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FSOMA Board of Directors

Executive Committee Members



Sandra Kahn, AP, RN

Sandra Kahn, AP, RN has been a licensed acupuncturist since 2007 and a member of FSOMA since 2005 as a student and currently as a practitioner. She was granted a Bachelor of Health Science and a Master of Oriental Medicine from Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Sandra is the owner of Acupuncture & Oriental Healthcare, Inc. in Davie, Florida.

Prior to entering the field of Oriental Medicine, Sandra obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. After graduating from nursing school, Sandra worked at Miami Children’s Hospital in Miami, Florida on the internal medicine unit. Having the opportunity to work in administration, Sandra accepted the position of Quality Assurance Reviewer conducting medical and nursing peer reviews, participating in interdisciplinary committees, and preparing for survey and accreditation by The Joint Commission. Once obtaining her license as a Healthcare Risk Manager, she transferred into Risk Management reviewing medical records for potential medical malpractice cases and assisting defense counsel on active legal cases. After 7 years at Miami Children’s Hospital, Sandra transitioned as a legal nurse consultant at an insurance defense law firm in Fort Lauderdale. Her main responsibilities included medical records review and summation of medical malpractice and personal injury cases in preparation for medical expert reviews and Independent Medical Examinations, depositions, mediations, and trials.

Sandra believes that visibility and education about Oriental Medicine in our communities are the milestones of moving our profession forward. She is active in her community by conducting workshops about holistic health & wellness, stress management, and the benefits of acupuncture. She is a member of the Case Management Society of America, Weston Business Club, a board member of the South Florida Case Management Network, and a volunteer of the Florida Medical Reserve Corps for Broward County.

Sandra strives to integrate the best knowledge of both Western and Eastern medicine to meet the treatment and prevention needs of her patients. She also strongly believes in being a partner in healthcare as well as educator for all her patients to empower them in gaining knowledge about the functionality of their bodies for proper health maintenance.


Vice President

Robert Linde, AP, RH

Robert Linde, Acupuncture Physician and Registered Herbalist, has studied herbs and alternative medicine since 1975 and practiced Traditional Chinese Medicine for over 6 years. He currently runs a multi-practitioner clinic in St. Petersburg, Florida. He also created the Professional Herbalists Training Program in St. Petersburg Florida, the Florida Chapter of the American Herbalists Guild and the Pinellas Acupuncturists Co-Op (PACO). Bob is a frequent lecturer, CEU provider and regular presenter at the annual FSOMA conferences. Currently, Bob has been asked to work on topical and internal formulations that utilize herbs for a large natural products company.

Bob’s work with the Professional Herbalists Training Program for the last 6 years involves curriculum development, clinical supervision and regular instruction in an herb-only environment. His intern clinic not only provides hands on experience for his students on a weekly basis, but also low cost access for the public for safe herbal medicine. His students have gone on to acupuncture school and to run their own herbal businesses.

A commitment to creating strong community within the profession of TCM is reflected in Bob’s actions. Bob is a resource for many acupuncture students, local practitioners and led to the creation of PACO to reinforce the concepts of a supportive and inclusive profession.

Besides his participation at the annual FSOMA conferences, Bob travels to the annual American Herbalists Guild conference every year (where he holds the distinguished title of Registered Herbalist) and the Medicines of the Earth conference in Black Mountain, NC. He is also a member of the American Botanical Counsel, Acupuncturists Without Borders, American Herbalists Guild and many other related organizations.

Bob is located in the St. Petersburg area.



David Bibbey, AP

David Bibbey, AP is the practitioner-owner of Alternative Primary Care in Crystal River, FL, and a faculty member at Florida College of Integrative Medicine in Orlando.  He is a frequent presenter and leading voice in his community on the benefits of healthy lifestyle choices.  David also enjoys teaching personal strategies that reduce the risk of developing preventable diseases.  He has nearly a decade of training and experience in evidence- based use of herbs and supplements.

In 2011, David earned a Master’s in Oriental Medicine / Bachelor’s of Professional Health Studies at Florida College of Integrative Medicine (FCIM).  Prior to attending FCIM, he earned a Bachelor’s of Science – Alternative Medicine at Everglades University in 2008.  David is a NCCAOM Dipl. Oriental Medicine Candidate.  Since 2003, he hss been affiliated with Huffman’s, a natural food and supplement retailer in Crystal River. His relationship there has fostered many opportunities for guest speaking at community events and promoting wellness through prevention.  David’s respect for Integrative and Oriental Medicine continues to fuel his commitment to life-long learning, and help shape his personal and professional choices.  He believes strongly that individual practitioners can, and should have a defining role in promoting and protecting AOM for future generations of professionals and patients.  David also considers activism and volunteerism hallmarks of professionalism; and, he has never asked another to contribute more than he is willing to give.

Prior to becoming an Acupuncture Physician, David had careers in marketing, sales, operations management and systems training.  His personal story also includes nearly a decade of primary care-giving for his disabled father.  Ultimately, this last experience remains his greatest source of pride.  David’s approach to life, business and AOM has been informed and tempered by overcoming challenges.  He is an optimist at heart, who believes that our lives are enriched most through service to others.




Dr. Saima Bhatti O.M.

Saima Bhatti is an Acupuncture Physician and Diplomat of Oriental Medicine. Saima is also certified to provide vitamin and homeopathic injections.

Saima acquired her first Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics from Florida State University. She later graduated from Everglades University with a Bachelor of Science in Alternative Medicine. Saima then attended the Florida College of Integrative Medicine where she acquired a Bachelors in Professional Health Studies and a Masters of Oriental Medicine.

Saima is President of the Central Florida Chapter of FSOMA. She is also a member of Acupuncturists Without Borders, a global organization that has mobilized to provide and services for communities affected by natural disasters and related first aid and trauma events. Saima’s main objective is to be of service to all people requiring care, as well as to maximize exposure of the many benefits Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine provides.



Jennifer Broadwell, AP, DOM, ADS

Jennifer Broadwell, DOM, ADS, is an Acupuncture Physician licensed by the State of Florida and holds a National Certification by the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine). She completed her undergraduate studies in Nursing in North Carolina where she developed a fascination and profound appreciation for the human body. She continued her education and training at Acupuncture and Massage College in Miami, FL where she was awarded her Master of Oriental Medicine Degree. Her studies included specialized training in Acupuncture, Chines Herbal Medicine, Moxibustion/ Heat Therapy, Cupping Therapy, Asian Body Work, Electro-Acupuncture and Nutritional Therapy.


Hongjian He, AP

Hongjian He, AP graduated from Guangzhou Medical College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1983 with a degree in Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She completed 3 years of residency training in Internal Medicine at the China-Japan Friendship Hospital; one of the world’s most prestigious hospitals for Integrated Western and Chinese Medicine.

Dr. He moved to Clearwater, Florida in 1988, and has been increasing her passion and dedication for practicing Chinese Medicine ever since. She continues to study widely with experts in Oriental medicine and has been a guest lecturer at at the University of Florida’s Shands Hospital, the University of South Florida’s Rheumatology Residency Program and several accredited acupuncture colleges. She now specializes in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, and Nutrition to promote Natural and Holistic Healing.

“I believe that integrating modern medical technology with such a safe, effective, ancient, healing art is the best way to deal with chronic illnesses and disorders.”

Hongjian has been involved extensively in promoting acupuncture in Florida and nationally with the AAAOM.  She won many awards for her work and dedication. She is a founding mother of FSOMA being involved in the organization in the 1990s during its founding.  For a while in the 1990s the fledgling FSOMA was run out of her office in Clearwater.

Tammy Dippenworth, D.O.M, DIPL. OM, DIPL. AC, DIPL. CH


I have been in the health care business for most of my life. I graduated in 1982 from the University of Pittsburgh, Nursing school, Bachelors of Science degree. My advanced training led me to the ICU, recovering open-heart surgical patients. I have always put myself in the highest positions in the hospital and achieved the highest pay for my training. For a brief time I was an ACLS (advanced cardiac life support) instructor, a certification required to work in ICU/CCU and emergency room.

1999-2003 I began more holistic view of health, learning more about nutritional and cranio-sacral training. A path that ended with both Advanced CranioSacral and Advanced Somatic Emotional healing through the Upledger Institute. Continued to the Advanced Bio Aquatic studies with assistance with the dolphins study program in the Bahamas.

In 2002, Certified in Ki Energy healing with 100 hours under the instruction of Katsumi NiiKura, owner of International Ki Ryokukai, from Japan.

2003-2004 Lecturer at Chamberlain’s on whole-food nutrition. (Juice Plus+ Rep)

2005-2008 Graduated with honors from FCIM (Florida College Of Integrative Medicine) AP2518 Was the Student Government VP, and have been a member of NCCAOM since graduation, with a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine. (100873)

Certified AIT, Facial Rejuvenation
2008-Present: Owner and operator a thriving practice, AcuSpa, PA. Treating patients by Body, Mind and Spirit through TCM. The use of Chinese herbs, homeopathic’s, AIT, Auricular ear seeds, Tui Na, Acupuncture with or without E-Stim and nutritional supplementation help achieve measurable results with my patients.

I am honored by the nomination to serve on the FSOMA Board of Directors. I don’t take this nomination lightly, for it is a 3-year commitment. I recently attended the FSOMA conference and I was really awakened by what it takes to pull that event together and preserving our Profession. I noticed that most of the people that were there are the pioneers that volunteer year after year. While I appreciate all they have done and continue to do, I felt it was my turn to step up and do my part. FSOMA has done so much to continue making Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine mainstay in the health field and is paving the way for the future of our profession and I would like to participate in that movement and preservation.

Brook Higgins , D.O.M, A.P, L.Ac


Brooke Higgins is a Licensed and Board Certified Primary Care Physician specializing as an Acupuncture Physician. She is a professional member of the Acupuncture Association of Florida. Brooke grew up in a Health and Wellness Industry. Her mother, Nanci Folk, was the creator and owner of award-winning lifestyle spas. The environment was rich with Eastern philosophy and whole body healing approaches to health. Any ailments Brooke would have were cured with a gentle integrative approach, which educated her on the body’s amazing capabilities of healing. Brooke found in passing that Eastern and an integrative approach to medicine in our Western society was foreign to a lot of Americans. With her passion for connecting the mind, body and spirit to medicine, Brooke knew her calling was to become a Doctor of Oriental Medicine.

Before the age of 20, Brooke attended school for Massage Therapy, Esthetics and Cosmetology and received her undergrad in Neuromuscular and Sports Therapy.

“I am enthusiastic about delivering quality support, advice and guidance within my role. I have also developed positive networks with a range of external organizations including local universities, enterprising partners, and employees. I believe the ability to build effective relationships with internal and external individuals on the FSOMA board are vital in generating positive discussion and reaching common consensuses among its members. I am a very motivated and driven individual and will strive to be the best possible representative for FSOMA. I value and respect the importance of support views and opinions and feel I can be trusted to make a valuable contribution to the Board. Thank you for taking the time to read my personal statement and I would appreciate your confidence in electing me as a member on the FSOMA board of directors.”


Rafael Perez


Rafael is a Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (FABORM). Rafael Perez has a Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine (MSOM) and a bachelors in Health Science.  He is a Diplomate of Acupuncture (NCCAOM). He has performed thousands of treatments addressing many different conditions. Rafael was always very interested in natural healing and the ability of the body-mind complex to improve health.  In 1999 Rafael began formally exploring alternative health and wellness modalities.  For the last 15 years Rafael has received formal training from various renowned teachers in Kundalini Yoga, Philosophy, energetic healing and other health and wellness modalities.  Rafael is a certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor having received training at the home of Yogi Bhajan in Anandpur Sahib, India.   He is also a Reiki practitioner attuned and trained by Master Reiki Trainer Sangeet Kaur of The Healing Source in Phoenix, AZ.   Rafael has as received additional training in Japanese Meridian Therapy and Dr. Tan Balance Method.  In order to better help his clients, Rafael studies and practices The BodyTalk System and is a Certified Bodytalk Practitioner.

Executive Director – FSOMA Office

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Executive Director

Ellen Teeter , AP

Ellen Teeter, AP, licensed in Florida since 2000, is a clinical practitioner and tai chi teacher. She has been on the FSOMA Board of Directors since 2004 and served as Vice President from 2004 to 2006 and again from 2010-2012. She has been Chair of the Website and Journal Committees, served on Legislative and Conference committees and was the editor of the FSOMA Journal.

Ellen attended Emory University receiving a BA in Political Science, received her Oriental Medical education from the Florida Institute of Traditional Chinese Medicine in St. Petersburg, FL, graduating in 1999. She has studied and practiced martial arts, tai chi and qi gong for over 20 years.

FSOMA’s focus will be on building the profession through business management development, pro-active legislation efforts, and promoting insurance coverage for acupuncture services.

Ellen is located in the Bradenton and Sarasota area.