Speakers - Great River Symposium 2014

Listed in alphabetical order.


John Chen, LAc, PhD, PharmD, OMD

Dr. John Chen is a recognized authority on Chinese herbal medicine and western pharmacology. He received a doctor of pharmacy (PharmD) from the University of Southern California School of Pharmacy and a doctor of Oriental medicine (OMD) from South Baylo University of Oriental Medicine. Upon graduation, he received extensive post-graduate training in herbology and internal medicine in Beijing, China. He is currently an assistant professor at USC School of Pharmacy, Yo San University, Emperor’s College and Los Angeles Chiropractic College.

Dr. Chen actively participates in education and research, and lectures widely at conferences at local, state, national, and international levels. He is the author of two textbooks: Chinese Medical Herbology and Pharmacology and Chinese Herbal Formulas and Applications. He is also an editorial board member for Medical Acupuncture by American Academy of Medical Acupuncture (AAMA) and American Acupuncturist by American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM).


Diane Cridennda, LAc, DOM (New Mexico)

Diane Cridennda has dedicated a significant amount of her practice at East Winds Acupuncture to treating infertility - high tech as well as treating those couples who choose a more natural approach. She has been in private practice as an acupuncturist and Chinese herbologist since 1995.

Cridennda conducts research projects with the Reproductive Medicine and Fertility Center ™ adding acupuncture to high tech fertility treatments, including In Vitro Fertilization (IVF). Her research with IVF demonstrated a higher percent chance of pregnancy, and more importantly, more take-home babies, fewer ectopic pregnancies and fewer miscarriages to those women who had acupuncture. She believes “We must take advantage of the breakthroughs in modern technology, but we can’t lose touch with the ancient wisdom of Chinese Medicine.”


Ruth Eaton, BSN, RN, MOm, LAc

Ruth Eaton practices Traditional Chinese Medicine and is licensed as an acupuncturist by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice. She owns Synergy Health, a private practice in Edina, MN. She received her master’s degree in Oriental medicine from Northwestern Health Sciences University.

Eaton also holds a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of North Dakota and has been a registered nurse for more than 30 years. She has held staff, executive and consulting roles in acute care, long-term care and employee health. She is also credentialed in human resources and worked in change management where she specialized in strategies for individuals and organizations moving through change. She combines her backgrounds to serve people moving through major transitions and living with chronic conditions.


Jacqueline Gran, SFQ Master Healer

Jacqueline Gran has been passionate about energy and art for as long as she can remember. She has been practicing Spring Forest Qigong since 1999. She was certified as an SFQ Master Healer in 2009, a level two instructor in 2009, a level one instructor in 2008 and became certified as a Qi-ssage instructor in 2012.


Paul Magarelli, MD, PhD

Dr. Paul Magarelli is a nationally noted, board certified reproductive and infertility specialist. Practicing in Colorado Springs since 1998, he is founder and medical director of Reproductive Medicine and Fertility Centers in Colorado and New Mexico.

Dr. Magarelli has presented and published groundbreaking research in the area of integrating Eastern (Acupuncture) and Western medical treatments for infertility. Today, he continues to investigate the role of Traditional Chinese Medicine in treating In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) patients, thereby forging the way for the future of reproductive medicine.

Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Magarelli was honored as the recipient of the Reproductive Scientist Award in 1994 by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the Practicing Physicians Award in 2004 by the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society.


Marlene Merritt, LAc, DOM (New Mexico), ACN

Marlene Merritt is an applied clinical nutritionist (ACN) who has successfully integrated Oriental medicine with nutrition and Western lab testing into a practice that specializes in Functional Medicine. She is a national speaker on Oriental medicine and nutrition, as well as being a regular columnist for Acupuncture Today.

Her recent speaking engagements have included multiple national acupuncture conferences, as well as speaking at the University of Maryland Medical School on the topic of reversing diabetes. She has patients across the U.S., as well as having a full-time clinical practice in Austin, Texas.


William R. Morris, LAc, PhD, DAOM

Dr. William Morris has 33 years of focus upon the problem of pulse diagnosis. He was a senior student, co-teaching with Shen and Hammer during the 1990s and, following that, built a comprehensive pulse diagnosis system rooted in classics that evaluates the entire warp and woof of the channel systems from the divergent channels to the sinews and back. He is an author of Li Shi-zhen Pulse Studies: An Illustrated Guide and Transformation: Healing Trauma with Acupuncture and Herbs.

Dr. Morris developed three DAOM programs and led AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine to regional accreditation. He is also author of a regular column in Acupuncture Today called “Eastern Currents” which works with the problems of professionalism, knowledge production and the boundaries of practice in society.


Mary Elizabeth Wakefield, LAc, MS, MM

Mary Elizabeth Wakefield is widely acknowledged as the leading international authority on facial acupuncture. She was the AAAOM Educator of the Year in 2005 and is the author of the book Constitutional Facial Acupuncture (Churchill Livingstone Elsevier). She is a recognized teacher, practitioner and creator of innovative treatment protocols that emphasize a constitutional approach to this modality and utilize facial acu-muscle points.

Wakefield appears regularly at leading acupuncture symposia in North America, including the Canadian Oriental Medicine Symposium (COMS), AAAOM, CSOMA, AOMA and the Pacific Symposium in San Diego, CA. She has been featured at international acupuncture conferences in Germany, Australia and China. She continues to expand her global research as an educator with international certification series offerings.

She has 30 years of clinical professional experience as a healing practitioner and has personally trained close to 4,500 healthcare practitioners from five continents – North American, South America, Europe, Asia and Australasia – in her protocols. She maintains an online database of certified practitioners on her Chi-Akra Center website at www.chiakra.com.


Jeffrey C. Yuen, LAc

Jeffrey Yuen comes from two Daoist lineages: 88th generation of the Yu Qing Huang Lao Pai (Jade Purity School, Yellow Emperor/Lao Tzu Sect)and 26th generation of the Quan Zhen Long MenPai (Complete Reality School, Dragon Gate Sect). He trained under his adopted grandfather, the late Daoist Master Yu Wen (1872-1981). Yuen studied extensively under Master Yu Wen and was allowed to openly practice and serve the community when he was 16 years old.

Yuen also studied Chinese herbal medicine with Master Gong Song-Liu, a eunuch for the last two emperors of the Qing Dynasty who apprenticed with the imperial medical physicians. As a friend of Master Yu Wen, Gong agreed to teach Yuen, imparting his deep knowledge of Chinese medicine over a period of 8 years.


Ann Zimmerman-Hohn

Ann Zimmerman-Hohn has has been in emergency medical services (EMS) and the fire service for more than 35 years. She's been teaching almost as many years, starting out teaching Standard First Aid for the American Red Cross.

She has taught courses at Northwestern Health Sciences University, Regions Hospital, Hennepin County Medical Center, Century College and Inver Hills Community College. Her EMS experience also includes working at the Minneapolis Convention Center, the Minnesota Zoo, and for St. Paul Public Schools.

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