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Howard Chen, MD, FAAMA, is the CEO of The Chen Center for Integrative Medicine, a concierge medicine practice that blends Family Medicine, Integrative Medicine and Medical Acupuncture, located in Reno, NV. He is an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Family Medicine with the University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine, and lectures regularly to medical students on Integrative Medicine and Medical Acupuncture topics. He has lectured for the Academy of Acupuncture, the Tan Academy of Balance, and the online educational portal, Net of Knowledge. He is currently a student at the Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine in Sugar Grove, NC, a certified BaZi consultant, and the originator of an innovative and successful Distance Acupuncture Technique.
Dr. Yi Hung Chen is the Deputy Director and Associate Dean at the Graduate Institute of Acupuncture Science, College of Chinese Medicine, China Medical University in Taichung, Taiwan. Dr. Chen obtained his Ph D from the Pharmacology Institute, College of Medicine at National Taiwan University. He has ever been serving as the Visiting Scholar at the Department of Pharmacology, Temple University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, USA. Nowadays Dr. Chen focused his research on the effects of acupuncture relating to analgesia and neuroprotection. His recent study concerns the non-opioid acupuncture analgesia mechanisms, which was published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States in 2018. In 2019, Dr. Chen served as the Secretary-General, Taiwan Neuroscience Society from 2017 to 2019 and was awarded the “Outstanding Professor of the China Medical University” in 2019.
Stephanie Cheng completed her Anesthesiology Residency at Yale and her Regional Anesthesia and acute pain management fellowship at Hospital for Special Surgery where she currently works. In addition to her regional anesthesiology practice, she is also a board-certified medical acupuncturist and serves as the Director of the integrative medicine program where she has been successful in integrating medical acupuncture as part of a multimodal approach to post-operative pain control. She also serves as the residency program site director at HSS for Cornell, Johns Hopkins, Georgetown, and UCSF rotating residents. In addition to her interests in integrative medicine and resident education, she is also an active advocate of Point of Care ultrasound and has collaborated on several research projects and served as faculty at several national PoCUS workshops.
Stephen Cowan, MD is a board-certified pediatrician with over 30 years of clinical experience working with children. He has a subspecialty in Developmental Pediatrics and is a fellow in the American Academy of Pediatrics serving as a member of the AAP section on Developmental Disabilities. He is a clinical instructor at NY Medical College and a member of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture. He has lectured internationally and is the author of Fire Child Water Child: How understanding the five types of ADHD can help you improve your child’s self-esteem and attention. Dr. Cowan has developed a unique holistic approach to evaluating and treating children struggling with chronic physical, emotional and cognitive disorders. He integrates the principles of Chinese medicine that have for centuries recognized the intimate ecological relationship between our health and our environment. He has a consultation practice in both Manhattan and Westchester NY. He is the medical director of the non-profit Tournesol Kids that envisions a world where all children are heroes, inspired to grow and discover wellbeing by celebrating their unique powers and learning to share them with the world.
Dr. Freda Dreher has been enjoying Medical Acupuncture for 22 years, initially using the tool to address pain problems in her Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation practice. The tool quickly evolved into an entire philosophy of care and expanded into a holistic approach for all of her patients for just about any problem. Over the years she has rounded out that acupuncture approach with formal training in Motivational Interviewing, Clinical Hypnosis, and Positive Coaching. Starting out as an HMI grad, she has also trained in Qi Gong, taken courses at Five Branches University in San Jose, CA, and completed the Harvard acupuncture training program in 2016. She has taught with HMI and Acus since 2005 and served the AAMA on various committees, on the board of directors, and is currently the Immediate Past President of the AAMA. Combining all of these approaches in her private practice in Lebanon, New Hampshire, her primary focus now is disability evaluation and management. Freda has a keen interest in physician well-being, and is an advocate for fitness, self-care, and resilience.
Eileen Yue-Ling Han, PhD, LAc benefited early on from a working education with the best practitioners. During 15 years of immersion in her family’s acupuncture needle and Traditional Chinese Medicine supplies business, she received invaluable practical experience that served as the foundation for her work today.
In 1999, Dr. Han began her medical studies and an apprenticeship with the late Dr. Richard Teh-Fu Tan, the internationally renowned author and leader of the unique Balance Method. As a student, she honed her focus in internal and external medicine, pediatrics, gynecology, and traumatology. During this time, she also received essential training in Western medicine and practice management. Now a renowned practitioner of the Balance Method, Dr. Han delivers reliable and effective treatment for patients with a broad range of healthcare concerns.
Dr. Han is also the Founder and Director of the Academy of Acupuncture, a global, higher-learning acupuncture institute that teaches practitioners the foundational and advanced techniques of the Balance Method. Her inspired and leading-edge curricula is highly regarded by acupuncturists worldwide seeking to elevate the practice and results of acupuncture for their patients.
She received her MA in Oriental Medicine from the University of East/West Medicine in Sunnyvale, CA, followed by her PhD in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from American Liberty University in Newport Beach, CA. She continues to supplement her formal and practical education with continuing studies in herbology and Chinese face reading to deliver a truly holistic approach to patient care.
For 45 years Dr. Joe Helms and his Helms Medical Institute teaching team have been the engine driving the integration of medical acupuncture into American mainstream medicine.
In 1980 Joe developed and delivered the first CME-approved comprehensive acupuncture training program. From 1987 to 1993 he served as Founding President of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, the professional society that has nurtured acupuncture’s growth and institutionalization.
There are 7,000 graduates from HMI’s “Medical Acupuncture for Physicians” courses, 500 of which were active duty military when attending the course. He founded Acus Foundation to ensure funding to train military physicians in medical acupuncture skills.
Acupuncture and Stress, the content of his Founders Lecture, has been evolving since 2006, when Helms Medical Institute started training military physicians and treating active duty and veteran service members.
Some of Dr. Helms’s notable accomplishments include being the youngest Boy Scout in Pennsylvania to achieve Eagle Scout status in 1957, and the leader of Joey and the Js rock-and-roll band from 1959 to 1962.
Jeffrey S. “KD” Meyers, M.D., L.Ac., F.A.A.P.M.R. is a board-certified physician, acupuncturist, and educator with an extensive background in rehabilitation medicine, and holistic/evolutionary biological approaches to medicine, the arts, and spirituality. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his Doctorate in Medicine (M.D.) from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He received his post-graduate specialty training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, a Fellow of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, and a member of the Waring-Eiseman Society for Humanities in Medicine. He has a private rehabilitation medicine practice in Wilmington, Delaware and is an attending physician at Delaware Back Pain & Sports Rehabilitation Centers. For the past 30 years he has led seminars and classes that explore the interrelationship of biology and consciousness to the arts, sciences, and spirituality.
Dr. Vitaly Napadow is a Professor at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at Massachusetts General Hospital at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA, where he is also the Director of the Center for Integrative Pain Neuroimaging (CiPNI). He has pioneered the application of non-invasive neuroimaging techniques to understand the brain circuitry underlying chronic pain. Dr. Napadow has applied human functional and structural neuroimaging to localize and suggest somatosensory, cognitive, and affective mechanisms by which different brain circuitries modulate pain perception. His recent neuroimaging publications reporting on the largest cLBP cohort to date, characterized how neuroimaging and physiological markers encode and predict clinical back pain severity. Dr. Napadow also studies how non-pharmacological therapies, from acupuncture and transcutaneous neuromodulation to cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness meditation training, ameliorate these states. Dr. Napadow has more than 200 publications in leading peer-reviewed scientific journals, is past-President of the Society for Acupuncture Research, board member of the US Association for the Study of Pain, and serves on numerous conference programs, journal, and NIH review panels. He was recently named to the Academy Distinguished Investigator Council by the Academy for Radiology & Biomedical Imaging Research and received the Excellence in Integrative Medicine Research Award by the European Society for Integrative Medicine.
Edward Neal, MD, MSOM, is trained in both Western and Chinese medicine. He has been involved in the practice, research and teaching of Chinese medicine for more than thirty years. As part of this work, he has consulted with the World Health Organization on matters of traditional East Asian medicine and has been a visiting scholar at the University of San Diego medical school. He is currently the medical director for the Apricot Grove Project and director for the Xinglin Institute nonprofit. These organizations study traditional forms of medical knowledge to find innovative solutions to current global challenges. Further information about these projects and training opportunities can be found at www.neijingstudies.com and www.xinglininstitute.org.
Richard C Niemtzow, M.D., PhD, MPH is a graduate of the Faculte de Medecine, Universite de Montpellier, France 1976 and completed a residency in radiation oncology at the University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, Texas 1980. Graduate of the UCLA /Helms Medical Acupuncture Course in 1995.
Dr. Niemtzow is considered the father of medical acupuncture in the Armed Forces. He started the acupuncture movement and clinics in the Army, Navy and Air Force. He is responsible for starting the first fulltime acupuncture clinic in the Armed Forces that today is the Air Force Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine Center at Joint Base Andrews. He brought and continues to bring acupuncture to the bedside of the wounded warriors at Walter Reed and beyond. His techniques have been lifesaving throughout the DOD and VA for pain rescue. He introduced the Inter-x, Calmare and laser techniques to the Air Force and this was incorporated by many DoD and VA facilities for patient treatment. He is the most published acupuncturist in the Air Force.
Dr. Niemtzow is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Medical Acupuncture and Senior Military Editor of the Journal of Integrative and Complementary Medicine He is the former President of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture. Military Service: Numerous military command positions. First full-time medical acupuncturist in the Armed Forces. Currently is the Consultant for Integrative Medicine for the United States Air Force Surgeon General. Retired from the United States Air Force in April 2010 obtaining the rank of Colonel after almost 30 years of active-duty service. Organizer of the Sino-American Military Acupuncture Exchanges with the People’s Liberation Army in Beijing, China. Represented the United States Air Force on a NATO Committee on Integrative Medicine. Currently, the Director of the Air Force Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine Center, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. Assistant Professor at the Uniformed Services of the Health Sciences University. Many publications, lectures and research activities. Was the “Point of Contact”, Moderator and Co-Author of a $5.4 million Army, Navy, Air Force and Veterans Administration Joint Incentive Fund to teach Battlefield Acupuncture. He is the designer of many acupuncture techniques such as Battlefield Acupuncture, dry mouth resolution in cancer patients and numerous other protocols that are used internationally. Established the first acupuncture clinic for the treatment of xerostomia of head and neck cancer patients in the DoD at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Currently is lead principal investigator for an IRB approved Acupuncture PTSD trial scanning several military performance sites.
The Chinese military awarded Dr. Niemtzow an honorary Traditional Chinese Medicine professorship at the 301 PLA Army Hospital in Beijing, China.
John C. Reed, MD, MDiv., FAAMA, FCA is a board-certified family physician, graduating from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Dr. Reed has earned national recognition for his clinical skills in the disciplines of holistic and integrative medicine, acupuncture, cranial osteopathy, and homeopathy. He has studied spirituality and health with a focus on care of PTS in wounded warriors at Harvard Divinity School and worked with military trauma survivors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Dr. Reed was one of the three founders of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, serving as its first Vice President in 1988. Dr. Reed created the AAMA review course curriculum to help members prepare for the ABMA board exam and has been a faculty member of the Helms Medical Institute. He has lectured on the Franco-American style of energetic acupuncture, the psychological and spiritual aspects of acupuncture care, and on measuring clinical outcomes of acupuncture. In addition to the AAMA he has presented to the Society for Acupuncture Research, the Western Pain Society, the Queensland Medical Acupuncture Society and at sessions of the Pan Pacific Acupuncture Forum in Vancouver and Toronto Canada, Gold Coast Australia, Taupo, NZ. He directed an integrative inpatient care service for the Center for integrative Medicine at the University of Maryland Medical School, where he researched integrative care of trauma center patients. His recent interests concern the integration of classical acupuncture, osteopathy, and the physiology of fascia.
Nader Soliman MD, FAAMA, is a past president of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture. He has integrated various forms of acupuncture into his practice for the past 30 years with special interest in auricular therapy and auricular medicine. He is the author of multiple books on auricular therapy and an upcoming book introducing a simple and sophisticated approach to the practice of advanced auricular medicine. His work has been instrumental in advancing the practice of auricular acupuncture to a higher level of specificity and superiority. He is the president of the Alternative Medicine Seminars and the American Auricular Training Institute. Both entities are dedicated to advance the practice of auricular acupuncture to the highest possible levels. He continues the efforts started by Dr. Paul Nogier and other practitioners to help evolve the auricular acupuncture microsystem. Dr. Soliman recently introduced a simple but sophisticated approach to address allergy symptoms known as the “SAAT”. The procedure is an auricular acupuncture approach capable of promoting complete remission of allergy symptoms for years.
Gary Stanton, MD, DABMA is a neurologist who has subspecialty interests in sleep medicine, pain medicine, clinical neurophysiology, and acupuncture. He had training in traditional acupuncture in the Harvard Medical School and Boston University School of Medicine programs, as well as at the Institute for Traditional Chinese Energetics and Acupuncture (IEATC) in France. He subsequently completed the training program for the Inter-University Diploma (DIU) in Auriculotherapy at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Paris XIII, under Dr. David Alimi. He was a member of the Scientific Committee for the Tenth International Symposium of Auriculotherapy, that was held in Lyon, France in 2021. He is a Fellow of the AAMA and is treasurer of the New England Society of Medical Acupuncture. He is in private practice in Concord, Massachusetts.
Professor Elisabet Stener-Victorin is principle investigator of the research group Reproductive Endocrinology and Metabolism at the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm Sweden.
Professor Stener-Victorin’s team, is interested in dissecting the genetic versus epigenetic heritability in the transmission of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and associated comorbidities such as type 2 diabetes and mental-health disorders across generations by dissecting the molecular, mechanistic, and causal links, and to determine whether men can also transmit the disease. We use different PCOS-like mice models to delineate the main trigger of PCOS and define whether germ cells drive the transmission of the syndrome in the absence of PCOS-associated gene variants. Moreover, we translate our findings in mice to the clinical situation and perform detailed phenotyping of women with and without PCOS and collect serum/blood and endometrium, fat and skeletal muscle tissue biopsies and investigate the effect of different treatments.
She is a well-known international researcher within the field of PCOS and has published over 195 articles and has been invited speaker at many international conferences. She is involved in the update and expansion of the international Evidence-based guideline for the assessment and management of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome starting 2022. She was a member of The Endocrine Society’s Scientific Statements Task Force writing a scientific statement on PCOS published in Endocrine Reviews 2015 and recently she was invited to write a review entitled ‘Epigenetic inheritance of polycystic ovary syndrome – challenges and opportunities for treatment’ for [Nature Review Endocrinology, 2021]. She was president of the international organization Androgen Excess and PCOS Society (AEPCOS Society) 2018-2020.
Dr. Stevan Walkowski is currently the Associate Dean of Clinical Sciences at the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine in Dothan, Alabama. He is a 1993 graduate of the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine and is currently Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine. He also is a Fellow of the American Association of Medical Acupuncture. After a hospital practice where he utilized OMM (Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine) and acupuncture on inpatients and outpatients, he joined as faculty and later as Chair of the Department of OMM at the Heritage College in Ohio. He was a senior preceptor for the Helms Medical Institute until September of 2020, and he has been an Associate Dean in Alabama since October of 2021.
Jared West graduated summa cum laude from the American Institute of Alternative Medicine in 2008. He is the past president of the Ohio Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and a lifetime member. He has testified to Ohio Medicaid and committees in the Ohio House and Senate. He also serves on the Ohio Medical Board’s Oriental Medicine Advisory Committee. He began studying Chinese Medicine in 1991 through an apprenticeship to a Taoist priest. Jared is also a second-generation acupuncturist; his mother, Karen Young, is the past president of the Idaho Acupuncture Association.
Jared teaches classes on legislative advocacy, insurance billing, acupressure, traditional diagnosis and specialized forms of acupuncture including Korean Hand Therapy and Classical Acupuncture.