Leadership

CSOMA's leadership consists of an Executive Director, President and Board of Directors.

Bill Mosca (CSOMA Executive Director 2005-2016) heads CSOMA's Advocacy Center, and Jessica Wakeman is editor in chief of the California Journal of Oriental Medicine (CJOM)

Together we work on behalf of the entire AOM profession – here in California, and nationally – to promote CSOMA's mission through advocacy, outreach and education. 

Interested in becoming a board member? Apply here!

Executive Director

Ra Adcock, LAc

Robyn "Ra" Adcock, MSOM, LAc 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 and she also has served on the California Acupuncture Coalition (CAC). 
Ra earned her Master of Science in Oriental Medicine at the Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine College (Berkeley), where she focused on Japanese acupuncture and pediatrics & family medicine. She helped create a staff support acupuncture program for the doctors and nurses at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Mission Bay, where she also teaches qigong, and presented at the 2016 World Federation of Acupuncture & Moxibustion Societies (WFAS) in Tokyo, Japan.
"This is such an exciting time to be part of the acupuncture profession! 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. Take action! Go deeper! Join CSOMA today!"

 

President

Tiffany Tuftee, LAc

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.
 

"I hope to lead the Board to accomplish bigger and greater things for the profession of acupuncture, patients and policies. I thoroughly enjoy advocacy work, and look forward to moving our profession forward on major policies and issues affecting each and every one of us in the Acupuncture profession."

 

CSOMA Board of Directors


Chris Goodman-Smith, MD ¦ Bruce Gustafson, LAc  ¦ Mike Morgan, LAc ¦ JoAnn Tracht-Rawson ¦ Dr. Julie Tran-Olive, ND, LAc  ¦ Gabriela Pierre, LAc ¦ Dr. Jordan Wheeler, LAc ¦ Christy Vitiello, LAc


Chris Goodman-Smith, MDStudent Director, Chris Goodman-Smith, MD is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) in San Francisco. Chris is particularly driven by his interests in the intersections between Chinese and Western medicines and opportunities to integrate the two systems of healing. He studied acupuncture and theory at the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences in Beijing, China before receiving a medical degree at UERM Medical Center in Manila, Philippines. Throughout his studies, he’s been inspired by practitioners, teachers, and mentors who have modeled the kind of compassionate, patient-centered care that he hopes to provide one day.

“As a Student Director for CSOMA, my goal is to represent the interests of fellow students and help open doors to new opportunities for learning and collaboration. I also wish to support efforts to educate the general public about Chinese medicine and bring greater awareness to the many ways in which Chinese medicine can improve health and wellbeing.”

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Bruce Gustafson, LAcProfessional Director, Bruce Gustafson, LAc is a relatively new licensee, but not new to the passionate study of Eastern and Integrative Medicine disciplines and the healing modalities. He started and ran a successful business for many years before finding his way back to this magnificent medicine we all share. With a prior B.A. degree in Clinical Psychology, he graduated with honors from Emperor’s College in Santa Monica, CA. Having an herbal medicine, Men’s Wellness, and Chinese Classics Concentration focus, he has also received post-graduate trainings in Integrative Functional Medicine, while keeping the balance in TCM foundations. In addition to his private practice, he loves teaching others and serves as technical supervisor at his alma mater, ECTOM. He has been a student member of CSOMA for 3 years and is very excited to be part the CSOMA Board to help empower our profession forward to achieve greater recognition and success for all.

We have all worked hard and followed our passions to become acupuncturists, and this is both an exciting and a critical time in our evolution as healers. Our profession and our medicine need positive and cohesive representation, so that we can continue to educate legislators, policy makers and the public, in order to gain greater acceptance and expansion within the insurance, public policy, and health field arenas. As a Board member, I intend to help move our profession forward and grow its acceptance, so that we can continue to be empowered, and so that more may be able to benefit from what we have to provide for health and wellness care.

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Mike Morgan, LAcProfessional Director, Mike Morgan, LAc, Dipl OM & AC (NCCAOM) has been practicing Acupuncture & Asian Medicine for nearly twenty years.  He is a graduate of the Maryland Institute of TCM where he studied Acupuncture, and he is a graduate of the American College of TCM in San Francisco where he focused his training in Chinese Herbal Medicine, Dermatology, and Allergy & Epidemic Diseases.  In addition, Mike has studied Acupuncture Orthopedics with Fred Lerner, D.C., at Cedars-Sinai Hospital assisting patients with integrating between western orthopedics, sports medicine and Acupuncture Medicine. Mike is currently the Clinic Director at AIMC-Berkeley as well as a member of faculty where he teaches Public Health, Diagnosis Practicum, and Clinical Supervision. Mike has a private practice in Alamo, California.



 

JoAnn Tracht-Rawson

Associate Director, JoAnn Tracht-Rawson is Communications Manager at MIEC. JoAnn graduated from the University of Cincinnati, Design, Architecture, Art & Urban Planning Program in 1981.

For the first 15 years of her career JoAnn ran a successful full-service design and marketing firm “Tracht-Rawson Design” working with clients such as Hewlett-Packard, First Nationwide Bank, Intel, Logitech and Centennial Savings & Loan. In September of 1994 she began freelancing for Charles Schwab and within a year was hired full-time and quickly became a Senior Art Director.

In 2006, JoAnn was hired by MIEC as a Creative Specialist and over the course of a couple years she was promoted to Communications Manager. Within her first year at MIEC JoAnn became passionate about MIEC’s relationship with its small group of Acupuncture policyholders and made it her mission to increase MIEC’s brand awareness within the acupuncture community. Through working with Acupuncture schools and Acupuncture Associations JoAnn has helped build MIEC policyholder base of Acupuncturists to almost 1,500.

JoAnn is spearheading the formation of an Acupuncture Advisory Board at MIEC to collaborate with and address the needs of the Acupuncture community, to be a steward for Patient Safety initiatives and help facilitate change to the world of Acupuncture and medical professional liability insurance.



 

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.


 

Gabriela Pierre, LAc

Professional Director, Secretary Gabriela Pierre, LAc joined CSOMA as a committee member in 2015, shortly after completing her TCM Masters at Five Branches University. Gabriela became inspired to join the Board after attending a CSOMA-sponsored continuing education conference hosted at AIMC Berkeley. It was there that she recognized the vital importance of being involved in the association, which represents and advocates on behalf of acupuncturists and East Asian medicine practitioners.

Gabriela is a passionate advocate of the integration of TCM and East Asian medicine into the mainstream medical system and brings to the Board her expertise in the fields of public policy and non-profit leadership. She currently sits on the Executive Board and chairs the Public Policy Committee.


Jordan Wheeler, LAcProfessional Director, Dr. Jordan Wheeler, 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.

His practice, Focal Point Acupuncture, is located in San Francisco’s vibrant Mission District where he treats a variety of conditions including allergies, dermatology, acute and chronic pain, anxiety, and immune disorders. In 2016, Jordan joined AIMC Berkeley as their Herbal Pharmacist and faculty member. He is excited to be affecting change in our profession both as a Board Member of CSOMA and through training the next generation of acupuncturists.

Christy Vitiello, LAcProfessional Director, Christy Vitiello, LAc is a Nationally Board Certified and a California State Licensed Acupuncturist.  She holds a Master of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco. She runs her private practice in San Francisco, specializing in pain and sports injury. 
 
In 2009 Christy joined CSOMA as a member, and in 2015 became a professional board member. Her goal was to educate the public, strengthen the profession, and motivate her peers to get involved. She looks forward to making leaps and bounds in the profession, both in California and nationally.

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CJOM Editor in Chief


Jessica WakemanJessica Wakeman is the Editor and Chief of the California Journal of Oriental Medicine. She holds a Masters degree in journalism from the City University of New York. She is published in Natural Home, Parents magazine, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, among other publications. 

Jessica is currently a third-year student studying East Asian medicine in Berkeley, California. She is dedicated to creating community and sharing knowledge around the philosophies and application of East Asian medicine. To contact her, visit JessicaWakeman.com

 

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