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Anthony M. Giovanniello, MS. Ac., L.Ac.
Founder / Executive Director Acupuncture Ambassadors

Anthony Giovanniello founded Acupuncture Ambassadors (ACUAMB), a 501c3 non-profit, organization in 2007. His goal in doing so was to organize sustainable acupuncture training programs and treatment clinics worldwide for the care of refugees, victims of war, violence, human trafficking and the poor. His main objective was to advocate for those who had little or no access to healthcare. There are more than 30 Humanitarian Acupuncture organizations in the world, and ACUAMB acts as a liaison and advisor to these other organizations.

Through ACUAMB, Anthony liaisons with local indigenous medical practitioners worldwide to create working and respectful partnerships within the cultures he is serving. His work supports organizations focusing on issues related to a wide range of physical and emotional imbalances, including HIV/AIDS, TB, and DR-TB. Through his fieldwork, he also trains the sight-impaired in the field of acupuncture as a life vocation, which is a common practice in Asian countries. He also is developing training programs for Community Health Workers worldwide in practical, integrative medicine interventions.

Anthony has lead ACUAMB missions in Cambodia, Vietnam, Senegal West Africa, Nepal and the Navajo Nation in Arizona. 

International Integrative Medicine Instructor / Trainer
Anthony teaches basic and advanced acupuncture techniques and adjunct medical modalities to medical practitioners; doctors, nurses, physician assistants, and community health workers in rural areas of developing countries.  He imparts basic and advanced theoretical and practical training in wellness techniques, nutrition, and supportive lifestyles to treat the most common physical and emotional illnesses faced by patients of these rural areas. In turn, these practitioners then have a new set of tools that allows them to expand their patient treatment options.

Wellness Medicine Content Producer
As a subject matter expert with broad multi-channel production experience, Anthony also produces internet media for the promotion of Asian medicine and its integration into global healthcare.  He generates content on topics that include but are not limited to multiple styles of acupuncture, Chinese and Western herbal medicine, Qi Gong, Tai Chi, massage therapy, essential oils, Ayurvedic medicine, and aromatherapy. His objective is to generate shareable content relating to integrative natural health, global healthcare, mind/body energy medicine, nutrition, and healthy lifestyles. His goal is to produce content that helps people worldwide find “balance” in their lives.

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Anthony holds a Masters Degree in Science and Acupuncture, is board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), is certified in the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) addiction protocols, and is licensed by the State of Tennessee. In addition to his humanitarian work, Anthony has also maintained a private practice since 2005.

With a specialty focus on issues of stress-related illnesses, anxiety, PTSD, depression, addictions, immune deficiency related diseases, and end of life issues, he is also extensively trained in treating the more than 90 illnesses acknowledged by the World Health Organization to be treatable by Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine.

Adam French M.S., L.Ac.
Director of Field Operations

Adam is a licensed acupuncturist in New York State and is Board Certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). He has 7 years of clinical experience treating a wide variety of complaints using acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Adam completed 4 years of study earning his Masters of Science in Oriental Medicine degree from Southwest Acupuncture College, which included a 2-year clinical internship.  For several years, Adam has been specializing in an advanced style of acupuncture taught by Dr. Richard Tan called the “Balance Method”. In addition to his private practice Adam has been a supervisor at a local addictions treatment center for over 4 years. He oversees the treatments given by counselors who are certified as Acupuncture Detoxification Specialists using the NADA protocol.

Thomas Nash, M.A., C.A.C., L.Ac. (NY)
Advisor / Trainer

Thomas holds a Masters Degree in Acupuncture Science and Herbalism and is Board Certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).  He has served as Administrative Clinic Director for New York College of Health Professions and presently is the Chairman of the Herbal program of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, New York City. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Wisconsin and a Master of Arts in Human Development & Counseling from St. Mary's College in Minnesota. Thomas is a Certified Alcoholism Counselor certified by the Maryland Alcoholism Counselor Certification Board, a Certified Clinical Practitioner of Group Psychotherapy & Psychodrama, certified by American Board of Examiners and a Certified Hypnotherapist certified by the International Association of Counselors and Therapists. Thomas also serves as Adjunct Faculty of Lehman College, City University of New York and New York University, New York.

Peter Yates, L.Ac. Master of Japanese-style Acupuncture
Advisor / Trainer

Peter is a licensed Acupuncturist, Board Certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) U.S.A.   He holds a Certificate of Oriental Therapies from the East-West Center, Sydney, Australia and the prestigious Certificate of Acupuncture/Moxibustion and Diploma of Acupuncture/Moxibustion from the International Institute of Oriental Medicine, Tokyo, Japan. This is a degree rarely granted to a non-Japanese practitioner. 

Peter holds a Certificate in Ryodoraku Acupuncture Technique granted by the Gotoh Acupuncture Clinic, Tokyo, Japan and a Certificate in Advanced Acupuncture/ Moxibustion from Guangzhou College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, People’s Republic of China. He has honed his clinical experience with internships in Guandong Provincial Hospital, People’s Republic of China. Peter is also the Founder of EDO KAI Institute of Oriental Medicine, Tokyo, Japan and New York, U.S.A..

Peter is co-author of the highly acclaimed book Back to Balance. He is a Martial Arts and Qi Gong Practitioner / Instructor. Peter Yates is currently in private practice and conducts advanced continuing education workshops for acupuncturists in the United States and abroad throughout the year.

Michelle LaDue M.S., L.Ac.
Advisor / Trainer

Michelle is a licensed Acupuncturist in New York State. She is Board Certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) with an additional certification in Chinese Herbology. Michelle completed 4 years of study at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York City, where she received her Masters degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Michelle has had a private practice in Manhattan for over seven years with a specialty in Gynecological issues. She is also a Reiki Master, Shiatsu Practitioner, and practicing Doula (birth coach / mid-wife assistant).

Carol Weingarten, MS. Ac., L.Ac.
Advisor / Trainer

Carol has been studying and practicing acupuncture for over 15 years and has a private practice in New York City. She received her MSTOM from Pacific College in 2001 and is board certified in Acupuncture and Chinese herbs. She was an instructor at Pacific College for three years and has been cultivating a yoga practice for over 30 years. She has also been training in Ayurvedic healing practices which she incorporates into her acupuncture practice. She continues to teach yoga asana classes in New York.

Bishal Shrestha, Acupuncturist, Naturopathic Doctor
Advisor / Trainer

Born in Biratnagar (eastern Nepal) Bishal completed a diploma course in acupuncture, acupressure and moxibustion, graduating Suma Cum Laude in 2000. He has continued to hone his skills by volunteering with Hata-Sensei’s NGO Yomogi NO Kai as an Acupuncturist in numerous free health camps in remote villages where healthcare is very limited. He has had continuing education training in acupuncture and moxa in Japan every year since his graduation from OTTC.  He is the current Director and Dean of Students at the Oriental Treatment and Training Center in Kathmandu (OTTC).   

Bishal also holds a medical diploma from a 3 year course conducted by the Nepal Institute of Health Science (NIHS) and a Bachelor in Nature Cures and Yogic Science (BNBYS). He is Founder and Head Physician at the Divya Sanjivani Hospital, an Oriental Medicine Hospital in Kathmandu. He is Secretary of the Health Committee of the Nepal Red Cross, Treasurer of the Acupuncture, Acupressure and Moxabustion Association of Nepal and member of Naturopathic Doctor Association.

Irvi Sulit MS., Ac. LAc, LMT
Advisor / Trainer

Irvi holds a Masters Degree in Oriental Medicine from the New York College of Health Professions and is Board Certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).  She practices a Japanese-style acupuncture and is a highly skilled practitioner of Chinese and Japanese style Moxabustion. Irvi also a Licensed Board certified Massage Therapist, with a specialty in Shiatsu and Amma style massage therapy.

Irvi is the Executive Director and chief practitioner at Toburan Wholistic Health Initiative of Long Island, New York. The healing principles of Toburan are based on the ancient and traditional therapeutic theories of Acupuncture, Massage, Chinese Herbal Medicine, Food Therapy and Qi Gong. In her practice she strives to achieve and maintain the patients’ optimal health by restoring balance at the root cause of illness.

Luc Malarme
Board Member / Senior Advisor

Luc has joined Acupuncture Ambassadors to share his knowledge and expertise with a particular emphasis on coordinating clinical trials and scientific investigations of integrative modalities and their appropriate integration into Community Health Worker trainings globally. Luc will act as the Acupuncture Ambassadors liaison to Universities and Medical Education Institutions in Europe and beyond. He is also intimately involved in the non-profit activities of Acupuncture Ambassadors worldwide.

Luc Malarme holds a certification in acupuncture from the European University for Chinese Medicine, Paris (UEMC) and a Doctorate Academic degree in Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation from UCL & ULB, Belgium.  He is also a Certified Osteopath.

As a therapist, Luc’s aim is to promote the concept of “Integrative non-conventional Therapies/ Medicines”. His practice relies on a holistic approach that focuses on the re-equilibration of Ecological Systems.  Passionate about Molecular Biology, he introduced Orthomolecular/ Functional Medicine (Micronutrition) into his practice in 2000.  (

In addition to his work as a therapist, Luc has been deeply involved in the cutting-edge medical technology industry globally since 1992. Luc holds executive positions in key medical technology companies, implementing clinical studies and monitoring marketing & sales activities in the US, Europe, Russia and Japan.

His expertise in surgical procedures (2000 “hands-on hours” in the operating theatre) and his wide network of professional relationships within the European surgical community, especially with IASGO ( ) makes his contributions to furthering the Acupuncture Ambassadors mission to integrate the medicine of Acupuncture into western medicine based global healthcare, extremely valuable.


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