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Korean Hand Therapy for Pain Management

Jinming Yue, BS (China), DiplAc/CH, LAc and Mei Wang, MMed (China), PhD (China), DiplAc/CH, LAc

Korean Hand Therapy (KHT) is a micro-reflex acupuncture modality. By stimulating specific points on the hands with tiny tape-on metal acu-pressure pellets you can resolve pain and balance internal organ function.  You will be able to try the modality for yourself in this interactive workshop. Supplies are provided. (3 PDAs)


Treating Pain and Injuries of the Neck and Shoulder

Whitfield Reaves, OMD, LAc

Learn sports acupuncture techniques to treat injuries and pain syndromes of the neck and scapula. Understand how to approach acute conditions like stiff neck and supraspinatous. Emphasis will be on postural considerations of the shoulder.

Establish the anatomically significant points and precise acupuncture treatment techniques for “forward head” and “protracted shoulders”. Identify the levator scapulae and rhomboid minor and learn several simple therapeutic exercises to enhance acupuncture treatment.


Treating Pain and Injuries of the Thigh and Knee

Whitfield Reaves, OMD, LAc

Learn sports acupuncture techniques to treat injuries and pain syndromes of the thigh and knee. Understand how to approach acute trauma like hamstring strain and sprain of the medial collateral ligament, and chronic conditions like arthritis of the medial compartment of the knee. Describe the ever-present patella-femoral joint dysfunction and learn simple therapeutic exercises to enhance acupuncture treatment.


Spring Forest Qi Gong Level 1 and 2 Active Exercises and Meditation

Jacqueline Gran, SFQ master healer and teacher, SFQ certified Qi-ssage instructor

Discover and practice simple ancient Chinese ways to move your own energy for wellness and healing. Spring Forest Qigong level 1 and 2 active exercise and the small universe meditation.


Acupuncture and Herbs for Acid Reflux and Peptic Ulcers

Hiahe Tian, MD (China), MS, PhD (China), LAc

Many patients suffer from acid reflux and peptic ulcers today. Dr. Tian will share his years of valuable clinical experience to teach you how to use acupuncture and herbs to treat these diseases effectively. The results can be equal to, or better than, using drugs - just safer and without side effects. 


TCM Treatment for Fertility

Guoping Zheng, MD (China), MS, LAc

Learn the major causes and treatment principles of infertility using TCM. Understand the special clinical experience managing issues including anovulation, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, repeated IVF-implantation failures, recurrent miscarriages, diminished ovarian reserve and premature ovarian aging.


Patient Centered Holism: Why Differential Diagnosis is Not Enough

Nicole Lange, MOm, LAc

Sun Simiao said, “The superior physician does not just treat disease but teaches society and helps form the intentions of humanity.” Nicole has spent the last decade pioneering her unique style of practice, Patient Centered Holism, based on this conviction. Largely lifestyle based and infinitely customizable, this model is driven by patient education and choices that are based on TCM principles and differential diagnosis.

You will empower and inspire your patients, have fewer uphill battles, improve compliance and patient retention, make faster, greater and more lasting outcomes and love your practice even more!


Herbs and Pregnancy: Assessing the Risks and Benefits

John Pirog, MSOM, LAc

Can natural remedies cause birth defects? We will attempt to answer that question with a survey of both traditional guidelines and modern evidence regarding the use of herbs in pregnancy. Emphasis will be placed on developing risk-benefit assessment models and providing accurate informed consent.


What the Chinese Never Dealt With: New World Diseases

Marlene Merritt, DOM (NM), ACN, LAc

We will cover four of the areas new to traditional Oriental medicine, why they’ve come about, and their impact. Learn about antibiotics and the impact on gut flora, autoimmunity and gluten intolerance, diabetes and modern degenerative diseases.

Learn how we have triggered these contemporary problems, how to better you and your patient’s chances of avoiding and preventing them, and clinical pearls about how to work with these diagnoses.


Social Media: Pause Before You Post

Glori Hinck, RD, MS, DC, MET

Social media such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter are increasingly used by health care professionals as they network, communicate, and share information. Inappropriate use of these social media tools can blur the boundaries between patient and health care provider, resulting in potential ethical issues or even HIPAA violations. Explore the different types of social media and guidelines for their appropriate use.

Learn how social media can be used to build your practice and how to navigate the risks and challenges of using them for promotion. Explore your digital footprint and find out what impact your online activities may have on your professional reputation. (2 PDAs/Ethics hours)

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