Rachelle Lambert, MAcOM, LAc and Steven Shomo, DAOM, L.Ac, AP/DOM, CSCS, E-RYT, WFR
"Acupuncture in Federally Approved Emergency Responder Teams"
Colorado Acupuncture Medical Reserve Corps is a federally approved team of volunteer acupuncturists who respond in times of natural disaster and community crisis in effort to heal the Colorado community from psycho-social trauma. With increased security during times of disaster there is a need to create federally approved teams to respond to domestic incidents. CAMRC is supporting the movement by training teams of acupuncturists throughout the US to support the development acupuncture integrating into the national Medical Reserve Corps network. Captain Tosatto in Washington DC has approved Colorado's model as well as the Acupuncture Mission Ready Package as an example of how other states can follow suit.
Rachelle Lambert and Steve Shomo have field experience to share from deployments using acupuncture to respond to natural disasters, community crisis, and active shooter incidents in Nepal, Kenya, Jordan, Colorado, Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. Learn about the benefits of responding in federally approved teams, how to do so, and have the opportunity to meet leaders of Medical Reserve Corps units in Texas who want to recruit acupuncture volunteers. In addition, Rachelle and Steve will offer training in the FEMA Incident Command Structure and National Incident Management System, a requirement to be part of any federally approved team.
Rachelle Lambert is a Licensed Acupuncturist and has practiced since 2009. Rachelle has travelled the world practicing acupuncture including locations in China, Europe, the Caribbean, and Nepal. Rachelle is the Unit Coordinator of the Colorado Acupuncture MRC, and is fully involved with planning, procedures, recruiting, deployments, and training of acupuncturists in a state wide acupuncture MRC. While working on cruise ships crew members were trained in emergency procedures and Rachelle realized that one person can truly make a difference in many lives during times of crisis.
Rachelle began to volunteer in 2014 and has been involved with deployments internationally in Nepal after the earthquakes of 2015, in Colorado Springs during the Planned Parenthood Active Shooter Recovery in 2015, the Colorado Cold Springs Fire Response and Recovery in 2016, and the Sunshine Canyon Fire Response in 2017. Rachelle also supported Texas and Florida efforts to informally respond to natural disasters and community crisis, as well as supporting the acupuncturists in those states to join local MRCs and create their own state wide unit. Rachelle joined the first Emergency Management Assistance Compact Disaster Behavioral Health Team, deployed to Puerto Rico to support the Hurricane Maria Response in 2017.
Rachelle is also involved with developing research studies to explore acupuncture treatments and strategies in the field of natural disasters and community crisis. Rachelle plans to apply for future grants in effort to study acupuncture further in the field of emergency management medicine.
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Dr. Steve Shomo, DAOM is board-certified and dual licensed in Colorado and Florida. He is a WMA Wilderness First Responder, SARTECH Search and Rescue, and a Unit Coordinator and Training Specialist for the Colorado Acupuncture Medical Reserve Corps (CAMRC), the nation's first acupuncture based federally approved MRC responding to disasters and critical incidents.
Steve is extensively trained and experienced in Remote Wilderness Medicine, Global Health, Disaster Mental Health, Emergency Response and Humanitarian Acupuncture. He is a national and international speaker and educator on Humanitarian Integrative Acupuncture in Conflict and Disaster Response, PTSD/trauma recovery, wilderness/remote medicine, and acute care and emergency skills for the acupuncturist. Steve is a WMA Wilderness Medicine instructor and a NCCAOM ceu provider.
Steve's deployments include; Hurricane Katrina & Wilma 2005, Tropical Storm Fay 2008, Tropical Storm Beryl 2012, Boulder Floods 2013, Yucatan, Mexico 2013, Craigslist Fetal Abduction Longmont, CO 2015, Planned Parenthood Shooting 2015, Pulse Shooting 2016, Cold Springs and Lightner Creek Fires 2016, Syria/Jordan 2017, Ukwala, Kenya 2017.
In addition, he has consulted and provided logistics for numerous other disaster and critical incidents domestically and internationally. He continues his research in acupuncture for emergency responders and traumatic stress, PTSD, and suicide. When Steve is not teaching or providing care he can be found hiking, kayaking,
paddle boarding, mountain biking, trekking, snowshoeing, or traveling the world.
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