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Upcoming Events

September 19, 2021

OAA 2021 Annual Conference

This is a conference with many teachers to learn from!
 

OAA 2021 Annual Conference

September 19, 2021

8am PDT, 11am EDT

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Overview

The 2021 Annual Conference of the Oregon Association of Acupuncturists will be online this year through Net of Knowledge.

Join us for a full day of rich learning opportunities! The day will be divided into 3 two-hour sessions, each with 3 concurrent talks that you can pick from.

Topics include: Kampo and Post-Viral Syndrome, Treating Concussion and Brain Injury with Acupuncture, Common Shoulder Injuries, Chinese Herbal Medicine Care for Symptoms Related to Infectious Diseases, Health Insurance Basics and Appeal, Advocating and Advancing the Practice of Acupuncture: Oregon Politics and Policy, and more!



Outline

  • September 19, 2021 - 8am PDT, 11am EDT (10 hrs)
    3 Sessions of 3 Concurrent Classes

September 26, 2021

Treating Alzheimer's and Dementia with Chinese Medicine

Greg Sperber
Greg Sperber
 

Treating Alzheimer's and Dementia with Chinese Medicine

with Greg Sperber

September 26, 2021

1pm PDT, 4pm EDT

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Overview

5.5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease. Currently, considered the 6th most common cause of death in the United States, but according to the National Institute of Health, it should be ranked third. While the most common form of dementia, there are lots of different types other than Alzheimer’s. This course will examine these dementias from both biomedical and Chinese points of view, and discuss Chinese medical diagnostics and therapeutics. Often biomedical treatment involves pharmaceuticals with adverse drug reactions. Chinese medicine can help treat and support patients with dementia. Participants will leave with a real-world approach to treating these conditions.



Outline

  • September 26, 2021 - 1pm PDT, 4pm EDT (2 hrs)
    IntroductionDiscuss Western medical diagnosis of Alzheimer's and other dementiasDiscuss Western medical treatment of Alzheimer's and other dementiasDiscuss the Chinese medical diagnosis of Alzheimer's and other dementiasDiscuss the Chinese medical treatment of Alzheimer's and other dementias

Your Teacher

Greg Sperber

Greg Sperber

Dr. Greg Sperber is an author and also holds a Masters and Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. He is a professor at PCOM and speaks internationally on TCM business and drug-herb interactions.


Categories

Diseases and Disorders
Herbs
Acupuncture



Tags

Acupuncture
Traditional Chinese Medicine
Alzheimers
TCM
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Western Medicine
Dementia


October 2-3, 2021

The Low Back, Hip and Groin - Postural Assessment and Corrective Exercise II (PACE II)

Module II - Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification Webinar Program

Ian Armstrong
Ian Armstrong
Matt Callison
Matt Callison
Brian Lau
Brian Lau
 

The Low Back, Hip and Groin - Postural Assessment and Corrective Exercise II (PACE II)

Module II - Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification Webinar Program

with Ian Armstrong, Matt Callison, and Brian Lau

October 2-3, 2021

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Overview

This 2-day cutting-edge course will teach the practitioner how to assess postural dysfunction and prescribe therapeutic exercises for postural, muscle and channel imbalances that have directly contributed to the patient's musculoskeletal injury. This course will teach the acupuncturist important skills to prescribe specific exercises in the management of their patient’s health care. Exercising different body parts simultaneously in specific and coordinated motions activates the myofascial sinew channels so that form and function can align. The practitioner will learn to integrate acupuncture protocols with exercise prescription, including how to use intra-dermal needle point prescriptions on the Extraordinary Vessel master points to alleviate discomfort, increase proprioception and enhance clinical outcomes.



Outline

  • October 2, 2021 - 8am PDT, 11am EDT (3 hrs)
    Day 1 Morning
  • October 2, 2021 - 12:30pm PDT, 3:30pm EDT (4.5 hrs)
    Day 1 Afternoon
  • October 3, 2021 - 8am PDT, 11am EDT (3 hrs)
    Day 2 Morning
  • October 3, 2021 - 12:30pm PDT, 3:30pm EDT (4.5 hrs)
    Day 2 Afternoon

Your Teachers

Ian Armstrong

Ian Armstrong

Ian is an experienced teacher of both the Treatment of Orthopedic Disorders (TOD) and Advanced TOD classes at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and current supervisor at the RIMAC center at the University of California San Diego where he supervises acupuncture students in treatment of UCSD collegiate athletes working alongside the athletic trainers.

Matt Callison

Matt Callison

Matt Callison is a renowned instructor and published author of the Motor Points and Acupuncture Meridians Chart and quintessential texts such as the Motor Point Index (MPI) Reference Guide and Sports Medicine Acupuncture: An Integrated Approach Combining Sports Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. He has over 27 years of experience in sports medicine and acupuncture.

Brian Lau

Brian Lau

Brian Lau, AP, CSMA, is certified in both Sports Medicine Acupuncture and Structural Integration. He has been on faculty since 2013 with the Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification (SMAC) program, where he teaches anatomy and physiology, assessment and treatment of the channel sinews (jingjin), and myofascial release.

October 14, 2021

Your Network is your Net Worth

Cultivating an Effective Network for Your Patient Acquisition and Business Goals

Free
Nell Smircina
Nell Smircina
 

Your Network is your Net Worth

Cultivating an Effective Network for Your Patient Acquisition and Business Goals

with Nell Smircina

October 14, 2021

5pm PDT, 8pm EDT

Register for FREE!

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Overview

A roadblock for many acupuncture practitioners is knowing how to implement an effective strategy for growing their network. Often as confusing is understanding why it's important and then how to leverage it to get what we need for business and practice growth. We often forget that networking is about bringing mutual value. Having a solid network (and knowing how to effectively and ethically communicate to that network) allows for many opportunities. This course will provide a framework for these strategies. Common opportunities from effective networking: increased qualified referrals, speaking and media opportunities and enhanced credibility.



Outline

  • October 14, 2021 - 5pm PDT, 8pm EDT (1.5 hrs)
    Common misconceptions and opportunities for networkingComponents of a networking strategyTemplates for networking and referrals based on networkingMessaging: your one sentence introMessaging: your Simple Structure StoryCreating and Implementing your Top 20 List

Your Teacher

Nell Smircina

Nell Smircina

Dr. Nell Smircina, DAOM, L.Ac., Dipl. OM is an advocate, educator and practitioner with a focus on the integration of acupuncture into America's standard of care.


Categories

Terminology
Ethics & Safety
Acupuncture



Tags

Referrals
Practice
Practice Building
Communication
Business
Integrative
Practice Management
Marketing
Foundations of practice


October 16, 2021

Effective Treatments for Common Facial Conditions

Michelle Gellis
Michelle Gellis
 

Effective Treatments for Common Facial Conditions

with Michelle Gellis

October 16, 2021

9am PDT, 12pm EDT

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Overview

This event will introduce the learner to several effective treatments for treating common facial conditions such as neuromuscular dysfunction like TMJ and Bell's palsy and will also address cosmetic concerns like sagging skin and wrinkles. Protocols such as facial motor points, micro-needling, submuscular needling and scalp acupuncture will be taught.

This event will be beneficial to both experienced and new practitioners and will provide a comprehensive overview of many easy-to-implement treatments.



Outline

  • October 16, 2021 - 9am PDT, 12pm EDT (4 hrs)
    Live Stream

Your Teacher

Michelle Gellis

Michelle Gellis

Michelle Gellis is a Licensed and Board Certified Acupuncture Physician. She has been a Faculty Member and Clinic Supervisor at the Maryland University of Integrative Health since 2004. Ms Gellis holds the distinction of being one of the very few acupuncturists in the US certified to teach Facial Acupuncture certification classes on an international level to other acupuncturists.


Categories

Diseases and Disorders
Acupuncture



Tags

Submuscular Needling
Scalp Acupuncture
TMJ
Bells Palsy
Facial Acupuncture
Motor Point Acupuncture
Trigeminal Neuralgia


October 24, 2021

Protecting Yourself Through Proper Charting

Greg Sperber
Greg Sperber
 

Protecting Yourself Through Proper Charting

with Greg Sperber

October 24, 2021

1pm PDT, 4pm EDT

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Overview

This course looks at how to do a proper chart and examines some of the common mistakes made when charting. Based on the instructor’s experience with medical charting and over 12 years of clinical supervising, seeing all the mistakes and studying what makes a great chart. In addition, this course will discuss medicolegal aspects of SOAP notes as well as the SOAPE note. This course is a must take for anyone who wishes to protect themselves legally as well as give the best care to their patients.



Outline

  • October 24, 2021 - 1pm PDT, 4pm EDT (2 hrs)
    Subjective topicsObjective topicsAssessment topicsPlan topics

Your Teacher

Greg Sperber

Greg Sperber

Dr. Greg Sperber is an author and also holds a Masters and Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. He is a professor at PCOM and speaks internationally on TCM business and drug-herb interactions.


Categories

Western Medicine
Practice Building



Tags

Charting
SOAP Notes
History
Medical History
Practice procedures
Practice Management


October 30, 2021

The Five Phases of Ba Zi Chinese Astrology - More than a beginner’s intro

A recommended adjunct to the Intro class, any Chinese Astrology or Feng Shui classes

Howard Chen
Howard Chen
Sonia Tan
Sonia Tan
 

The Five Phases of Ba Zi Chinese Astrology - More than a beginner’s intro

A recommended adjunct to the Intro class, any Chinese Astrology or Feng Shui classes

with Howard Chen and Sonia Tan

October 30, 2021

8am PDT, 11am EDT

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Overview

Deepen your knowledge of the Chinese metaphysical concept of the Five Elements / Five Phases - Wǔ Xíng (五行), and understand how it applies to personalities, preferences and health in Bā Zì (八字) Chinese Astrology. Do you know the differences between the Yang Wood and Yin Wood personality types and how excessive or deficient states affect the manifestations of the constitutional self? Do you understand how one’s personality and useful elements react and adapt when there are specific elements interacting with the constitutional self? Learn each of the singular 10 constitutional selves more in-depth. Learn more about the layers and context of how the presence and interactions of the other Wu Xing affects and differentiates how one’s constitutional energetic self presents both internally and externally to the world. Understand how these elements can be used as a tool to understand yourself, your relationships, and your life, including health and lifestyle choices.

PRE-REQUISITES: A) Basic and comfortable knowledge of Wǔ Xíng (五行) Five Element / Phase, and Yin / Yang theory. B) Introduction to Chinese Astrology: An introduction to the basic components of Bā Zì (八字) Chinese Astrology and Fēng Shuǐ 風水 (风水).



Outline

  • October 30, 2021 - 8am PDT, 11am EDT (3.75 hrs)
    INTRO AND CONTEXT: Introduction, brief history, and review of the San Cai, reasons for the course. Basic history, definitions and examples of San Cai (Three Essences) and Tian-Ren-Di (Heaven-Humans-Earth). Review of Ba Zi chart. Application examples.5E/P REVIEW AND TONG GUAN: Dispel old beliefs and knowledge of 5E, differentiate objective from subjective education of the 5E transmitted from other teachers. Review basic 5E cycles. Discussion on translation of Wu Xing. Introduction of Tong Guan.WOOD AND FIRE PHASE PERSONALITIES AND POLARITIES: Descriptions and discussion of Wood and Fire 5 Element/Phase personaltieis, polarities, "strong" vs "weak", with examples.EARTH AND METAL PHASE PERSONALITIES AND POLARITIES: Descriptions and discussion of Earth and Metal 5 Element/Phase personaltieis, polarities, "strong" vs "weak", with examples.
  • October 30, 2021 - 12:45pm PDT, 3:45pm EDT (2.5 hrs)
    WATER PHASE PERSONALITIES AND POLARITIES: Descriptions and discussion Water 5 Element/Phase personaltieis, polarities, "strong" vs "weak", with examples.ELEMENT/PHASE COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS: Comparative analysis review. Rankings/contrast and compare.ELEMENT/PHASE RELATIONSHIP ANALYSIS: Intro to the 10 God Relationships aka 5 Phases relationship analysis.CASE EXAMPLES PRACTICEQ & A: Questions and discussions.REVIEW AND SUMMARY: Summary and review of 5E/P, Ba Zi Birth Charts, its application to relationships, health and lifestyle.

Your Teachers

Howard Chen

Howard Chen

Howard Chen, MD, FAAMA, ABOIM, is the founder and director of The Chen Center for Integrative Medicine in Reno, NV, where he treats patients in a membership model using a blended approach of Western and Eastern principles.

Sonia Tan

Sonia Tan

Dr. Sonia F Tan, DAOM, RAc, RTCMP, licensed since 2006, is a Doctor of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (DAOM degree), a Registered Acupuncturist, and a Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Practitioner. She is one of few certified Gold Level practitioners of the late Dr. Richard Tehfu Tan.


Categories

Five Elements
Classical Chinese Medicine
Diagnosis



Tags

10 heavenly stems
Three Treasures
12 Earthly Branches
Feng Shui
Balance Method
5 Elements
Balance System Acupuncture
Classical Chinese Medicine
Chinese Astrology
Five Elements


October 31, 2021

Why (Not How) Herbs Work

Greg Sperber
Greg Sperber
 

Why (Not How) Herbs Work

with Greg Sperber

October 31, 2021

1pm PDT, 4pm EDT

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Overview

We generally know how herbs work either from Chinese or scientific theory or a combination of both. But why do they work? What in the history of plants, animals, and evolution created the benefits of these healthy little bundles? This lecture will examine these questions, in a mind-opening and scientific (but not overwhelming) approach, by exploring Gaia theory, hormesis and xenohormesis, planetary autopoiesis, DNA and epigenetics, and Plant–Human Coalitions. This will be a logical and philosophical exploration of herbs, why and how co-evolution has played a role in their effectiveness.



Outline

  • October 31, 2021 - 1pm PDT, 4pm EDT (2 hrs)
    IntroductionGaia TheoryPlant-Human CoalitionsHormesis and XenohormesisImplications and Summary

Your Teacher

Greg Sperber

Greg Sperber

Dr. Greg Sperber is an author and also holds a Masters and Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. He is a professor at PCOM and speaks internationally on TCM business and drug-herb interactions.


Categories

Theory
Herbs



Tags

Gaia Theory
Planetary Autopoiesis
Herbs
Herbal Medicine
Plant-Human Coalitions


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