NADA's Board of Directors
Michael O. Smith, MD, DAc: Bronx, NY
October 16, 1942 - December 24, 2017
Dr. Michael O. Smith was 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 was an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Cornell Medical School and 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.
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.
Nate Hurse: Minneapolis, MN
Nate is a master-level social worker with a wealth of expertise in the areas of clinical and program developments, chemical dependency, manage care issues, and cultural competency. He is also a licensed alcohol and drug counselor with the state of Minnesota, and a Certified Addiction Counselor with the state of Connecticut and a SAP (Substance Abuse Professional). His career spans over 25 plus years, having worked in Connecticut, Indiana and spending the last 16 years in Minneapolis at various chemical health treatment centers working with culturally diverse populations. Nate is also a consultant with the Minnesota DHS chemical health division as a Peer Reviewer.
Carolyn Mandrusiak, R.Ac: Gabriola Island, British Columbia, Canada
Carolyn Mandrusiak, a Registered Acupuncturist in British Columbia since 2005, holds a Doctoral Diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the Canadian College of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in Victoria, and an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Alberta. Carolyn completed her original NADA (National Acupuncture Detoxification Association) Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist (ADS) training in 2004 with Dr. Willo Jordan-Walker, who also served as her mentor in the registered trainer qualification process. Prior to starting a practice in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Carolyn spent over 20 years in the Health and Social Service field in northern Canada. A former CEO of an NWT Health and Social Service Board and Superintendent of Social Services, she is familiar with western systems and has worked extensively with a variety of professionals, NGO groups and numerous programs areas, including addictions and mental health. She operates Spirit Gate Consulting, a private TCM practice on Gabriola Island BC. Carolyn brings together her knowledge of modern western systems with ancient eastern philosophies of health to benefit individuals and communities.
Carolyn has taught several NADA courses in Western and Northern Canada and feels it is a privilege to do so. It not only has the impetus for social change but has the capacity to bridge diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.
Denise Romano, FNP-BC: Milford, CT
Denise Romano is a Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with 34 years of professional experience in family medicine, holistic health, comprehensive women’s health and addiction medicine. She currently serves as a Family Nurse Practitioner in the Substance Abuse Treatment Research Unit at the Yale University School of Medicine. Denise holds a Master of Science in Nursing and a Master of Arts in Integrative Health and Healing. Since 2010, she has served as a Program Coordinator for The Integrative Health and Healing Master’s program at The Graduate Institute in Bethany, CT. where the NADA training is accepted as a student internship.
In addition to being a NADA trainer, Ms. Romano is certified as a Holistic Stress Management Instructor, is an ordained interfaith minister, a member of the American Holistic Nurses Association and an Energy medicine practitioner. Her passion is for teaching personal empowerment, preventative medicine, auricular acupuncture and holistic health.
Training Chair Co-Chair:
David Eisen, LAc, MSW, OMD(am): Portland, OR
Training Chair Co-Chair:
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.
Registered Trainer Representative - United States:
Judy Gibson, MSOM, Dipl Ac, LAc: Nashville, TN
Judy Gibson is a nationally board certified (NCCAOM) Licensed Acupuncturist and Herbalist. Judy graduated cum laude from the Midwest College of Oriental Medicine, where she earned her Master of Science degree in Oriental Medicine. Judy is the founder and owner of Seven Directions Acupuncture Clinic in Nashville, TN. She is also the Acupuncturist for The Recovery Ranch (residential drug/alcohol, mental health and trauma treatment) and Integrative Life Center (outpatient drug/alcohol, mental health, trauma treatment). The focus of Judy’s professional practice utilizes the body/mind/spirit principles of Oriental Medicine to treat emotional health issues including addiction and trauma recovery. Judy is a Registered Trainer and a Board Member of the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA).
Registered Trainer Representative - Canada:
Betsy Prager, MSW, RSW: Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada
Betsy Prager has been a social worker since 1979, 25 years in child protective services and the last 15 years in mental health and addictions. Her focus in addictions has been women with a history of addictions and trauma. Betsy has been offering acupuncture to her clients since 2003, and has been a registered trainer since 2007. She has continued to participate in the work with NADA despite the lack of encouragement from management within the health care system. She hopes that the pendulum will swing back, allowing for a resurgence of the use of the NADA protocol in treating addictions, stress and trauma. Betsy has enjoyed her work with NADA as and ADS and a trainer.
Member at Large:
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.
Member at Large:
Yvette Miller, MD: Charlotte, NC
Yvette Marie Miller is currently one of the Executive Medical Officers for the American Red Cross Donor and Client Support Center which provides oversight of a host of activities related to donor suitability and eligibility, donor and recipient complications management and infectious disease test result reporting for the 36 American Red Cross regions. She is Board Certified in Clinical Pathology and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. Dr. Miller was certified by NADA as an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist in 2010; she practices and encourages using acudetox for self care. A staunch advocate for widespread use of the protocol in any setting, her focus is on advocacy for use of the 5 point protocol by any certified practitioner.