About the AOMSM


The Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Society of Massachusetts (AOMSM) is a non-profit professional organization representing acupuncturists and acupuncture students.  The purpose of AOMSM is to support the integration of acupuncture and Oriental medicine into American health care, and to expand both access to and public understanding of Oriental medicine.  AOMSM also protects the acupuncture scope of practice by monitoring legislation and regulations that impact the practice of acupuncture.

2015 Board of Directors

Linda Robinson-Hidas, President 
Cynthia McMahon-King, Vice President 
Tim Eng, Treasurer
Amy Mager, Secretary
Rebecca Schirber, Past President, 
Kathy Tamilio-Awed
Naomi Alson
Allison B. Blaisdell
Lexy Neuman, Student Representative

Legislative Committee
Tim Eng--chair

Insurance Task Force
Naomi Alson--co-chair
Tim Eng--co-chair
James Moran--co-chair

Public Education Committee 
Linda Robinson-Hidas--chair

Dry Needling Committee
Rebecca Schirber--chair

Rebecca Schirber--chair

Website Committee

Rebecca Schirber
Membership Committee
Fundraising Committee

Tim Eng--Treasurer

Tim Eng is an L.Ac. (Massachusetts and Oregon) and Chinese Medicine Practitioner with particular expertise in sport, work and orthopedic-related injuries. He holds an M.Ac.O.M. from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, an M.S. in Exercise Science from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) and is certified in Sports Medicine Acupuncture®. In his previous career in the Nike Sports Research Lab, he evaluated the performance of their athletic footwear and equipment as a biomechanics researcher.

Tim is nationally board certified as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). He served on the Oregon Health Authority’s Pain Management Commission helping pain patients by influencing public policy and legislation for 6 years until his recent relocation to the Boston area. His current interest with the AOMSM is to help increase patient access to acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. When he’s not working at the HolliBalance Well-Being Center in Boston, Tim practices tai chi chuan, bicycles, snowboards, and enjoys golf.

Amy Mager-- Secretary

Amy has been licensed to practice acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine since 1990. She trained in CA where she was first licensed. Amy holds a BA from Brandeis University and an MS in Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She
apprenticed for two years with midwife and acupuncturist Dr. Raven Lang OMD. Amy is a Diplomate in Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). She has been in private practice in CA and MA for over 25 years. Amy was the staff acupuncturist at Cradle Maternal Wellness Center and is co-owner of The Wellness House in Northampton, a multidisciplinary healing center. She also runs a Women's Wellness low-cost clinic at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital Center for Midwifery Care.

Amy is a trained birth assistant and childbirth educator through Informed Birth and Parenting. She was a volunteer breastfeeding counselor for 16 years through the WIC program and is a trained lactation counselor.

Amy has been published in the books Parenting From the Heart and Round the Circle as well as on Huffington Post.com. She has a bi-weekly radio segment with Bob Flaherty on WHMP, "Healing Outside the Box, Inside the Heart". For a more in depth bio of Amy please visit www.WellnessHouseNorthampton.com.

Lexy Neuman-Student Representative 

Lexy Neuman is a current graduate student at the New England School of Acupuncture, with a projected graduation of April 2016. She is currently in clinic practicing Orthopedic, Japanese and Chinese acupuncture styles. She also spent a rotation at Boston Medical Center Family Medicine Pediatric, and Element Care Geriatric programs. She is a certified yoga instructor with backgrounds in Reiki & Meditation facilitation. Her interest in acupuncture started with her own experiences, but has stemmed strongly from the belief of a holistic health model and the healthy body's ability to heal itself. For fun, Lexy sings in a cover band, French Lick, and enjoys horseback riding, dance and reading. She hopes to use her time after graduation to establish a practice, travel, and spending time outdoors. She is passionate about her involvement with AOMSM because she believes a strong commitment to the field starts while in school. She firmly believes in establishing a scope of practice for Acupuncturists, to both protect the profession and also patients. She also believes that educating patients and creating more accessibility through insurance coverage is also very important.

Linda Robinson-Hidas--President

Cynthia McMohan-King--Vice President

Cynthia McMahon King, LAc RPh is a graduate of NESA 89' and has been practicing Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine for 25 years. She holds a Master of Acupuncture and a BS in Pharmacy. Cynthia served on the AOMM board for 10 years and is president emeritus. Ms McMahon King was staff at Fallon Clinic in Worcester, worked at St Vincent's Hospital, Worcester and is presently staff at Emerson Hospital, Concord. She has lectured and presented on Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine at Boston College and Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Allied Health Sciences as well as continuing education courses for nurses and pharmacists in the state of Massachusetts.  Her private practice is in Westford, The Healing Point, offering acupuncture & integrative medicine. There she combines acupuncture, chinese and western herbs as well as homeopathy to facilitate wellness in her patients. Cynthia has 3 great healthy children, Luke 18, Moriah 22, Olivia 24 who grew up using natural modalities as a first choice medicine. Cynthia is an avid cyclist and skier. Ms McMahon King looks forward to serving on the AOMSM board as Vice President, Chair of the Membership Committee, and committee member of hospitals and legislation.

Rebecca Schirber--Past President

Rebecca holds master’s degrees in both Acupuncture and Physical Rehabilitation Counseling. Her professional background includes 17 years of experience in the mental health field, along with six years as a professional chef. She is also certified in Somatic Movement Therapy and Acupressure. Personal development and self-awareness are important to Rebecca. She recognizes that as we open to what we can learn in relationship, we deepen our connection to ourselves and others. As part of her practice as a chef, Rebecca has refined a holistic approach to menu planning and meal preparation, and offers food selection to address health concerns, such as gluten and dairy sensitivities. Rebecca loves the outdoors and being in nature, and she maintains a daily meditation and vigorous exercise practice.

Kathleen Tamilio-Awed

Since the early 1990s, Kathleen has been recognized as an expert in integrative medicine, acupuncture and herbal medicine. She graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture, becoming one of the first graduates of the Masters program of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

In 1991 Kathleen established Acupuncture Associates of Worcester, an integrative practice with a focus on restoring Health and maintaining lifelong Wellness. In 1994 she was elected Acupuncturist of the Year by the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She served two consecutive terms as President of The Massachusetts Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine between 2004 and 2008.

Her distinguished career and leadership in complementary medicine includes work in partnership with health institutions such as University of Massachusetts, Great Brook Valley Healthcare, Holy Cross College and WPI Health Services.

For the past 25 years, she has been involved in education as a parent, facilitator and child advocate.                         

Naomi Alson--Insurance Task Force Co-Chair

  • Members of the Board are who remain in good standing by attending 8 of 12 meetings annually and participate in sub-committees are afforded: 50% off AOMSM membership.
  • Active AOMSM Board Members can earn a maximum of five PDA points in one year with a total of 10 points submitted per NCCAOM re-certification cycle.  A letter, printed on letterhead from AOMSM's president verifying participation, dates of service, and in what capacity should be mailed to the NCCAOM.

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