Who We Are

Washington Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine Association (WAEMA) began in 1978. Our founders were integral in helping to establish the legal practice of Eastern Medicine in Washington State and the current WAEMA Board of Directors continue to promote and preserve our profession today.

WAEMA strives to provide a unified legislative voice for our profession and unify our community of practitioners both at the state level and national level. The all-volunteer Board of Directors is democratically elected and consists of elected professionals in our field. WAEMA Board of Directors meets monthly to continually advance the work of the association

Dr. Jianfeng Yang, AEMP, L. Ac., MD (in China) is an Acupuncturist and Eastern Medicine Practitioner licensed by Washington State Department of Health, renewed annually since 1994, a board member of Washington Acupuncture and East Medicine Association (WAEMA) and its predecessors since 2012, and the current Board President of WAEMA.

 Graduated from The Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, he has been practicing acupuncture and Chinese medicine for more than 50 years, and taught acupuncture and Chinese Medicine for more than 27 years both in China and USA. To date, Jianfeng Yang has held the position of visiting professor at The Chengdu University of TCM, was the president of Acupuncture College at the Chengdu University of TCM, one of five members of the Standing council, Sichuan Branch of the China Association of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, and the Director of the Clinic Branch at the Chengdu Association of Acupuncture and Moxibustion. And he was an NCCAOM Diplomate of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He specializes in treating pain syndromes, sports injuries, emotional and digestive disorders.

Jianfeng Yang


John Frostad

President Elect

John Frostad began his interest in natural health care while finishing his business degree. He received his academic and clinical training at Bastyr University in Seattle, WA. He began his private practice in 1997 in the Milton / Edgewood area. In 2002, he founded Edgewood Natural Health LLC, a mutli-disciplinary natural health clinic. John has taught traditional Chinese diagnosis at Bastyr University. He spent 8 years as adjunct faculty at Everest College of Massage, teaching anatomy & physiology and Eastern massage methods. On occasion, he also teaches various continuing education courses.

Natalie-Pascale Bousseau is an acupuncturist and practitioner of East-Asian medicine, of French Canadian culture and perfectly bilingual in French and English. She is licensed in Washington State. She has graduated from Bastyr University with a Master of Sciences in Acupuncture and is certified with the NCCAOM board as a Diplomate in Acupuncture. Natalie-Pascale has practiced in healthcare since 2006, and in meditation and body mind approaches for more than 22 years. She is a licensed massage therapist with a specialty in cranio-sacral therapy and has assisted in teaching the richness of this modality. She has worked as an acupuncturist for two years at rehabilitation and counseling residential services.

Natalie-Pascale Bousseau


Yangling Xiao


Yanling Xiao LAc, EAMP, OMD is a Nationally Board Certified Eastern Medicine Practitioner,
licensed acupuncturist, and herbalist in the state of Washington with over
20 years of professional experience in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese
Medicine (TCM). Her specialized studies started at the Hubei University of
Chinese Medicine in 1996. Upon completion, she earned a five-year
Bachelor’s of Medical Degree in Chinese Medicine in 2001. In 2005 she
obtained a three-year Medical Master’s Degree in Integrative Chinese and
Western Medicine from the Tongji Medical College (part of the Huazhong University of
Science and Technology in Wuhan, one of the top medical schools in China.)
She also has specialized in clinical training in endocrinology. Yanling has
published two research papers on diabetes mellitus and the essence of
meridians in China’s top scientific journals.

Kelly Sell, LAc, M.A.O.M., Dipl. O.M. has been working in the health and wellness fields since 1998, with a focus initially on Business Management and Operations. In 2011, he completed his initial studies in acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine. In addition to his own educational and professional pursuits, he provides systems support for his wife’s international yoga business. In recent years Kelly has expanded his professional offerings to include workshops in Mindfulness Self- Compassion, as taught by Kristen Neff and Chris Germer.

Kelly Sell


Tong Ning


Tong Ning, LAc, EAMP as a new generation acupuncture practitioner, Tong would like to bring fresh energy to our association and represent and service our members’ interest and needs. Good experiences working with team or independently. Patient listener, skilled observer and attentive to client needs. Dedicated to tasks and projects, ensuring accuracy and completion. Bilingual speaker (Chinese Mandarin & English). 09/2013 – 09/2016, Bachelor & Master of Science in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine, Bastyr University, Kenmore WA.

Dr. Xia Che began her traditional Chinese medical career in 1994 in China. Due to a poor childhood health condition, she was fortunate to become a direct student as well as apprentice of great elder traditional grandmaster doctors specializing in medical I-Ching and Taiji medical fitness. Her study and learning from them has been combined with her scholastic knowledge. Her formal medical science study gives her an in-depth practice of Traditional Chinese Medicine. During the pandemic, to help patients, protect their hard earned money and use it to best serve them to achieve their health goal, she has added a valuable financial care professional license in life and health. Her passion is to apply her learning and wisdom in contributing her comprehensive knowledge to restore the health and wellbeing of her patients. Health is wealth!

Dr. Xia Che



Kenneth Noble


Kenneth Noble MSA,, LAc has been practicing Acupuncture and Chinese herbs for 19 years. He received his Masters in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from Bastyr University, considered a top school for natural medicine. He received his undergraduate from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC in Biology and was certified in massage therapy from Pinewood School of Massage in Spartanburg, SC. Kenneth is a bold advocate for natural healthcare and also volunteers his time in the community as a Guest Speaker. He is continuously advancing his skills. In the office, and combines the best of Western Medicine with Traditional Chinese Medicine. He has collaborated with other health professionals, such as Naturopaths, Medical Doctors, Chiropractors, Counselors, Nurse Practitioners, Physical Therapists, Personal Trainers, Nutritionists, and many others.

Chaiya E. Sherman DAOM, LAc/EAMP, LMP Chinese medicine and the meridians captured Chaiya’s heart while in an undergraduate physics class at Shimer College (Chicago, IL) and formed the basis of her bachelor’s thesis, “It’s All About Balance”. She started her career in holistic medicine in 1995 as an assistant to a MD practitioner of Ayurveda and homeopathy. Chaiya has been a licensed massage therapist since 1998, after attending National Holistic Institute in Emeryville, CA and has also served as a doula since 2011. She graduated from Bastyr University in 2017 (MSAOM) and again in 2019 with her doctorate (DAOM). Her practice is primarily focused on treating pain conditions, the birth cycle, and psycho-emotional concerns. She is the owner/operator of AcuNerds, Inc and is practicing in multiple locations around Edmonds, WA.


Chaiya E. Sherman


Our Philosophy

WAEMA honors and respects all forms of Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine. We believe that working together cohesively; we can achieve our goal of preserving and promote the traditional and modern practice of Acupuncture and Eastern Medicine. By engaging in legislation, our voice will continue to be heard and our profession will continue to be protected and more people will be able to enhance the quality of their lives through safe, effective, evidence based acupuncture medicine.

WAEMA Past Presidents 

Charis Wolf 2019 – 2020
Dr. JianFeng Yang 2018 – 2019
Curt Eschels 2018 – 2018
Ash Goodard 2016 – 2017
Andy McIntyre 2015 – 2016
Curt Eschels 2011 – 2015
Lisa Van Haagen 2010 – 2011
George Whiteside 2005 – 2010
Jeff Spring 2005
Mercy Yule 2004 – 2005
Eliahu Stahl 2004
Monica Legatt 2003 – 2004
John Frostad 2000 – 2003
Christopher Huson 1997 – 2000
Patricia Flood 1996 – 1997
Lori King 1994 – 1996
Karen Boyd 1990 – 1994
Mark Imlay 1987 – 1990
Jim Blair 1985 – 1987
David Kailin 1983 – 1985
Richard Kitaeff
1978 – 1983