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AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine Announces 2016 Commencement Speaker

Published Aug 18, 2016

Sean Hanna, Director of the Veterans Mental Health Program at the Texas Veterans Commission to deliver keynote address to
AOMA graduates on September 11

AUSTIN, Texas, August 5, 2016 — Mr. Sean Hanna will deliver the keynote address at the AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine (AOMA) 20th annual commencement ceremony on September 11, 2016.

Sean Hanna, MAcOM, LAC, is a licensed acupuncturist in the State of Texas and Director of the Veterans Mental Health Program at the Texas Veterans Commission. Working with the Texas Department of State Health Services, Sean co-created and coordinates the Military Veteran Peer Network throughout the State of Texas as part of the Veterans Mental Health Program.

Sean spent 8 1⁄2 years (1991 to 2000) as a US Navy Hospital Corpsman. He saw tours of duty at National Naval Medical Center Bethesda, Maryland; Naval Medical Center San Diego, California; as well as 1st Marine Division, Camp Pendleton. While stationed at 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, Sean deployed to multiple international locations and saw combat action in support of Operation United Shield, Somalia in 1995.

Sean earned his Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree from the Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin, now known as the AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine (AOMA), in 2005. He served as President of the AOMA Alumni Association in 2009, served on the Board of the Austin Veterans and Family Advocacy Council (AVFAC) from 2009 to 2011 and served on the Board of Directors for Bring Everyone in the Zone from 2010 to 2014. Sean is also a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #4443. He is a devoted husband, and a father of two boys, ages 19 and 14, and lives in Austin, Texas.

Mr. Hanna will address an expected 40 graduates of the Master and Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Degree programs who will be attending the exercises on Sunday, September 11 at the Omni Hotel Southpark in Austin, Texas.

Dr. Violet Song will lead the procession of graduates starting at 1:30pm. Proceedings will include the presentation of the Calvin Key Wilson Community Leadership Award, faculty recognition, awarding of degrees, and a healer's oath lead by Dean of Students Robert Laguna, followed by a reception in the lobby.

This year's Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine graduating class represents the second DAOM graduating class at AOMA, one of only nine schools nationally to offer the doctoral program. Masters students complete a rigorous four-year masters degree program, which includes over 900 hours of clinical internship. AOMA graduates are at the forefront of their field, integrating eastern and western medicine in clinics and hospitals. Upon graduation, these 40 professionals will work in independent private practice, multi-disciplinary clinics, substance abuse treatment facilities, hospice programs, oncology centers, community acupuncture clinics, military/veterans facilities, and corporate wellness programs.

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About AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine                             

AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine offers regionally accredited masters and doctoral level degree programs in acupuncture and Oriental medicine, preparing its students for careers as skilled, professional practitioners. AOMA is known for its internationally recognized faculty, award-winning student clinical internship program, and herbal medicine program. AOMA provides for over 16,000 patient visits annually in its student and professional clinics and collaborates with healthcare institutions including the Seton Healthcare FamilyPeople’s Community Clinic, and Austin Recovery. AOMA gives back to the community through nonprofit partnerships and by providing free and reduced price treatments to people who cannot afford them. AOMA is located at 4701 West Gate Blvd. AOMA also serves patients and retail customers at its North Austin location, 2700 West Anderson Lane. For more information see www.aoma.edu or call 512-492-3034.

AOMA Welcomes New President, Dr. Betty Edmond

Published May 03, 2016

AOMA President Betty Edmond

AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine is pleased to announce that Dr. Betty Edmond is serving as the fourth CEO and President. Dr. Edmond brings strong leadership skills and experience to the organization, with experience as a physician, senior healthcare executive and advocate for the advancement of Oriental and Integrative Medicine.

She has 19 years of experience as Medical Director of Seton’s Children’s Hospital and VP of Medical Affairs at Seton Healthcare Family in Austin, and 20 years of academic and clinical experience as a faculty member and specialist in Pediatric Infectious Diseases. As former Governing Board member at AOMA, Dr. Edmond understands the challenges faced by integrative health practitioners seeking inclusion within the greater healthcare system.

Dr. Edmond employs a variety of healthcare modalities and has a passion for empowering people with the knowledge and tools to manage their own health. She studied at Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts in Austin as an expression of her interest in natural foods as preventative, health-giving care.

Regarding the future of medicine and patient care, Dr. Edmond feels the time has come for a rapid advancement of Integrative Medicine through collaborative teams of healthcare practitioners, coordinating care around the needs of each patient. Her unique perspective and experience brings new opportunities to AOMA to build bridges with western medical systems to offer patients a more comprehensive and collaborative approach to their care.

According to Dr. Edmond, a person-centered coordinated care model best meets patient needs and enhances patient outcomes – both in disease prevention and therapy. She is inspired by the holistic healthcare approach at AOMA and is excited about the organization’s position as a strong national leader capable of enriching Oriental and Integrative Medicine study as a critical healthcare field of practice and research.

Dr. Edmond looks forward to working with the many committed leaders, faculty, staff and students at AOMA, to include AOMA’s past president Dr. Will Morris, a nationally recognized leader in Oriental Medicine who is continuing as President Emeritus and Research Scholar at AOMA.

About AOMA:

AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine offers regionally accredited masters and doctoral level degree programs in acupuncture and Oriental medicine, preparing its students for careers as skilled, professional practitioners. AOMA is known for its internationally recognized faculty, award-winning student clinical internship program, and herbal medicine program. AOMA provides for over 16,000 patient visits annually in its student and professional clinics and collaborates with healthcare institutions including the Seton Healthcare Family, People’s Community Clinic, and Austin Recovery. AOMA gives back to the community through nonprofit partnerships and by providing free and reduced price treatments to people who cannot afford them. AOMA is located at 4701 West Gate Blvd. AOMA also serves patients and retail customers at its North Austin location, 2700 West Anderson Lane. For more information see www.aoma.edu or call 512-492-3034.

AOMA hires new Director of Clinical Education

Published Dec 14, 2015

AOMA is pleased to announce the appointment of a new faculty member and director of clinical education, Dr. Jing Fan, who is slated to begin in the middle of February. Dr. Fan received his bachelor of medicine (MD), master of clinical medicine, and PhD in orthopedics of Chinese medicine at the Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine in Nanjing, China. He completed three fellowships in orthopedics and Chinese medicine at Nanjing First Hospital, Jiangsu Province Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Shanghai No.6 People's Hospital. He has been an associate chief physician and associate professor at Jiangsu Province Hospital of TCM and Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine since 2013 and is an instructor and visiting scholar at Harvard Medical School. He has published numerous papers and has been and is still involved in several research studies. He is currently in Boston where he is finishing up two years of postdoctoral research fellowship, first at Brigham and Women's Hospital in 2014, and now at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center through 2015.

AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine Announces New Mission Statement

Published Nov 06, 2015

 
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine is committed to inspiring its community with the announcement of its new mission statement. The school spent six months uniting and engaging stakeholders in defining the future of the organization. This community-based work resulted in the newly adopted mission statement:
 
 
"The Mission of AOMA is to transform lives and communities through education, patient care, leadership and research in Oriental and other integrative medicines."
 
 
While the fundamentals remain the same, the graduate school is reigniting its passion and strengthening its commitment to four areas: education, patient care, leadership, and research. This change reflects AOMA’s understanding of the great challenges faced by healthcare providers and the excitement and dedication that the wholistic health community will draw on to answer those challenges. 
 
Inclusive of both Oriental and other integrative medical practices, the new mission reinforces the graduate school’s foundation in Oriental medicine, while providing opportunity for growth in the coming years to address new changes and challenges in the field.
 
According to AOMA President Will Morris, "The mission forms the compass by which the leadership guides the institution. It is a statement that is a synthesis of all stakeholders within the AOMA community."
 
AOMA is proud to be a leader and resource in the wholistic healthcare community by integrating science and practice, teaching and leadership, patient care and community care. 
 
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About AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine: 
 
AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine offers masters and doctoral level degree programs in acupuncture and Oriental medicine, preparing its students for careers as skilled, licensed practitioners. AOMA is known for its internationally recognized faculty, award-winning student clinical internship program, and robust Chinese herbal medicine program. AOMA conducts 20,000± patient visits annually in its student and professional clinics, and collaborates with Western healthcare institutions including the Seton Family of Hospitals, Peoples Community Clinic, Austin Pain Associates, and Council on Recovery. AOMA gives back to the community through partnerships with nonprofit organizations and by providing free and reduced price treatments to people who cannot afford them. AOMA is located at 4701 West Gate Blvd, and also serves patients and retail customers at its north Austin location, 2700 West Anderson Lane. For more information see http://www.aoma.edu or call 512-492-3034.

Please welcome new Admissions Coordinator Kasey Nichols!

Published Nov 02, 2015

Please welcome Kasey Nichols, Admissions Coordinator, our newest team member who will have a dual role in providing excellent customer service to our prospective and existing students from her position at the front desk.  Kasey brings a new level of customer service and attention to detail to the role.  In the effort to further increase quality of service and accessibility, Kasey will be in the office from 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday thru Friday.  We are excited to have her as a part of the AOMA team!