Meet the Physicians

David S. Groopman, M.D., FAAMA

Board Certified Internal Medicine

Board Certified Medical Acupuncture (ABMA)

Board Eligible Emergency Medicine

Fellow American Academy of Medical Acupuncture

Private practice in Medical Acupuncture for 20 years - Richmond, Virginia

Previously practiced and taught Emergency Medicine for more than 20 years

Senior Preceptor - Helms Medical Institute / ACUS (medical acupuncture for physicians training)

Assistant Clinical Professor - Virginia Commonwealth University Health System - Richmond, Virginia


Nick Kouchis, M.D., DABMA

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Board Certified in Family Practice

Board Certified in Medical Acupuncture

Diplomate American Academy of Medical Acupuncture

Dr. Kouchis is a Family Practice physician and Medical Acupuncturist.  He has been in solo private practice for more than 20 years in Woodbridge, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.  Dr. Kouchis loves to teach and has been a preceptor for the Helms Medical Institute for more than 15 years. 

"Adding Medical Acupuncture to my Family Medicine practice has strengthened my diagnostic skills to develop a more comprehensive understanding of a patient's health condition and the impact on their life.  It has provided my patients the ability to be treated effectively without solely relying on the use of medications, and has inspired a passion in teaching for me and learning for our physician students that can overall improve the humanistic qualities of medicine." "Adding Medical Acupuncture to my Family Medicine practice has strengthened my diagnostic skills to develop a more comprehensive understanding of a patient's health.

Mitchell Elkiss, D.O., FACN, FAAMA, CSP-OMM








Fellow of the American College Neurology

Fellow of the American Academy of  Medical Acupuncture 

Associate Professor of Neurology Michigan State University- College of Osteopathic Medicine 

Certified Special Proficiency in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine by American Academy of Osteopathy



Private practice of Integrative Neurology, 38 yrs

Associates in Neurology, Farmington Hills, MI 

Senior preceptor/Lecturer Medical Acupuncture for Physicians, HMI/ACUS

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Ali Safayan, M.D.








Internal Medicine, Integrative Primary Care,  Medical Acupuncture
Regenerative Orthopedic Medicine – Prolotherapy
PRP – Joint Repair
NAET – Allergy Elimination

Dr Safayan was born in Shiraz, Iran. He received his medical degree from Cebu Doctors’ College of Medicine in Cebu, Philippines. He has been in private practice since 1990 and was board certified in Internal Medicine in 2000. He holds the following faculty positions: Senior Preceptor in Medical Acupuncture for the Helms Medical Institute and ACUS Foundation since 1997.  Senior Instructor in prolotherapy for the Hackett Hemwall Patterson Foundation since 2009.  Adjunct faculty at Georgetown University CAM graduate program since 2012.

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