AWB Team

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


Diana Fried, Founder & Co-Executive Director, M.Ac., M.A., NCCAOM Dipl. Ac., Acudetox Specialist

Diana launched Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB) in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina, along with a team of people from the acupuncture community. She has worked in disasters and underserved communities doing community acupuncture healing all over the U.S., Haiti, Nepal, Mongolia, Ecuador, Mexico among other locations. Diana developed AWB’s Healing Community Trauma training program which has now provided training for over 6000 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 initiated AWB’s World Healing Exchange program with the first trip to Nepal in 2009. 

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.

Diana is trained in the Council practice through the Upaya Zen Center and the Center for Council. She sees this practice as the perfect complement to acupuncture, where the group process becomes the needle that allows for energetic transformation for the group and the individuals in the group. Diana is a graduate of the Upaya Zen Center Buddhist Chaplaincy program, and has studied Vipassana and other forms of Buddhist practice since the 1980’s. 

Carla Cassler, Co-Executive Director, 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.

G. Ravyn Stanfield, Director of Education and Community Engagement, 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


Kathy Paxton, Operations Manager


Carrie Jones, M.Ac., Training Director/Marketing Coordinator/Web Designer

Carrie joined the AWB team in 2017. She earned her B.S. in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Oregon and a M.S. in Acupuncture from Bastyr University. She owned a private acupuncture and massage practice in Seattle, WA for several years before taking time away to travel and pursue other interests including metalsmithing and visual design. She is thrilled to be working with AWB, combining her passion for natural health, design and social justice. She lives in Portland, OR with her husband and 2 dogs where she enjoys hiking, climbing, reading and cooking.

Stephanie Alvarez, Organizational Projects

Stephanie Alvarez joined the Organizational Strategy team at AWB in 2020. She earned a B.A. in Government and Latin American Studies from Franklin and Marshall College and an M.A, in International Affairs and Conflict Resolution at the Externado University of Colombia. Prior to joining AWB, Stephanie was a Program Coordinator for the Auschwitz Institute for the Prevention of Genocide and Mass Atrocities and a Social Impact Consultant for different NGOs, startups and universities. Stephanie has a passion for Human Rights and has worked with grassroots organizations in Latin America, promoting the protection of the rights of vulnerable populations and the implementation of policies for sustainable peace.

Carol McGlauchlin, D.O.M, Accountant


Catherine Herbin, L.Ac. AWB Disaster Relief Coordinator


Mark Emery, IT Support (volunteer)


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



Verena Smith, L.Ac.: President

Verena has practiced and studied Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine in England, America, China and India over the last 30 years. She teaches locally and has been published nationally. She maintains a family practice in Amherst MA.

Verena’s story:

“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.”

 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.

Verena is also an avid painter. Please visit her art website at VerenasGiftofArt.com.

Jessica Bolding, MS, EAMP: Member

Jessica Bolding, MS, EAMP finished her training at Bastyr University with a Masters of Natural Health Science in Acupuncture in 1999. Some of Jessica’s favorite times during her internship were experiences at the hospital in Chengdu, China’s University of Chinese Medicine. This inspired Jessica to learn Mandarin Chinese and spend the following two years working in the Chinese Medical Departments of local hospitals in China and Taiwan. In the last 8 years Jessica has taken on a more active humanitarian role in grant writing and exploring developing-high-need parts of the world. Most of her work has been centered around clean water, hygiene, and healthcare access with a strong emphasis on first-do-no-harm when it comes to global support.  In the last year, Jessica has been focusing on writing for journals and education. Jessica is very honored and excited to be on the AWB board with a shared passion to create more peace in the world.

Beth Nugent, DACM, MS, LAc.: Member

Beth began a journey into medicine at age 18. She became an Emergency Medical Technician in N.Y. City, and fell in love with the idea of helping people heal from trauma. She didn’t know then where that journey would take her, but her mother, an avid holistic nutrition and homeopathic medicine follower, inspired Beth’s evolution. Beth began yoga and martial arts at an early age, and followed her mother’s insights into more natural ways to health. After many years of working in the western medical field, she sought a more integrative approach to healing. Acupuncture was the doorway to that approach. Beth spent 6 years in New York City as a Paramedic, and 28 years with the Nassau County Police Department as a Police Officer, EMT and Detective. She has also worked as the Athletic Trainer for the NY Sharks Women’s Tackle Football Team, and has Bachelor’s degree in Sports Medicine. Beth is a graduate of New York College of Health Professions, receiving a master’s degree in Oriental Medicine. She is recently completed the doctoral program at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, earning her Doctor of Chinese Medicine degree. She has studied Classical Tuina massage through the Zheng Gu Tuina Institute, and is a daily meditator. Beth is licensed in New York and Oregon and has been in private practice since 2013. She has traveled with AWB to Nepal to provide acupuncture to earthquake survivors and victims of human trafficking, to Greece to treat Syrian and Afghan refugees and volunteers in the region, as well as Puerto Rico to treat people impacted by Hurricane Maria.

Sue Pollard: Member

Sue graduated from Southwest Acupuncture College in Albuquerque, NM in 2004.  She founded and operated an acupuncture practice there until moving to CT in 2009 where she transitioned out of acupuncture and into the business world where she is Director of Operations at a financial planning firm.  Sue became involved with AWB in 2005 at the outset of the response to hurricane Katrina. She was with the first AWB team in New Orleans and assisted with administration duties of the organization in the early days. Sue also started the first AWB Veterans clinic which ran for several years, and later volunteered with the response to the Newtown, CT school shooting.  As a member of the Board, Sue looks forward to helping AWB grow and reach more communities around the world.

Laura Wolf, L.Ac.: Member

Laura Wolf is a licensed acupuncturist based in Seattle, Washington.  She received her degree from Northwest Institute for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2003 and has been practicing at a community clinic in North Seattle since 2012.   The rest of her time is dedicated to family, various pets, travel and soccer.  She has been with her wife for 24 amazing years and they have two daughters, Daisy 19 and Verity 15.  Laura participates in the PTSA at her daughter’s high school and helps manage the high school girls’ soccer team.


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.

Peter Goldberg, Dipl. Ac., Lic. Ac., AP. : Member-at-Large

Peter Goldberg is a nationally board certified (NCCAOM) acupuncturist. He is licensed in Massachusetts and Florida as a Licensed Acupuncturist and Acupuncture Physician respectively. Peter holds two graduate degrees, one in Acupuncture Physical Medicine and the other in Community Health Administration. A hospice volunteer, he has been a board member of the Great Barrington Rudolf Steiner School, the Berkshire Food Coop and Chairman of the Board the Egremont, MA Board of Selectmen. Peter has held top administrative positions in the corporate, private and non-profit sectors, with a focus on organizational development, corporate education and training and volunteer administration.

Corporate and public speaking in the areas of health and wellness care is one of his passions as he has given over 200 presentations throughout North America and Israel.

Laurie Kleinman, MD, Member-at-Large

Laurie Ann Kleinman M.D. is a nationally licensed medical doctor, Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (DABPMR), a Diplomat of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine (DABIHM), a Diplomat of the American Board of Medical Acupuncture (DABMA), and a member of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture. Additionally, Dr. Kleinman is a certified Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist using the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA) protocol. For many years in Monterey County, California, Dr. Laurie Ann Kleinman has provided relief to her patients in an integrated Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation (PMR) practice and in a Medical Acupuncture practice. Her practice also included Electrodiagnositc Medicine (EMG/NCS) and she is a retired member of the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine.  Dr. Kleinman is the founder of both the Chinatown Community Acupuncture Clinic and the Gathering For Women Community Acupuncture Clinic. These clinics provided community style acupuncture for people experiencing homelessness in Monterey County, California. Dr. Laurie Ann Kleinman is past President of the AWB Board of Directors (2019-2020), an AWB Board member (2014-2020), and a proud member of Acupuncturists Without Borders since 2012.  Traveling both internationally and nationally, Dr. Laurie Kleinman has treated many people affected by trauma with the NADA protocol and the Medicine of Peace. She looks forward to many more years of healing those in need of her skills.

Ted Kapchuck : Member-at-Large

Barney Monks : Member-at-Large