Board Member Bio

PRESIDENT

Dr. JianFeng Yang LAc, MAc, EAMP 

TERM: 2017 - 2018, Open

Jianfeng Yang, is an Acupuncturist and East Asian Medicine Practitioner licensed by Washington State Department of Health, renewed annually since 1994, a member of Washington East Asian Medicine Association (WEAMA) and its predecessors since 2012, and the current Board President of WEAMA, and was an NCCAOM Diplomate of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Graduated from the Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has been practicing acupuncture and Chinese medicine since 1970. He has taught acupuncture and TCM for more than 27 years both in China and the United States.

To date, Jianfeng Yang has received his master degree of medicine in China in 1983 and has held the position of visiting professor at the Chengdu University of TCM. He served as the president of the 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, as well as the Director of the Clinic Branch at the Chengdu Association of Acupuncture and Moxibustion.

His desire to be a board member is to protect our profession and to make our profession stronger and better.

VICE PRESIDENT (PRESIDENT ELECT)

Charis Wolf, Dipl. Ac., MSTCM, PhD-S 

TERM: 2018 - 2019

Charis Wolf is a Nationally board licensed acupuncturist practicing in WA state, a clinical herbalist with a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has been in practice for over 14 years and previously had 4 years of Chemistry including laboratory experience doing biomedical research.  

Charis is currently employed at Purity Integrative Health in Bothell, studying for her PhD at AUCM; specializing in cysts, fibroids and precancerous conditions, cancer support for the reproductive system.  The clinic includes ND’s, Chiropractors, and Acupuncturists/EAMP’s. Previous experience includes working Dr. Wu's Healing Clinic specializing in Women's Health, her own practice in Kirkland, and then her own clinic; Aion Health in CA where she was awarded “Best in Silicon Valley” 2013. Most recently she has moved her practice back to WA wanting to bring her expertise back to the PNW.

Along with her specialty of Women’s Health, Charis also has experience working with pain and PTSD.   She has a particular interest in working with Veterans as a way of giving back to those that have given so much.   Treatments offerings include acupuncture, cupping, gua sha, shiatsu, essential oils prescriptions, herbal prescriptions, and nutritional counseling.

She has a strong scientific background in research and is interested in working towards furthering and improving the quality of research involving acupuncture.  Ideally this research is based not just on scientific methods, but also incorporating the individuality of the patients and a strong understanding of East Asian medical theory.  The best research can be done by incorporating a strong understanding of both aspects.  

Taoism, Zen Buddhism, and studies of Chinese Cosmology inform her practice as well as her life.  There is an inherent belief that we are all here to learn from each other and understanding not just the moment, but the overall flow of life is where wisdom begins.  

Charis joined the board after the spring membership meeting of 2018 in an effort to offer help with all of the changes and exciting opportunities for the practice of Acupuncture and East Asian medicine as a whole.  Previous to her acupuncture career, she also had a career in marketing which she is hoping to draw upon in order to increase the level of education around our profession.

She has a blended family with her husband, 4 kids altogether in Snohomish WA.  If she’s not working for WEAMA, working on her PhD, or at the clinic, you can generally find her volunteering and supporting her daughter performing ballet at the Meydenbauer theater in Bellevue.  Or, with a  little bit of grace and the stars aligning, on a hike with her husband.

TREASURER 

Dr. Catherine Dayhoff, DAOM, Dipl.Ac, LAc 

TERM: 2018 - Open

Dr. Catherine Dayhoff, DAOM, Dipl.Ac, LAc  received her Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) in Portland, OR and received her master degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle Washington. Dr. Dayhoff is licensed to practice in the state of Washington and Colorado. 

Dr. Dayhoff specializes in Orthopedic Trigger Point Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine.  She completed a 60 hour certificate course in Orthopedic Trigger Point Acupuncture from Whitfield Reaves, a leading practitioner and educator in the field of Acupuncture Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. While Dr. Dayhoff was in her master program she completed an additional three part Doctoral Pain Management series on Trigger Point Therapy at Bastyr University. She also has the specialties of Women’s Health and Internal Medicine.

 She has participated in post graduate studies with the highly respected neurology specialist, Dr. Lee-Chen Yr, Master Chinese Herbalist, Acupuncturist and author in Taipei, Taiwan.

She completed a certificate in Traditional Five Element Acupuncture with Lonny Jarrett, renowned author, teacher and practitioner. Dr. Dayhoff utilizes both Traditional Chinese Medicine and 5 Element theory, allowing her to treat both the physical and emotional aspect of health and well being.

SECRETARY

Brenda Loew, M.Ac., EAMP / L.Ac. 


TERM: 2018 - Open


Prior to entering the field of acupuncture and East Asian medicine, I had been an alternative energy planner (and joke that I still am, on a different level !). When I took my first acupuncture continuing education class in 1985, acupuncture was very much an outlier profession. My love of martial arts, interest in Asian philosophy and spiritual traditions, and fascination with Qi, led me on this path.


I began formal studies in acupuncture at NIAOM in 1987, took a year off to complete an intensive “single pointed concentration” (Shamatha) meditation retreat in 1988, studied at Zhejiang College of TCM in Hangzhou PRC, and became professionally licensed in 1991. I completed my M.Ac. in 1994.

Since 1991, I have a family practice within a holistic medicine center (shared with PT, ND, LMPs and other acupuncturists). My specialization is Japanese acupuncture. I taught the acupuncture section of the Complementary Medicine survey class at the University of Washington Medical Ethics Department from 1997-2007. I am currently adjunct faculty at Bastyr and at Middle Way Acupuncture Institute. I teach Toyohari Meridian Therapy, Manaka Yin Yang Channel Balancing and Shonishin pediatric acupuncture throughout North America. I also co- founded and am team leader for Seattle Acupuncture for Veterans where we provide NADA protocol to military and their family for free.

I am happiest when engaged in dialogue with practitioners and students on how to make the ancient wisdom of the ancestors come alive in our modern times, and am passionate about humanity’s relationship with nature.

I was asked to join the WEAMA board in the fall of 2017 and then again in late winter 2018 and decided to accept shortly after. I currently serve on the Legislation, Research, Public Policy and Membership & Outreach committees. (My particular passion is getting speakers to lecture at WEAMA membership meetings, and developing more continuing education programs for members.)

My primary motivation for joining WEAMA was to be a voice for the diversity of our traditions, and to ensure that our collective voices are equitably represented.

I am not afraid to speak my mind regarding key issues while emphasizing collaboration and collegial rapport. My experience includes serving on numerous academic, non profit, civic, activist, and philanthropic committees in the past and present.

Our profession is undergoing enormous changes with encroachment/co-optation from Western medical trained professionals such as the PTs and ARNPs, as well as the challenges of being more deeply integrated into the Western medical system while maintaining our integrity.

I am honored to serve WEAMA to the best of my ability. My personal values are to serve and to be engaged in my community, and I cherish diversity in dialogue.

I hope that my particular knowledge, perspective and skill sets , as well as record of commitment and achievement, will serve our community well and ultimately provide our profession with the highest quality representation we can offer, ensuring a healthy future for us all.

In service, and with warm wishes and bows, Brenda Loew, M.Ac., EAMP / L.Ac.


BOARD MEMBER

Dr. Jianjun Wang L.Ac, Chinese Community Liaison, PAC President 

TERM: 2018 - 2019

My name is Jianjun Wang, a member of WEAMA. I Graduate from Medical schools in China in 1978.  And I worked in a Hospital as a Physician until I immigrated to USA in 1992. 


I graduate from Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental (NIOM) in 1998.  And I have been practicing acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine in Allspring  Acupuncture Clinic as a L. Ac and EAMP. and the Owner of this clinic since 1998  after my graduation.  


WEAMA is our professional organization. As I know, all board members have been working so hard as volunteers for protecting our rights and interests. I, as one of  members of WEAMA, definitely should support WEAMA’s business, take and  share more responsibilities for supporting our professionals and improving our profession work. This is the reason why I join the board and to be a  board member. ​


Sincerely and Respectively  ​


Jianjun Wang  L. Ac. , EAMP 

BOARD MEMBER


Tyler Martin L.Ac. EAMP 

TERM: 2018 - 2019

Tyler Martin, L.Ac. is a graduate of the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco, CA. He holds a Masters of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Tyler is designated a “Diplomate of Oriental Medicine” by the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).  In addition to meeting the standards to become licensed as an acupuncturist in both Washington and California, Tyler completed over three years of advanced apprenticeship with a Chinese Doctor in San Francisco specializing in Tui-Na Chinese therapeutic massage.  Tyler has also been recognized by his peers for his accomplishments and has been voted several years in a row as “Top Doctor”, Top Acupuncturist”, and “Top Complimentary Provider” in Seattle Met Magazine’s annual “Top Doc’s” issue. 

Tyler was born and raised in the Ballard neighborhood of Seattle and grew up playing sports and training martial arts. Tyler went on to compete at the collegiate and semi-professional level in several sports.

While attending his first years of college Tyler was “spotted” by a talent scout and was offered the opportunity to work as a professional model.  Tyler moved to Paris for several years and traveled and worked around the world as a professional model for over 10 years.  During this time Tyler had the hands on opportunity to learn about business, marketing, advertising, communications, foreign language and publicity.  He also took the opportunity to train in several different styles of martial arts and yoga.  While traveling he continued his self study of Chinese Medicine and philosophy, and eventually settled down in San Francisco to enroll in the Master’s program at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Shortly after graduating Tyler moved back to Seattle to open a private practice in the Fremont neighborhood.  The practice grew rapidly and Tyler moved on to share space with a Physical Therapy group where he learned many of the tools and techniques that are used by PT’s as well as the benefits of collaborative care by integrating his treatments with those of the physical therapist and medical doctors he worked with. 

Tyler’s practice continued to grow and in 2015 Tyler opened a new multi-disciplinary practice in Ballard under the name of Fit Wellness Centers.  In addition to seeing 60-70 patients per week, Tyler managed several employee providers, front office staff, office managers, and billers.  During this period Tyler refined his skill in patient care, patient management and practice management in a high volume setting.  Throughout this period Tyler researched and implemented several electronic medical record systems, billing services, and billing software systems which gave him a broad understanding of the tools and techniques of the modern medical clinic.  

After several years of high volume practice Tyler was interested in creating a new model of practice that focused on working with elite athletes and “weekend warriors”.  In the summer of 2018 Tyler opened Fit Acupuncture in a beautifully remodeled office across from Swedish Hospital off of Market Street in the heart of Ballard.  In this most recent iteration Tyler has refined his unique combination of acupuncture, Tui-Na, and therapeutic exercise to offer his patients exceptional care while collaborating with a host of other providers in the area to optimize patient treatment.  

Tyler is very appreciative of the teachers he has had over the years and hopes to pass on this knowledge and skill to those that he works with.  It is with great skill, enthusiasm, caring, and compassion that Tyler brings to his treatments he hopes to help those who are in need “to be free from pain and continue to do the things they enjoy for years to come”.

Tyler currently lives in the Shoreline area of North Seattle with his wife and two daughters.  He continues to train his martial arts and yoga and enjoys surfing, snowboarding, and cross country skiing, as well as training and competing regionally in stand-up paddle board races.  Tyler also enjoys building and carpentry and looks forward to working as the master carpenter while managing a new addition to their house in the spring of 2019.  

BOARD MEMBER

Jeremy Gilsoul M.S. L.Ac 

TERM: 2018 - 2019

WEAMA Board member Jeremy Gilsoul was raised in Wisconsin. Jeremy earned his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee majoring in Psychology, sociology, and criminal justice. 

In 2001, Jeremy joined the Dane County Sheriff’s department in Madison, Wisconsin; as a sworn Law Enforcement officer. Over the next five years, Jeremy excelled as a Deputy Sheriff where he served as a training officer, CPR/First Aid trainer, and took many advanced courses in identifying behavior patterns in people.

In 2006, after leaving law enforcement, Jeremy chose to pursue a career in the healing arts. Over the next four years Jeremy studied integrative medicine. Jeremy earned his massage therapy certificate from East West Healing Arts Institute, in Madison, Wisconsin, before attending the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine, Racine, Wisconsin, where he earned a bachelor in nutrition science and his master’s in Oriental medicine, graduating Magna Cum Laude.

Jeremy is Nationally Board Certified by NCCAOM in Acupuncture. He is licensed to practice acupuncture in both Washington and Wisconsin. Jeremy trained in balance method acupuncture under Dr. Richard Tan since 2011, up until his passing in 2016. In 2016, Jeremy began studying functional medicine under Chris Kresser L.Ac, through his Kresser Institute. Like many others, Jeremy believes the future of medicine is more collaborative and integrated. Jeremy feels passionately about the integrative between bioscience, technology and traditional medicine.

In 2018, Jeremy joined WEAMA to be part of the movement that ensure a future for acupuncture. While on the board, Jeremy wishes to help improve acupuncturist involvement in our state association, see more involvement from the schools, help improve and strengthen acupuncturist scope of practice by ensuring that our modalities are listed in our scope of practice and by seeing third party lab testing privileges be offered to acupuncturist as it will help improve our ability to diagnose and treat our patients.

In his free time, Jeremy spends his time his wife and son on their many adventures.