Organizational Chart

The chart below demonstrates the governance of Minnesota Acupuncture Association (MAA).
  • Our general membership elects a Board, approves an annual budget, and votes on any changes to bylaws.

  • The Governing Board, in turn, is tasked with making and implementing policy decisions, and coordinating the work of the committees.

  • Committees are tasked with carrying out the organizational goals.

     


 

 

Governing Board | Committee Chairs

The purpose of the Minnesota Acupuncture Association's Governing Board is to provide governance for the good of the Association. The Board and/or its members shall:

  • Provide the source for officer candidates and elect the Officers
  • May serve as a member liaison of each standing committee. 
  • Make policy decisions, which shall bind the Association, subject to ratification at the annual membership meeting unless voted down by membership. 
  • Ratify Executive Committee decisions made between Board meetings. 
  • Implement policy decisions. 

Current Board goals are to:

  1. Increase active, satisfied and committed membership.
  2. Create and pass proactive legislation.
  3. Produce and develop effective, consistent, professional PR/Marketing.
  4. Develop effective administration and governance.
  5. Create positive professional networks.


Join Our Board of Directors 

We are actively seeking qualified candidates for the following Board of Director positions:

  • Committee Volunteers
  • Student Directors 
  • Volunteers always needed for event planning, continuing education, community outreach and other capacity building initiatives

Interested in joining? Click here to download a Board Application.


2022 Board of Directors



Dr. Nick Dougherty, DAOM, Dipl. Ac (NCCAOM), L.Ac.

President

Nick is a 2009 graduate of the Master's program at the American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM). In 2018, Nick completed his Doctorate course work at AAAOM with a focus on Reproductive and Mental health conditions. Nick currently works in private practice in Burnsville, MN as well as with the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing at Abbott Northwestern Hospital.




Lynn Weatherson, MAc., Dipl. Ac (NCCAOM), L.Ac., B.A. Health Education, Certified Massage Therapist 

Vice President

Practice philosophy: Lynn believes that the body is capable of being it's own natural healer when given an integrated approach; a unique blend of Western medicine and natural health care options like acupuncture, good nutrition, essential oils and massage therapy.





Dr. Angie Lipson, DCM, Dipl. Ac (NCCAOM), L.Ac.

Treasurer  

Dr. Lipson's focus is in modern acupuncture techniques for nerve conditions, pain management, internal conditions, and cancer support. By combining her years of training in the healthcare industry, sports science, and specialized training in Zhengzhou, China, she is able to integrate Chinese medicine with her Western medical background to provide well-rounded patient care. 





Dr. Jessica Frier, DAOM, Dipl. Ac (NCCAOM), L.Ac.

Secretary

Dr. Jessica Frier is a doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese medicine who specializes in reproductive health, pelvic floor disorders, and complex chronic pain conditions.






Christine Gendreau, MaOM, Dipl. OM (NCCAOM), L.Ac.

Director

Christine takes a holistic approach to medicine which allows her to address the whole being - mind, body, spirit and emotions. As an acupuncturist, she treats physical and energetic imbalances to bring about a sense of harmony. She works with patients to create a treatment plan and walk with them on their path of healing and wellness.





Michael Egan, MaOM , Dipl. OM (NCCAOM), L.Ac.

Director

Michael is a licensed acupuncturist practicing at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing.  After graduation from Northwestern Health Sciences University, he completed a certificate of study at Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in China. He has also done advanced training in acupuncture orthopedics, sports medicine acupuncture and integrative oncology. Michael is the co-creator of the Penny George Institute’s Transforming Pain shared medical visit series, a mind-body skills based approach for treating chronic pain. He also teaches tai ji and qi gong at Allina Health.




Kailee Carlson, MAc., RN

Student Director

Kailee is currently studying for her Doctorate of Chinese Medicine at Northwestern Health Sciences University and working part time as a Registered Nurse.  When she isn’t studying or working, she loves to travel, hike up mountains, spend time with family and friends, and do anything active!




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Stephen Engelhardt

Student Director

Stephen is currently studying for his Master's of Chinese Medicine and is pre-med at Northwestern Health Sciences University. He is currently the Co-President of the Student American Society of Acupuncturists at NWHSU. He hopes to continue on to a MD-PhD program after graduation in preparation for a research career bringing traditional medicine more mainstream within the Western medical system. When not busy with school, work, and extracurriculars, he enjoys qi gong, ice skating, and swimming.




Join Our Board of Directors 

We are actively seeking qualified candidates for the following Board of Director positions:

  • Committee Volunteers
  • Student Directors 
  • Volunteers always needed for event planning, continuing education, community outreach and other capacity building initiatives

Interested in joining? Click here to download a Board Application.

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