Board of Directors

  Kristin Swann, RAc (MI), LAc (OR), LMT



 Kristin began her career as a massage therapist in San Francisco in 1999, and added      acupuncture to her skill set in 2009.  After which, Kristin worked closely with the founder of  Oregon College of Oriental Medicine, Dr Satya Ambrose. Kristin has been on the MAAOM      board since September 2017 as Vice President.

Sarah Lange

Vice President



 Ruth Lehmann





 Erica Marsden



Committee Chairs

  Meagan Duggan Bretz,  MSTOM,  RAc (MI), FABORM    

 Membership Chair

 She currently lives and practices  in Ann Arbor, MI. Meagan treats a  wide variety of ailments, but  specializes in women's health and  infertility. She is also a Fellow of the American Board of  Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM). 


Henry Buchtel, MMed (China), RAc (MI)

Legislative Chair

Henry completed his acupuncture and herbal medicine studies at the Hunan University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China, where he lived for more than a decade. In 2011, he moved back to his home state of Michigan to continue his clinical practice at The Lotus Center of Ann Arbor and at Michigan Oriental Medicine in Grand Blanc. Henry is the lead acupuncturist in the AcuAfference Clinical Trial at the University of Michigan, a 5-year NIH-funded study focusing on the therapeutic mechanism of acupuncture in the treatment of fibromyalgia. In his free time, he is translating a Chinese clinical text to be published in 2017. Henry served two terms as President of the MAAOM, from 2013-2017.

Andrew Crapo, RAc (MI), MSTOM, Dipl. OM

Social Media Chair

Andrew Crapo graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in Chicago and is currently practicing at a number of locations throughout West Michigan. His love of acupuncture started from a young age, being the son of an acupuncturist he has been able to experience first hand all that Chinese Medicine can treat. As the Social Media committee chair Andrew works to keep the MAAOM's Facebook page up to date with the latest information and studies conducted on Chinese Medicine.

Kristin Whitfield, RAc (MI), MAOM

Continuing Education Chair

Kristin Whitfield graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture in 2002 with a MAOM (Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) providing a broad based education in traditional Chinese acupuncture and herbal medicine as well as Japanese style acupuncture. She is a NCCAOM Diplomate in Oriental Medicine (includes both acupuncture and herbal medicine), is registered with the state of Michigan and licensed in Massachusetts.  While practicing in Massachusetts she had a general practice, participated in a Department of Defense research project on the effectiveness of acupuncture in the treatment of Gulf War Syndrome, and under the auspices of Acupuncturists Without Border established a Veterans Acupuncture Clinic in Hyannis, MA. She was also actively involved with the Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Society of Massachusetts, served on its board and was Legislative Chair for three years.

Jessica Walsh, RAc (MI), Dipl. OM

Website Chair

Jessica completed a degree in Acupuncture and Tuina at the Nanjing University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2012, where she lived for 5 years.  She returned to the Ann Arbor area after graduation, and opened Happy Porcupine Acupuncture in March of 2013, where she currently practices acupuncture, cupping, and herbal medicine.

Special Advisors

Ronald Bretz, JD


Ron Bretz graduated from Wayne State University Law School and was admitted into the Michigan Bar in 1976. From 1976 to 1996, Ron served as an assistant defender at the State Appellate Defender Office. In 1996, Bretz became a fulltime faculty member at Cooley Law School, teaching Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Forensic Evidence. He retired from full-time teaching in January 2014 and now holds the title of Emeritus Professor. Professor Bretz has presented at numerous CLE programs for the Michigan Judicial Institute, the Michigan Judges Association, the Michigan District Judges Association, the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan, the Michigan Appellate Assigned Counsel System, and state and local bar associations. Since 2003, he has been a regular lecturer at MJA Annual Meetings.



Dr Alexis Virginia Nees, MD  


Dr Nees is a board certified radiologist and is an Associate Professor at University of Michigan Medical School. She attended New York Medical College followed by the University of Vermont for her Residency and Fellowships.  Dr Nees specializes in breast imaging and travels around the continent to lecture when she is not in the hospital working with her patients.  She has been receiving acupuncture for almost two years and has found it to be life changing - both with medical symptoms as well as day to day stress relief.  

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