8:00 am - 5:30 pm
Sunday, September 19, 2021
Online via Net of Knowledge
6 CEUs pending
8:00 – 8:30 am Check in
8:15 am – 8:30 am General Welcome
SESSION 1 – 8:30 – 10:30 am
2 CEU pending
8:30 – 10:30 am
Advocating and Advancing the Practice of Acupuncture: Oregon Politics and Policy
Rachel Manning and Dan Cushing, Lobbyists
In this first long legislative session since the Covid-19 pandemic began, it’s not surprising that health was a major focus. OAA Lobbyists Dan Cushing and Rachel Mann report on the 2021 Legislative Session, the addition of acupuncture as an Essential Health Benefit in Oregon, and opportunities to advance the practice of acupuncture in the upcoming short session and beyond.
Dan Cushing, Lobbyist
Dan manages comprehensive government affairs strategies for multiple clients with a primary focus in health care. He is strategic and effective in
his advocacy work to advance clients’ goals, which is bolstered by his strong relationships with legislators of both parties. Dan is known in the
Oregon Capitol for his passion and commitment to showing respect for all, including staff and opponents.
Rachel Mann, Lobbyist
Rachel specializes in advocating for health care and social services. She is passionate about developing communications that complement in-person lobbying to achieve clients’ goals. Rachel incorporates all the tools in her toolbox to effectively advocate for better access to quality care.
8:30 – 10:30 am
Health Insurance Basics and Appeal
Karla Martinez – Financial Information Education and Outreach Coordinator, Division of Financial Regulation Department of Consumer
Karla Martinez is the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Division of Financial Regulation with the Oregon Department of Consumer and Business Services. Karla travels throughout Oregon to provide training in risk management and financial literacy to consumers, continuing education for Oregon businesses, consumer fraud and scam prevention and more.
8:30 – 10:30 am
Common Shoulder Injuries
Patrick M Cunningham, LAc, BCS
This talk will be about assessment and treatment of common shoulder injuries, such as rotator cuff injuries, A-C joint ligament sprains, frozen shoulder and biceps tendonitis. Emphasis will be on assessment but treatment strategies will also be discussed. Participants are encouraged to review shoulder anatomy beforehand.
Patrick Cunningham has been studying and practicing acupuncture, herbal medicine and manual therapy since the 70’s. His background includes Chinese and Japanese styles of acupuncture, Master Tung method, balance method, orthopedic acupuncture, trigger and motor point acupuncture, Chinese and western herbal medicine, tuina, zhenggu joint mobilization, craniosacral therapy, visceral manipulation, manual lymphatic therapy, structural integration, and manual muscle testing.
10:30-11:00am Break, Meet Sponsors in Zoom Rooms
Zoom Rooms will be open to all attendees.
11:00 am-12:00 pm Annual Meeting
● President’s Overview: Ross Mccallum
● Treasurer’s Report
● New Business
● Vote for new Board Members
12:00-12:30 pm Break, Meet Sponsors in Zoom Rooms
SESSION 2 – 12:30 – 2:30 pm
2 CEU pending
12:30 – 2:30 pm
Kampo and Post-Viral Syndrome. (including COVID-19)
Nigel Dawes, M.A. (Cantab), B.A.c.C,R.C.H.M, NCCAOM, L.A.c
Back on December 31st , 2019, The World Health Organization (WHO) first picked up reports on several clusters of cases in Wuhan, China of what was then termed “viral pneumonia”. On January 9 th , it subsequently reported that Chinese authorities had determined the outbreak was due to a “novel coronavirus” having ruled out SARS-CoV, MERS-CoV, influenza, avian influenza, adenovirus and other common respiratory pathogens. By Feb.11 th the WHO announced the new virus would be called COVID-19 and by then both Asia, Europe and the Americas were experiencing rapidly rising infection rates. Within one month, on March 11th , the WHO was already characterizing COVID-19 as a global pandemic and today, in July 2021, months after that statement, the WHO’s COVID-19 dashboard is recording globally 193,798,265 confirmed cases and 4,158,041 deaths. What has also emerged alongside these horrific statistics related to the acute phase of COVID-19 infection is a new phenomenon. One that is likely to plague patients and stress healthcare resources globally for years to come. The undeniable evidence of what is increasingly being referred to as: Post Covid Syndrome (PCS) or “Long Covid”. Whilst the issue of how to combat the acute phase of this viral pandemic demands the urgent focus of scientists, healthcare researchers, workers and policy makers around the world and revolves around rolling out vaccines, approving potential new or existing drug therapies and developing new and improved standards of critical care, the prospect of an emerging chronic stage of the illness and its implications is only just beginning to be recognized.
Nigel is an internationally renowned teacher and author who has been practicing East Asian Medicine for over 35 years. Based in New York for the past 25 years, he runs a private practice in Acupuncture, Shiatsu and Kampo (Sino-Japanese Herbal Medicine). Nigel is well-known nationally and internationally for his work on Fukushin – abdominal diagnosis and application in clinical practice – and has just finished a book on the subject: Fukushin and Kampo, Singing Dragon, 2020. He is widely published in peer-reviewed journals in the field and is author of 3 other books, including a translation of the modern Japanese classic: Kampo: A Clinical Guide to Theory and Practice, Churchill Livingstone, 2010. He is founder and director of the NYC Kampo Institute offering seminars and programs in Traditional Japanese Medicine at the post graduate level, both nationally and internationally and has been on faculty with several accredited colleges of East Asian Medicine in New York, Montreal, Lisbon, London, Brisbane and Tel Aviv. He lives in Brooklyn, NY.
12:30 – 2:30 pm
Essentials in treating traumatic brain injury with Chinese medicine
Doug Wingate, L.A.c.
No concussion and brain injury are the same. This can make them a challenging condition to treat. This lecture will cover some essential clinical skills, things to look for, key diagnostics and physical examination skills, and important components of the patient/practitioner relationship treating these individuals.
Douglas Wingate has been in private practice since 2011 in Portland, Oregon and began working in the neurology department of Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) hospital in 2018. He specializes in the use of acupuncture and massage in the treatment of neurological conditions in children and adults including acute and chronic pain, stroke rehabilitation, PTSD, concussions, and traumatic brain injuries. He has lectured extensively to practitioners and patients around the world and is a published author of multiple books on the subject. Douglas Wingate finds much reward in offering his patients relief in treating these types of conditions in his work. In his spare time, Douglas enjoys spending quality time with his child who is an avid roller skater. When he gets time to himself, he is also an artist and enjoys reading, writing, brewing honey wine, live music, and the outdoors.
12:30 – 2:30 pm
Acupuncture: The Best Therapy for Pregnancy Wellness Since Folic Acid
Valerie Hobbs, DAOM, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM)
The emergence of research showing that acupuncture confers benefit when used as an adjunctive therapy for assisted reproductive technologies suggests that increased uterine blood flow is likely a contributor to the mechanism. At the same time, a lack of uterine blood flow is associated with metabolic disorders of pregnancy, notably hypertensive disorders, including pre-eclampsia. Learn what is known about the early development of the placenta and how acupuncture treatment in pregnancy can be used for promoting wellness.
I began my career as a direct-entry midwife in 1979 and maintained a midwifery practice until 1995 when I became a licensed acupuncturist, a license I presently hold. Seeking additional skills, I was an EMT-Paramedic from 1983-86. I have pursued teaching in each of these careers. I earned a diploma from the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1995 and a Master of Science from Southwest Acupuncture College in 2007. I completed my Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at ACTCM@CIIS in December 2017. I worked as professor at Southwest Acupuncture College from 1998-2013, was the Campus Director from 1999-2013 and served as the Director of Program Development from 2013-2017. I am currently the Director of Postgraduate Doctoral Programs at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the California Institute of Integral Studies and an Associate Professor. I am active in my professional associations, and experienced in promoting state legislation for my profession. I have developed curriculum for the specialty of TCM OB/Gyn and specialize in herbal medicine and acupuncture for women’s health including infertility. I have a second specialty in sports acupuncture and pain management. I have treated athletes at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta and have been on the medical support teams for professional beach volleyball events.
2:30-3:00 pm Break
Meet Sponsors in Zoom Rooms – Zoom Rooms will be open to all attendees
SESSION 3 – 3:00 – 5:00 pm
2 CEU pending
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Chinese Herbal Medicine Care for Symptoms Related to Infectious Diseases Such as COVID-19
Craig Mitchell MS, PhD (China), President SIEAM/CIC
I will briefly discuss the research trial of which I have been a part since last March. This trial, “Describing Chinese Herbal Medicine Telehealth Care for Symptoms Related to Infectious Diseases Such as COVID-19” is ongoing. I will share some overall lessons from the trial and specific details about cases, as we discuss formulas. I will then spend time detailing three main formulas that we have used during the course of the last year specifically in the context of symptoms related to Covid. These formulas, in my opinion, represent an interesting entry point for how we might look at Covid from the perspective of East Asian medicine. Because of its increasing importance, I will share some thoughts about PASC (post-acute sequelae of Covid), long, or long-haul Covid. While we do not have as much experience with long Covid as the acute stages, we have gleaned some insights.
Craig Mitchell, Ph.D.(China), L.Ac, received a Master of Science degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco (1993). Craig completed his PhD from the China Academy of TCM (Beijing) in 2006. He has written numerous articles and translated several Chinese medical texts, including On Cold Damage: Translation and Commentaries. At the Seattle Institute of East Asian Medicine, he is a clinic supervisor and teaches classes on herbal medicine and medical Chinese. Craig is currently the President of SIEAM.
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Health Insurance and PIP Basics and Appeals
Scott Levin, Personal Injury Attorney
During this discussion you will learn best practices how to advocate for patients and your clinic regarding PIP and health insurance utilizing chart notes. Topics will include payment issues, insurance communication with a focus on healing patients and when to contact an attorney.
Scott grew up in Myrtle Point, Oregon, which is located not far from Oregon’s beautiful south coast. After graduating from Myrtle Point High School, he attended the University of Oregon, where he graduated with honors in 2001 and a dual major in Chinese Language and Political Science. Seeking adventure and to further his language skills, Scott attended the Johns Hopkins-Nanjing Center for Chinese and American Studies where he completed graduate coursework in international relations. The curriculum was conducted entirely in Mandarin Chinese. The intensive studies at the Hopkins-Nanjing Center provided Scott with the foundation necessary to obtain employment with the Hong Kong Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) in Beijing, China.
3:00 – 5:00 pm
Beth Howlett, DAOM, Lac, Recent Past President, Oregon Association of Acupuncturists
This session will provide a first-look at survey data on the use of American-grown Chinese herbal medicine among licensed practitioners in Oregon and across the United States. While many providers who use herbal medicine want to use locally sourced and cultivated herbal medicine, unique challenges arise from supply chain and environmental issues. This session will provide an opportunity to understand the context, opportunities and challenges for cultivation of Chinese herbal medicine in the US and facilitate dialogue on those interested in moving the process of herbal cultivation forward.
Beth earned a BA in East Asian studies from Bryn Mawr College in 1999 and her MAcOM at Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 2008. She has lived, worked, and studied in China and is proficient in Chinese. She works at OCOM as Vice President of Communications and Academic Services. As OCOM faculty, she accompanies students participating in the elective clinical training program at Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine. Clinical Study in China; Oriental Medicine Research Project; Chinese Nutrition; Adjunct, PT; Administrator/Faculty.
5:00-5:30pm – Conference Wrap Up and Raffle Prizes