6 Nov

Jean-Paul Dedam is a Family Medicine doctor who is also board certified in Medical Acupuncture.  He is member of the Listuguj band of Mi’gmaq and the Aroostook Band of MicMac.  He grew up on the coast of Maine and did his medical training at Greater Lawrence Family Medical Center in Lawrence, Massachusetts with a focus on healthcare for the underserved.  After residency, He moved with his  wife Tamara to New Mexico to work for Indian Health Service at ACL Hospital.  While in medical school, Jean-Paul started Herman@s Por la Salud, a nonprofit working in Nicaragua to address the socio-economic determinate of health.  Along with Tamara, they still run Hermanos from their organic farm, Micelio in Carazo, Nicaragua.  Herman@s was one of the supporting partners behind Crossroads’ acupuncture programs in Mexico and Promotores Descalzos in Nicaragua.  He and Tamara live in Albuquerque, NM with their niece Patricia. 

Megan Yarberry is a project manager for a health and wellness initiative in Hawai’i. She holds a Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and has 22 years of clinical experience. She is a National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) Registered Trainer, and has had NADA specific experience in HIV/AIDS clinics, prisons, mental health centers, and detox facilities in Oregon and Hawaii. Since 2005 Ms. Yarberry has provided NADA and other trainings in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, Congo, Tunisia and Haiti. Ms. Yarberry has been awarded by the US NADA organization for her work in East Africa.

Will Hall, MA, DiplPW is a therapist, trainer, and community development worker focused on experiences labeled bipolar, schizophrenia, and psychosis. He is author of the Harm Reduction Guide to Coming Off Psychiatric Drugs and Outside Mental Health: Voices and Visions of Madness, is the host of Madness Radio, and is currently a PhD candidate in psychiatric epidemiology at Maastricht University. Will is trained in Open Dialogue and Jungian Process Work, and was certified in NADA ear acupuncture at Lincoln Recovery in 2006.

Nancy Ortiz-Gonzalez is a licensed psychologist and serves as an assistant teacher for our training program. She is a NADA ear acupuncture trainer in Mexico, and co-founder and serves on the leadership committee for our acupuncture schools in Nicaragua and Mexico, Barefoot Health Promoters.

Jay Renaud is a retired addictions treatment clinician and administrator who in 1993, with his wife Mary, a registered nurse with a public health background, created Guidepoints: Acupuncture in Recovery, an independent, subscription-based, monthly newsletter for addictions professionals. As a journal entirely self-supporting and objective, Guidepoints documented, as it was happening, how acupuncture-based treatment arrived and grew within the international healthcare system.  Jay was eventually brought in to set up a full time headquarters for the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA), serving as manager until he retired in 2010. Back in 1973, following his own recovery from alcoholism and drug addiction, Jay had completed alcoholism counselor training at the Oregon Alcoholism Treatment and Training Center, a federally-funded program under the Uniform Alcoholism and Intoxication Treatment Act. He went on to serve for two decades in various counseling and management positions at public and private sector treatment facilities in Oregon and Washington State. During that time, Jay was active in the national alcoholism/addiction recovery movement, serving as a founding board member of the counselor certification organization now known as NAADAC, and acting as editor of its initial member newsletter. Later Jay earned obtained a master’s degree in public administration from Portland State University and NAADAC certification as master addictions counselor. Throughout his years in the field, Jay was active in various media to promote treatment funding and public education about addictions. This work included being a professional consultant to the US Peace Corps, appearing on television and radio, testifying to governmental bodies, and publishing articles in newspapers, magazines and national addictions publications.

Claudia Voyles DAOM, LAc is a licensed acupuncturist for the Central Texas Veterans Health Administration and in private practice in Austin, Texas. Claudia worked in the behavioral health field for many years in clinical and administrative roles. In 1991, she trained as an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist (ADS) at Lincoln Recovery Center in the South Bronx and became one of the first official Registered Trainers for the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) in 1997. Providing the NADA protocol in behavioral health settings led Claudia to deeper study of Traditional East Asian Medicine at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine and then at  the AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, where she co-teaches the doctoral Interprofessional Leadership classes. She is proud to be co-creating Karisha.org and a Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation facilitator for the Austin Health Commons. Claudia helped to develop the NADA training manual and has several NADA related journal articles to her name including Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation and Medicines.

Tracy Thorne earned her Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MAOM) from the New England School of Acupuncture (NESA) in Massachusetts. She studied both Chinese and classical Japanese acupuncture styles and Chinese herbal medicine. Prior to that she received her Masters in Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School.  She has continued to study Japanese styles of acupuncture (Keiraku chiryo), moxa and bodywork since receiving her degree both in the U.S. and Japan and focuses on these modalities in her private practice where she treats children and adults of all ages. She completed a post-graduate training in Classical Chinese herbalism through the Institute for Classics in East Asian Medicine (ICEAM) and practices this style of herbal medicine along with Japanese herbal medicine (Kampo).  She has been a faculty member at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine for 10 years where she teaches a course in Japanese styles of acupuncture and moxibustion.  Her clinic is in SE Portland where she has practiced for 14 years.  Tracy has developed Crossroads’ Moxa course for health promoters in Mexico.

Elizabeth Ropp is a Community Acupuncturist with the Manchester Acupuncture Studio in Manchester, New Hampshire.  Ropp’s legislative advocacy led the passing of an Auricular Acupuncture Detoxification Specialists Law in New Hampshire in 2017. Ropp is an elected county official. She continues to educate the public about the benefits of NADA and acupuncture around the Granite State.  

Mallory Harman graduated from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) in 2018 with a Masters degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She spent the following four months working as an acupuncturist and primary care provider with the Acupuncture Relief Project in Bajrabarahi, Nepal. Since that time she has traveled to Juárez, Mexico on two separate occasions to observe and work with the not-for-profit Crossroads Acupuncture. She currently lives in Portland, OR offering acupuncture groups at the Native American Rehabilitation Association (NARA), assistant teaching at OCOM, and running a small private practice in the historic Alberta district. Read more about Mallory’s experience teaching in Mexico in this article she published in Medicinal Roots Magazine.

Ryan Bemis is co-founder of Crossroads and our health promotion school Promotores Descalzos in Latin America. Click here to learn more about Ryan.

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