THE UTAH ASSOCIATION OF ACUPUNCTURE AND ORIENTAL MEDICINE
Michael R. Berger, President
Michael was born in Southern California, and embarked upon his study of Eastern Arts as a youngster, beginning with the practice of meditation at age 14. He was a competitive athlete and began practicing martial arts beginning in 1978. In 1983 he graduated from the University of Utah, and relocated to Japan to further his martial arts/cultural studies. In the 30 years to follow, he would spend a cumulative time period of nearly 10 years living overseas, 7 years of which included living and studying in Japan and China. He became a Diplomate in Shiatsu-Anma Massage, a certified Reiki Therapist, and a 6th degree black belt (karate), before deciding to further his studies of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Los Angeles, California. In 2009 he relocated to Hangzhou, China to attend Zhejiang Chinese Medical University 浙江中医药大学, where he was awarded the Zhejiang Provincial Scholarship for “Superior Student”, and received his Master’s Degree in Acupuncture and Tuina in 2012, one of few foreigners to accomplish this feat. He is a Council Member and USA Representative of the Specialty Committee of Chinese Medicine Manipulations for the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies (WFCMS), an editor of the book “Four Classics of Chinese Medicine”, (People’s Medical Publishing House, 人民卫生出版社) and the author of two books and numerous articles on martial arts.
Janene Borandi, L.Ac., Vice President, Membership & Public Education
Janene Borandi is a Utah licensed acupuncturist. Janene graduated from the Maryland University of Integrative Health in 2014 and worked in private practice in Maryland and DC until moving to St. George, Utah in December 2016. Back east, Janene had a very rewarding practice, serving patients from all walks of life. In addition to her private practice, Janene worked at the VA Medical Center in Washington, DC, where she provided acupuncture to Veterans. She also volunteered with Acupuncture for Veterans in Maryland, where she provided free ear acupuncture to Veterans. Janene is a rock climber, yogi, cyclist, and she loves to travel and experience new cultures. Janene considers it a privilege to work with people as they traverse their unique healing process, and she is excited to be of service to her new community.
Dan Clark, L.Ac. Legislative Liaison
Lotus Spring Acupuncture and Wellness Inc
I became interested in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine after witnessing first-hand the amazing changes it can make in the body. When I was a teenager, my father was diagnosed with the Epstein-Barr Virus. For eight years he visited doctors, took the prescribed medications, and suffered from the many side effects, with no real improvement. A friend referred him to an acupuncturist in Las Vegas, and, after only a few treatments and the use of a prescribed herbal formula, he was free of the virus! This experience changed his life dramatically. Not only did he have more energy than he had before the virus, but he was able to function more effectively at his work and enjoy his family and his hobbies more as well. Watching my dad go through this experience and then seeing how the body can be healed through more holistic methods, without the side effects, sparked my interest in becoming a healer myself.
I attended the Utah College of Massage Therapy in Lindon, Utah and graduated in December 1998. I then went on to attend the Southwest Acupuncture College in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where I graduated with honors in July of 2003. I have owned and operated Lotus Spring Acupuncture and Wellness, Inc. since 2006.
I have enjoyed treating my family and friends and seeing the results that come from allowing the body to heal itself through alternative medicine. My goal is to help the community improve their health through patient education, acupuncture and oriental medicine, as well as other alternative treatments.
Brighton Roper, L.Ac., Treasurer
Brighton H. Roper, L.Ac. is the owner of Utah Family Acupuncture and Herbs and has been at her current location since 2009. She is licensed to practice acupuncture by the State of Utah, and is a Diplomat of Oriental Medicine certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). Her Masters of Science in Traditional Oriental Medicine degree from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, California included 3,510 hours of clinical and course work. During her time at Pacific College, she interned at the San Diego Hospice and Palliative Care, Rady Children's Hospital, and Telecare (an outpatient mental health facility). She has treated infertility (pre- and post-IVF), pregnancy-related complaints, Parkinson's Disease, musculoskeletal aches and pains, sinusitis and headaches, Bell's Palsy, Cancer support, and many other conditions.
Dr. Alice Holman, Secretary
Dr. Holman is a board certified Naturopathic Physician and Acupuncturist who has been practicing for over ten years. She specializes in getting to the core of patient’s health problems to find the cause of their illness, and works with patients to regain optimal health.
Dr. Holman treats professional athletes, healing sports injuries, relieving pain, and finding long term solutions to keep athletes in the game. In addition to external treatments, including acupuncture and injections, she works to heal from the within by treating the gastrointestinal system, balancing hormones, and advising on nutrition.
Dr. Holman is the third practicing physician in her family. Her grandfather was a cardiologist and her great grandfather was a family physician.
As a varsity swimmer at University of Washington, Dr. Holman realized the need for proper sports nutrition and healing and became interested in medicine. She continues to swim, and enjoys skiing and hiking.
After her undergradutate work, Dr. Holman attended Bastyr University & graduated with degrees in Naturopathic Medicine and Acupuncture.