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  • 23 Mar 2018 7:55 AM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

    Glenwood Springs, CO

    May 18-20, 2018

    10% Discount for AAC members

    Kathy Stahlman is a licensed acupuncturist and a graduate of the Tri-State School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Stamford, Connecticut.  She is also a member of the National Commission of Acupuncturists and is a certified instructor and AIT therapist.  Kathy has been in practice for 30 years.

    This class covers ozone sterilization properties, homeopathic substances and vitamins that are enhanced by ozone.  Its goals for the students are to understand and provide the safe use of ozone sterilization during Acupoint injections.  To accurately determine which conditions can be treated successfully with Acupoint injections and ozone sterilization. To increase proficiency using inter and intra-articular Hua Tou point injection with ozone.  Class covers inter-articular joint points in the knees, shoulders, hips, cervical intervertebral Hua Tou points, Hua Tou points of the lower and upper back, small joint points of the wrist, elbow and TMJ.

    PDA's:  This class is approved for 30 PDA points from the NCCAOM for acupuncturists who are licensed to practice in a state where injection therapy is within it's scope.

    Location: Injury Release & Wellness, 3950 Midland Ave. #3, Glenwood Springs, CO. 80601

    Class hours:  9am - 8pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday, with breaks for meals

    Cost:  $1,200

    Contact:  To register, call Gloria at 970-945-2097 or email ksbiomaster@gmail.com

    Website:  injuryreleaseandwellness.com

  • 02 Mar 2018 1:11 PM | Nathaniel Mohler

    Presented by:
    Nate Mohler, L. Ac.

    Date and Time:
    June 10, 2018; 10:00AM - 12:30PM

    Practitioner Rate (2.5 PDA with NCCAOM - pending) - $40
    Student Rate (no PDA points awarded) - $25

    Register at Shuhari Health Works:

    This 2 1/2 hour walk along South Boulder Creek beginning where the creeks meets South Boulder Road provides an introduction to the flora of the Front Range of Colorado. Along the path of this guided walk, you will encounter somewhere between 30 and 40 noteworthy plants. Some of the plants fall within the Chinese pharmacopoeia and others are closely related to species used in the Chinese pharmacopoeia. The instructor will discuss how the medicinal plants are used and what conditions they may used to treat.

    Nate Mohler has been leading bioregional medicinal plant lectures and field studies for the last 5 years in the Colorado Front Range. He has published a field guide to medicinal plants in the region (http://shuharihealthworks.com/product/a-medicinal-plant-field-guide/) and is the founding director of the American Institute of Integrative Herbalism (AIIH) a non-profit dedicated to research and conservation of North American Plant medicine and the integration of bioregional North American medicinal plants into Chinese medicine.

  • 02 Mar 2018 1:01 PM | Nathaniel Mohler

    This is a truly amazing opportunity to learn from a top herbalist in our field!

    Presented by: 
    Thomas Garran

    Sponsored by:
    Shuhari Health Works and the American Institute of Integrative Herbalism

    Date and Time:
    July 13, 14, and 15, 2018 (camping overnight)

    Early Registration (before March 25): $200 for practitioner or general admission / $175 for students.*
    Regular Cost (after March 24): $240 for a practitioner or general admission / $200 for students.* 
    * Because the cost of flying Thomas out from China for this event, tickets are non-refundable except under very special circumstances

    This will be a three-day camping intensive with 12 PDA points through the NCCAOM. The event, organized by the American Institute of Integrative Herbalism and Shuhari Health Works will cover flora of the montane and alpine regions of central Colorado and will be taught by Thomas Avery Garran. The location is still to be determined but a spot will be narrowed down in the next month or two but should be within 3 hours of Denver/Boulder.

    Over the weekend we will be exploring native medicinal plants found in the wild in Colorado as well as the history of and modern approaches to incorporating new medicinal substances into practice.

    For payment contact Nate Mohler at front.desk@shuharihealthworks.com 

    There will only be room for 20 participants so grab your ticket ASAP (last year's event sold out in 5-6 weeks).

    Thomas Avery Garran has been studying herbal medicine since 1989 and is a graduate of the American School of Herbalism as a direct student of Christopher Hobbs and Michael Tierra from 1992-96. He became licensed to practice Chinese medicine in the United States in 1996 and later attended Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, receiving his Masters of Science of Chinese Medicine degree in 1999. Thomas maintained a full-time practice in Chinese medicine from 1996 until moving to China in 2008. From 2004-2007 he taught in the Herbology Department at the Institute of Clinical Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and in 2005 became the head of the department. During that tiame, he also served as an adviser to the John Burns School of Medicine, Department of Alternative Medicine at the University of Hawai'i. Since moving to China he has done clinical studies with a number of Chinese medicine doctors and is currently enrolled as a PhD student in the Center for Materia Medica Resources at the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences in Beijing. His PhD thesis is in soil ecology and the role of ecological agriculture for cultivation of medicinal plants. Thomas is also an adviser to the National Medicinal Plant Botanical Garden at the Institute of Medicinal Plant Development in Beijing. On top of his academic work, he also manages a small organic farm where he employs the use of ecological agriculture for the production of both medicinal plants and food, and is a consultant for several other farms in China that are working toward transitioning from chemical based agriculture to ecological agriculture.

    Thomas has published two books (and several articles) on the subject of integrating Western herbs into Chinese medicine, Western Herbs According to Tradition Chinese Medicine: A Practitioners Guide (2008) and Western Herbs in Chinese Medicine: Methodology & Materia Medica (2014). His work has been described as, “...the first truly authoritative work on understanding and using Western herbs based on the TCM model.” Z'ev Rosenberg, L.Ac. has said, “Thomas' books is far and away the most advanced books on this topic.” And Eric Brand, L.Ac. has called his books, “...the best in this genre.” 

  • 02 Mar 2018 12:44 PM | Nathaniel Mohler

    Presented by:
    Paul Cybularz, L. Ac.
    Nate Mohler, L. Ac.

    Date and Time:
    June 9, 2018; 9:00AM - 5:00PM

    Practitioner Early Registration – $120 until March 31 (reg. price: $140)
    Student Rate (No CEUs) – $115
    For registration click below:

    This program will provide attendants with a broad overview of biomedical concepts relating to the diagnosis, treatment, and care of today’s breast cancer patient populations. It is 7 PDA (pending) with NCCAOM. These concepts will be illustrated by modern research and then related to traditional traditional Chinese axioms regarding breast cancer’s etiology, diagnosis, and treatment. Utilizing modern research, practitioners will receive the latest treatment guidelines and evidence based protocols to successfully and safely offer basic adjunctive care to cancer patients regardless of which stage of treatment or recovery they are currently in.

    Paul has a wealth of knowledge acquired from working as an acupuncturist for Cancer Treatment Centers of America for 4 years. He will teach the biomedical and acupuncture components of this workshop. Paul's research on Chinese medicine oncology has been published https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4491150/

    Nate has been working as practitioner of Chinese medicine for 15 years, teaching for 10 years and is a doctoral candidate at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He is also the founding director of the American Institute of Integrative Herbalism. He will teach the herbal medicine components of this workshop.

    For those Interested; this event may be paired with Nate's Medicinal Plant Field Study the day after the workshop. The field study is a 2.5 hour walk in Boulder, CO and is worth 2.5 PDAs with NCCAOM. Nate has been teaching these for several years in the region. For information and registration for both events click the link above.

  • 13 Feb 2018 7:22 PM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

    Saturday, March 3, 2018 |8:30am - 5pm MST


    Location: Southwest Acupuncture College Boulder

                6620 Gunpark Dr. Boulder, CO 80301

    Please join us to learn and discuss selection strategies for injections – whom to inject, what to inject, and what type of injection to administer. This workshop will be led by expert injector, Dr. Donese Worden. Whether you are already injecting and want to learn new techniques or are a beginning injector, these unique methods will be simple to learn and easily implemented in your practice. The 1-day training will be held from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm at the Southwest Acupuncture College Boulder, located in Boulder, Colorado. The lecture and discussion portion of the workshop, from 8:30 to 11:30 is free to you, compliments of Hevert Pharmaceuticals.

    The workshop from 11:30 – 5:00pm features hands-on injection training and is limited to 10 participants.

    Cost: $700 (10% discount for AAC Members)
    Limited Space Available (10 – Total Participants)

    For Paid Participants:

    Enjoy a catered lunch as you discuss practice management tips with Dr. Worden and other peers. After lunch, get hands on training in Trigger Point injections, Mesotherapy needling techniques including Nappage, fanning, and more. Physicians should wear clothing that is loose and comfortable as you may be practicing on each other. This hands-on workshop includes Dr. Worden personally observing and supervising each physician and giving critique on the injection technique. This will ensure the best results for the physician and the patient.

    Call (720) 465-5273 to contact Rose Delaney or Jocelyn Levesque to reserve your spot for the Hands-On Injection Training! This event is limited to 10 licensed practitioners, additions to the waiting list will be made available upon request.

    About Dr. Donese Worden, NMD

    Dr. Donese Worden is an Arizona based physician and global health educator. Having trained in France and Italy and with leading German physicians, Dr. Worden is a highly regarded expert in regenerative injection therapies and has been teaching these techniques for nearly two decades. 


    Hands-On Injection Workshop


    8:30 – 9:00:  Arrivals, Coffee/Tea

    9:00 -11:30:

    1.    Discussion of homeopathic medications  - introduction of the Hevert injectables

    2.    Decision making when selecting injections 

    a.   Whom to inject –by pathology

    b.   What to inject/infuse

                                              i.    Homeopathy, vitamins, nutrients, anesthetics, etc.

    c.    What type of injection – i.m., i.d., s.c., i.v., etc.

                                              i.    Mesotherapy needling techniques

    1.    Point to point

    2.    Nappage

    3.    Fanning

                                             ii.    Acupuncture points

                                            iii.    Trigger point

                                           iv.    Neural therapy (scar injections)

                                            v.    Prolotherapy


    11:30 -12:30:  Lunch with Round Table Discussion: Practice Management Tips


    12:30 - 4:40:   Hands-on training (240 min)

    3.    Demo by DW: Proper equipment: 10 min

    4.    Demo by DW:  Trigger point: 15 min

    a.   Hands on by practitioners: 30 min

    5.    Demo by DW: Point to point: 15 min

    a.   Hands on by practitioners: 30 min

    6.    Demo by DW: Nappage: 15 min

    a.   Hands on by practitioners: 30 min

    7.    Demo by DW: Neural therapy (scar injections): 15 min

    a.   Hands on by practitioners: 30 min

    8.    Demo by DW: Fanning:  15 min

    a.   Hands on by practitioners: 30 min

    9.    Demo by DW: Intra-articular: 10 min

    a.   Hands on by practitioners: 30 min

    4:40 - 5:00:  Q & A, Wrap up

  • 26 Jan 2018 10:10 AM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)
    EastWest Microneedling, LLC presents….
    Integrative Microneedling for Acupuncturists

    Southwest Acupuncture College (SWAC)
    6630 Gunpark Dr.
    Boulder CO 80301

    May 19th & 20th, 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

    Practitioners: $495 
    10% discount for AAC Members and SWAC alumni: $445 
    Advanced Students: $420 (in last year of school)
    A $200 deposit is required to hold your space in the class. The balance is due on Friday, May 4th.
    ** Prerequisite: basic facial rejuvenation acupuncture certification of any style

    14 CEU’s pending for licensed practitioners 

    Ready to rejuvenate your facial acupuncture practice? In this groundbreaking  microneedling course specifically designed by and for acupuncturists, learn:


    • An eastern and western perspective to this innovative modality that is exploding in the cosmetic industry.
    • A holistic protocol for dermarolling and motorized microneedling.  We’ll share benefits, contradictions, pre and post care recommendations, effective and appropriate skincare products, device comparisons, treatment strategies, safety concerns, case studies 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 lucrative specialty.
    • Due to the intensive hands-on nature of the material, we are limiting class size to 12 students guided by two instructors. 

    To Register Online: https://tinyurl.com/y9tmzajs

    Diana Horowitz, L.Ac. and Amelia Vargas, L.Ac. and Licensed Esthetician, serendipitously discovered motorized microneedling independently of each other in 2015. As facial rejuvenation acupuncturists who have trained with Mary Elizabeth Wakefield, L.Ac., they strongly shared a belief in supporting a patient’s constitution during the facial rejuvenation acupuncture process. Through more than a year of experimentation, Diana and Amelia created their own holistic microneedling protocol using dermarolling and motorized devices. In February 2016, they gained the support of the Acupuncture Association of Colorado in determining that microneedling is within an acupuncturists scope of practice, and became Microneedling Co-Chairs on the AAC’s Board of Directors.  

    Diana and Amelia’s purpose in creating this seminar is to open the door of this primarily western cosmetic practice to acupuncturists while honoring microneedling’s roots in Chinese medicine. They would love to share the knowledge and experience they’ve gained on their microneedling journey with you. 

    ** Need your basic facial rejuvenation acupuncture certification? Diana Horowitz, L.Ac. will co-teach a four-day Advanced Constitutional Facial Acupuncture seminar with Mary Elizabeth Wakefield, L.Ac. in Northwest Denver from March 9th - 12th, 2018. To learn more and register, please go to: 


  • 18 Jan 2018 12:42 PM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)
    Message from the President: Our Legal Challenge to Dry Needling Continues!

    Mark VanOtterloo

    Dear members, friends and supporters,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

    Erika Schultz

    This year will be our 35th annual conference as a state association and we are pleased to bring you another highly requested speaker, Jeff Nagel, MA, LAc, Dipl Ac. Jeff is trained in the 8 Branches of Chinese Daoist Healing Arts, Medicine, Internal Martial Arts & Life Sciences and is an experienced long-time practitioner.

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

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

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

    His two-day seminar is entitled Healing Stress, Anxiety, Depression & Pain - Precursors to Disease In Your Practice & In Your Life (Classical Chinese Medicine Daoist Style Special Applications of Master Tung's Holographic).  14 NCCAOM PDA / California CEU pending.

    More about the Course:

    Classical Chinese Medicine traditions raise the question: What causes and promotes health and vitality and not just dis-ease? Some of the most effective answers and solutions to this question will be covered in this class:

    “7 parts patient lifestyle adjustment + 3 parts doctor’s treatment”

    Teachings include:

    •         How to cultivate Relax & Calm Down Qigong Breathing & Taiji Ruler Heart Calming Qigong for patients and practitioners.

    •          Learn simple & effective methods of Acu-Touch Pulse for diagnosis & treatment.

    •          Learn how to use internal-external herbal polarity-5 phase nutrition.

    •          Learn practical clinical applications to diagnose and treat stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD and pain before dis-ease sets in using Master Tung's Acupuncture and the 5 Phase Organ-Meridians and 12 Attitudes Method.

    •         Learn how to harmonize the emotions with Temporal Pulse Balancing, the “10 Essentials of Life” & Geopathic Medicine for stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD and pain.

    These methods are practical and highly effective and can be implemented immediately in practice. The class will be taught through a combination of lecture, hands-on experience, and question and answer opportunities. Bring your most difficult case studies to class for group feedback and applied practical clinical applications.

    Read more about Jeff, the conference and register here.

    We are so excited for this conference, which will be a wonderful opportunity to connect with peers, get energized and learn amazing things. This conference is expected to sell out, so register early and take advantage of early bird pricing discounts. I look forward to seeing you all there!

    Kind regards,

    Erika Schultz, L.Ac., Dipl. OM, ACN
    Conference Chair, AAC Board of Directors

    (720) 460-0766


    The Winter Issue of Meridians Journal is Ready for Members!

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



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  • 18 Jan 2018 10:40 AM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

    susan B.Goldstone,

    L.Ac, A.P, Dipl.Ac, LMBT, MA
    Goldstone Acupuncture & Whole Health, LLC
    300 Boardwalk Dr. Bldg 6A
    Ft Collins, Colorado 80525
    www.goldstoneacupuncture.com <http://www.goldstoneacupuncture.com/>

  • 15 Jan 2018 12:21 PM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)

    March 24th and 25th

    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 practice injection therapy for 15 years and has taught injection therapy in Colorado for the last 12 years. Sheila Kate, L.Ac. will act as assistant so there will be lots of direct supervised practice.   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


  • 06 Jan 2018 11:51 AM | Charissa Haines (Administrator)
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