Welcome to the Washington East Asian Medicine Association website!
The Washington East Asian Medicine Association is the acupuncture profession's primary voice in representing and promoting acupuncture and East Asian medicine in Washington state.  WEAMA was created for practitioners, the general public, students and allied professionals and legislators. 

Please see our "blog" below for ongoing updates of recent activities, or visit the links at the top of the page for specific sections of our site.  Thank you for visiting!

  • October 18, 2016 10:27 PM | Jamil Shoot (Administrator)

    Please note, that we had a last minute change in our schedule when one of our presenters wasn't able to make it. Due to that, we regret that NCCAOM is only allowing us to award 4.5 PDA credits.

    Members are now able to log into to their account at http://weama.info in order to download CEUs & Membership Certificates. Once you log in, go to the MEMBERS/DOCUMENTS tab on the menu.  Click that to view the files, then click the file to download.  Voila!

  • October 18, 2016 11:51 AM | Ash Goddard (Administrator)

    Dear WEAMA members,
    Thank you to all members who attended our Fall Semi-annual meeting on Sunday! We had a great turnout despite the "storm that never was," and enjoyed excellent presentations throughout the day. We missed those of you who couldn't attend but wanted to catch you up on what was covered.

    Dr. Iman Majd, MD/EAMP, kicked off the morning session with an engaging and informative talk on acupuncture and the opioid crisis, full of information, tips and ideas that will be useful in our practices and communications with allied providers. 

    Dr. Boonchai Apichai, MD(China), EAMP gave an excellent clinical presentation on the treatment of frozen shoulder to wrap up the day..

    In between, we heard from all our committees, beginning with John Frostad, EAMP, our insurance committee chair, who got us up to date on insurance and coding issues faced by our profession.

    We also heard from our lobbyist Leslie Emerick, treasurer Curt Eschels, membership chair Megan Gale, and myself, who gave an overview of all the work WEAMA has been involved with over the last six months, and plans for the future, including: continued work on gaining L&I coverage for acupuncture, Medicaid coverage (early stages), maintaining the safety and integrity of acupuncture by opposing its practice with insufficient training, insurance issues and so forth. Finally, we also got to celebrate our Sunrise Review "victory" and elect our newest board members, Daniel Cook and Jamil Shoot. Jamil was also the lead organizer of the event and did an excellent job!

    Special thanks to our vendors, TianJiang (granule herbs), and break sponsor American Acupuncture Council, and also our host, China Harbor.

    See you next Spring!

    Ash Goddard,
    Acting President, WEAMA

  • October 07, 2016 2:23 PM | Ash Goddard (Administrator)

    I took the morning off today to accompany our hardworking lobbyist, Leslie Emerick, at a special Governor's address at the University of Washington.

    Along with many leaders of the medical community statewide, the Governor issued an executive order that brings together state agencies, local public health organizations, law enforcement, tribal governments, and other partners to act on opioids.

    The four goals outlined are:

    1. Prevent inappropriate opioid prescriptions and use
    2. Treat people with opioid use disorder and connect them to support services, including housing
    3. Save lives by intervening in overdoses
    4. Use data to focus and improve our work

    Offering effective treatment options for patients with chronic pain was also brought up. During the panel Q&A (see below) that followed the Governor's address, Leslie posed the question of whether acupuncture is being considered in the many agency and organizational discussions that are taking place statewide. The response from the panel members was a certain yes. We were pleased to hear that our medicine is being included and will be following up with various organizations to that end.

    The panel members:

    WEAMA will continue to support you in your profession by attending important meetings such as this (which sometimes also afford opportunities to meet people like the Insurance Commissioner, Mike Kreidler!)


    In the meantime, please consider how you, too, can play a role in this important issue. More discussion to come at the Fall Membership Meeting! See you there!

    ~Ash Goddard
    President, Washington East Asian Medicine Association

  • October 05, 2016 10:50 AM | Ash Goddard (Administrator)

    Our website now has a searchable "Practitioner Directory" so our members may be more easily located. The directory is searchable by various criteria including name, zip code, city, clinic name, and specialty, so please be sure to check your profile at and update if necessary! 

    This new benefit is yet another step WEAMA is taking to heed the suggestions of our members and better serve you in your practice and profession.  Thank you for your membership.

    We'll see you on October 16 at the Fall Semi-annual Membership Meeting just around the corner! 

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    Also, in the application process, some members have chosen to not display certain information in their profile, so this information will be hidden on the directory.  Other members would not like to have some information to be displayed publicly.  We want to honor your preferences with this Practitioner Directory.  Once you login, select PRIVACY to edit the fields you would like to display or hide.

PT dry needling Sunrise Review Draft Report

WA DOH:  "The department does not support the applicant’s proposal to add dry needling to the physical therapy scope of practice. The proposal as submitted does not meet the sunrise criteria for increasing a profession’s scope of practice."  Download DOH Draft Report

WA State Attorney General's Opinion

The WA State Attorney General has issued his opinion stating that dry needling is not within the PT's scope of practice. Read the full opinion

Point Injection Clarification
SHB 2448 Bill Signed

Governor Jay Inslee signed our bill, SHB 2448, which helped clarify over 30 years of ambiguity. Read the Senate Bill Report

Meridians Journal Issues Available

Members can access the latest issue of Meridians Journal.  Login to your account above first.Member Benefits section

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