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Ongiara Foundation Directors

Tara Welty Rev. Tara Welty
Tara is a Certified Practitioner member of the American Organization of Oriental Bodywork Therapies and an ordained minister of the Circle of the Sacred Earth. Her practice, Great Blue Heron Healing Arts, offers Jin Shin Jyutsu, Plant Spirit Medicine, Five Element Energetic Healing and wellness education to the Buffalo community. A practitioner with over ten years of experience, she is also the chair of the Standards of Practice and Ethics Committee for the Plant Spirit Medicine Association. A graduate of the Foreign Service program at Georgetown University, she has spent extensive time in study and travel abroad in Europe, Russia and Asia. Her life-long study of traditional medicine is complemented by her background in sustainable agriculture, viticulture, and native plant cultivation.


John Davis John Davis
John is the editorial design director for the Buffalo News where he leads a team of 23 designers, illustrators and photographers in the daily design and presentation of news and features sections, in print and online. John has also taught visual communication at the undergraduate level for seven years, and has designed publications for local and national organizations including SUNY at Buffalo Law School, Gibraltar Industries, Rich Products, The Buffalo Sabres, The Buffalo Bisons and Niagara University. A student of Chinese martial arts since 1983, John’s focus has shifted from the external styles of martial arts toward the internal arts with an emphasis on Taoist and Buddhist Qigong and Reiki Tummo.

Julie Lawson Julie Lawson, B.Ed, Lic.Ac (UK), L.Ac (MD)
Julie initially worked as a teacher before becoming an acupuncturist in the mid-90s. Having lived most of her life in the UK, she moved to Canada in 2001 where she practices acupuncture and Rejuvanessence in Fort Erie, ON. She also directs TendingShen International which provides post-graduate acupuncture education in the US, Canada and Europe. She is a mother and a grandmother, has experience in making furniture, stained glass, fund-raising and conference organizing. A founder member of both Ongiara College and Ongiara Foundation, she is currently a pro tem ex officio member of the Board of Directors of Ongiara Foundation. Julie is the principal of Ongiara College of Acupuncture and Moxibustion.

The Ongiara Foundation Board of Directors is seeking new members!

Are you passionate about any of the following?

  • Western New York/Buffalo/Niagara region
  • Preventative health care
  • Low cost clinics
  • Community health education
  • Cost effective health care options
  • The integration of western medicine and complementary medical practice
  • Increasing awareness of the benefits of acupuncture treatment
  • Actively supporting the training of complementary health professionals

If you answered “yes” to any of the above – we want to meet you!

Ongiara Foundation was initially established to support Ongiara College of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, opening in Fort Erie, Ontario in September 2009.  Its wider aims are to provide financial support for people who would wish to pursue a career in acupuncture and to increase public awareness of the benefits of acupuncture in integrated health care. 
Will you help us achieve this goal?

For more information, please contact Rev. Tara Welty



Ongiara Foundation
187 Hodge Ave, Buffalo, New York, USA, 14222
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