Sessions Descriptions – 2019 Great River Symposium

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Great River Symposium

Course Descriptions (in order of appearance)

Thursday, April 4, 2019

6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

The Application of Acupuncture to Rheumatoid Arthritis – Huan Ma, TCMD, Ph.D., L.Ac.

We will look at rheumatoid arthritis in four main sections. In the first section, understand the differences between allergies and autoimmune diseases. Compare modern Western medicine and TCM approaches to autoimmune disease. In the second section, look at autoimmune disease, focusing on rheumatoid arthritis, on a system-wide basis and the body’s system alarms, reactions and disharmony due to autoimmune disease. In the third section, discuss treatment principles based on an understanding of system disharmony. Learn what acupuncture treatments are effective in treating and adjusting the body systems in rheumatoid arthritis. The final section will be demonstrations of treatment options and protocols for patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis.

Friday April 5, 2019

8 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Keynote: Neijing to Now: Embracing TCM for Healing Contemporary IllnessLynn Gershan, MD, CM


  • to explore some of the Neijing’s relevant teachings for healing inflammatory related conditions in the modern age
  • to enable the listener to identify opportunities for impacting the epidemic of inflammation both personally and professionally

This session will explore how teachings from ancient Chinese texts intersect with modern-day science in areas related to inflammation and immunity. Using the pillars of TCM as a model for healing, how practitioners can help both their patients and themselves avoid some of the pro-inflammatory pitfalls that may contribute to illness and dis-ease.

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Circulation, Inflammation and AutoimmunityWilliam Morris, Ph.D., DAOM, L.Ac

Explore the clinical assessment of the circulatory system. Here, we are discussing the cardiac, arterial, venous aspects with additional attention to the return from the extracellular matrix. Demonstrate special acupuncture techniques for affecting the intima of the arterial system.

Learners will:

  • Apply detailed assessment of the intima of the lower eyelid, and sublingual engorgement relative to inflammatory conditions.
  • Discuss the clinical importance of blood pressure assessment for TCM thought, herbs and acupuncture, and novel approaches to assessment.
  • Discuss cycle concepts in the treatment of circulation.

This content directly improves clinical skills in Chinese medical practice by clarifying detailed observations and assumptions of practice.

2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Breakout Sessions (Choose One)

Choice 1: Are You Ready to Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)?Brian Grosam, Ph.D., L.Ac, FABORM

Rheumatoid arthritis is a complex disorder with a multitude of causes making it difficult to treat. In fact, it is so complex, it has it’s own specialization in Chinese medicine. RA needs to be systemically addressed from many angles in order for the acupuncturist and Chinese medicine practitioner to achieve any arguable results. In this lecture, we’ll discuss in detail, the complexities of rheumatoid arthritis including: Western medical labs, tests, and treatments; Chinese medicine etiology, pathology, diagnosis, and pattern differentiation; how to develop acupuncture and herbal medicine treatment strategies; and finish with designing effective acupuncture and herbal medicine treatment protocols.

Attendees will first gain a deeper understanding how serious rheumatoid arthritis can affect the patient. Knowing this, attendees will be able to know to what extent they can treat (RA), which patients they will be able to help, and how to effectively talk to their (RA) patients about treatment.

Choice 2: 3 Critical Shifts to Building a Thriving Practice that Can Run Without YouChen Yen, PharmD

Most acupuncture, naturopathic, and functional medicine practices hit a plateau with growth. The busier the practice becomes, the more overextended it feels for the practice owner.

The more staff are added on, the more energy it takes to manage them. The practice looks like a success from the outside, but the owner secretly wishes life was simpler. Even though more money is coming into the practice, take home is less than when the practice started. If something unexpected were to ever happen, there’s very little to be able to pay the bills for more than a few months. This presentation is for the practitioner who loves practicing, but is having trouble scaling.

  • 3 biggest mistakes many practitioners make that lead them to a plateau in their practice
  • Understand the different stages of growth and how to go beyond growing pains in each stage
  • Practical actionable tips to deal with management headaches and avoid burnout while growing
  • Essentials to growth to 6 figures vs. 7 figures
  • The most important shifts to make to scale and multiply your impact (and income, of course)

You love what you do, but you’re having a hard time getting patients. You feel underutilized for the talent you have. You’re trying different things but feel like you’re spinning your wheels. Getting busy with patients and making a good living has been a lot harder than you thought it would be. You want to not be so worried about the money so much anymore. You wish you could just focus on helping people, and not have to do so much marketing.

You want your practice to grow faster. You’re ready to stop struggling, stop working another job to make ends meet, or want to go from being an associate to having a busy practice of you own (where you get to keep all the money).

Most of what’s taught about how to grow a practice assumes you’re an extrovert. That’s why it doesn’t work for you. We introverts need a different approach.

Choice 3: If You Don’t Snooze, You Lose – Autoimmunity and Sleep DeprivationPatricia Casello-Maddox, DC, MBA, MOM, L.Ac.

About 40 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders. Another 20 million experience occasional sleep problems. This lack of sleep has far-reaching consequences on physical, emotional and mental health of those suffering from sleep deprivation.

This presentation includes:

  • The normal physiology of sleep and its benefits for immunity, living well and living longer.
  • The history of Sleep Medicine and neuroscience to give perspective into biomedical and alternative treatments for sleep disorders and today’s patients.
  • A review of current research regarding immunity and autoimmunity associated with sleep deprivation. This includes differential factors to help diagnose which sleep disorder underlies the patient’s symptoms, as well as individualized treatment options.
  • Sleep hygiene and self- care for participants, their patients and family members.

ACM, as well as other providers, are lifelong learners. This includes a need to keep up to date on current and effective treatment options for our patients.

Today’s healthcare marketplace is diverse. Disorders, especially chronic ones, are complex. Understanding that complexity allows us to provide better treatment and outcomes for our patients.

Better health outcomes depend on understanding the individual patient’s needs. This presentation presents current information on the common problems, treatment and outcomes for patients with sleep disorders.

Current research and clinical experience, coupled with reference articles and information, will provide the course participants with a rich background for their clinical practice.

In addition, the information is useful for self and family care.

Choice 4: EFT Tapping for Autoimmune Disease (40 max)Colleen Moore Cadiz, L.Ac

Do you ever feel like you could achieve even greater results with your treatments if you could only get your patients to be active participants in their care? EFT Tapping is the perfect platform for inspiring such participation. Discover how our ancient medicine is currently used to initiate massive change and healing for those practicing this efficient and effective self-care system. Emotional Freedom Technique Tapping uses tapping on acupuncture points while placing mental attention on pain, physical symptoms, fears, stress, and other emotional triggers to create peace and ease in the mind and body. A thorough introduction to EFT Tapping will be provided as well as current research and a specific protocol for clearing energetic and emotional blockages involved in autoimmune disorders.

Autoimmune disorders are complicated and deep rooted disease patterns that are often caused by underlying emotional blockages. Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine can only do so much to treat these; the patient needs to do his/her own work as well, for deep and lasting healing. EFT Tapping provides a platform for practitioners to initiate the conversation of patient involvement and a clear and simple process for patients to do their work. EFT Tapping is a popular and an incredibly effective technique that is based in our medicine. I believe all practitioners should be aware of it, as it is adding on to our research, reputation, and results.

4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Breakout Session Repeated (Choose One)

Saturday, April 6, 2019

7 a.m. – 7:50 a.m.

Spring Forest Qi Gong Unlocking Your Healing Intelligence (counts toward your total PDAs)Jacqueline Gran, SFQ Master Healer and Teacher, SFQ Certified Qi-ssage instructor

Discover and experience the power of ancient Chinese wisdom of the body’s energy, how Qi helps to heal our body and how to activate the intelligence of Qi in you. In this course, you will learn and practice simple, yet powerful Qigong Healing Movements that quickly activate your healing intelligence, strengthen internal Qi and transform your energy for wellness and healing. You will also practice the Small Universe Meditation, which is a powerful meditation to open the front and back energy channels in the body.

Attendees of this course will experience their ability to move energy through energy channels and stimulate energy points in their body for health and healing by doing simple Qigong Movements.

8 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Creating Meaningful Legislative Change and Community Impact: Practical Steps for L.AcsAaron Schindler, MOM, Dipl.Om, L.Ac. and Nick Dougherty, DAOM, Dipl.Ac., L.Ac.

This class will focus on creating meaningful call to action campaigns that affect meaningful change at the Capitol and create community awareness.

Learn key strategies for planning, communicating and marketing your social-political initiatives:

  • How to build a strong message
  • How to connect with your state representatives
  • Factors needed for building a campaign
  • How to structure core messaging
  • How to partner with the MAA for legislation, bills, and educational topics

9 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Cadaver Lab: The Effect of Technology on Human AnatomyDavid Farrar, DC, MPH

From ‘Text Neck” to “Sitting is the new smoking”, patients and clients are seeking care at increasing rates for conditions that result from repetitive motions and hours-long static positions. Review the basic anatomy involved in altered biomechanics and common pathologies that result from prolonged use of some technologies. Understand common treatments done by various types of healthcare providers. Learn how you can incorporate “Western medicine” understanding of biomechanics into your acupuncture or Traditional Chinese Medicine practice.

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Breakout Sessions (Choose One)

Choice 1: Introduction to Korean Medicine – Modernized East Asian MedicineRobert SeungMin Lee, DC, L.Ac, LMT, RRT-nps

What is Korean Medicine? Korean Medicine shares its roots with Traditional Chinese Medicine. However, Korea started developing its own medicine independently from China during the 14th century, giving rise to publications of new medical books and unique treatment methods such as Donguibogam, Saam Acupuncture, and Sasang Constitution.


  • Korea has the largest number of traditional medicine clinics per area with 23,178 certified Korean Medicine doctors compared to 115,976 conventional medicine doctors (as of 2016) according to the latest figures from the Ministry of Health and Welfare.
  • Korea has the highest number of Korean Medicine doctors in facilities such as hospitals and clinics among East Asian countries (15.26%).
  • Korea is one of the top five nations producing the most number of international publications in acupuncture research.

Choice 2: Perimenopause: Mid-Life Crisis or Mid-Life Opportunity? The 5 Keys to Improve Patient Clinical OutcomesBrian Grosam, Ph.D., L.Ac., FABORM

Women often have misconceptions, misunderstandings, and misinformation on how their body is changing during perimenopause. Women may view it as a problem, difficult, and feel powerless. As practitioners, we have the platform and ability to change their perspective! We can show women the unique value in and opportunity that is the natural change. In this lecture, we’ll discuss how women can take control of the natural hormonal, uterine, and functional body changes. We’ll look at the five treasures of: Exercise, diet, rest, emotional balance, and finding joy in life as the basis to treating perimenopausal women. Women who discover and embrace the five treasures during perimenopause live happier and healthier lives.

Attendees will learn:

  • About the five treasures and how to convey the importance to their patients;
  • That these five treasures are necessary for their patients’ overall health and longevity;
  • That perimenopause is an opportunity and a fresh start for the next stage of their lives;
    • and understand about the common societal misunderstandings and pitfalls that surround perimenopause and how to break them down for their patient.

Choice 3: Social Media Marketing for Small BusinessJessica Frier, DAOM, L.Ac.

Social media marketing can feel like a “necessary evil” for many small businesses. Trying to find the right balance of what to use, how to use it, and then finding the time to use it correctly is both stressful and time consuming. This presentation will help take the stress out of social media marketing and give you tools to create and manage a structure social media plan by helping you identify which social media platforms are best for your business, how to fill content on those platforms, and how to use those platforms effectively.

Benefits include gaining a better understanding of using social media for marketing, identifying relevant content, and creating easy-to-utilize multi-layer campaigns to help bring in new clients.

12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Optional Cadaver Labs

Cadaveric review of important structures involved in conditions/diseases of technology with options to review visceral anatomy (visceral anatomy review is beyond the scope of didactic portion of the course).

Overall Objectives:

  • Learn to identify common “technology-related” conditions by symptomology and patient/client presentation.
  • Learn to identify bony and soft tissue structures involved in technology-related conditions.

2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Chinese Medicine in Concussion RecoveryAmy Moll, DAOM, L.Ac, Dipl,. OM

Gut disorders, chronic pain, headaches, insomnia, anxiety and depression – how many of your patient’s symptoms are actually a result of head trauma? How often do concussions get missed during an initial intake and exam? How does a history of head trauma change your approach? Find out more about the importance of understanding concussions and how they may be impacting your patient’s lives and overall health in this exciting cutting-edge lecture.

This course covers:

  • Regions of the brain and mechanisms of injury involved in the wide array of symptoms seen following concussion.
  • The fundamentals of a neurological examination that provide you with objective data by which to assess patient’s brain function and measure patient improvement.
  • How to combine Chinese medicine with neurological findings to create a treatment plan and explore different systems of acupuncture in the context of concussion treatment.