Continuing Acupuncture Education

AOMA offers hundreds of hours of acupuncture continuing education every year. Typically these courses are approved for Texas, California, Florida, and NCCAOM.

Join us for our many continuing education events throughout the year! 

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Southwest Symposium

Southwest Symposium (SWS) has been an annual event held in Austin, TX, which provides informative and educational seminars for people in the health care profession. This conference brings together the diverse community of health care providers from fields across the spectrum. We are proud to provide acupuncturists, naturopaths, herbalists, and nurses with educational seminars from qualified and fascinating educators. Our presenters provide a truly engaging experience, which help our attendees deepen their knowledge of health and patient care, taking their practice to an even higher level of excellence. The presentations we offer for Southwest Symposium are always accredited through NCCAOM for continuing education credits.

SWS is not offered in 2019, but will be back in 2020 - stayed tuned for details!

Dates: 2020 To Be Determined

Acupuncture on Musculoskeletal Disorders - Soft Tissue Injuries


October 5th & 6th 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Location: AOMA South Campus, Building A, DOJO

12 NCCAOM CEU's for the whole weekend!

Live Video Stream Available!

We are also excited to announce that we will be offering a livestreamoption for this workshop for those who are unable to attend in person. At the end of the event, you will be provided with a recording of the workshop.

To select this option, select "Live video stream" when you purchase your ticket through Eventbrite. You will be e-mailed an access link to the event as the date approaches.

About the Course

A two day hands-on training course covering soft tissue injuries specifically with myofascial pain and muscle dysfunction. This course focuses on improving the participants’ diagnosis and treating skills. Various acupuncture techniques will be demonstrated, related diagnosis skills will be introduced, most common pain syndromes treatment will be addressed in this class, and participants will have ample time to practice during the class.

What You'll Learn

1. Demonstrate and practice various acupuncture techniques on soft tissue injuries

2. Identify the anatomy of fascia, muscle, bone, nerve and related soft tissue

3. Familiar the physical assessment of soft tissue injuries

4. Review the pathogenesis of common soft tissue injuries

5. Know the acupuncture treatments on common soft tissue injuries

About the Instructor

Yongxin Fan, is an accomplished instructor of traditional Chinese tuina. He practiced and taught as an attending medical doctor and instructor at the Acupuncture Institute at the Chinese National Academy of TCM and at the Beijing International Acupuncture Training Center. A member of AOBTA, Yongxin Fan has lectured and worked as a visiting professor in Holland, Germany, and Japan. He has more than 16 years of clinical experience and his research has been published in the National Journal of TCM.

He specializes in applying an integrated therapy consisting of acupuncture, herbs, and tuina to treat various pain syndromes, including acute and chronic articulation and muscle injury lumbago, recovery from fractures, and headaches. Such integrative treatment is a hallmark of his approach to common ailments such as stress, allergies, insomnia, and gastrointestinal disorders. Fan has been on the faculty at AOMA since 2002.

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A Five Element Acupuncture Perspective on Treating Patients

Dates: October 26th & 27th, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Location: AOMA South Campus, E1

14.5 NCCAOM CEU's available!

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About the Course



There are several differences between Five Element Acupuncture and other styles of Acupuncture. Some of the differences include: Diagnosis, needle technique, treatment planning, pulse taking, moxa, and the use of acupuncture points. Join Mary Ellen Metke, Kathleen Robinson, and Randi Savage in learning more about how they practice Five Element Acupuncture. Participants will get an overview of the history of Five Element Acupuncture; review of the elements, organs, and associations; and, understand the role of symptoms in relation to diagnosis. The instructors will incorporate experiential and “hands-on” as part of the learning.


The second day begins with learning and understanding the importance of what it means to be “in-rapport” with a patient. How do we achieve this? Why is this important? The day will include treatment planning, use of acupuncture points for the Spirit of the Point, needling and moxa techniques, as well as more experiential exercises and hands-on practice.


About the Instructors

Mary Ellen Metke:

Mary Ellen began her studies in Chinese medicine with Ben Lo in 1980. She began teaching Tai chi and Qi Gong in 1985, then went on to study Five Element Acupuncture at the Traditional Acupuncture Institute (TAI) in Columbia, Maryland and graduated in 1989. Mary Ellen did an intensive training in England with Dr. JR Worlsey, participated in Teacher Training, and the Master Apprentice Program. She attended/hosted patient consults for 20 years with JR and Judy Worsley as well as Hilary Skellon. Mary Ellen has been a teacher and clinical supervisor at the Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture (ITEA) since 2000. She has built and maintained a thriving Five Element Acupuncture practice in Boulder, CO since 1989 and continues to teach Tai chi and Qigong. She is currently working on her Doctorate in Acupuncture through the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. Email:



Kathleen Robinson:

Kathleen studied directly under Dr. JR Worsely at his school in Leamington Spa, England from 1988-1990. She continued studying annually with Dr. Worsley doing Teacher Training and the Master Apprentice Program as well as on going patient consultation days. Following his death in 2003, she attended annual consultation days with Judy Becker Worsley until 2016. Kathleen has written curriculum, taught Worsley Five Element Acupuncture, and served as faculty member and clinical supervisor at the Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture (ITEA) in Louisville, Colorado since 1992. She brings 30 years of experience to her acupuncture practice and students. With a focus on treating and teaching the underlying cause of illness, per the tenants of pure Five Element Acupuncture, both patients and students develop an awareness and embody an understanding of this powerful medicine's impact on the body, mind and spirit. Five Element Acupuncture saved her life. She believes it can do the same for others. As such, she both teaches and treats from that perspective. Email:



Randi Savage:

Randi has been studying, practicing, and teaching Tai chi and Qi Gong since 1997. She started her Five Element Acupuncture studies in 2003 at the Institute of Taoist Education and Acupuncture (ITEA), earning her Licentiate and Master’s in Acupuncture in 2006. Randi continued her acupuncture education at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine and earned her Doctorate of Acupuncture in 2018. She has been teaching and doing clinical supervision at ITEA since 2013. Randi participated in the Five Element Acupuncture Teacher Training Program with Dr. Judy Worsley. She also helped to coordinate and assist at the Master Apprentice Program, as well as yearly consultation days in Seattle, Portland, and Louisville, CO. Randi served as Vice President of the Worsley Institute for 5 years. She has taught Western medicine courses at Southwest Acupuncture College in Boulder, CO and at AOMA in Austin, TX as a guest lecturer. Randi also worked with Acupuncturists Without Borders for several years and started the first all acupuncture Medical Reserve Corps in the United States in Colorado in 2014. She sold her thriving Five Element Acupuncture practice in Lafayette, CO in 2018, moved to Texas to care for her elderly parents and to focus on teaching Five Element Acupuncture, as well as volunteer work for NCCAOM. Currently, she serves on the Eligibility and Exam Writing Committees as a Guest Volunteer. Randi travels between Texas and Colorado to continue to teach and supervise Five Element Acupuncture at ITEA on a regular basis. Randi blends her Western medicine knowledge (Master’s in Nursing) into her Five Element practice and teachings. Email:



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