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The American Institute of Alternative Medicine (AIAM) is a private higher education institution whose mission is to empower by promoting a holistic approach to wellness. AIAM models an integrative approach to develop and inspire compassionate professionals, nurture vibrant lives, and foster a healthy community.

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Accreditations & Approvals

The American Institute of Alternative Medicine located in Columbus Ohio is accredited by the Accredidation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine AIAM is a private higher learning institution accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges AIAM is accredited by the Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools. AIAM is approved by the State Medical Board of Ohio AIAM is accredited by the Ohio Board of Nursing.

Meet our Co-founders

Diane Sater-Wee, BS LMT

Chief Executive Officer

Diane is responsible for AIAM's strategic direction and compliance with legal and accrediting standards. She has served on the National and State of Ohio Boards of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA), the Executive Committee for the National Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, the founding board of the Ohio Council of Massage Therapy Schools, and on various committees for the State Medical Board of Ohio and the Asian Bodywork Therapy Association.

Diane worked as an Account Representative for five years and as an Engineer for another five years with IBM. Diane received her undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University College of Engineering and her massage diploma from the Central Ohio School of Massage.


Helen Yee, B.A., LMT

Chief Financial Officer

Helen co-founded AIAM with Diane in 1990. She is responsible for setting the school’s administrative and financial objectives, policies and practices. She also directs the acquisition, development, implementation and operation support systems. In addition to her work at AIAM, Helen serves on the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) site visit team for the evaluation of acupuncture schools across the country.

Helen serves on the Stonewall Columbus Board of Trustees and is on the Board of Directors for State of the Arts Productions. She previously served as President of the Pacific Association of Women Martial Artists. Helen has competed in both national and international martial arts competitions throughout her career and was an alternate in the 1988 Olympics. She competed on the U.S. Tae Kwon Do team in 1990, earning a silver medal in the World Cup in Madrid, Spain. Helen was inducted into the Bruce Lee Martial Arts Hall of Fame in 2015.