Jamie Starkey, LAc

Jamie Starkey, LAc

Department Manager and Lead Licensed Acupuncturist, Center for Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine

Jamie Starkey is the Lead Acupuncturist and Department Manager of the Eastern medicine program at the Cleveland Clinic's Center for Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine. In addition to her clinical practice at the hospital, she is also the team acupuncturist for the Cleveland Indians baseball team.

Jamie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Toledo, and a Master’s level degree in Acupuncture from the American Institute of Alternative Medicine in Columbus, Ohio. Jamie is board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), and is licensed by the State Medical Board of Ohio as an acupuncturist. She pursued and completed an advanced clinical internship in the Acupuncture and Moxibustion Outpatient Department at Guang'anmen Hospital in Beijing China, which is an affiliate institution of the China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

With over 20 years of hospital experience, Jamie has pioneered hospital-based Eastern medicine programming at the Cleveland Clinic that has included bringing the following projects and endeavors to fruition:

  • Shared Acupuncture Medical Appointments (group acupuncture appointments)
  • Chinese Herbal Therapy Program
  • Hospital-based Inpatient Acupuncture Service

Jamie offers acupuncture therapies for a wide array of conditions but with a focus on:

  • Sports Medicine: sports-related injuries, recovery and preventive treatments
  • Women’s health: menopausal symptoms, menstrual irregularities, pregnancy-related issues, infertility with or without reproductive technologies
  • Cancer-related health concerns as a side effect to chemotherapy and radiation such as fatigue, nausea, pain, neuropathy, xerostomia (dry mouth)
  • Pain management: acute and chronic pain, arthritis, low back pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, knee pain, headaches, migraines, neuropathic pain, muscular and myofascial pain
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory: seasonal and persistent allergies
  • Mind and mood: stress, anxiety, low mood (depression), insomnia

Jamie’s many years of monitoring and auditing clinical research trials in conventional medicine, coupled with her constant attention, awareness, and critical examination of new scientific investigations occurring in the many fields constituting Eastern medicine---as well as participating in ongoing current research in acupuncture specifically---has allowed her to take advantage of the opportunity of bridging the gap between traditional Eastern and conventional Western medicine with her colleagues.

Jamie lectures regularly to medical students, hospital clinical staff, patients, and the general public on the benefits of Eastern medicine where she highlights news of any significant information or major trends happening in pioneering research efforts around the globe. She is regularly featured in television and print news outlets as an expert on the positive impact that acupuncture and Eastern medicine have on various diseases and conditions.

Jamie feels that the beauty of acupuncture lies in its ability to easily be incorporated alongside of conventional medical treatment options, and therefore in Acupuncture’s ability to have a valuable and lasting positive role in any multidisciplinary medical model of patient care.

Yaser Abdelhamid, ND, LAc

Yaser Abdelhamid, ND, LAc

Licensed Acupuncturist, Center for Integrative Medicine

Yaser Abdelhamid received his Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees from Cleveland State University, and his Master of Science in Acupuncture and his Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine degrees from Bastyr University in Seattle, WA after having attended nearly 3 years of conventional medical education and training at Wright State University’s School of Medicine in Dayton, OH. He was 4 years in-residence when completing the naturopathic medical school curriculum with an ensuing 4 years in-residence when completing the acupuncture curriculum under the supervision of medical, osteopathic, chiropractic, and naturopathic doctors, as well as licensed acupuncturists. His training included a strong focus on complementary, alternative, and integrative medicine therapies spanning a spectrum of modalities including the use of nutraceuticals, homeopathy, diet and lifestyle counseling, and 8-Principle Traditional Chinese Medicine Acupuncture.

Yaser received his Diplomate of Acupuncture status from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), and holds his license to practice acupuncture from the State of Ohio Medical Board.  He has practiced acupuncture in several locations and in a variety of settings east, west, and south of the Cleveland metropolitan area for over 16 years. His clinical focus is broad with specialties that include but are not limited to:

  • General Health: improving energy, sleep and memory
  • Pain Management: including post-trauma, post-surgery, low back pain, neck pain, knee pain and migraines
  • Female Fertility: infertility with or without IVF or other reproductive technologies
  • Mind and Mood: including anxiety, low mood, stress, phobias and OCD
  • Digestive Distress and Dysfunction: heart burn or reflux, constipation or diarrhea, ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, and Gallbladder or Liver issues
  • Prevention Acupuncture: utilizing acupuncture as a preventative therapy for a whole host of conditions, but especially in relationship to immune system function

Yaser has authored chapters for textbooks of medicine, as well as professional articles on Unani Medicine (ancient Graeco-Arabic medicine) in peer-reviewed journals. He has given numerous presentations about the place acupuncture has on the corporate campus as part of company Wellness Programming to a variety of interested businesses and their employees.

He enjoys reading traditional philosophical and spiritual treatises from around the world with a critical eye towards humanity’s underlying Sophia Perennis (‘Universal Wisdom’), and loves spending time with his wife and six children.

Yanming Huang, MD (China), PhD (Belgium), LAc, LCH

Yanming Huang, PhD, LAc

Licensed Acupuncturist, Certified and Licensed Chinese Herbalist, Center for Integrative Medicine

Yanming achieved his postgraduate and medical degrees after 8 years of study with high honors status from Hubei University of Chinese Medicine (five years) and Tongji Medical University (three years) located in Wuhan, China.  For several years thereafter, Yanming was a staff physician at the Union Hospital of Tongji Medical University.  Yanming departed China for further advanced studies at the University of Leuven (Belgium) where he earned his PhD in Medical Science. While in Belgium, Yanming was also able to acquire his license to practice as an acupuncturist.

Yanming is board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), and he is licensed by the State Medical Board of Ohio as an Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist.

Yanming has wide clinical experience with patients having diverse health needs and varied disease conditions. He offers acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapies at the Center for Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic with a clinical focus on, but not limited to:

  • Pain management: neck pain, lower back pain, headache/migraine, arthritis, sports injuries, fibromyalgia
  • Women’s health: menopause, infertility, menstrual disorders
  • Digestive disorders: acid reflux, leaky gut syndrome, constipation or diarrhea, colitis
  • Allergies: seasonal or food-based allergies
  • Cancer-related health concerns as a side effect to chemotherapy and radiation such as: nausea, vomiting, fatigue, peripheral neuropathy
  • Mind and mood issues: stress, depression, anxiety, insomnia
  • Wellness: improving energy, enhancing immunity

Yanming has published over 30 peer-reviewed articles and several chapters in academic journals and professional medical textbooks on the topic of Traditional Chinese and Western medicine. He has also been a primary investigator in acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapy clinical research at the Cleveland Clinic.

Shuishan Lui, MD (China), LAc, Dipl. OM

Shuishan Lui, LAc

Licensed Acupuncturist, Diplomat of Oriental Medicine (Certified Chinese Herbalist), Center for Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine

Shuishan Lui (maiden name Susan Deng) joined the Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine with more than 20 years of acupuncture experience. She manages patients with a full range of medical conditions, including but not limited to:

  • Musculoskeletal disorders:  fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, chronic low back pain, and sciatica
  • Nervous system disorders:  Parkinson’s disease, MS, migraine headaches
  • Endocrine system associated problems:  diabetic neuropathies, weight loss, chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Mind and mood issues:  anxiety, depression, insomnia
  • Cardiovascular health:  heart disease, quitting smoking
     

Susan is a graduate of the Sun Yat-sen University of Medical Sciences in Guangzhou, China. She earned her MD degree and completed a specialized postdoctoral clinical training module in Neurology from this institution. She practiced general medicine for 8 years with sub-specialization in neurology at the Guangdong Rehabilitation Hospital in Canton, China. She further pursued higher academic studies and certified clinical training in acupuncture and herbology from the Guangzhou University of Chinese Medicine in Canton, China.

After Susan’s arrival in the United States, she achieved status as a Diplomate of Acupuncture from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), which led to her being awarded her license to practice acupuncture from the State Medical Board of Ohio. She holds eligibility status for certification for prescribing Chinese herbs from the State Medical Board of Ohio.

Susan is also a lifetime member of the Ohio Association of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (OAAOM), a state-based organization representing licensed acupuncturists in Ohio.

Thuy Kim Nguyen, DAOM, LAc, LCH, Dipl. OM

Kim Nguyen, LAc, Acupuncture

Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Licensed Acupuncturist, Certified and Licensed Chinese Herbalist, Center for Integrative Medicine

Thuy Nguyen (also referred to as Kim) holds professional degrees as a Doctorate and Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.  Kim is also a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).  She is a licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist in the states of Ohio, Mississippi, Texas, and Virginia.  She obtained her Postdoctoral Fellowship at the American College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) in Houston, Texas and held the academic positions of teaching assistant and clinical faculty member at this institution.  She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Engineering from Mississippi State University.

Kim has had a focus on acupuncture for cancer-related patient care.  She has worked as an acupuncturist in the private sector for over 10 years.  She has volunteered at the Veterans Team Recovery Integrative Immersion Process (Vet TRIIP Houston Chapter) and local Buddhist meditation centers, where she provided acupuncture treatments to veterans and general members of the community.

Prior to joining the Cleveland Clinic, Kim pursued advanced training in oncology acupuncture and launched Ohio’s first cancer-focused income-based acupuncture therapy services at University Hospital’s Seidman Cancer Center in Cleveland, Ohio.  As the primary oncology acupuncturist at the Seidman Cancer Center, Kim was instrumental in developing and launching University Hospital’s first infusion and hospital-based inpatient acupuncture oncology program treating patients suffering from debilitating chemotherapy and radiation-induced symptoms.  Furthermore, this is also where Kim participated as a lead investigator for clinical research studies on acupuncture.

Kim’s primary treatment profile focuses on, but is not limited to:

  • Reduction of cancer treatment-induced side effects: nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, surgical pain, hot flashes, stress and general well being
  • Internal medicine issues: Flu/cold symptoms, improve immune system, allergies, insomnia
  • Pain management
  • Digestive concerns: IBS, colitis, bloating, diarrhea, constipation
  • Women’s health: fertility, irregular menstruation and pre/post-menopausal symptoms
  • Mind and mood issues: stress, anxiety, depression 

Kim is passionate about educating her patients, students, and colleagues about acupuncture and Chinese medicine. In her time away from work, Kim enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and visiting parks and observatories.

Galina Roofener, LAc, LCH

Galina Veresciak Roofener, LAc

Licensed Acupuncturist, Certified and Licensed Chinese Herbalist, Center for Integrative Medicine

Galina V. Roofener holds board certified credentials in the states of Ohio and Florida as a licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist.

Galina received her Oriental Medicine degree from East West College of Natural Medicine in Sarasota, FL, Doctor of Naturopathy degree from Trinity College of Natural Health in Warsaw, IL, and a Nursing degree from Medical College #3 in St. Petersburg, Russia.  Galina has also pursued studies towards a Bachelor of Arts in Education in Klaipeda, Lithuania.  Furthermore, she has continued to earn multiple certifications in various modalities of Alternative and Complementary Medicine and holds special certification in homeopathic point injections for cosmetic and pain management.

Galina has over 30 years of experience in health care, including 10 years of experience in a hospital physical rehabilitation department in Lithuania where her duties included acupuncture and kinesiotherapy with a focus on medical Qigong, medical massage, and balneotherapy.

Galina serves on the State Medical Board of Ohio’s Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Advisory Panel concerning the subject of Chinese herbs and other modalities of Oriental Medicine.  She is also a member of the Hospital-Based Practice Task Force Committee advisory panel for the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (visit NCCAOM).

Currently, Galina works at the Cleveland Clinic as an acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist.  She was a major contributor to the development of the Chinese Herbal Therapy Program. As a result, Cleveland Clinic garnered global attention as being one of the first major medical institutions to open a hospital-based herbal clinic in the United States.  In so doing, this provided even broader access to supplementary options for patients seeking an integrative approach to their care.  She has a special interest in integrative, preventative, and rehabilitation medicine.

In clinical practice, Galina focuses on improving the quality of life for patients who have been diagnosed with, but not limited to, the following conditions:

  • Cancer-related care
  • Rheumatologic issues:  autoimmune conditions, osteoarthritis
  • Migraine and other Headache disorders
  • Gastrointestinal disorders:  reflux, chronic constipation, colitis
  • Women’s health:  infertility, menopause, menstrual disorders, endometriosis, PMS

One of Galina’s great passions is teaching. Presently, she is a contributor to published journals and textbooks on the topics of prevention, wellness, health and Eastern medicine, and is also an NCCAOM-approved continuing education provider and gives lectures at many conferences.  In the past, she served as an Instructor of Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology at different schools in the U.S.  Galina has authored a textbook on the unique application of pulse diagnosis based on ECG, entitled Modern Pulse Diagnosis:  Mobile ECG Based.  In 2006, she was awarded Top Performing Educator of Aveda Institutes.  She has also been part of the teaching faculty and staff at Klaipeda University in Lithuania.

Galina speaks English, Russian and Lithuanian languages.

Megan Scott, LAc, LCH

Megan Scott

Licensed Acupuncturist, Certified and Licensed Chinese Herbalist, Center for Integrative Medicine

Megan is board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She is licensed to practice acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine by the State Medical Boards of Ohio and Minnesota. Megan graduated from Northwestern Health Sciences University in Bloomington, Minnesota with a Master of Oriental Medicine degree. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Megan brings 11 years of acupuncture and herbalism experience by way of practice within diverse medical environments. Prior to joining the Cleveland Clinic in 2019, Megan worked in a rural healthcare system in Northwest Minnesota where she provided acupuncture in the outpatient and inpatient hospital settings.

Megan has broad clinical experience but specializes in acute and chronic pain management.  Her unique combination of outpatient and inpatient experience bring the benefits of acupuncture to both health care center and hospital-based patients. Megan also brings experience in treating patients in a group setting, and therefore conducts the Shared Acupuncture Medical Appointment (group) sessions at Cleveland Clinic’s Lyndhurst campus. Megan treats a variety of patient conditions with special focus on:

  • Digestive disorders: colitis, reflux, diarrhea, constipation
  • Respiratory and Pulmonary: allergies and sinusitis
  • Women’s health: menstrual irregularities and different phases of menopause
  • Mind and mood issues: insomnia, anxiety, depression
  • General wellness and prevention

Megan enjoys educating her patients and the community about acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). She teaches Tai Chi and provides talks on incorporating TCM into daily life for optimal health and well-being.

Megan enjoys water sports, theater, exploring Cleveland and world travel.

Timothy Sobo, LAc, CPT, CES

Timothy Sobo

Licensed Acupuncturist, Center for Integrative Medicine

Timothy is board-certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and is licensed to practice acupuncture in the states of Ohio and New Jersey.  He graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture (which is now part of the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences) in 2012 with his Master in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree.  He completed his undergraduate studies earning three Bachelor degrees from Penn State University in 2008.  He also holds certifications in Personal Training (CPT) and Corrective Exercise Specialization (CES) from the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

Prior to joining the Cleveland Clinic in 2019, Timothy practiced in New Jersey for 7 years alongside of medical doctors and healthcare providers amongst many disciplines including sports medicine, neurology and neurosurgery, pain management, chiropractic care, and physical and occupational therapy.

Timothy integrates classical Chinese medicine with modern diagnostics to determine the underlying root causes of his patients’ ailments.  He strives to provide an evidence-based, comprehensive, and integrative approach to healthcare using the most up to date research and scientific data with a deep understanding of Eastern medicine in order to improve the lives of people affected by injury and disease.

One of Timothy’s professional work goals is the “de-mystification” of acupuncture, which would allow for a more coordinated understanding between acupuncturists and their conventional-trained medical colleagues about the best treatment options and strategies available for patients.

His clinical focus includes but is not limited to:

  • Orthopedics: working extensively with patients in treating a wide array of musculoskeletal conditions ranging from sprains and strains to chronic illness like arthritis
  • Sports Medicine and Sports Related Injuries
  • Pain Management
  • Reduction of cancer treatment-induced side effects: nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, surgical pain, hot flashes and stress

When he is not working, Tim enjoy spending time with his wife and son. He is an avid triathlete, martial artist and avid baseball fan.