Mississippi Oriental Medicine Association

“Dedicated to Enacting Fair and Safe Acupuncture Laws in Mississippi”




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2012-2013 Officers

President - Jerusha De Groote Stephens, MSOM, LAc

Vice President - Dennis Holmes, MSOM, LAc

Secretary - Debbie Moore DC, LAc

Treasurer - Clare Mallory, LAc



Contact us

Jerusha De Groote Stephens, MSOM


email: mississippiorientalmedicineassoc@yahoo.com



The Mississippi Oriental Medicine Association, or MOMA, was formed in April of 2007 as a non-profit, professional organization of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine practitioners, students, and friends interested in traditional and modern Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine throughout the State of Mississippi. MOMA's original mission statement, "Dedicated to enacting fair and safe acupuncture laws in Mississippi," rang true in the spring of 2009 when the Mississippi Legislature passed, and Governor Haley Barbour signed into law HB 458, The Acupuncture Practice Act. MOMA is proud for this tremendous leap and we will now continue to encourage and foster the healing art known as acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in our fair state.


As this professional organization grows, so does our focus. Now is the time for MOMA to promote and encourage public information and education about the practice of acupuncture and provide all the benefits possible to the membership of the organization. And, in all ways, serve and promote the public welfare.


Read more about MOMA's History here:


Membership and Donations



Membership is open to all acupuncturists holding a current license/certification issued by the Mississippi State Board of Medical Examiners (MSBML) as well as students currently enrolled in a masters level acupuncture program.  If you are a licensed acupuncturist and do not belong to MOMA, please consider joining now by completing on the membership application


Benefits of Membership 

—MOMA provides a unified voice during legislative sessions for all MOMA members.

Provides opportunities for continuing education at a discount rate for MOMA members.

Training for all members on new rules and laws that affect the practice of acupuncture.

Listing on MOMA's website.



Become a friend of MOMA today. We need patients and other supporters of Acupuncture to be involved as we increase access to Oriental Medicine in Mississippi. Join and stay up to date on important news and events. You can also send a one-time donation. Please complete the Membership Application.


Events and Meetings


Acupuncture Day at the Capitol

February 3, 2015 8am-3pm

State Capitol (Rotunda)

Jackson, MS 39201


Mississippi Council of Advisors in Acupuncture

Tuesday, July 29, 2014 (Agenda)

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 (Minutes)

Friday, July 27, 2012 (Meeting Minutes)

August 12, 2011 (Inaugural Meeting Minutes)

Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure

Jackson, MS


Find a Practitioner

Jerusha DeGroote Stephens, MSOM

Mon Ami Spa & Laser Center
Highland Village
4500 I-55 North, Suite #128
Jackson, MS 39211
Phone: 601-366-SPA1 (7721)
Fax: 601-366-7649
Open Monday through Saturday from 10AM-6PM



Dennis W. Holmes MSOM, LAc

AcuCare Acupuncture Clinic
5719 Highway 25, Suite 1
Flowood, MS 39232
Phone: 601-345-8621

Phone: 601-884-1000
Fax: 601-884-1005


email: acucare@gmail.com


Dr. Debbie Moore DC, LAc

Moore Chiropractic Clinic

6682 Hwy 11 N Ste 103

Carriere, MS 39426

Phone: 601-749-4939

Fax: 601-749-3818

Open Monday-Friday 8am-5pm and Saturday 8am-noon


email: PicayuneMCC@aol.com


Clare Mallory LAc, MAc, Dipl Ac

North Mississippi Acupuncture

140 Brickerton Street

Columbus, MS 39701

Phone: 662-597-1003

Monday-Friday 10am-6pm


Sarita Elizabeth Cox ND, LAc

1)      817 21st Street Avenue

Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

Phone: 205-310-7197

2)     Meridian Weight Management Center

1715 23rd Avenue

Meridian, MS 39301



Kirby Thompson, ND, MSOM, LAc

Wildflower Wellness (inside Vitamins Plus)

427 Weathersby Road

Hattiesburg, MS 39402

Phone: 601- 261-3009

Fax: 601-264-0145

email: drkirbythompsonnd@gmail.com

Stephanie Fenter MSOM, LAc

Jackson Acupuncture Clinic, PLLC

3670 Lakeland Lane, Ste 23

Jackson, MS 39211

Phone: 601-201-4098




Cynthia Ellison, LAc

Vital Stream Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine

7 Willow Bend Drive

Hattiesburg, MS 39402

Phone: (601) 818-9004


email: vsacupuncture@gmail.com


Acupuncture Education and Mississippi Licensure Information


Want to become a licensed acupuncturist in Mississippi?

Step 1 - Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure http://www.msbml.state.ms.us/

Step 2 - Find the Rules and Regulations for the profession in Mississippi (Acupuncture is Chapter 17)



Most people do not know that becoming an acupuncturist requires over 3,000 hours of didactic course work and clinical training. One must enter a graduate program at an institution accredited by the United States Department of Education. After acceptance into the Master of Science in Oriental Medicine program, a student has four years of study and the following requirements must be met in order to graduate:


Acupuncture & Techniques

528 hours

Chinese Herbal Training

636 hours

Clinical Training

1,008 hours

Biomedical Science

582 hours

Integral Studies: Oriental Medical Theories, Case Management, Practice Management, Communications, Mind-Body, Asian Bodywork & Ethics

456 hours


3,210 hours

Certification in Clean Needle Technique and CPR


The full scope of Traditional Chinese medicine cannot be utilized without the adjunctive modalities, like herbal medicine, moxibustion and cupping that require the intensive study gained when a Master of Science in Oriental Medicine is awarded.  The National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) only certifies practitioners who have passed their national board exam, as well completed the above requirements.  An NCCAOM certified practitioner will have thousands of hours of course work dedicated to the entirety of Traditional Chinese medicine conjoined with the biomedical knowledge needed to refer patients to physicians in times of need.    

Frequently Asked Questions


Who is on the Acupuncture Council and how do I contact them?

The Mississippi Council of Advisors in Acupuncture consists of:

Chair - Jerusha D. Stephens, LAc

Vice Chair - Clare Mallory, LAc

Secretary/Treasurer - J. Blake Mitchell MD


You can Contact the council through the current Chair. A second option to contact the Council is through the Mississippi Board of Medical Liscensure.


Who Can Practice Acupuncture?

Only Licensed Acupuncturists and certain Medical Doctors (See Below)

  1. Licensed Acupuncturists: Licensed acupuncturists have completed three to four years of study and are board certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Their course of study includes not only Oriental Medicine/Acupuncture but also Western (conventional) Medicine. As part of the prerequisites to sitting for their national board exams, acupuncturists must have a minimum of 3000 clinical hours completed in addition to their three- to four-year master's degree in acupuncture. Licensed acupuncturists here in MS are licensed and governed by the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure, the same board that licenses medical doctors.
  2. Medical Doctors: Medical doctors in Mississippi can practice medical acupuncture upon completion of a 200-hour course of study. Medical acupuncture is more Western in its approach than the traditional acupuncture that is practiced by a licensed acupuncturist. In other words, medical acupuncture bases its point selection more on Western anatomical and physiological training than on the Eastern philosophy upon which traditional acupuncture is based. Medical Acupuncturists, being medical doctors, are also governed by the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure.
  3. Physical Therapists and Dry Needling (not acupuncture): Physical therapists in MS can practice a technique known as dry needling upon completion of a 50-hour course of study. Dry needling is based on Western muscular and trigger point patterns. It can be very effective for musculoskeletal conditions, but it is important to note that it is not acupuncture. Furthermore, it is important to note that physical therapists in MS are not required to complete any clinical training in dry needling prior to certification; if you pursue dry needling with a physical therapist, therefore, make sure they have some experience behind them. Physical therapists are not governed by the Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure.
  4. Chiropractors: Chiropractic Law prohibits the practice of acupuncture unless the Chiropractor is dually licensed.
  5. The Mississippi Council of Advisors in Acupuncture's Official Position Paper can be found Here.



Useful Links

View Mississippi's Acupuncture Bill Here.

View States That Regulate and License the Practice of Acupuncture


Chronology of First Acupuncture Laws


Governor Haley Barbour signs HB 458 into LAW! View the current bill HERE


Find your Mississippi State Legislators here. Votesmart.org

Acupuncture Day at the Capitol 2009

Find out more about acupuncture.

National Institute of Health's acupuncture information.


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