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.

2015 Speakers

2015 Schedule

2015 Speakers

Paul Anderson, ND

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Course Description

Epigenetics, Genetics and the Spectrum of Human Health - What does it all mean and where do the clinician and patient experience intersect?

In this session Dr. Anderson will combine two decades of clinical and research experience in nutritional biochemistry, lifestyle medicine and epigenetic factors with the more modern understanding of SNP's and genetic influences on health.  Care will be given to point out practical considerations and interventions which are most important in maintaining patient health.  Areas where modern SNP testing and assessment can be useful will also be elucidated.  Direct connections to digestive, immune, cardiac, neurological and other areas will be discussed.

Speaker Bio

“The best medicine, in fact the only kind that makes sense, is the medicine that fits your needs and desires in service to your health and healing.”

Paul S. Anderson, N.M.D, is a naturopathic physician, and Medical Director & Founder of Anderson Medical Specialty Associates (AMSA). He is a recognized authority in the field of integrative cancer research and the treatment of chronic diseases, genomic conditions, and auto-immune and infectious disorders. Dr. Anderson’s combined experience in teaching, clinical practice, and research equally informs AMSA’s approach to health care: treating the whole person and not just the disease, with evidence-based integrative medicine that is tailored to each patient’s unique constitution, history, and present needs.

Dr. Anderson spent seven years at Bastyr University in Seattle on the faculties of both its School of Naturopathic Medicine and the Bastyr University Research Institute. He was the Chief of Intravenous Services at the Bastyr Integrative Oncology Research Center (BIORC) from 2009-2013, where he remains an adjunct research professor involved in prospective NIH and other grants. As an instructor he continues to provide popular annual board review courses for the leading US and Canadian naturopathic medical schools. In addition to other recognition among his peers, in 2013 the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians named him the “Vis” award recipient; (began in honor of the late Dr. William Mitchell) for service to the education of physicians and students in Naturopathy. Dr. Anderson has been named to the list of “Best Physicians” in Seattle in 2011, 2013 and 2014.

To learn more about Dr. Paul Anderson visit his website.

Jason Blalack, MS, LAc

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Course Description

Qin Bowei’s 56 Methods: A Focus on Wind and Phlegm Conditions

The course will focus on how to treat the common cold, flu, cough, asthma, chronic fatigue, and other related conditions to wind and phlegm; the missing foundation required to diagnose clearly and fluidly; a proven method to progressively grow beyond the basic zang-fu pattern structure and integrate deeper Classical knowledge into their practice; precise herbal prescription through writing smaller, individualized, more targeted formulas; and case mentorship and analysis

Speaker Bio

Jason Blalack is an international lecturer and the translator, compiler, and editor of, Qin Bo-Wei’s 56 Treatment Methods: Writing Precise Prescriptions, with clinical commentary by Wu Bo-Ping (published in 2011 by Eastland Press). Jason has made numerous trips over the past decade to study closely with Dr. Wu Bo-Ping, one of Qin Bowei’s most intimate and long-standing students, as well as several other older generation doctors. Consequently, Jason’s approach embodies a style that precedes our modern TCM system. He is passionate about helping students and practitioners bridge the gap between this approach and our modern TCM model by clearly presenting a clinically oriented method of thinking. Jason is a graduate of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego and maintains a full-time practice in Boulder, Colorado.

To learn more about Jason, visit his website.

Mary Bove, ND, AHG

Friday, May 8, 2015

Course Description

Neuroendocrine Digestive Connection: Exploring the Impact of Stress on Digestive Health

The impact of stress on digestive function highlights the connection between the gastrointestinal and the neuroendocrine systems. Many digestive disorders are directly affected by our moods, nervous disposition, and the allostatic load we deal with in our lives, putting the pieces together between the enteric nervous system, the gut microbiota, digestive enzymes secretions, stress hormones and the immune system can be a valuable tool for the clinician. Discussion will include relevant functional lab analysis, botanical approaches for digestive and neuroendcrine health along with case history review and discussion of possible pharmaceutical drugs a patient may present on.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Mary Bove obtained her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine and Midwifery Certification from Bastyr College of Natural Health Sciences in Seattle, WA. and received her Diploma of Phytotherapy/Herbal Medicine at the School of Phytotherapy in Great Britain. Dr. Bove practiced Naturopathic Family Medicine and Midwifery at the Brattleboro Naturopathic Clinic, Brattleboro, VT. for 25 years, specializing in Naturopathic Pediatrics and Botanical Medicine.

Once a full-time faculty member at Bastyr University, Dr. Bove chaired the departments of Botanical Medicine and Naturopathic Midwifery. Dr. Bove is the author of the Encyclopedia of Natural Healing for Children and Infants considered an authoritative reference on natural pediatric medicine. Mary co-authored Herbs for Women’s Health and has been published in many magazines, journals and collaborative books on botanical and natural medicine. She lectures and teaches internationally on the topics of naturopathic medicine, botanical medicine, pediatrics, natural pregnancy, childbirth, traditional food medicine and mind-body healing. In collaboration with Gaia Herbs®Dr. Bove developed an herbal remedy line designed specifically for children. She is currently Medical Educator for Gaia Herbs Brevard, NC.

To learn more about Mary Bove, visit her website.

Lillian Bridges

Thursday, May 7 and Friday, May 8, 2015

Course Description

Lillian Pearl Bridges is the author of Face Reading in Chinese Medicine and is credited for bringing this ancient knowledge back to the field of Chinese Medicine. She learned her skills from a long line of master Chinese practitioners in her family and trains students at universities and colleges and is a featured speaker at conferences and symposiums around the world.

Speaker Bio

Lillian Pearl Bridges is the world’s leading authority on Face Reading and Facial Diagnosis.  In addition, she is a recognized expert on Five Element Feng Shui. She is considered a Professor of Classical Chinese Medicine and teaches from her deep understanding of ancient Daoist Philosophy. She lectures and teaches internationally to Doctors, Acupuncturists and other Health Professionals at conferences, colleges and universities and also to business people. She is the author of Face Reading in Chinese Medicine, now in its’ second edition and published by Churchill Livingstone, which is used as a textbook at many schools of Chinese Medicine. She has also been a contributor to several other books on Chinese Medicine published by Elsevier and for the Thieme Almanac and was a columnist writing about Face Reading and Feng Shui for several Natural Health Magazines and has many articles written about her in newspapers and magazines in numerous countries. She was featured on the Dr. Oz Show in 2013 in the episode, “What Your Face Reveals About Your Health.

To learn more about Lillian, visit her website.

Jeffrey Dann, PhD, LAc

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Course Description

Koshi Balancing: Integrated Acupuncture and Manual Medicine, A Japenese Approach to Structural Alignment

Starting with study in Japan in the mid-seventies, Jeffrey has developed an integrated acupuncture and manual medicine protocol derived from 5 different Japanese practices: Shiatsu, Seitai bodywork, Meridian Therapy (Keiraku Chiryo), and Seitai Shinpo structural acupuncture and Sotai movement therapy.  The theoretical and clinical focus of the course is organized around the Japanese Body-Mind concept of the “koshi” or the lumbar pelvic center.  Meridian energetics are explained from classical texts but informed by contemporary anatomical understanding of fascia and fluid systems. Palpatory skills based on classical channel theory. Osteopathic “Listening” informs the general approach.  Japanese styles of contact needling, superficial needling, and deep needle techniques are integrated with Japanese bodywork manual techniques, moxibustion, and Sotai movement therapy. Japanese superficial needling techniques are examined from the Wei Qi and Ying Qi levels as developed by Dr. Wang Ju-Yi’s Six Level theoretical approach. This course, while engaging classical theory is eminently practical.

Speaker Bio

Jeffrey Dann has been an educator and community health practitioner for the past 40 years.  Having studied pre-med and anthropology at Dartmouth College, he did graduate work at the University of Washington in Seattle, in medical anthropology.  His fascination  with the role of culture in the medical field led to 3 years of research in Japan, where he studied traditional healing arts and the martial art of Kendo, which resulted in a Ph.D. and a career change from anthropologist to practitioner of Oriental Medicine.

To learn more about Dr. Jeffrey Dann visit his website.

John Finnell, ND, MPH, LAc

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Course Description

Hormesis and Aging – From Anti-Aging Medicine to Lifestyle, and Back Again

Evidence suggests that optimal nutrition, lifestyle and the seasons play a role in the development and nourishment of a healthy body. With an aging population at risk for cardiovascular disease, cancer and neurodegenerative disease, there is a need to understand how diet and lifestyle affect health across the lifespan. We will discuss how our relationship with nature’s rhythms regulate pre- and post-natal development, and promote health and longevity.  This talk will discuss how shared theories in exercise science, nutrition, and naturopathic and Chinese medicines converge towards ways of living that promote longevity and wellness. 

Speaker Bio

Dr. Finnell is a skilled researcher and health care practitioner with a rich academic and professional background.  He earned a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine and a MS in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine from Bastyr University as well as a MPH in Epidemiology from the University of Washington. He also completed a post-doctoral clinical research fellowship with the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM).  Dr. Finnell is currently the doctoral program and research director at AOMA Graduate School of integrative Medicine, in Austin, Texas, where he continues his research and practice in evidence-based integrative medicine.

Holly Guzman, LAc

​Saturday, May 9, 2015

Course Description

Trimesters

Each of the trimesters of pregnancy has specific protocols for the patient and for the practitioner. A fetus the size of a pea does not need the same amount of calcium and iron as one that weighs several pounds. A standard prenatal misses the mark. What to do and what not to do for nutrition, supplements, care, acupuncture, and herbs will be specifically addressed to fit each phase. Clinical experience will be shared for the myriad of complaints that come with pregnancy, such as morning sickness, threatened miscarriage, skin problems, gestational diabetes, pregnancy induced hypertension, strep B, hemorrhoids, and even the common cold. Practitioners can be hesisitant to treat a fever in pregnancy, yet a fever in pregnancy can cause difficult repercussions for the baby, and so not treating becomes its own risk.

Speaker Bio

Holly enjoys a full clinical practice, which she has held in Santa Cruz for over 30 years. She has studied in the USA, Japan, and China. She is a graduate of NESA, ACTCM, and SAMRA. Holly began her studies while still a teen and through the years she has been priviledged to be in clinic with many of "the greats" including Dr. Tin Yao So, Ted Kaptchuk, Kiiko Matsumoto, Efrem Korngold, Miriam Lee, Yat Ki Lai, Lillian Bridges, Raven Lang and Jeffery Yuen. Translating knowledge into clinical practice is her life's work. Taking clinic practice back to the classroom has always been her style. Holly has been consistently teaching Chinese medicine since 1984 when she began as faculty at Five Branches University.

Edward Neal, MD

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Speaker Bio

Dr. Neal attended the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, where he participated in one of the earliest case-based medical programs in the US and graduated with honors.  He received training in Internal Medicine at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, Oregon. He currently maintains active licenses in both Western and Chinese medicine.

Early in his career Dr. Neal became interested in East Asian medicine. In the early 1990′s he began training in acupuncture and began incorporating complementary medicine within his work in the allopathic field. He studied acupuncture for four years with Dr. Anita Cignolini of Milan, Italy. His training then continued with post-graduate studies in Chinese languages at Portland State University, as well as advanced studies in classical Chinese language at Heilongjiang University in Harbin, China. He is a graduate of the School of Classical Chinese Medicine at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon, where he was employed for six years as Associate Professor. As a professor at NCNM, he has taught a variety of classes on subjects such as classical text translation, advanced topics in Classical Jing Luo (channel) theory, Chinese medical diagnostics, integrative Chinese and Western medical diagnostic theory, classical case studies, clinical case studies and Chinese medical ethics. Additionally, Dr. Neal is an associate faculty member in the Department of Family Medicine at Oregon Health Sciences University.

Dr. Neal’s primary research interest has focused on the study of classical Chinese acupuncture based on direct translations of classical texts, particularly the Huangdi Neijing (Yellow Emperor’s Inner Classic 黃帝內經). He has lectured both locally and internationally in areas related to classical acupuncture and Jing-Luo theory. Dr. Neal is currently director and senior researcher at the Xinglin Institute, a collaborative research group focused on the exploration of traditional healthcare information found in Chinese classical medical texts.

To learn more about Dr. Ed Neal visit his website.

Stanley Reiser, MD, MPA, PhD

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Speaker Bio

Stanley J. Reiser is a nationally and internationally known scholar and teacher in ethics, technology assessment, history, and health policy. He received his undergraduate education at Columbia University, his medical degree from the State University of New York-Downstate Medical Center, and his masters and doctoral degrees from Harvard University. He was on the faculty of Harvard University for 12 years, where he held appointments at Harvard Medical School, Harvard College, and the Massachusetts General Hospital. Of his more than 120 books and essays, he is sole author of over 100 publications. He has addressed almost 300 national and international forums and institutions.

Dr. Reiser has been at the forefront in creating significant and diverse fields of health care.

Medical Ethics: He co-developed its first dedicated research and teaching program (The Harvard Interfaculty Program in Medical Ethics, 1970) and its first anthology of original documents that became a basic text of the field (Ethics in Medicine, 1977); co-developed the first course on scientific ethics in biology and medicine (The University of Texas-Houston, 1985) and its first textbook (The Ethical Dimensions of the Biological Sciences, 1993).

Technology Assessment: He wrote the first comprehensive account of how technologies are invented and diffused in medicine (Medicine and the Reign of Technology, 1978; co-founded and continues to edit the field's first and now leading journal (The International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, 1985).

Medicine-Public Health Engagement: He co-founded the Medicine/Public Health Initiative (1994), a movement involving the national leadership of both fields and dedicated to creating an enduring partnership between them to improve the nation's health. From 1994-98, he was the National Coordinator of the Initiative. He was also the principal organizer for the Initiative of the country's first National Congress of Medicine and Public Health (Chicago, 1996), which brought together some 400 leaders of the two disciplines from all 50 states ("Medicine and Public Health: Pursuing a Common Destiny," JAMA, 1996; "Topics for Our Times: The Medicine/Public Health Initiative," American Journal of Public Health, 1997). The Initiative is widely regarded as a landmark movement in American health care.

To read more about Dr. Stanley J Reiser work, see this website.

Mikio Sankey, PhD, LAc

Saturday, May 9 - Sunday, 10, 2015

Course Description

The Hun Follow the Shen, The Path to Your Inner Spiritual Heart

Why do you think there are exactly 361 acupuncture points in the major meridians? Breaking the 3-6-1 encoding will show the connections to Plato, Pythagoras, the Qabballa, Tree of Life, Flower of LIfe, the Hindu Nadi system, chakras, astro-physics and more. Locating the esoteric site of DU20 leads to Tian Mon "Celestial Fullness"- the hidden 13th Gateway to one's Inner Spiritual Heart. This Means the Hun must follow the Shen.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Mikio Sankey is renowned for his expertise in Esoteric Acupuncture, which focuses on the utilization of Traditional Chinese acupuncture theory, along with the Hindu Chakra System, Sacred Geometry, and the Qabbalistic Tree of Life. He received a Doctor of Naturopathy degree from Clayton College of Natural Healing in 1990 followed by a PhD in Health Sciences from Honolulu University in 1992 specializing in Nutrition and Iridology.  In addition, Dr. Sankey received a Masters of Science degree in acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Samra University in Los Angeles, California, followed in 2003 by a PhD in Oriental Medicine from American Liberty University in Orange, California.

He has a series of five published books in Esoteric Acupuncture and has lectured around the world on this topic.  Dr. Sankey’s many accolades include “Acupuncture Author of the Year” award from the National Acupuncture Association, American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM) in 2006 for his book “Sea of Fire – Cosmic Fire, Esoteric Acupuncture, Volume 4”. He is also listed in AOM’s “Pioneers and Leaders; 1982-2007”, a collaborative work honoring the leaders and contributors to acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in the first 25 years of practice in the United States.

To learn more about Mikio, visit his website.

Constance Scharff, PhD

Friday, May 8, 2015

Speaker Bio

Constance Scharff has a Ph.D. in Transformative Studies, specializing in addiction recovery.  She is the Addiction Researcher and Transformative Studies Scholar at Cliffside Malibu Treatment Center and coauthor of the best-selling book, Ending Addiction for Good with Richard Taite. Her analysis of integrated, holistic addiction recovery methods is being heralded as “groundbreaking” and “life saving.” Dr. Scharff writes for a variety of journals and speaks worldwide to healing professionals on the science and spirituality of addiction recovery –- from the neuroscience of addiction recovery, to depression and trauma as related to addiction, to the concepts of vulnerability and hope.  She has traveled extensively in Asia, Africa, and North America, learning how to help individuals evoke life-transforming experiences and use those experiences to heal addictions and trauma. She is also a nationally renowned transformational consultant, helping addicts in recovery navigate difficult spiritual experiences and grow in positive directions from them.

Before devoting herself completely to addiction research, Constance spent a decade in various volunteer and paid positions with the Girl Scouts.  A vibrant speaker, Constance achieved the level of “Master Trainer” with the Girl Scouts and has trained hundreds of volunteers and staff for the Girl Scouts, Association of Girl Scout Executive Staff, and the American Camp Association in the areas of leadership, diversity, social activism, nature education and low impact outdoorsmanship.  A tireless advocate for opportunities for girls and women, Constance brought Girl Scout programming to underserved areas in Los Angeles’ inner city and has assisted in providing opportunities for girls’ education in East Africa.  She has an MA in Transformative Leadership from the California Institute of Integral Studies and continues to provide consulting services to a wide variety of nonprofit groups.

Personally and academically, Constance has an interest in ecstatic spiritual experience, the kind of experience that literally changes a person’s life in a moment.  For more than twenty years, she has sought out teachings from all available sources: rabbis, shamans, mystics, and spiritual seekers from traditions across the globe.  She has traveled the world visiting practitioners of various religious traditions in order to help her understand how it is that individuals apprehend God.  Trained by some of the world’s leading thinkers in psychology, cybernetics, and integral theory, she focuses specifically on the ways in which ecstatic spiritual experiences can radically transform those who have them.  She then uses that understanding to help those undergoing deep-seated change to incorporate that change in ways that are healthy and productive.

An author and poet, Constance currently writes on the subjects of addiction recovery, relapse prevention, ecstatic spiritual experience, personal transformation and Jewish mysticism.  Her most recent works will be available in late 2013 and 2014.  These include a book of Jewish-themed poetry called, I Want a God with Arms and a first-person account of radical spiritual transformation, Becoming Ahuva, both published under her Hebrew name, Ahuva Batya.

To learn more about Constance, visit her website.

David Twicken, DOM, LAc

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Course Description

The ancient healers of the Su Wen and the Ling Shu tradition left a roadmap to understand the influences of nature on physical health, emotional well-being and spiritual balance. Chapter 66-74 of the Su Wen present a unique system of calculating qi, the five phases, weather conditions and pathogenic factors that influence all people. These chapters provide a deep study of the Celestial Stems and the Earthy Branches, the building blocks of the Chinese calendar, as well as the Chinese astrology birth chart. In these chapters the stems and branches combine to create atmospheric influences (climatic pathogenic factors) that influence each person. Without knowledge of these atmospheric influences one cannot identify and treat the pathogenic factors they create. In this workshop you will learn how to determine the atmospheric influences and their influence on your health; this is a post-natal influence.

Making a constitutional diagnosis is a key aspect of Chinese medicine. Within Chinese culture and the Chinese medical community, the Ba Zi diagnosis method developed. Ba Zi means the eight characters. These are the stems and branches for the hour, day, month and year of birth. The eight stems and branches are also called the Four Pillars. The Ba Zi is a system of correspondences that links directly to the internal organs, the five shen and the five phases condition of a person. Ba Zi is a highly effective diagnostic methods. I have practiced this method for over 20-years and have found it to be one of the most accurate diagnostic methods. Ba Zi can identify imbalances common diagnostic methods do not identify.

Learn about the Chinese calendar, how to create a Ba Zi birthday chart, and how determine its relationship to the internal organs, the five shen and the pyscho-emotional condition. Join Dr. Twicken in exploring the ancient methods of Chinese medical astrology.

Speaker Bio

Dr. Twicken has taught at Chinese medical schools for twenty years. He has taught acupuncture courses, philosophy of oriental medicine, Tai Chi Chuan, medical qi gong, feng shui, I Ching, Chinese astrology, medical history and secondary vessels. He is also a clinic supervisor. David specializes in the Taoist Arts and has published the following books on the Taoist Arts: Treasures of Tao, Feng Shui, Chinese Astrology, Introduction to Qi Men Dun Jia and Chinese Medical Astrology. He has written four books on Chinese medicine: I Ching Acupuncture: The Balance Method, Clinical Applications of the Ba Gua and the I Ching; The Eight Extraordinary Channels, A Handbook for Clinical Applications and Nei Dan Inner Mediation; The Divergent Channels, A Handbook for Clinical Practice and Five Shen Nei Dan Inner Meditation; and the Luo Collaterals, A Handbook for Clinical Practice and Treating Emotions and the Shen and the Six Healing Sounds (Summer 2015 release) David teaches the Taoist Arts internationally and is in private practice in Los Angles, California.

To learn more about David, visit his website.

Qianzhi Wu, PhD, LAc

Friday, May 8, 2015

Course Description

Pediatric Diseases with its TCM treatment

The TCM treatment on children is quite different from the TCM treatment on adults. Based on a brief introduction of pediatric physiological, etiological and pathological characteristics, the principles of herbal medicine with its cooking methods, special preparation and dosage will be discussed. In addition, the knowledge of pediatric Tuina and pediatric dietary therapies will be shared for clinical practice. Then three groups of common pediatric diseases, including the upper respiratory infection, pediatric digestive disorders and developmental delay with intelligence boosting will be fully discussed. Attendees will be actively involved in pediatric case discussions.

Speaker Bio

Qianzhi Wu first learned acupuncture and Chinese medicine while apprenticing with a so-called “barefoot doctor” in the Chinese countryside near his hometown. His formal studies began in 1978 at Luzhou Medical College, after which he entered the Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In Chengdu, he studied most notably with Li Ke-guan, whose father was the founder of the University in early 1930s. Wu’s first book, Qu Wei ZhongYi, was published prior to his graduation, and in 1993 he became one of the youngest professors ever employed by the university. By 1993, Prof. Wu had published 5 other books as well as dozens of academic papers. After visiting Germany and Austria in 1994 and 1995, Prof. Wu took a teaching position at the Academy of Oriental Medicine at Austin, Texas, where he now serves as Vice President. He is a former Commissioner for the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), chairman of the Chinese Herbal Test Development Committee of NCCAOM, and currently acts as a site visitor for the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Recently prof. Wu published a pediatric textbook named as TCM Case Studies: Pediatrics at the People’s Medical Publishing House in Beijing.

To learn more about Dr. Wu, visit his website.

Janet Zand, OMD, LAc

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Speaker Bio

Dr. Janet Zand, O.M.D., L.Ac is a Board Certified Acupuncturist, a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, a nationally respected author, lecturer, natural health practitioner and herbal and nutraceutical products formulator who has helped thousands of people achieve better health. In! Magazine describes Dr. Zand as "Hollywood’s Best Kept Health Secret" because of her "A"-list clientele of movie stars, rock stars and professional athletes. With over 25 years of experience in natural medicine, she was the co-founder of McZand Herbal and the formulator of ZAND Herbal Formulas, which are sold in natural health stores throughout the country.

Dr. Zand is also the co-author of three books on natural health and healing, including Smart Medicine for a Healthier Child, Smart Medicine for Healthier Living and the Nitric Oxide Solution. She has been featured in Elle, Allure, The Los Angeles Times, Life Time TV, and the BBC.

She is the lead formulator for the Systeme 41® line of all-natural skin care products, and edits the popular Skin Care Insider weekly e-letter.

To learn more about Janet, visit her website.

Contact us at symposium@aoma.edu or 800-824-9987 x209.