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Welcome to Columbus
There is an energy and excitement in Columbus, Ohio that will hit you as soon as you arrive. Big things are happening here, and you’re invited to join in. The city is booming, and not just in population.
School of Medical Massage
AIAM has been teaching holistic skills in Medical Massage Therapy for 20 years, making our program the longest-running medical massage program in Central Ohio. AIAM’s program specializes in teaching neuromuscular therapy – a skill employers seek when hiring LMTs.
School of Nursing
AIAM’s holistic teaching approach helps nurses not only build their skills, but also their ability to connect and interact with patients. Our exceptional nursing programs emphasize small classroom sizes, one-on-one time with professors, with a focus on holistic treatment and psychomotor skills of patients.
School of Acupuncture
Students acquire skills in acupuncture, business, anatomy, physiology, ethics, Chinese Medicine, and more. These skills are applied in AIAM’s on-site Acupuncture Clinic where students treat patients from the Columbus community.
School of Medical Assisting
The Medical Assisting Program is designed to provide graduates with the skills necessary to obtain entry-level employment in a variety of multidisciplinary clinical and/or administrative healthcare settings. The program also provides an overview of complementary and holistic methods and current healthcare trends.
Meet the 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.
Accreditations & Approvals
- AIAM is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 302 Arlington, Virginia 22201 ph: 703.247.4212 www.accsc.org
- The American Institute of Alternative Medicine’s Master’s Degree in Acupuncture (MAc) Program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). Accreditation status and notes may be viewed on the ACAOM Directory.ACAOM is recognized by the United States Department of Education as the specialized accreditation agency for institutions/programs preparing acupuncture and Oriental medicine practitioners. ACAOM is located at:ACAOM 8941 Aztec Drive, Suite 2 Eden Prairie, MN 55347 ph: 952-212-2434 www.acaom.org
- AIAM is authorized by the Ohio Department of Higher Education.25 South Front Street Columbus, Ohio 43215 ph: 614.466.6000
- AIAM is registered with the Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools. Registration number 1489T.