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The ABAA Board


Gene Bruno


Trained in acupuncture and classical Chinese medicine, Dr. Bruno is one of the pioneers in the profession who has dedicated his career to the advancement of acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the US. He was a co-director, with John Ottaviano, of the initial research done by the National Acupuncture Association (NAA) that introduced Veterinary acupuncture into the US in 1972. In 1973 and 1974 he worked with the NAA team of acupuncturists who established the Acupuncture Pain Clinic at UCLA medical school, and in 1974 and 1975 he worked with the same group of acupuncturists who helped to establish the first two colleges of acupuncture in the US. He participated as an acupuncturist in research that was conducted by Gene Smith, PhD, at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, in 1975. As a research assistant to Werner Nobel, MD, at Amherst University, Dr. Bruno developed protocols and techniques for applying acupuncture analgesia on animals.

Gene Bruno is the past president of the American Association of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine. From 2007 until 2011, he was a member of the Executive Council of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies, representing the largest organization in the US, the AAAOM. In 2007 he founded the Trudy McAlister Foundation, a non-profit, charitable, scholarship foundation for AOM students.

Dr. Bruno also served on the Acupuncture Boards of the Boards of Medical Examiners in Oregon and Washington, and wrote the scopes of practice in these states. He has been licensed in acupuncture in Oregon, California, Washington and Alaska, and is the past president of the Oregon Acupuncture Association. He is the current president of the American Board of Animal Acupuncture (ABAA). Dr. Bruno has published several books on animal acupuncture, entitled "Acupuncture Points on the Horse", "Acupuncture Points on the Dog", "Equine Conditions & Treatment Protocols" and "Canine Conditions & Treatment Protocols."


Liz Appel


Liz Appel received her B.A. in Community Health and Ethnic Studies from Brown University. She graduated at the top of her class from Pacific College of Health Sciences (formerly PCOM) in Chicago.

She was a founding member of the Sage Community Health Collective, a trauma informed, sliding scale practice in Chicago. For several years, she facilitated numerous community health and education workshops with Spanish speaking immigrant community the Centro Autonomo. She was a recipient of both the Schweitzer community health award and Golden Flower community service award for this work.

Liz facilitated free group ear acupuncture and coordinated massage treatments to Native elders in partnership with the American Indian Center of the Chicago. She also volunteered with the Global Alternative Health Project on a trip serving the Native community of northern Arizona. She was previously on staff at the Pacific College of Health Sciences, supervising the student community clinic. She recently joined the Board of Directors for the Barefoot Acupuncture Project serving and educating communities at the US/Mexico border with Chinese medical care.

She offers acupuncture, herbal medicine and holistic nutrition consults to all of her patients and loves to offer education to empower humans to care for themselves and their loved ones of all species. Her human practice focuses on mental health, pediatrics and chronic illness. Liz also treats dogs, cats and horses.

Liz is a graduate of the Animal Acupuncture course at the Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine & Acupuncture (PIHMA). She is nationally certified in Animal Acupuncture with the American Board of Animal Acupuncture (ABAA) and serves as Director on the Board of the ABAA.


Jay Giles Clements


Jay has worked in the horse industry as a professional her entire life. Her experience with horses is extremely vast; from managing large ranches, packing in the mountains, training colts, working/riding 5000 miles on a wagon train, training mustangs with at risk youth, coaching college rodeo, competing at the Pro Rodeo (PRCA) & (WPRA) level in barrel racing, Equine Sports Therapist, riding instructor of both English and Western disciplines, just to name a few...

Jay holds a Master of Science degree in Animal Science/Equine Science from Murray State University in Kentucky. She coached the Women's College Rodeo Team there and developed the Reproduction Manual used in the Veterinary Technology program. Jay received her Bachelor of Science degree in Equine Science from Sul Ross State University in Texas. Jay has been a member of the Equine Science Society for many years.

Jay has owned her own business "Equi-Sports" (sports therapy for horses) for over 28 years and keeps her business going part time working as an Equine Consultant and Equine Sports Therapist when she isn't in the classroom. Jay serves on the board of the American Board of Animal Acupuncture and is an instructor for the Animal Acupuncture/Equine portion alongside Dr. Gene Bruno.

Jay started teaching at the collegiate level in 2009, she served as the Equine Faculty and developed the Racehorse Trainers Equine Studies degree program at Bluegrass Community Technical College in Kentucky. Jay was the Director of the Equine Science program at Colorado Northwestern Community College in Colorado for two years where she designed and implemented three Equine degree programs and started the first college rodeo team there. She served as the Director of the Equine and Agriculture degree programs at Cochise College in Arizona for five years where she redesigned the Agriculture degree program and created and implemented the first Equine Science degree there. Jay has been the Director of the Equine Science program at Scottsdale Community College in Scottsdale, Arizona since the Fall of 2017.

Chair of Legislative Committee

Ingrid Keating


Ingrid is a graduate of Alvernia University with a B.S. in Occupational Therapy and holds a combined Masters Science in Oriental Medicine and a B.S. in Nutrition from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine. She is currently pursuing a doctorate degree in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM) through the Pacific College of Health and Sciences.

She is a WATSU Practitioner and WATSU Aquatic therapy Instructor through the Worldwide Aquatic Bodywork Association. She was a previously a United States Synchronized and collegiate swimmer. With four children and two horses that are show jumpers, she has a passion for treating performance and sport horses and riders within the Hunter/Jumper, Dressage and Fox Hunting arenas. She has a private Integrative Medicine practice in Ohio and is licensed in Occupational therapy and Acupuncture treating both humans and animals.

Ingrid is a graduate of the Animal Acupuncture course at the Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine & Acupuncture (PIHMA). She is nationally certified in Animal Acupuncture with the American Board of Animal Acupuncture (ABAA)


Noreen Javornik


Noreen has a M.S. degree from Ohio State University and a M.Ac. from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute (now Maryland University of Integrative Health). She worked for many years in clinical trials in Ophthalmology with a focus on Macular Degeneration at both the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and at the Scheie Eye Institute at University of Pennsylvania. Noreen is a national leader in the field of animal acupuncture and has taught in MUIH's Master of Acupuncture program since 1997. She established the Animal Acupuncture program at the college.

Noreen maintains a people and animal acupuncture practice in Laurel, Maryland. She also volunteers for a number of animal rescues in the Maryland area and Fidos For Freedom, an organization which provides assistance dogs and therapy dogs.


Jodie Gruenstern


Jodie Gruenstern, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, graduated from the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in 1987. She is a certified veterinary acupuncturist and food therapist. She is the former Vice-president of the VMAA, the Veterinary Medical Aromatherapy Association.

She is also a member of the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA) and the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association (AzVMA). She participated in the first International Traditional Veterinary Medical Symposium in China. Dr. Jodie is a nationally renowned speaker, writer, and pet product formulator.

As a holistic veterinary care provider, she has made it her mission to provide education on the integration of natural health principles, natural foods and remedies for pet health care. She participated in the first International Traditional Veterinary Medical Symposium in China. Dr. Jodie’s Integrative Consulting office is in Fountain Hills, Arizona.

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