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  • 08 Jan 2019 4:56 PM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

    February 8th 9th and 10th

    3950 Midland Ave Suite 3

    Glenwood Springs, Colorado 81601
    ( A ski resort town in the mountains)

    Registration Fee :$1200 dollars 

    Discount price for AAC members of Colorado $1000


    (Must be Acupuncture Injection trained  and practicing for at least a year.)

    Call to register 303-945-2097

    There are no refunds with this price.

    Was trained on how to sterilize injections from famous Dr. Shallenberger.

    Only 6 places left.

    Recent review: "Teacher Kathy Stahlman is really good. She is confident and knowledgeable

    B.C. LAC AiT Florida DOM  11/04/2018


  • 04 Jan 2019 11:22 AM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

    There is a new date of the Upper Extremity Orthopedic Class.  Feb 3 is Superbowl Sunday, and I didn't realize the conflict when reserving the date.  As a result, we will be holding the class the following weekend, Feb 9-10 at the same location: CSTCM in Denver CO.  For those that would have signed up but couldn't because of the dates, I will extend the early bird signup for 1 week.  Total cost $500.  Pay half now, half the week of the class.  BUT, there are only 5 spots left!

    Course Outline: Learn effective treatment protocols using needling, cupping, taping, Injections (if previously trained), and guasha techniques. Combine multiple modalities for better results and in quick treatment times for common injuries of the upper extremity. Learn trigger point and motor point needling, insurance codes, documentation procedures, common anatomical and diagnosis terms. A great way to hone your orthopedic treatment skills!

    16 NCCAOM CEUs Approved

    Sat & Sun Feb 9-10, 9am-6

    CSTCM Denver Colorado

    Cost: $625  AAC Members $550

    Early Bird Until Jan 11: $500



  • 30 Dec 2018 3:54 PM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

    Course Outline: Learn effective treatment protocols using needling, cupping, taping, Injections (if previously trained), and guasha techniques. Combine multiple modalities for better results and in quick treatment times for common injuries of the upper extremity. Learn trigger point and motor point needling, insurance codes, documentation procedures, common anatomical and diagnosis terms. Dr. Liz Walley will be teaching the orthopedic testing and manual muscle testing of the upper extremity. 

    16 NCCAOM CEUs Approved

    Sat & Sun Feb 2-3, 9am-6

    CSTCM Denver Colorado

    Cost: $625  AAC Members $550

    Contact: Scott@DenverSportsAcu.com

    Click here for more information

  • 21 Dec 2018 6:14 PM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center has given ASA members a 20% discount for their Fundamentals of Oncology Acupuncture Online Course. The registration for this promotion is available for 2 months only: December 17, 2018 to February 17, 2019.

    This is an amazing opportunity!

    After you register, it might take a day or two for you to receive instructions for the course. You will then have 2 months to complete the program. For example, you can register on January 1st and have until March 1st to complete the program. 

    This ASA Member Oncology Acup Flyer is for AAC members only! The link on this page will allow you to register for the class. 

  • 20 Dec 2018 4:57 PM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

    I will only be holding 2 Intro to Injection Classes next year.  One in the spring and one in the fall.  This is a great way to learn everything you need to add injection therapy to your practice.  We will cover AcuPoint Injections, Trigger Point Injections, and Aesthetic Injections.  See attached flyer for more details

    Split the Cost in 2 Payments, Half Now, Half at the Class


    1441 York St 
    Denver, CO 80206

    March 2-3


    Early Bird Price:
    Register Before Dec 31st, take an additional $50 off!

    $650  AAC Member: $575

    Contact Dr. Scott Richardson DAOM for more details



  • 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.

  • 11 Dec 2018 10:50 AM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

    March 9-10, 2019 with an optional March 11, 2019

    Southwest Acupuncture College
    Boulder, Colorado, USA

    AAC Member Price: $450

    Translation by Heather Maya Suzuki, L.Ac. is an accredited acupuncturist in both Japan and the U.S.

    Teaching by Yasuda Kanpu - Upper level practitioner of
    Iyashi No Michi


    This clinical workshop offers a hands on approach to Japanese acupuncture, palpation and theory based on the teachings of the Shang Han Lun and other classical Japanese texts.

    Iyashi No Michi offers a hands on approach to Japanese acupuncture and theory based on the teachings of the Shang Han Lun and other classical Japanese texts. Over the course of this workshop you will develop a deeper and more refined diagnostic understanding through hara and meridian palpation. You will learn how to find ‘live points’ and practice advanced non-retention needling for maximum effectiveness. Working within a fundamental kata, you will walk away from this course with a solid structure to use immediately in your clinic with confidence, enabling you to decrease your treatment time while increasing results. 

    Contact information:


    email: maya@bumblebeeacu.com

    Website: http://www.bumblebeeacu.com/iyashi-no-michi-conference.html

    Click here for more information!

  • 25 Nov 2018 7:57 PM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

    Course Outline: Learn effective treatment protocols using Injections (if previously trained), needling, cupping, taping, and guasha techniques. Combine multiple modalities for better results and in quick treatment times for common injuries of the upper extremity. Learn trigger point and motor point needling, insurance codes, documentation procedures, common anatomical and diagnosis terms. Dr. Liz Walley will be teaching the orthopedic testing and manual muscle testing of the upper extremity. 

    16 NCCAOM CEUs Approved

    Sat & Sun Feb 2-3, 9am-6

    CSTCM Denver Colorado

    Cost: $625  AAC Members $550

    Holiday Discount: Sign up by Nov 30 and save an additional $50.

    Contact: Scott@DenverSportsAcu.com


    Dr. Scott Richardson DAOM
    President Emeritus - Acupuncture Association of Colorado
    Denver Acupuncture & Sports Medicine



  • 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

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