AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine was pleased in 2016 to welcome Dr. Betty Edmond as President, the 4th in AOMA’s history. Dr. Edmond brought strong leadership skills and experience to the organization, as a physician, a senior healthcare executive and an advocate for the advancement of acupuncture. Her background includes 19 years of experience as Vice President of Medical Affairs at Seton Healthcare Family in Austin and Medical Director of Seton’s Children’s Hospital, as well as over 20 years of academic and clinical experience as a faculty member and specialist in Pediatric Infectious Diseases. As a former member of the Board of Governors at AOMA, Dr. Edmond also has a deep understanding of the challenges faced by alternative health practitioners seeking integration within the greater healthcare system.
Dr. Edmond has a deep passion for healthcare improvement, particularly through the use of services that empower people to manage their own health. She has personally pursued the study of nourishing natural foods and their capacity to impact health and is a chef graduate of the Natural Epicurean Academy of Culinary Arts in Austin, an organization dedicated to health-oriented culinary education. Most recently she has served as Executive Director of the Natural Epicurean, engaged in business strategies that include the extension of health-focused culinary education to patients and healthcare organizations. Her unique perspective and experience brought new opportunities for AOMA to build bridges with western medical systems, offering patients a more comprehensive and collaborative approach to their care. She is still excited about the organization’s position as a strong national leader in Chinese and Integrative Medicine study and research, and looks is committed to serving AOMA and its mission. In July of 2018, she stepped down as president and continued as president emeritus to assist in transition to Dr. Mary Faria. At the end of 2018 she will be stepping out of her role as president emeritus and join the Board of Governors for a year.