My Certifications & Continuing Education Highlights

DIPLOMATE OF ACUPUNCTURE

A Diplomate of Acupuncture is an acupuncturist who is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM®). It is a considerable professional achievement to earn the designation Diplomate of Acupuncture (NCCAOM). NCCAOM certification indicates to employers, patients, and peers that one has met national standards for the safe and competent practice of acupuncture as defined by the acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) profession. For additional information, about the Diplomate of Acupuncture, please visit the NCCAOM Website.

DIPLOMATE OF ORIENTAL MEDICINE

A Diplomate of Oriental Medicine is a practitioner who is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM®) and has met the certification requirements for both acupuncture and Chinese herbology. It is a considerable professional achievement to earn the designation Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). NCCAOM certification indicates to employers, patients, and peers that one has met national standards for the safe and competent practice of acupuncture and Chinese herbology as defined by the acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) profession . For additional information, about the Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, please visit the NCCAOM Website.


What training does an NCCAOM Diplomate of Acupuncture have?

Comprehensive training in traditional differential diagnosis and proper treatment methods requires that a Diplomate of Acupuncture (NCCAOM) completes three to four academic years of education at the master’s degree level in an acupuncture program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). ACAOM is the only accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education as the authority for quality education and training in acupuncture and Oriental medicine. In addition to graduation from an ACAOM accredited program, a Diplomate of Acupuncture (NCCAOM) must demonstrate professional competency by passing NCCAOM certification examinations in Foundations of Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture, and Biomedicine.

What is the difference between a Diplomate of Acupuncture and other healthcare practitioners who practice acupuncture?

The Diplomate of Acupuncture (NCCAOM) training and competency verification is in sharp contrast to the acupuncture training of other healthcare professionals such as chiropractors or registered nurses or even medical doctors who typically receive 100-300 hours of abbreviated training. These other healthcare professionals only treat a limited number of points. NCCAOM certified acupuncturists are also trained in standard medical history gathering, safety, and ethics, and recognition of when to refer patients to other health care professionals or consult with other medical practitioners.


CERTIFICATIONS & CONTINUING EDUCATION HIGHLIGHTS

  • (May 2,1985) – Certified in Therapeutic Massage, Reflexology, Anatomy, Active & Passive Exercise and Craniology, The Myomassology Institute, Irene Gauthier, C.M., Southfield, Michigan.
  • (Sept. 9-11, 2005) – Acupuncture Physiatrics – Posterior Strategies
    Noel Wright, M.Sc., L. Ac.  and Paula Haberman. M.Sc., L. Ac.,
    co-founders of Acupuncture Physiatrics (http://noel-wright.com/)
    14 PDA’s
  • (Oct. 10-11, 2005) – Acupuncture Physiatrics – Anterior Aspect
    Noel Wright, L. Ac.
    14 PDA’S
  • (Nov. 7, 2004) Infant and Child CPR
  • (Aug. 1, 2004) – Adult CPR/AED
  • (Mar. 18-19, 2006) – Functional Endocrinology:  Balancing Female Hormones – Part 1, Janet Lang, B.A., D.C., Lang Restorative Endocrinology, St. Louis, MO. (http://www.restorativeendocrinology.com/)
    12 PDA’s
  • (May 22-23, 2004) – Practical Nutrition A-Z, Dr. Michael Dobbins, D.C.,
    Recipient of the Excellence in Nutritional Education Award, Alameda, CA.
  • (Nov. 14-15, 2004) – Musculoskeletal Therapies
    Michael Dobbins, D.C., internationally renowned lecturer in the field of nutritional therapy, Alameda, CA.  (http://www.dobbins.org/)
    12 PDA’s
  • (Mar. 24-25, 2007) – Balancing Female Hormones Naturally: The Essential Physiology & Principles, Janet Lang, B.A., D.C., Lang Restorative Endocrinology, St. Louis, MO. (http://www.restorativeendocrinology.com/)
    12 PDA’s
  • (Apr. 3-4, 2004) – Cancer Care and Chinese Medicine, Jeffrey Yuen, L. Ac., Taoist Master, Dean, Academic Affairs, Acupuncture Programme at the Swedish Institute and President, International Tai Chi Institute, NYC. (http://www.accm.ie/jeffrey-c-yuen/)
    15CEU
  • (July 26-27, 2003) – Detoxification & Weight Loss, Bruce Bond, D.C., DACBN, renowned speaker in complementary medicine, author of Synergistic Therapeutics, which is used by physicians nationwide, post-graduate faculty member, Texas Chiropractic College, Mayfield Village, OH.  (http://nutritionalcourses.com/wordpress/?p=22)
    8 PDA’s
  • (Dec. 13 – 14, 2008) – The Doctor Of The Future, Stuart F. White, D.C.
    (http://www.wholehealthassoc.com/stuart.html)
    12 CEU’S
  • (Jan. 13, 2010) – Professional Ethics & Disciplinary Actions, Zee Lo, .Ac. O.M.D., Ph.D., Total Health Care Centers, West Los Angeles, San Francisco, Lake Tahoe and Marin County. (http://www.drzeelo.com/home_thc.html)
    4 CEU’s
  • (Oct. 31 – Nov. 1, 2009) – Detoxification/Weight Loss and Diabetes Syndrome, Bruce Bond, D.C., DACBN, renowned speaker in complementary medicine, author of Synergistic Therapeutics, which is used by physicians nationwide, post-graduate faculty member, Texas Chiropractic College, Mayfield Village, OH.  (http://nutritionalcourses.com/wordpress/?p=22)
    12 CEU’s
  • (Apr. 25-26, 2009) – Advanced Nutritional Therapeutics, Michael Dobbins, D.C., (http://www.dobbins.org/)
    12 CEU’s
  • (Aug. 23 – 24) Balancing Male Steroid Hormones Naturally, Janet Lang, B.A., D.C., Lang Restorative Endocrinology, St. Louis, MO. (http://www.restorativeendocrinology.com/)
    12 CEU’s
  • (Apr. 2, 2011) – Transformation:  Developing an EAST-West Integrative Model for Treating Mental-Emotional Disorders, Rosa Schnyer, DAOM. L. Ac., Austin, TX. (http://austinacupuncturecenter.com/meet-rosa-schnyer/)
    6 CEU’s
  • (Apr. 3, 2011) – Battlefield Acupuncture, John Howard, L.Ac, Maryland Acupuncture Clinic, Gaithersburg, MD, (http://www.mdacuclinic.com)
    2 CEU’s
  • (Apr. 3, 2011) Nutritional Solutions for Chronic Fatigue and Depression,
    Paul Ratte, ND, Northwestern Health Sciences University, Natural Care Center at Woodwinds, MN. (http://www.nwhealth.edu/media/ratte.html)
    2 CEU’s
  • (Apr. 3, 2011) – Diversity and Cultural Competence in Healthcare, David Hunt, Critical Measures, LLC, Minneapolis, MN. (http://www.criticalmeasures.net/about-david-hunt.html)
    4 CEU’s

DISTANCE LEARNING CEU’S

  • (Feb. 2010) – Foundations of Nutritional Therapy: Sugar Handling,
    Dale Migliaccio, D.C., director, Santa Barbara Wellness for Life, and faculty member, Foundation of Nutritional Therapy (FNT).  Santa Barbara, CA. (http://www.santabarbarawellnessforlife.com/)
    8 CEU’s
  • (Mar. 2010) – Acupuncture & Acupressure Facelift, Zee Lo, .Ac. O.M.D., Ph.D., Total Health Care Centers, West Los Angeles, San Francisco, Lake Tahoe and Marin County. (http://www.drzeelo.com/home_thc.html)
  • (May 2010) – Foundations of Nutritional Therapy:  Immune/Allergy, . Jeremy Kaslow, MD, FACP, FACAAI, Physician and Surgeon, Board Certified Internal Medicine, Santa Ana, CA.  (http://www.drkaslow.com/html/contact_us.html)
    8CEU’s
  • (Nov. 2010) Foundations of Nutritional Therapy: Musculoskeletal
    Dale Migliaccio, D.C., director, Santa Barbara Wellness for Life, and faculty member, Foundation of Nutritional Therapy (FNT).  Santa Barbara, CA. (http://www.santabarbarawellnessforlife.com/)
    8 CEU’s