Southwest Symposium | Speakers and Courses

Speakers and Course Info

Our world-class lineup of presenters will provide you with an engaging experience and prepare you to take your clinical practice to the next level of excellence.


Mazin Al-Khafaji

Mazin Al-Khafaji Doctor of Chinese Medicine (Shanghai, China); FRCHM (Fellow of the Register of Chinese Herbal Medicine); founder of Avicenna Centre for Chinese Medicine.

Mazin is recognised as one of the leading experts in TCM and Modern Chinese Medicine in the world.

He has  treated unusual and difficult diseases with great success for the last 27 years, and has a particular interest in skin, auto-immune & allergic and inflammatory disease.

Mazin started his studies in Chinese medicine and the Chinese language in 1979. He graduated as an acupuncturist in the UK in 1983 and then continued his studies in China where he was awarded the first Sino-British scholarship to study medicine alongside Chinese students. He graduated from the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Shanghai in 1987 as Doctor of Chinese Medicine.

Since his return from China in 1987, he has taught his inimitable style and unusual approach to Chinese medicine to a new generation of herbal practitioners worldwide, and he is respected  as one of the most inspirational  teachers and clinicians of his time.

At his multi-disciplinarian clinic he offers a mentoring scheme for doctors and upcoming practitioners, and conducts research into the specific effects of certain herbs. He is an authority on toxicity of herbs and authentication of herbs, and often cooperates with experts in the field at Kew Gardens.

He regularly runs postgraduate Master classes and a Dermatology Diploma Course which attract students from allover the world, and speaks at conferences in the U.K, Europe, Australia, Canada and the USA.

He runs Avicenna Dispensary, the unique TCM pharmacy which now attracts professional praise and visitors from allover the world, and makes his own range of skin creams and ointments to complement his practice.

He continuously contributes to professional publications, is co-author of the international textbook on Chinese medicine (Manual of Acupuncture) and is currently writing a book on dermatology in Chinese medicine.

For additional information about Mazin Al-Khafaji and his amazing work, please visit his website at:

Roger Jahnke

Dr. Roger Jahnke, OMD is researcher, author, and Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine with 40 years of clinical practice and 9 research pilgrimages to China to study its healing traditions. He is Director and Lead Trainer of the Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi (IIQTC) and Board President and co-founder of The Healer Within Foundation.

Dr. Jahnke’s book The Healer Within: Using Traditional Chinese Techniques to Release Your Body’s Own Medicine is used in Mind-Body training programs worldwide, and The Healing Promise of Qi: Creating Extraordinary Wellness Through Qigong and Tai Chi, is a classic in the western literature on Qigong and Tai Chi. Dr. Jahnke edited and translated the clinical chapters for Chinese Medical Qigong, the first English translation of the only official textbook of medical Qigong, used in colleges and universities of Traditional Chinese medicine in China. 

With almost 30 years of clinical practice as a physician of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine and eight research tours to China, Dr. Jahnke has emerged as a key spokesperson for Tai Chi  (Taiji) and Qigong(Chi Kung) and is a master teacher of these arts. He has studied hundreds of forms of Qigong with master teachers and visited numerous hospitals, institutes, training centers, temples, and sacred sites in China, focusing on the cultivation of Qi (Chi).

Dr. Jahnke has presented at major conferences on advances in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) throughout the United States. He has lectured on self-healing and emerging trends in health care and medicine to numerous hospital systems and health care associations, including the HealthCare Forum; the Catholic Health Association; the American Medical Association; the National Wellness Institute, Stevens Point, Wisconsin; and the American College of Healthcare Executives, Chicago, Illinois. He is a contributing author to numerous books on health promotion methodologies for both clinical providers and health care administrators.

To explore more about Dr. Roger Jahnke and his mastery of Qigong, please visit his website at:

KP Khalsa

Karta Purkh Singh Khalsa, Yogaraj (Ayurveda), DN-C, RH, LMT, NCTMB, CC, NAMAPM, has over 40 years of experience in holistic medicine, and is one of the foremost natural healing experts in North America. Khalsa is President Emeritus of the American Herbalists Guild, and is a respected teacher, writer and lecturer.

Mr. Khalsa personally trained with Ayurvedic master Yogi Bhajan for 32 years. He is nationally credentialed to teach herbalism, yoga and bodywork, including Ayurvedic massage and spa techniques.  Khalsa is one of the first nationally certified instructors of Kundalini yoga in the United States. He also holds the highest qualification level of registered yoga teacher, 500 level, and was one of the first to achieve this credential.

Khalsa is the founder of the International Integrative Education Institute. Its divisions, The Herbalists College and the Ayurveda College, offer post-secondary curricula to train professional herbalists around the U.S.

Khalsa is a professor at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy, a founding faculty in the Ayurvedic Sciences program at Bastyr University, and a faculty member in the Botanical Medicine Department at the National College of Natural Medicine, where he trains naturopathic medical students, and teaches Ayurveda. Khalsa is also the Botanical Division Director at the Northwest Institute of Ayurveda.

Mr. Khalsa’s interest in natural healing techniques developed because, as a child growing up in Oregon, he had a rare, serious disorder, and several serious illnesses. As a young adult, he studied a wide spectrum of physical and mental healthcare therapies from all over the world, and was successfully healed. He focused especially on Ayurvedic medicine and on the therapeutic value of yoga, meditation, and other studies of consciousness.

Today Mr. Khalsa’s approach to holistic healing is very eclectic. His work is focused on herbalism, the medical and therapeutic value of Yoga, Ayurvedic massage, meditation and other holistic therapies. He lives with his family in Eugene, Oregon.

For more insight about KP Khalsa and his extraordinary services, please visit is website at:

Rosita Arvigo

Rosita Arvigo, Doctor of Naprapathy, ethnobotanist, spiritual healer, author of six books on traditional healing of Central America, co-founder of The Belize Ethnobotany Project with Dr. Michael Balick of the New York Botanical Garden , international speaker, founder of Ix Chel Tropical Research Centre in Belize, founder of the Rainforest Medicine Trail, Terra Nova Medicinal Plant Reserve, children’s Bush Medicine Summer Camp in Belize, thirteen-year apprentice to the one of the last Maya shamans, Don Elijio Panti, recipient of The Earth Award, 2007, founder of The Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy and courses in Maya Spiritual Healing.

The Quest for the Treasure of the Belize Rainforest is Rosita Arvigo’s magnificent obsession. She believes that if she could locate and train with a natural healer trained in the old ways, she could begin to unlock the knowledge that would help people the world over regain their health. Like most great adventures this is easier said than done and often takes half a lifetime.

Rosita’s healing career began in the USA where she became a Doctor of Naprapathy; this is a science of bodywork similar to Chiropractic manipulation. In the 70’s she went to Mexico and studied with traditional healers and enjoyed learning to work with potters for relaxation. In 1981 she went to Belize, Central America and searched for a “h’men” (one who knows). The h’men is the doctor-priest/priestess who has the ability to heal in both the physical and spiritual realms. After some time of not finding a healing mentor she was almost ready to give up when she met Don Elijio Panti, believed to be the last of the great “h’men” trained in the ancient knowledge.

Dr. Arvigo has lived among the Maya in Central America for the past forty years. For thirteen years she apprenticed to the most famous Maya shaman-healer, Don Elijio Panti, the renowned Mayan Shaman of Belize. Not only has Rosita’s life’s work kept Maya medicine alive, but she has been instrumental in cataloging and preserving thousands of healing plants and trees of Belize through her work with Dr. Michael Balick of The New York Botanical Garden and the Belize Ethnobotany Project which ran from 1987-1996. She directs the Ix Chel Tropical Research Foundation and is the founder of the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy®.  Her most recent books include: her novel “The Oracle of IxChel” and co-authored with Michael Balik; “Messages of the Gods”.

To discover more about the incedible work of Rosita Arvigo, please visit her website at: 

Will Morris

Will Morris is a transformative leader both in education and in the profession. He was instrumental in the founding of a single national professional association, now the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM). He earned accreditation approval for two doctoral programs in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM), and organized two Institutional Review Boards while serving as consultant to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles IRB.   

As president of AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, he led the institution to regional accreditation with SACS and to the acquisition of its own property. As an author and educator, he writes a bimonthly column in Acupuncture Today, he routinely contributes articles to American Acupuncturist, and he has written several books, including  Path of the Pulse, Chinese Medicine and Transformation, and Li Shi-zhen Pulse Studies, an Illustrated Guide.

Will’s background includes an OMD from SAMRA, the DAOM from Emperor’s College, a PhD in Transformative Studies from CIIS, and an MSEd in Medical Education from USC. He has focused on study in three different family lineages of Chinese medicine (Ding, Gu, and Yang). He considers the most important studies in his career to be his eight-year mentorship under Drs. Shen and Hammer in the Menghe through the Ding family lineage of internal medicine. Morris also spent five years studying under Neiqiang Gu in the Gu family external medicine lineage.

With thirty years of scholarly and clinical focus on pulse diagnosis, his current work involves a synthesis of standard, family, and classical systems of pulse diagnosis. In addition to leading the institution, Morris periodically instructs special seminars in pulse diagnosis, acupuncture, Chinese herbs, personal transformation, and leadership.

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