• 06 Oct 2012 1:04 PM | MAAOM Staff (Administrator)
    Sunday November 6, 2012 

    There are 7 Skype locations: Ann Arbor, East Lansing, Traverse City, Kalamazoo, Ludington, Midland and Novi. Please RSVP to the host nearest you and we look forward to seeing you there!

    The host locations for the skype meeting are as follows:

    Jill Donberg
    Grand Traverse Natural Health Care
    626 E. 8th Street, Suite 17
    Traverse City, MI 49686
    Phone: 231-929-8183

    Margaret Batzer
    Healing Perspectives Acupuncture
    121 E. Ludington Ave.
    Ludington, MI

    Shirley Moore
    Family Wellness Center, Inc.
    2621 W. Wackerly St., Suite E
    Midland, MI 48640
    Tel: 989-496-7472

    Beth Kohn-Converse
    Acupuncture Health Center of Michigan
    34024 W. 8 Mile Rd. Suite 105
    Farmington Hills, Mi 48335
    Tel: 248-442-2800

    Carey Ryan
    Center for Sacred Living
    210 Little Lake Dr, Suite 7
    Ann Arbor, MI 48103
    Tel: 734.846.4510

    Annie Haas
    Essential Acupuncture
    2045 Abbott Rd.
    East Lansing, MI 48823

    Jessica Silber
    Acupuncture Center of Southwest Michigan
    5945 West Main St. Suite 100
    Kalamazoo, MI 49009
    Tel: 269-353-4833
  • 15 Jun 2012 1:02 PM | MAAOM Staff (Administrator)
    Five-element Acupuncture teacher and author of the book, Nourishing Destiny, Lonny Jarrett is coming to Ann Arbor this June.

    We hope that you will have an opportunity to participate in this 2-day seminar, to gain new skills and expand your professional knowledge of this new emerging integral and evolutionary perspective in Chinese Medicine.

    For more information or to register please visit:


    or email:

  • 15 May 2012 12:39 PM | MAAOM Staff (Administrator)
    Spring/Summer 2012

    Acupuncture is now being considered for deregulation.
    Please read more about this issue by clicking on the following link:

    Deregulation of Acupuncture in Michigan

    This web page explains what is happening, provides sample letters and legislator contact info. Please contact your representatives to express your concern and opposition to the deregulation of Acupuncture in MI.

  • 15 May 2011 12:42 PM | MAAOM Staff (Administrator)
    Registration for Michigan Acupuncturists is underway. The paperwork necessary for registration can be downloaded from the State of Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) website:


    RULE SET #2008-050 CH
    The Department of Community Health will hold a second public hearing on Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. at the Department of Community Health, Ottawa Building, 611 West Ottawa, Conference Room 3, Upper Level, Lansing, Michigan.

    click here for more information
  • 15 Nov 2009 11:44 AM | MAAOM Staff (Administrator)
    Members of the MAAOM traveled to Lansing for a Public Hearing for the Rules and Regulations set forth by the Michigan Board of Acupuncture
  • 15 Nov 2009 10:45 AM | MAAOM Staff (Administrator)
    While the Board is required to meet quarterly, unfortunately many of these scheduled meetings were cancelled, thus delaying registration process for acupuncturists. For more information on the Michigan Board of Acupuncture including meeting dates, agendas and minutes – click here
  • 16 Aug 2006 12:46 PM | MAAOM Staff (Administrator)
    Governor Jennifer Granholm announced appointees to the Michigan Board Of Acupuncture. The board, created with the signing of Public Act 30 of 2006 on February 23, is responsible for developing rules that set forth minimum standards for registration as an acupuncturist.

    The following Board members were appointed:
    • Deborah Lincoln, president of the AAAOM & past president of MAAOM.
    • Howard J. Abel-Horowitz, M.D. of Franklin, physician in private practice. Dr. Abel-Horowitz is appointed to represent licensed physicians.
    • Arthur L. Kaminsky, M.D. of Marquette, general manager and acupuncturist with Kaminsky Group, LLC. Dr. Kaminsky is appointed to represent acupuncturists.
    • Deborah E. Lincoln, R.N., M.S.N. of East Lansing, acupuncturist with the Meridian Health and Wellness Center. Ms. Lincoln is appointed to represent acupuncturists.
    • John L. Pappas, M.D. of Bloomfield Hills, vice chief of anesthesiology and director of the International Pain Clinic at William Beaumont Hospital. Dr. Pappas is appointed to represent licensed physicians.
    • Jason T. Pettet, M.O.M. of South Haven, national board certified acupuncturist with Michigan Health and Energy, P.C.. Mr. Pettet is appointed to represent acupuncturists.
    • Virginia C. Vary, M.S.W., M.O.M. of Grand Rapids, acupuncturist and owner of Acupuncture & Natural Healing Arts. Ms. Vary is appointed to represent acupuncturists.
    • Leonard D. Wright, M.D. of Muskegon, practitioner with the Saint Mary’s Wege Institute. Dr. Wright is appointed to represent licensed physicians.
    On Behalf of the MAAOM, we congratulate the board members and look forward to working with them in the months ahead.

  • 01 Mar 2006 11:47 AM | MAAOM Staff (Administrator)
    Gov. Jennifer Granholm signs Public Act 30 of 2006. With (from left to right) Stephanie Wuttke of lobbying firm Capitol Services, Inc.; Sen. Beverly Hammerstom; Amy Zaagaman, Chief of Staff to Sen. Hammerstom; Megan Long, Dipl.Ac.; Deborah Lincoln, Dipl.Ac.; and Ellen Hoekstra of Capitol Services, Inc.

    Governor Jennifer Granholm signed Michigan’s first-ever acupuncture law on February 23, 2006, recognizing practitioners of acupuncture as Registered Acupuncturists. This achievement is the result of a 20-year legislative process that now ensures public access to a proven modality of medicine while protecting public health and safety. The bill was sponsored by Senator Beverly Hammerstom (R) and Representative Kevin Green (R) and passed unanimously in the State Senate, with 92% approval in the House of Representatives. Deborah Lincoln, President of the Michigan Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, was instrumental in the passage of this bill. This new law, Public Act 30 of 2006, is a shared success for acupuncture providers and the people of Michigan, as it represents the State’s desire for new healthcare options.

    “I’m very thrilled. We’ve come a long way,” said Lincoln.

    As noted in a Feb. 25 article in the Kalamazoo Gazette, “Michigan now joins more than 40 other states that have set up boards to regulate the practice of this ancient form of medicine. ‘We’ve been working in a gray area for many years. It is a relief to see this happen,’ said Dr. David Krofcheck, a Kalamazoo Oriental medicine specialist. ‘To a certain extent, we’ve had to be under wraps.’ … He said a regulatory board will likely help to open up the practice of acupuncture in Michigan.

    The article continues: “Until now, some acupuncturists have been unwilling to locate here because of the lack of legal standards. States such as California and Florida have licensed thousands of acupuncturists, but there are only about 200 of the specialists in Michigan… In addition, this move by the governor, who signed the bill on Thursday, may lead to more insurance companies being willing to cover the treatments in Michigan.”

    Acupuncturists to be Registered by the State of Michigan
    March 1, 2006 undefined Public Act 30 of 2006 was officially recognized by the Secretary of State’s office on February 28, 2006. This act amends the Public Health Code to provide for the registration of acupuncturists, and takes effect on July 1, 2006.

    The regulation of any health profession is intended to assure the general public that persons identified as a specific type of health professional are qualified to practice. Even when a profession has been working in the health care industry for a number of years without regulation, establishing requirements for registration sets the stage for the future of that profession.

    Adapted from a notice at michigan.gov.
  • 30 Jun 2005 12:49 PM | MAAOM Staff (Administrator)
    Bill 351 passed the Senate 35-0 (with three excused votes) on June 30, and has been referred to the House Committee on Health Policy.
  • 11 May 2005 12:50 PM | MAAOM Staff (Administrator)
    Today the MAAOM hosted Michigan’s Acupuncture Education Day in the west wing of the Capitol to highlight and support efforts to pass a Michigan regulatory bill. MAAOM practitioners came from around the state to demonstrate acupuncture techniques and make themselves available to discuss the bill and inform participants. The legislative community and staff came to experience and observe treatments and learn more about the reasons Michigan should take its place among the 42 states that currently have a law. Several Members of the state legislature attended, and a few members of the press dropped by to become better educated on the treatments and benefits of acupuncture.

    MAAOM members are encouraged to follow up by contacting their Senator or Representative and asking if they would like written material explaining the uses of acupuncture and the need for a regulatory law.

    For more information please e-mail: maaomstaff@gmail.com

    Contact information for Senators: Michigan Senators

    Contact information for Representatives: Michigan Representatives
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