The NCSAAM Board of Directors serves as the governing body and establishes association policy for conducting the business and management functions of the Association. The Board of Directors consists of the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Director oGovernment Affairs, and one representative from each of the five local chapters (Beach, Charlotte, Mountain, Triad, Triangle). The Board may also include two members-at-large.
Linda Huang Tolentino has been a licensed acupuncturist since 2009 after spending 20 years in Corporate America in marketing in the finance industry and sales in the telecom industry.
Her practice began in the suburbs of Boston after graduating with a Masters in Chinese and Japanese acupuncture from the New England School of Acupuncture. She moved to NC in 2012 with her family when her husband was transferred.
Linda specializes in gentle acupuncture for patients of all ages. Her focus is more on musculoskeletal conditions, emotional imbalances and chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia.
Her practice is currently located in Cary. Linda is a Diplomate of the NCCAOM. She also holds a MBA from Boston University.
Linda also is a member of Women in Networking of Cary – serving a 6 month term as the membership coordinator in 2015.
Linda lives in Holly Springs with her two sons, husband and French Bulldog, Izzy.
Prior to returning home to N.C. in 2013 she practiced acupuncture in Denver, CO where she was a member of the Acupuncture Association of Colorado. She was an assistant coordinator with Alter/Med Research Foundation interfacing allopathic medicine and research based complimentary medicines.
Bonnie has been a holistic practitioner since 1996 which has afforded her a deep understanding of the body and the healing process. While treating a wide range of health conditions her focus is on digestion, anxiety and the musculoskeletal system. She incorporates supplements, Chinese herbs, moxibustion, dietary education/coaching and life style changes. In addition to her MSOM, Bonnie holds a Bachelor of Science in Merchandising.
Heather McIver graduated from Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, CO. She opened Stillpoint Acupuncture in 2001 and has been thrilled to see the popularity of Chinese Medicine grow since then.
A major influence on her practice was her two-year course of study with Lonny Jarrett, author of Nourishing Destiny: The Inner Tradition of Chinese Medicine, and nationally recognized authority on integrating both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Five Element Acupuncture into a cohesive practice style.
Heather has made two trips to Beijing, China where she learned from accomplished doctors of acupuncture. Heather’s true love is Chinese Herbal Medicine. She recently completed a two-year advanced Chinese Medicine course with Sharon Weizenbaum and she is currently studying the work of Dr. Feng Shi Lun and his experience with classical formulas. She also loves working with fertility, pregnancy and pediatric issues. Heather holds a BA in Religious Studies from Guilford College, and a Masters in Health Education from the University of NC at Greensboro in addition to her MSOM.
Heather is the mother of two children and enjoys writing, reading and good food!
David Peters is currently the co-founder of Long Life Wellness Center. He practices acupuncture, massage therapy, herbal medicine, lifestyle/nutritional counseling and teaches meditation, TaiJi and Qigong exercises.
Long Life Wellness Center also offers Physical Therapy, Marriage and Family Counseling, Hypnotherapy, Life Coaching, Medical QiGong Therapy and a full Yoga program.
David has been specializing in the field of fertility medicine since 2006. He assists couples with conception by coordinating and employing complementary therapies with reproductive endocrinologists.
He is an active member of the Acupuncture community advocating for legislation in the Acupuncture field.
Dir. of Government Affairs
Chris Helmstetter is nationally licensed and board certified in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.
He maintains state licenses in both North Carolina and California and specializes in the treatment of pain and auto-immune conditions.
Chris is a Council and Board member of the NCAAOM since 2005 and currently presides as Director of Government Affairs.
Stefano is a NY, NC and NM Licensed Acupuncturist, a Registered Respiratory Therapist as well as a Certified Acupuncturist and Herbologist with the National Association for the Certification of Acupuncturists. He holds a Diploma in Acupuncture and Herbology, as well as the title, Doctor of Oriental Medicine from the state of New Mexico, which adds the specialty of Homeopathy.
He received his western training at N.Y. University - Bellevue in Respiratory Therapy and graduated from Tri State College of Acupuncture with honors. Dr. Vitale has been practicing yoga, martial arts, and pranic healing techniques for over 25 years. Vitale is also an ordained minister in the Universal Life Church.
Stefano works with a variety of patients finding great success in allergies, gynecology, gastrointestinal syndromes, thyroid, pain, emotional disorder, sport related issues, among other maladies.