Certifications

Masters of Science and Oriental Medicine

Completed over 3400 hours of didactic and clinic hours in the rigorous 4 year program at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco. This is one of the oldest and most reputable Chinese medicine programs in the country, known for producing knowledgeable healers and leaders at the forefront of acupuncture (ACTCM).

Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (Dipl. O.M.)

A Diplomate of Oriental Medicine is a practitioner who is certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) to practice both acupuncture and herbal medicine. It is a considerable professional achievement to earn the designation Diplomate of Oriental Medicine. NCCAOM certification indicates to clients and peers that one has met national standards for the safe and competent practice of acupuncture and Chinese herbology as defined by the acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) profession. National board certification in Oriental medicine has been the mark of excellence in AOM since the inception of the Oriental Medicine Certification Program. Every certified NCCAOM Diplomate abides by the NCCAOM Code of Ethics (NCCAOM).

What Training does an NCCAOM Diplomate of Oriental Medicine have?

Comprehensive training in traditional differential diagnosis and proper treatment methods requires that a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) completes three to four academic years of education at the master’s degree level in an Oriental Medicine Program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM). ACAOM is the only accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education as the authority for quality education and training in acupuncture and Oriental medicine. In addition to graduation from an ACAOM accredited program, a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) must demonstrate professional competency by passing NCCAOM certification examinations in Foundations of Oriental Medicine, Acupuncture with Point Location, Chinese Herbology, and Biomedicine (NCCAOM).

What is the difference between a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine and other healthcare practitioners who practice acupuncture and/or herbs?

Generally, the NCCAOM Diplomate training and competency verification is in sharp contrast to the acupuncture and Oriental medicine training of other healthcare professionals (medical doctors, chiropractors, physical therapists, etc.) who typically receive 40-300 hours of abbreviated training. In addition, other healthcare professionals who study acupuncture are not trained or assessed to practice Chinese herbal medicine, nor the philosophy of this rich wisdom tradition which is the basis for treatment in its modalities (nutrition, qi gong, acupuncture, herbs, and feng shui). Diplomates and Licensed Acupuncturists are also trained in standard medical history gathering, safety and ethics, and recognition of when to refer patients to other healthcare professionals or consult with other medical practitioners (NCCAOM).

Licensed Acupuncturist (L.Ac.)

I am licensed to practice acupuncture, herbal medicine, and Oriental medicine in the state of North Carolina by the North Carolina Acupuncture Licensing Board

Continuing Education Coursework

  • Jeffrey Yuen: Primary Channels Series, Divergent Channels, Luo and Sinew Channels, Pulse Diagnosis, Endocrinology Series, Fire Toxins and Cancer, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Ling Shu, Bi-Obstruction Syndrome, Latent Heat, Spirit of Healing, Treating Spiritual, Emotional and Physical Roots, Essential Oils, Stone Medicine, Chinese Medicine Food Therapy Series

  • Susan Johnson: Master Tung’s Acupuncture Points Beginner and Advanced Series, Cupping, Bleeding Therapy

  • Dr. Tan: Points and Balance Method Basic and Advanced Classes

  • Certified Yoga Instructor