Agenda - 2018 Health and Wellness Symposium

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2018 HWS agenda

2018 Health and Wellness Symposium Agenda

Session Descriptions - Acupuncture/Chinese Medicine & Integrated Sessions

Activate the Intelligence Inherent in Your Body with Spring Forest Qigong Healing Movements and Meditation

Jacqueline Gran, SFQ Master

Discover and experience Chinese ancient wisdom teachings about the body’s energy; how Qi helps to heal our body, and how to activate the intelligence of Qi in our body. Learn simple Qigong Healing Movements that can quickly activate your healing intelligence to balance, strengthen, and transform your own energy for wellness and healing. Experience a guided Five Elements Meditation for balancing and healing. Practice the Small Universe meditation which is a powerful meditation to open the front and back energy channels in the body.  Not approved for continuing education hours for massage therapists.

Advanced Concepts in Point Location

Steven Collins, DOM, DAOM(c)

In clinical practice, the selection of points is integral to the treatment of a patient. Many practitioners select five, six, up to as many as ten or more points to treat patients. Although there is merit to this approach, in this author's clinical experience, far greater response is achieved by selecting no more than three points to treat any given patient.

This approach not only minimizes patient discomfort and “needle-overload”, but also forces the practitioner to be crystal-clear about what they are treating.

This workshop will introduce clinicians to the concept and practice of selecting a minimal number of points (sometimes only a single point) to treat patients. In addition, a review of point indications and single-point therapy is provided.


  • state how to choose a minimal number of points to treat any given presentation
  • identify specific points that treat specific presentations
  • Discuss multiple indications and functions of selected points.

Aromatherapy Applications in the Acute Care Setting

Julie Streeter, BSN, RN, HNB-BC, BCTMB

Healthcare systems are increasingly looking to integrate aromatherapy (essential oils) as a safe, low-cost, and non-pharmacological option for patient care to reduce pain, nausea, and anxiety and to improve sleep. Aromatherapy has applications from both a western clinical approach and from the perspective of Chinese medicine. Understand both the practical applications of aromatherapy for the hospitalized patient and the unique clinical perspectives of acupuncturists, nurses and massage therapists in the use of this tool. Participants will learn:

  • How aromatherapy works
  • The basic chemistry of essential oils
  • Safety precautions
  • An introduction to the development and implementation of a health care system-wide program

Basic Life Support for the Healthcare Provider (30 Max – acupuncture only)

Ann Zimmerman-Hohn, EMT 

We offer the American Heart Association's BLS for Healthcare Providers course that trains you in the lifesaving skills of both CPR and AED use, and relief of choking based on the 2015 American Heart Association Guidelines.

We recommend you purchase a CPR Micromask (available from our bookstore call (952) 885-5416 to order) but it is not required. Please wear loose comfortable clothing.  You will be practicing skills that require working on your hands and knees, bending, standing and lifting. 

Cadaver Dissection of the Shoulder Region

Kim Swineheart, DC

A presentation of cadaveric dissection with focus of the shoulder girdle and the anatomical structures affected by massage therapy, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine.  The area explored will parallel the clinical techniques presented during other sessions of the Health and Wellness Symposium. 

Objectives include:

  • Correlate the structure and function of the shoulder girdle. 
  • Observe the anatomical structures associated with some of the treatments used by Massage Therapist, Acupuncture and TCM Practitioners

Deficiency Heat or Yin Fire? Deciphering the Combined Excess and Deficiency Dynamic of the Hot Flash

Brian Grosam, PhD, L.Ac, TCMD, FABORM

Based on classical theory, research, and modern clinical experience, we will investigate how the excess/deficiency dynamics affect the channel system and the organ system during menopausal transition. We will discuss key diagnostics, acupuncture points, and herbal formulas to utilize in the clinical setting to improve your success rates.

  • Learn how and why even experienced clinicians fail to effectively relieve hot flashes.
  • Learn how to simultaneously diagnosis and treat the organ system in unison to give you better clinical results.
  • Understand and learn why treating the lung, stomach and spleen is the most direct way to treating the menopausal transition patient.

Dynamic Tui Na (40 Max)

Steven Collins, DOM, DAOM(C)

Become introduced to the basic concepts and techniques of Dynamic Tui Na. Learn numerous techniques including how to open the head and neck, how to release a displaced rib, and how to treat sciatica with just your hands. This is a radical modification of classical tui na that removes any pain from the procedure and imparts immediate and profound healing benefits. This hands-on workshop will enable participants to practice various techniques on each other to feel how to use the various methods safely, appropriately and effectively.

Essential Oils and Acu Points – Feel the Shift!

Jodi Baglien, CA, CST

Learn how essential oils, when paired with key acupoints on the body, creates an effective rebalancing of the physical, emotional and energetic bodies. Learn and practice two powerful stress reducing techniques you can use right away for overall healing and to relieve tension and stress. By pairing Aromatherapy and acupoints, you can profoundly enhance your well-being routine, or add a new rich dimension to your practice with essential oils.

First Do No Harm: Fostering Trauma-Sensitivity in Your Healing Practice

Daniel Gaustad, DC

Before we place our hands upon a patient, the groundwork is being laid for positive, negative or neutral interactions. From the perspective of nervous system balance, the safety that we convey through our healing spaces, our actions and our words will strongly influence the outcomes of our treatment. The importance of balancing the nervous system from the very first moment of a patient encounter becomes even more important if that patient has been exposed to abuse, sexual violence, torture or atrocities of war.

While most of us are not trained mental health therapists, can the way that we interact with our patients help facilitate healing in those with emotional trauma? Or, at the very least, can we relate to our patients in such a way that does not perpetuate the trauma paradigm? Can we truly become healers that first do no harm?

In this course, we will explore Autonomic Nervous System Regulation and Dysregulation; Trauma Theory, Power Dynamics and Empowerment; the Importance of Consistency, Rhythms, Language and Presence; Patient Education, Interoception and Shared Authentic Experience.

Due to the prevalence of trauma and nervous system dysregulation, as healers we frequently encounter patients who have been exposed to trauma. Fostering trauma-sensitivity in our healing practices will be of great benefit to all patients who walk through our doors.

Healing Stress, Anxiety, Depression and Pain

Jeff Nagel, MA, L.Ac

Improve your practice and your life with Classical Chinese Medicine Daoist Style special applications of Master Tung's Holographic Acupuncture, Herbal Nutrition and Qigong Meridian Massage.

  • Learn practical clinical applications to diagnose and treat stress-anxiety-depression-PTSD-pain before dis-ease sets in using Master Tung's Acupuncture.
  • How to harmonize the body-mind-emotions with Temporal Pulse Balancing, the “10 Essentials of Life”
  • Feng Shui Geopathic Medicine for stress-anxiety-depression-PTSD and pain.

Practical, highly effective methods you can begin to use right away.

Improving Function of the Gut-Brain Axis with Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

Amy Moll, L.Ac, Dipl.Ac, Dipl.CH

This course maps out the connection between dysautonomia and gut dysfunction from both a modern neuroscience perspective and Chinese medicine understanding, offers neurological exam techniques for assessing the autonomic nervous system, and provides treatment strategies using acupuncture and Chinese herbs. Symptomatology and clinical presentation of dysautonomia will be covered.

Integrative Approaches to Chronic Pain

Michael Egan, L.Ac., MaOM, Dipl.OM and Nancy Van Sloun, MD

The Transforming Pain Shared Medical Visit-(SMV) is a multi-disciplinary program designed to reduce the impact of chronic pain on the individual and society and empower patients to lead more enriched and rewarding lives. According to the CDC: Estimated costs of treating chronic pain in the United States are $600 billion annually. Despite its prevalence, conventional medicine remains ill-equipped to effectively treat chronic pain. The Transforming Pain SMV program is a skills-based approach for the treatment of chronic pain. It combines the latest evidence based neuroscience understanding of chronic pain with the wisdom of traditional Chinese medicine.

New Safety Guidelines for Cupping and Guasha

John Pirog, MSOM, L.Ac

A growing body of literature suggests that Cupping and Guasha may be capable of transmitting blood-borne pathogens and other potentially infectious material. As a result, best practices in cupping and disinfection have recently been updated. This two-hour course will teach you what needs to be changed in your practice in order to reduce the risks to your patients, your staff, and yourself. (2 safety hours for NCCAOM)

Oh! My Aching Scar! Scars and Pain: How Massage Therapy Can Help

Nancy K. Smith, LMT, MLD Therapist

Developments in medical technology have led to advancements in surgical techniques so patients are now surviving injuries that would have been fatal 20 years ago, creating a population with abundant scar tissue. 

Post-operative adhesion and scar formation is the most common complication from surgery causing discomfort or pain. Focus on general types of pain associated with scar tissue clients. Learn about anatomy, physiology, medications and side effects.

Includes instructor demos and participant exchange (assessment and treatment) for scar tissue pain.  The overarching learning outcome is to assist you with improving your critical thinking, clinical reasoning, and scar treatment skills to achieve consistently safe and effective clinical outcomes.

Opportunities for Integrative Healthcare Policy

Michele Maiers, DC, MPH, PhD

Update yourself on changing healthcare policies in the U.S., and how these are being impacted by key market trends and the current political climate. Policy priorities for complementary and integrative healthcare will be discussed, and strategies for improving patient access to a range of healthcare providers will be explored.

Outside All the Boxes: Relationship-Based Approaches to Building an Integrative Model of Care

Jennifer Blair, L.Ac, MaOM and Cynthia Miller, RN, L.Ac, MTOM

“We were hired to build the foundation for the transformation of health care at Allina.” Although the system may not have been entirely aware of that intention, over the last 14 years an ever expanding team of providers has created an environment of collaboration across the largest health care organization in Minnesota.

Cynthia and Jennifer will share how showing up with an attitude of service, building relationships and meeting people where they are provided multiple opportunities for change. From small initiatives to institutional policy, they will demonstrate how listening, evolving with the system and finding common ground laid the foundation for the success and expansion of the work initiated at the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing.

Target Marketing for Acupuncture Small Business

Jessica Frier, MaOM

Target Market is a buzz word that all business owners know and use. It is also a concept that few business owners actually know how to capitalize on effectively in their sales and marketing strategies. Gain a better understanding of target market analysis along with ideas and tips for using it effectively in your growing business. 

1. Identifying your Target Market in a simple, yet effective way
2. How does being a healthcare provider impact your Target Market?
3. Utilizing your Target Market information in both your marketing and sales plan
4. Simple and cost-effective (cheap!) marketing and sales ideas that capitalize on your Target Market

The majority of acupuncturists are independent contractors or small business owners. This session has information, tools, and tips to help any new or growing business owner build their practice.

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