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Dr. Mary Riggin, LAc, DAc, DOM, is the President and a co-founder of The Florida Society for Doctors of Oriental Medicine (The Society) and the Founder and Director of Healing Touch Oriental Medicine, a premier natural health center committed to helping as many people as possible achieve a higher level of health.  As an inspiring health educator, in-demand speaker and progressive thinker, Dr. Mary has helped shape the practice of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the state of Florida as well as nation-wide.   As a result of her work with FL’s state association as President, she worked with Florida’s legislature as an advocate for the profession and helped get legislative changes passed through, to FL’s Acupuncture laws three years in a row.  In 1998, Governor Chiles, and then in 1999, Governor Bush appointed her as a member of FL’s State Board of Acupuncture, where she helped write the current administrative code, including the AIT laws, that FL licensed acupuncturists continue to enjoy.

In 2010, Dr. Mary and her practice partner, Dr. Kim Marie joined forces to form The Society for the purpose of bringing back to Florida’s legislature representation of DOMs as respected medical professionals, in preparation for the 2014 Sunset Review.    Through this effort, they have already created good-will and favor among the FL Senate and the FL House of Representatives, as well as various associated agencies.

Dr. Kim Marie, LAc, DAc, DOM, is the Vice President, Legislative Liaison, and co-founder of The Florida Society for Doctors of Oriental Medicine (The Society) and the Medical Director and Weight Loss Director of Healing Touch Oriental Medicine, a premier natural health center committed to helping as many people as possible achieve a higher level of health.  As an inspiring health educator, in-demand speaker and progressive thinker, Dr. Kim is helping to shape the practice of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the state of Florida.   She’s been appointed to the Saint Petersburg College Complementary and Integrative Medicine Task Force, and was appointed by Governor Charlie Crist to the State of Florida’s Diabetes Advisory Council.   In 2010, she single-handedly prevented the Physical Therapists from including any type of acupuncture needling being added to their scope of practice; this was a direct result of her developing a working relationship with the Honorable FL State Representative Peter Nehr.    She continues her legislative work now as legislative liaison for The Society.   Accomplishments during the 2011 FL legislative session include bringing chapter 457 (acupuncture law) to the table for inclusion in PIP reimbursement with full parity as part of SB 1930.  This is the first time in many years that chapter 457 is being looked up favorably by the FL legislature and has been included in favorable legislation that will help all FL licensed acupuncturists.

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