Our Faculty

Lesley Hamilton, DAOM, MACM (MEd), LAc

VP Academics and Accreditation, Academic Advisor, Department of Herbal Studies

DAOM, AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, 2017
MACM, University of Southern California, 2011
MSOM, AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, 2002
BS, University of Wisconsin, 1979

An integral part of the administrative leadership at AOMA, Dr. Hamilton oversees the academic curriculum and clinical education for the Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine program. She completed both the master and doctor of acupuncture and Oriental medicine at AOMA, 2002 and 2017 respectively, as well as a master in academic medicine at the University of Southern California in 2011. She presented at the Innovations in Medical Education conference in Pasadena, California, in both 2011 and 2012.

In her role as MAcOM program director, she chaired the taskforce that designed the DAOM, achieved AOMA’s level change with Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award the doctoral degree, and attained the affirmation of the Accreditation Commission on Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) for AOMA to offer the DAOM (2011–2012). She also led the taskforce for the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), necessary for AOMA’s reaffirmation of regional accreditation with SACS in 2014. She also led the self-study for reaffirmation of accreditation of the MAcOM in 2017 for seven years. In addition, she led the faculty taskforce to create the professional doctorate program (DAc), and was the director of that program from 2016 through 2019.

In addition to her administrative roles, she is an accomplished instructor and scholar, serving as a faculty member within the graduate programs. Dr. Hamilton edited Ziyang Zhou’s text, Chinese Herbology – A Student Study Guide, and co-authored Chinese Herbal Treatment of Disease with Yuxin He, both in use at AOMA. Dr. Hamilton also maintains a part-time professional practice at AOMA’s south clinic.

Professional Memberships

Professional member of Texas Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (TAAOM)

Licenses and Certifications

Texas State Board of Medical Examiners Acupuncture License - 

Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM-2004)

Diplomate of Acupuncture (NCCAOM-2002)

Diplomate of Chinese Herbology (NCCAOM-2002)

Certified Acu-Detox Specialist (NADA-2003)

Certified Hepatitis C Specialist (Quan Yin Healing Arts-2003)

Occupational Acupuncturist Certification (AOMA-2009)


Hamilton, L. (2015). Reflections on systems-based practice. Meridians: The Journal of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, 2(3), 19-21.


He, Y., & Hamilton, L. (2009). Chinese Herbal Treatment of Disease (1st ed.).

Zhou, Z., & Hamilton, L. (2008). Chinese Herbology: A Student Study Guide (3rd ed.). http://store.aoma.edu/product/2301.html


Hamilton, L. (2012). Lessons from Neurobiology: What Medical Educators Should Know. Presented at the Innovations in Medical Education Conference, Pasadena, CA

Hamilton, L. (2011). Using ARS to Evaluate Attendee’s Knowledge and Attitudes. Presented at the Innovations in Medical Education Conference, Pasadena, CA