It's been a busy few months for ILaaom!
The board, committee members, and volunteers have been hard at work bringing you events that support our mission and celebrate the AOM community. To our members, friends and supporters who joined us, donated, spread the word, or offered encouragement, a sincere thank you!
If you're new to ILaaom or weren't able to attend the recent happenings, here are some highlights:
On September 7, ILaaom hosted the first annual Illinois Walks for Acupuncture walkathon in Grant Park. The event was both a fundraising and awareness-building success. Planning for next year's walkathon is already underway!
On the evening of September 29, ILaaom celebrated its annual Asian Moon Festival. More than 100 of our friends came together for a delicious meal at Lao You Ju, a raffle and a silent auction, and words of wisdom from keynote speaker Steve Bonzak. For those who weren't able to hear the speech, you can read it in its entirety here.
Earlier this month ILaaom brought renowned practitioner, author and teacher Debra Betts (all the way from New Zealand!) to Chicago for three days of seminars. Ms. Betts shared her wisdom and experience on the use of acupressure and acupuncture in pregnancy and postpartum. If this topic interests you, take a look at her Facebook page where she shares her favorite resources on obstetric acupuncture.
We are very excited about the great articles in this issue, including:
- Dr. David Miller on responding to critics of Chinese medicine
- Eric Brand, in a new piece, exploring the question of pesticide residues in herbs
- Jason Bussell, PhD on the Society for Acupuncture Research conference
- Amanda Kreiss on a comprehensive perspective and explanation of the myriad of benefits of raw herbs
Come celebrate ILaaom’s annual festival with your fellow practitioners and friends!
Our Asian Moon is at a new and exciting venue this year:
Lao You Ju Restaurant in China Town
2002 S Wentworth Ave
(parking lot across the street, special price for Asian Moon guests is $2)
Sunday, September 29th from 5:30-9pm
Enjoy a delicious meal along with taking part in our raffle and silent auction!
ILaaom will also be offering two $300 scholarship awards to students!
Professional Members & guests $60
Student Members & guests $30
Table for 10 $600
To register, please mail your check (payable to ILaaom) to
5315 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60640
or register online.
Acupuncture in Pregnancy and Postpartum Care
Renowned Practitioner, Author and Educator
October 12 & 13, 2013
Learn effective and tested TCM strategies for prenatal care, labor and delivery, and postpartum, including both common and uncommon difficulties. Ms. Betts is the renowned author of her book “The Essential Guide to Acupuncture in Pregnancy & Childbirth."
Acupuncturist and nurse-midwife, Judy Schlaeger, attended Debra’s last class—here is what she has to share about it:
“Many clinically useful obstetrical techniques were presented with clarity and passion by Ms. Betts. We are so fortunate to have such an original and creative thinker in our ranks.”
(Debra will also be teaching a separate acupressure class for doulas and midwives about using acupressure techniques for labor and delivery-please see below)
Acupressure in Pregnancy and Labor
October 11, 2013
In this hands on class, Ms. Betts will demonstrate how to use acupressure on specific acupoints that are beneficial during pregnancy, labor, and delivery. This class is intended for doulas and midwives. The discussion will include protocols for:
• pain during labor
• retained placenta
• induction protocol
• breast feeding/lactation support and much more.
To learn more about Debra, please visit her website here: http://acupuncture.rhizome.net.nz/
Students can register for only the class on October 11th and/or the classes on October 11, 12, and 13. All of Ms. Bett’s classes will be held at the Holiday Inn Chicago O’Hare Hotel.
Class is limited so please register early to reserve your seat!
Saturday, September 7th, 2013, 8am-12pm
Please join us for our first annual walk-a-thon to benefit The Illinois Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and acupuncture in Illinois. How you can participate:
- Register to walk and raise funds for ILaaom
- Show your support by donating
- Join us at the event to cheer on walkers
Visit our website to register and/or donate:
Prizes for the top fundraisers include:
- 10 day stay in beautiful Turkey at a private villa (valued at $2000)
- NCCAOM diplomate renewal (valued at $230)
- Other great gifts!
We are currently working on technical issues with our website that have been affecting our membership renewal function. One issue may be that the renewal function may not roll over to each members' last renewal therefore causing members to lose that amount of time between renewals. Please keep this in mind when deciding on when to renew. We suggest to mark your calendar and wait to renew the same time that you did last year to keep your membership on the same timeline. Thank you for your understanding and patience on this website issue. If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call us.
Save the Date:
ILaaom Annual Meeting
May 5, 2013
Plus a CPR Class, free to members
Please join us!
Hear about ILaaom's activity in the year past
Update from Dr. David Miller's legislative committee
ILaaom's financial report
The latest national and out-of-state news
Plans for the year ahead
Network with ILaaom members, see friends.
Nominations for the ILaaom Board of Directors are made at the meeting. Please consider if you might serve, or nominate another willing to serve our community. ILaaom needs your input!
As a member benefit, we will be offering a FREE CPR class to our ILaaom members on May 5th. The CPR class will be divided into halves on the day of our Annual Meeting - the first half in the morning and the second half in the afternoon. Registration is required. Please see details below:
May 5, 2013
CPR Class: 1st half from 10am-12pm
ILaaom Annual Meeting and Lunch for Members: 12pm-2pm
CPR Class: 2nd half from 2pm-4pm
Midwest College of Oriental Medicine
4334 N. Hazel
Chicago, IL 60613
Register online at www.ilaaom.org
Save the date for our upcoming CEU classes this year:
5 Phase Root Treatment in Japanese Meridian Therapy with Tom Hurrle - June 9
Pregnancy and Post-Partum with Debra Betts - October 12 & 13 - registration coming soon
May 18 - 19
ILaaom Members get a Discount!
Acupuncturists Without Borders would like to extend an invitation to members of the Illinois Association of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine to attend AWB's "Healing Community Trauma" training in Chicago May 18 - 19, 2013 for $299 which is $30 off of our early-bird registration price. Further discounted early-bird registration for full-time students who are members of ILAAOM is $269. The early-bird registration expires May 4, 2013. This training is approved for 15 PDA points by the NCCAOM, including 4.5 in safety and ethics. This course is sponsored by East Point Seminars and is approved for CEU's in Illinois. The training is designed to teach acupuncturists how to provide disaster relief, as well as how to set up local community clinics with Veterans and other populations, both focused on treating PTSD and stress.
For more information, visit http://www.acuwithoutborders.org/news.php?n=chtraining.
The training will be held at the Black Ensemble Theater in Chicago from 9 AM to 5:30 PM each day. The address is 4450 North Clark Street, Chicago, IL 60640.
$329 - ILaaom Members/Early Bird (payment received on or before May 4, 2013)
$349 - Regular Registration (payment received after May 4, 2013)
$269 - ILaaom Student Members
Since this is a special opportunity, members would need to call our office to register rather than registering online, 505-266-3878.