and Mission statement
CalATMA is an organization that unifies California acupuncturists to speak as one for legislative, political and social issues that affect our practitioners, our practice, and our patients.
The vision of CalATMA is to unify all the acupuncturists in California and make California a leader of the profession nationally.
The mission of CalATMA is to protect, promote, integrate, and advance the practice of acupuncture and traditional medicine, preserve the rights of the patients it serves and seek continuous improvement in the quality of patient treatment and care.
About Your CalATMA
Rona Ma PhD, L.Ac
President, Executive Committee Chair
Dr. Rona Ma was a clinical faculty member at the Department of Integrative Medicine, an affiliate hospital of UCSF from January 2010 – August 2019. She is currently faculty member at the Department of Integrative Medicine of Sutter Health Alta Bates Summit Medical Center from January 2015- present. She is also the owner of Peace Acupuncture Clinic from 1985 – present in the city of Fremont, CA. Dr. Rona Ma earned her M.D. in 1981 at Qingdao Medical College, Qingdao, Shandong, China. Her Internship from 1978 – 1980, was at the affiliated hospital of Qingdao Medical College, Qingdao, Shandong, China. She received her Acupuncture master’s degree at Beijing Acupuncture Institute (Hong Kong) in 1982. She obtained her California acupuncture licensure in 1985. She received a Fellow of orthopedics and traumatology from the American Institute of Acupuncture Orthopedics and Traumatology in 1997, She earned her PhD from American Global University in 2000.
Dr. Rona Ma is currently president of the California Acupuncture and Traditional Medicine Association. Past president of American Society of Chinese Medicine from 2017-2019. The Vice Chair of the National Federation of Chinese TCM Organization. Vice chair of advisory committee of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies. She is also the President of the Tri Valley China Love Foundation and the president of UCPCM from 2003 – 2006 and 2013 – 2014. For many years, Dr. Rona Ma was involved in both the United States and worldwide for legislation; to better promote and develop Chinese Medicine.
Key Bahk DAOM, LAc
Vice President, Membership Committee Chair
My name is Key Bahk, and I serve the Board of Trustee as a Vice President as to follow and abide the role specified in the Bylaw. I closely support the current leadership to provide better guidance for prospective plans toward achieving the mission of the CalATMA.
I also serve the Membership Committee by chairing to collaborate with other CalATMA committees in developing strategic plans to recruit California board licensed acupuncturists, students, and institutions to unify the professions to protect, promote, integrate and advance the practice of acupuncture and traditional medicine.
Scott Phelps DAOM, LAc
Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair
Victoria Tuan OMD, LAc
Secretary, PAC treasurer
Hi, my name is Victoria Tuan. I serve as the Secretary. I keep the minutes of the meetings of the Board of Trustees, see that all notices are duly given in accordance with the provisions of the Bylaws, keep corporate records, and in general perform all duties incident to the office of Secretary and such other duties as may be assigned by the Board.
Eugene Park PAC, LAc
Board Member, Communications Committee
My name is Eugene Park. I am one of the eleven Board of Trustees. I joined the association to do something to help the acupuncture association. I especially like the idea of working together as a single cohesive acupuncture association regardless of ethnicity or background. As acupuncturists, the need to work together as a single professional unit is ever more important as the acupuncture profession tries to gain a foothold in the national medicare system.
I am currently managing the Communications Committee and will try to communicate pertinent information important to you in a timely fashion. If you would like to get involved with the association to advance the practice of acupuncture, you are welcome to join any one of the committees.
Neal Miller LAc
Board Member, Government and Legislative Affairs Committee
Neal Miller is a California licensed Acupuncturist.
He graduated from Emperor’s College (1987) and was NCCA Certified (1988). He has been practicing Acupuncture and Integrated Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in Sherman Oaks, in Southern California since 1989. Neal interned and practiced with his teacher/mentor Dr Jin Lin Wang, MD(China) OMD, L.Ac. from 1984-2014.They specialized in treatment of patients diagnosed with HIV/AIDS immune autoimmune virus and patients with cancer. Their success led to a double-blind placebo controlled randomly selected independently reviewed research project on their immune enhancing anti-viral formulas. Neal’s further postgraduate education includes being a Diplomat of the National Board of Acupuncture Orthopedics (DNBAO) and MA-48 Certified in Acupuncture Ophthalmology. His Private practice included being the LA’s NFL Raiders acupuncturist and he has worked on 9 world champion boxers and several NBA players. Neal’s passion and success in the world of Acupuncture Government and Legislative Affairs (GLA) is legendary. He is most proud of writing and lobbying the successful adoption by the AMA of the original two Acupuncture CPT codes.
Other noted GLA accomplishments include:
- California practitioners being physicians in the Workers Compensation System
- Preventing Kaiser doctors training and directing nurses to practice Acupuncture
- Prohibiting Naturopathic Doctors (ND) from practicing acupuncture in California
- Attending 90% of California Acupuncture Board (CAB) meetings
Neal has served on Task forces for SCOPE OF PRACTICE, EDUCATION, CURRICULUM COMPETENCY, and as an advisor on the The Little Hoover Commission. Neal has established on record at the CAB meetings that manual therapy is ASIAN Massage and that Dry Needling is Acupuncture. It is not unprofessional conduct to advertise that you do manual therapy or Dry Needling. Neal is a member of many California Acupuncture Associations of different cultural origins. He has worked successfully for decades being a bridge celebrating unique diversity and GLA unity and sharing educational opportunities between the different associations. As Marilyn Allen states “Neal Miller has his fingers on the pulse on the political, governmental, and legislative affairs of the profession.” Neal was selected for CalATMA’s Steering Committee by Assemblyman Evan Low. Though Neal is a member of 5 different associations, he was chosen as an independent representing the silent majority of California practitioners who belong to no association. On the Steering committee he was chair of membership and GLA. Neal is the first founding lifetime member of CalATMA and was elected by the membership to serve on the Board of Trustees. Neal’s outside interests are golf and tai qi. He was a student of the famed James Wing Woo and has practiced daily since the 1970’s. He plays golf and is always up for a game when he can.
Tom Kehl DAOM, LAc
Board Member, Political Action Committee Chair
Farshid Namin MD(Iran), DAOM, LAc
Board Member, Chair of Education and Academic Committee
Dr Farshid Towfighi Namin, MD (Iran), MPH, DAOM, L.Ac had served as emergency medicine doctor in natural disasters and international conflicts for many years in United Nations and International Red Cross. Dr Namin received his Master and Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in California. His practice is located in the Los Angeles area, as California board licensed acupuncturist. Now he is working as Associate Academic Dean of Yo San University of Traditional Chinese and instructor of Nutrition, Pharmacology and Integrative Pharmacognosy courses. Dr Namin gladly serves as the Board of Trustees and Chair of Education and Academic Committee (EAC) of CalATMA.
Chung Chao (Jake) Huang
Board Member, Chair of Member Benefits and Medical Ethics Committee
Melody Lei Zhang
Board Member, Chair of General Affairs Committee
Melody Lei Zhang is a licensed acupuncturist with the State of California, and currently practicing in Fullerton of the Southern California area. Traditional Chinese Medicine is her passion. Utilizing traditional Chinese medicine, she supports her patients with their healing process, and she is committed to helping them through the path of their optimal health.
She is Vice Chairperson of the 1st Board of Specialty Committee of Sticking-Stirring Needle of World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies, and president of Academy of Integrative Chinese Medicine and Pain Management. She is a CE instructor approved by California Acupuncture Board.
She has been teaching a professional management seminar twice a year, “Insurance billing and coding” and “Proper Medical Documentation”. These classes help other acupunctures who want to open their own clinic.
Her long-term goal is to make acupuncturists unite together and be better.
She started her own clinic in July 2007 and closed the same year because she did not do well that time. Then she worked with other doctors in an occupational treat team. She also volunteered to work at a local church clinic. She reopened her own clinic in January 2012. She joined CalATMA 2019 when she learned about CalATMA’s mission. She decided to join the CalATMA board in May 2020.
Along with running her practice and reading, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, music, dance, wine, great food, camping, skiing, and partying.
Student Board Member, Student Committee Chair
Onlai Cheang is originally from Macau. She completed her undergraduate studies in Sociology and Anthropology at North Carolina, where she developed a profound interest in medicine from an anthropological perspective. After completing her undergraduate studies, Onlai commences her further education in acupuncture and oriental medicine. Currently she is pursuing a master in traditional oriental medicine at Emperor’s College in Santa Monica. Onlai is enthusiastic in opportunities to promote oriental medicine and to incorporate the healing modalities of eastern and western medicine. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors, volunteering, and travelling.
The Steering Committee of CalATMA has approved its bylaws in two meetings on 7/8/2018 and 7/22/2018. See the CalATMA Bylaws here:
Minutes to CalATMA Board meetings are available upon request. Please feel free to send us a message about this.