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  • 17 Aug 2017 9:28 PM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

    10% discount for AAC members.

    The code to use is “COAND2017”

  • 17 Aug 2017 9:11 PM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

    Only 4 spots left!

    September 8 - 10  -  Basic AIT and sterile injection technique. "Hands on", small joint points, neck, trigger points, and cosmetic scar tissue. 

    September 15 - 17 - Advanced techniques for larger joint injections, includes low back.

    These classes will qualify you for Acupoint Injection with Ozone Sterilization next year.

    Kathy Stahlman, L.Ac./AIT Therapist will be teaching at Injury Release & Wellness in Glenwood Springs.

    Fee is $600 per class or $540 for members of the state association.

    To register, 970-945-2097 or  ksbiomaster@gmail.com.

    30 NCCAOM PDA points awarded for both weekends.

    Click link below for more information!

    Learn AcuPoint Injection Therapy.pdf


  • 28 Jul 2017 10:52 AM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

    Chanda Center for Health
    1630 Carr Street, Lakewood, CO 80214

    August 12, 2017 from 9:00am – 12:00PM

    Dr. Jason Hao received his bachelor and master degrees in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Heilongjiang University of TCM in Harbin, China. He was among an early group of doctors who had the opportunity to learn directly from famous experts including Jiao Shunfa, the founder of Chinese scalp acupuncture, Yu Zhishun, professor of scalp acupuncture development, and Sun Shentian, professor of scalp acupuncture research. He has been teaching neuroacupuncture classes and seminars in the West since 1989. He specialized in neuroacupuncture for the treatment of stroke, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, post-traumatic stress disorder, complex regional pain syndrome, phantom pain, and ataxia.

    Dr. Linda Hao received her doctorate degree in acupuncture from Heilongjiang University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Harbin, China. Dr. Hao is a co-founder and Vice President of the International Academy of Scalp Acupuncture, and the co-founder and Member of the Board of Directors of the Neuro-Acupuncture Institute (NAI). She is the co-author of the book Chinese Scalp Acupuncture. Dr. Hao has also been teaching neuroacupuncture throughout the country and has collaborated with Dr. Jason Hao in presenting internationally, including seminars in Europe, Canada, and Australia.

    $100 Registration Fee

    Scalp Acupuncture Lecture and Patient Demonstrations 
    with 3 Continuing Education Credits

    Scalp acupuncture has been proven to be the most effective technique for treating acute and chronic central nervous system disorders. Scalp acupuncture often produces remarkable results with just a few needles and is frequently used in the rehabilitation of paralysis due to stroke, multiple sclerosis, automobile accidents, and Parkinson’s disease. It is also used in pain management, especially in cases with central nervous system involvements, such as phantom pain, complex regional pain, and residual limb pain. It has been proven to have very effective results in treating SCI, PTSD, TBI, aphasia, and ataxia.

    Register today at: www.scalpacupuncturefordisability.eventbrite.com


    AAC Members use this link:

  • 18 Jul 2017 5:36 PM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

    Experienced in beautiful OCHO, Questa, NM (north of Taos)

    10-31 October 2017 

    Taught by: 

    Mary Elizabeth Wakefield, L. Ac., M. S., M. M., AAAOM Educator of the Year, Acutonics Teacher; click here for bio


    MichelAngelo, M. F. A., Advisor, Astrological Medicine & Musical Studies, Kairos Institute of Sound Healing, LLC (2005-2014); click here for bio

    Facial Soundscapes™ is a gentle, powerful, non-invasive vibrational treatment protocol that features precision calibrated Acutonic® tuning forks on the acu-sound points and meridians of the face and body.  Treatments are customized for each person.

    Open to all healthcare professionals, musicians, and all interested parties!!  You can take 1, 2, up to all 5 levels of the training, but they must be taken in order!!  

    Online registration may be found here.  To register offline, or for questions about seminar content; chi.akra@gmail.com, 888-652-5550

    133 NCCAOM PDA’s/CA CE’s pending/all 5 modules are Acutonics® electives

    10% Discount to All Acupuncture Association of Colorado Members

    Module 1: Facial Soundscapes: Harmonic Renewal™; 10-13 October, 2017 
    “An In-depth Journey into Sound” (29 CE credits)

    Participants will learn:

    • The intervals, myths, qualities and applications for the Earth, Moon and Sun tuning forks

    • How to choose the Eight Extraordinary meridians’ master/couple points using “fascia talk”

    • Eight Extraordinary Meridian meditation with music

    • 5 Element Chinese physiognomy (hand and face reading)

    • A grounding protocol

    • Customized 5 Element body points

    • An Ohm balancing facial treatment

    • Facial syndromes: vibrational muscles treatments for jowls, double chin, etc.

    • A topical herbal protocol to enhance the treatments

    Module 2: Planetary Soundscapes: The Cosmic Countenance™, 15-17 October, 2017
    (24 CE credits)

    Participants will learn:

    • Planetary Faces; Astrology and Physiognomy

    • The intervals, myths, qualities and applications for the 8 planetary tuning forks (Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto)

    • How to integrate the Earth, Moon and Sun forks into a planetary treatment

    • Physiognomy: Facial Asymmetry and the Taoist Central Corridor of Qi

    • The Interluminaries: Balancing the Face with the Sun and Moon

    • Planetary Signatures and Acutonics® Intervals for the Eight Extraordinary meridians

    • Ba Liao: The 8 Sacred Seams; “Your Butt is your Face”; back treatment

    • Yin/Yang Planetary Pairs and Facial Balancing

    • 5 Element interplanetary constitutional treatments

    • Vibrational Lavier facial treatment using the Earth and Moon forks

    • Planetary “Hara Mirroring” facial treatment; “Your Gut is your Face”

    • Other protocols: Cosmothetics; “Vibrasion”, Vibrational Somato-Emotional Release (VSER), aka “Forkalactics”

    • A Longevity Treatment: an empirical point for "healthy aging"

    • A topical herbal protocol to enhance the treatments, with 5 Element planetary essential oils, hydrosols, moisturizer, cleanser, jade rollers and gem eye discs

    Module 3: The Transcendent Face™, 19-21 October, 2017
    (24 CE credits)

    Participants will learn:

    • The intervals, myths, qualities and applications for the 3 suprapersonal planets (Chiron, Nibiru and Sedna), and the 4 female asteroids (Juno, Vesta, Pallas Athena, and Ceres)

    • Applications of the high frequency planets

    • A Definition of Transcendence

    • 3 Treasures Gems grounding protocol using amethyst, citrine, red garnet and Herkimer diamond

    • Supra-personal Planets and the 3 Treasures of the Face

    • “Lacing the Girdle of Venus”; The 3 Treasures Gems and the 3 Jiaos Treatment Protocol

    • Constitutional Tuning Fork Combinations for The Transcendent Face

    • The Transcendent Extraor-DNA-ry Meridians

    • The Facial Landscape: Planetary Wrinkles & Associated Facial Muscle Syndromes

    • Treating Facial Wrinkles with the 3 Treasures Planetary Resonances

    • The Kidney Spirit and Back Shu Points; “Mu Shu Tuning Fork Boogie”

    • The Human Aura; Dowsing the Aura and Chakras with High Frequency Planets

    • Transcendent Interplanetary Ladder of Ascent (via the 7 Chakras)

    • An Immortality Treatment for the Transcendent Face

    • A topical herbal protocol to enhance the treatments, with 5 Element planetary essential oils, hydrosols, moisturizer, cleanser, hydrosols, gem elixirs, jade rollers and gem eye discs

    Module 4: The Fibonacci Face™, 24-26 October, 2017
    (24 CE credits)

    In this seminar, we will address the archetypal, energetic, theoretical and practical applications of the Acutonics® Ohm Fibonacci series tuning forks.

    Participants will learn:

    • The history, philosophy and implications of the Fibonacci number series, and its relationship to the natural harmonic series, as well the Golden Ratio (phi)

    • The ratios, frequencies, intervallic structure, and archetypal profile of the Ohm Fibonacci tuning forks

    • The Fibonacci Solar System; correspondences with the 9 planets, and the associated intervals

    • Treating the 8 Extraordinary Meridians with the Fibonacci Frequencies and Mid-Range Planets and the 5 Element Planetary Essential Oils and Gem Elixirs

    • 5 Element Planetary gem elixirs; properties, usages and applications

    • The Cosmic Egg: 3 Transformative Exercises and Treatment Protocols using the Fibonacci tuning forks and gem elixirs

    • Ritual:  Installing Gem Elixirs with Fibonacci Solar System Tuning Fork Combinations; “Beyond the Solar System”

    • Vitruvian Man Ritual:  “Squaring the Circle” 

    • Exercises: 6 Healing Sounds, Microcosmic Orbit meditation

    Module 5: “Shifting your Intergenerational Patterns”: GeneAstrology™ and Vibrational Medicine 
    28-31 October, 2017
    (32 CE credits)

    In this seminar, we will address inherited "blueprints" which are passed down from generation to generation. These genetic codes trigger cellular memory and map out not only our physical attributes, but also our thoughts, feelings, ideas, prejudices, talents, etc.  These memories are largely unconscious, and in most people, they remain a part of the legacy of the family line, in the form of addictions, illnesses, health issues, and tendencies to recapitulate certain catastrophic events. Even the nature and timing of death can be programmed in this way, occurring at the same time and under the same circumstances as that of one of our ancestors.

    This course encourages you to become aware of these multi-generational astrological patterns, as they are identified through the techniques of GeneAstrology™.  We can then employ healing sound (tuning forks, gongs, Tibetan bowls, etc.) to address these issues through a variety of remedial techniques – vibrational body treatments, exercises, Qi-gong, meditations and transformative rituals, so that you can move beyond unconscious motivations and behavior patterns, negative emotional states, and thoughts and actions that do not seem to be your own. 

    Our intention in this course is provide a “safe container” in which you can explore your Authentic Selves, and to empower you to compassionately follow your own unique destiny in this lifetime!

    The participants will learn:

    • GeneAstrology™: An Astrological Perspective on Intergenerational Patterns as a Reflection of Inherited Planetary Disharmony

    • The 13 Ghost Points: A Personification of the Shadow; Locations and Indications and treatment

    • The 13th Harmonic Natal Chart: “Dancing your Inner Demon/Daimon” (Exercise)

    • The 13 Taoist Positions on the Face plus Recommended Tuning Fork Combinations

    • The Eight Extraordinary Meridians: The Figure 8 Infinity Treatment

    • Treatment of the 3 Shen Scalp Points with Essential Oils and Ohm Tuning Forks

    • “Drawing down the Dragon”: The Constellation Draco and the Windows of the Sky Points; Meditation, Checklist and Treatment

    • 5 Element Vibrational Gem Elixirs, DNA, Imbalances and Inherited Patterns

    • 5 Element Correspondence Chart with Microsystem Gem Tips for Corpus Callosum Balancing Treatment

    •  The 12 Spirit Points and Essential Oil applications

    • Spirit Point Treatment Ritual

  • 17 Jul 2017 1:40 PM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

    7 Spots Left!

    Dr. Scott Richardson DAOM will be teaching an Intro to Acupoint Injection Therapy (AIT) class at SWAC on 8/19-8/20.  We will be going over the history of AIT in TCM, safety and procedures, CNT for injections, and sterile withdrawal procedures.  We will practice those techniques and then move on to Acupoint Injections, Triggerpoint Injections, and Cosmetic Injections for fine lines and wrinkles.  The class will be LIMITED TO 15 PARTICIPANTS!. Right now we have 7 openings left.  Price is $450 or $399 for members of the state association.  There will be a $200 deposit to hold a spot.  If you cancel, it will be refunded back to you if we can fill the vacancy.  

    If you would like to attend, please send me an email to Scott@DenverSportsAcu.com and an invoice for the deposit to hold your spot will be sent to you.  16 NCCAOM PDAs are pending.

  • 14 Jul 2017 11:27 AM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

    Message from the President: Dry Needling,
    PT Board Review, Injection Therapy

    Dear members, friends and supporters:

    On behalf of your board of directors, we are thankful for your support as we continue to advocate as your voice to protect our right to practice Chinese Medicine in the state of Colorado. We continue to inform the public and policy makers on an accurate and unified voice for the practice of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine as complementary medicines grow. We are very thankful for your membership as we are aware that our profession in Colorado can only be as strong as our members. Please spread the word to your fellow acupuncturists and supporters to join. Your Acupuncture Association of Colorado is only as strong as our numbers of members and the donations that we receive from you.


    Dry Needling
    I have good news for you all– the judge denied CCAPTA's motion to intervene in our legal challenge to the Physical Therapy Board’s regulation allowing dry needling! This was the second positive ruling in our favor so far, following our first win that came when the judge denied the State Physical Therapy Board’s motion to dismiss our case. The case is proceeding and we appreciate those of you who have helped support the case through your donations. (Please see the special thank you further down in this newsletter.) We appreciate your continued support as this case progresses and further legal expenses are incurred.


    Physical Therapy Sunset Review
    As you may be aware, DORA has begun a sunset review of physical therapy. (For those who are not aware, a sunset review is an evaluation of a program or agency by its regulating body. It allows the regulating body to assess the effectiveness and performance of the program or agency and determine the need for its continued existence.) We are working to provide information as a part of this review relating to injuries that have occurred as a result of dry needling since we believe it is important that DORA has an accurate view of patient injury reports. If you are aware of injuries related to dry needling please let us know. Also, if you were not aware, DORA has an online form (below) for reporting any practitioner complaints.

    DORA Report a Complaint

    Procuring Substances for Injection Therapy
    We continue to work on obtaining the right to procure injectables following the passage of our injectables bill last year. The process has been long and intricate, involving several stakeholders and many meetings. This June we participated in a preliminary meeting with the Colorado Medical Society (CMS) Scope of Practice Subcommittee in order to further solidify our ability to procure injectable substances. We will continue to work with the CMS subcommittee to discuss with them the language that will provide more access for Colorado acupuncturists from FDA regulated outlets. We will continue to keep you apprised of our progress on this subject. Please “Like” the Acupuncture Association of Colorado’s Facebook page, click on “Follow” and turn on notifications by hovering over the “Following” button until a drop down menu appears and select Notifications “All On”.

    As always, thank you for your membership and continued support.

    Mark VanOtterloo, DAOM, L.Ac., Dipl. OM
    President, AAC Board of Directors
    (970) 214-6683

    Conference Report: Important Changes for 2018!

    This year’s 34thAnnual AAC conference with Kiiko Matsumoto was a big success with 137 attendees and 18 exhibitors. Post conference evaluations showed attendees were overall happy with the venue and food again this year. Some people had a hard time understanding Kiiko’s accent. We also experienced problems with the skills of the hotel’s camera crew who were projecting Kiiko’s demonstrations onto large screens. We are always doing our best to provide a quality experience for our attendees and continue to learn how to improve from year to year.

    The plan for 2018 has changed, and we ask you all make note of this in your calendars. Due to scheduling conflicts at the Marriott, our conference will be held there on April 21st-22nd, 2018, not the following weekend as previously planned. Lonny Jarrett is not able to join us for the new 2018 dates as they fall on his 60th birthday. The good news for Lonny Jarrett fans is that we have booked Lonny for 2019. The conference will remain at the Marriott Westminster and be held April 13th-14th, 2019.

    We are excited to announce that our presenter for 2018 will be Jeff Nagel, MA, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac. Jeff is trained in the 8 Branches of Chinese Daoist Healing Arts, Medicine, Internal Martial Arts and Life Sciences. He is an experienced long-time practitioner, well-seasoned generous teacher-researcher of Acupuncture-Oriental Medicine and a Qigong cultivator and healer. Jeff 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. He 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. Jeff lives in San Diego, California, where he has a private practice and is the director of and a teacher with the Golden Dragon Health Association offering classes in Classical Chinese Medicine Daoist Style and Qigong around the U.S. and abroad. We expect that his seminar will be outstanding on every level, and look forward to having you join us.

    In closing, I have greatly enjoyed my time volunteering for you as Conference Chair for the past four years. It has been my goal to add as much organization as possible to our conference planning so as to offer the best possible venue, education, socializing and networking experiences for you and to help move our medicine forward in Colorado. This year I have taken the position of Treasurer and am passing the baton to Erika Schultz. Please join me in welcoming her.

    Kind regards,

    Stephanie Shober, L.Ac., Dipl. OM
    Outgoing Conference Chair / Treasurer
    AAC Board of Directors

    (303) 471-9355


    Meet the New Additions to the
    AAC Board of Directors

    Your AAC Board of Directors does the important work of keeping the organization running and working for all acupuncturists across the state. Board members are volunteers who must be current AAC members, are elected by the membership at our annual conference and serve for a term of three years. The board meets twice per quarter and alternates meetings between Denver and Boulder. A complete listing of our current board is listed on the Board of Directors page of the AAC website.

    We are pleased to Introduce the new board members elected in April:

    New Vice President, Liz Spetnagel, DAOM, LAc., is the lead acupuncturist for Centura Health Integrative Medicine. In addition to treating patients, she serves as an adjunct faculty member at the Family Medicine Clinic/Residency program at St. Anthony North Health Campus. Liz also practices at St. Anthony Hospital in Lakewood as part of the CHPG Breast Center. Liz is focused on expanding acupuncture accessibility for Centura patients, both inpatient and outpatient. Personal goals include creating opportunities for fellow East Asian Medicine practitioners as well as bringing options to mainstream medicine to address the crisis around pain management and opioid addiction. Liz hopes to utilize her skills and position in helping the AAC work towards legislation that would make acupuncture a covered benefit under Medicaid and Medicare.

    New Secretary and Membership Chair Linda Machol, MSTOM, L.Ac., had a yoga and meditation background before becoming certified in Integrative Sports Medicine and pain management from Five Branches University. She also trained in China. Her other specialties include Skin Care and treating Infertility. She has two offices, one in Cherry Creek and one in DTC. Linda is an advocate for educating patients and western doctors to help them understand the very important role Asian Medicine and acupuncture can play in our healthcare model today. She believes this education must include that Asian Medicine addresses the whole body concurrently, treating both root and branch and including nutritional/dietary changes along with a blend western modalities for lasting results. Linda is very excited to be a part of realizing the AAC’s vision for Colorado.

    New Conference Chair is Erika Schultz, LAc, ACN is passionate about helping people become empowered in their health through nutritional and acupuncture healing. She owns and operates two practices: Paramount Wellness in Denver, CO, and Lakeland Acupuncturist in Pinckney, MI. In Denver as the only advanced trained practitioner in a customized nutritional therapy called Nutrition Response Testing she specializes in identifying and addressing root causes of un-resolving chronic health conditions. In Pinckney, MI, her objective alongside two other associate acupuncturists is to make an impact on the increasing reliance on opioid medications by providing private and community style acupuncture treatments to the community. As Conference Chair, Erika hopes to increase knowledge, advocacy and comradery amongst acupuncturists in the state of Colorado.

    New Public Relations Chair Erika Fayina Marie, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac., is a licensed acupuncturist in Colorado and Oregon, an Integrative Medicine Consultant, and a Traditional Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master. At her Chiyu Center in Longmont she specializes in reversing auto-immunity and complex disease and restoring health of both adults and children. In patient care, Erika draws upon her training in Classical Chinese Medicine, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Tan-style Acupuncture, Kiiko Matsumoto Acupuncture, Five-Element Acupuncture, Naturopathic Iris Evaluation, Shonishin and more. She also holds certification in Constitutional Facial Acupuncture. Prior to her medical career, Erika graduated the United States Military Academy at West Point, where she earned a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Engineering Psychology in 2002. During this time, she designed, analyzed, and conducted multiple randomized-controlled trials. Erika is excited to spearhead important integrative medicine initiatives and promote the safety and proper regulation of acupuncture as a time-honored and effective medicine. 

    New Board Member Sandi Lyman, Dipl. Ac., L.Ac. is the owner of MAI Acupuncture Clinic in Buena Vista, Colorado. Working in a rural area brings everything through the door: from 4th generation ranchers to couples looking to start a family. Specializing in digestive troubles, hormone balance, and pain management, Sandi loves helping the people of the High Rocky Mountain Region feel their best. Before studying acupuncture, Sandi worked for over 10 years in healthcare policy as a consumer advocate and communications specialist. She looks forward to using these skills to help the AAC to increase public interest and insurance coverage for acupuncture.

    New Student Representative Cherron Dow-Chacon is a student in her last year at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Denver. She eagerly awaits her graduation in the spring when she hopes to begin her work bringing this amazing medicine to women of all social and economic classes. Cherron received her BS in Physiology from the University of Arizona and has a unique background in western science and patient care. She joined the board as the second student member this year to assist the other wonderful student member, Brittany Chowning, and because she believes in the work the AAC is doing and thinks more students should get involved!


    A Special Thank you to Our Donors

    The AAC is grateful to every single person who has donated time, effort and money to support our Legal Fund. Our endeavors to protect and further the safe and legal practice of acupuncture in Colorado would not be possible without all of us coming together and contributing however we can. We would like to recognize here a special group of donors who have generously supported us this year with Gold and Platinum donations. Every effort was made to contact donors for permission to use their names, so please forgive us if we somehow missed you.

     Platinum donors  $500+

    Michael Lay - Uptown Acupuncture, Denver
    Anonymous Donor – CSTCM, Denver
    Anonymous Donor – Minneapolis, MN

    Gold Donors $250+

    Allison Suddard Briggs  - Performance Acupuncture, Evergreen
    Andrew Maloney - Jade Mountain Health, Boulder
    Carol LeCroy - Acupuncture Plus, Denver
    Dayna Larson - Traditional Chinese Medical Clinic, Fort Collins
    Karen Marks - Alpenglow Acupuncture, Wheat Ridge
    Patty Polman - Jing Japanese Acupuncture, Denver

    3­­ Anonymous Donors – Boulder
    3 Anonymous Donors – Denver
    Anonymous Donor – Broomfield
    Anonymous Donor – Cedaredge
    Anonymous Donor – Conifer
    Anonymous Donor – Colorado Springs
    Anonymous Donor – Littleton
    Anonymous Donor – SWAC, Boulder

    Big thanks also go out to the following members of the AAC Board of Directors who donated not only dollars, but also many hours of their time in calling acupuncturists across the state asking for support of the AAC and our Legal Fund:

    Kimberley Benjamin, Brittney Chowning, Mark Costello, George Graf, Kristen Grayce McGary, Yvonne Piper, Scott Richardson, Robin Schiesser, Stephanie Shober, Mark VanOtterloo

    Donate Now


    The Summer Issue of Meridians Journal is Ready for Members!

    The summer issue, v. 4 no.3, 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 Summer 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.

    Meridians Journal Clinical Pearls Call for Submissions

    Topic for the Winter 2018 Issue: How do you treat complex regional pain syndrome in your clinic?

    Practitioners:  Please submit your short (approx. 500 words) Clinical Pearl on this topic by or before Nov 1, 2017. See the Meridians Journal website for details.


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  • 14 Jul 2017 9:43 AM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

  • 07 Jun 2017 8:55 AM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

    October 15-28th, 2017

    You know you have this incredible and versatile skill set, have you ever wanted to be a part of something bigger by offering it to our greater community? We are returning to Nepal in October to trek from village to village, hosting health clinics along the way, connecting in sacred ceremony with the local shamans, and building global community. If you have ever felt excited about something like this but wanting a wonderful, small group to share this experience with, consider joining us! We have 4 spots left open! All AAC members get a 10% discount!

    Full price, non-AAC Members: $2,645

    Discounted price, AAC Members: $2,340


    Website: www.inneroceanempowermentproject.org

    Email: inneroceanhealing@gmail.com

    Link to PDF information:

    Mindi K. Counts, MA, LAc, WFR and Founder of Inner Ocean Empowerment Project will be guiding you on your journey of both inner and outer transformation as you step into the vast and deep territory of world service & wisdom exchange. As the founder of Inner Ocean: Empowerment Project, she has been engaged in life-changing world service in Nepal, India, Thailand/Burma, and into disaster areas in the US since 2013. Being of true and genuine service is her life’s passion and she is more than delighted to share this experience with a community of incredible women/womyn/womxn. 

  • 25 May 2017 9:50 AM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

    When: Begins Monday, May 29, 2017

    Where: Online

    Discount offered to AAC participants: Advanced training at 30% (via attendance to the free masterclass)

    After struggling through her first two years of practice, Alyssa finally figured out what makes a successful practice and has made 6-figures ever since.  Now Alyssa educates fellow practitioners how to do this exact same thing via online classes, walking them through a simple step-by-step process. She continues to help hundreds of acupuncturists all around the globe with the success of their practices as part of her mission to mainstream Eastern medicine and make the world a healthier place!

    PDA's: Advanced training is 5

     Are you stressed about not having enough patients?  Read the FREE attached PDF to get my 2-step “Patients For Life” strategy guide and join me on my upcoming LIVE FREE master class to learn the 7-steps for building a 6-figure acupuncture practice.

    Contact information:

    phone 310-663-5831

    e-mail Alyssa@6figureacupuncturist.com

    link to website 6figureacupuncturist.com


  • 13 Apr 2017 7:06 PM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

    Last Day to Register for Kiiko Matsumoto at the 34th Annual AAC Conference is Sunday, April 16th!

    Stephanie Shober

    Kiiko Matsumoto

    Don't miss this opportunity to connect with more than 120 of your colleagues April 22nd - 23rd as we learn from world-renowned acupuncturist Kiiko Matsumoto. There are so many reasons to join in:

    • The AAC is offering member registration fees at a steep discount compared to standard Kiiko Matsumoto classes. Our member regular rate is $300 where normal rates to learn from Kiiko range between $365 - $419!
    • OR save even more money by registering with a friend. The Buy One Get One Half Price offer means getting 14 NCCAOM approved PDAs from this TCM master for only $225 apiece!
    • The 2017 Exhibitor Hall has more Exhibitors than ever! Come see the latest TCM tools, technology, supplies and resources from eighteen organizations.
    • AND, we have a game this year: Any attendee who visits every Exhibitor booth will be entered into a drawing to win a FREE CASE OF SEIRIN NEEDLES - a $100 value!
    • Our venue, the beautiful Marriott Westminster, has a fresh farm to table kitchen. Each day attendees enjoy a complimentary, delicious soup and salad bar luncheon.
    • Saturday Evening's Complimentary Wine and Beer Reception will be just as big a hit this year as it was last year!
    • Dr. Dave's is back! Have fun bidding on several different Dr. Dave's tinctures at the Silent Auction table.

    We are so excited for this conference, which will be a wonderful opportunity to connect with peers, get energized and learn amazing things. We will also be holding elections for the board of directors at our annual meeting on Saturday (see article below). I look forward to seeing you all there!

    Kind regards,
    Stephanie Shober, L.Ac., Dipl. OM
    Conference Chair, AAC Board of Directors
    (303) 471-9355

    Message from the President: Dry Needling, Injection Therapy, ASA National Organization

    Dear members, friends and supporters:

    Dry Needling Update: As we expected, last month the State Physical Therapy Board moved to dismiss the case we filed in February on procedural grounds and is doing everything possible to avoid a substantive ruling from the court on whether dry needling is within the statutory scope of physical therapy as defined by the Legislature. Just this week the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) also filed documents asking to intervene in the case and filed a proposed procedural motion of their own to dismiss the case. AAC’s legal team filed a great brief this week opposing the motion to dismiss the case and will continue working hard to get a court ruling on the substance of whether the Colorado Legislature ever intended to let physical therapists insert acupuncture needles into their patients.

    If you’re already an AAC member, please make a special donation today and help support our efforts to enforce Colorado law! Many of you have already been generous in your donations and we thank you for your contributions.

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    If you’re not a member, please join the AAC today and stand with us in this important effort that will be closely watched across the United States. We are only as strong as the support we receive from our members and friends.

    Procuring Substances for Injection TherapyFollowing the passage of our injection therapy bill last spring we had many meetings with DORA about making the necessary rules. DORA did prepare and sign into effect a list of allowed injectable substances, rules for training and changes to the pharmacy practice act that were intended to enable us to purchase injectable substances again. Details can be found in the January 2016 newsletter archived under the News/Classes tab of acucol.com. Unfortunately, according to federal law many injectables considered compounded require a patient-specific prescription, and this is still hindering our ability to procure substances. We may need to pass a bill next session to get prescriptive authority just for these substances. We have met with the lobbyist from the Colorado Medical Society, but will need to present proposed language to their Scope of Practice committee in May. Also, Lorraine Lucero has recently replaced Leanne Duffy as the Acupuncture Program Director at DORA. 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. Please “Like” the Acupuncture Association of Colorado’s Facebook page, click on “Follow” and turn on notifications by hovering over the “Following” button until a drop down menu appears and select Notifications “All On”.

    American Society of Acupuncturists: Vice President Mark Van Otterloo and I represented the AAC membership at the annual ASA meeting last month in Philadelphia, PA. The meeting was very productive and we were able to collaborate with other national entities including the NCCAOM, CCAOM, and ACAOM. The ASA continues to have a representative on the CPT code committee and is tracking items that impact Acupuncturists. As an AAC member  you are automatically a member of the ASA. One of the many benefits of this is that you have free access to the peer-reviewed Meridians Journal of AOM in the member’s area of the AAC website. The ASA is proving to be a valuable asset to our organization and it is representing us well at a national and even global level. We hope you see the value in it, too. In light of this, with your approval we will raise membership dues slightly next year to account for our ASA membership, the cost of which is based in part on how many members we have. Because our relationship with the ASA is a non-competing model, the increase will be a very small amount compared to joining a separate national organization ($5-$10 instead of $100). Please visit their new website at www.asacu.com to see the many resources available and read their second annual report.

    Just one great benefit of our ASA membership is that you can read issues of the peer-reviewed, Medline-compliant
    Meridians: The Journal of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine for free in the member area of our website. Once you are logged in to acucol.com, go to the dropdown menu under Acupuncturists to Members and a dropdown menu will appear on the right, with Meridians Journal at the bottom. The Spring 2017 issue is now available!

    Thank you for your membership. There is strength in numbers and although there are roughly 1300 licensed acupuncturists in Colorado, only about 20 percent are AAC members. Our volunteer organization works on behalf of ALL acupuncturists and is hindered by lack of funds caused by low membership, so it is important to let our colleagues know we need them to join us in order to enable us to keep working with DORA and the legislature, and to educate the public about the benefits of choosing a trained, qualified acupuncturist.

    Kimberley Benjamin, L.Ac., Dipl. OM
    President, AAC Board of Directors
    (970) 214-6683

    The AAC Needs You: Serve on the AAC Board
    Elections are on April 22nd!

    The AAC Board of Directors is looking for a few good volunteers to round out our dedicated board team. Our board does the important work of keeping the organization running and working for all acupuncturists across the state. We are supported by a part-time office manager as well as bookkeepers/accountants and we retain a lobbyist for legislative issues, but the direction of the organization and all decisions are made by the volunteer board composed of acupuncturists like you. Board members must be current members and are elected by the membership to serve for a term of three years. We meet once or twice per quarter and alternate meetings between Denver and Boulder.

    Why is it important to take a turn serving on the board? Here are just a few reasons:

    The board is dedicated to protecting and furthering the safety and reputation of Acupuncture for the benefit of practitioners and patients, as currently evidenced by our recent pursuit of a petition to the Physical Therapy Board.

    Without our organization acupuncturists may have lost the right to be licensed in Colorado. Thanks to our membership and board, led by then Legislative Chair Anne Chew, we were able to work with a lobbyist to get our Practice Act Sunset Review passed in 2012. If we had become de-regulated it would have been a huge step backward for our profession as we would no longer be licensed in Colorado and could not obtain malpractice insurance or bill health insurance companies.

    We have much more work to do in supporting practitioners and educating the public and prospective patients. We need more person power to coordinate participation in health fairs and other public relations opportunities.

    What are the benefits to serving on the board?

    Feel good knowing you are contributing to furthering your profession while having fun getting to know and working alongside fellow acupuncturists.

    Be “in the know” and have your finger on the pulse of the current issues facing our profession on the state and national level.

    Get free registration to the annual AAC conference (including the 14 CEUs) as well as any class that is sponsored by the AAC.

    Receive PDA credits toward NCCAOM recertification for serving your profession when your term is complete.

    Learn from and receive referrals from fellow board members.

    Elections for new board members will be held at the AAC annual meeting during lunch at our conference on Saturday, April 22nd. You need not be registered or present at the conference to run for the board. If you are interested please contact President Kimberley Benjamin at President@acucol.com or (970) 214-6683.

    Get Your "Acupuncture Over Opioids" Stickers!

    We know that acupuncture is a powerful tool to treat chronic pain and address the current painkiller epidemic. At the AAC Conference next weekend for a donation to the AAC Legal Fund you can get one or more "Acupuncture Over Opioids" UV-resistant stickers to spread the word about our medicine. Look for the stickers at the registration table!


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