Your 2019 FSOMA Conference Speakers

                           Speaker List
Chad Bailey                       Michael Corradino                       
Hongjian He                      Brendan Kelly                    
Michael Kowalski               Toni Krehel 
Takayuki Kuwahara           Robert Linde
Rene Ng                            JulieAnn Nugent-Head     
Robert Quinn                     Galina Roofener   
Amy Sear                          Ann Wang
Anastacia White                Ruan Zhao

Schedule at a Glance

Keynote Speaker - TBD



Sifu Chad Bailey, AP is an expert in Acupuncture, Oriental Medicine, Tui Na Massage, Qi Gong, Tai Chi Chuan and Martial Arts, who brings an enormous wealth of knowledge and experience to each of his treatments or classes. He teaches Tai Chi Chuan, Qi Gong, Filipino Self-Defense (Progressive Arnis & Cadena de Mano), Tui Na (Chinese Massage & Manipulation) and Oriental Medicine in Miami. Chad is a state and nationally licensed 

Taoist Meditation or Nei Gong is the root of all internal energy practices. After a short warm up Qi Gong, the classes will explore in detail the progressive levels of Taoist Meditation or Nei Gong for energy cultivation, health, longevity and immortality. Beginning with Basic Dan Tian breathing, then Passive Observation, Nine Point Small Circulation, One Breath Small Circulation, Seated Yin & Yang Qi Gong, Seated Three Centers Qi Gong and concludes with Large Circulation Seated Meridian Qi Gong. (Course is for all levels.) Sat & Sun AM 1 hour each GEN

Michael Corradino, DAOM
 completed his Masters and Doctorate in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. He has trained in China at several medical schools and TCM hospitals with the late Alex Tiberi, as well asstudied under world renowned physicians. He is currently involved in ground-breaking electroacupuncture research. He has over 20 years of clinical practice and is the creator and founder of Neuropuncture: a complete neuroscience electro-acupuncture system.

Neuropuncture- Applying 21st Century Sciences and Language to Your Acupuncture Practice - BIO
We will review Neuropuncture's Trinity: 5 neurophysiological mechanisms/ 5 Neuropuncture Treatment Principles/ 5 Neuropuncture Electrical Techniques.  We will examine some ground-breaking electro acupuncture research and investigate the possible clinical applications of the sciences. Understanding how to communicate with our 21st scientific medical language is a powerful tool that everyone who practices acupuncture should understand.  Neuropuncture accomplishes this and much more, including creating neuroscience evidence-based, research supported, and clinically proven Neuropuncture point prescriptions with dosages:)  Demonstrations will be preformed.


Dr. Hongjian He graduated from Guangzhou Medical College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in 1983 with a degree in Western and Traditional Chinese Medicine. She then completed 3 years of residency training in Internal Medicine at the China-Japan Friendship Hospital. She specializes in Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine, and Nutrition to promote Natural and Holistic Healing. 

Dr. He frequently travels nationally and internationally in order to study, teach, and exchange knowledge with the best and most respected experts in the field. In addition to her Conventional and Chinese Medical training in China, she has also earned a PhD in Oriental Medicine. She is a well-respected and honored acupuncturist both in her community and across the nation. 

Dr. He speaks fluent English and has been a guest lecturer and teacher at the University of Florida’s Shands Hospital, the University of South Florida’s Rheumatology Residency Program and several other accredited acupuncture colleges.

Relieve Back, Buttocks and Leg Pain Instantly with Acupuncture Treatment 
All levels are welcome. This course will help you to understand why some acute and chronic lower back pain, buttocks pain and leg pain responds to acupuncture treatment very effectively and some are not. You will learn what type of acupuncture treatment is the first choice to treat this type of lower back pain, buttocks pain and leg pain. The pain relieve should be instant in 1st treatment with 80-90% of successful rate.  All attendants require hand on practice and able to utilize the knowledge and technique been taught in this class next day in your clinic. 


Brendan Kelly, LAc has a master’s in acupuncture degree and teaches about Chinese medicine at schools, colleges, universities and conferences around the country. He is a faculty member at Johnson State College in VT the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture in FL and Daoist Traditions in NC. He has 25 years’ experience in western herbs, with 15 years in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. He practices acupuncture and Chinese and western herbal medicine full time at the clinic he co-founded, Jade Mountain Wellness, in Burlington, VT— He also researches and writes about the connection between personal health and environmental sustainability. North Atlantic Books published his first book "The Yin and Yang of Climate Crisis" which presents the deeper, root causes of our warming planet and its connection to our personal and collective health. You can find out more at

Inflammation, Anxiety and Climate Change: The Importance of the School of Heat - GEN
Intermediate Level Class - From the holistic view of Chinese medicine, what happens on the small scale of our lives is intimately connected to what's happening in the world around us. Using the Wen Bing/School of Heat, we'll discuss how the heat that creates physical inflammation and mental/emotional overstimulation is mirrored in the rapid warming of the planet. Brendan will present case studies for his clinical practice using acupuncture, herbal medicine and nutrition with Wen Bing principles and diagnostics to treat a wide range of physical, mental and emotional conditions, including pain, gastro-intestinal conditions, and anxiety. We'll also discuss the ideas and research from Brendan's book "The Yin and Yang of Climate Crisis" and the importance of the Wen Bing in addressing the root cause of global warming.


Over his 35 years’ acupuncture experience, Michael Kowalski A.P., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM) is committed to treating each individual patient as a whole – in body, mind, and spirit. Michael practices and teaches Five Element acupuncture to diagnose and treat the unique root cause of each patient’s energy imbalance, which results in remarkable holistic changes that are appreciated by both patient and practitioner.

Michael trained intensively in Five Element Acupuncture for 7 years in England with Professor J.R. Worsley and faculty at the College of Traditional Acupuncture. In 1988 he returned to Florida, where he established his private practice in Jacksonville. Michael founded the 5 Element Institute in 2010, to teach CEU courses in Five Element acupuncture and Evidence Based acupuncture. To learn more, please visit

 Five Element Acupuncture Diagnosis - GEN
TCM and acupuncture practitioners from all backgrounds who wish to learn Five Element diagnosis will enjoy this course to gain a deeper understanding of the Five Elements and how the Elements manifest in people. By connecting to the spirit of the Elements, Michael will present a roadmap to diagnosing the Causative Factor of disease, the original Elemental imbalance which shapes each individual’s emotional and energetic makeup over the course of their lifetime.


Toni Krehel, AP has been In private practice for over 20 years and specializes in treating pediatric and adult patients with chronic/persistent inflammatory conditions (asthma, allergies, skin, digestive, chronic fatigue, pain syndromes). As the Florida affiliate for the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) since 2001,  Dr. Krehel advocates for medical freedom and informed consent rights and has been instrumental in changing policies in the state of Florida to advance and protect these rights.

 Public Health Policy Trends, Modern Illnesses & Our Future Patients - GEN
Many of our current patients, and most of our future patients, will present with syndromes and diagnoses of chronic inflammatory diseases. This beginner to intermediate level class presents an objective overview of various aspects related to this growing epidemic. The presentation includes a review of key public health policy trends, TCM concepts related to the pathogenesis of chronic inflammation, diagnosis and treatment challenges, and useful protocols for patient care. New concepts to be introduced include the allergic reaction and blood stasis, the post-infection evolvement process, small intestine qi tide knotted, and the constitutional analysis as a tool for planning treatment.


Kuwahara Sensei has been practicing Acupuncture for 40 years in Boston and Japan, employing both classical Japanese Acupuncture methods and Japanese Medical Ki (Qi) Gong in his treatment approach.

After graduating from the Tokyo Therapeutic Institute in 1979, he went on to complete an intensive five-year live-in apprenticeship with Fukushima Kodo Sensei, renowned blind practitioner and developer of Toyo Hari. Kuwahara Sensei now teaches his unique (Hari) style of acupuncture which draws from the various systems practiced by his teachers: Shimada Sensei(Kototama), Shiomi Sensei, Ikeda Sensei, Shudo Sensei (Meridian therapy), Kudo Sensei (Bloodletting), Tanioka Sensei (Pediatrics), and Nakagawa Sensei (Shinkiko/ Ki-Gong). 

He has taught many advanced Japanese Acupuncture courses all over the world including the US, Japan and Brazil.  Kuwahara Sensei has been a practitioner of Aikido and Iaido for 45 years and he currently lives with his family in Watertown, MA, where he has maintained a practice since he began teaching at the New England School of Acupuncture in 1989.  Kuwahara Sensei is a dynamic teacher who brings heart to the practice of acupuncture for himself, for his patients and for his students.

Classical Japanese Hari Style of Acupuncture: Adult and Child - GEN
This course will be an introduction to Hari Japanese Classical style of treatment with acupuncture.  The course will be divided into two sections with the morning session dedicated to treatment for Adults followed by Shonishin or Pediatric Acupuncture treatments in the afternoon session.  There will be instructor demonstration of treatment to allow the students to observe the style and the profound effects of this gentle, subtle and powerful treatment approach.  Hari style is effective for a wide variety of conditions and offers the practitioner techniques for working on all types of patients and is especially useful in highly sensitive patients and those requiring gentle treatment like children and the elderly.  These techniques are useful in all clinical practices and engage the practitioner in a deep level of focus in treatment.  VERY USEFUL FOR TREATING CHILDREN AND VERY SENSITIVE PATIENTS


Robert Linde AP, RH is the owner of Acupuncture & Herbal Therapies in St. Petersburg Florida and the director of the Professional Herbalists Training Program, a two-year clinical herbal program. He also consults as a product developer for a national herbal product company and enjoys growing many medicinal herbs in his yard. He serves on the board of directors for the Florida State Oriental Medicine Association (FSOMA). Bob has presented at the FSOMA, Florida Herbal Conference, and the American Herbalist Guild conference. He lectures regularly at colleges and organizations around the US.

I have taken a circuitous route to becoming an acupuncturist and herbalist. My career has changed many times; commercial lobster and conch diver, treasure hunter, sail and canoe instructor, wilderness youth counselor, long-line fisherman, infantryman in Desert Storm and GreenPeace worker.   You may reach Bob at [email protected]

Herbal Safety - MED ERROR
This class will cover a range of safety issues with herbal medicine. We will cover topics such as DSHEA, cGMP, dispensing guidelines, adulteration, Certificate of Analysis as well as basic prescribing guidelines to avoid adverse reactions. This class is a must for anyone using herbs or supplements in their practice, especially those who use custom formulas of tinctures, powders or raw herbs.

Beyond the Pill: Herbal Medicine Making, Salves, Tinctures, Poultices, and Tisanes - GEN
This beginner to intermediate level class will demonstrate and give specific directions for making personalized topical and internal medicine. Specialized formulas will be explained for unique situations.


Dr. Rene Ng (DACM, AP, L.Ac), is a highly regarded and regular speaker at FSOMA conferences. He is the author of consumer articles that are frequently and regularly published by national wellness publications. Board-certified in Tung Acupuncture with over 12 years’ experience with the system. Specialties include trauma, injuries, MS and autoimmune diseases, and cancer care. He is a four-time winner of Sarasota’s “Favorite Acupuncture Physician” award, and the 2019 recipient of the coveted “Reader’s Choice First Place Winner for Acupuncture” award by Sarasota Herald Tribune. 

Born in Macao, China, he has been involved with Chinese Medicine for over 30 years. While in China, Rene was trained in classical Dit Da and Tui Na therapeutic bodywork which was used extensively in the treatment of injuries and trauma. Rene is the primary acupuncturist at the Chinese Medical Solutions Acupuncture and Healing Center, and specializes in Cancer/MS care, Trauma, Allergies, Infertility, Stress management, Insomnia, and general internal medicine. He also offers a special NATURAL Anti-aging and

Facial Rejuvenation program that focuses on staying and feeling young via stress management, holistic health maintenance, good nutrition, exercise, and a balanced lifestyle.

Diagnosis and Treatment of Stubborn Trauma/Injury Pain with Dit Da Manual Therapy, Herbal Patches, and Tung Acupuncture - GEN
Given the geriatric population in Florida as the major demographic group, lingering trauma pain of all sorts, chronic and acute, presents as the primary symptom seen in the clinic. Oftentimes, treatment of old trauma pain gets more challenging the older the patient due to the deteriorating of both the patient's health along with the source causing the pain. Dit Da represents the oldest form of modality in Chinese Medicine and was used over the generations to treat all kinds of pain, whether from injuries and trauma, or due to chronic illnesses. In modern times, medication can also serve as a causative factor for back pain. Dit da, which includes manual as well as herbal solutions, both topical and ingested, is already a very effective solution on its own, but when combined with the application of Tung Acupuncture, the effectiveness is significantly enhanced.

This course serves as a good foundation course to helping the acupuncturist understand the concept of Dit da, and to gain a good set of foundational tools that includes applied back pain diagnostic skills, dit da hand techniques, herbs and formulas for trauma, as well as the preferred Tung Acupuncture points to use. Course is applicable for both the advanced as well as the beginner acupuncture practitioner.


JulieAnn Nugent-Head, LAc lived in China for 8 years studying with the last generation of traditional practitioners who were born and educated prior to 1949. Seeing these older doctors effectively treat acute and chronic conditions in their clinics and studying the classic texts with them in their homes revolutionized her understanding of Chinese medicine. The clinical skills and perspective of the ‘old doctors’ were a drastic contrast to her training in the west. After completion of a doctorate level medical degree at Zhejiang Chinese Medicine University in 2014, JulieAnn and husband Andrew moved back to the United States. Their teaching clinic in Asheville NC strives to showcase classically based, clinically focused, tangible and effective Chinese medicine. and
Custom Formula, Classical thinking; Learning to Write a Formula from Scratch
Custom Formula; Classical Thinking The famous doctors of the past achieved remarkable results with herbal medicine, leaving their formula for us to follow today. However, these formula were not designed to be static, and unchangeable, but rather are a reflection of the classical perspective of herbology as outlined in the Nei Jing and the Shen Nong Ben Cao. By returning our focus to the Nei Jing's explanation of the effects of the five flavors upon the body, and by deeply studying its meanings in the formulas that put it's words into action, as well as looking at the tripartite organization of the SNBC that outlines appropriate dose and application of single herbs, this seminar hones our skill at understanding and modifying a formula for the patient in front of us, as well as giving us the confidence to know we are not potentially harming our patient with every substitution we make. (This seminar is lecture/ PPT only)_ Acupuncture: Clinical Application of Ashi Needling for External/Internal Injuries While the 12 Heavenly Star Points are arguably the most important points, grasping the mechanics behind the development of Ashi points in their body and their successful treatment is key to fast and long lasting results in clinical practice. Ashi points are indispensible when treating physical injuries and are often key to resolving internal disharmony. Beginning by citing their references in the Nei Jing and Sun Simiao's books, JulieAnn Nugent-Head then lays out the different kinds of Ashi points that an illness can create, their needling methods and expected patient sensations to judge if our diagnosis and strategy were correct. This is a very hands on seminar involving theory, demonstration, partnered palpation and needling practice.


Bob Quinn, LAc is a full-time Associate Professor in the School of Classical Chinese Medicine at the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR. At NUNM he teaches Asian Bodywork, Pediatrics, and Advanced Palpation and Perception. In his private practice he has focused on pediatrics and chronic Lyme disease, two conditions that require exceedingly gentle treatment strategies. Bob writes articles regularly for the North American Journal of Oriental Medicine and blogs monthly for Blue Poppy Enterprises.  Go to for access to blogs.

Gentle Treatment Strategies in the Treatment of Anxiety and Trauma - GEN          SPONSORED SPEAKER
In this class the patho-mechanism put in place by a traumatic event and chronic anxiety will be described in modern and classical terms, and treatment strategies to help traumatized and chronically anxious patients will be demonstrated and practiced. These include various uses of the teishin and enshin, two of the nine classical needles described in the very first chapter of the Ling Shu. Ample time will be allowed for practice of these new skills in the practice portion of this class.

This class is appropriate for all levels, as it utilizes treatment skills and strategies not normally covered in most TCM training programs. This class was well received at a conference in Israel in the winter of 2018.


Galina Roofener, LAc, LCH, Dipl Ac (NCCAOM), Dipl CH (NCCAOM) is licensed in Ohio and Florida to practice Oriental medicine. Currently, Galina works for the Cleveland Clinic as an acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist. Cleveland Clinic was one of the first to open a hospital-based full spectrum custom compounded Chinese herbal clinic in the U.S.

Galina advocates for Oriental medicine in many different ways. She serves on the State Medical Board of Ohio’s Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Advisory committee and is a member of the Hospital-Based Practice Task Force Committee advisory panel for the National Certification Commission on Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Galina has 30 years of experience in health care and is a published author, avid teacher, and a renowned speaker at many conferences.

Safety & Regulations of TCM Herbal Telemedicine - Medical Errors
Telemedicine offers a lot of promise for both physicians and patients. For doctors,  This class explores how Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine can be safetly and legally practiced in the realms of modern telemedicine. 

Most states now have laws regulating the practice of telemedicine. Safety is of primary concern. The laws only get more complicated and more uncertain when telemedicine is practiced across state lines – the doctor and patient live in different states. This class is based on Cleveland Clinic TCHM virtual visits experience and will explore safety concerns, legalities of informed consent, initial and follow up visit, gathering of objective signs, herbal prescribing, billing requirements and proper EMR records keeping.

Amy J. Sear, A.P., Dipl. O.M. (NCCAOM) is an experienced speaker and is valued for her organized, practical, and information filled presentations. She completed her Oriental Medical education from the Acupressure Acupuncture Institute in Miami, FL, where she received awards for outstanding achievement in academics and clinical practice. Amy served as President of FSOMA from 2004 to 2010, and currently teaches at two schools in Florida.  She has taught Florida Laws and Rules since 2005 and is considered an expert in this topic. She is the first employee of the Integrative Medicine Department at Memorial Healthcare Systems in Broward County, FL, and has over fifteen years’ experience in Integrative practice. She brings her years of respected teaching experience to this topic in order to help others.

FL Laws and Rules Update for Renewal - Laws and Rules
Every renewal cycle, Amy designs a new course - fulfilling the requirement for 2 hours of FL Laws and Rules for the Acupuncture profession. Every two years she starts with "What is New Since Last Renewal", and "any potential upcoming future changes", and then the bulk of the presentation dials in deeper to a few selected practical topics. This years presentation will focus in on the Board of Acupuncture, its role and make up, and "Discipline", what it is, how it happens, the process, and those areas that licensees are the most commonly unaware of. This class is appropriate for all levels, beginner to advanced.


Dr. Ann Wang is the director and founder of the Integrative Medicine Center in Ithaca, NY and V.P. and Medical Consultant for Treasure of the East. She received her medical degree in Chinese medicine from Shandong University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and her Ph.D. in research advancement in Oriental medicine from the College of Alternative Medicine Research Advancement, AGU. She was a Chief Medical Administrator of the State Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine, an adjunct professor of China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences, and a faculty member at Cornell University. She is one the first six oversea practitioners to be awarded the title of Doctor of Chinese Medicine, Physician in Chief by the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies. She is also a member of the Presidential Council of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies. She has directed the development of the largest Traditional Chinese Medicine database in the US. The database allows the integration of the finest aspects of Traditional Chinese medical diagnostic and treatment techniques with conventional medicine. The database has already been adopted into the information systems of major pharmacy chains such as CVS and PharmaVite. She specializes in pain reduction, management of chronic illness, and women's health and fertility.

Supporting IVF with Chinese Medicine, A Three-Phase Approach - GEN            SPONSORED SPEAKER
This is an all-levels class.This class focuses on using TCM to support and improve the efficacy of in vitro fertilization (IVF).  IVF is used by patients with fallopian tube obstruction, endometriosis, anovulation, unexplained infertility, ectopic pregnancies, or severe anomalies. In April 2002, a clinical study on reproduction and infertility that was originally published in Germany was made available in the United States. This publication initiated a wave of acupuncture and herbal support in the U.S. as Americans began to recognize its benefits in treating infertility. The three-phase approach to IVF is practiced at the Integrative Medical Center in Ithaca, New York. This approach derives from clinical experience and cooperation with Western medical experts in reproductive medicine. According to Chinese Medicine, the IVF three-phase approach works with the menstrual cycle and the dynamics of blood yin and yang. This method tonifies the kidney, liver, and blood, and conditions the menstrual cycle based on differentiation in basal body temperature and syndromes. This method works to improve the implantation rate of fertilized eggs and the normal development of the physiological condition. Practice has shown that adjusting the balance of yin and yang to improve physical fitness and state of mind can improve changes of fertility. It can effectively improve ovarian reserves, improve poor ovarian response, improve the rate of embryo transfers, and prevent ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome. This method is an extension of clinical therapy.


Anastacia White, CEO and founder of East Earth Medicine Wisdom is a practitioner, teacher and consultant of the Chinese Medical Sciences since 1984. Lecturing on Chinese medical theory, herbal therapies, history and cosmology throughout the United States and internationally. Her many years of study and observation have given over a deep understanding of classical Chinese medicine and modern TCM.

Known as one of the western Matriarch's of Chinese medicine, she skillfully weaves theories of 5 Phases- 5 Spirits into a TCM approach of diagnosis and treatment. Her presentations bring together medical theory, Chinese herbal method with clinical expertise offering a rich experience of practical knowledge.

Gut Dysbiosis Translated into TCM Patterns and Treatments - BIO
This intermediate level class offers TCM practitioners a roadmap to understanding Gut Dysbiosis and how to treat it with herbal medicine, food therapy and supplements. A definition of etiology and physiology is presented from both a western and 5 Phases/5 Spirit perspective. Students will learn how the bio-medical diagnosis of Gut Dysbiosis is translated into TCM Patterns and treatment protocols.


 Dr. Ruan Jin Zhao, one of the earlier era Ph.D. in TCM.  He has practiced Chinese medicine over 35 years, more than 25 years in the US.  With profound medical research background and large amount of clinical practice, he has successfully helped many patients with chronic pernicious diseases including infectious diseases, autoimmune diseases and cancers. He has participated and dedicated 

To Pave the Healing Pathway through Regulating Qi By the Combining Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Formulas - GEN
Currently there is an improper trend, which is leading our profession to over emphasize the quick cure or instant relief.  It neglects the relationship between time and healing. Most the diseases take a time to reach a healing. Time is a key factor in healing a disease.  It requires our practitioners to pave a healing pathway through each session of acupuncture treatment and herbal medicine to achieve that goal. From the first office visit, as a practitioner should plan to set a solid step by step leading to healing based on a correct diagnosis. This is the way to educate our fellows and equip them with the right weapon, as well as for the knowledge of our patient. To regulate Qi/energy is the essence of TCM, which is the core technique in paving the healing path. This lecture is focusing on instructing how to Tiao Qi (Regulate Qi) with acupuncture and herbal medicine in healing the clinic pernicious diseases.