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  • 13 Oct 2017 3:36 PM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

    Message from the President: Dry Needling & Injection Therapy Updates

    Mark VanOtterloo

    Dear members, friends and supporters:

    On behalf of your volunteer board of directors, we are thankful for your support as we advocate for your right to practice Traditional East Asian Medicine (TEAM) in the state of Colorado and to advance the reputation of Acupuncture as a safe and effective healthcare option. We are informing the public and policy makers with an accurate and unified voice for the practice of TEAM as the use of holistic medicines continues to grow.

    We are only as strong as our membership, so please spread the word to your fellow acupuncturists and supporters to join. The membership numbers and donations that we receive from you are the basis of our strength. If you are not yet a member, or your membership has lapsed, please take a moment now to join us.

    Join Now

    Dry Needling

    I am excited to inform you that our lawyers have submitted to the court what we hope will be our final round of legal briefing in our lawsuit to overturn the Colorado PT Board’s rule authorizing dry needling. If we win, Colorado would become the first state to have an existing dry needling regulation legally overturned. We need your help today to raise the funding that we need to see this precedent-setting lawsuit through to the end. While we have already defeated the PT’s Board’s motion to dismiss our case, and also defeated the Physical Therapy Association’s motion to intervene in the case, our final hurdle is to win the court’s agreement that Colorado statute quite simply does not allow physical therapists to insert acupuncture needles. A big thank you to those of you who have already generously donated. If you haven’t yet had a chance, please take a minute now and make a contribution online to protect the safety of Acupuncture patients today and into the future. Also, see the article about the 15 CEU Dāo Needle Certification class later in this newsletter–part of the proceeds will benefit our Legal Fund.

    Donate Now

    Procuring Substances for Injection Therapy

    From 1999 until 2014 acupuncturists were using DORA’s Director's Policy regarding what substances where permissible to use. While some substances were listed, it contained the line: "Injection therapy is the injection of sterile herbs, vitamins, minerals, homeopathics, or other similar-type substances into acupuncture points by means of hypodermic needles." Practitioners and pharmacies had some liberty with "other similar-type substances" when it came to ordering. Now that we are detailing all specific substances, we are running into the issue that specific types of injections that have been used for more than 15 years are now being denied access due to conflicts with Federal law.

    In January of this year, we met with DORA regarding this subject and we are attempting to prepare a bill to add limited prescriptive authority to our practice act with the assistance of our new DORA Interim Program Director Abi Gaskins. We have also met with the Colorado Medical Society (CMS) Scope of Practice Subcommittee and are continuing to discuss with them language that will allow us to obtain these substances from FDA regulated outlets. We will continue to keep you apprised of our progress on injectables. 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 Chair Report: Last Call for Volunteers!

     Erika Schultz

    This year we will be celebrating our 35th year of bringing Acupuncturists from Colorado and around the country together for learning and connecting. As your new Conference Chairperson I am excited to be leading the charge on this and have been impressed by the enthusiasm expressed by past conference attendees.

    Mark your calendar for April 21st - 22nd, 2018 when Jeff Nagel, MA, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac. will be our presenter at the 35th annual conference. 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 and generous teacher-researcher of AOM, and a Qigong cultivator and healer. People who have learned from Jeff in the past have raved about him, and he was very high on the list of requested instructors by last year’s attendees.

    This is an excellent opportunity to get involved. The conference is one of our largest fundraising events all year and we have some even more exciting ideas for increasing these efforts. Do you want to be a part of it? Do you want to make a contribution to the future of acupuncture in your state?

    This is our LAST CALL for committee volunteers. We are the verge of forming teams of people who will make an important contribution to this year’s conference. If you want to take part please text your name, email and phone number to me at (720) 460-0766 by Friday October 20th, 2017, and we will include you in our Kick-off Meeting to be scheduled this month.

    We expect that his conference will be outstanding on every level, and are looking forward to having you join us.

    Kind regards,

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

    Dāo Needle Class November 11th – 12th in Boulder:
    A New Style of Acupuncture and Acupuncture Needle
    15 CEUs & A Portion of Class Proceeds
    Will Benefit the AAC Legal Fund! 

    Dāo Needle Therapy is a unique modality that bridges ancient east Asian techniques and modern biomechanical therapies. Its therapeutic basis lies in biomechanical tests to identify musculoskeletal, neuromuscular and fascial imbalances; patient positioning to allow better access to dysfunctional tissue and a more effective treatment; and dynamic palpation to evaluate mobility, motility, and mechanical threshold of tissue. A specialized needle is used to break up scar tissue, change the mechanical threshold of ashi points, remodel tissue and break the muscle energy crisis. Dāo Needle Therapy brings Traditional Chinese Medicine meridian therapy into a new era.

    Diagnostic Testing

    Participants will learn a variety of advanced musculoskeletal diagnostic tests such as muscle testing, range of motion, movement analysis, functional tests, and advanced dynamic palpation. Participants will explore how to identify, map, and use the fascial system and its corresponding meridians, while developing a deeper understanding of how ashi points can be used as a diagnostic guide and therapeutic meter. Practitioners of Dāo Needle Therapy use biomechanical and postural tests to identify and mark a patient’s ashi points.

    Original Modality

    After marking a patient’s tender points in a specific area, practitioners insert and quickly remove a specialized needle. It is common that 90% of ashi points will no longer be tender immediately after treatment. The remaining points that are still tender are then needled one more time. This result-driven technique resets neurological responses and restores function to muscles. Dāo Needle Therapy will change the way you see and treat pain. 

    “I can honestly say that over the last 27 years of study and practice in this medicine, your training ranked high up on my list of all-time favorites. Your enthusiasm is contagious, your knowledge of the subject is broad and deep, and what’s impressive is how I feel after receiving Dāo Needle therapy. Often times, training can be superb, however devoid of real clinical results. This is definitely not the case with Dāo Needle Therapy! I would fully recommend your training series for any practitioner whether they have been in practice 2 days or 40 years."

    - Greg Lane, DACM, LAC
    Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine
    Director of Clinical Services, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine
    Completed San Diego Dāo Needle Course, 2017

    A Unique Needle

    Participants will learn the anatomy of the specialized acupuncture needle used in Dāo Needle Therapy. Its unique bevel edge allows for a different penetration into the skin. Similar to Biomedical Acupuncture, Dāo Needle Therapy creates a lesion in the soft tissue that then releases cytokine/chemokine and neuropeptides to initiate local acute inflammation, which activates local blood circulation. However, the needle penetration is very shallow compared to other acupuncture styles and is more focused on the fascial lines, ashi points (tender points), and their corresponding meridians.

    Inventor and Instructor

    Dāo Needle Therapy® was developed by Brian Bowen, L.Ac., CMT, PAS. He is the founder and owner of Integrative Health Inc., Dāo Needle Therapy®, and Outch Ointment.

    During his 19 years in practice, Brian has specialized in musculoskeletal issues, collaborating with osteopaths, chiropractors, manual therapists and postural alignment specialists. He has studied neuro-muscular therapy, structural integration, myofascial release, active release technique, cranial sacral therapy, postural alignment therapy, functional movement repatterning, Dr. Tan method, dry needling, 5-Element and much more.

    Please join us at the class and help us thank Brian for his generous offer to donate a portion of the proceeds of this class to the AAC Legal Fund!

    Approved for 15 CEUs by NCCAOM and California

    AAC Members receive 10% off registration. Discount code is on the Member Benefits page of Acucol.com.

    (You must be logged in to see this page, which is under the Members tab of the Acupuncturists heading on the homepage. If you have trouble logging in, please contact Charissa at info@acucol.com (303) 572-8744.)

    For questions about the class call (303) 577-9977 or email info@daoneedle.com.

    Register at www.daoneedle.com

    Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AOM) Day is October 24th! 

    Want a FREE Professionally-Designed Press Release for your clinic?

    AOM Day is a great opportunity to raise awareness and generate interest in your practice.  But it can only help you if you have the tools to maximize the opportunity.  One way to make the most of this national holiday is to submit a PRESS RELEASE  to your local news outlets to let them know how you are celebrating, such as with a special offer or event.  

    I teamed up with Felicia Slattery, Business Communication Coach, to create a professionally designed Press Release Template for AOM Day for my clinic that we are offering absolutely FREE to AAC members.

    Don’t miss this easy marketing opportunity!  Click here  (and be sure you’re logged in) to see the free AOM press release, and adapt it to your clinic's AOM Day offers or activities.  

    (You must be logged in to see this page, which is under the Members/Membership Benefits tab of the Acupuncturists heading on the homepage. If you have trouble logging in, please contact Charissa at info@acucol.com or (303) 572-8744.)

    There are more AOM Day marketing ideas available at http://aomday.org/get.html

    We wish you a happy and successful AOM Day!

    Erika F. Marie, L.Ac., Dipl. Ac.
    Public Relations Chair, AAC Board of Directors
    (720) 593-1593

    Support Your “TEAM” by Getting Involved!

    Your Volunteer AAC Board of Directors

    Would you like to help further Traditional East Asian Medicine (TEAM) in Colorado? Join a committee! Several AAC committees are looking for members interested in helping us advance our profession. Have fun and support your all-volunteer AAC Board of Directors by joining a committee. For example, you could help coordinate the 2018 AAC Conference, assist with Fundraising, help increase Membership, or promote our profession through Public Relations. Contact Charissa, the AAC office manager at info@acucol.com with the subject line: "I want to help!" and she’ll get you to the right committee chairperson.

    Call for Featured Guest Articles!

    Do you write about Acupuncture or Traditional East Asian Medicine? Would you like to share your knowledge, drive traffic to your blog or clinic, and gain an online publication with us? Starting in January 2018, the AAC newsletter will be monthly instead of quarterly. Each month will include a “Featured Guest Article” written by one of our members. To submit an article, you must be a current dues-paying member of the AAC. To learn more, contact Erika F. Marie, Chair of Public Relations, at prchair@acucol.com with "AAC Featured Guest Article Submission" as your subject line.

    Professional Spotlight: AAC PR Chair Presents at International CAM Meeting

    Erika Fayina Marie, LAc., MSOM, Dipl. Ac., and AAC Public Relations Chair, traveled to North Carolina on September 18th, 2017, to present her scientific abstract for publication at the 5th International Meeting on Complementary and Alternative Medicine & Therapies. Her abstract and well-received breakout session, Saving Organs and Restoring Lives with Integrative Medicine: The Treatment of an Infant with Diamond-Blackfan Anemia (DBA) and Her Mother with Immune Dysfunction and Kidney Failure,  illuminated the power of an integrative approach for "unbelievable" clinical results. Erika specializes in autoimmunity and other complex conditions at her clinic, Chiyu Center, located in Longmont, Colorado. She is also a professional speaker and would be happy to speak to your group about how to practice truly remarkable integrative care. Reserve time on her clinic or speaking schedule by calling (720) 593-1593 or emailing erika@chiyucenter.com.

    Would you like to be the next AAC member featured in our “Professional Spotlight?” Contact Charissa, the AAC office manager, at info@acucol.com with your spotlight submission of 150 words or less. Don’t forget to include a photograph along with your clinic and contact information! Submit via the body of your email with the subject line:  "Professional Spotlight".

    The Fall Issue of Meridians Journal is Ready for Members!

    The fall issue, v. 4 no. 4, 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 Fall 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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  • 05 Oct 2017 10:22 AM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

    October 21st and 22nd.

    524 Bross St., Longmont, CO 80501

    Discount for AAC members: 10%

    Michael Young, L.Ac., MSTCM, graduated in 1990 from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  He studied injection therapy with Heel sponsored teachers in the 1990s and has taught injection therapy in Colorado for the last 12 years.  For more info see my website younghealthcare.com

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

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

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

    Link to website: younghealthcare.com

  • 03 Oct 2017 6:43 PM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

    November 11-12, 2017

    Southwest College of Acupuncture Boulder, CO

    10% Discount to AAC members

    Provider: Tiffany Carole Pollard, M.S., L.Ac, EAMP is the co-founder of Aroma Acupoint Therapy (AAT).  She offers courses in AAT, the use of essential oils in treatment of pediatrics, pregnancy, addictions and trauma.  In addition she facilitates the Healing Oil Collective and Master Healer Program and various retreats..  Her teaching has been described as "exceptional", "engaging" and "soul inspiring".  The knowledge, expertise and energy she shares will have you leaving the seminar a changed person and a changed practitioner.

    PDAs: 14 NCCAOM PDAs

    Aroma Acupoint Therapy, is a gentle yet profoundly effective treatment modality that utilizes the energetic potential within pure essential oils. Treatment involves placing particular oils on specific acupoints in order to trigger energetic changes in the individual that bring back a state of balance. Aroma Acupoint Therapy results in a more significant clinical effect than using either acupuncture or essential oils alone.

    Contact Info:




  • 25 Sep 2017 10:21 PM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

    A Portion of the Proceeds Will Go to the AAC Legal Fund!

    AAC Members Receive 10% off

    Discount code is on the Member Benefits page of Acucol.com

    (You must be logged in to see this page, which is under the Members tab of the Acupuncturists heading on the homepage. If you have trouble logging in, please contact Charissa at info@acucol.com (303) 572-8744.

    Approved for 15 CEUs by NCCAOM and California

    For questions about the class call (303) 577-9977 or email info@daoneedle.com.

    Register at www.daoneedle.com

    If you cannot attend the class, please make a donation to support the AAC Legal Fund. We have had two favorable rulings from the judge in our case. As it proceeds we continue to incur costs. We will keep you posted on new developments!

    Donate Now

    Thank you for your support!

    Robin L. Schiesser, L.Ac., Dipl. OM
    Acupuncture Association of Colorado, Fundraising Chair

  • 01 Sep 2017 9:03 AM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

    Denver's Way Home yearly event, Project Homeless Connect, is looking for vollunteers. This event helps connect the under-served of Denver and surrounding areas with medical care, services for specific needs, and holistic treatments among other things. It is fun and the day goes quickly due to the high volume of people that are seen. The past 4 years, about 100 people receive acupuncture throughout the day.

    Volunteers are needed to split up the day into 2 shifts, 9 a.m.-noon and noon-3 p.m. There is CEU credit available through the NCCAOM for community service and volunteer hours. This year's event is on Tuesday, September 19th, at the Denver convention center. 

    For more information or to sign up, please contact:

    Brandee Goedecke-Shilling, DACM
    Unity Community Acupuncture

  • 30 Aug 2017 9:58 AM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

    The response was so positive from the last email that we are holding a second "Intro to Injections" class on Sept 30 - Oct 1.  The NCCAOM PDAs are already approved for 3 Safety and 13 PE CEUs.  This will most likely be our last class until next spring. 

    The class will be from 9-6 Sat and Sun at Southwest Acupuncture College.  Each attendee will receive 15 Homeopathic Ampoules, 15 syringes and 15 needles so they have everything they need to start practicing injections. 

    The class is limited to 15 people and we already have 9 signed up from the first email.  That means there are Only 5 Spots Left.  Since these classes fill up, there is a $200 deposit to hold you place which will be refunded if we can find  someone to take your spot. 

    Price $450, AAC Members and SWAC Alumni $399

    Click below for a class outline.  Email Dr. Scott Richardson DAOM  at

    Scott@DenverSportsAcu.com to sign up.


  • 16 Aug 2017 8:00 AM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

    10% discount for AAC members.

    The code to use is “COAND2017”

  • 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.com888-652-5550

    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

  • 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

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    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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