Board of Directors

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


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.

Gigi B Cristache, DAOM, RAc (MI)


Gigi practices acupuncture in Farmington Hills and in Sterling Heights, MI.  She obtained her Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbs from the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture and her Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Yo San University, specializing in reproductive medicine. In joining MAAOM and working with the board members and all of the acupuncturists in Michigan, Gigi hopes to play a significant role in achieving independence of the acupuncture profession by changing the legal environment to provide licensure for acupuncturists.

Courtney Wilkinson, MSTOM, RAc (MI)


Courtney graduated in 2012 from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago.  She currently lives in Midland, MI, and practices at Family Wellness Center. Courtney treats a wide variety of ailments with special interests in women’s health, infertility, and pediatric care. Courtney has been serving on the MAAOM board since 2014 as Secretary. 

Meagan Duggan, MSTOM, RAc (MI), LAc (IL)


Meagan is nationally board certified by the NCCAOM as a Diplomat of Oriental Medicine, which includes acupuncture as well as Chinese herbal medicine. She graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago where she completed four years of rigorous academic study and an additional 600+ hours of clinical work. In addition to acupuncture and herbal medicine, Meagan uses cupping, moxa, electrical stimulation and tui na to treat her patients in clinic. Meagan practices at Asian Healing Traditions in Ann Arbor, MI.


Committee Chairs

Liz Billings, RAc (MI), MSOM

Membership Chair

Elizabeth practices at Three Mountains Wellness in East Lansing. She earned a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine from Midwest College of Oriental Medicine and also studied acupuncture and oriental medicine for eight years as a student of Grandmaster Eunsung Kang in South Korea. She believes in the power of preventative medicine and treating imbalances when they are small and easily corrected, but particularly enjoys treating difficult conditions and helping patients maximize their wellbeing.

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

Event Planning 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.

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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