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About

Who We Are

Mission:

Our mission is to empower practitioners, students, and patients of acupuncture and Asian medicine through support, education, and engagement. The NCSAAM maintains networks that inform stakeholders, engages the public, and works with government to enhance policy and promote the practice and science of acupuncture and Asian medicine. 

Vision:
Become the leading voice for our members by:

  • Promoting excellence in the profession by offering quality continuing education
  • Safeguarding and promoting the practice of acupuncture and Asian Medicine through legislation
  • Educating the public on the scope of acupuncture and Asian medicine as a complete medical system
  • Supporting integration of acupuncture and Asian medicine into the health care system in North Carolina
  • Collaborating with our state and national associations to further our profession
Linda Tolentino

Linda Tolentino

President

Linda Tolentino has served on the Board of Directors of NCSAAM in some capacity since 2015 after moving to NC in 2012 from Boston.  She graduated with a MAc in Chinese and Japanese Acupuncture from the New England School of Acupuncture and also holds a MBA from Boston University.  She practices in Cary.

Dr. Jennifer M. Williams

Dr. Jennifer M. Williams

Vice President

Dr. Jennifer M. Williams, PhD, DACM, L.Ac is nationally board certified and licensed in NC, VA, and TN.  She completed an Internship in Huaihua, China and is associated with Yunnan University of Chinese Medicine in Kunming, China.  Dr. Williams is certified by NCCAOM to provide quality continuing education.  She teaches advanced diagnosis and acupuncture techniques for chronic pain, auto-immune, and demyelinating conditions.

Monique Santoro

Monique Santoro

Secretary

Dr. Monique Santoro, DACM, MAOM, L.Ac., Dipl. Om practices acupuncture and oriental medicine in Raleigh, NC. She joined the Center for Chiropractic and Wellness in 2018 and uses acupuncture, herbal medicine, gua sha, cupping, moxibustion and Tuina massage to help heal a variety of ailments.

Lindsay Bierwert

Lindsay Bierwert

Treasurer

Lindsay Bierwert has been a North Carolina licensed acupuncturist since moving to Charlotte in 2017. Lindsay currently works at Lotus Acupuncture and specializes in treating women’s health, especially PCOS and endometriosis as well as mental health disorders. Her treatment modalities include acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, cupping, Tui Na, and eastern dietary therapy.

VACANT

VACANT

Beach Chapter Rep

Nancy Fuller

Nancy Fuller

Charlotte Chapter Rep

Nancy Fuller LAc has practiced at her general health clinic in the SouthPark area of Charlotte since 2011.  She loves working with patients to improve and maintain their health to allow them to live a healthy, balanced life.

Dr. Jennifer M. Williams

Dr. Jennifer M. Williams

Mountain Chapter Rep

Dr. Jennifer M. Williams, PhD, DACM, L.Ac is nationally board certified and licensed in NC, VA, and TN.  She completed an Internship in Huaihua, China and is associated with Yunnan University of Chinese Medicine in Kunming, China.  Dr. Williams is certified by NCCAOM to provide quality continuing education.  She teaches advanced diagnosis and acupuncture techniques for chronic pain, auto-immune, and demyelinating conditions.   

VACANT

VACANT

Triad Chapter Rep

Ginna Browning

Ginna Browning

Triangle Chapter Rep

Ginna Browning L.Ac, LMBT, is a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine, and the owner of Remedy Clinic, Inc. in Raleigh. She has valued NCSAAM since 2005 as a supportive professional environment for practitioners in NC.

Dr. Alise Beccaria

Dr. Alise Beccaria

Education Officer

Dr Alise Beccaria DAc, earned both her Master of Science and Doctorate in Acupuncture from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. Prior to studying acupuncture, Dr. Beccaria earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at SUNY Albany in Albany, NY. She grew up outside NYC and practiced in CT for over 5 years before moving south.  She is also credentialed with the local Veteran Affairs and is also a certified Yoga Instructor.

She is the owner and clinical director of Elemental acupuncture and Wellness Center in Wake Forest. She currently lives in Wake Forest with her husband and dog Liam.

Daniel Hughston Armstrong

Daniel Hughston Armstrong

Member-at-Large/ASA Liaison

Hughston graduated from Tri-State College of Acupuncture, studying Traditional Chinese Medicine, Acupuncture Physical Medicine, and KM (Kiiko Matsumoto) Japanese Style. He also completed his M.S. in Exercise Science from The Citadel. Hughston’s recently relocated to the Charlotte area and is grateful for the opportunity to join the community. Hughston utilizes the modalities of acupuncture, nutritional counseling, and appropriate exercise to guide individuals.

Karen Velasquez

Karen Velasquez

Director of Government Affairs

Karen Velasquez  is in her 5th year as the Triangle Chapter representative for NCSAAM.  She is a graduate of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and has been in practice for about 25 years.  She also served on the NCALB from 2008-2011. 

 

 

Jessica Miller

Jessica Miller

Marketing Director

Jessica Miller assists NCSAAM in finding the best possible benefits and opportunities for members of NCSAAM and is passionate about advocating for the future of acupuncture in NC. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Acupuncture at Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine in Sugar Grove, NC.  

Carrie Fleitz

Carrie Fleitz

Bookkeeper/Webmaster

Carrie is fairly new to  NCSAAM but know how much Acupuncture can change lives. She is a walking example! Carrie has lived in North Carolina for the last 27 years with my husband and two grown kids and considers NC home. She enjoy gardening, birds, butterflies, and photography.

Sara Paukovich

Sara Paukovich

NCSAAM Membership Coordinator

Laura DeVivo

Laura DeVivo

NCSAAM Lobbyist

Laura is a partner and founding member of DeVivo & Sams. Lobbying since 2011, she previously spent 12+ years in North Carolina’s legislative and executive branches. Just before beginning her career in government relations, she spent four years as Chief of Staff to N.C. Speaker of the House Joe Hackney whom she advised on legislative strategy, the state budget, public policy, legislative and political strategy. 

 

Angel Sams

Angel Sams

NCSAAM Lobbyist

Angel is a partner and founding member of DeVivo & Sams, representing clients at the legislature and in the executive branch. She has been lobbying in North Carolina since 2011 and has represented an array of clients and issues, and has successfully fought for clients’ diverse needs in the information technology, healthcare, agriculture, and nonprofit industries

Chynna Shipp

Chynna Shipp

Student Representative - Daoist Traditions

Chynna Shipp is graduate student at Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts pursuing both an MAOM and DACM upon graduation. She received a BA in Music and Art from Brevard College in 2006 and has since traveled between the United States and abroad, including one year in Malta, broadening her perspective and world view. She has discovered a deep, insatiable passion for Chinese medicine and is excited to learn more about advocacy for the future of our industry through the NCSAAM. Outside of Chinese medicine, Chynna is a dedicated rock climber and outdoor enthusiast.

 

 

Our Philosophy

NCSAAM acknowledges and respects all traditions of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine. We believe that cooperation and strength among practitioners and supporters will ensure that this ancient and modern medical profession will retain its integrity. By protecting the legal status it has earned, NCSAAM enhances the quality of health care for people in North Carolina.