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  • 13 Sep 2018 1:21 PM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

    October 13th and 14th, 9 a.m to 5 p.m., 2018

    524 Bross St., Longmont, CO 80501

    Discount for AAC members: 10%

    Michael Young, L.Ac., MSTCM, graduated in 1990 from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  He studied injection therapy with Heel sponsored teachers in the 1990s and has taught injection therapy in Colorado for the last 14 years.  Sheila Liewald, L.Ac., will be assisting to maximize hands on training.   For more info see my website younghealthcare.com

    PDA’s:  This class has been approved for 15 PDAs (NCCAOM) for any acupuncturist who is licensed to practice in a state where injection therapy is within it’s scope.

    This is an introduction to injection therapy.  How to use Homeopathics, Saline, Sarapin, Procaine and other “caine” drugs, and B12 as well as other injectables are covered.  The class is limited to 6 participants and the didactic to “hands on” is about 50/50. A TA will be available for the “hands on” portion.

    Contact Information: Contact Michael at genkiacupuncture@gmail.com or alternatively 303-702-0219

    Link to website: younghealthcare.com

  • 13 Aug 2018 11:47 PM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

    Sept 29-30, 9:00 - 5:30

    Hearthstone Community House, W 37th Ave & Winona Ct
    (next to Sprouts in Highlands)

    10% AAC member discount $225 ($250 non-members)

    Ashley Crutchfield has been practicing Japanese Meridian Therapy for 20 years. She has traveled to Japan six times to study with senior practitioners, both blind and sighted.

    She was invited to teach Japanese Meridian Therapy at the Acupuncture Association of Colorado’s annual conference in 2004.

    15 PDA’s NCCAOM approved

    Learn the history of Japanese Acupuncture and improve your palpatory skills for diagnosis and treatment. You will be introduced to other needle types such as silver, gold, teishin and enshin.

    The focus of this workshop is on deepening your plapatory skills with hands-on exercises such as feeling Braille, then feeling the meridians, abdomen and pulses.

    Contact: Ashley




  • 15 Jul 2018 2:13 PM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

    The Colorado Acupuncturist - July 15 2018

    Meet Your New Board Members

    Who serves your professional interests and represents you at the State and National level?  Your AAC Board of Directors! Board membership is a 100% volunteer (unpaid) service position open to current AAC members.  See a complete listing of our current board and learn more about serving your peers on the AAC Board of Directors

     Welcome to...

    Timoni Slusher,LAc., MSTOM, Dipl. OM, now serving on the Membership Committee.Growing up in the mountains and deserts of Colorado, I have a deep-rooted love and enthusiasm for adventure and for being outdoors. I am an avid mountain biker, hiker, and trail runner. I enjoy yoga, swimming, and relaxing in the beauty of nature.  I am honored to work with one of the top rated orthopedic teams in the nation at Alpine Orthopedics in beautiful Gunnison, Colorado. I love to work with athletes and fellow mountain bikers, of all levels from enthusiasts to the professional level. My skills, training and knowledge have helped my patients to recover from injuries, both chronic and acute, to increase endurance, performance level, and flexibility, and to maintain balance in their bodies.

    Jessica Sylvanson,L.Ac., MAcOM., Dipl.OM, now serving as National Liaison to the American Society of Acupuncture.Jessica Sylvanson has worked as an acupuncturist in her home town of Gunnison Colorado for twelve years.  She graduated with a Master's from the Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine in 2006. She has taught herbal medicine courses and been a guest lecturer in the Medical Sociology class at Western State Colorado University for many years.  She also worked giving acupuncture treatments to students in need through Western State's "Responsible Alcohol Partnership". She is currently serving as the President of the Way of Compassion non-profit organization. Learn more.

    Sheila Liewald,LAc., now serving on the Membership Committee.  Sheila is a board certified Chinese herbalist and acupuncturist. She has served the Front Range in private practice in Boulder and as staff acupuncturist at Good Samaritan Hospital in Lafayette, CO. She's written for several magazine publications and has hosted lectures on the various topics of natural health. She can be best reached through her practice at Red Aspen Wellness.

    Heather Richmond,LAc., DAOM, now serving as Membership Committee. Heather lives in Louisville and works right in the heart of town on Main Street. She specializes in musculoskeletal pain management and internal medicine. She has a passion for treating veterans and is a non-VA care provider, working closely with former military members to treat a range of service-connected issues, including PTSD, TBI, and repetitive stress injuries. In her free time, Heather enjoys hiking, camping, and soaking in nature. Prior to Chinese Medicine, she worked in the California park service and as a firefighter for both California State Parks and Fallen Leaf Lake – a picturesque little town just outside of Tahoe.


    Become a VA Community Care Provider!
     The VA Eastern Colorado Health Care System is offering two upcoming webinars regarding Community Care and Provider Agreements. There are two different dates and times; you only need to attend one. Training will be a teleconference (phone-only) seminar conducted over the phone.  Dial-in information is below. To receive a copy of slides (so that you can follow along), please contact Charissa, the AAC Office Manager at info@acucol.com.  We would love to have many of our members sign up to learn more about becoming a VA Community Care Provider!

    Training offerings (please select one): 

    Seminar 1: July 18, 2018 at 7:30 am - 8:30 am
    Seminar 2: July 20, 2018 at 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm

    Dial-in information: 

    Dial:  1-800-767-1750
    When prompted, enter the participation code:  90195#

    NOTE:  We will have participants on mute until the end of the presentation, where we will open it up to questions and discussion. PLEASE DO NOT put your phone on hold, the hold music will play during the presentation and interrupt the seminar.   

    The Point of Contact for this initiative is Dr. Katie Beckett,  mary.beckett@va.gov, or (303) 202-8284.


    Tri-County Health Department Dinner!  A networking opportunity to bring clinicians together to learn about opioids and chronic pain, and inform each other on different ways to manage pain.  There are two opportunities to attend this dinner and networking event; Cost is $30 per person.

    Doubletree Hotel – Thornton; August 15, 2018, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
    Marriott Hotel – Park Meadows; August 16, 2018, 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

    To learn more, contact Linda Machol,secretary@acucol.com or Erika F. Marie, prchair@acucol.com.


    Did you miss the annual conference?  We missed you.  But, never fear!  We’ve got you covered with a copy of select slides.  Let us bring you up to speed   on some of our latest work on your behalf, courtesy of the AAC Board’s Immediate Past President, Mark Van Otterloo.  


    Dear friends and colleagues,

    I want to thank all of you that joined us at our annual conference in April. Our new Conference Chair, Erika Schultz, LAc. succeeded in organizing a well received presenter, made room for additional vendors, and worked with Yvonne Piper, LAc to raise the most money in one of our auctions to date!

    We welcome those who put themselves forward to join our board, Sheila Liewald, LAc., Jessica
    Sylvanson, LAc., Timoni Slusher, LAc., and Heather Richmond, DAOM, LAc.

    Your Board is embarking on several projects including a strong drive to grow our membership both with current practitioners as well as the future ranks that are currently in school. We are working on a comprehensive plan that will include a public relations effort to help educate not only our state legislators but also the general public about what sets acupuncturists apart from other care providers. In the past few years we have found ourselves too frequently in a “reactive” position. As a profession, we need to be more proactive.

    Starting now, the Acupuncture Association of Colorado is developing proactive, forward-thinking outreach initiatives to elevate our relationships with regulatory agencies, legislators, hospitals and physician groups. We hope to increase marketing and public awareness of the efficacy of acupuncture (aka “dry needling”) by trained, licensed acupuncturists, but we can only do this with your help.

    Recently, your AAC Board was able to bring you a new opportunity to partner with the Veterans Association. The VA reached out to us knowing that the best way to contact the best of a group is to reach out to those who care enough to join their professional organization. We hope you participate in the VA teleconference training. Become a VA Community Care Provider, so you can treat veterans in your area!

    Our membership dues are reasonable and go a long way towards improving acupuncture public education and patient care in Colorado. If you understand that proactive legislative efforts and public relations will help our profession grow, please make an additional donation to the AAC now and help us help you! 

    Donate Now

    If you are not already a member, join the AAC today!  Know a colleague who isn’t a member and should be?  Forward them this email!

    Thank you!

    Liz Spetnagel, DAOM, LAc
    President, AAC Board of Directors

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    Seminars available with an AAC Discount!

    Sotai Movement Therapy

     September 8,9,10, 2018

    Here is a unique Boulder opportunity to learn Sotai movement Therapy September 8,9,10, 2018 at Southwest Acupuncture College. Sotai movement therapy is the perfect adjunct for acupuncturists and massage therapists. Sotai is an elegant, simple and effective form of neuromuscular re-education.  Get 2  days of  instruction with the 7 top American practitioners of classical Sotai manual medicine and a 3rd day with Kyoto’s Hiroaki Komatsu sensei teaching contemporary Sotai Intuitivo.

    For more information click here: Sotai Summit II - 2018.pdf


    Japan 9

    November 1 -9, 2018

    Study with Masters in Japan November 1 -9, 2018. Learn refined Japanese palpation and delicate needle techniques in Tokyo and Utazu Shikoku Island. This is a unique opportunity to experience Japanese culture while having access to the top practitioners of the art. Learn how and when to apply contact , superficial , shallow and deep needle techniques. Check out www.intouchjapan.org for in depth description and mini-videos of the teachers.

    For more information click here:  Japan 9 flier.pdf


    Channeling the Yellow Emperor: Achieving Your Personal and Professional Best

     October 7, 2018, 9 am- 5 pm

    Join bestselling author and translator of the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine, 38thgeneration doctor of Chinese medicine and Taoist Master, Dr. Mao Shing Ni, as he shares the secret of health, success and happiness from the Yellow Emperor and the I Ching. In this highly interactive workshop, Dr. Mao will reveal to you the ancient secrets of the I Ching as he guides you on a journey of self-discovery, exploring your inner being, and your Five Element personality to help uncover your life’s purpose and actualize your true potential and experience increased success.

    For more information click here:  Yellow_Emp_Colorado.pdf

    Office: +1 (111) 111-1111, Fax: 111-111-1111, Address: 2222 Street, City, Suite 123B | State 0
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  • 13 Jul 2018 2:01 PM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

    October 6th and 7th, 2018
    9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

    Ready to rejuvenate your acupuncture practice by learning a popular, effective and lucrative skincare specialty? 

    Southwest Acupuncture College, Boulder, CO

    Come To Learn:

    •  An eastern and western perspective to this innovative modality that is exploding in the cosmetic industry.

    • A holistic protocol for dermarolling and motorized microneedling on the face and neck.  We’ll share benefits, contraindictions, pre and post care recommendations, effective and appropriate skincare products, device comparisons, treatment strategies, safety concerns and more.

    • The legalities, insurance, scope of practice and business marketing to navigate a rapidly growing and changing field. 

    • Due to the intensive hands-on nature of the material, we are limiting class size to 12 students, taught by Diana Horowitz, L.Ac., and assisted by Amelia Vargas, L.Ac


    Pre-requisite: Basic facial rejuvenation acupuncture certification of any style. Participants who do not yet have this certification need to enroll in a Foundations of Constitutional Facial Renewal acupuncture seminar within one year of completing the microneedling seminar. 

    Diana Horowitz, L.Ac. and Amelia Vargas, L.Ac. and Licensed Esthetician, serendipitously discovered motorized microneedling independently of each other in 2015. As facial rejuvenation acupuncturists both trained in the Wakefield TechniqueTM, they strongly shared a belief in supporting a patient’s constitution during any facial rejuvenation acupuncture process. Through more than a year of experimentation, Diana and Amelia created their own holistic microneedling protocol to support the health of one's skin and body/mind/spirit. In February 2016, they gained the support of the Acupuncture Association of Colorado in determining that microneedling is within an acupuncturists scope of practice, and became Microneedling Co-Chairs on the AAC’s Board of Directors.  

    Their purpose in creating this seminar is to open the door of this primarily western cosmetic practice to acupuncturists while honoring microneedling’s roots in Chinese medicine. They would love to share the knowledge and experience they’ve gained on their microneedling journey with you.

    What Seminar Participants Have to Say: 

    "I took EastWest's Integrated Microneedling seminar with Diana and Amelia and was impressed by the research they did breaking down the history and science of microneedling and the Chinese medicine protocol that they've created. The class was well organized and the information and hands-on portion were very helpful.  My patients are amazed at how great their skin is looking when I combine microneedling with my new device into their cosmetic acupuncture treatments! Their cosmetic treatments are holding longer than before - fine lines are not coming back and the lift under the jawline and over the eyes are holding more so than with cosmetic acupuncture alone. I've had two rounds of microneedling on my own face (without cosmetic acupuncture) and one of my regular pain patients flat out said to me, "you are looking younger each time I come to see you". I told him it was due to microneedling and he's going to tell his girlfriend all about it! I have not spent any time marketing and within three months I have already paid for the cost of the class, the device and turned a profit. Acupuncture skincare specialists, I highly recommend taking this class!" - Rachael Rose, L.Ac.


    Please note that we are offering a larger than usual discount of 15% for Acupuncture Association of Colorado (AAC) members to attend our seminar. Why? Because the AAC is the backbone of our profession. The AAC needs you to help protect and promote our profession, including our right to practice microneedling! If you are not already a member of the AAC, please become one before registering for our seminar at www.acucol.com

    Early Registration ends on August 6th! Register At: 


  • 06 Jul 2018 10:58 AM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

    November 1 -9, 2018

    Study with Masters in Japan November 1 -9, 2018. Learn refined Japanese palpation and delicate needle techniques in Tokyo and Utazu Shikoku Island. This is a unique opportunity to experience Japanese culture while having access to the top practitioners of the art. Learn how and when to apply contact , superficial , shallow and deep needle techniques. Check out www.intouchjapan.org for in depth description and mini-videos of the teachers.

    10% discount to AAC members

    35 NCCAOM PDA credits approved

    NCCAOM # 2016

    Contact: JeffreyDann@gmail.com (please put Japan 9 in subject header)

    Phone: 303-499-9395

    Web page: www.InTouchJapan.org


    Japan 9 flier.pdf

  • 06 Jul 2018 10:34 AM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

    Overcoming The Challenged Immune System

    November 10, 2018

    8am – 6pm

    DoubleTree by Hilton Denver Tech Center
    7801 East Orchard Road
    Greenwood Village, Colorado 80111

    10% off non-member rate with the coupon code: COAND2018

    7.5 PDA’s

    For more information, please go to www.coloradond.org where you can register, see who is speaking and the full schedule.

    If you have more questions, please contact Hilary Back, ND, LAc at 970-963-6500 or you can email her at hilary@backtobalancedoc.com



  • 26 Jun 2018 3:31 PM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)


    SEPTEMBER 22-23, 2018
    OCTOBER 27-28, 2018

           A palpation and acupuncture workshop for improving diagnostic techniques

    Efficacy in acupuncture is grounded in the therapeutic engagement with qi. The Engaging Vitality training will expand the listening capacity of your hands and enhance your ability to directly perceive and work with qi in your practice. 

    In the Fundamental 3 Course Series, participants will be taught a variety of techniques, clinical tools, and mindset exercises that will allow them to create a true dialogue with their patients’ qi. The palpatory tools taught in Engaging Vitality seminars are primarily diagnostic in nature and can be readily integrated with nearly any style of acupuncture. 

    The program is offered in a three-module format, each module building directly on the previous one. This allows for ample time to practice the different skills and learn how to integrate them into your practice. Class size is limited to allow direct supervision of hands-on practice.

    Developed and taught by Dan Bensky D.O., Chip Chace L.Ac., and Marguerite Dinkins L.Ac., Engaging Vitality draws on the developers’ 30+ years of clinical practice, teaching experience, and commitment to the Classical texts of East Asian medicine.

    Location: Southwest Acupuncture College

    6620 Gunpark Drive
    Boulder, CO 80301

    Module I: Introduction to Qi Palpation in Practice of Acupuncture

    September 22-23, 2018 

    taught by Marguerite Dinkins L.Ac

    13 NCCAOM PDA Points

    Module II: Intermediate Techniques to Qi Palpation in Practice of Acupuncture

     October 27-28, 2018 

    taught by Dan Bensky D.O.

    13 NCCAOM PDA Points

    Module III: Fluid Dynamics and Use of Extraordinary Vessels in Practice of Acupuncture

     November 30-December 2, 2018

    taught by Chip Chace L.Ac

    18.5 NCCAOM PDA Points

    AAC Members get 10% Discount for Module 1, or 10% Discount for Modules 1, 2, and 3 Package

    Use code AAC10 

    For Instructor Bios, Articles, Resources, and to Register, please go to: 


    E:mail - EngagingVitalitySeminars@gmail.com

  • 04 Jun 2018 9:17 AM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

     October 7, 2018, 9 am- 5 pm

    Southwest Acupuncture College, 6630 Gunpark Drive, Suite 200

    Cost: $125

    First 30 registrants and all AAC members $99 (Code: SUPERSAVER30) and student discount $75 (Code: STUDENT50)

    Dr. Mao Shing Ni, Ph.D., D.O.M., Dipl. ABAAHP began his training at age 6 as his family’s 38th generation doctor in Chinese medicine and Taoist healing arts with his father, Grandmaster Hua-Ching Ni. Over the last 30 years he has lectured and treated tens of thousands of patients around the world, co-founded with his brother, Dr. Dao Shing Ni, Yo San University, and established several integrative TCM clinics in Southern California. Dr. Mao is also the author of 18 books including the bestselling Secrets of Longevity as well as translated the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine. Dr. Mao is currently in full time practice with his team of doctors at the Tao of Wellness and travels internationally to help people actualize their life’s potential.  

    NCCAOM Approved Course for 6.5 credits

    Join bestselling author and translator of the Yellow Emperor’s Classic of Medicine, 38th generation doctor of Chinese medicine and Taoist Master, Dr. Mao Shing Ni, as he shares the secret of health, success and happiness from the Yellow Emperor and the I Ching. In this highly interactive workshop, Dr. Mao will reveal to you the ancient secrets of the I Ching as he guides you on a journey of self-discovery, exploring your inner being, and your Five Element personality to help uncover your life’s purpose and actualize your true potential and experience increased success.

    Contact information

    Amy St. Amour


    For more information click here!

  • 31 May 2018 1:26 PM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

    October 5, 6 & 7, 2018
    Glenwood Springs, CO.

    Nov 2, 3, 4, 2018
    Nov 9, 10, 11, 2018
    Pompano Beach, Florida

    10% Discount for AAC members

    Kathy Stahlman is a licensed acupuncturist for over 30 years and a graduate of the Tri-State Institute for Traditional Chinese Acupuncture in Stamford, Connecticut.  Kathy was trained in Ozone Therapy by Dr. Frank Shallenberger of the Nevada Center for Anti-Aging Medicine.  She is a member of the American Academy of Ozonotherapy, the National Commission of Acupuncturists and is a certified instructor and AIT therapist certified in Ozone Therapy by the American Academy of Ozonotherapy.  Kathy teaches Advanced Acupoint Joint Point Injection Therapy to AIT certified acupuncturists.

    Content:  This class covers Acupoint injection therapy for joint points utilizing the safe use of ozone for sterility and inflammation reduction.  Ozone sterilization properties, homeopathic substances and vitamins, intra-articular joint points of the knees, shoulders, hips, intervertebral Hua Tou points of the neck, upper and lower back.  Small joint points of the wrists, elbows and TMJ.

    Hours:  9am to 8pm each day for a total of 30 hours.

    Credits:  30 NCCAOM PDA points are approved for completion of this class.  Florida is approved for a choice of 30 CEU’s or 30 PDA’s.

    Locations:  Oct. 5 – 7, at Injury Release & Wellness, 3950 Midland Ave. #3, Glenwood Springs, CO.

    November 2 – 4, and 9 – 11 at Anderson Integrative Medicine, 2300 West Sample Rd. Suite 213,                          Pompano Beach, Florida

    Cost:  $1200 by September 15, after Sept. 15th $1400 for the Colorado class. 

                $1200 by Sept. 30, after Sept 30th $1400 for the Pompano Beach class.

    Contact:  To register, call Gloria at 970-945-2097 or email ksbiomaster@gmail.com

    Website: injuryreleaseandwellness.com

  • 11 Apr 2018 2:02 PM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

    Message from the President

    Dear Acupuncture Advocates,

    Dry Needling: As I write this the proposed Physical Therapy Practice Act renewal bill (HB18-1155) bill is still in the Senate Health & Human Services Committee and we await their vote on Thursday. We will continue to update you on the bill’s progression and interpretation.

    As we previously informed you, with barely 24 hours’ notice, the PT Board added an amendment to HB18-1155 in the House HHS Committee to add “dry needling” to their scope of practice. The move makes clear that they are concerned about our legal challenge to Rule 211, which is before the Colorado Court of Appeals, and are attempting an end run around the judicial process. The bill passed the House, but we managed to have 14 people testify to the Senate Health & Human Services Committee to help educate them on the public safety dangers of a physical therapist, with no formal training in the use of acupuncture needles, starting a weekend course on Friday and by Monday beginning to insert acupuncture needles as deep as 6 inches into patients who have no understanding of the risks of such limited training. This issue and the legislative process are incredibly complex, and timing is often unpredictable.  As the bill continues to make its way through the legislature our lobbyist is doing his best to impress upon legislators the importance of protecting the public.

    We have let the legislature know that at least 34 patients—including at least three patients in Colorado—have suffered serious adverse events caused by physical therapists performing dry needling. We continue to hear reports of injured patients in Colorado from both our change.org petition and social media. The injuries that are citable are shared with the National Center for Acupuncture Safety and Integrity (NCASI) so that injury reports are tracked. The three cited injuries on NCASI’s website for Colorado are: (www.acupuncturesafety.org)

    • Case 1. In November 2013, 17-year-old professional freeskier Torin Yater-Wallace suffered a penetrating right lung injury caused by a physical therapist performing dry needling. The penetrating right lung injury resulted in a traumatic pneumothorax (an accumulation of air in the pleural cavity resulting from blunt or penetrating chest injury and causing lung collapse). He was treated for the traumatic pneumothorax at the emergency department of the St. Anthony Summit Medical Center in Frisco, Colorado, and was admitted to that hospital on the same day. The traumatic pneumothorax required medical and surgical intervention. He was hospitalized for five days.
    • Case 2. In April 2015, 36-year-old senior recruiter Amanda Hilton suffered a penetrating left lung injury caused by a physical therapist performing dry needling. The penetrating left lung injury resulted in a traumatic pneumothorax. She was treated for the traumatic pneumothorax at the emergency department of the Good Samaritan Medical Center in Lafayette, Colorado, and was admitted to that hospital on the same day. The traumatic pneumothorax required medical and surgical intervention. She was hospitalized for three days.
    • Case 3. In June 2015, 41-year-old clinical social worker Lisa Kerscher suffered a penetrating lung injury caused by a physical therapist performing dry needling. The penetrating lung injury resulted in a traumatic pneumothorax. She was treated for the traumatic pneumothorax at the emergency department of the Rose Medical Center in Denver, Colorado. The traumatic pneumothorax required medical intervention.

    Also, if you come across someone who has been injured by dry needling it is important to have them record a complaint to DORA through their website. They cannot call DORA nor can they send them an email. The complaint forms for DORA are found here: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/DPO_File_Complaint

    Finally, please remember that dry needling is acupuncture in which an acupuncture point (a specific muscle or connective tissue site) that has become exquisitely tender, commonly known in the West as a trigger point, is punctured with an acupuncture needle (a fine needle of up to six inches in length) to cure, mitigate, treat, or prevent disease or other conditions, especially musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders, including musculoskeletal pain. The American Medical Association (AMA) states, “Dry needling is indistinguishable from acupuncture.” For your fellow Coloradan’s safety please remember how to describe what dry needling is to your friends, neighbors, colleagues, and patients. A weekend course of training in an invasive procedure is inadequate and represents a significant public safety concern that we have shared with the Colorado judicial and legislative branches.

    Procuring Substances for Injection Therapy: We have continued to meet with our new director at DORA about making the necessary rules to allow acupuncturists to procure appropriate injectables. According to federal law many injectables considered compounded require a patient-specific prescription, and this is still hindering our ability to procure substances. We have continued to research if we will need to pass a bill to get prescriptive authority just for these substances. The lobbyist from the Colorado Medical Society will be arranging a meeting so that we may discuss with CMS how we can obtain the necessary prescriptive authority for the listed injectables. Our legislative committee will continue researching a possible bill giving us prescriptive authority with the goal of resolving our issues in procuring substances for injection therapy. We will continue to keep you apprised of our progress on this subject.

    American Society of Acupuncturists: AAC Immediate Past President, Kimberley Benjamin, and I represented the AAC membership at the annual ASA meeting last month in Denver, Colorado. The meeting was very productive and we were able to collaborate with and learn from other state trade associations and national entities. For a full overview of the weekend’s events please visit https://goo.gl/EpsCVk.

    The meeting was attended by 27 state associations represented by 41 delegates, as well as representatives from CCAOM, NCCAOM, AAPAS, and DVCIPM.  We had Skype/Zoom Meeting addresses by ANF and ACAOM, including a screening of the first segment of “Getting to the Point”– a new film by film maker Doug Dearth via the Acupuncture Now Foundation. Marilyn Allen and the American Acupuncture Council also sponsored a lunch program presenting information on ICD 11, which will include Traditional Medicine codes, and opened discussion for the potential for course development in orthopedic acupuncture. NCCAOM also presented a lunch program answering stakeholder questions. Our evening gathering was generously sponsored by Modern Acupuncture, and we had a valuable breakfast program sponsored by CM&F insurance looking at malpractice coverage options for the industry. We thank our general supporters as well, including Golden Flower Chinese Herbs, AcuClaims, Lhasa OMS, and Legendary Herbs. With help from these very generous sponsors, we completed a dense and meaningful agenda with fine spirit and strengthened collegial bonds. We are thrilled as well to announce that next year’s 4th annual ASA Council Congress will occur in conjunction with our first profession-wide national meeting in Washington, D.C.! Please keep your eyes open for more information (coming soon) on this industry-wide conference: “The State of Our Union: American Acupuncturists in U.S. Healthcare”. This will be a phenomenal event which will bring our industry into the national arena.

    I hope to see you all at the conference April 21st - 22nd. As your industry trade association run by an all-volunteer board of directors, the AAC uses membership dues and conference income to maintain our efforts on your behalf, and we greatly need and appreciate your involvement and support. “Like” the Acupuncture Association of Colorado’s Facebook page for continued updates from the association and interesting news in the field of acupuncture.

    Mark VanOtterloo DAOM
    President, AAC Board of Directors
    (720) 295-9323


    Tuesday April 17th is the Last Day to Register for the 35th Annual AAC Conference!

    Dear Colorado Acupuncturists:

    The AAC volunteer Board of Directors has been working hard on behalf of Colorado Acupuncturists to educate legislators about the risks involved with Physical Therapists being able to perform acupuncture after attending a weekend course. We are making progress but WE NEED YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT.

    Here are FIVE REASONS you should attend the conference April 21st - 22nd this year: 

    1. Fundraising - The annual AAC Conference is our largest fundraising event for the year. The AAC is run by a group of volunteer Board Members who donate their time to further the profession of acupuncture in Colorado. We cannot do this without your support. Please consider contributing to this mission by attending the conference this year while obtaining 14 NCCAOM approved and CA (pending) CEU's.

    2. Networking - this year we are inviting ALL Colorado Acupuncturists (members and non-members) to attend our Membership Mixer sponsored by Blue Poppy and KPC Products. Even if you are unable to attend the conference, please consider attending the Membership Mixer Saturday 4/21 starting at 6:30! This is a great way to network with other acupuncturists and chat with AAC Board Members. We only ask that you make a $10 donation to the AAC organization if you are a non-member. If you sign up for membership that evening the fee for the event will be waived. All mixer attendees receive two drink tickets for beer, wine, soda or bottled water, and there will be live music to enjoy!

    3. AAC Annual Meeting - All Members of the AAC are welcome to attend the annual meeting on Saturday 4/21 from 12:30pm - 2pm. An update on our legislative efforts around Dry Needling will be included, and we have proposed By-laws changes to vote on (stay tuned for an email soon to come). Complimentary lunch will be provided to conference attendees. All others will be charged $25 if you would like to have lunch. Payment can be made at the registration table, but if you are not registering for the conference and would like to attend the meeting (with our without lunch) please notify me at Conference@acucol.com or (720) 460-0766 by Monday, April 16th.

    4. Silent Auction - this will be the largest AAC Silent Auction to date. We have incredible donations this year including trips, sports memorabilia, artwork, acupuncture supplies, CEUs and more. Take advantage of these incredible donations from our conference sponsors by bidding on these items and donating to the AAC! (See more info below.)

    5. Jeff Nagel, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac. (last but by no means least!) - People rave about his presentations and unique style of acupuncture, and he was one of our most highly requested presenters. Jeff's innovative approach to training and healing will make this event unlike any other you have you attended before.

    DON'T MISS THIS EVENT! We have a fantastic venue and event planned and we want to see as many Colorado Acupuncturists come together as possible this year!

    Registration closes Tuesday, April 17th for this event on April 21st and 22nd, 2018 at the Westminster Marriott.

    Jeff Nagel, MA, LAc, Dipl Ac. Jeff is trained in the 8 Branches of Chinese Daoist Healing Arts, Medicine, Internal Martial Arts & Life Sciences and is an experienced long-time practitioner.

    His two-day seminar is entitled Healing Stress, Anxiety, Depression & Pain - Precursors to Disease in Your Practice & in Your Life (Classical Chinese Medicine Daoist Style Special Applications of Master Tung's Holographic).  14 NCCAOM PDA / California CEUs pending.

    More about the Course:

    Classical Chinese Medicine traditions raise the question: What causes and promotes health and vitality and not just dis-ease? Some of the most effective answers and solutions to this question will be covered in this class:

    “7 parts patient lifestyle adjustment + 3 parts doctor’s treatment”

    Teachings include:

    ·         How to cultivate Relax & Calm Down Qigong Breathing & Taiji Ruler Heart Calming Qigong for patients and practitioners.

    ·         Learn simple & effective methods of Acu-Touch Pulse for diagnosis & treatment.

    ·         Learn how to use internal-external herbal polarity-5 phase nutrition.

    ·         Learn practical clinical applications to diagnose and treat stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD and pain before dis-ease sets in using Master Tung's Acupuncture and the 5 Phase Organ-Meridians and 12 Attitudes Method.

    ·         Learn how to harmonize the emotions with Temporal Pulse Balancing, the “10 Essentials of Life” & Geopathic Medicine for stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD and pain.

    These methods are practical and highly effective and can be implemented immediately in practice. The class will be taught through a combination of lecture, hands-on experience, and question and answer opportunities. Bring your most difficult case studies to class for group feedback and applied practical clinical applications.

    Read more about Jeff, the conference and register here.

    We are so excited for this conference, which will be a wonderful opportunity to connect with peers, get energized and learn amazing things. 
    Register with a friend now and take advantage of buy one, get one half off discounts. I look forward to seeing you all there!

    Kind regards,
    Erika Schultz, L.Ac., Dipl. OM, ACN
    Conference Chair, AAC Board of Directors
    (720) 460-0766


    Our Most Exciting Conference
    Silent Auction Ever!

    The AAC's 2018 Silent Auction offers you an array of items to boost your practice as well as your fun time. Are you planning a vacation? Be prepared to be wowed with local, national and international trips, and the best news is you get a great discount and at least 30% of the proceeds go to our Legal Fund! Are you a Colorado Sports Enthusiast? We have Autographed Sports Memorabilia available for you, too! Enjoy CEUs and certifications! Do you want to get your holiday gift shopping started? We have gift cards, handmade items and much, much more to choose from.  

    Can't attend the full Conference this year? That’s ok! Join us at the Membership Mixer Saturday night starting at 6:30 to check out and bid on the Silent Auction items. If you cannot attend the mixer, but still would like to participate, you can request a list of the items via email at omwellnessllc@gmail.com, send bids to the same address and a volunteer will be in touch as the weekend bidding continues.

    Yvonne Piper, DOM (NM), L.Ac., Dipl. OM
    Conference Committee
    (720) 387-9522


    Activity Report 2018

    This past year has once again been an incredibly busy one for your volunteer AAC board. We do our best to keep you up-to-date with our quarterly email newsletters. If you are a member and are not receiving our emails, please contact Office Manager Charissa Haines at info@acucol.com or call (303) 572-8744. If you have missed previous newsletters they are archived in the News/Classes tab of Acucol.com. As Mark mentioned above, many announcements, updates and interesting information are posted more rapidly on the Facebook page, so please “Like” the Acupuncture Association of Colorado’s Facebook page, click “Follow” (next to the “Like” button) and turn on notifications by hovering over the Following button until a drop-down menu appears and select “Notifications - On (Highlight Posts)”.

    AAC board meetings: This year your volunteer board alternated 7 meetings between Denver and Boulder in addition to a few call-in meetings on timely actions. We have had board members from Fort Collins and as far afield as Colorado Springs and Buena Vista. Those who are not within driving distance may call in for the meetings which occur every 6-8 weeks. Please consider contributing to your profession by running for a board position as your help is needed! Last fall we were able to hold the first weekend board retreat in many years to train new board members, perform a S.W.O.T (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities & Threats) Analysis, set one- and five-year goals and refine our Mission: To advance the profession of Acupuncture and Traditional East Asian Medicine as an integral component of health care in Colorado. All AAC members are welcome to attend board meetings to witness and participate in the process of running the organization and working for our profession. Watch the AAC Facebook page for board meeting announcements and be sure to RSVP to hold your spot at the table.

    Goals: While still dealing with paramount judicial and legislative issues, we are working hard on one of our most important one-year goals: to increase professional membership to 500 from 246 through outreach of the Membership, Conference, Fundraising, and PR committees. A robust membership is the only way our voices can be heard by policy makers and we can educate the public in a meaningful way. Five-year goals include having 50% of licensed acupuncturists in Colorado as professional members, hiring an Executive Director, Mandatory Insurance coverage - Medicare/Medicaid, and inclusion in CDC Pain Guidelines.

    Website update: We continue to make improvements and additions in an effort to make our new website as user-friendly and educational a resource as possible for acupuncturists and prospective patients. If you haven’t done so, please log on to Acucol.com to check the status of your public profile, which is available under the “Find an Acupuncturist” tab as a way for patients to find you. New features include a Member Area that is only visible to logged-in members. This area has exclusive information such as any judicial efforts, member benefits, job postings, free access to read the peer-reviewed Meridians Journal of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and an an AAC newsletter archive that goes back to 2009. If you are having trouble logging in or have suggestions on how we can make the site better, please contact our Office Manager Charissa Haines at info@acucol.com or (303) 572-8744. She continues to help us keep things running as smoothly as we can. Please stop by the sign-in table to thank her. In an effort to conserve resources, Charissa will be emailing your PDA certificates this year. Thanks again for your membership and involvement, which are very important and mu

    ch appreciated!

    Linda Machol, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac.
    Secretary & Membership Chair, AAC Board of Directors
    (720) 299-8278





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