Workshops and Events

  • MAAOM sponsors or provides information for a variety of important and valuable workshops. You can also register and pay online for some of these workshops. We will list current events in this space as they are scheduled. Please see links under each workshop get the information you need. Thanks!

Maine Veterans Acupuncture Clinics

Maine veterans are currently served by four, free acupuncture clinics in the cities of Portland, Bangor, Augusta and Brunswick. The volunteer acupuncturists at these independent clinics have provided more than 10,300 free acupuncture treatments to this
deserving population of service men and women and their families.


MAAOM Annual Meeting

April 7-8, 2018

Please click here to register and pay by check
Please click here to register and pay online

Early Bird Registration (before March 31st):
non-members:  $400

After March 31st:
non-members:  $450

FMI:  please contact Isaac Axtell

Hilton Garden Inn, Freeport, Maine
The award winning Hilton Garden Inn Freeport Downtown is tucked away in the heart of Freeport Village. Only two blocks down the hill from LL Bean®, this Freeport, Maine hotel is perfectly situated within walking distance to over 100 upscale retail outlets and boutique shops. We will be meeting in the Hilton’s Old Town Hall Meeting Place (pictured above), which includes free parking and complimentary WiFi.

Symposium Overview

The 2018 MAAOM Annual Meeting/Symposium was developed around the theme of Integration.  Each morning will start with qi gong.  Lectures are presented by both Eastern and Western medicine practitioners, and include the following topics: 

  • Mechanism of Pain
  • Evidence-Based Research to Support the Use of Acupuncture
  • Understanding the Legislative System and Effectively Communicating with Legislators
  • Orthopedic Assessment of the Lower Extremity
  • Medication Assisted Treatment for Opioid Dependence.

In addition, Sharon Weizenbaum will present The Shang Han Lun and Herbs.  Attendees will receive information that can be immediately used in practice, and will enhance their ability to communicate with medical practitioners from various disciplines.

​14.5 NCCAOM PDA points pending

Program Schedule
Saturday, April 7th

8:30 am  Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 am  Opening remarks, Isaac Axtell, LAc, MAAOM President
Qi Gong, Abi Morrison, LAc
9:30 am   The Shang Han Lun and Herbs, Sharon Weizenbaum, LAc
12:30 pm  Lunch (provided)
1:30 pm    Annual Meeting
2:30 pm   The Mechanism of Pain, Catherine Allen, LAc, MSc
4:30 pm   Understanding Maine’s Legislative System and How to Effectively Communicate with Legislators, Meret Bainbridge, LAc
(Out of state attendees may opt out of this legislative session and receive 12.5 NCCAOM PDA points for the weekend.)
6:30 pm   Adjourn

Sunday, April 8th

8:30 am Continental Breakfast
9:00 am  Qi Gong, Meg Lewis, PNP
10:00 am Orthopedic Examination of the Lower Extremities, Pat Hubel, PhD
12:00 pm Lunch (provided)
1:00 pm   Medication Managed Transition from Opioid Dependence, Alane O’Connor, NP
3:00 pm   Evidence-Based Acupuncture Research, Rick Hobbs, MD
5:00 pm   Closing Remarks, Isaac Axtell, LAc, MAAOM President
5:15 pm    Adjourn

Workshop Descriptions​

Qi Gong
Abi Morrison, LAc

Abi will start the day with a simple Qi Gong warm up exercise you can teach your patients to enhance and extend your treatments. Taken from the Chen style T’ai Ji tradition, it excels in managing pain and is short enough to fit into any schedule. For practitioners, not only does regular qigong practice increase sensitivity, but it strengthens qi flow, preventing absorption of unwanted illnesses and “stuff” from patients.

Abi Morrison received her first acupuncture license in 2001 through the College of Integrated Chinese Medicine in the U.K., a program that combines European 5 Element and 8 Principle styles. She received her Master’s from Tri-State College of Acupuncture in New York in June 2005 with an emphasis on Japanese style acupuncture. She also uses a more classical style that incorporates non-insertion and bodywork techniques.  Abi has been teaching qigong for over 20 years and sees it as an important part of self-care as well as a healing tool for her patients. She practices a Taoist style of medicine that has an image-based approach to the various modalities [acupuncture, herbs, and diet], and feels that a felt sense of qi heightens efficacy of treatments.

The Shang Han Lun and Herbs
Sharon Weizenbaum, LAc

In this course Sharon will share several cases from her own practice to illustrate the clinical significance of the Shang Han Lun perspective.  The Shang Han Lun is a very misunderstood text.  Most people think of it as a book about catching colds and what happens if they are not treated properly.  It is taught in contrast to the Warm Disease School.  Because of this misunderstanding, much of the richness of the text is inaccessible.  Sharon hopes to open the door to this text so that these miraculous formulas can become every day allies in your clinic.

Sharon Weizenbaum is the founder and director of White Pine Healing Arts and White Pine Institute. Sharon began her study of Chinese medicine 37 years ago, graduating from the New England School of Acupuncture in 1983 and spending several years studying with acupuncturist, Kiiko Matsumoto. After practicing for 7 years, Sharon traveled to live and study in Hangzhou, PRC in 1990. while there she interned and studied with Dr. Qiu Xiaomei and Dr. Cheng Yufeng in gynecology and obstetrics at the Zhe Jiang college of Traditional Chinese Medicine. She also studied extensively with the gynecology doctor Zhu Shurong from Shanghai. Upon returning from China, Sharon taught for 3 years at the Northwest Institute of Oriental Medicine in Seattle.

The Mechanism of Pain
Catherine Allen, LAc, MSc

This session will discuss various types of pain—acute, chronic, visceral, referred, neuropathic—and the mechanism of each, the neuroanatomy involved, and how acupuncture can affect each type of pain. Attendees will become more comfortable explaining to patients how pain occurs in the body, and explaining to patients and non-Oriental medicine practitioners how acupuncture treats pain.

Catherine Allen earned a Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the New England School of Acupuncture in 2007, where she studied Japanese Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Acupuncture, and Chinese Herbal Medicine. In 2009, she graduated from Tufts University School of Medicine with a Master of Science in Pain Research, Education, and Policy, making her one of a handful of acupuncturists in the country with this specialized pain management degree. As part of her Master’s thesis at Tufts, Catherine was the acupuncturist and co-investigator for the first acupuncture research study to be approved by the Maine Medical Center Institutional Review Board: Using Acupuncture to Impact Pain and Quality of Life in a Community-Based Pediatric Palliative Care Program. In December 2013, Catherine traveled to Africa with The PanAfrican Acupuncture Project (now called The Global Acupuncture Project) and assisted in training healthcare workers at Kisoro Hospital in Kisoro, Uganda to use acupuncture. She has guest lectured at Southern Maine Community College and Maine Region Ten Technical High School, and has presented at workshops for Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital and The Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing.

Understanding Maine’s Legislative System and How to Effectively Communicate with Legislators
Meret Bainbridge, LAc

Do you know your legislator? Does s/he know you? And more importantly: Does s/he know you’re an acupuncturist? Does it seem daunting to contact them to advocate for our profession? Worry not: Maine’s legislators are very approachable and love to hear from their constituents. This workshop will teach the basics – how the legislative system in Maine is set up; the process a bill must go through to eventually become law; how to find and contact your Maine Representative and Senator; how to use online tools to follow a bill; how to lobby and advocate; how to testify before committee; how to mobilize supporters; and how to present yourself and communicate successfully. It’s empowering and it can be a lot of fun! We’ll also review legislative efforts MAAOM has been involved in over the past 20 years – some very successful (our scope of practice bill) and some not so much (the dry needling bill). Successful legislative lobbying takes a lot more than calling your reps the day before a vote – it takes building an ongoing relationship with them and educating them on our profession. That’s why MAAOM has a regular presence at the State House in a Legislative Lobbying Day.

Meret Bainbridge, L.Ac. has been in acupuncture practice in Maine since 1997, and has twice served on MAAOM’s board as vice president and chair of the legislative & insurance committee. She was involved in the rulemaking of chiropractic acupuncture (in 2000), in drafting language and lobbying for our expanded scope of practice bill (in 2004) and has testified before committee on several more bills affecting acupuncture. She will share her knowledge and experience of Maine’s legislative system and pass the torch to the younger generation of LAc’s. Meret is the owner of “Acupuncture by Meret” in Saco and Portland.

Qi Gong
Meg Lewis, LAc

Qi Gong is a part of traditional Chinese Medicine, with the words literally translating to “Energy Work”. Meg’s Qi Gong practice is based on teachings by Lee Holden based out of Santa Cruz, California.  The goal is to bring this traditional art form into modern life application. This is accomplished through breath, intent, stretching, posture and massage. Everything is energy and the practice of Qi Gong teaches us the possibilities of our Energy.

Meg Lewis is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) at Kennebec Pediatrics who provides pediatric primary health care services for children ranging in age from newborn through adolescence. She holds a BS in Nursing and an MSN in Pediatric Primary Care from Boston University.  She is certified as a PNP by the American Nursing Credentialing Center, and is also certified by the American Holistic Nurses Credentialing Corporation.  Meg learned Qi Gong through Holden Qi Gong in Santa Cruz, California, and was certified as a qigong instructor by Lee Holden.

Orthopedic Examination of the Lower Extremities
Patricia Hubel, PhD

This lecture will focus on methodology and special tests which practitioners can use to examine and evaluate injuries and conditions of the lower extremity. The lecture will provide examination information on a number of common injuries and conditions of the toes, foot, ankle, lower leg, knee, thigh, and hip. Practical experience will be gained through hands-on testing of fellow attendees. Owing to the extensive number of injuries/conditions of the lower extremities and time constraints, the lecture will examine many of the more common problems but will also touch on some unusual issues as well.

Dr. Patricia Hubel graduated from Ball State University after completing her Bachelor’s degree in secondary physical education/athletic training where she competed a four-year member of the field hockey program. She followed this with a Master’s of Science in Physical Education (University of Wyoming), a Master’s of Science in Online Teaching and Learning (Cal State Hayward/Eastbay), and her Doctorate of Philosophy in Education (Capella University). She is currently pursuing an MBA in Healthcare Management from Thomas College where she is employed as the Head Athletic Trainer and Head Strength & Conditioning Coach. Prior to arrival at Thomas College, Hubel was employed as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Wyoming Cowboys for two years followed by 13 years employment at a hospital in North Dakota where she provided sports medicine care and strength & conditioning programs for local collegiate and high school athletic teams. Dr. Hubel’s employment history also includes experiences as a corporate trainer and course developer for a medical transcription company, as an institutional researcher for a university, and as a personal trainer.    Dr. Hubel’s certifications include the National Athletic Trainer’s Association’s Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC), National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and the National Academy of Sports Medicine’s Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) and Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES).

Medication Managed Transition from Opioid Dependence
Alane O’Connor, NP

This lecture will discuss the opioid epidemic in Maine, medication assisted treatment options, and co-occurring medical and mental health disorders as well as social issues and barriers to treatment.

Dr. Alane O’Connor, DNP, is a faculty member of Maine Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency and is on the medical staff at MaineGeneral Medical Center. Her clinical work focuses on addiction medicine and the management of opioid use disorders using buprenorphine. She developed an integrated medical and behavioral health treatment program that has served hundreds of opioid dependent pregnant women over the past ten years. Dr. O’Connor has published her ground-breaking research on infant outcomes following exposure to buprenorphine during pregnancy in many journals including the Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, the Journal of Perinatal Medicine, European Addiction Research, and the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She also works to expand access to medication assisted treatment in the primary care setting by mentoring other clinicians and practices. She has academic appointments at Dartmouth Medical School and Vanderbilt University and is a peer reviewer for a variety of journals.

Evidence-Based Acupuncture
Rick Hobbs, MD, LAc

This lecture will be divided into two sections, one, a review of the latest basic science pertaining to the underlying mechanisms of acupuncture and, the second, a discussion of recent clinical evidence for the effectiveness of acupuncture. The basic science discussion will include a review of the role of mast cells, connective tissue and neural pathways in achieving acupuncture effect.  The integrative function of channels will be explored.  Functional MRI results will be presented that address the issue of point specificity, as well as the effect of acupuncture on autonomic regulation. Systematic reviews, meta-analyses and the concept of effect size will be described as a segue to a summation of recent clinical data, including findings that have been published in the mainstream medical literature.

Rick Hobbs is a family physician who has practiced and taught family medicine since completing his residency in 1979.  He was first introduced to acupuncture in 2004 and it was an eye-opening experience.  Due to this epiphany, he elected to receive training in acupuncture under the direction of Dr. Steven Aung at the University of Alberta.  Subsequently Rick spent a sabbatical in China where he participated in a course on acupuncture research at Fudan University in Shanghai and did advanced studies of acupuncture and moxibustion in an international program offered by the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine.  Rick is board certified in family medicine and medical acupuncture.  He is a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and of the American Academy of Medical Acupuncture.  Since 2010, Rick has directed a longitudinal curriculum in medical acupuncture for interested residents in the Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency.  He has also published a number of articles and done presentations on both clinical effects and the basic science of acupuncture.
Currently, Rick is Associate Editor of the journal, Medical Acupuncture; Assistant Professor in Family Medicine, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth; Associate Clinical Professor in Family Medicine, University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine; and a member of several boards.  He has a private practice, Plum Blossom Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine, and supervises an acupuncture clinic at the Maine-Dartmouth Collaborative Care Center.

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