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  • 01 Nov 2011 10:27 PM | OAAOM Admin (Administrator)

    “Let food be thy medicine…” Celebrate AOM Day!
     We are celebrating Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Day (AOM Day) on October 23, 2011 at the Gerding Theater at the Armory with the film “Forks Over Knives”and a panel discussion with prominent nutrition experts and leaders in the field of whole foods and healthy living.

    Thanks to our media sponsor

    Natural Awakenings Magazine
    Greater Portland’s premiere resource for natural and green living news and events.  Pick it up at your favorite Portland healthy living spots or online at


    Gold Sponsors

    North Portland Wellness Center
    4922 N. Vancouver Avenue
    Portland, OR 97217

    Gresham Acupuncture

    1954 SE 182nd Ave - Portland, OR 97233
    For questions regarding treatment options call (503) 753-9908.
    For appointments call (503) 667-8988.

    Balance Health and Injury Clinic

    655 NW Burnside Rd, STE 5
    Gresham, Oregon, 97030
    503 - 492-2625


    Jade Sponsors

    Flying Crane Acupuncture

    Marilyn Walkey, MD, LAc
    7875 SW Alden St.
    Portland, OR 97223

    Cascade Family Acupuncture

    Laura E. Ocker, L.Ac., MAcOM
    6501 SE King Road - Milwaukie, Oregon 97222


    Bamboo Sponsors

    Evergreen Herbs & Medical Supplies, LLC
    Evergreen Herbs prides itself on leading the Chinese herbal community as
    an authoritative resource and innovator of the art and science of Chinese Medicine as a whole

    Collin Stoll Acupuncture at Southwest Family Physicians
    11900 SW Greenburg Rd - Tigard, OR 97223


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  • 21 Oct 2011 3:18 PM | OAAOM Admin (Administrator)
  • 07 Oct 2011 11:02 AM | OAAOM Admin (Administrator)

    Increases for Acupuncture Coverage Under the Oregon Health Plan

    For more than a year, the OAAOM and OCOM Research Department have been working together to inform public health policy by providing acupuncture evidence to the Health Services Commission (HSC). Our goal is to improve the quality of medical care available to thousands of Oregon residents through increased acupuncture coverage under the Oregon Health Plan.

    In April 2011 our first compilation of evidence was submitted to the Health Services Commission, specifically addressing acupuncture treatment for chronic headache conditions and pregnancy-related conditions. The material was compiled and organized by OCOM students (now graduates) Dessa Bingley (Project Leader), Kameron Schott, Corrina Wijma, Christopher Withey, and Kim Blaufuss under the mentorship of Shelley Stump, JD, CPF and Ryan Milley, LAc (of OCOM) and Laura Ocker, LAc (of the OAAOM).

    Laura Ocker, OAAOM President, and Ryan Milley, Research Associate and Faculty at OCOM, were invited to make a presentation to the Health Outcomes Subcommittee (of the HSC) on August 11th. This was an opportunity to describe the evidence that had been submitted and respond to questions from the commissioners.

    Overall, the commissioners were very receptive to our work and commented that the acupuncture evidence was of very high caliber. The unanimous recommendation was to add acupuncture treatment to three “lines” of Oregon’s Prioritized List of Health Services (when it is revised and published in 2012):

    • Line 1: Pregnancy
    • Line 429: Migraine Headaches
    • Line 553: Tension Headaches

    What still remains to be decided is what specific pregnancy-related conditions will be covered and how many treatments will be covered per condition. One question that needs to be addressed is how to limit the costs of providing acupuncture treatment without limiting the therapeutic value of the services.

    Laura Ocker and Ryan Milley are scheduled to make another presentation to the HOSC on October 13th focusing on these topics. Their presentation will also address additional evidence that was submitted to the HSC in July of 2011 pertaining to acupuncture treatment for anxiety conditions and depressive conditions.

    Should you have input or questions about this process, please contact Laura Ocker at

  • 05 Oct 2011 3:19 PM | OAAOM Admin (Administrator)

    Do you dispense or prescribe herbs and supplements?

    New Dietary Guidelines issued by the FDA as a Draft Guidence for New Dietary Ingredients (NDIs) may make it impossible to purchase, sell and distribute herbal and supplement formulas.

     Take action now!  

    Read the information here on the FDA website or 
    here on the website

    The FDA will take comment until December 2, 2011 
    Submit your comments online!documentDetail;D=FDA-2011-D-0376-0079

    • The FDA has extended the comment period by 60 days to December 2, 2011,  for the notice entitled "Draft Guidance for Industry; Dietary Supplements: New Dietary Ingredient Notifications and Related Issues; Availability," that appeared in the Federal Register of July 5, 2011. In that document, the FDA announced the availability of a draft guidance for industry and related comments. The agency is taking this action in response to a request for an extension to allow interested persons additional time to submit comments.


    Highlights  include:

    1. Only ingredients that are found in the typical food supply can be sold as supplements.
    2. Every ingredient and each herbal and supplement formula would require an NDIN (New Dietary Ingredient Notification)
    3. So far, the FDA has rejected 75 to 83% of all NDIN notifications.
    4. Every NDIN would require extensive research costing thousands to millions of dollars on individual ingredients used in the United States for up to the last 50 years.
    5. Every company would have to file its own NDIN notification for the same ingredients every other company is also using.
    6. The same traditional formula packaged as pills, powder or liquid would require separate NDIN. This could include the packaging of granule and bulk formulas in office.
    7. The NDIN process will take at least 75 days for each formula.


    Please pass this along to you friends and patients and help mobilize the fight against these unnecessary regulation that will block all our access to healthful and healing herbs and supplements.  Let your voice be heard today.

  • 04 Oct 2011 3:21 PM | OAAOM Admin (Administrator)

    OCOM, OCOM Alumni Association Gift Supports OAAOM Efforts

     The $10,000 donation from OCOM marks the most significant gift toward the legal fund, and symbolizes the college’s support of the profession in Oregon and beyond.     Read the NEWS!

  • 02 Oct 2011 11:03 AM | OAAOM Admin (Administrator)

    Our Generous Donors have contributed to the OAAOM Legal Fund

    OCOM Board of Trustees - Donor

    $1500 - $5000
    Leah Yamaguchi, LAc
     - OAAOM Member and AOM Day Jade Sponsor

    $1000 - $1500
    OCOM Alumni Association - Donor
    Dr. Marilyn Walkey, MD LAC - OAAOM Member and AOM Day Gold Sponsor

    North Portland Wellness Center - OAAOM Member and AOM Day Jade Sponsor
    Balance Health and Injury Clinic - OAAOM Member and AOM Day Jade Sponsor

    Cascade Family Acupuncture -  OAAOM Member and AOM Day Gold Sponsor
    Kay Fields, LAc - OAAOM Member

    $250 - $400
    South Sound Acupuncture Association - Donor
    The Washington East Asian Medicine Association - Donor
    Richard DeTroye, LAc - OAAOM Member
    Innergate Acupuncture - OAAOM Member
    Hilary Laferriere, LAc - OAAOM Member

    $100 -  $200
    Siamak Shirazi, LAc - OAAOM Member
    Kym Garrett, LAc - OAAOM Member
    Laura Ocker, LAc - OAAOM Board President
    Gina Chang, LAc, All About Wellness, P.C. - OAAOM Member
    Gibran Ramos, ND, LAc - OAAOM Membe
    Tom Williams, LAc - OAAOM Member
    Susan Mall, LAc - Non Member


    Lisa Pate, LAc - OAAOM Member
    Lisa Pool, LAc - OAAOM Member
    Mona Searles, RN,  ANP, LAc, MPH - OAAOM Member
    Brynn Graham, MAcOM, LAc - OAAOM Member
    Eric Stephens, LAc - OAAOM Member
    Dr. Ching H. Wu, LAc - OAAOM Member
    Donna Stewart, LAc, PT - OAAOM Member
    Jane Burch-Pesses, LAc - OAAOM Member
    Michael Burch-Pesses - Donor
    Jim Martin, LAc - OAAOM Member
    Deborah Chen, LAc - OAAOM Member
    Taya Lindley, LAc - OAAOM Member
    Tao Vu, LAc - OAAOM Member 

    $0 - $50
    Edie Page, LAc - Donor
    Jenn Collins, LAc - Donor
    Regina Dehen, ND, LAc - OAAOM Member
    Ryan Gauthier, LAc - OAAOM Member
    Christo Gorawski, LAc - OAAOM Member
    Maria Bresnan, LAc - OAAOM Member
    Cynthia Hoff, LAc - OAAOM Member
    Ellen Shefi, LAc - OAAOM Member
    Cheryl Kalsch-Lowrance, LAc - OAAOM Member
    Isabeau Volldhardt, LAc - OAAOM Member

  • 22 Sep 2011 9:22 PM | OAAOM Admin (Administrator)

    Joseph J.Coletto, ND, LAc

    Joseph received a BS in education from University of North Dakotain 1975, an ND from National College of Naturopathic Medicine in 1983, and an Oriental medical diploma from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 1989. He has been teaching in various capacities since 1974 and is a master-teacher who mentors other faculty.

    Currently, he holds several positions at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. He is a full time faculty member who teaches Western Medical Terminology, Living Anatomy, Point Location, and Western Clinical Diagnosis in the master’s program. In the doctoral program, he teaches Professional Development.  As an administrator, he is Chair of the Biomedicine Department, Faculty Development Coordinator, and Secretary of the Faculty Senate.  He is also in private practice as a naturopathic physician and acupuncturist.


    Miles Hassell, MD

    Miles Hassell is an internist in private practice atSt. Vincent Medical Center in Portland.  He received his medical degree from the University of Western Australia and completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland.  He is board certified in Internal Medicine.

    In addition to private practice, he is the Director ofIntegrative Medicine at Providence Cancer Center, and a clinical instructor for the training of internal medicine residents.   He is also the principal investigator in a trial using nutritional interventions to reduce side effects of conventional cancer therapies.

    Miles’ practice incorporates both traditional and evidence-based alternative medical approaches.  He pursues aggressive risk factor management for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and dementia, and offers dietary counsel using a whole food Mediterranean diet model.

    He is the co-author of Good Food, Great Medicine, an evidencebased guide to using diet and lifestyle for optimal health which includes a comprehensive plan for treating and preventing heart disease.

    He is frequently invited to give lectures to physician groups regarding appropriate use of nutritional medicine.  Miles lives in Portland with his wife Anna and son Tor.


    Lyn Jacobs, MD

    Lyn has been a family physician since 1998. She moved to Oregon as a National Health Service Corps Scholar and began working for Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center where she remains today. She is deeply committed to providing quality health care to the under served and has helped bring over 1300 babies into this world.

    Over the last 10 years she has worked to transform her allopathic (traditional western medicine) degree into a holistic practice of medicine. She has worked in concert with her colleagues to bring integrative practices focusing on nutrition and functional medicine to the community clinic.

    Lyn and her husband Juvencio created “La Finquita del Buho” CSA farm in Helvetia in the year 2000. They have grown from 7 founding members to over 90 member families and provide weekly organic vegetables to over 300 people from their 2 acre farm. They raise grass fed beef and lamb, pork, and have a herd of over 20 goats. They offer fresh cut flowers and free range eggs to their customers as well. They plan several community wide events from canning parties to La Finquita’s annual Harvest Celebration each year. She also sells cut flower bouquets, plant starts, and hand crafted wreaths at the Beaverton Farmers Market.

    Lyn is the proud mother of 3 children ages 10, 14, and 17 and can be heard on the soccer or lacrosse field shouting in support of one of her stars.


    Tsueyhwa Lai, DAOM, L.Ac

    Dr. Tsueyhwa Lai originally came from Taiwan in 1990, earned a MFA in visual communication from the University of Washington at Seattle. Her interests in Chinese medicine arose when she worked at UCLA as a senior designer in 1996. She later graduated from Oregon College of Oriental Medicine's (OCOM) master's program in 2002 and doctoral program in 2008.

    Tsueyhwa works at OCOM as a Doctoral Clinical and Instructional Coordinator since 2003. Her tasks at OCOM include curriculum planning, translating course materials and lectures for Chinese-speaking visiting scholars, teaching Chinese Language and Culture, Chinese Nutrition, Classical Medical Chinese, and conducting clinical supervision. Her most recent published article was "GaoZi Medicinal Syrups in Chinese Medicine"in the Journal of Chinese Medicine in 2010. She is currently enrolled inHuman Investigation Program at Oregon Health Science University.

  • 15 Aug 2011 11:21 AM | OAAOM Admin (Administrator)

    Join us for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Day and short films featuring acupuncture, alternative health and PDX filmmakers, in 2 locations!



    $10 in advance
    $12 at the door

    October 24, 2012
    7:30 pm
    Hollywood Theater
    4122 NE Sandy Blvd, 97212



    FREE film screenings -  “Oregon Experience: Kam Wah Chung” & “Compassion Connects”October 24, 2012
    6:00 pm
    229 McKenzie Hall University of Oregon
    Eugene, OR 97403
    McKenzie Hall is located on Kincaid Street between 11 th & 12th

    Refreshments will be Provided

     Sponsored by The University of Oregon Confucius Institute and Oregon Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

  • 02 Aug 2011 3:35 PM | OAAOM Admin (Administrator)

    Update – Legislative News

    The OAAOM has filed a legal challenge in the Court of Appeals against the Oregon Board of Chiropractic Examiners' rule OAR 811-015-0036 that chiropractors can perform "dry needling" with only 24 hours of education. We have also filed an injuction to stay the rule until the legal challenge is heard (3-6 monthes).

    The Court of Appeals Appellate Commissioner issued a Stay Order dated July 29, 2011, which suspends the new rule until the issue is resolved by a full panel of judges after hearing a full presentation of the arguments.

    Total legal cost is estimated at $30,000. We are represented by Landye Bennett Blumstein with Thane Tienson as our lawyer.


    Acupuncturists, if you are not yet a member of the OAAOM, now is the time to join to show strength in numbers. Others can support the OAAOM as a friend or organization, and anyone can donate directly to the legal fund, and help us protect the content of our profession.

  • 15 Jun 2011 10:50 AM | OAAOM Admin (Administrator)

    Join OAAOM members,  family and friends for a picnic!

    Saturday, July 16th
    Covered picnic table area
    Willamette Park
    5 - 8 pm

    Please sign up and contribute! 
    Sign up here! 

    If you are able to help with music, host a game/activity for kids or contribute to event set-up or breakdown. Please contact the event organizer, Joanna Flores, via the link on the sign up page.

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