Barbara de la Torre

Barbara de la TorreBarbara de la Torre is a physician, thought leader, and podcaster who speaks and writes about health strategy with an integrative lens. She lectures on reframing healthcare through systemic changes around self-care, prevention, and collaboration. Dr. de la Torre founded her company, Third Opinion MD, as a way to spark a wave of change in the practice of medicine and how people can best navigate existing healthcare systems. She lectures on topics that infuse the fundamental principles of Chinese medicine into conventional medicine.  She educates patients and healthcare practitioners on topics that include qigong, health strategy, and systems solutions to growing healthcare challenges.

Dr. de la Torre has over 30 years of experience in Western and Chinese medicine and holds dual Board certification in Family Medicine and Medical Acupuncture. She has additional training in psychiatry and years of working experience in primary care, obstetrics, gynecology, and urgent care. Dr. de la Torre is also Master Certified in Medical Qigong from the Ling Gui lineage, which she considers her most valuable medical education.

Dr de la Torre currently serves on the board of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture (AAMA), a medical organization dedicated to the integration of the practice of medicine and acupuncture. She also serves on the AAMA committee to review lectures and workshops for continuing medical education accreditation. She served for six years on the Acupuncture Advisory Committee for the Medical Board in her home state of Oregon. This year, she will formally join as faculty with the Helms Medical Institute, which is an organization that educates physicians in Medical Acupuncture.

Qigong

Barbara de la Torre brings extensive knowledge of medical qigong to the morning sessions. She will offer short forms, routines, and/or meditations to help participants feel more alert, calm and centered. Barbara is one of the few students to graduate with Master Level certification in Medical Qigong from the Ling Gui International Healing Qigong School. This qigong method comes from a Daoist family lineage dedicated to awaken one’s innate healing capacity, and it has been handed down and sustained for several generations.


Eric Brand

Eric Brand

A graduate of the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, Eric Brand, L.Ac. is a fluent Chinese speaker with extensive experience studying in mainland China and Taiwan. Eric completed a prolonged internship at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan, and he has participated in numerous projects related to Chinese medical translation, herbal research, and TCM politics. He is the author of A Clinician’s Guide to Using Granule Extracts and the Concise Chinese Materia Medica, and he has edited a variety of modern and classical texts.

Eric has a passion for Chinese herbal pharmacy, and he travels extensively to study with experts in the field of herbal authentication and quality discernment. Eric is a TCM advisor to the American Herbal Pharmacopoeia and the Co-Chair of International Affairs for the AAAOM.

live streamingRecent updates on trends in the granule industry

Over the past twenty years, the increasing use of granules has had a tremendous impact on Chinese medicine worldwide. Originally pioneered in Japan, granules were extensively produced in Taiwan by the end of the 20th century, leading to a distinctive regional style of mixing whole formulas with single herb extracts. By the late 1990s, single herb extracts in granule form began to be incorporated into TCM hospitals throughout mainland China; today, Chinese TCM hospitals prescribe billions of dollars of granules every year, leading to advances in delivery methods and newly emerging standards and regulations.

In this course, we will investigate global trends in granule extracts, with particular attention to clinically relevant topics such as dosage and formulation strategies. Attendees will gain a thorough understanding of how granules are made, along with updated information on the latest regulatory and quality control trends in Asia. A focused discussion on different prescribing styles will clarify key clinical considerations when using granules, leaving attendees with increased confidence in their ability to prescribe granules effectively.

Understanding different approaches to dosage, strategies for common conditions, and maximizing clinical efficacy with granules

In the afternoon session, we will dive deeply into key issues that influence clinical practice. Treatment approaches to a variety of common conditions will be reviewed, with a specific focus on formulation strategies, dosage, and tips for maximizing the efficacy of granules. This course will help to highlight common formulas and modifications that illustrate unique considerations relative to granules, leaving attendees with a more nuanced understanding and practical clinical pearls from prominent experts.

Different regional approaches to granule dosage and formulation will be comprehensively covered, illustrating distinctive trends that influence granule prescriptions in Asia and the West. We will explore the rich range of clinical data and modern science that is emerging in the granule world, complemented with extensive photographs and firsthand field research. Important considerations for safety, proper pharmacy management, and overcoming challenges specific to granules will be discussed, and attendees will leave with a more comprehensive understanding of this fascinating new area within Chinese medicine.


Jamie Hampton

Jamie Hampton

Dr. Jamie Hampton is a doctoral graduate of The American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, the oldest TCM school in the US. She has worked in leading San Francisco Bay Area hospitals for the last 18 years with an emphasis on true integration and collaboration within fast-paced clinical settings including the ICU. While she was an adjunct professor through University of California, San Francisco she also had the privilege of teaching grand rounds to medical students. This experience blossomed into a faculty position at the Acupuncture and Integrative Medical College in Berkeley, CA where she taught advanced needling technique, gynecology and advanced formula writing. This solidified her love of teaching and connecting with her students, conveying the power of TCM and all its abilities. She was also co-founder of Golden Leaf Acupuncture in Berkeley, CA which was the University of California Berkeley’s leading provider for students as well as faculty and staff. Having discovered a total lack of treatment options for pelvic floor pain (including acupuncture) Dr. Hampton made it her mission to specialize in helping these patients. She has specialized in treating pelvic floor patients since 2009.

Currently, Dr. Hampton practices in Berkley, CA  specializing in pelvic floor dysfunction and complex orthopedic cases.

live streamingThe Practice of Pelvic Floor Acupuncture Overview

In this talk, I review why and how I specialized in treating pelvic floor disorders, what type of conditions are treated, and typical standards of care and modalities of treatment Acupuncturists can use. We will also discuss deficiencies with the current system of care for diagnosing and treating pelvic floor patients and why it is important to network with other specialists for a multi-faceted treatment approach.

live streamingOverview of Lumbo-Pelvic Dry Needling & Pelvic Floor Acupuncture

In this section, we will review the anatomy of the pelvis and pelvic floor, as well as the function of the pelvic floor for correct form and function. We will then go into causes of pelvic pain from sources outside the pelvic floor, including trigger points and pain referrals, with a look at the anatomy of trigger points and peripheral and central sensitization, as well as the specific trigger points that can refer pain to the pelvic region. With regards to the pelvic floor, we will review the levator ani and some causes of bladder pain, with some examples of treatment approaches.  Finally, treatment considerations such as informed consent, draping, and communication will also be discussed.


John Howard

John Howard

John Howard completed his degree in acupuncture from the Maryland Institute of Traditional Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland. John holds two professorships; one in Traditional Chinese Medicine and the other in Western Medicine from George Washington University (GWU). Professor (Prof) Howard lectured on suturing and minor trauma management. Upon completion of his degree Prof Howard entered into a five-year fellowship with the US military under the direction of Dr. Richard Niemtzow, MD, PHD. Prof Howard is both a clinician and an Academician. As an academician, he provides international lectures in acupuncture and auriculotherapy. He has authored five books and 21 articles on these two fields. He is also dedicated to the promotion of knowledge and has been awarded the dissemination of seminal works of Dr. Raphael Nogier (The RAFT (Radial Artery Food Test) and of Dr. René Bourdiol (Elements of Auriculotherapy). In 2014 Prof Howard served as the vice president of the 8 International Symposium of Auriculotherapy in the United States. In 2016 Prof Howard became a consultant for ZeroMed (a holistic medical goods company) to design auriculotherapy protocols.

Research:
John is currently conducting studies on the use of Auriculotherapy in distance runners to enhance performance. Some of men on team USA who won the world 100k gold medal in the Nederland’s in 2011 used his protocol.

live streamingBattlefield Acupuncture (BFA): Clinical Research and Applications

I will discuss clinical research trials dating back to 2005 through 2024. Discussion on how different medical specialties practitioners incorporate BFA in their clinical practices. This includes practitioners in the civilian sector and government agencies.

Clinical Hands-on Battlefield Acupuncture (BFA) Course

How to successfully incorporate battlefield acupuncture into your clinical practice. This abbreviated course in BFA includes both didactic and clinical hands-on demonstrations.

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