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.

2014 Board of Directors
Linda Robinson-Hidas, President, Public Education Committee
Cynthia McMahon-King, Vice President, Fundraising
Elaine Walsh, Treasurer
Rebecca Schirber, Past President, Dry Needling, Membership, Secretary, Newsletter & Website
Tim Eng, Legislative Committee, Insurance Task Force
Kathy Tamilio-Awed
Robin Sessa 

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
Cynthia McMahon-King--chair

Elaine Walsh--

Elaine Walsh, MAc., LAc. is a 1997 graduate of NESA. She lives in Amherst, MA where she does acupuncture at the Senior Center. She also has a private practice and specializes in laser acupuncture.

Tim Eng--Legislative Committee Chair, Insurance Task Force Committee co-chair

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.

Robin Sessa--Secretary

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
--Membership Committee Chair, Hospital Affiliation Committee Chair

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.                         

  • 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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