ASNY leadership consists of The President, the Vice President, the Secretary, and an active Board of Directors, all who work in real time on BaseCamp to promote the profession of acupuncture and address current issues impacting acupunctursts. Every member of ASNY can watch us work on BaseCamp and attend the committee meetings and be part of the process! Following is a little more about us.
ASNY PRESIDENT: Dr. Viktor Krystufek, DACM, Dipl.OM, L.Ac.
Dr. Viktor Krystufek, ASNY President
Viktor is a global health activist, acupuncture legislation strategist and medical forum presenter. He runs an acupuncture and integrative medicine clinic on Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue and currently serves as the President of the Acupuncture Society of New York. He earned his Doctorate at the Pacific College of Health and Science in San Diego, CA and created a solid national health advocacy network within the USA but also world-wide as in his past he worked on many international projects with the European TCM Association, United Nations, Disney, Clarins & Sotheby’s. His philanthropic resume includes setting up portable medical community clinics in underserved regions of South America and fundraising for under-privileged children from Africa, Europe and Asia. His passion is to promote and integrate acupuncture and traditional medicine into regional and international structures facilitating a functional medical approach serving today’s patient.
INTERIM VICE PRESIDENT: Katherine MacKenzie, LAc
Katherine MacKenzie, Board Member
Katherine (Kat) is a 2009 graduate of Tri-State College of Acupuncture, where she studied Dry Needling/Trigger Point Therapy with Mark Seem, Japanese Acupuncture with Kiiko Matsumoto, and Japanese Herbology with Nigel Dawes. Prior to attending Tri-State she began her Masters Degree at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, where she studied the basics of Chinese medicine, acupuncture and Chinese Herbology. Prior to this she was an English Literature Major at the University of South Carolina and a creative writer and poet. She also had a career in Hedge Funds/Managed Futures on Wall Street for 7 years complete with having passed the stockbroker exam.
After acupuncture school she worked in NYC at multi-disciplinary pain clinics. in 2011 she moved to upstate NY’s capital district and the sweet outdoorsy town of Glens Falls to create her own vision of an acupuncture clinic. These days she runs Acupuncture Nirvana, a multi-practitioner clinic and an herb shop where she sees an average of 50 patients a week.
She believes strongly that small changes over time can add up to a big difference. She is interested in advocating for acupuncturists, in helping other acupuncturists succeed, in helping patients discover how much acupuncture can make a difference in their health and well being, as well as helping patients gain more access to acupuncture. When not working she can be found kayaking, walking or biking outdoors, cooking, and reading urban fantasy novels that focus on a strong woman being the main hero.
INTERIM SECRETARY: Renee Nearpass, LAc
Renee Nearpass, Board Member
Renee holds a Masters degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (MSAOM) from the New York Chiropractic College, Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Seneca Falls, NY as well as a Masters degree in Education from the University at Buffalo. Renee is a member of the Phi Chi Omega honor society and studied abroad at the Zhejiang Provincial Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Hangzhou, China.
Her training encompasses acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine, tui na, Qi gong and eastern dietary therapy. Her well rounded experience includes providing care for various pain conditions, digestive and respiratory disorders, women’s health, pediatrics, and cosmetic acupuncture. She has worked in various settings including the Veteran’s Affairs Hospital in Canandaigua, New York and continues to serve local veterans through the VA community care program.
As the owner of Perinton Family Acupuncture in Rochester, NY she has dedicated time in educating her community about pediatric acupuncture. Her interest includes research on the benefits of acupressure and acupuncture for pediatric patients and has co-authored a recently published systematic review discussing the positive affects of acupoint stimulation for post-operative nausea and vomiting in children. Renee serves on the ASNY Membership Committee and is the Regional Representative for the following regions: Finger Lakes, Western Region and Southern Tier.
INTERIM TREASURER: Dr. Anna Panetierre, DAc, LAc
Dr. Anna Panettiere, ASNY Secretary
Anna is a licensed acupuncturist. She has been practicing acupuncture and Chinese medicine since 1997 and practicing bodywork since 1983. She has a BA in biology with a dance minor from Oberlin College, a BS/MS in Oriental Medicine from Pacific College, a post- graduate specialization in Orthopedics and Rehabilitation from the Tri-State College of Acupuncture, and a Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from Pacific College. Additionally, Anna is a fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine. She completed post graduate work in dermatology, gynecology and pain management at the China International Institute in Beijing, and completed training in acupuncture for cancer patients at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Anna has treated many conditions including sports injuries, infertility, long term illness, chronic injures and many others. Before going into private practice she worked at the Mount Sinai Occupational Therapy clinic and she completed part of her internship at Elmhurst Hospital in Queens. She maintains a thriving practice on 14th Street in Greenwich Village, New York City.
BOARD MEMBER: Mona Yuan, PT, L.Ac
Mona Yuan, Board Member
Mona graduated from University of Miami with a degree in Physical Therapy in 1983 and has been a physical therapist with a specialty in Pediatrics since 1983. From positive personal experience with acupuncture treatments after a car accident, she decided in 2003 to go back to school to study acupuncture as she felt this would fill the gap in the bridge for healing her patients. She then attended the New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (NYCTCM) in Mineola, NY. She graduated with a Masters in Acupuncture and then returned to NYCTCM to complete her studies in Oriental Medicine with a Masters in Herbology. In 2006, she established Mind, Body, Spirit Acupuncture & Holistic Health, LLC in Oceanside NY and has since been in practice with her husband Runkel Yuan who is also a licensed Acupuncturist. Mona’s specialty at Mind, Body, Spirit Acupuncture & Holistic Health includes but are not limited to women’s health, infertility and internal diseases. Mona utilizes her knowledge of Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology, and Eastern Nutrition to help her patients return to a healthy state. Her knowledge of Western Medicine with understanding biomechanics of the human body and western diseases also gives her patients the best of both worlds. In 2014, Mona was asked to join the staff as a faculty member at the New York College Of Traditional Chinese Medicine where she is currently a Professor, the Clinical Director as well as a Clinical Supervisor for Interning students. She is also on the Board of Directors of ASNY.
BOARD MEMBER: Dr. Timur Lokshin, DACM, LAc
Dr. Timur Lokshin, Board of Directors
Timur Lokshin DACM, is a graduate of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM). At PCOM, Timur completed the Orthopedic Sports Medicine Program and earned his doctorate degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine(TCM). He has spent extensive hours interning for renowned physicians, practicing classical and traditional acupuncture in both New York City and California. He has served on the Executive Board as Treasurer, the Chair of the Advocacy Committee and now is Chair of the Fundraising Committee.
Timur first discovered his passion for the bodies natural healing ability while training as a kung-fu student. His initial interest focused on the use of essential oils and liniments as medicine. In treating his fellow martial artists, he quickly learned he wanted to expand his scope of practice. He eagerly became a BaiSI (disciple) and earned a Masters Reiki certification; the ancient method of spiritual healing by fostering the flow of one’s “Qi” (energy that fuels our body and mind). As a BaiSI, he focused on rectifying muscular ailments and learning Qi Gung (standing and moving meditation). After completing massage therapy school, Timur began his study of cranio-sacral therapy (a gentle approach to the fluid system of the body and the tissue) and completed their core curriculum. He is now not only incorporates CST into every treatment but is also a Teaching Assistant for Upledger Institute. Timur believes that through the implementation of Integrative and therapeutic remedies, he can help guide healing for his patients in body, mind and spirit.
BOARD MEMBER: Dr. Carl Castillo, DACM, L.Ac
Carl Castillo, Board Member
Carl has extensive Science Background. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Tampa. He has experience in medical research. He worked as Medical Research Assistant at Albert Einstein College of Medicine at the Neuroscience department. He collaborated with this institution to publish two scientific medical publications. He has a Master’s degree in Oriental Medicine at New York College of Professional Health and a Doctoral degree in Oriental Medicine at Pacific College of Health and Science. He has done missionary work in Indonesia, The Philippines and Japan. He has extensive experience in treating many medical conditions and has an empathetic, passionate and caring personality. He currently has a private practice in Long Island.
BOARD MEMBER: Dr. Kim Creaven, DAc, LAc
Kim Creaven, Board Member
Kim earned her Doctorate in Acupuncture from Pacific College of Health Sciences, a MS in Health Science and Acupuncture from The New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Mineola, NY. and received her Bachelor of Science degree from St. John’s University in NYC. Kim has worked in the healthcare field for over 25 years and has been successfully practicing Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, servicing the Long Island, NY community that she so proudly calls home. She feels her years of experience and knowledge in the field allows her to bring something special to all of her treatments.
Kim specializes in pain management, stress management and Tui Na therapeutic massage. She also incorporates Cupping, Gua Sha and EFT modalities into her acupuncture treatment protocols. Kim is also a certified practitioner of Facial Rejuvenation and Facial Gua Sha.
Dr. Creaven is dedicated to helping her patients and her community. She is an active member of her state association, ASNY, where she volunteers her time servicing on committees with regards to Advocacy, Communication and Membership. Within the Membership Committee, she is the Regional Representative for Long Island. When not at the office treating her patients, she can be found in her community where she donates her time and services to the local military population. She is committed to helping her patients on their road to recovery and wellness.
BOARD MEMBER: Dr. Theresa Dember-Neal, DACM, RN
Theresa is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine (DACM), Registered Nurse, licensed registered, and NCCAOM certified Acupuncturist, who grew up on Long Island. She is dedicated to help patients achieve optimal wellness at any stage of life. She specializes in pain, dis-ease due to stress, and menstrual disorders. She also does facial rejuvenation with acupuncture and herbs. She has over 30 years in the healthcare field.
Theresa has provided Chinese Medicine lectures and Reiki demonstrations to students in Nursing and Anthropology courses at a local college. Because she had health issues as a child, Theresa was introduced to both conventional and alternative therapies including Chinese medicine early in life. This gave her a strong curiosity about the functions in the human body, peaking her interest in Chinese medicine and providing her direction for her education goals.
As a teenager she witnessed a middle aged family member in a lot of pain and having great difficulty walking due to a prolapsed bladder. Though the only option was surgery according to physicians at that time, this person had a dramatic improvement in her condition through the sole use of Chinese medicine. The woman achieved normal bladder function well into her 80’s without the pain she previously experienced.
BOARD MEMBER: Dr. Beth Nugent, DACM
Beth began a journey into medicine at age 18. She became an Emergency Medical Technician in N.Y. City, and fell in love with the idea of helping people heal from trauma. She didn’t know then where that journey would take her. Her mother, an avid holistic nutrition and homeopathic medicine follower, inspired Beth’s evolution. Beth began yoga and martial arts at an early age, and followed her mother’s insights into more natural ways to health. After many years of working in the western medical field, she sought a more integrative approach to healing. Acupuncture was a doorway to that approach. While studying in the school for acupuncture, she found a personal connection to Chinese medicinal herbs and their natural healing benefits. She began to see the path unfold ahead. The Chinese word “Qi” means life force or vital energy, similar to the Sanskrit word “Prana”. It is this idea of universal energy that brought Prana Acupuncture to life. Prana or Qi is responsible for life, health and balance within the body. Beth believes that her understanding of western and eastern medicine, reiki, yoga, martial arts and holistic and homeopathic traditions offers a unique way of achieving and maintaining this balance in her patients. She believes no discipline should be ignored. Beth continues to evolve in her practice of medicine, seeking out new techniques to help all of her patients know a path to a healthy, happy life. She has studied Classical Tuina massage through the Zheng Gu Tuina Institute, and has been trained to perform Trauma relief protocols by Acupuncturists Without Borders. She has traveled to Nepal to provide acupuncture to earthquake survivors and victims of human trafficking, to Greece to treat Syrian and Afghan refugees and volunteers in the region, as well as Puerto Rico to treat people impacted by Hurricane Maria. She is recently treated migrants and vulnerable populations at the border in Tijuana.
Beth spent 28 years with the Nassau County Police Department as a Police Officer, EMT and Detective. She began as an EMT in New York City. She has also worked as the Athletic Trainer for the NY Sharks Women’s Tackle Football Team. Beth was nationally ranked Judo player, and a player for the New York Sharks Women’s Tackle Football team for 9 seasons before moving on to coaching. She enjoys yoga, cycling, softball, hiking, sprint triathlon and any outdoor activity. Beth regularly trains and competes in agility with her dog Colby.