipl.OM) and serves on the board of the Ohio Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Association (OAAOM),the NCCAOM Hospital-Based Practice Taskforce and the Washington East Asian Medicine Association (WEAMA)Medicaid Taskforce. She is a licensed Acupuncturist and Oriental Medicine Practitioner by the Ohio State Medical Board. Additionally, Susan is certified in Five Element Acupuncture, Craniosacral Therapy and Aroma Acupoint Therapy, which combines the properties of essential oils with the actions of acupuncture points within the theory of Chinese Medicine.
Deb Engelgau, LAc, C.SMA, Treasurer
Deb Engelgau, LAc, C.SMA has been a licensed acupuncturist since 2009 and a member of OAAOM since 2011. She received her acupuncture training at the American Institute of Alternative Medicine (AIAM) in Columbus, Ohio and is the owner of Points for Health, LLC with offices in Columbus and Hilliard, OH.
Prior to entering the field of Oriental Medicine, Deb obtained her B.S. in Chemical Engineering and M.S. in Microbiology and worked in engineering for over 20 years before returning to school to study the fascinating field of acupuncture.
She continues to study widely with experts in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and received her certification in Sports Medicine Acupuncture by completing Matt Callison’s SMA program in 2013. She has been a faculty member at AIAM and lectures on acupuncture in sports medicine and orthopedic injuries annually. She also has studied with Dr. Raphael Nogier of France and incorporates his advanced teachings on auriculotherapy into her private practice.
Deb believes that increasing awareness and education about Oriental Medicine in our communities is key to moving our profession forward. She has been active in working with JCL Communications in Ohio to increase awareness of the profession through published news articles, NPR ads, radio interviews and social media.
Brette Luck, LAc, Marketing Chair
Brette is the owner of Ohio Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine a group acupuncture practice and herbal pharmacy in Columbus. Heath Scene Ohio recently interviewed her about her practice and Oriental Medicine. Brette has found that most people don't know about how effective acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can be. She is working with the Ohio Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine to educate the public about acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine.