2019 Spring Conference

  • 09 Jun 2019
  • 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • OCOM - 75 NW Couch St. , Portland, OR 97209


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    Student membership included with event registration.
  • Special offer for OCOM Alumni who have just joined the OAAOM. Your registration fee is waived.
  • Special offer for OCOM Alumni who are not currently OAAOM Members.

    Become a new OAAOM member and register for the conference at the same time. The $50 registration fee is waived!
  • Free Admission for approved volunteers

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7:00 am - Doors open for vender set up
8:00 am - Doors open for participants/ Breakfast / Visit with Sponsor
8:30 am- 9:00 am - Qigong 
9:00 am -  Welcome / Event Opening
9:30  am– 11:30 am - Breakout Sessions - 2.0 PDA points pending
11:30 am -12:00 pm -  Lunch - Visit with Sponsors
12:00  pm – 1:30 pm - Business Meeting
1:30 pm - 3:30 pm - Breakout Sessions - 2.0 PDA points pending
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm - Break - Visit with Sponsors
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm - Breakout Sessions- 2.0 PDA points pending
6:00 pm - Closing


8:30 am- 9:00 am - Qigong 

Janice Brinkerhoff, LAC, LMT

Dai Mai (Belt Channel) Qigong 


9:30  am– 11:30 am - Breakout Sessions 

Ellen Goldsmith, LAC, Dip. C.H.

Seasonal Boot Camp: Food Energetics through the seasons and their application in Practice

This is a class for people who love food and its power to heal and transform. Chinese medicine practitioners who do not have herbal training will strengthen their fundamental understanding of the energetics of food through understanding its Nature and Flavor. Food energetics is a powerful compliment to Chinese herbal knowledge and is also a resource to utilize in everyday life.

Jessica Schaffer, Nervous System Health Educator, LMT 

What Informs Trauma-informed Care: Why Your Nervous System is Your Most Powerful Therapeutic Intervention

As practitioners, your ability to cultivate positive, trusting connection with clients is of the highest importance, perhaps even more vital than your learned knowledge and skill base. This is especially true when working with trauma. Trauma-informed approaches are gaining wider exposure, so much so that the term “trauma-informed” has become ubiquitous and is often defined by a checklist of “Do’s and Don’ts.” But what does it mean to deliver truly trauma-informed care? And how can you embody this awareness both in your client sessions as well as in your day-to-day life experiences?

Guohui Liu, MMed (China), LAc

Tai Yang Fu Organ Syndrome and Urination Disorders in Chinese Medicine

This class is desire to demonstrate how to approach urination disorders based on reviewing two tai yang fu organs syndrome according to qi transformation theory in Shang Han Lun and analyzing case studies, which are related to interstitial cystitis and the residual symptoms of renal failure.


1:30 pm - 3:30 pm - Breakout Sessions

Shizeng Yang
Healing Energy is the key to Tuina

Course Outline

  • What is Tuina
  • History of Tuina
  • Basic Tuina Technique
  • How to develop your sensitivity to find body tension
  • How to become a healing artist

Joshua Graner, LAC
Pain Mechanism Classification Measurements

The use of these measurement tools to guide clinical decision making and patient education and how they integrate within TCM practice to have better clinical efficacy at treating chronic persistent pain conditions. 

Care Core Standards Training

  •  Katie Pass,  Regional Provider Engagement Manager, eviCore healthcare 
  • Chanta Van Laanen, DACM, LAc, Acupuncture Clinical Reviewer, eviCore healthcare

Course Objectives

  • corePath
  • Medical Necessity
  • Web Registration
  • Web Portal Services
  • Provider Resources



4:00 pm - 6:00 pm - Breakout Sessions


Michael Rose / Rose Legal

Where the practice of acupuncture and the law meet: An overview of practical legal issues in Oregon

Course Objectives:

  • Familiarity with the oversight of the practice, how to stay out of trouble and what to do if you have a problem

  • Comfort with record laws and how to respond to different types of requests.

  • Understanding malpractice and demystifying a claim.

  • Getting paid for your work, regardless if it is from insurance, private payment or involved with a legal case such as an auto collision or workplace injury.

Shellie L. Rosen, DOM (NM), L.Ac., Dipl. OM (NCCAOM)® National Board-Certified Acupuncturist

What is the Chinese Herbal Compounding and Safety (CHCS) Certificate of Qualification (COQ)?

Course Outline

  • The primary goal of this course is to introduce and familiarize practitioners with the rationale behind the CHCS COQ.
  • How did the guidance document come to be what it is today?
  • What are examples of how the certificate may be useful?
  • Ethics of engaging in education for this purpose.
  • Community Discussion - Inviting the room into the conversation by asking: What is your TCHM practice like?
  • Connecting dots - Further discussion on how the certificate applies to those in practice in the room. 

Dr. Elie Cole, DAOM, LAC

How to get MDs to refer you patients without feeling dumb, smarmy, or arrogant

Dr. Elie Cole graduated from OCOM in 2007 (Masters) and 2016 (Doctorate).  She has been in private practice for 11 years and has worked in biomedical clinics in Portland.  She is passionate about helping: 1) acupuncturists around the world get new patient referrals from their local doctors; 2) doctors understand acupuncture's research-based mechanisms of actions so that they confidently refer patients to local acupuncture clinics; and 3) patients by giving them the opportunity to follow their MD's prescription to get acupuncture.  

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