Virtual Symposium

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Joseph F. Audette, MA, MD

Joseph F. Audette, M.A., M.D., earned his medical degree at Harvard Medical School in 1991 and completed a residency in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York in 1995 and is board certified in PM&R and Pain. While in New York, he trained at the Tristate School of Traditional Chinese Medicine. He is currently the Chief of the Department of Pain Management at Atrius Health in Boston. His research interests include Myofascial Pain, Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture, and Chronic Pain and he has lectured nationally and internationally on these topics. He is also the Course Director for the CME course, Integrated Structural Acupuncture for Physicians.


Larissa Bresler, MD, DABMA

Dr. Bresler is an Associate Professor of Urology with a joint appointment in the LUMC Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Female Pelvic Medicine. She is an AOA graduate of the Oregon Health and Sciences University and completed her Urology Residency at Loyola followed by a formal medical acupuncture training (Helms Medical Institute) achieving a title of DABMA (Diplomate of American Board of Medical Acupuncture). Since 2017, she has been serving on the board of directors of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture and a chairperson of their research committee. She has founded a first of its kind genitourinary acupuncture clinic at Loyola University Medical Center.

Dr. Bresler is also a physician scientist with variety of research interests. Her multifaceted interests include male and female pelvic medicine, urinary microbiome, pain management, bladder dysfunction, and Resident Wellness. She is the recipient of funding from the Industry, the Interstitial Cystitis Association, and is an applicant for NIH and Merit funding for her work on the microbiome of the urinary tract.

She is an active participant in the AUA Core Curriculum Committee in a senior editor role of all core topics, section chairperson of Anatomy and Physiology section and an author of 5 chapters. Dr. Bresler was awarded 2018-19 AUA leadership program and successfully completed their group leadership project and was recently appointed to the AUA clinical guidelines committee.

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Thomas Burgoon, MD

Thomas Burgoon, MD is a past president of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture (AAMA). He is a member of the Board of Directors of ICMART (International Council on Medical Acupuncture and Related Techniques), Associate Editor-in Chief of the World Journal of Acupuncture and Moxibustion, member of editorial board of Medical Acupuncture, chairperson of the Institutional Review Board of the New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and advisor on acupuncture for Unite for Her. He graduated from medical school at Vanderbilt University in 1985 and competed residency training in internal medicine. He began studying acupuncture theory and practice in 1992 and studied with Anita Cignolini of Milan, Italy for 11 years and four years with the New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (NYCTCM). He is interested in traditional Chinese medical theory and practice and also in the fostering of meaningful dialog with our colleagues in regular medicine about acupuncture’s value in modern medical practice.

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Ann Cecil-Sterman, MS, MM, LAc

Ann Cecil-Sterman is the author of the widely acclaimed books, The Art of Pulse Diagnosis, and Advanced Acupuncture: A Clinic Manual, a required text in many acupuncture schools in the United States and the first and only text with complete protocols for the Complement Channels. Since the publication of Advanced Acupuncture in 2013, Ann has travelled the world, to Spain, Australia, Belgium, Italy, England, Canada, Mexico and all over the United States to teach the application and methodology of the Complement Channels, the art of pulse diagnosis, and the use of food as medicine. For many years she taught Advanced Clinical Observation and was a senior clinic supervisor at her alma mater: the school of acupuncture founded (as an arm of the Swedish Institute) by Dr Jeffrey Yuen in 1997 in New York City. She is a long-time student of Dr Yuen, having extensively studied acupuncture, diet, Chinese medical history, herbs, qigong, essential oils, stones and philosophy with him across North America. Ann was Director of the Classical Wellness Center in Manhattan where for many years she practiced and taught classes on advanced diagnosis and the theory and application of Classical Chinese Medicine. Currently, her patients—children and adults of all ages—come from all over the world, working through illnesses or on personal cultivation. Ann’s practice features the Complement Channels of acupuncture: the Sinew, Luo, Divergent and Eight Extraordinary Channels, and is augmented with Classical Chinese dietary therapeutic guidance. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children.


David Coggin-Carr, MD, PhD

Dr. Coggin-Carr is an academic obstetrician/gynecologist with subspecialist expertise in Maternal and Fetal Medicine. He is currently based at the University of Vermont Medical Center. He has been practicing acupuncture for 13 years and initially trained with the British Medical Acupuncture Society before pursuing a Masters of Science degree in Western Medical Acupuncture at the University of Hertfordshire. He is currently active in basic scientific acupuncture research and is also planning a randomized controlled trial to examine the effects of segmental electroacupuncture on uterine blood flow during pregnancy, in order to explore its role as a potential treatment for intrauterine growth restriction. For the past 5 years he has served as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Acupuncture in Medicine, which is published by SAGE and is now the highest-ranking academic publication specific to acupuncture in the world (by impact factor). He has a wide range of clinical, educational and research interests in the evidence-based integration of acupuncture and related techniques across the full spectrum of Women’s Health.

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Paul Crawford, MD

Dr. Crawford practices and researches integrative medicine at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. He is a Family Physician, Medical Acupuncturist, husband, father, retired Air Force Colonel, teacher and mentor.

His research focuses on evaluating various acupuncture and integrative medicine technologies to determine best practices. He has published >90 peer-reviewed articles and operates a robust research lab affiliated with the Air Force and Uniformed Services University where he is Professor of Family Medicine and Director of the Military Primary Care Research Network.

He is proud to collaborate with Acus Foundation to have provided training to 6 years of family medicine residents and faculty.

Barbara de la Torre

Barbara de la Torre, MD, DABMA

Barbara de la Torre is a physician, writer, podcast host, and educator. She is board certified in Family Medicine and Medical Acupuncture, and began the practice of qigong in 1998. She has dedicated the last six years of qigong practice focused on master training at Ling Gui International Healing Qigong School. There, she discovered two qigong masters who teach and preserve qigong in a way that includes the language of science and philosophy of the modern world. She specializes in creative approaches to restore and maintain physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. She is dedicated to empowering both patients and practitioners to tap into their own healing potential through the practice of qigong and lifestyle adaptation of fundamental Chinese medical principles.

As a second generation AAMA member, Dr. de la Torre is honored to carry on the tradition of teaching and the pursuit of knowledge for advancing Chinese medicine’s integration into the modern medical landscape. She currently works as an urgent care physician and serves as an expert consultant and as a member of the Acupuncture Advisory Committee for the Oregon Medical Board.

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Jennifer Dilts, DO, FAAP, DABMA

Dr. Jennifer Dilts is an associate professor in the Division of Child Neurology at Children’s Mercy Kansas City. She is board certified in pediatrics, medical acupuncture, and headache medicine. She co-leads Children’s Mercy’s basic acupuncture training course and is the director of Children’s Mercy’s Comprehensive Headache Clinic. She speaks nationally on pediatric pain. She completed the Academic Pediatric Association’s Educational Scholars Program in 2018 and now serves as faculty in the program. Additionally, she is involved in the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture’s symposium planning committee and is the abstract chair for this year’s symposium. Dr. Dilts (along with her Children’s Mercy colleagues) won first prize in the AAMA’s annual symposium poster competition in both 2018 and 2019. She received the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Integrative Medicine’s education grant in 2019, to help fund her basic acupuncture program. Additionally, she has received mentorship, innovation, and education awards within her institution over the past few years.


Peter Dorsher, MD

Dr. Peter Dorsher had been a member of the Mayo Clinic staff for 27 years and former chairperson of his department at Mayo Florida.  Post retirement, he is pursuing acupuncture practice, education, and research in next career. His areas of interest include myofascial pain syndrome, acupuncture mechanisms, and low-level laser therapy for treating pain. He has over 75 publications including an acupuncture anatomy reference DVD (Primal Pictures). A book and APP on acupuncture will be released this fall, in addition to multiple peer reviewed publications. He has been a loyal AAMA member since 1998 and received multiple research awards from the organization. He has lectured nationally and internationally on acupuncture related topics including lectures at the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and 2019 ICMART conference, as a featured speaker.

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Mitchell Elkiss, DO, FAAMA

Dr. Michell Elkiss has had a 40-year private practice of Integrative Neurology; is Board certified in Neurology, Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine, and Medical Acupuncture. He is currently a preceptor of the Helms Medical Institute.

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Charlyn Fargo Ware, MS, RD, LDN

Charlyn Fargo Ware, MS RD LDN, is a registered dietitian in the Culinary Medicine Department and General Internal Medicine Department at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. She received her master’s degree in Nutrition from Eastern Illinois University and two bachelor’s degrees (food and communication) from the University of Illinois-Champaign. She completed a nine-month internship for her Registered Dietitian at Passavant Hospital in Jacksonville, IL. She enjoys teaching nutrition at the University of Illinois-Springfield and Lincoln Land Community College as well as in the community. She grew up on a farm in central Illinois. She and her husband, Brad, have two children and a 7-month-old grandson.

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Susie Hayes, MSc, LAc, Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM)

For 21 years, Susie Hayes has been a dedicated clinician, teacher, and educator in the field of Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine. Since earning her Masters of Science in Acupuncture from Bastyr University in 1998, Susie has continued to obtain high quality education in her field as an avid student of Tran Viet Dzung, MD, translator and educator of the ancient medical texts in collaboration with Nguyen Van Nghi, MD. This teaching fuses a unique synthesis of the ancient medical texts with the understanding of scientific modern medicine providing an integrative proven approach to address patients’ individual and often complex conditions.

Susie is Nationally Board Certified in Acupuncture through the NCCAOM. She has served as Adjunct Faculty at Bastyr University, and has taught acupuncture to medical professionals, including physicians, through internationally accredited programs since 2004 on topics spanning pain, women’s health, mental health, and medical qi gong. She is founder and owner of Energetic Medicine PLLC in Seattle Washington, where she treats patients in her private practice.

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Jiang-Ti Kong, MD, MS

Dr. Jiang-Ti Kong specializes in the treatment of chronic pain syndromes with expertise in the clinical management and scientific investigation of low back pain and fibromyalgia. In addition to teaching and practicing conventional pain management, Dr. Kong also leads the acupuncture service at the Stanford Pain Management Center, offering effective treatment alternatives for patients suffering from back pain, neck pain, joint pain, headaches, and complex regional pain syndrome. Dr. Kong has developed a strong interest in the interdisciplinary study of chronic pain mechanisms and alternative treatment modalities such as acupuncture. She currently leads two NIH-funded projects investigating the mechanisms of electro-acupuncture for the treatment of chronic low back pain.

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Helene Langevin, MD

Helene Langevin, MD, was sworn in as director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) on November 26, 2018. Prior to her arrival, she worked at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, jointly based at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston. Dr. Langevin served as director of the Osher Center and professor-in-residence of medicine at Harvard Medical School since 2012. She also previously served as a professor of neurological sciences at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine, Burlington.

As the principal investigator of several NIH-funded studies, Dr. Langevin’s research interests have centered around the role of connective tissue in chronic musculoskeletal pain and the mechanisms of acupuncture, manual, and movement-based therapies. Her more recent work has focused on the effects of stretching on inflammation resolution mechanisms within connective tissue. She has authored more than 70 original scientific papers and is a fellow of the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Langevin received an M.D. degree from McGill University, Montreal. She completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in neurochemistry at the MRC Neurochemical Pharmacology Unit in Cambridge, England, and a residency in internal medicine and fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

As NCCIH director, Dr. Langevin will oversee the Federal government’s lead agency for scientific research on the diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine. With an annual budget of approximately $142 million, NCCIH funds and conducts research to help answer important scientific and public health questions about natural products, mind and body practices, and pain management. The center also coordinates and collaborates with other research institutes and Federal programs on research into complementary and integrative health.

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Wen Liu, PhD

Dr. Wen Liu is an Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS. In my lab, we have been working on clinical studies in last 15 years using alternative medicine approaches. In a past project, we used a combination of acupuncture and motor functional training in stroke rehabilitation and showed promising results (Mukherjee et al., 2007, Liu et al., 2008). This work received the President’s Citation Award in 2006 Annual conference of Association of American Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (MecPeak et al. 2006). In the last 6 years our team has worked on several projects using a specific Qigong exercise, i.e. six healing sound Qigong exercise, in patients with fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s disease (PD), and breast cancer survivors. In a randomized controlled efficacy trial, we demonstrated significant benefits in multiple symptoms including pain and sleep quality in patients with fibromyalgia (Liu et al., 2012, 2013).  Our recent randomized controlled pilot trial of patients with PD showed significant improvement in sleep as well as cognitive function in the intervention group compared to control group (Moon et al., 2017). In addition, we observed in the pilot trial a significant reduction in the level of serum TNF-α and the change in level of TNF-α was significantly correlated to the change in sleep quality score. Our team has awarded a research grant from NIH (R21HD094003) in 2018 to study the effect of Qigong exercise on sleep quality in patients with Parkinson’s disease.

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Corry Meyers, DAOM, LAc

Corry Meyers, DAOM, LAc, Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM) is an acupuncturist in the Family and Community Medicine Department at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. In 2016, he received his Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. That same year he received his board-certification as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He went on to earn his Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine specializing in pain and women’s health from The American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine at the California Institute of Integral Studies in 2019. Along with these specializations, he has a strong interest in meditation and using food as medicine.

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David Miller, MD, FAAP, LAc

Dr. David W. Miller is the founding Medical Director for Pediatric Integrative Medicine with the University Hospitals Connor Integrative Health Network and Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. He is one of the only physicians dually board certified in Pediatrics (American Board of Pediatrics) and Chinese medicine (NCCAOM – National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine). Prior to joining the UH Connor network, Dr. Miller was in private practice with East-West Integrated Medicine, LLC in Chicago, Illinois for 14 years, and saw patients of all ages for holistic and integrative care. Dr. Miller was also the founding Chair of the American Society of Acupuncturists, is the past chair of the NCCAOM Biomedicine Exam Development Committee. Prior to moving to Ohio, he was actively involved with the Illinois State Medical Society and Illinois Society of Acupuncturists, and has done extensive work on legislation related to the practice of acupuncture. He has also been very involved with the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture, and is a past Co-Chair of the AAMA Symposium. He has designed curricula in masters and doctoral programs in integrative physiology, pediatrics, medical communications, and public health, and enjoys gardening, travel, family, and food when possible.

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Jason Oreskovich, DO, DABMA

Jason Oreskovich is an Assistant Professor with the Department of Family Medicine in Morgantown, WV. He is a full-time faculty member and is the MS3 Medical Student Co-Clerkship Director. Dr. Oreskovich is Board Certified in both Family Medicine and Medical Acupuncture. He practices Integrative medicine through his use of Medical Acupuncture as an adjunct therapy for patients with chronic pain and other medical conditions. He also applies his skill of osteopathic manipulation for a well-rounded treatment approach. Dr. Oreskovich is an enthusiastic teacher and shapes the future of medicine through his work with medical students. He is appreciated for his service to the state of West Virginia.


C. Leslie Smith, LAc, MD, DABMA

Dr. Leslie Smith is the Director of Culinary Medicine and Integrative Medicine and an Assistant Professor at SIU School of Medicine in Illinois. She is an MD/LAc, has three Master’s degrees in Physiology/Biophysics, Medical Education, and Traditional Asian Medicine, earned her medical acupuncture certification through Harvard’s Structural Acupuncture Course for Physicians, and has completed a Fellowship in Surgical Education. She is a diplomat to the ABMA and the NCCAOM. Dr. Smith serves on the IHPC board and as their Communications Committee chair. Her research interests include hospital-based integrative medicine, utility of acupuncture and Asian medical techniques in a biomedical paradigm, and medical education around failure and success.


Sonia F. Tan, BA, BA(H), DAOM, RAc, RTCMP

Dr. Sonia F. Tan has been helping guide people on their pathway to health in the TCM world since 2006.  She is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, a Registered Acupuncturist, and a Registered Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Practitioner. Dr. Sonia Tan obtained her clinical research Doctorate degree from Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Los Angeles, California. She is also a graduate of the five-year Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine program from the International College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Vancouver. Dr. Sonia F. Tan is one of few certified Gold Level practitioners of the late Dr. Richard Tan. With the blessings of fellow senior students to pass on the Balance Method legacy, Dr. Sonia Tan developed and created the very first Balance Method / System of Acupuncture Certificate program at an accredited public post-secondary institution – Langara College – launched in 2018. In 2010, Sonia was honored to be named and be a part of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Medical Teams. Dr. Sonia Tan has been teaching and keynote speaking at various conferences, institutions, and seminars since 2013. Sonia began her career in health with a Bachelor’s degree in Honors Kinesiology, with a specialization in Athletic Injuries, from the University of Western Ontario. While Dr. Sonia Tan enjoys variety and a general practice, her areas of passion and focus are in Immunology, Sport Medicine and Migraines & Headaches. Following in the footsteps of her grandfather, Sonia is immersed in all aspects of Chinese Metaphysics, and thoroughly enjoys educating and inspiring about all things Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine!

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Kendra Unger, MD, FAAMA

Dr. Kendra Unger is an Associate Professor with the Department of Family Medicine in Morgantown, WV. She is a full-time faculty member and is the MS3 Medical Student Co-Clerkship Director. Dr. Unger is a Board-Certified Family Physician and holds her board certification in Medical Acupuncture through the American Board of Medical Acupuncture. She practices Integrative medicine through her use of Medical Acupuncture as an adjunct therapy for patients with chronic pain and other medical conditions. In the spring of 2019, she was elected to serve as a board member for the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture (AAMA), which is the national organization representing physician acupuncturists. Because of her clinical work using acupuncture and due to her teaching efforts in this field, she was named a fellow of the AAMA and continues to serve the patients of West Virginia.

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Arnaud Versluys, PhD, MD (China), LAc

Dr. Arnaud Versluys is one of the very few Western scholars to have received his full medical training in China. He spent more than ten years at the Chinese medical universities of Wuhan, Beijing and Chengdu, where he pursued his Bachelor, Master and Doctorate degrees in Chinese medicine. He also trained in traditional discipleship for many years. Dr. Versluys’ passion lies in the Han‑dynasty (200 CE) canonical style of Chinese medicine.

For five years he worked as a Professor at the School of Classical Chinese Medicine of the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon, USA. In 2008, he founded the Institute of Classics in East Asian Medicine ( to offer postgraduate training in canonical Chinese medicine worldwide. Dr. Versluys travels worldwide to offer trainings in Chinese herbal medicine, and has a private practice in New Orleans, LA.


Ayla Wolf, DAOM, LAc

Dr. Wolf is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine specializing in neurological disorders, concussions and traumatic brain injuries.  She is a faculty member of the Carrick Institute of Clinical Neuroscience and Rehabilitation, and teaches doctoral program courses in neurology as an adjunct faculty of the AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, and American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

She is an international speaker and educator on functional neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neurological exam techniques, and neuro-rehabilitation utilizing acupuncture and Chinese medicine. She also teaches advanced courses on the management of patients with concussions and TBI. She owns a private practice in Stillwater, MN.

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