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AAVA Board of Directors & Officers-2017-2018


Maurice F. Casey, III DVM (2017-2018)

Dr. Maurice Casey received his DVM Degree from Araneta University, The Philippines. While attending LSU for his year of Clinical rotations, his first daughter, Brianne was born.   As he has always enjoyed all types of animals, he took his first job in Clifton, Va. at Deepwood Vet Clinic, a mixed practice. HIs second daughter Shannon was born while he worked there. 

In 1986, Dr. Casey purchased the Marianna Animal Hospital in Marianna, Fla.  It was a companion animal practice that he expanded to also include the treatment of horses and wild life.  During his time in Florida, he began to realize that while Western medicine had its positive points, it was not the "Holy Grail" he had initially thought it was.  He became interested in acupuncture and attended the IVAS Congress in Atlanta in 1990.  In 1993 he enrolled in the IVAS basic acupuncture certification course and the "Journey" began and continues today. 

In 1994 Dr. Casey sold his practice in Florida and moved to Marshall, Virginia with wife Diane and 3 children, Sean was born while in Florida. He started Casey Veterinary Services which is a performance horse-based cliental with emphasis on lameness evaluation.  Acupuncture and adjustments are a major component of our evaluation and treatment. 

He is a lifelong horse enthusiast.  In addition to his veterinary practice, he owns a Thoroughbred breeding farm and his foals have competed successfully in the sales ring and on the race track.


Vice President:

Lynelle Graham, DVM, MS, DACVAA, CVA, CVC (2017-2018)

Dr. Graham is a veterinary anesthesiologist with a strong interest in chronic pain management and geriatric pet care. She completed her acupuncture training (1999-2000), chiropractic training (2000-01), and herbal training (2004-05) after her anesthesiology residency.  After 15 years as a faculty member at the University of Minnesota CVM, she will be moving into a new faculty position at the University of Illinois CVM, where she will be part of both the established anesthesia service and a developing integrative pain management service.  

As a person who trains future practitioners, She wants to bridge that gap between academia and private practice.  Dr. Graham already climbed the learning curve in her previous BOD service, so she is ready to jump in and make progress!


Past President:

Keum Hwa Choi, DVM, PhD, CVA, OMD Lac, Diplomate NCCAOM (2017-2018)

Dr. Keum Hwa Choi, is an associate professor and a section chief of the Complementary & Alternative Medicine (CAM) at the College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Minnesota (UMN). Dr. Choi practices Traditional Eastern Veterinary Medicine for small animals (mainly dogs and cats), large animals (mainly horses and occasionally cow) and raptors (eagles and hawks). Recently, she practices Sa-Am Traditional Korean Medical acupuncture particularly. Dr. Choi teaches an Integrative medicine elective course including acupuncture, food therapy, medicinal herbology, Chu-na (hand manipulation in Traditional Korean Medicine), neutraceuticals, and Eastern Medicine theory and works as a course coordinator. Dr. Choi also provides senior rotation course elective for students from UMN and other states. Dr. Choi gives many lectures and presentations internationally and domestically. She also does research and has been published in peer reviewed journals and proceedings. She works on the editorial board of American Journal of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and Tang(International Journal of Genuine Traditional Medicine). At Present she serves as a vice president at the AAVA.



Mili Bass,DVM, DABVP (Canine/Feline), CVA-MAV (2016-2019)


Dr. Mili Bass is a 1981 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine.  She founded Village Veterinary Clinic and Laser Center in Knoxville, TN (now Village Veterinary Medical Center) in 1982, and sold the AAHA-accredited practice to her two associate veterinarians in 2003.  She became certified in Veterinary Acupuncture in 2007 (MAV), took the Chi Institute Advanced Acupuncture course in 2008, and maintains a practice in Knoxville limited to acupuncture and pain management.  She and her husband own Dream Katcher Lodge, a luxury boarding facility for cats and dogs; in addition, Dr. Bass works as a locum tenens in the state of Hawaii.  She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, with a Canine/Feline specialty.

Dr. Bass has been actively involved in organized veterinary medicine since 1984, including serving in the AVMA HOD representing the Tennessee VMA for 10 years.  She was the Editor of AAVA’s The Meridian from 2012-2015, and currently is the AAVA Delegate to the HOD.  She looks forward to continuing to learn, and hopes to continue to serve our profession as treasurer of AAVA.


Robert Norman Schwyzer, DVM, CVA, FAAVA (2015-2018 2nd term)

Kevin May, DVM (2015-2018 2nd term)

Dr. May graduated from Texas A&M University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1980, where his interest in veterinary acupuncture started (Thank-You Dr. Bill McMullen), and went straight into a practice that utilized acupuncture in both equine and small animals.  In 1988, he became certified in veterinary acupuncture by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS), and in 2000 completed their course in veterinary herbal medicine.  He became certified in veterinary chiropractic by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA) in 1992 and completed their Master’s program in 1995.  Since 1996, Kevin has been lecturing on equine acupuncture both nationally, internationally, and in the IVAS US Basic Veterinary Acupuncture course. In 2012, he joined the teaching staff for the IVAS Basic Veterinary Acupuncture Course in Australia.  He was Co-Author and Editor of both the original IVAS Canine and Equine Required Acupuncture Point CDs and has continued as chairperson of the IVAS Point Committee.  From 1998 – 2000, he served as the Founding President of the AAVA and from 2006-2008 as President of IVAS.  He has also served on the Board of Directors of both organizations.  In 2009, he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the AAVA.  Currently, he serves on both the AAVA and IVAS Board of Directors, as an AAVA delegate to the IVAS House of Delegates (HOD), as Chairperson of the AAVA Membership Committee, on the AAVA Conference & Program Committee, Chairperson of the IVAS Point Committee, and on the IVAS International Education and Continuing Education Committees.

Currently, he is a partner in the El Cajon Valley Veterinary Hospital, located in El Cajon, California (just east of San Diego, California), which is a mixed animal practice.  His primary function is equine ambulatory medicine with a special emphasis on equine performance medicine, lameness, dentistry, acupuncture, herbal medicine and chiropractic.  One day per week, he also does small animal acupuncture, herbal medicine and chiropractic.


 Carol Gifford, DVM, CVA, FAAVA (2016-2018 1st term)

Dr. Gifford's interest in veterinary acupuncture started during veterinary school at Tufts.  She earned her DVM in 2003 and was IVAS certified in 2007.  Since then, she has been passionately practicing veterinary acupuncture.  She has been a member of the AAVA since 2006 and a Fellow of the Academy since 2014. Dr. Gifford was a Teaching Assistant for the IVAS course in 2012-13. She is a liaison between the AAVA and AHVMA, serves as one of the ten AAVA representatives to the IVAS House of Delegates, as well as the chairperson for the AAVA Public Relations Committee.  Currently, she owns and operates a house-call complementary-only practice in the Columbus, OH area.


Michelle Tilghman, DVM, CVA, CCRP (2017-2019 1st term)

Dr. Michelle Tilghman has been practicing veterinary medicine since 1982.  She is a member of  American Veterinary Medical Association, AVMA, International Veterinary Acupuncture Society, IVAS, American Acupuncture Veterinary Academy, AAVA, and the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Society, AHVMA. A graduate of the University of Georgia’s Veterinary School, she has focused her career on complementary modalities, utilizing her Western education coupled with her knowledge of Eastern medicine, which has been around for over three thousand years.  She has been certified as an acupuncturist through IVAS since 1984, and she received certification as a canine rehabilitation practitioner (CCRP) at the University of Tennessee in 2004.  As an international educator, she has taught in Brazil, Belgium, and Germany (to name only a few of the countries in which she has taught), where she instructed veterinary students and doctors in over forty sessions on the topics of acupuncture, rehabilitation, and complementary modalities.  She was an adjunct professor at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine.  In 2010, she was invited to be a guest lecturer at Grand Rounds at Purdue University’s School of veterinary medicine. She is a contributing author of the second edition of Veterinary Acupuncture: Ancient Art to Modern Medicine (Schoen Am, St Louis, 2001, Mosby). Her magazine articles are in the Animal Wellness Magazine.

Executive Director:
Deloris Green Gaines