CSOMA

About Us

CSOMA is a professional association of licensed acupuncturists and supporters of acupuncture, dedicated to the preservation, advancement and integration of the art, science, and practice of all branches of acupuncture medicine into the modern healthcare model, in a caring and ethical manner, thereby enhancing the health and well-being of the general public.

Tiffany Tuftee, LAc

United for a Stronger Future: President’s Welcome

Tiffany Tuftee, L.Ac, Dipl. O.M.

CSOMA President

Dear Colleagues,

I welcome you to the California State Oriental Medical Association website, and trust that this platform provides you with an introduction into who we are, what benefits we offer and what we have been up to over the years. (Click below to continue reading.)

President's Letter (continued)

I’m honored to serve as the 2023-25 President of CSOMA. As a practitioner, volunteer and advocate of the profession for nearly a decade, I’ve witnessed the evolving needs of our field and recognize the pivotal role a robust professional association plays in shaping its future.

Our California acupuncture community faces a critical juncture with the increasing involvement of other professions performing acupuncture with little to no training. The success of our profession hinges on your commitment to being a member of our state association, which supports both state and national initiatives. Your involvement is essential to expanding our scope of practice, advocating for advancements in acupuncture medicine, and a presence in Sacramento.

My experiences have deepened my understanding of our challenges and fueled my passion for fostering growth, unity and awareness within our profession. California, with its rich history in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, requires an association dedicated to advocating for the highest standards of care. CSOMA is firmly dedicated and ready to spearhead this mission, but we rely on your collective support to bring it to fruition.

I invite you to join us. Together, we can address challenges, elevate standards, and secure a sustainable future for the next generation of practitioners. CSOMA, as a non-profit member-based association, thrives on your contributions, enriching the diverse perspectives within our organization. Engage with fellow members, take advantage of our sponsors benefits, and participate in our events and initiatives throughout the year. In the coming weeks, I’m eager to engage with each of you, listen to your insights, and understand your aspirations for our profession. If you resonate with this message, consider applying for a board seat to contribute to this initiative. For more details or questions, contact president@csomaonline.org. Your questions, ideas, and feedback are invaluable and welcomed.I’m excited about the opportunity to serve you and our community as we embark on this journey together.

With Gratitude,
Tiffany Tuftee, L.Ac, Dipl. O.M.
President, CSOMA
president@csomaonline.org

Principles of Professional Ethics:

As a practitioner of Oriental medicine and a member of the California State Oriental Medical Association (“CSOMA”), I pledge to:

  • Always act in a manner that best serves the interest of my patient.
  • Provide competent health care with integrity, compassion, and respect for human dignity.
  • Continue to advance my clinical knowledge to maintain high professional standards.
  • Safeguard my patients’ rights to privacy by protecting information of a confidential nature, in accordance with the laws and regulations governing health care providers in the State of California.
  • Deal honestly with patients and colleagues, and to expose those licensed acupuncturists who jeopardize a patient’s safety or who engage in deception or fraud.
  • Perform only those services necessary to return patients to a maximum state of good health, and to bill patients or third-party payers only for services actually performed.
  • Utilize only those techniques in which I am trained and competent and are within the scope of practice of licensed acupuncturists in the State of California. I will not misrepresent my credentials, training, experience, ability or promise of results.
  • Be nondiscriminatory in hiring, employee relations, patient selection, or provision of services due to a person’s age, race, color, gender, ethnic origin, or religion.
  • Support the right of my patients to choose therapeutic modalities and to refer them to other health care specialists when appropriate.
  • Abide by CSOMA’s Peer Review Process in the resolution of all disputes regarding patient complaints or questions of ethical and professional conduct.
  • Request all patients with complaints to submit them in writing to CSOMA, under the conditions of peer review.
  • Specifically release CSOMA, its peer review entities, and all individuals participating in the peer review process, including witnesses, from any claims or liability provided they act in accordance with CSOMA’s Peer Review Process and have a reasonable factual basis for information provided or recommendations or actions taken.

Our Work

CSOMA fulfills its mission through the following activities.

The CSOMA oversees legislative and regulatory matters at both state and federal levels.

We keep abreast of actions of the California Acupuncture Board (CAB) and represent CSOMA membership and the wider AOM profession at CAB quarterly meetings.

CSOMA drafts legislative and regulatory agendas to protect and enhance the AOM profession, and stays alert to other government affairs, healthcare issues, educational standards and broad-based public policies that affect California acupuncturists.

Public Policy

State Assembly

Committee on Business and Professions

Capitol Hill Briefing

ASA Congressional Briefing on Capitol Hill

Strategic Planning & Partnership

ASA

American Society of Acupuncturists

NCCAOM

National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

CAB

California Acupuncture Board

We stay on top of current and future trends in AOM with a deep understanding of the unique challenges of California-licensed acupuncturists.

CSOMA duty is to work as a strategic partner with the AOM profession to become even more relevant, vibrant and strong. We work with alliance organizations and regularly identify and engage industry leaders to assist us in these efforts.

ACAOM

Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

CCAOM

Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

TThe California State Oriental Medical Association, CSOMA is a trusted voice among the AOM community, and the public at large.

We monitor and respond to relevant public health issues in a timely yet judicious manner. Our leadership regularly gives public comment at CAB meetings and at all Sunset Review Hearings. CSOMA writes position statements on complex issues such as the NCCAOM / CALE, and more recently, in our open letter to Assemblymember Evan Low regarding unification.

We communicate regularly with the AOM profession through Action Alerts (email), CSOMA Updates (monthly email), social channels, and through live events and speaking engagements.

CSOMA works hard to maintain a high level of transparency, and to create a culture of inclusion, camaraderie and professionalism.

Communication

CSOMA Website

Position Statements, Opinion Papers, Open Letters

JAIM

JAIM Online

JAIM (formerly the California Journal of Oriental Medicine) is CSOMA’s peer-reviewed journal in its 31st year of production.

Each issue of JAIM is a coordinated effort among CSOMA’s Publications Advisory Committee, editor-in-chief or co-editors, peer-review authors, copy-editors and staff.

Continuing Education, Webinars & Events

CSOMA regularly hosts events and conferences to support and nurture the AOM profession.

Ranging from 4-day annual conferences to 2-day regional events and live webinars, CSOMA events are designed around the educational needs of members while showcasing a current theme, such as our May conference on acupuncture’s role in the opioid epidemic.

CSOMA conferences and events provide an opportunity for peer-to-peer interaction; exhibitor participation with raffle prizes; lunch and refreshments; and when possible, dancing or other entertainment.

CSOMA Leadership

Meet the people who are working hard to advance the AOM profession.

Dr. Ra Adcock, DACM, LAc

Executive Director

Robyn “Ra” Adcock, L.Ac., DACM served on the CSOMA Board of Directors from 2014-2016.

Read about Dr. Ra

Robyn “Ra” Adcock, L.Ac., DACM served on the CSOMA Board of Directors from 2014-2016. During that time, she focused on engaging students and schools, developing a faculty membership category, offering continuing education events, and creating a series of regional conferences to help gather together the profession. She served as the California representative to the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) in 2016 and attended their first annual conference in New Mexico. She also serves on the California Acupuncture Coalition (CAC).

Ra practices at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital where she serves on the progressive Integrative Pediatric and Palliative Care Team (IP3) and also participates in clinical research in the pediatric oncology department.

Currently, she is the lead clinician for a 3-year, $3 million dollar PCORI study that will access the efficacy of acupressure to relieve the most common symptoms associated with cancer treatment. It is the largest TCM pediatric oncology study ever conducted.

“This is such an exciting time to be part of the acupuncture profession! It’s like Big Wave surfing right now. Every day, our medicine receives more attention and greater acceptance in America, which creates both amazing opportunities and tremendous responsibility. It is our duty to ensure that this medicine is integrated into the West with respect to its rich, 2000-year heritage and that it is positioned to support the next generation of practitioners and patients. There is no better way to do that than by engaging in our state and national professional associations and connecting with each other. Take action! Go deeper! Join CSOMA today!”

Tiffany Tuftee, LAc

Tiffany Tuftee, LAc

President

CSOMA’s president, Tiffany Tuftee, LAc has been an active member in both state and national associations for the past decade.

Read about Tiffany

CSOMA’s immediate past president, Tiffany Tuftee, LAc has been an active member in both state and national associations for the past 6 years. She was the president of her school government for three years and an active student director of American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM) for two years, as well as an active student member of CSOMA prior to graduation.

Tiffany has a passion for the politics and practice of acupuncture and East Asian medicine and wants to move the profession forward with her advocacy work and drive.

Dr. Julie Tran-Olive, ND, LAc

Dr. Nell Smircina, DAOM, L.Ac., Dipl. OM

Professional Director, Treasurer

Dr. Julie Tran-Olive, ND, LAc is a native of San Jose, CA. She earned a BA in Psychology from The University of Redlands in CA.

Read about Julie

Professional Director, Dr. Julie Tran-Olive, ND, LAc is a native of San Jose, CA. She earned a BA in Psychology from The University of Redlands in CA. During her undergraduate studies, she interned at the Loma Linda Behavioral Medical Center as a Behavioral Health Specialist. Inspired by the idea that there is more to healing than just changing brain chemistry, Dr. Tran-Olive decided to pursue a career in naturopathic medicine as an avenue to explore whole person healing.

Her studies took her across the country to Bridgeport, Connecticut where she earned her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and two Masters; one in Human Nutrition and one in Acupuncture; all from the University of Bridgeport. A firm believer in Hippocrates who said “Let food be thy medicine,” Dr. Tran-Olive trained with Dr. Peter D’Adamo, ND, author of the New York Times Bestseller, Eat Right for Your Type (The Blood Type Diet) at the world renowned D’Adamo Clinic. During this time she also became a Fellow of the Institute for Human Individuality (FIFHI). Dr. Tran-Olive is happy to currently be back home in San Jose, CA; where she completed her Masters of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) from Five Branches University.

An avid researcher and clinician, Dr. Tran-Olive enjoys writing articles and keeping patients abreast of new treatment methods. She is the author of the eBook The Best Book on Naturopathy, a guide for starting a career in naturopathic medicine. When not researching or seeing patients she enjoys relaxing, music and spending time with her husband.

Christy Vitiello, LAc

Dr. Nell Smircina, DAOM, L.Ac., Dipl. OM

Professional Director

Christy joined the CSOMA board to help educate the public, grow the profession, and advocate for the profession.

Read about Christy

Christy Vitiello is Nationally Board certified and a California state licensed acupuncturist. She earned her Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco in 2008. She runs a private practice in San Francisco, with a specialty in non-drug pain management and sports injury rehabilitation.

Christy joined the CSOMA board to help educate the public, grow the profession, and advocate for the profession. She looks forward to the great work that can be done by a small group of people who care about advancing the profession in California, and nationally.

Dr. Smriti Shamapant, DACM, L. Ac., Dipl. O. M.

Dr. Smriti Shamapant

Professional Director

Dr. Smriti Shamapant, DACM, L. Ac., Dipl. O. M. currently practices at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) in Southern California.

Read about Smriti

Dr. Smriti Shamapant’s career trajectory has taken her to the forefront of medical integration, seamlessly weaving complementary and alternative medicine into the fabric of traditional biomedical care.

She worked at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) with inpatient palliative care, focusing on the Neonatal ICU, Pediatric ICU, Cardiovascular ICU, Oncology, and Rare Disease units. Her approach is both pragmatic and holistic, intricately formulating treatment strategies encompassing a patient’s well-being. Notably, she thrives in effective communication with her patients’ physicians and other medical professionals when necessary.

Recognizing that pain is an integral part of the human experience, rooted even in our DNA, Smriti is committed to making a difference by addressing it through acupuncture, aiming to provide relief and improve lives. With a deep commitment to her ongoing education in medicine, Smriti deftly combines Eastern wisdom and bio-medicine, recognizing the significance of each approach. Her nuanced understanding of the interaction between internal and external energies empowers patients to achieve holistic well-being. She believes the most optimal form of healthcare is one that combines multiple modalities and techniques.

Dr. Robert Hoffman

Dr. Robert Hoffman

Professional Director

Dr. Robert Hoffman is the Chief Executive Officer at Yo San University in Los Angeles where he also serves on both the master’s and doctoral faculties. 

Read about Robert

In addition to his work at the University, Dr. Hoffman serves on the board of the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine (ACAHM), responsible for the creation of standards and accreditation for all Chinese medicine schools in the United States. He received his master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Yo San University, and completed his doctoral degree (DAOM) at Five Branches University.

Dr. Hoffman is currently a PhD candidate at Zhejiang Chinese Medicine University in Hangzhou, China. He travels to China several times a year for additional study and clinical rotations at the Zhejiang Chinese Medicine University Hospital and other area out-patient clinics. His current research is in the use of mushrooms as adjuvant therapy in cancer treatment, and the role of Chinese herbs in T cell regulation. He has written numerous articles on Daoism and Chinese medicine, and serves as editor and peer reviewer for several integrative medicine journals. In addition to his formal education, Dr. Hoffman is an ordained 23rd generation Daoist Priest in the Quanzhen Longmen tradition.

Dr. Cynthia Powers

Dr. Cynthia Powers

Professional Director

A dedicated advocate for natural remedies, Dr. Cynthia Powers is also passionate about driving positive change in legislation and raising awareness about the power of Chinese medicine, acupuncture and natural healing.

Read about Cynthia

Compassionate Acupuncturist and Chinese Medicine Doctor with a unique journey from marketing director and graphic artist to the healing arts. A dedicated advocate for natural remedies, her approach is rooted in intuition and a commitment to uncovering the root causes of patients’ ailments. Cynthia is a long-time advocate for self-healing and using nature to restore balance and align energy.

Cynthia is a California native and lives in Orange County with her 3 children. She is a Functional Wellness Practitioner who integrates nutrition, herbs, energy healing, aroma therapy and lifestyle coaching into her practice. She offers holistic healing services to help patients become physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually aligned.

Dr. Cynthia Powers graduated from Southern California University of Health Sciences with a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine Degree. She is Board Certified and Licensed in California and a Board-Certified Diplomate of Acupuncture (NCCAOM)®. Dr. Powers received the San Hong Hwang Technique Award for excellence, knowledge and ability in Acupuncture technique and procedures.

She is also a Certified Reiki Master, Certified in Applied Kinesiology and sound healing.

Gilian Lata, LAc, Dipl.O.M.

Gilian Lata

Professional Director

Gilian Lata L.Ac., Dipl O.M. graduated summa cum laude with departmental honors from UCLA, and earned her Master’s Degree in TCM from Emperor’s College. She has a private practice in Valley Village and is a distributor for Treasure of the East herbs.

Elly Dumper

Dr. Nell Smircina, DAOM, L.Ac., Dipl. OM

Student Director

Elly Dumper is currently enrolled at Pacific College of Health and Science in San Diego, California.

Read about Elly

Elly is a Student Director on the CSOMA Board. She is currently enrolled in both the massage therapy program and the Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) program at Pacific College of Health and Science in San Diego, California. Elly had been drawn to Chinese Medicine, as many practitioners in the field, after her own experience with treatment.

Dr. Jordan Wheeler, DACM, LAc

Dr. Nell Smircina, DAOM, L.Ac., Dipl. OM

Editor-in-Chief, JAIM

Dr. Jordan Wheeler, DACM, LAc has been studying natural medicine for the last 10 years, first obtaining his Bachelor of Science in Herbal Sciences from Bastyr University in Seattle.

Read about Jordan

Dr. Jordan Wheeler, DACM, LAc has been studying natural medicine for the last 10 years, first obtaining his Bachelor of Science in Herbal Sciences from Bastyr University in Seattle. He then earned his Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) in San Francisco in 2013. Having completed the didactic portion of the Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from ACTCM, Jordan has since switched to the transitional Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine to focus on integrative medicine care.

Dr. Wheeler served as AIMC Berkeley’s Herbal Pharmacist and faculty member for several years before relocating to Colorado in 2019. A former CSOMA Board Director, Dr. Wheeler continues as editor in chief of the Journal of Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine (JAIM).

CSOMA Committees

CSOMA Committees and advisory bodies meet regularly to create positive changes in AOM policy, strategic planning, continuing education and more. See something that speaks to you? Get involved!

Public Policy Advisory Committee

Is public policy your passion? Do you understand how the legislative and regulatory process either strengthens or diminishes our profession, or would you like to learn more about it?

Learn more

Public Policy Advisory Committee Responsibilities:

  • Oversee legislative and regulatory matters at state and federal levels
  • Follow actions of the California Acupuncture Board and represent CSOMA membership at quarterly meetings
  • Draft legislative and regulatory agendas to protect and enhance the AOM profession
  • Stay alert to other government affairs, healthcare issues, educational standards and broad-based public policies that affect California acupuncturists
  • Recommend disbursement of AcuPAC funds and candidate endorsements

Public Policy Advisory Committee Details:

Welcomes up to 7 people
Meets bi-weekly
Chaired by Gabriela Pierre Partridge

Send your letter of interest to: advocacy@csomaonline.org

Publications Advisory Committee

Do you love writing and editing and want to positively impact CSOMA’s scholarly contributions to the profession?

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Publications Committee Responsibilities:

  • Guides JAIM’s editorial policy and strategic direction
  • Ensures quality assurance of journal content
  • Selects editorial board members and editor-in-chief (as needed)
  • Reviews all published materials for compliance with CSOMA’s policies

Publications Committee Details:

Welcomes up to 7 people, including JAIM’s editor-in-chief
Meets monthly (or weekly prior to release of new JAIM issue)
Chaired by Jordan Wheeler

 

Send your letter of interest to: publications@csomaonline.org

Futures Advisory Committee

If you are a visionary and activist who can see current and future trends in AOM, who enjoys strategic planning, who knows how to better support CSOMA’s members, and who can identify and engage industry leaders, we want you!

Learn more

Futures Advisory Committee Responsibilities:

  • Guide the board on strategic planning
  • Strengthen membership
  • Develop creative new programs and initiatives
  • Futures Committee Details:

Futures Advisory Committee Details:

Welcomes up to 7 people, including CSOMA’s Student Director
Meets biweekly
Chaired by Bruce Gustafson

Send your letter of interest to: futures@csomaonline.org

CE & Events Advisory Committee

Do you love writing and editing and want to positively impact CSOMA’s scholarly contributions to the profession?

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CE & Events Advisory Committee Responsibilities:

  • Determine current and future educational needs of membership
  • Plan and help implement CSOMA-sponsored classes, webinars and events
  • Oversee annual conference
  • Advise on educational partnerships and co-sponsorships

CE & Events Advisory Committee Details:

Welcomes up to 7 people
Meets weekly on Friday mornings, 8:15-8:45 am via teleconference
Chaired by Julie Tran

Send your letter of interest to: events@csomaonline.org

CSOMA Alliances

CSOMA collaborates with many organizations to achieve our goals.

Full List:

Academic Collaborative for Integrative Health (ACIH)
PO Box 1432, Mercer Island, WA 98040
Phone: (858) 371-3147

Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM)
8941 Aztec Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55347
Phone: (952) 212-2434, Fax: (952) 657-7068

Acupuncture Now Foundation (ANF)
3827 Emerald Ave. La Verne, CA 91750
info@acupuncturenowfoundation.org

Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB)
3538 Anderson Ave. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
Phone: (505) 266-3878

American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM)
PO Box 96503 #44114, Washington DC 20090-6503

American Organization for the Bodywork Therapies of Asia (AOBTA)
PO Box 343, West Berlin, NJ 08091
Phone: (856) 809-2953

American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA)
Phone: (802) 253-8483

California Acupuncture Board (CAB)
Phone: (916) 515-5200

Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM)
P.O. Box 65120, Baltimore, MD 21209

International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS)
1730 S. College Ave., Suite 301, Fort Collins, CO 80525
Phone: (970) 266-0666

National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA)
P.O. Box 1066 Laramie, WY 82073
Phone: (888) 765-6232

National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP)
108 Hessel Blvd., Suite 101, Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 355-0063

National Federation of Chinese TCM Organizations (NFCTCMO)

National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM)
76 South Laura Street, Suite 1290, Jacksonville, FL 32202
(904) 598-1005 Fax (904) 598-5001

Society for Acupuncture Research (SAR)
130 Cloverhurst Court, Winston Salem, NC 27103
Contact: info@acpunctureresearach.org 

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