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.

2020 Board of Directors

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


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.

Nick originally came to Traditional Chinese Medicine through his lifelong study of the Martial Arts. He now teaches and incorporates these practices into the health plans of his patients, via Qi Gong, Tai Chi and other modalities, thereby connecting the physical body to the mind.

Dr. Korina St. John, DACM,(NCCAOM), MSTOM, L.Ac.

Vice President & Public Relations Chair

Dr K has over 20 years of experience and advanced training in Integrative Medicine.  She founded Healthy Happy Whole, LLC in 2003, and currently practices as a board-certified, Doctor of Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine.  Dr K received her four year graduate degree from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, and completed post-graduate hospital rotations and specialized training at Liaoning University teaching hospital in Shenyang, China.  She completed a research-based graduate program in a Complementary Medicine & Wellness at Oakland University in 2003.  Dr K has established successful Integrative Medical clinics in Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota, and has facilitated healing retreats around the world.  She also owns and operates Wildflower Family Farm, a Chinese medicinal farm in Minnesota.

Dedicated to educating the general public and medical community, Dr K is honored to serve as a MAA board member to spread the knowledge and benefits of East Asian Medicine.   

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


Dr. Angie utilizes modern acupuncture techniques to treat pain, injuries, musculoskeletal conditions, and internal conditions. 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 superior patient care.

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


Practice philosophy: I believe 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.

Aaron Schindler, M.Om., Dipl Acu (NCCAOM) L.Ac.

 Legislative Committee Chair

Aaron is a licensed acupuncturist and holds a Diplomate of Chinese Medicine from NCCAOM. He is a 2008 graduate from the Masters of Oriental Medicine program at Northwestern Health Sciences University's College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and maintains a private practice in Minneapolis and works at Everspring Health Cooperative. He gave a presentation detailing Acupuncture practices in Minnesota at the October 2018 Traditional Korean Medicine in Modern Health Care in Busan, South Korea. 

He has his Bachelors degree in Biology from University of Minnesota Mankato.  He has been a Medical Laboratory Technician with 20 years experience in various clinical settings.

He is also works on legislative policy for the acupuncture profession. He organizes grassroots educational and communication trainings for acupuncturists and acupuncture students to get them engaged in protecting their scope of practice and the benefits of effectively building healthy relationships with our legislators and other professions. 

Mona Robbins, MACM,(NCCAOM),  L.Ac.  


Mona L. Robbins is a board-certified Diplomate of Acupuncture, licensed in both Minnesota and Wisconsin to practice Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She has a private practice, Evergreen Holistic Medicine, in Woodbury, Minnesota. 

Mona has studied or practiced integrative medicine for over 10 years. Her 20 years previous to medicine includes: military service, mechanical engineering, and a construction company she created, owned, and operated, all of which established a strong work ethic, acute tactile ability, and powerful problem-solving skills. Mona has dedicated her life to understanding function, identifying problems and implementing successful solutions.

Dr. Keum Hwa Choi, DVM, MS, PhD, CVA, MSOMD, LAc, Dipl Acu (NCCAOM) 


Dr. Choi has received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Seoul and a Master of Science degree in Veterinary Microbiology from Seoul National University. Dr. Choi then worked as a scientist at the National Veterinary Research Institute in Korea for 8 years. Subsequently, she was a visiting scientist at the Pasteur Institute in Paris and Institute of National Research Agronomy (INRA), Thiverval Grinion, France. After that, Dr. Choi received a PhD in Veterinary Pathobiology and a Post Doctorate in Molecular Biology/Immunology at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota.

Since then, she has worked as a faculty member at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota. Dr. Choi was also trained and certified in veterinary acupuncture from the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS).

Amy Sanda,M.Om., Dipl Acu (NCCAOM), MSTOM, L.Ac.

Alternate Director 

Amy received a Master’s degree in Traditional Asian Medicine from the American Academy of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2006.  She received a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a double major in English, and Communications, and a minor in Psychology, from Gustavus Adolphus College. She looks forward to learning more about the MAA, and assist in educating the public about the benefits of acupuncture through publicity and articles.

As a practitioner, she continues to research ways to facilitate the healing process. She completed courses in Craniosacral Therapy and Somato Emotional Release from the Upledger Institute International, and continues to learn more about myofascial release and other healing modalities.  Amy studied the Art of Healing Qi Gong, Tai Chi, and Reiki for over 20 years. She currently leads Tai Chi classes in the Minnesota Capital complex, to help people bring balance to their physical and emotional well-being.

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

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