What is NMSAAM?

Who We Are

  • A professional association, NMSAAM is an inclusive community of acupuncturists. Individual practices range from Traditional Chinese Medicine and Japanese Meridian Therapy to modern scalp acupuncture and injection therapy. New Mexico acupuncturists are required to have competence in herbal medicine.
  • NMSAAM is supported by our members, who are passionate about this ancient and modern medicine, and the help it brings our patients.
  • NMSAAM has built positive connections with other professional associations, lawmakers, and individual healthcare providers in this state and nationally.
  • We provide opportunities for acupuncturists to connect. 
  • Member, American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA).
  • NMSAAM is a non-profit organization, with competitive membership dues. The Board and committee members are volunteers.  The same is true of the ASA. Thus, we are not like most other non-profit organizations, where the executive board and staff are paid individuals who often manage volunteers.

Dr. Yvonne Wylie Walston, DOM, CMI


Dr. Yvette Arellano, DOM, LMT

Vice President

Dr. Elene Gusch, DOM


Dr. Steven Malins, DOM


Dr. Tim Walsh, DOM

Board Member at Large

Dr. Caterina Di Palma, DOM

Board Member at Large

Dr. Robert Bibeau, DOM, Ret. Captain, US Marines

Board Member at Large

Our Philosophy

The New Mexico Society for Acupuncture and Asian Medicine is a non-profit, professional organization of DOMs, whose purpose is to promote the practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine as an effective and valuable component of our healthcare system, to organize educational events, and to act as an inclusive forum for its members to share the wealth and treasures of their personal knowledge, wisdom, and experience.