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 LAc, MAc, EAMP
Dr. JianFeng Yang LAc, MAc, EAMP 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.
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.
Yanling Xiao LAc, EAMP, OMD Yanling is a Nationally Board Certified Oriental 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 Hubei University of Chinese Medicine in 1996. Upon completion, she earneda five-year Bachelor’s of Science degree in Chinese Medicine in 2001.
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.
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
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!
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
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.
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.