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Mission Statement
The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA), a not-for-profit training and advocacy organization, encourages community wellness through the use of a standardized auricular acupuncture protocol for behavioral health, including addictions, mental health, and disaster & emotional trauma. We work to improve access and effectiveness of care through promoting policies and practices which integrate NADA-style treatment with other Western behavioral health modalities.


NADA celebrated its 25th anniversary this year. Incorporated in 1985 in the state of New York, NADA has helped spread acu detox far and wide, nationally and internationally.

Board of Directors


The NADA Board of Directors has 8 members and a founding Chairperson.


Elizabeth "Libby" Stuyt MD

Pueblo, CO

Elizabeth 'Libby' Stuyt, MD is the Medical Director for the Circle Program at the Colorado Mental Health Institute at Pueblo, Colorado, a 90-day inpatient treatment program, funded by the state of Colorado, for persons with severe co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse who have failed all other levels of treatment.

A board certified Addiction Psychiatrist, she is also a Senior Instructor for the University of Colorado HSC, Department of Psychiatry and enjoys teaching medical students and residents. Dr. Stuyt has authored and co-authored several abstracts and articles including "Addressing Tobacco Through Program and System Change in Mental Health and Addiction Settings," "Recovery Rates After Treatment for Alcohol/Drug Dependence: Tobacco Users versus Non-Tobacco Users", and "Benefits of auricular acupuncture in tobacco-free inpatient dual-diagnosis treatment."

She has presented internationally on numerous topics and has been working in the field of addiction psychiatry since 1990. She helped the Circle Program become tobacco free beginning in January 2000 and subsequently the entire CMHIP campus in June 2008. She is extremely interested in tobacco and its effects on the brain, behavior and recovery. She is a staunch advocate for tobacco cessation and prevention. The National Acupuncture Detoxification Association certified her as an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist in December 2000 and a Registered Trainer in 2008. She has utilized the NADA protocol since 2000 in her program, initially to help patients withdraw from nicotine, but has found it to also be helpful for many symptoms experienced by those with mental illness.


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Vice President

Katurah Bryant, RN LMFT LADC CCS

New Haven, CT


Katurah A.Bryant is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Nursing, and Southern Connecticut State University, with a graduate degree in Marriage and Family Therapy.  She is a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor, and a Certified Clinical Supervisor. Katurah is the Associate Clinical Director at the Connecticut Mental Health Center-Substance Abuse Treatment Unit in New Haven, CT. Ms. Bryant is a Certified NADA Trainer. Katurah, under the guidance of Dr. Michael O. Smith, has developed a specialized NADA training for Physicians, and has conducted this training annually at the Yale University School of Medicine since 2009.

Katurah is a founding partner of MPACT (Multicultural Perspectives in Assessment, Consultation and Training), specializing in Cultural Competence training in health care delivery; Culturally competent supervision; and staff development retreats since 1993.  MPACT has conducted Cultural Competence and staff development training in Toronto, Canada, New York, Massachusetts, Tennessee, and New Jersey to name but a few.


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Training Co-Chair
David Eisen, LAc, MSW, OMD(am)
Portland, OR


David is a licensed acupuncturist. He graduated from Cornell University and got his Masters in Social Work from Washington University, his Chinese medical training from the New England School of Acupuncture and his doctorate in Chinese Medicine from Open University of Sri Lanka. He serves on the board of directors for the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association, a national organization that trains and advocates for the use of acupuncture for behavioral medical conditions.  He is also on faculty of the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. For 18 years he served as Director of Central City Concern’s Portland Alternative Health Center and as Director of Clinical Services. He currently is the executive director of Quest Center for Integrative Health, a multidisciplinary medically integrated clinic, which serves low income people with chronic diseases including HIV/AIDS, cancer, addictions and mental health disorders as well as chronic pain. Dr. Eisen has helped to establish groundbreaking clinical programs integrating acupuncture for addictions and pain in Federally Qualified Health Centers and most recently co-authored policies and guidelines for the treatment of chronic pain in homeless adults that was commissioned by the National Health Care for the Homeless Coalition (2011). He has also served as a reviewer for the National Institutes for Health on alternative therapies. He currently serves on the Oregon Pain Management Commission.

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Nityamo Lian, MPH, DOM
Albuquerque, NM
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Mary Renaud, RN, BSN
Vancouver, WA


Mary Renaud, RN, BSN graduated from University of Portland with Bachelors in Nursing degree. She worked in field of maternal/child health both in hospital as obstetrics nurse and in public health as visiting nurse and later as program manager in Maternal Child Health. Many of her clients were affected by living with others or themselves having addictions or mental disorders. When she encountered the NADA protocol being used in Portland OR in the county detox center, she was convinced this therapy would be useful for the many people she encountered living in difficult situations. She has been associated with NADA since 1993. She and husband Jay started independent newsletter “Guidepoints, Acupuncture in Recovery” which later became “Guidepoints, News From NADA”. She trained as ADS under Michael Smith in 2000 in New Delhi, India, along with a cohort of addiction treatment professionals in a Twelve Step Treatment program there. As a public health nurse, she introduced the NADA protocol into Maternal Child Health program. In 2003 their “Acupuncture Initiative to Improve Retention in a Parenting Class” was recognized by Federal Health and Human Service, Office on Child Abuse and Neglect as “substantial and convincing” and was accepted in the category of Innovative Programs. http://www.childwelfare.gov/preventing/programs/whatworks/report/emergingb.cfm

Also in 2003, became a Registered Trainer under Laura Cooley's mentorship. Since that time she has trained nurses in Washington State. She helped her husband Jay Renaud from 1993 to 2009 in his capacity as manager of the NADA Literature Clearinghouse and later the NADA Office.


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Registered Trainer Representative - U.S.

Rommell Washington, LCSW, ACSW
New York, NY


Rommell Washington is a clinician, social activist, human rights advocate and disciple of liberation theology and social justice. His thirty-one years of post-graduate experience as a social worker has spanned many movements and causes. This has included developing, training and supervising the first acupuncture based program aimed to treat addictions at Lincoln and Harlem Hospitals in New York City. Advocating and developing the first comprehensive housing program in the nation for persons with HIV/Aids. Whether working with youth, adolescents; the mentally able; sexual assault survivors; addict community; and others, Mr. Washington has been afforded the opportunity to be with dynamic and dedicated people and exciting, innovative modalities and programs. Such as Harm Reduction, Alternatives to Violence, Batters Accountability Model, Soul-Centered Therapy, Seeking Safety and several Trauma informed models.

In 2004 an initiative to educate and bring awareness to male survivors was funded by the New York City Council. St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital’s Crime Victims Treatment Center was the prime mover in this effort. Mr. Washington gives presentations and training to community-based groups, agencies and organizations, and professional service providers. In addition to increasing awareness of the sexual abuse of boys and men he provides individual and group psychotherapy. He is an active member of ABSW; NASW; New York State Men as Allies Coalition; New York State Crime Victims Academy; National Acupuncture Detox Association; and the Cures not Wars/Harm Reduction Working Group. He is  a former member of the Male Survivor Board of Directors.

Rommell Washington lives in the vibrant Dominican enclave of Inwood/Washington Heights across from the Old Dutch Dyckman Farmhouse in Northern Manhattan, with his two chihuahuas Chico and Novella.  

Registered Trainer Representative - Canada


Cindy Brown Primeau, MA

Durham Region, Ontario, Canada


Cindy has her Masters degree in Counseling Psychology and has worked in mental health and addictions for thirty years.  Cindy lives and works in Durham Region (east of Toronto) in Ontario, Canada and is a manager in her current role. Cindy became a NADA RT in 2010 and has been instrumental in developing policies on Auricular Acupuncture and providing supports to continually integrate Auricular Acupuncture as a complimentary treatment within community based and residential treatment addiction programs. Cindy is the first Canadian RT  representative to serve on the NADA Board of Directors.

Members at Large

Caroline Cooper, JD, MA

Washington D.C.


Caroline Cooper is Director of the Justice Programs Office of the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington D.C. and a Research Faculty member of the School of Public Affairs. She is a graduate of Smith College, Howard University (M.A.) and the Washington College of Law at American University. For a number of years, she has been involved with the provision of technical assistance, evaluation, and training services to courts and other adjudication system agencies engaged in judicial improvement efforts.  She has also been a practicing attorney, an assistant public defender, and has written numerous publications addressing a variety of judicial system issues relating to the management of criminal, civil, juvenile and family matters.  Her most recent publications and presentations have addressed topics relating to drug courts, civil and criminal differentiated case management, indigent defense services and COOP planning, and include: the multi volume reports of the 1997 and 2000 National Drug Court Surveys; Compilation of Drug Court-Related Case Law (2011 and currently being updated); Drug Case Management and Treatment Intervention Strategies in the State and Local Courts; BJA Differentiated Case Management Program Brief; and Guidebook for Implementing a Differentiated Case Management System and Establishing Drug Treatment Courts: Strategies, Experiences and Preliminary Outcomes (international experience), prepared for the OAS-EU Conference of Mayors, Lugo, Spain (2010). Ms. Cooper has also worked with foreign governments to institute judicial improvement programs, including the Supreme Court of Ireland, the Public Defender of Israel, the Buenos Aires Magistrates Council, and the National Public Defender of Chile. She is the Director of the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) Drug Court Clearinghouse/Technical Assistance Project and served as Associate Director of the BJA Criminal Courts Technical Assistance Project, both operating at American University. In 1999, Ms. Cooper received an award from the National Association of Detoxification Acupuncture (NADA), in recognition of outstanding service, vision and leadership.

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Nate Hurse

Minneapolis, MN

Jolomi Ikomi, MD

Stanford, CT

Brian Irving, CAC II, CYC

Barrie, Ontario, Canada


Brian Irving is a Certified Addictions Counselor, Certified Child and Youth Counselor and a Registered Trainer for the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association. He has been actively involved in the field of mental health and addictions for over 15 years. His experience includes working in the youth criminal justice system, community based treatment agencies as well as inpatient and outpatient treatment programs based in a hospital setting. Brian is currently employed at Royal Victoria Regional Health Center, as a counselor and addictions specialist in the Mental Health and Addictions Program, where he has taken a lead role in the integration of the NADA protocol within their clinical practice. Brian has also assisted in the development of client centered, clinical programming within community based and residential treatment programs. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Catholic Family Services of Simcoe County, a non-profit community based agency that provides individual, couple and family counseling to any persons residing in Simcoe County.

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Brandon Taylor, DOM
Santa Fe, NM


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Founding Chairperson

Michael O. Smith, MD, DAc
Bronx, NY

Dr. Michael O. Smith is a psychiatrist, acupuncturist, addiction specialist and public health planner who was the Director of Lincoln Hospital Recovery Center from 1974 to 2011 when he retired. He graduated from Wesleyan University and the University of California Medical School in San Francisco.


He is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Cornell Medical School and is certified by the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He is internationally known for developing the use of acupuncture in the field of chemical dependency. More than 2,000 treatment programs worldwide use the Lincoln Hospital model.


As Chairperson of the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA), Dr. Smith provided consultation to city, county, state, federal, and United Nations agencies in more than one hundred settings. He was the first person selected for the national drug court Hall of fame.

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The NADA Board of Directors honored former office managers Jay and Mary Renaud at the NADA 25th Anniversary Conference in New Orleans in March 2010.  Read a transcript of Jay Renaud's plenary talk.




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