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2011 Board of Directors

President - Laura Ocker, LAc
Laura Ocker, L.Ac. is an Oregon acupuncturist with a private practice in Milwaukie and many years experience working in integrated public health clinics. Laura maintained a thriving acupuncture and Chinese medicine practice for six years at Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, a non-profit primary care and prenatal community health center in Hillsboro. She served on the agency’s Management Team from 2007 to 2010, coordinating health & safety programs for multiple clinics. 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. For more information, please visit Laura’s website:

Vice President - Collin Stoll, LAc
Born and raised in Oregon, Collin earned a BA in Religion from Colorado College, a MA in Eastern Religion from The University of Hawaii and in 1998 graduated with a MAc.OM from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. Dedicated to service towards healing and integrative health care Collin practices acupuncture in Tigard at Southwest Family Physicians. For more information, please visit

Treasurer - Bijana Devo, ND, LAc
Dr. Bijana Devo was raised in the mid-West, where her love of the biological sciences developed through close association with nature. Focused throughout her schooling on the sciences, she expanded her experience to include psychology, graduating Cum laude in Biology and Psychology from Kalamazoo College. After a brief internship with Pharmacia, Dr. Devo developed a strong interest in natural healing methods and moved to Portland to pursue further studies. She has since received her masters in Acupuncture and a doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Devo practices acupuncture and naturopathic medicine at True Health Medicine in Tualatin, OR. For more information, please visit:

Secretary - Joanna Flores, LAc
Joanna Flores, L.Ac., ABT is also an active member of the AOBTA, which is trying to uphold the Asian Bodywork profession.  Joanna volunteered for the OAAOM after eye opening processing with the Oregon Medical Board.  She and her husband, Gonzalo Flores, L.Ac. (OCOM 2001) work at their clinic in SW Portland.

Membership Director - 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 intern 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. In 2008, Beth traveled to China for a third time to complete internship training at the Nanjing University of TCM. Beth is looking forward to the opportunity to return to NUTCM as adjunct faculty for this year’s OCOM study abroad trip. 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 an Admissions Coordinator for OCOM, Beth also works part-time as a LAc at Written on the Body on 29th and NE Alberta in Portland ( and also creating workplace wellness programs and services through TEAM Works (

Legislative Chair -Al Thieme, LAc




Board Member - Dixie Young, LAc
Dixie grew up with an appreciation of the natural wonders of the rivers, flatwoods and coastal regions of her native state, Florida. This love of nature brought her to move to Alaska, working in the areas surrounding Denali National Park and the Cook Inlet. When later introduced to the Pacific Northwest and Portland, she was struck not only by the abundance of natural wonders but by the area's culture of conciously creative living and scholarship in the healing arts. She earned her MAOM from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in Portland, OR.  It is her desire to contribute to transformative healing and increased wellness in this community. She currently practices at Grain Integrative Health in Portland, OR and works to create workplace wellness opportunities with T.E.A.M. Works. &


Board Member - Leah Yamaguchi, LAc




Board Member - Wendy Childs, LAc





Board Member - Anabelle Snow, LAc
Annabelle Snow, LAc was first introduced to acupuncture by a family friend after a serious car accident in 1990. She was amazed by the subtle yet powerful needles and their incredible effect on her injuries. Annabelle received her BFA in Photography/Design from the University of Oregon in 1997 and earned her MAcOM from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2004. Prior to pursuing a career in acupuncture, she worked in various larger non-profits in project management, marketing, development and community outreach. Annabelle co-owns and manages a multi-disciplinary clinic in North Portland with her partner Lili Scott – the North Portland Wellness Center.


OCOM Student Representative - Sarah Hammer

NCNM Student Representative - OPEN