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  • 20 Jul 2019 2:21 PM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

    SEPT 14-15, 2019
    9:00AM - 5:30PM

    SWAC Boulder

    15 PDAs NCCAOM approved

    $225 students
    $292 AAC members
    $325 professionals

    REGISTRATION: https://www.ashleycrutchfield.com

    Go deeper with your palpation skills. Learn how to feel for deficiency and excess along the meridians and hara to determine the primary root imbalance ‘sho’. Learn how to feel the 6 yin pulses at the same time and compare them to diagnose the root imbalance. Learn basic root treatment with silver + gold teishin. 

    Ashley Crutchfield has been practicing Japanese Meridian Therapy for 21 years.

    Video of Taniuchi-sensei, Ashley’s teacher in Japan:


    For more information, click here!

  • 15 Jul 2019 9:09 AM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

    Stakeholder Meetings for Sunset Review

    This past month The AAC held the first of its internal stakeholder meetings for our upcoming Sunset Review. Becky Burgess, LAc of Urban Herbs in Avon hosted a group of AAC members from the Vail Valley, Carbondale and Paonia. The AAC board was represented by President, Liz Spetnagel and the AAC lobbyist, Lara Lee Hullinghorst. Please keep an eye out for announcements of upcoming opportunites to attend a stakeholder meeting near you! We will also be hosting a meeting via ZOOM to accommodate who might not be able to make their local meeting.

    Here is some great feedback from the Colorado Acupuncture Group on Facebook from fellow practitioners who attended the stakeholder meeting in Vail Valley. 

    “Today I attended the first stakeholder meeting for the Acupuncture Association of Colorado, which was held for the practitioners in Summit through Garfield counties.

    I wanted to hop on here and encourage everyone to attend their respective stakeholder meetings. It was incredibly informative and productive.

    I received a better understanding of the importance of the upcoming Sunset Review on our Practice Act. I feel strongly that our lobbyist, Lara Lee Hullinghorst, is more than qualified. She has a thorough understanding of the political process, a strong alliance to acupuncture, and is well-connected within our legislation to make sure we are doing a better job at protecting our profession over the next 10 years.

    I was also given some tactical resources- like who I should be contacting in my area and the best way to raise awareness, issues, and garner support from local legislators.

    Please join the AAC and show your support for the folks that are voluntarily working their butts off on our behalf!! And definitely show up to your stakeholder meeting- they are listening!”

    -Becky Burgess

     I was there as well, and want to second Becky's experience. It was informative, illuminating and ultimately empowering. Most of us are very busy, so taking a couple hours away from work or recharge time can be low on your priority list. Make the time and get to know what we can and cannot expect. Every single one of us that attended got more out of it than we expected!”

    -Kellie Krasovec

     AAC Board Meetings

    Speaking of meetings, please check our website for the dates, times, agendas and call-in information for upcoming AAC Board meetings.

    June ended with Liz Spetnagel, DAOM; Mark VanOtterloo, DAOM; and Tuesday Wasserman, DACM. representing the AAC in Vermont at the Society for Acupuncture Research Conference. SAR (https://www.acupunctureresearch.org/) is an important organization for anyone interested in being aware of and participating in, the most current research around our profession. The topic of this conference, “Acupuncture Research, Health Care Policy, & Community Health...Closing the Loop”, provided extremely useful information as the AAC moves forward in our work with the Opioid and Other Addictive Substances Interim Committee this summer in Denver where we will be represented by Tuesday Wasserman, DACM.


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  • 04 Jun 2019 11:40 AM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

    October 19th and 20th, 2019

    9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

    Southwest Acupuncture College

    6630 Gunpark Drive

    Boulder, CO 80301



    Come To Learn:
    •  An eastern and western perspective to an 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. We’ll provide all of the information you need to perform this healthy, effective and potentially lucrative specialty.

    • Due to the intensive hands-on nature of the material, we are limiting class size to 15 students, taught by Diana Horowitz, L.Ac., and assisted by Amelia Vargas, L.Ac


    Requirement: 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 or another basic certification facial acupuncture seminar within one year of taking the microneedling seminar. 

    Instructors: Diana Horowitz, L.Ac. and Amelia Vargas, L.Ac. and Licensed Esthetician,

    "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 microneedling device and turned a profit. Acupuncture skincare specialists, I highly recommend taking this class!" - Rachael Rose, L.Ac.


    Practitioners: $695

    Practitioners (15% discount, AAC Members): $591

    Advanced Students (20% discount): $556

    SWAC Alumni (10% discount) $626

    Please note that we are offering a larger than usual discount of 15% for Acupuncture Association of Colorado 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 the 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

    Cancellation policy: a full refund minus a $30 processing fee if you cancel four weeks or more in advance of the seminar date. Otherwise, within the four weeks, a refund of your deposit is based on whether we can fill your spot in the seminar. 

    If the seminar needs to be cancelled by the instructors, the instructors will refund all participants in full. 

  • 15 May 2019 6:06 PM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

    Sat, Jul 20; Sun, Jul 21, 2019

    Hampton Inn Denver-Downtown

    1845 Sherman Street

    Denver, CO 80203

    Discount: $315

    John Howard completed his degree in acupuncture from the Maryland Institute of Traditional Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland. John holds two professorships; one in Traditional Chinese Medicine and the other in Western Medicine from George Washington University (GWU).

    PDA's: 16

    The Battlefield Acupuncture (BFA) Seminar will provide you with a complete understanding of how to and when to apply the BFA protocol. After this 2-day seminar you will be able to incorporate this protocol into your practice.

    Contact information:

    (303) 864-8004



  • 15 May 2019 5:49 PM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

    JULY 20-21

    9:00AM -5:30PM



    Women IN Kind

    3899 Jackson St

    Denver 80205

    Join Dr. Stamatoiu, MD and Ashley Crutchfield LAc as they bridge ancient Chinese medical knowledge of the Brain with modern Neuroscience.

    Recall from the Ling Shu “The Brain is the Sea of Marrow”… what does this mean? Learn how the Chinese view of Brain and Marrow are connected through Neuroscientific research. We will review the Western understanding of the Brain including the left and right hemispheres. We will try to understand the vast capacities of our neurons through thought experiments. Learn how our brains evolved to be so large. We will cover the importance of the Gut-Brain connection and Brain immunity. We will share very practical information with you about how to take care of your brain based on modern Neuroscientific research. We will dip into the elegance of Neurogenesis and Neuroplasticity. We will explain what happens when a healthy neural pathway goes awry causing anxiety and depression. Finally we will share the importance of social connectedness, acceptance and forgiveness in Brain health. Join us for all things ‘Brain’!

    PROFESSIONALS $395 by May 31, $425 after

    STUDENTS            $295 by May 31, $325 after

    AAC members        $355

    Click here for more information



  • 07 May 2019 12:46 PM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

     July 13-14. 2019

    Southwest Acupuncture College - Boulder, CO

    Discount offered to AAC members:
    10% (Use code HCT10 at checkout)

    Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB) is a non-profit organization that provides disaster relief, recovery and support for building resiliency – to communities affected by disasters, human conflict, environmental devastation, poverty and social injustice.

    PDA's: 15

    This two-day training will give trainees the skills and knowledge to set up and run field clinics providing effective acupuncture treatment for acute stress and post-traumatic stress (PTS) in disaster and post traumatic event situations, as well as in ongoing community clinics. It will also provide information about the neuro-biology of trauma, latest acupuncture protocols being used to treat trauma, and current research about the effectiveness of acupuncture in treating trauma.

    Contact information:
    Phone: 505-266-3878
    Website: http://www.acuwithoutborders.org/level-i-healing-community-trauma/


  • 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

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  • 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





  • 18 Jan 2018 11:42 AM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

    AAC Legal Challenge to Dry Needling Continues & Conference Registration is Open

    Message from the President: Our Legal Challenge to Dry Needling Continues!

    Mark VanOtterloo

    Dear members, friends and supporters,

    While we were disappointed that the Denver District Court recently denied our legal challenge to the PT Board’s regulation allowing dry needling, we strongly disagree with the court’s ruling and, as one of our attorneys explained, “This type of decision is why we have Courts of Appeals.” As a result, at our last meeting, our board unanimously agreed to continue our legal challenge to the Colorado Court of Appeals where we believe we have a strong chance to prevail. 

    The District Court, for example, claimed we lacked the right to even challenge the PT Board’s refusal to repeal Rule 211 despite making the opposite finding just months earlier. Similarly, the Court did not even attempt to explain how the PT scope of practice, which allows only non-invasive practices, could be rationally interpreted as allowing the insertion of acupuncture needles up to 5” deep. 

    While we all wanted to see victory at the District Court, the Court of Appeals is a very important second bite at the apple. But it will only be possible if those of us that understand the importance of protecting the public from the untrained practice of acupuncture (aka “Dry Needling”) continue to financially support this critical legal effort.  

    Your contributions to date have been immensely significant to our efforts, and our attorneys have already generously donated many thousands of dollars of their time. But to continue this fight we need your support again. 

    If you’re already an AAC member, please make a special donation to directly support the critical work our legal team is doing on your behalf.

    If you’re not a member, please join the AAC today [link to join us page] and stand with us in this important effort that will be closely watched across the United States. You may also wish to make an additional donation in support of this cause.

    Please take a minute now and make a donation to our legal fund. This is a fight we can win, but we cannot do it without you.


    I look forward to continuing to work with you on this, and to seeing you at our 35th annual conference in April for an  awesome seminar with Jeff Nagel . And as always, thank you for your membership and continued support.

    Mark VanOtterloo, DAOM, L.Ac., Dipl. OM
    President, AAC Board of Directors
    (720) 295-9323

    Registration is Now Open for Jeff Nagel at the 35th Annual AAC Conference in Westminster April 21-22, 2018!      

    Erika Schultz

    This year will be our 35th annual conference as a state association and we are pleased to bring you another highly requested speaker, 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.

    He is a well seasoned, generous teacher-researcher of Acupuncture-Oriental Medicine, as well as a Qigong cultivator and healer who has studied extensively with several well-known masters and doctors including Daoist Grand Master Share K. Lew, the 23rd generation of the Yellow Dragon Monastery, China.

    Jeff is designated as a practitioner and teacher by the AAAOM Pioneers & Leaders in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, acknowledging his contributions to the field. He has taught at a number of state, national and international conferences.

    Registration is now open for this event on April 21st and 22nd, 2018 at the Westminster Marriott.

    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 CEU 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. This conference is expected to sell out, so register early and take advantage of early bird pricing 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


    The Winter Issue of Meridians Journal is Ready for Members!

    The winter issue, v. 5 no. 1, of Meridians: The Journal of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is now available for AAC members to read on our website! Digital issues of this peer-reviewed, Medline compliant journal are available free to you as a valuable benefit of being an AAC member. Log in to read the Winter issue. (After logging in, scroll down under the Acupuncturists tab to Members, then select Meridians Journal at the bottom of the menu at right.) Having trouble logging in? Contact Charissa at info@acucol.com or (303) 572-8744.



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