AOMA Names New Assistant Director of Clinics and Programs
AUSTIN, Texas, February 19, 2015 — AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine (AOMA) recently announced the appointment of Blake Gordon, ND, LAc, as the new Assistant Director of Clinics and Programs.
Gordon earned bachelor and master's degrees in biology from Stephen F. Austin State University, in Nacogdoches, Texas. She later obtained a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine degree from Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM), in Tempe, Arizona. Blake fell in love with acupuncture while at SCNM, an after graduation, continued her education at AOMA and earned a Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree.
Gordon is a highly integrative practitioner, employing a variety of therapies including acupuncture, cupping, food therapy, herbal medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy and supplementation to equip each patient with the tools they need to achieve their level of wellness.
She will be assisting Lesley Hamilton, LAc, MSOM, MACM and John Finnell, ND, MSAOM, MPH, LAc to augment the programs and clinical opportunities available to the students enrolled in both the master's and doctoral programs. This will entail coordinating academic and certificate programs and all the activities of the program directors. She'll be responsible for administration of the clinical portion of the programs' goals aimed at instilling in AOMA graduates the knowledge, skills and values reflected by AOMA's statement of purpose, vision and goals, and the programs' goals and learning outcomes as they relate to the clinical activities and develops new clinical opportunities.
Gordon is in the midst of helping the Student Veterans of America Organization coordinate a seminar to focus on additional training in draping techniques and body mechanics. “I am looking forward to working with the students and seeing this project come to fruition” says Gordon.
“I'm excited to be involved with bettering our students' clinical experience and giving them foundational tools they need to become the best acupuncturists they chose to be” says Gordon.
AOMA Launches New Mobile-Friendly Website
AUSTIN, Texas, February 11, 2015 — AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine has launched a new, responsive website, www.aoma.edu, designed to serve the needs of students, faculty, patients, and prospective students.
The new, mobile-friendly website combines a comprehensive listing of degree programs, clinical offerings, continuing education, and community resources, including a searchable alumni directory. “The new site is modern and easy to navigate. It is a valuable source of information about AOMA and the field of acupuncture and Chinese medical education,” said President Dr. William Morris.
The website includes an improved online store featuring products from the AOMA Herbal Medicine stores, as well as a streamlined platform to process student fees and registration payments for continuing education and informal classes. New forms and social network integration features ensure an engaging experience for site visitors.
The project to redesign the website began in January 2014 with a comprehensive study of user needs. “We surveyed our students and patients to determine their day-to-day requirements of the platform, as well as looked at web analytics to determine our parameters for development,” said project manager Sarah Bentley. “We knew we needed to move to a ‘mobile-first’ website, and I believe our final product is both inspiring and intuitive.”
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AOMA Celebrates the Career and Retirement of Anne E. Province
AUSTIN, Texas, January 23, 2015 — Anne E. Province retires from AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine (AOMA) after ten years of dedicated service with the academic institution, concluding a 40-year career in business, higher education administration, and teaching. She will complete her tenure at AOMA on January 31, 2015.
After an early career in Dallas as a systems consultant and marketing manager, Anne moved to Austin in 1983 to work at St. Edward's University. As Associate Vice President for Planning and Information, Province was responsible for overseeing the university's strategic planning and information technology operations. Her interest in human formation and development led her to a second master's degree, and she joined the staff at Seton Cove, an ecumenical center for spiritual formation.
Province had a marked impact on AOMA’s modern development. She came to AOMA in 2005 as the Director of Institutional Effectiveness to assist the school in attaining regional accreditation. Promoted to Vice President of Student Services and Institutional Effectiveness in 2007, she became AOMA’s Vice President of Student Services and Operations in 2009. From 2009-2012 Province also taught a capstone course in the AOMA curriculum, Practice Management 1-3, and has been a guest lecturer in the doctoral program on Eco-Psycho-Social Pain.
During her tenure, AOMA achieved significant strategic objectives, including:
● Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board reauthorization in 2006 and 2008
● Regional accreditation candidacy and membership with Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) (2007, 2009)
● Substantive change for the new campus with SACSCOC (2010)
● Substantive change to doctoral level (Level V) with SACSCOC (2011)
● DAOM program approval through SACSCOC (2014)
● New campus design, build-out, and move from north to south Austin (2011)
● Rebranding of the institution from Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin to AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine (2010)
● Development of student and alumni success programs, including career services and student organizations
In addition to her work at AOMA, Anne has maintained a private practice in spiritual direction, and served as adjunct faculty at St. Edward's, the Seminary of the Southwest, and for the Formation in Direction program of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. She also served on the boards of Hospice Austin and the Care Communities.
Pat Hayes, former President of St. Edward’s University and retired Chief Operating Officer of Seton Healthcare Family, worked with Province in her previous positions. Hayes recalls, “Anne Province has a singular ability to organize and complete complex projects that create huge institutional advancement. At AOMA, much of that project leadership focused on the successful pursuit of accreditation, a milestone accomplishment for the school. But it is just as noteworthy that Anne carries out her work with great empathy and care for students and co-workers. Both at St. Edward’s University when we worked together and at AOMA, Anne was a powerful behind-the-scenes player who had a major impact on the culture and success of the organization.”
In the fall of 2014 Anne moved into a special-projects role for AOMA, working on new program development and regulatory compliance. In addition to these key contributions, Province has brought comfort and stability to staff and students. Her guidance and compassion will be greatly missed.
"The AOMA family has transformed me, just as our mission promises. I will especially miss the extraordinary faculty led by Dr. Jamie Wu, AOMA's diverse and inspiring students, and the dedicated staff, administrators, and governing board. My experience with this community has been a privilege and a blessing," says Province.
AOMA wishes Anne a peaceful yet fulfilling retirement. For the first six months she plans to travel to Big Bend, northern New Mexico, northern California, and New York City. She will continue teaching and her spiritual direction practice, and looks forward to more time for gardening, photography, art, and reading.
AOMA Receives Reaffirmation from SACSCOC through 2024
AUSTIN, Texas, December 12, 2014 — AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine received the maximum 10-year reaffirmation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges(SACSCOC) at the annual meeting in Nashville, TN. This is the highest level of regional accreditation that can be granted.
“This validates the fulfillment of our mission: transforming lives and communities through graduate education in Oriental medicine. It affirms the quality and integrity of our academic medical programs,” reported AOMA President William Morris. “The rigorous standards required by SACSCOC allow students, graduates, and patients to feel confident about the quality of education received at AOMA.”
AOMA offers both a master’s degree and a doctoral degree in acupuncture and Oriental medicine. The regional accreditation allows for graduates to participate as learners and faculty within the university and college educational systems of the United States.
As part of the reaffirmation process, AOMA developed a carefully designed and focused clinical experience that will improve student learning outcomes. According to Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree Program Director Lesley Hamilton, “Clinical education will more closely align with real-world experience, providing students with a staged clinical experience at the very busy AOMA clinics.”
AOMA Appoints New Governing Board Member, Michelle Sierpina, PhD
AUSTIN, Texas, November 17, 2014 — AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine announced the appointment of Michelle Sierpina, PhD as its newest member of the board of governors. The AOMA governing board consists of five members who are elected based upon their ability, skills, and experience to set the strategic plan and policies that ensure the institution will achieve its mission.
“Serving on AOMA’s board allows me the privilege to participate as the college sets an ever-higher national standard for promoting clinical excellence through education, research, and professional and community collaborations,” said Dr. Sierpina. “I am proud and grateful to be a part of an organizational team that produces exceptional leaders in evidenced-based Oriental medicine.”
Dr. Sierpina is the founding director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB). She is also an assistant adjunct professor at the UTMB School of Nursing. AOMA will find Dr. Sierpina’s experience in medical education curriculum and program development to be invaluable at the level of governance.
AOMA President William Morris states, “Michelle Sierpina is an excellent fit for the governance of AOMA. She brings wisdom and experience in higher education, and a passion for learning. AOMA is fortunate to have her in our community.”
Dr. Sierpina is a pioneer in the development of integrative healthcare in Texas, and her commitment to lifelong learning will be an asset to the future of AOMA and healthcare.