About AWB

About Our Team

Acupuncturists Without Borders is a community of passionate and determined individuals, including volunteers, sponsors, staff and board, who seek to make a difference in the world. We couldn’t do what we do without the help and support of literally thousands of people around the world.

Meet Our Staff

Kathy Paxton, Office Manager


Carrie Jones, Training Program Director & Marketing Coordinator


Carol McGlauchlin, D.O.M, Accountant (part-time)

Yadira Ortiz, Bookkeeping (part-time)

Denise Weaver Ross, Webmaster for AWB’s  Website (part-time)

Mark Emery, IT Support (volunteer)

Terrie Harris, D.O.M., Female Veterans Clinic Coordinator (volunteer)

Diana Fried with Palestinian women in the West Bank

Diana Fried, Founder & President, M.Ac., M.A., NCCAOM Dipl. Ac., Acudetox Specialist

Diana Fried is the Founder and President of Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB), which she launched in 2005. She has worked in disasters and underserved communities doing community acupuncture healing in Louisiana, Haiti, Nepal, Mongolia, Ecuador, Mexico and other locations in the U.S. and around the world. Diana developed AWB’s Healing Community Trauma training program which has now provided training for over 4000 acupuncturists in the United States, and hundreds in other countries, on how to do mobile community service field work with acupuncture. Diana envisioned and fostered AWB’s Military Stress Recovery Project (MSRP) to help heal the wounds of war and heal intergenerational trauma, establishing free community clinics around the U.S. to serve active duty military, veterans and their families.

Diana Fried has many years of experience and training in emotional/trauma healing work, along with years of work in international grassroots community development (Oxfam America, Grassroots International), including travel and work in Mexico, Central America, Asia, and Africa. She graduated from the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture with an M.Ac. (1999), is a certified Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist trained by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA), and a certified Qigong Instructor.


G. Ravyn Stanfield, Executive Director

G. Ravyn Stanfield, LAc, Executive Director
LAc. DOM, M.Ac, NCCAOM Dipl. Ac.

Ravyn is the author of Revolution of the Spirit: Awaken the Healer, a guide to liberate the healing super powers within each of us. She is the Executive Director of Acupuncturists Without Borders, an NGO that provides trauma relief treatments to communities hit by natural disasters and human conflict. She has worked for AWB since 2014 teaching Healing Community Trauma and coordinating the Nepal program. She practices acupuncture in Portland, Oregon with a focus on chronic pain and traumatic injury. She graduated from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine with a Masters in Oriental Medicine in 2002.

Ravyn is a cultural alchemist, writing to transform the heartbreak of our times and reveal the gold in what seems worthless. She designs trainings for emerging leaders and healers in the US, Canada, Europe, Nepal, and Australia. She teaches at conferences and festivals worldwide, including Symbiosis, Spiritweavers, Bioneers, Lightning in a Bottle, and many more. Her fiction and essays have been published in The Rumpus, Guernica Magazine, Nailed Magazine, Manifest Station, Elephant Journal, and Wake Up World among others. She creates modern ritual art, combining music, poetry, and performance to make contemporary offerings of the human imagination. She uses her background in traditional medicines, medical social work, trauma recovery, writing, neurobiology, and theatre to coax more of the extraordinary into the world through the cracks in Western civilization. www.gerriravynstanfield.com.  


Carla Cassler doing treatment at Bay Area Veterans Acupuncture Clinic

Carla Cassler, Associate Director (part-time), DAOM, L.Ac.

Carla Cassler has practiced acupuncture and Chinese medicine for over 30 years, specializing in women’s health, pediatric, orthopedic and trauma treatment. Her interest in trauma treatment began in l992 when she practiced acupuncture on an Israeli kibbutz, where many of her patients suffered from physical and mental health problems related to multiple wars and the Holocaust. For the past six years she has worked with Acupuncturists Without Borders, teaching Healing Community Trauma and as Associate Director. She developed AWB’s Israel-West Bank program and the AWB Refugee Support Program. In 2010 she co-founded the Bay Area Veteran’s Acupuncture Clinic (BAYVAC) which provides free weekly acupuncture treatment to veterans, military personnel and their families for pain and PTSD. She completed a clinical doctoral degree (DAOM) at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco. Doctor Cassler’s DAOM dissertation proposed a clinical model for integration of acupuncture into the VA Medical Care System. Her private practice is in the San Francisco Bay Area where she lives with her husband and children.


Healing Community Trauma Program Training staff:

Melanie Rubin, M.Ed., Acudetox Specialist, Program Director and Senior Trainer
Carla Cassler, DAOM, L.Ac., Program Marketing and Senior Trainer
G. Ravyn Stanfield, L.Ac., M.Ac., NCCAOM Dipl. AC., Executive Director and Lead Trainer
Stacey Macfarlane, M.Ac., L.Ac., Lead Trainer
Jorge Mejia, AP, DOM, AWB Trainer


Meet the Board

Laurie Ann Kleinman M.D., President  — Laurie Ann Kleinman M.D. is a physician board certified in the specialty Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She is also a diplomate of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture and certified by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA). Dr. Kleinman practiced integrated Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Medical Acupuncture, and Electrodiagnostic Medicine in Monterey County California for many years. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Human Physiology form University of California, Berkeley and her medical degree from the Chicago Medical School. Dr. Kleinman completed a residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. She trained in Medical Acupuncture through the Helm’s Institute/ Stanford University program.

Laurie is the founder of both the Chinatown Community Acupuncture Clinic and the Gathering For Women Community Acupuncture Clinic. These clinics provide community style acupuncture for people experiencing homelessness in Monterey County. She has also participated in many of Acupuncturists Without Borders programs including Refugee Clinics in Greece and World Healing exchange programs to Mexico and Israel. Dr. Kleinman was appointed to the Board of Directors of AWB in 2014.


Verena Smith, L.Ac., Vice-President — Verena has practiced and studied Acupuncture and Herbal medicine in England, America, China and India over the last 30 years. Verena teaches locally and has been published nationally. She maintains a family practice in Amherst MA.My introduction to Traditional Chinese Medicine happened while I lived in the UK, South Devon. It occurred  in my early thirties and at the time I was suffering from a Sciatica condition that had made my existence as a young mother miserable to say the least. Some of my women friends brought me almost “by force” to seek the help of Dr. Hannes Lange (MD) who was a doctor disillusioned by the allopathic model and was using homeopathy and acupuncture techniques.

The day,  I met Dr. Hannes Lange I was as skeptical, thirty years ago, as are some people today, when they first hear about acupuncture. However, Dr. Lange turned out to be a wonderful, wise old man, slightly cantankerous, albeit humorous. When I crawled up on his table I was in severe pain, he had a very wonderfully soothing personality  and made me almost forget about the needles. They were, at any rate never as difficult as  the pain that had brought me there in the first place – after he inserted the needles I rested in this very unique deep place for 25 minutes and when I cautiously lowered myself down from it there was absolute relief of all pain. I was free from pain at last and as a bonus had found my calling!For the next two years I apprenticed with Dr. Hannes Lange, before moving on to further studies. I am forever indebted to this wonderful wise teacher of mine who demonstrated knowledge, wisdom and compassion.

Verena is also an avid painter. Please feel free to visit her art website at VerenasGiftofArt.com. “Vision, feeling, curiosity, these are the motivating qualities. I feel the sociopolitical and humanistic urge to add my voice to the deafening chorus, to make the world a healthier place with more gratitude for beauty and growth.”


Dianne P. Voitle, DOM, AP, CFMP, Treasurer — Dianne is the owner of Life Force Health and Wellness in Gainesville,. Fl. Her practice combines Integrative Biomedicine with the ancient art of Eastern healing. She helps to create balance with proper nutrition, emotional development and spiritual growth for optimal health. Her vision is to bring holistic medicine to the forefront of our healthcare system and she believes that education on the benefits of natural medicine will pave the way for future generations. She is passionate about helping others and her vision is life changing!   Dianne was born and raised in Gainesville, FL,   She loves to cook, read, practice yoga, spend time with family and friends and travel.

Dianne’s Degrees and Certification include

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science
  • Master’s Degree in Contemporary Oriental Medicine
  • Certified Functional Medicine Practioner
  • NCCAOM certified and licensed in Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine
  • Reiki Master, Neuro-linguist, Stewardship Minister, 2010


Dedie King, L.Ac., Secretary — Dedie practices Five Element Acupuncture in Amherst and in Hardwick, MA. She became interested in eastern thought while in the Peace Corps Nepal in the 1960’s. That interest first turned toward studying meditation and then inspired her interest in Chinese medicine. Dedie studied acupuncture both at Columbia, MD. and in England with Dr. Worsley. Dedie has a B.A in philosophy from Mount Holyoke College, an M.Ed from Goucher College, and M.Ac in acupuncture. She has practiced acupuncture since 1984.

Since the 1980’s Dedie has traveled extensively in Asia, observing clinics in China and Japan, teaching in a clinic in Burma, and spending time in her Peace Corps village in Nepal. Her travels inspired her to author a series of bi-lingual children’s books called I See the Sun and includes 8 different countries so far. The goal of the books is to inspire appreciation of cultural diversity as well as the commonality of childhood.

In 2000 Dedie co-founded Listening, an interdisciplinary complementary health center in Barre, MA.   She is still the Clinical director of Listening and helps to create some of the educational programs the non-profit center provides for the community. Becoming involved in some of the work with AWB has influenced Dedie to set up a community clinic in her small town. Dedie has been a teacher, a dairy farmer and now acupuncturist, as well as wife, mother of two and grandmother of five. With her work and in her life, she tries to weave awareness, “listening”, and action into each day.


Jessica Bolding, Member


Advisory Board

Cynthia Neipris, L.Ac., Member-at-Large — Cynthia Neipris is licensed as an acupuncturist in NewYork and California, in private practice since 2,000. She has been involved with AWB since it’s inception in 2005 on the Advisory Board and the Board of Directors. She is Director of Outreach and Community Education for the New York campus of Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, where she educates and supervises students doing community style acupuncture and has coordinated over several hundred outreach efforts. Ms. Neipris is an Acu-Detox Specialist in New York, and has held a NADA certificate since 2001, providing and supervising between 10,000 and 20,000 NADA treatments. She previously served as Assistant Academic Dean at Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and providing acupuncture services at Step Up on Second for clients with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders and at the Clare Foundation Drug Court program in Santa Monica, California. Cynthia also serves with the NCCAOM (National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) and with ACAOM (Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) as a site visitor and has been published in Acupuncture Today, Oriental Medicine News, and Epoch Times among other Acupuncture related publications.