AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine


Research & Inquiry Faculty

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Core Faculty

John S. Finnell, ND, MPH, LAc
DAOM Program Director, Clinical Research Scientist

ND, Bastyr University, 2008
MSAOM, Bastyr University, 2008
MPH, University of Washington, 2012
MS, Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, 1998
BA, Austin College 1995

Adjunct Faculty

M. Kay Garcia, DrPH, MSN, LAc
DrPH, University of Texas School of Public Health and Occupational Health, 1993
MSOM, American College of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, 2003
MPH, University of Texas School of Public Health and Occupational Health, 1988
MSN, Texas Woman’s University, 1982
BSN, Dallas Baptist University, 1977
Dr. M. Kay Garcia is an accomplished practitioner with over 35 years of experience in nursing and over 25 years of experience in occupational and public health. She has taught numerous graduate level courses on nursing, occupational health, and TCM. A respected author, Garcia has published over a dozen articles and abstracts, has co-authored chapters for ten books, and is currently engaged in ongoing research on the use of acupuncture in treating patients and survivors of cancer. Garcia maintains a private clinical practice and as has treated patients in the TIRR Memorial Hermann/MHealth Chronic Pain Management Program in Houston, Texas.

Rosa Schnyer, DAOM, LAc
DAOM, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, 2008
DiplAcTri, Tri State College of Acupuncture, 1987
BA, State University of New York at New Paltz, 1987
Dr. Rosa Schnyer has two decades of clinical research experience and is a leading figure in the development of methodologies for the study of acupuncture and Oriental medicine. In 1993, she collaborated with faculty at the University of Arizona and received one the first NIH funded Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM) grants to conduct a study of acupuncture. She has since participated as a primary and co-investigator in over a dozen funded, peer-reviewed research studies on topics such as women’s health, pain, stroke, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), and cerebral palsy. Since 2008, Schnyer has served as a Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin’s College of Pharmacy and School of Nursing. In addition to her research, Schnyer maintains a clinical practice in Austin, and has completed extensive training in Toyo-Hari Japanese Acupuncture and advanced acupuncture treatment in pain management.

Guest Lecturers

Jamie L. Rhudy, PhD, MS
PhD, Texas A&M University, 2002
MS, Texas A&M University, 1998
BA, Austin College, 1993
Dr. Jamie Rhudy is a leader within the field of clinical psychology and pain care, with over 16 years of clinical, research, and teaching experience. With a professional focus on emotion and pain modulation, psychophysiology, and neurobiology, he has served as the primary investigator for over 20 funded, peer-reviewed studies on topics including biological and psychological factors contributing to pain. A prolific author, Rhudy’s work has appeared in books and numerous peer-reviewed journals including the Clinical Journal of Pain, Journal of Applied Biobehavioral Research,and Journal of Pain. He is currently an associate editor for PAIN® and the Annals of Behavioral Medicine. Since 2003, Rhudy has served as the director of the Psychophysiology Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience in Tulsa, OK. He is currently an associate professor within the department of psychology at the University of Tulsa where he teaches graduate-level courses on statistical methods of research, psychopathology, and health psychology / behavioral medicine.