ACAOM Announces New Commissioner

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN, March 3, 2021 – – The Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) is pleased to announce the election of Safiya McCarter, ND, MSAOM, L.Ac as an At-Large member of the Commission. 

Dr. McCarter is a Naturopathic Doctor and Acupuncturist practicing in Silver Spring, Maryland. She is also a consultant that facilitates organizations in their work of establishing a standard of equity, inclusion, and diversity and applying that standard to the work they do and the services they provide.

Dr. McCarter served as adjunct faculty at Bastyr University-Washington in the Schools of Naturopathic Medicine and Natural Health Arts & Sciences from 2011-2018 and Co-Director of the Daniel K. Church Center for Social Justice and Diversity from 2015-2018. In these roles she was involved in curriculum design, development and implementation, and accreditation standards review. She developed and delivered workshops and trainings on social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion for staff, students and faculty. She has also been a featured panelist and conference presenter on cultural humility, diversity and inclusion specifically as they relate to healthcare delivery and education.

Dr. McCarter currently serves on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP) and acts as Chair of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee.  She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC) and acts as Vice-President of Accreditation and Chair of the Education Standards and Equity & Access Committees.

Dr. McCarter completed her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and MS in Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine at Bastyr University-Washington, Kenmore, WA; and BS degrees in Biology and Mathematics at Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA.