Board of Directors

Meagan Duggan Bretz, MSTOM, RAc (MI), FABORM



  Meagan graduated in 2012 from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago.       

  She currently lives and practices in Ann Arbor, MI. Meagan treats a wide variety of     

  ailments, but specializes in women's health and infertility. She is also a Fellow of the

  American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM). Meagan has served

  on the MAAOM board since 2014.

Kristin Swann, RAc (MI), LAc (OR), LMT

Vice President


Kristin began her career as a massage therapist in San Francisco in 1999, and added acupuncture to her skill set in 2009.  After which, Kristin worked closely with the founder of Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, Dr Satya Ambrose. Kristin has been on the MAAOM board since September 2017 as Vice President.


 Emily Liburdi, Dipl. OM, MSTOM, RAc (MI)


 Emily Liburdi is Nationally Board Certified in both Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal  Medicine. She completed all premedical coursework at Wayne State University in Michigan  and earned a Bachelor of Science degree with high honors. She has several years of  experience working in the medical field, including working with Pain Management  physicians. Using a team approach, she has worked at a Physical Therapy Institute  assisting in the physical rehabilitation of patients. These valuable experiences give her  balanced understanding of acute and chronic pain from both a Western and an Eastern  approach. She graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 2010.

Several years ago she introduced the first-ever community acupuncture program into a hospital setting in Michigan.

Emily has since opened her own Wellness Center in downtown Utica, Michigan, where she continues to see patients both privately and in a community setting.

Committee Chairs

Mathew Kulas, RAc (MI)

Membership Chair

Mathew is a NCCAOM board certified acupuncturist who graduated from the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture in Gainesville, FL with a Master's in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine. He quickly established a private practice in Chicago for several years before moving and joining the Center for Integrative Medicine department at Henry Ford Health Systems in Detroit, MI.  Mathew currently works out of three office locations throughout the Detroit Metro area. He has since completed a pilot study with Henry Ford looking at the efficacy of acupuncture for pain management symptoms following organ transplantation through the Henry Ford Transplant Institute. Mathew enjoys working to help patients live a pain-free and healthy, thriving life with acupuncture and other Asian Medical modalities. He is thrilled to be part of the MAAOM as Membership Chair leading the way for acupuncture to become a thriving profession for more acupuncturists in Michigan. Mathew welcomes all questions regarding membership with the MAAOM from current, past or future professionals

Henry Buchtel, MMed (China), RAc (MI)

Legislative Chair

Henry completed his acupuncture and herbal medicine studies at the Hunan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China, where he lived for more than a decade. In 2011, he moved back to his home state of Michigan to continue his clinical practice at The Lotus Center of Ann Arbor and at Michigan Oriental Medicine in Grand Blanc. Henry is the lead acupuncturist in the AcuAfference Clinical Trial at the University of Michigan, a 5-year NIH-funded study focusing on the therapeutic mechanism of acupuncture in the treatment of fibromyalgia. In his free time, he is translating a Chinese clinical text to be published in 2017. Henry served two terms as President of the MAAOM, from 2013-2017.

Andrew Crapo, RAc (MI), MSTOM, Dipl. OM

Social Media Chair

Andrew Crapo graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago and is currently practicing at a number of locations throughout West Michigan. His love of acupuncture started from a young age, being the son of an acupuncturist he has been able to experience first hand all that Chinese Medicine can treat. As the Social Media committee chair Andrew works to keep the MAAOM's Facebook page up to date with the latest information and studies conducted on Chinese Medicine.

Kristin Whitfield, RAc (MI), MAOM

Continuing Education Chair

Kristin Whitfield graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture in 2002 with a MAOM (Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) providing a broad based education in traditional Chinese acupuncture and herbal medicine as well as Japanese style acupuncture. She is a NCCAOM Diplomate in Oriental Medicine (includes both acupuncture and herbal medicine), is registered with the state of Michigan and licensed in Massachusetts.  While practicing in Massachusetts she had a general practice, participated in a Department of Defense research project on the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of Gulf War Syndrome, and under the auspices of Acupuncturists Without Border established a Veterans Acupuncture Clinic in Hyannis, MA. She was also actively involved with the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Society of Massachusetts, served on its board and was Legislative Chair for three years.

Jessica Walsh, RAc (MI), Dipl. OM

Website Chair

Jessica completed a degree in Acupuncture and Tuina from the Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2012, where she lived for 5 years.  She returned to the Ann Arbor area after graduation, and opened Happy Porcupine Acupuncture in March of 2013, where she currently practices acupuncture, cupping, and herbal medicine.

Special Advisors

Ronald Bretz, JD


Ron Bretz graduated from Wayne State University Law School and was admitted into the Michigan Bar in 1976. From 1976 to 1996, Ron served as an assistant defender at the State Appellate Defender Office. In 1996, Bretz became a fulltime faculty member at Cooley Law School, teaching Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Forensic Evidence. He retired from full-time teaching in January 2014 and now holds the title of Emeritus Professor. Professor Bretz has presented at numerous CLE programs for the Michigan Judicial Institute, the Michigan Judges Association, the Michigan District Judges Association, the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, the Michigan Appellate Assigned Counsel System, and state and local bar associations. Since 2003, he has been a regular lecturer at MJA Annual Meetings.



Dr Alexis Virginia Nees, MD  


Dr Nees is a board certified radiologist and is an Associate Professor at University of Michigan Medical School. She attended New York Medical College followed by the University of Vermont for her Residency and Fellowships.  Dr Nees specializes in breast imaging and travels around the continent to lecture when she is not in the hospital working with her patients.  She has been receiving acupuncture for almost two years and has found it to be life changing - both with medical symptoms as well as day to day stress relief.  

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