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2013 Board Of Directors


Laura Ocker newestPresident Emeritus - Laura E. Ocker, LAc

Laura is an Oregon acupuncturist with a private practice in Milwaukie (near Clackamas). She has worked extensively in non-profit integrated primary care centers, both as a practitioner of Chinese medicine and in program management. Laura earned a B.S. in Biology from Florida State University in 1993 and an MAcOM from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2003. Prior to beginning studies in Chinese medicine in 1998, Laura’s professional background was in ecology and conservation biology. Laura has been an OAAOM member since 2009, serving on the Board and Legislative Committee since 2010, and as president since 2011.

Beth HowlettPresident - Beth Howlett, LAc

Beth Howlett, LAc, began her study of things Chinese in 1994 at Bryn Mawr College, enticed by the prospect of learning a language with no verb tenses.   After graduation she was selected to participate in Princeton-in-Asia’s teaching fellowship program in Ningbo, China.  Upon returning to the USA, Beth deepened her study of Chinese language and culture by pursuing a MAcOM at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM). In 2008, Beth traveled to China for a third time to complete internship training at the Nanjing University of TCM and will be returning to NUTCM as adjunct faculty for the OCOM study abroad trip for the fourth time in 2012. Her passion for the medicine and translating source texts has also led her to help facilitate an ongoing relationship between OCOM and the Kam Wah Chung Co. museum in John Day, Oregon. Currently employed as Community Education Coordinator for OCOM, she facilitates both community education and continuing education events in Portland. Beth also works part-time as a LAc at Written on the Body Acupuncture and Massage Studio on 13th and NE Alberta in Portland  (

Wendy Childs

Vice President - Wendy Childs, LAc

Wendy has been a Licensed Acupuncturist for over 13 years in Maryland, New York State, and now Oregon. She is a graduate and former teacher and supervisor at The Tai Sophia Institute for the Healing Arts in Maryland. She is committed to helping people move toward wellness in all aspects of their lives. She can be found at two locations.
Indigo Wellness - 2673 12th St SE - Salem, OR 97302 -
Sunnyside Holistic Group - 2450 SE Belmont St. - Portland, OR 97214 -


brian bakerTreasurer - Brian Baker, LAc

Brian operates the clinic and is a licensed acupuncturist utilizing Oriental medicine, including herbal formula medicine, and functional medicine in the care of patients to alleviate chronic conditions that are difficult to treat by Western medicine or to reduce the need for pharmaceutical drugs. His interests are in recognizing and treating neurological, gastrointestinal, immune, and endocrine imbalances and disorders to address the root cause of disease often overlooked or not understood in Western medicine practice.

Rebecca Seitz Secretary - Becca Seitz, LAc

At Thrive Acupuncture, Becca Seitz uses Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Foot Reflexology, Chinese Dietary Therapy and Lifestyle Advice to help you to regain and maintain your health. Are you ready to thrive?

Membership Director - Tooba Durrani, ND, LAc

Dr. Tooba Durrani is a licensed Naturopathic Physician, Acupuncturist, Reiki Master and Chinese Herbalist who helps her patients achieve optimal health through the wisdom of Nature. She graduated from the National College of Natural Medicine (NCNM) in Portland, Oregon with a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and Masters in Oriental Medicine.   She has continued her training in Chinese Medicine by studying with teachers who are Classical Chinese Medicine scholars and physicians. She is also a certified Qi Gong instructor, having studied and trained in both the Taoist shamanic style from the Er Mai Lineage and the more martial arts style from the Jin Jing Gong lineage at NCNM and with Master Zhong Xian Wu.


Joanna Flores

Board Member - Joanna Flores, LAc

Joanna Flores, L.Ac. graduated from OCOM in 2001 and did a special shiatsu externship with Lindy Ferrigno, CI (AOBTA), ABT (NCCAOM), LMT.  She is an active member for the AOBTA (Association of Bodywork Therapies of Asia).  She is now studying visceral manipulation with the Barral institute and hopes to expand our scope of practice for more bodywork techniques, lab test privileges, an acupuncture assistant certification, personal injury coverage without a referral from MD's or DC's.  Joanna served on the OAAOM board for the last 3 years with hopes to further our profession legislatively so we can continue to practice our medicine safely and effectively.

Board Member - Eric Buckley, LAc

Altenate Board Member - Regina Dehen, ND, LAc


sariantra kaliAlternate Board Member -Sariantra Kali, LAc
Legislative Committee Co-Chair

Sariantra Kali, LAc studied acupuncture and Chinese medicine at The Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM). She graduated in 2006 and completed an internship at Portland Alternative Health Center and at The Ananda Nagar Hospital in West Bengal, India.She is currently in private practice in Eugene, Oregon and specializes in pain syndromes, neuropathy and trauma. She is currently admitted to the Doctoral program at OCOM and is the recipient of the 2012 Golden Flower Scholarship. Sariantra is committed to making positive change for practitioners and patients alike and looks forward to serving the acupuncture community.


sarah hammerOCOM Student Representative - Sarah Hammer

Sarah is a current student at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. Prior to enrolling at OCOM in the fall of 2011, Sarah’s life-long interest in health and wellness allowed her to work for a variety of healthcare and non-profit organization as a public relations and communications specialist. Sarah’s innovative ideas on how to use web-based outlets including social networking services for direct marketing have been recognized nationally in the Wall Street Journal. Connect with Sarah on LinkedIn

NCNM Student Representative - Karmen Scott
Karmen Scott has been the NCNM Student Representative for the OAAOM since September 2012. She a dual ND/CCM student at NCNM and will graduate in June 2015. She graduated with a B.S in Environmental Sciences from the University of Oregon in 2006. Before starting at NCNM, Karmenspent 2 years in Monteverde, Costa Rica where she worked with a non-profit organization to implement native plant gardens and to teach local school children and community members about their native flora. At NCNM, she holds the position of Community Clinics Liaison, she runs the Spanish scheduling hotline and is the Vice President of Health Impact for the Naturopathic Medical Student Association.