Your 2019 FSOMA Conference Speakers

                           Speaker List 
Bart Beckermann              Michael Corradino                       
Hongjian He                      Brendan Kelly                    
Michael Kowalski              Toni Krehel 
Takayuki Kuwahara          Robert Linde
Rene Ng                           JulieAnn Nugent-Head     
Robert Quinn                    Galina Roofener   
Amy Sear                         David Suomela 
Ann Wang                        Chloe Weber 
Dr Bruce Werber              Anastacia White
Ruan Zhao                       

Schedule at a Glance

Keynote Speaker

Candice Hage is a “Florida Girl” born and raised!  Her roots run deep from Plant City to Oxford calling Sumter County home for over 13 years.  She previously owned Shining Image Thermography and now The Hage Firm with a mission to cultivate corporate wellbeing within organizations. Candice is also a Corporate and Community Speaker and began both of her companies because of her personal journey of health and healing. This journey has led her down a path of teaching and inspiring others how to find balance in life, both personal and work, achieving sustainable results with overall wellbeing.
Candice is a graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Communications. She is a Certified Health Coach (CHT) and Certified Clinical Thermographer (CCT).   

It’s not the load that breaks you down; it’s the way you carry it.     –Lou Holtz

Bart Beckermann LAc, Co Teaching with Chloe Weber LAc - After many years of seeking and exploring different paths to healing, Bart was introduced to Chinese Medicine while attending the University of Spiritual Healing and Sufism in northern California. Within moments of the first few needles he received, he felt the effective power and healing potential of acupuncture. After feeling the calling of this medicine himself, within a few months, he enrolled in the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture, where he studied Five Element Acupuncture and Medical Qigong, then graduating with a Master’s degree in Acupuncture in 2012. Having struggled with a lifetime of insomnia, anxiety and depression, and knowing how debilitating it can be, Bart quickly realized his passion for helping people who have been suffering from these illnesses and many more. Then, after being prescribed herbs that literally changed his life, Bart felt the pull to learn Chinese Herbalism and began studying Chinese Herbology at the Maryland Institute of Integrative Health, where he graduated with a Certificate of Chinese Herbology in 2014. Since then, Bart has had a private practice in NYC, treating people suffering from insomnia, anxiety, depression, chronic or acute pain, and autoimmune disease.

Shortly after learning about CBD being used to treat non-intractable seizures in children, Parkinson’s, various inflammatory diseases, chronic pain, and insomnia, Bart began using it himself and in his practice with fantastic results. Quickly realizing that no one was approaching Hemp Medicine from the perspective of an herbalist, nor combining CBD with Chinese Herbs, he knew that it must be done. The very next day at work, Bart approached Chloe with the idea of making medicinal formulas with Chinese Herbs and CBD, only to find out that she had been thinking the exact same thing. Thus began Radical Roots!

Saturday Breakfast Symposium - CBD and the Brain
Wondering about CBD’s potential effects on neurological conditions? As more and more reports come to light, we are beginning to see just how well CBD may be able to affect the brain. From Parkinson’s disease to Huntington’s disease, Tourette’s syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, and more, CBD may be able to positively impact a patient’s outcome. There are a few different reasons CBD acts so efficiently in the brain. Chloe Weber and Bart Beckermann, both licensed acupuncturists and founders of the very popular Radical Roots CBD product brand, will guide attendees through the latest research and practical applications of CBD and neurological disorders. 


Michael Corradino, DAOM completed his Masters and Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He has trained in China at several medical schools and TCM hospitals with the late Alex Tiberi, as well as studied under world renowned physicians. He is currently involved in ground-breaking electroacupuncture research. He has over 20 years of clinical practice and is the creator and founder of Neuropuncture: a complete neuroscience electro-acupuncture system.

Neuropuncture- Applying 21st Century Sciences and Language to Your Acupuncture Practice - BIO
We will review Neuropuncture's Trinity: 5 neurophysiological mechanisms/ 5 Neuropuncture Treatment Principles/ 5 Neuropuncture Electrical Techniques.  We will examine some ground-breaking electro acupuncture research and investigate the possible clinical applications of the sciences. Understanding how to communicate with our 21st scientific medical language is a powerful tool that everyone who practices acupuncture should understand.  Neuropuncture accomplishes this and much more, including creating neuroscience evidence-based, research supported, and clinically proven Neuropuncture point prescriptions with dosages:)  Demonstrations will be preformed.


Dr. Hongjian He graduated from Guangzhou Medical College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1983 with a degree in Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She then completed 3 years of residency training in Internal Medicine at the China-Japan Friendship Hospital. She specializes in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, and Nutrition to promote Natural and Holistic Healing. 

Dr. He frequently travels nationally and internationally in order to study, teach, and exchange knowledge with the best and most respected experts in the field. In addition to her Conventional and Chinese Medical training in China, she has also earned a PhD in Oriental Medicine. She is a well-respected and honored acupuncturist both in her community and across the nation. 

Dr. He speaks fluent English and has been a guest lecturer and teacher at the University of Florida’s Shands Hospital, the University of South Florida’s Rheumatology Residency Program and several other accredited acupuncture colleges.

The Key to Instantly Relieve Back, Buttocks and Leg Pain Instantly with Acupuncture Treatment 

All levels are welcome. This course will help you to understand why some acute and chronic lower back pain, buttocks pain and leg pain responds to acupuncture treatment very effectively and some do not. You will learn what type of acupuncture treatment is the first choice to treat which type of lower back pain, buttocks pain and leg pain.  You will have the opportunity to watch demonstrations and practice hands on techniques. 

The pain relief should be instant in 1st treatment with 80-90% of successful rate.  All attendants require hand on practice and able to utilize the knowledge and technique been taught in this class next day in your clinic. 

Brendan Kelly, LAc has a master’s in acupuncture degree and teaches about Chinese medicine at schools, colleges, universities and conferences around the country. He is a faculty member at Johnson State College in VT, the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture in FL and Daoist Traditions in NC. He has 25 years’ experience in western herbs, with 15 years in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. He practices acupuncture and Chinese and western herbal medicine full time at the clinic he co-founded, Jade Mountain Wellness, in Burlington, VT— He also researches and writes about the connection between personal health and environmental sustainability. North Atlantic Books published his first book "The Yin and Yang of Climate Crisis" which presents the deeper, root causes of our warming planet and its connection to our personal and collective health. You can find out more at

Inflammation, Anxiety and Climate Change: The Importance of the School of Heat - GEN
Intermediate Level Class - From the holistic view of Chinese medicine, what happens on the small scale of our lives is intimately connected to what's happening in the world around us. Using the Wen Bing/School of Heat, we'll discuss how the heat that creates physical inflammation and mental/emotional overstimulation is mirrored in the rapid warming of the planet. Brendan will present case studies for his clinical practice using acupuncture, herbal medicine and nutrition with Wen Bing principles and diagnostics to treat a wide range of physical, mental and emotional conditions, including pain, gastro-intestinal conditions, and anxiety. We'll also discuss the ideas and research from Brendan's book "The Yin and Yang of Climate Crisis" and the importance of the Wen Bing in addressing the root cause of global warming.


Over his 35 years’ acupuncture experience, Michael Kowalski A.P., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM) is committed to treating each individual patient as a whole – in body, mind, and spirit. Michael practices and teaches Five Element acupuncture to diagnose and treat the unique root cause of each patient’s energy imbalance, which results in remarkable holistic changes that are appreciated by both patient and practitioner.

Michael trained intensively in Five Element Acupuncture for 7 years in England with Professor J.R. Worsley and faculty at the College of Traditional Acupuncture. In 1988 he returned to Florida, where he established his private practice in Jacksonville. Michael founded the 5 Element Institute in 2010, to teach CEU courses in Five Element acupuncture and Evidence Based acupuncture. To learn more, please visit

 Five Element Acupuncture Diagnosis - GEN
TCM and acupuncture practitioners from all backgrounds who wish to learn Five Element diagnosis will enjoy this course to gain a deeper understanding of the Five Elements and how the Elements manifest in people. By connecting to the spirit of the Elements, Michael will present a roadmap to diagnosing the Causative Factor of disease, the original Elemental imbalance which shapes each individual’s emotional and energetic makeup over the course of their lifetime.


Toni Krehel, AP has been In private practice for over 20 years and specializes in treating pediatric and adult patients with chronic/persistent inflammatory conditions (asthma, allergies, skin, digestive, chronic fatigue, pain syndromes). As the Florida affiliate for the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) since 2001,  Dr. Krehel advocates for medical freedom and informed consent rights and has been instrumental in changing policies in the state of Florida to advance and protect these rights.

 Public Health Policy Trends, Modern Illnesses & Our Future Patients - GEN
Many of our current patients, and most of our future patients, will present with syndromes and diagnoses of chronic inflammatory diseases. This beginner to intermediate level class presents an objective overview of various aspects related to this growing epidemic. The presentation includes a review of key public health policy trends, TCM concepts related to the pathogenesis of chronic inflammation, diagnosis and treatment challenges, and useful protocols for patient care. New concepts to be introduced include the allergic reaction and blood stasis, the post-infection evolvement process, small intestine qi tide knotted, and the constitutional analysis as a tool for planning treatment.


Kuwahara Sensei has been practicing Acupuncture for 40 years in Boston and Japan, employing both classical Japanese Acupuncture methods and Japanese Medical Ki (Qi) Gong in his treatment approach.

After graduating from the Tokyo Therapeutic Institute in 1979, he went on to complete an intensive five-year live-in apprenticeship with Fukushima Kodo Sensei, renowned blind practitioner and developer of Toyo Hari. Kuwahara Sensei now teaches his unique (Hari) style of acupuncture which draws from the various systems practiced by his teachers: Shimada Sensei(Kototama), Shiomi Sensei, Ikeda Sensei, Shudo Sensei (Meridian therapy), Kudo Sensei (Bloodletting), Tanioka Sensei (Pediatrics), and Nakagawa Sensei (Shinkiko/ Ki-Gong). 

He has taught many advanced Japanese Acupuncture courses all over the world including the US, Japan and Brazil.  Kuwahara Sensei has been a practitioner of Aikido and Iaido for 45 years and he currently lives with his family in Watertown, MA, where he has maintained a practice since he began teaching at the New England School of Acupuncture in 1989.  Kuwahara Sensei is a dynamic teacher who brings heart to the practice of acupuncture for himself, for his patients and for his students.

Classical Japanese Hari Style of Acupuncture: Adult and Child - GEN
This course will be an introduction to Hari Japanese Classical style of treatment with acupuncture.  The course will be divided into two sections with the morning session dedicated to treatment for Adults followed by Shonishin or Pediatric Acupuncture treatments in the afternoon session.  There will be instructor demonstration of treatment to allow the students to observe the style and the profound effects of this gentle, subtle and powerful treatment approach.  Hari style is effective for a wide variety of conditions and offers the practitioner techniques for working on all types of patients and is especially useful in highly sensitive patients and those requiring gentle treatment like children and the elderly.  These techniques are useful in all clinical practices and engage the practitioner in a deep level of focus in treatment.  VERY USEFUL FOR TREATING CHILDREN AND VERY SENSITIVE PATIENTS


Bob Linde, AP, RH Acupuncture Physician, Registered Herbalist (AHG), took a circuitous route to becoming an herbalist and acupuncture physician. His career changed many times; commercial lobster and conch diver, treasure hunter, sail and canoe instructor, wilderness youth counselor, long-line fisherman, infantryman in Desert Storm and GreenPeace worker.

Now, Bob focuses as the owner of Acupuncture & Herbal Therapies, a multi-practitioner/multimodality practice, in St. Petersburg Florida and the co-director of Traditions School of Herbal Studies. Bob designed the two-year Traditional Chinese Medicine clinical herbalist training program and supervises a weekly student clinic for both herbalists and acupuncturists in training. He also consults as a product developer for herbal product companies for humans and animals and enjoys growing many medicinal herbs in his yard. He serves on the board of directors for the Florida State Oriental Medicine Association (FSOMA). Bob has presented at the FSOMA, Florida Herbal Conference, and the American Herbalist Guild conferences. He lectures regularly at colleges and organizations around the US. Bob is member of many organizations related to herbalism, alternative medicine and nature conservation. Bob is also an traveler and travel writer. He has lived in Europe and traveled to the Amazon, Galapagos, Yukon Territory, Caribbean and throughout the US. Bob recently completed 12 episodes for INTI TV, “Sanaciones con Bob Linde”, an exploration of indigenous people’s herbal practices. He has also appeared on Animal Planet and several other tv shows. Find out more at and  

 Herbal Safety - MED ERROR
This class will cover a range of safety issues with herbal medicine. We will cover topics such as DSHEA, cGMP, dispensing guidelines, adulteration, Certificate of Analysis as well as basic prescribing guidelines to avoid adverse reactions. This class is a must for anyone using herbs or supplements in their practice, especially those who use custom formulas of tinctures, powders or raw herbs.

Beyond the Pill: Herbal Medicine Making, Salves, Tinctures, Poultices, and Tisanes - GEN
This beginner to intermediate level class will demonstrate and give specific directions for making personalized topical and internal medicine. Specialized formulas will be explained for unique situations.


Dr. Rene Ng (DACM, AP, L.Ac), is a highly regarded and regular speaker at FSOMA conferences. He is the author of consumer articles that are frequently and regularly published by national wellness publications. Board-certified in Tung Acupuncture with over 12 years’ experience with the system. Specialties include trauma, injuries, MS and autoimmune diseases, and cancer care. He is a four-time winner of Sarasota’s “Favorite Acupuncture Physician” award, and the 2019 recipient of the coveted “Reader’s Choice First Place Winner for Best in Acupuncture” award by Sarasota Herald Tribune. 

Born in Macao, China, he has been involved with Chinese Medicine for over 30 years. While in China, Rene began training in the seventies in classical Dit Da and Tui Na therapeutic bodywork which was used extensively in the treatment of injuries and trauma. Rene is the primary acupuncturist at the Chinese Medical Solutions Acupuncture and Healing Center, and specializes in Cancer/MS care, Trauma, Allergies, Infertility, Stress management, Insomnia, and general internal medicine. He also offers a special NATURAL Anti-aging and Facial Rejuvenation program that focuses on staying and feeling young via stress management, holistic health maintenance, good nutrition, exercise, and a balanced lifestyle. He can be e-mailed at [email protected]

Diagnosis and Treatment of Stubborn Trauma/Injury Pain with Dit Da Manual Therapy, Herbal Patches, and Tung Acupuncture - GEN
Given the geriatric population in Florida as the major demographic group, lingering trauma pain of all sorts, chronic and acute, presents as the primary symptom seen in the clinic. Oftentimes, treatment of old trauma pain gets more challenging the older the patient due to the deteriorating of both the patient's health along with the source causing the pain. Dit Da represents the oldest form of modality in Chinese Medicine and was used over the generations to treat all kinds of pain, whether from injuries and trauma, or due to chronic illnesses. In modern times, medication can also serve as a causative factor for back pain. Dit da, which includes manual as well as herbal solutions, both topical and ingested, is already a very effective solution on its own, but when combined with the application of Tung Acupuncture, the effectiveness is significantly enhanced.

This course serves as a good foundation course to helping the acupuncturist understand the concept of Dit da, and to gain a good set of foundational tools that includes applied back pain diagnostic skills, dit da hand techniques, herbs and formulas for trauma, as well as the preferred Tung Acupuncture points to use. Course is applicable for both the advanced as well as the beginner acupuncture practitioner.

JulieAnn Nugent-Head, MD (China) lived in China for 8 years studying with the last generation of traditional practitioners who were born and educated prior to 1949. Seeing these older doctors effectively treat acute and chronic conditions in their clinics and studying the classic texts with them in their homes revolutionized her understanding of Chinese medicine. The clinical skills and perspective of the ‘old doctors’ were a drastic contrast to her training in the west. After completion of a doctorate level medical degree at Zhejiang Chinese Medicine University in 2014, JulieAnn and husband Andrew moved back to the United States. Their teaching clinic in Asheville NC strives to showcase classically based, clinically focused, tangible and effective Chinese medicine. and

Custom Formula, Classical thinking; Learning to Write a Formula from Scratch
Custom Formula; Classical Thinking The famous doctors of the past achieved remarkable results with herbal medicine, leaving their formula for us to follow today. However, these formula were not designed to be static, and unchangeable, but rather are a reflection of the classical perspective of herbology as outlined in the Nei Jing and the Shen Nong Ben Cao. By returning our focus to the Nei Jing's explanation of the effects of the five flavors upon the body, and by deeply studying its meanings in the formulas that put it's words into action, as well as looking at the tripartite organization of the SNBC that outlines appropriate dose and application of single herbs, this seminar hones our skill at understanding and modifying a formula for the patient in front of us, as well as giving us the confidence to know we are not potentially harming our patient with every substitution we make.

8 Storing Qi and Developing Sensitivity Exercises - Saturday AM
The Eight Storing Qi and Developing Sensitivity Exercises are a set of internal cultivation exercises used within the Yin Style Bagua System. These exercises are employed by bodywork and Chinese medicine practitioners to develop the skills and understand subtle movements necessary to obtain obvious results through treatment with the hands and acupuncture needles.  The Eight Storing Qi and Developing Sensitivity Exercises were taught to Andrew Nugent-Head and documented by the Association for Traditional Studies in collaboration with Dr. Xie Peiqi, the last inheritor of the the entire (i.e. medical and martial arts)  system of Yin Style Bagua. 

Rafael PerezIn 1999 Rafael began formally exploring alternative health and wellness modalities.  Certified by the NCCAOM in 2011, Rafael started formally training with Andrew and Julie-Ann Nugent Head at the Association for Traditional Studies in 2017.  Rafael has been working with the 8 Storing Qi and Developing sensitivity exercises from very early in his training and is excited to be able to share this with everyone.

8 Storing Qi and Developing Sensitivity Exercises - Sunday AM
The Eight Storing Qi and Developing Sensitivity Exercises are a set of internal cultivation exercises used within the Yin Style Bagua System. These exercises are employed by bodywork and Chinese medicine practitioners to develop the skills and understand subtle movements necessary to obtain obvious results through treatment with the hands and acupuncture needles.  The Eight Storing Qi and Developing Sensitivity Exercises were taught to Andrew Nugent-Head and documented by the Association for Traditional Studies in collaboration with Dr. Xie Peiqi, the last inheritor of the the entire (i.e. medical and martial arts)  system of Yin Style Bagua.

Bob Quinn, LAc is a full-time Associate Professor in the School of Classical Chinese Medicine at the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR. At NUNM he teaches Asian Bodywork, Pediatrics, and Advanced Palpation and Perception. In his private practice he has focused on pediatrics and chronic Lyme disease, two conditions that require exceedingly gentle treatment strategies. Bob writes articles regularly for the North American Journal of Oriental Medicine and blogs monthly for Blue Poppy Enterprises.  Go to for access to blogs.

Gentle Treatment Strategies in the Treatment of Anxiety and Trauma - GEN          SPONSORED SPEAKER
In this class the patho-mechanism put in place by a traumatic event and chronic anxiety will be described in modern and classical terms, and treatment strategies to help traumatized and chronically anxious patients will be demonstrated and practiced. These include various uses of the teishin and enshin, two of the nine classical needles described in the very first chapter of the Ling Shu. Ample time will be allowed for practice of these new skills in the practice portion of this class.

This class is appropriate for all levels, as it utilizes treatment skills and strategies not normally covered in most TCM training programs. This class was well received at a conference in Israel in the winter of 2018.

 Galina Roofener, LAc, LCH, Dipl Ac (NCCAOM), Dipl CH (NCCAOM) is licensed in Ohio and Florida to practice Oriental medicine. Currently, Galina works for the Cleveland Clinic as an acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist. Cleveland Clinic was one of the first to open a hospital-based full spectrum custom compounded Chinese herbal clinic in the U.S.

Galina advocates for Oriental medicine in many different ways. She serves on the State Medical Board of Ohio’s Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Advisory committee and is a member of the Hospital-Based Practice Task Force Committee advisory panel for the National Certification Commission on Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Galina has 30 years of experience in health care and is a published author, avid teacher, and a renowned speaker at many conferences.

Safety & Regulations of TCM Herbal Telemedicine - Medical Errors
Telemedicine offers a lot of promise for both physicians and patients. For doctors,  This class explores how Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine can be safetly and legally practiced in the realms of modern telemedicine. 

Most states now have laws regulating the practice of telemedicine. Safety is of primary concern. The laws only get more complicated and more uncertain when telemedicine is practiced across state lines – the doctor and patient live in different states. This class is based on Cleveland Clinic TCHM virtual visits experience and will explore safety concerns, legalities of informed consent, initial and follow up visit, gathering of objective signs, herbal prescribing, billing requirements and proper EMR records keeping.

Amy J. Sear, A.P., Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM) is an experienced speaker and is valued for her organized, practical, and information filled presentations. She completed her Oriental Medical education from the Acupressure Acupuncture Institute in Miami, FL, where she received awards for outstanding achievement in academics and clinical practice. Amy served as President of FSOMA from 2004 to 2010, and currently teaches at two schools in Florida.  She has taught Florida Laws and Rules since 2005 and is considered an expert in this topic. She is the first employee of the Integrative Medicine Department at Memorial Healthcare Systems in Broward County, FL, and has over fifteen years’ experience in Integrative practice. She brings her years of respected teaching experience to this topic in order to help others.

FL Laws and Rules Update for Renewal - Laws and Rules
Every renewal cycle, Amy designs a new course - fulfilling the requirement for 2 hours of FL Laws and Rules for the Acupuncture profession. Every two years she starts with "What is New Since Last Renewal", and "any potential upcoming future changes", and then the bulk of the presentation dials in deeper to a few selected practical topics. This years presentation will focus in on the Board of Acupuncture, its role and make up, and "Discipline", what it is, how it happens, the process, and those areas that licensees are the most commonly unaware of. This class is appropriate for all levels, beginner to advanced.

David Suomela D.O.M., A.P. is a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and an Acupuncture Physician. He suffered in childhood from Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis.  At Mayo Clinic he was told that both his lumbar spine and knees were deteriorating at a rapid rate and he was to have his entire lumbar spine fused, placed into a titanium cage, and he was to prepare for life in a wheelchair. He asks his Doctors about environment, diet, nutrition, and exercise. His questions fell onto deaf ears-so he decide to take his health wholly into his own hands and at 15 with the help of family was able to move to Florida. Through a clean diet, rigorous training/exercise, and a determined mind with biofeedback and youth at his side, he was able to turn his health around and was able to regenerate his body.
He began medical studies but because there was no nutrition or lifestyle training he dropped out and trained with disciples of Swami Vishnu Divinanda to become a Sivinanda Hatha Yoga Instructor and studied Ayurvedic medicine. In 2003 he found the Atlantic Institute of Oriental Medicine and finally had a place of study to complete his medical training where he graduated in 2006. He has specialized in injection therapy for the past 13 years and now brings that knowledge along with activating meridian therapy for signaling into this new and exciting modality.

Regenerative Cell Therapy is an Acupuncture Injection Therapy Technique.  This class will talk about the Biomedicine aspects of inflammation, how Regenerative Cell Therapy  works, and how Acupuncture is a perfect fit!  Learn what is "signaling", how to stimulate responses in the tissue and potentiate the treatment.  Dr Bruce Werber will join us by video and Dr David Suomela (Sue mela) will talk about acupuncture applications and be available to answer questions.


Ann Wang, CMD, L.Ac. is the founder and director of the Integrative Medicine Center in Ithaca, NY and Medical Consultant for Treasure of the East. She received her medical degree in Chinese medicine from Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine.  Previously, she was a Chief Medical Administrator of the Chinese State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, an adjunct professor of the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, and a faculty member at Cornell University. She is one the first overseas practitioners to be awarded the title of Doctor of Chinese Medicine, Physician in Chief by the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies. She is also a member of the Presidential Council of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies. She specializes in pain reduction, management of chronic illness, and women's health and fertility. 

Supporting IVF with Chinese Medicine, A Three-Phase Approach - GEN            SPONSORED SPEAKER
This is an all-levels class.This class focuses on using TCM to support and improve the efficacy of in vitro fertilization (IVF).  IVF is used by patients with fallopian tube obstruction, endometriosis, anovulation, unexplained infertility, ectopic pregnancies, or severe anomalies. In April 2002, a clinical study on reproduction and infertility that was originally published in Germany was made available in the United States. This publication initiated a wave of acupuncture and herbal support in the U.S. as Americans began to recognize its benefits in treating infertility. The three-phase approach to IVF is practiced at the Integrative Medical Center in Ithaca, New York. This approach derives from clinical experience and cooperation with Western medical experts in reproductive medicine. According to Chinese Medicine, the IVF three-phase approach works with the menstrual cycle and the dynamics of blood yin and yang. This method tonifies the kidney, liver, and blood, and conditions the menstrual cycle based on differentiation in basal body temperature and syndromes. This method works to improve the implantation rate of fertilized eggs and the normal development of the physiological condition. Practice has shown that adjusting the balance of yin and yang to improve physical fitness and state of mind can improve changes of fertility. It can effectively improve ovarian reserves, improve poor ovarian response, improve the rate of embryo transfers, and prevent ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome. This method is an extension of clinical therapy

Chloe Weber LAc Co Teaching with Bart Beckermann LAc  - Chloe developed an interest in public health and medicine after being diagnosed with Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in high school. As one of the first cases diagnosed in Costa Rica, Chloe was drawn to study Ecology and Evolutionary biology at CU Boulder where she began to understand how diseases evolve along with us and the deep connection between humans and our environment. Eventually Chloe was drawn to Chinese medicine as a way to address public health issues. She graduated with a Masters of Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder and spent time studying at Heilongjiang University Hospital in Harbin, China.

After graduating, Chloe co-founded a non-profit sliding-scale walk-in Chinese herb clinic called Urban Herbs. Running her clinic Chloe was able to dive into her study of herbs and found great joy in community outreach. When Chloe’s son, Remy, was starting the journey towards diagnosis she decided to move home to New York to focus on supporting him. Chloe currently has a private practice in NYC seeing patients in Manhattan and Bellmore. Working with Remy has lead Chloe to extensively study integrative neurology and functional medicine and has motivated her to find ways to help children with neuro-developmental issues and seizures. While Remy and Chloe both felt better with the many CBD oils that they tried, nothing stopped Remy's seizures. Chloe felt she could create a stronger formula to help those with seizures, joined forces with Bart, and Radical Roots was born!

Saturday Breakfast Symposium - CBD and the Brain
Wondering about CBD’s potential effects on neurological conditions? As more and more reports come to light, we are beginning to see just how well CBD may be able to affect the brain. From Parkinson’s disease to Huntington’s disease, Tourette’s syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease, epilepsy, and more, CBD may be able to positively impact a patient’s outcome. There are a few different reasons CBD acts so efficiently in the brain. Chloe Weber and Bart Beckermann, both licensed acupuncturists and founders of the very popular Radical Roots CBD product brand, will guide attendees through the latest research and practical applications of CBD and neurological disorders. 

Currently, Dr. Bruce Werber is the President of BioStem Life Sciences tissue bank. Dr. Werber earned his DPM (Doctor of Podiatric Medicine) in 1980 from the California College of Podiatric Medicine in San Francisco, CA, Biomedical engineering Masters at Brooklyn PolyTech 1977, and a B.S. in Biology-Physics in 1976 from Syracuse University in Syracuse, NY. Dr. Werber practiced as a Board Certified reconstructive foot and ankle surgeon in Rhode Island, and then in Arizona. Dr. Werber founded and served as the President of Amnio Technology LLC, developing the process and clinical science. Additionally, Dr. Werber wrote and published two peer reviewed papers relating to the use of placental tissue in the treatment of diabetic wounds, plantar fasciitis, and achilles tendinosis.  He has lectured on this topic extensively around the United States, as well as internationally. 

Regenerative Cell Therapy is an Acupuncture Injection Therapy Technique.  This class will talk about the Biomedicine aspects of inflammation, how Regenerative Cell Therapy  works, and how Acupuncture is a perfect fit!  Learn what is "signaling", how to stimulate responses in the tissue and potentiate the treatment.  Dr Bruce Werber will join us by video and Dr David Suomela (Sue mela) will talk about acupuncture applications and be available to answer questions.


Anastacia White, CEO and founder of East Earth Medicine Wisdom is a practitioner, teacher and consultant of the Chinese Medical Sciences since 1984. Lecturing on Chinese medical theory, herbal therapies, history and cosmology throughout the United States and internationally. Her many years of study and observation have given over a deep understanding of classical Chinese medicine and modern TCM.

Known as one of the western Matriarch's of Chinese medicine, she skillfully weaves theories of 5 Phases- 5 Spirits into a TCM approach of diagnosis and treatment. Her presentations bring together medical theory, Chinese herbal method with clinical expertise offering a rich experience of practical knowledge.

Gut Dysbiosis Translated into TCM Patterns and Treatments - BIO
This intermediate level class offers TCM practitioners a roadmap to understanding Gut Dysbiosis and how to treat it with herbal medicine, food therapy and supplements. A definition of etiology and physiology is presented from both a western and 5 Phases/5 Spirit perspective. Students will learn how the bio-medical diagnosis of Gut Dysbiosis is translated into TCM Patterns and treatment protocols.

Aicacia Young, RDN is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in Austin, Texas. After receiving her undergraduate degree in traditional nutrition, Aicacia worked in the field of Functional Medicine, where she was trained by an MD to help patients from all over the country treat and reverse their various autoimmune conditions through diet and supplementation. Aicacia now serves as the Director of Scientific Affairs at Microbiome Labs, where she stays up-to-date with the latest research concerning the gut microbiome.

 Friday Breakfast Symposium - Total Gut Restoration: How to Heal the Gut in 3 Simple Steps: Does it feel like every patient you see has some sort of gut issue? Do you ever wish you had a road map to help you improve their gut health? More and more, integrative practitioners are bringing their treatment focus to the gut, but often times those therapies are incomplete. Healing the gut is a multifactorial process that requires several layers of therapy in order to achieve total gut restoration. Find out how the breakdown of the gut microbiome is instrumental in the pathogenesis of chronic disease and what you can do in your practice to save the lives of more patients.


 Dr. Ruan Jin Zhao, one of the earlier era Ph.D. in TCM.  He has practiced Chinese medicine over 35 years, more than 25 years in the US.  With profound medical research background and large amount of clinical practice, he has successfully helped many patients with chronic pernicious diseases including infectious diseases, autoimmune diseases and cancers. He has participated and dedicated 

To Pave the Healing Pathway through Regulating Qi By the Combining Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Formulas - GEN
Currently there is an improper trend, which is leading our profession to over emphasize the quick cure or instant relief.  It neglects the relationship between time and healing. Most the diseases take a time to reach a healing. Time is a key factor in healing a disease.  It requires our practitioners to pave a healing pathway through each session of acupuncture treatment and herbal medicine to achieve that goal. From the first office visit, as a practitioner should plan to set a solid step by step leading to healing based on a correct diagnosis. This is the way to educate our fellows and equip them with the right weapon, as well as for the knowledge of our patient. To regulate Qi/energy is the essence of TCM, which is the core technique in paving the healing path. This lecture is focusing on instructing how to Tiao Qi (Regulate Qi) with acupuncture and herbal medicine in healing the clinic pernicious diseases.