Meet our Board of Directors!
The OBAA Board of Directors is a dedicated group of volunteers from across the globe. Each of them believes in the mission of the OBAA, to continue to share knowledge and experience to elevate the quality and safety of perinatal care with Acupuncture.
Raeghan Siemens B.Sc., R.Ac, Birth Doula
Co-President and Treasurer
After receiving her B.Sc from the University of Alberta, Raeghan studied Chinese Medicine at the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Victoria, BC. Compelled by Chinese medicine’s 2000-year-old history of treating woman’s reproductive disorders, Raeghan pursued postgraduate studies in obstetrics and gynecology under Dr. Randine Lewis, Debra Betts, Raven Lang, Jean Lesveque, David Bray, and Sharon Weizenbaum and many other world renowned specialists.
Raeghan has been in practice for over 9 years and practicing at Living Wellness Centre in South Surrey, BC. She is dedicated to treating all stages of women’s reproductive wellness, from enhancing fertility, through pregnancy, birth and postpartum. By working collaboratively with other health caregivers such as physicians, midwives and doulas Raeghan is able to provide the most comprehensive and effective care for her clients.
Raeghan lives in White Rock with her husband Dave, daughters Ardyn and Natalia, and dogs Lyle and Libby.
For more information go to www.raeghansiemens.com
Emilie Salomons, Dr. TCM, FABORM, Birth Doula
Dr. Emilie Salomons is a registered Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine (Dr. TCM) with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture of BC. After graduating as a Dr.TCM, Emilie spent eight months in Beijing, China, doing postgraduate studies at the Dongzhimen University Hospital.
Along with being a co-founder and board member of the Obstetrical Acupuncture Association (OBAA). She has also co-developed the first program in Canada for training midwives in Obstetrical Acupuncture for pain in labour. In 2015, Emilie became a cluster lead for Maternal Infant Health Canada, based out of the University of British Columbia. MIH Can is composed of a group of physicians, researchers and academics, whose aim is to find innovative ways to reduce maternal and infant mortality locally and around the world. Emilie practices at OAK Integrative , focusing in reproductive and mental health.
In keeping with her commitment to working at the community level, Emilie has volunteered several times in Uganda, Mexico and Nepal teaching nurses, midwives and traditional African medicine practitioners basic obstetrical acupuncture as well as acupuncture treatments for the debilitating symptoms associated with malaria, TB, malnutrition and trauma. Furthermore, in her capacity as an acupuncture detoxification specialist, Emilie has run stress management and addiction cessation groups in New York, Vancouver and Richmond, as well as contributed to a maternal substance abuse study with the University of British Columbia.
For more information go to www.emiliesalomons.com
Shannon Larson Dr.TCM, BFA, Doula
Director of Canadian Membership
Dr. Shannon Larson completed a 5 year program in Chinese Medicine and holds a diploma of Doctor of Chinese Medicine from the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine of Vancouver. Her studies include clinical practice at the China Medical University and Hospital in Taiwan. Shannon also completed a 2 year Master’s Mentorship Program with Sharon Weizenbaun at the White Pine Institute and continues to study with the White Pine Institute.
While Shannon’s interest in Chinese Medicine is wide ranging, her passion for women’s health has led her to pursue training in workshops by some of the current leaders in Chinese Medicine for fertility and obstetrics including Sharon Weizenbaum, Bob Flaws, Debra Betts and Jane Lyttleton. Shannon was a partner in Acumamas for 6 years and has extensive hours of experience attending labours both as an acupuncturist as well as a birth doula.
Leisha Laird Dr. TCM, R.Ac
Leisha is a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and a registered Acupuncturist with the College and Association of Acupuncturists in Alberta. She has trained under leading experts in the fields of nutrition, gynaecology, fertility, obstetrics, paediatrics and immunology. Over the past 10 years she has supported hundreds of couples as they have navigated through fertility, pregnancy, and welcoming their children into the world, both naturally and in collaboration with IVF and fertility treatment protocols. Her practice focuses on women’s health and has evolved to include autoimmune issues, digestive health and the creation of a more balanced and aligned self. She draws from an established network of resources to invite an integrative and complete experience.
Leisha is a Regional Chair and an active board member of the Obstetrical Acupuncture Association (OBAA), and works closely with midwifery and doula communities in Alberta.
Tanya Smith, R.Ac, R.TCMP, FABORM, Birth Doula
Tanya Smith works with women and couples, treating all aspects of reproductive wellness, from enhancing fertility through to pregnancy, birth and postpartum. Tanya is the only Fellow of the American Board of Oriental Reproductive Medicine (ABORM) in Eastern Canada. Tanya graduated from the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Victoria BC in 2004 with the highest level of Traditional Chinese Medicine training available in Canada and continues with post-graduate studies focused on fertility and pregnancy.
As an acupuncturist and birth doula, she has been bringing her craft and needles to pregnancies and labor rooms for over 13 years. Her experience supporting women and couples at their labour and deliveries gives her a special perspective in the care of pregnant and postpartum clients. It is one of her greatest joys to see a fertility client holding their new baby in their arms, having supported them through that journey!
She has lectured at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, at Ryerson University for the Midwifery Education Program and at the Breech Birth Conference in Ottawa. Her perspectives have also been featured on City TV’s Breakfast Television, in FLARE magazine, the Women’s Post and numerous local Toronto newsletters of valued colleagues.
Tanya considers it a privilege and responsibility to speak about Traditional Chinese Medicine applications and has a special connection to the obstetrical community. She has been recognized both within her field and in the community for her expertise.
You can find out more about Tanya and her work at www.tanyasmith.com