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  • 12 Mar 2019 2:33 PM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

  • 12 Mar 2019 1:17 PM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

    Sunday, May 5, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (MDT)

    CSTCM |1441 York Street | RM A/B | Denver, CO 80206

    AAC discount: $125 Early Reg. $160 after 4/6

    Backupuncture is a system of combining distal points with manual palpation of the spine and meridians for quickly and accurately diagnosing and treating issues relating to vertebral misalignments through any system of distal acupuncture. Distal access of the spine allows for movement and palpation of the injured or diseased area during treatment, thus providing immediate feedback, and learning to diagnose misalignments distally can allow for treatments in cases where the spine is inaccessible, such as the bed or wheelchair-bound, or simply in cases where it is easier to treat supine.

    Ben Hawes is a graduate of Brown University (1996) and the New England School of Acupuncture (MAOM: 2001), and has been practicing in rural Southwest Colorado (Cortez) since 2003 and Denver since 2017. Besides acupuncture, he practices craniosacral therapy, has been a long-time practitioner of shamanic healing practices, and has been an instructor of Zen and pain-relief meditation since 1995.


    Parago Jones, 303.329.6355 x16



  • 12 Mar 2019 12:02 PM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

    June 15th & 16th, 2019

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

    Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine

    1441 York Street

    Denver, CO 80206

    To Register Click Here

    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, serend

    "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, last year of school): $556

    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. 

  • 08 Mar 2019 10:41 AM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

    MAY 4-5
    9:00 - 5:30

    15 PDAs NCCAOM approved

    PRICING: $285 for AAC members (10% discount)

    This seminar is a unique opportunity to work with the Eight Extraordinary Vessels from a hands-on palpation based Japanese perspective. Learn to palpate DU, REN & DAI MAI for excess and deficiency and to treat these imbalances with chinetskyu moxa & silver needles directly on the meridian. We will review the Master-Couple points of the 8EV and learn how to treat them using Copper-Zinc pellets and okyu moxa. Embryogenesis of the 8EV will also be covered.

    INSTRUCTOR: Ashley Crutchfield, L.Ac has been practicing Japanese style Acupuncture for 21 years. She specializes in hands-on palpation and treatment of DU MAI. 




    CONTACT: Ashley @ 303-861-5656, ashnoland@gmail.com

  • 07 Mar 2019 12:01 PM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

    April 26th, 27th, and the 28th 2019

    Join us on the river in Glenwood Springs

    3950 Midland Ave #3 home of the hot springs

    we will be accepting 10 students

    the NCCAOM PDAS you will gain from this course is 30 hours. The course times will be 9:00 am-8:00 pm each day, with a break for lunch and dinner.

    Kathy Stahlman LAC has been in practice for 30 years and have been providing homeopathic injections therapy for the past 10 years and has taught this course to Dr's.of Oriental medicine and acupuncturist's as well as MD's and NP's throughout the US for the last 6 years. Kathy studied with Dr. Frank Shallenberger, and is certified by him in prolozone and has lectured at the American Academy of Ozonotherapy  to Medical doctors all over the world on Acupoint  injection with Ozone Sterilization to Medical doctors called trademarked as Acu- ozone 

    Increase your skills + income and rise above the dry needles with this cutting edge Acu-Ozone advanced joint injection with ozone sterilization class widely used now in Europe and Asia

    Class prices $1200 and a 10% discount or members of the Acupuncture Association of Colorado.. 

    Contact - (970)-945-2097 or Email- Ksbiomaster@gmail.com


  • 01 Mar 2019 11:41 AM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

    April 27th 1-4:30
    1200 Pearl St (Office Partners on Pearl)
    25% off for AAC Members


    Licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist. Erika has been practicing acupuncture and prescribing custom Chinese herbal formulas since 2003 in Boulder.

    Erika has been utilizing cannabis in her practice since 2013.  Incessant research and clinically studying the effects of cannabis on clients has shaped her expertise with this exceptional plant.  Erika views cannabis similarly to Traditional Chinese Medicine, in the way that each person has unique and individual needs in the healing process.  

    Phone: (720) 480-4862



  • 05 Feb 2019 10:10 AM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

    June 14-15


    The Evanston Center

    2122 S. Lafayette St.

    Denver, CO 80210

    $50 off for AAC Members

    Randi Savage, Kathleen Robinson, and Mary Ellen Metke combine their many years of knowledge and experience of Five Element Acupuncture in a fluid, seamless and unique way to offer a learning experience, which is both practical and inspirational.

    PDA's:  14

    You will be guided through a five-step self-evaluation process incorporating neuroscience principles and experiential exercises. A half-day will be spent on Western medicine: red flags, physical exams, & integrating western medicine into an acupuncture practice.


    Karyn @ 303-940-9445 


    To Register

  • 14 Dec 2018 2:26 PM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

    Do you have family & friends who live in Michigan? Please send this urgent request to them now!

    We would like to ask all Michigan residents to contact their State Representative to support SB 683, which will make Michigan the 47th state to license Acupuncture. Michigan Senators passed this bill 33-to-3 in the summer and it will be voted on by all 110 State Representatives before Dec. 20th!

    Step #1: Look up your State Rep by address here: http://www.house.mi.gov/MHRPublic/frmFindaRep.aspx

    Step #2: Go to their website and copy the following message into their "Contact" page:

    Subject: Support SB 683 

    Dear Representative [NAME]

    I am a constituent, and I support SB 683, to convert Registration into Licensure for Acupuncturists.

    Acupuncture is one of the fastest-growing healthcare professions in the US, and is one of the few professions that offers non-pharmacological pain management as a safe and effective alternative to opioids.

    I think Acupuncturists should be licensed. In America, 46 states require Licensure for Acupuncturists, but only Michigan, along with South Dakota, Oklahoma, and Alabama, have no minimum training requirements for offering acupuncture treatments to the public. This is a clear public safety issue here in Michigan.

    Registered Acupuncturists in Michigan have a Master's Degree in Acupuncture and passed the national board exams, but without Licensure they cannot open a Limited Liability Company or operate independently. They cannot even use the word "Acupuncture" in their business name!

    SB 683 will convert Registration into Licensure to ensure that this safe and effective alternative to opioids has a future in Michigan.

  • 22 Sep 2018 8:37 AM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

    Dr Michael Gaeta’s mission is to co-create a world of vital, resilient people by upgrading the patient care and practice success of natural health professionals. He has trained 16,000 health professionals over the last 25 years, promoting a lifestyle of nature first, drugs last. Michael, a past president of the Acupuncture Society of New York and State Association President of the Year, shares his research, findings and results from his 28-year Chinese and functional medicine practice in this new course:

    Cancer Support & Prevention: How to stop preventable cancers in your patients using natural functional medicine

    In this training you will:

    1 - GET THE LATEST on cancer statistics, and conventional cancer treatments in modern oncology

    2 - LEARN THE "CAUSE OF THE CAUSE" what's behind the genetic damage of cancer

    3 - INCREASE CANCER RESISTANCE and quality of life in yourself, your family and clients with Dr Gaeta's powerful, wholistic Program

    4 - HELP PATIENTS ON CONVENTIONAL TREATMENTS Know how to naturally and safely support the strength of patients who are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation

    5 - IMPROVE YOUR PATIENT CARE and be a go-to practitioner for wellness and preventative care in your community

    6 - GROW AND EXPAND YOUR PRACTICE by providing superior patient care, and earning the referrals of happy patients

    After thousands of hours of study, and working with many thousands of patients, he would like to share what he has learned about what really works, in the new, seven-week Cancer Support & Prevention (CSP) online course. He will show you specifically how you can improve your patient care in this critical area of practice. For optimal learning and practical implementation, CSP combines an online curriculum with seven live weekly calls and a private online community.

    AAC members who join will receive a 10% tuition discount, if they use coupon code AAC2018 at checkout (or purchase using this direct link). This is one of the most powerful trainings in wholistic healthcare, and we’re proud to present it to our members.

    Dr Gaeta gave a well-reviewed presentation at one of our annual AAC conferences, and has taught at 10 acupuncture colleges nationally. If you want to be a more effective and successful acupuncturist, we encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity to upgrade your patient care and practice success with this senior acupuncturist.

    Learn more at cancercourse.com.

  • 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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