AOMA Hosts Ground Breaking Integrative Medical Education Conference in Austin, Texas

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The Symposium, hosted by AOMA and TXAND, brings together acupuncturists, naturopathic doctors, nurses and licensed massage therapists to experience hands-on, interactive, continuing education that focuses on emerging innovations and insights applied to traditional practices.

We created the Symposium to build community among different kinds of practitioners in ‘non-siloed’ learning.

AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine, in conjunction with Texas Association of Naturopathic Doctors (TXAND), is hosting the Southwest Symposium, which takes place May 7-11, 2015 in Austin, TX at the Omni Southpark. This is the second year the two organizations have been in partnership. Together, the partners are working to expand healthcare choices for people in Texas.

AOMA’s support for TXAND extends to helping the group advocate for licensing naturopathic doctors in the state. “TXAND supports the rich history of natural medicine in Texas,” says Dr. John Finnell, President of TXAND. “We are experts in natural approaches to healthcare, blending the best of biomedicine, prevention and wellness. Naturopathic Doctors (NDs) bring a holistic approach to primary care. NDs are good medicine for Texans!”

The Symposium, hosted by AOMA and TXAND, brings together acupuncturists, naturopathic doctors, nurses and licensed massage therapists to experience hands-on, interactive, continuing education that focuses on emerging innovations and insights applied to traditional practices. This event is the largest integrative medicine conference of its kind in Texas, focusing on building a community of highly skilled clinicians dedicated to holistic healthcare.

“We created the Symposium to build community among different kinds of practitioners in ‘non-siloed’ learning,” said Cara Edmond, Director of Continuing Education and Institutional Effectiveness at AOMA. “Our hope is that by having acupuncturists, nurses, naturopaths, and other healthcare practitioners learning side-by-side we are able to foster more teamwork and understanding among different provider types, ultimately improving patient care and clinical outcomes."

The Symposium grows the clinical skill set of integrative health professionals through continuing education courses which include a variety of workshops, luncheons and talks led by over 15 integrative health experts over the course of 5 days. There will also be over 40 health-focused exhibitors on site.

Mary Bove, ND, AHG will speak on the Neuroendocrine Digestive Connection: Exploring the Impact of Stress on Digestive Health. A true pillar in the fields of botanical medicine and functional medicine, Mary will discuss the impact of stress on digestive function and botanical approaches for digestive and neuroendocrine health. The Symposium is proud to bring this internationally in-demand speaker and teacher to Austin.

Other topics covered at this year’s Symposium include, among others:

  • Facial Diagnosis
  • Epigenetics
  • A Japanese Approach to Structural Alignment
  • Esoteric Acupuncture

Full list of Speakers:

  • Paul Anderson, ND
  • Jason Blalack, MS, LAc
  • Mary Bove, ND, AHG
  • Lillian Bridges
  • Jeffrey Dann, PhD, LAc
  • John Finnell, ND, MPH, LAc
  • Holly Guzman, LAc
  • Peter D. Lichtenstein, D.C., LAc
  • Edward Neal, MD
  • Stanley Reiser, MD, MPA, PhD
  • Mikio Sankey, PhD, LAc
  • Constance Scharff, PhD
  • David Twicken, DOM, LAc
  • Qianzhi ("Jamie") Wu, PhD, LAc
  • Janet Zand, OMD, LAc

The Southwest Symposium is open to registered guests only. To register for the Symposium, please visit: http://www.aoma.edu/sws

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AOMA prepares students for careers in acupuncture and Oriental medicine by providing regionally accredited programs culminating in a masters or doctoral degree. The internationally recognized faculty and award-winning clinical internships contribute to the quality of the herbal and acupuncture programs. AOMA’s collaborations with healthcare institutions, such as the Seton Healthcare Family, People’s Community Clinic, Austin Recovery Center, the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians, and Austin Pain Associates, situates the organization as the cornerstone for integrative and preventative care in the Central Texas Area. Through the provision of free and reduced-price treatments to people in need, AOMA is transforming the lives and communities of the patients it serves. AOMA provides education, clinical, and herbal dispensary services at two locations in Austin. For more information see http://www.aoma.edu or call 512-492-3034.

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