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The Rest of the Patient Story
I've written previously about allowing a patient to tell you their story – about taking the time to listen and engage all the aspects of their case history, the injury in question, and the related issues.
News in Brief
Northwestern Student Honored for Addressing Concussions Head-On; Northwestern Announces New CFO; Life U. to Provide Unique Opportunity.
Transparency is Key at ASA First Annual Meeting
On March 4th and 5th the American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) held a successful first annual meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Let's Streamline Your Front Desk
Your front office can be your greatest source of efficiency or a constant bottleneck. Increasing the productivity of this area without sacrificing the quality of patient interaction can be a little tricky.
An Interview with Amanda Shayle
JW: Can you share with us some of your history and how you became an acupuncturist? What did you do prior to becoming an acupuncturist? Where did you go to school?
Energy: For Life and For Death
Energy is a deep topic in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Qi is understood to underlie all of existence, animated or not, and the qi of the living is studied with special attention.
Health and Wellness Partnership
Yo San University of Traditional Chinese Medicine and The Wellness Center at the LAC + USC Historic General Hospital recently joined forces to extend care to the residents of Boyle Heights area of Los Angeles.
Asking Patients the Right Questions
When was the last time you asked a patient a question? Maybe 30 seconds ago? But, are you asking the right questions to elicit valuable and useful information? As a healthcare provider, you've likely spent hundreds of hours learning to ask the right questions to gather critical health information from your patients.
Misconceptions & Opportunities With Medicare
As I speak around the country on how to properly document Medicare patient encounters, I get questions regarding opting out of Medicare. There are many misconceptions about opting out of Medicare, including just what it means to opt out.
NCCAOM Launches New Membership Organization
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) recently launched a new national membership organization, the NCCAOM Academy of Diplomates.
Filling the Gap: The Role of Alternative Practitioners in a Broken Health Care System
I have been asked many times what got me into alternative medicine. My answer is simple: I want to truly help and make a difference in people's health.
How Many of Your Patients Have Sarcopenia?
Figure 1 demonstrates the typical appearance of sarcopenia in the paravertebral muscles. Have you considered evaluating your patients for this problem? Sarcopenia is the progressive loss of skeletal muscle mass and function that affects the older population.
Specialized Pro-Resolving Mediators: 21st Century Inflammation Fighters
Specialized pro-resolving mediators, or SPMs, are a portion of the omega-3 fatty-acid spectrum that have been shown to have a powerful effect on reducing inflammation.
Building Relationships and Referral Networks with Allopathic Practitioners
Dr. Doug, an orthopedist of 20 years, had heard stories from patients who tried acupuncture. While he was able to address many of their complaints effectively, some appeared to gain additional benefit when their care included TCM.
The Art of Listening
One of the most important clinical concepts for me was voiced by the legendary physician William Osler. "Listen to your patient, he/she is telling you the diagnosis." After treating literally thousands of patients, it can become almost second nature to quickly discover clues which reveal the underlying diagnosis.
Roots in the Community, Branches Far Beyond
The Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine (JTS) was founded in 1998 by Sean Christian Marshall in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, a small community near Boone in the state's westernmost mountains.
Day in the Life of an Advanced-Practice DC
Can you tell us a little about your background in the profession? Why did you want to become a DC? I studied at Boston University from 1968-1972 as a pre-med student majoring in biology.
Designing a Fitness Plan (Part 4): Blending Pain Relief With Healthy Aging
Pain relief is still the No. 1 reason patients come to my office. However, most of my patients have other goals as well, such as: "I want to lose 10 to 20 pounds"; "I feel old and want to slow down the aging process"; "My doctor says I am becoming a diabetic and need to exercise"; or "I'm tired and want more energy."
F4CP Launches New Social Media Campaign
The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress has launched a new service to help member doctors: a social media campaign called "Accelerator."
The Value of Melatonin in Breast Cancer Prevention and Adjunctive Treatment
Although melatonin (MLT) is best known for its sleep-aid properties and as a natural remedy to prevent jet lag, extensive experimental studies suggest it possesses anticancer activity through several biological mechanisms.
An Alarming Lack of Accountability
Accountability seems to be a lost quality today. The simple act of taking responsibility and doing the right thing just doesn't happen as often as it should. Maybe it is the litigious nature of our society.
Constructing Our Reality: The Primary Channels and Perception, Part 1
My favorite topic of discussion within Chinese medicine is the acupuncture channel systems. First of all, each of us have them. They are part of our bodies; not something external to us. To learn about the acupuncture channels is to learn about ourselves.
Identify & Adjust the Apex Posterior Sacrum
Low back pain involving an apex posterior sacrum (+θX-axis misalignment) typically presents with signs of lumbosacral joint impingement or facet syndrome.
Excited to Share the Science of Chiropractic: An Interview With Dr. Heidi Haavik
Dr. Heidi Haavik has become known in the circle of chiropractic researchers as not only a rising star, but also one willing to do research that can have a major impact in the scientific world and how chiropractic is perceived.
November 15, 2010
NCBTMB Announces 2010 Board Election Results
Press Release - The National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) announced today the re-election of Michele Baker and election of Judy Silcock, Bruce Baltz and Rhonda Reif to its Board of Directors. Their terms begin Jan. 1, 2011.
The NCBTMB Board of Directors is made up of nine members, who together supervise and direct the affairs of the national certification programs, as well as the organization's committees and examinations. They also determine NCBTMB policies and procedures.
Michele Baker was re-elected to her second term on NCBTMB's Board of Directors, a four-year term. In 2008, the board elected her Treasurer and she became a member of the Executive/Finance Committee. Baker has served as chair of the Advanced Certification Task Force, and a liaison to the Recertification Subcommittee and Leadership Development Committee. In addition, she was a member of the Volunteer Restructuring Task Force.
Baker has taught therapeutic massage at local colleges and mentored therapists. She received a bachelor's degree from University of Arkansas and graduated at the top of her class from Mississippi School of Therapeutic Massage. She is a Reiki Master and has received certification in volunteer administration.
"I am passionate about massage," said Baker. "I look forward to being a champion of several initiatives including strong outreach to massage schools, robust government relations in cooperation with state boards of massage therapy, advanced options for the growing population of massage 'veterans', and a continued expectation of superior customer service and responsive communication."
Judy Silcock was elected to the board for a four-year term. She is a full-time massage therapist and bodywork practitioner. Silcock has held state-level offices with the Idaho Massotherapy Association and the American Massage Therapy Association.
An NCBTMB volunteer since 1995, Silcock serves on the Government Relations Committee and the Approved Provider Committee. She has served as chair of the Recertification Subcommittee and an item writer for the National Certification Exam for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork (NCETMB).
Silcock received an undergraduate degree and completed graduate studies from the University of Arizona. She also attended Esalen Institute and Magic Valley Massotherapy Institute. In addition, Silcock has studied sports massage in Russia at the Physical Culture and Science Institutes of Moscow and St. Petersburg.
"I would like to thank those who voted in the NCBTMB elections, because there would be no 'us' without them," said Silcock. "I am delighted to have been elected to the board. I promise our certificants that I will represent them, as well as our stakeholders, with integrity, honesty and an openness of mind."
Bruce Baltz was elected to the board and will serve a three-year term. He is a licensed massage therapist in New York and Florida. Baltz is an internationally recognized educator with over 28 years of experience in the fitness and bodywork industry. An NCBTMB volunteer since 2007, he serves on the Approved Provider Committee.
Baltz received his massage diploma from Swedish Institute in New York and trained in advanced sports massage. He earned a LaStone Therapy Instructor Certificate, Myoskeletal Alignment Technique Certificate and has a background in research on the effect of temperature on the autonomic nervous system.
"I want to thank all of those who took the time to vote and have taken an interest in the future of the NCBTMB," said Baltz. "I am proud to be sitting on the board of such a massage and bodywork institution. I look forward to doing my part in redefining the future of NCBTMB."
Rhonda Reif was elected to a one-year term. She owns a healing arts business and has studied at various locations throughout the U.S., primarily in Southern California. Reif has trained in over 30 different holistic health modalities.
Reif received her master's degree from Western Illinois University, a bachelor's degree from Truman University, and two associate degrees from Southeastern Community College in West Burlington, Iowa. She is a massage graduate from the Institute of Wellness in Sunnyvale, Illinois.
Since 1995, Reif has hosted a monthly radio program dedicated to informing audiences about the healing arts. She served on various committees and volunteer teaches infant massage classes to new at-risk and low-income mothers.
"I am excited to be elected to the NCBTMB Board of Directors," said Reif. "I look forward to the year ahead. I appreciate the opportunity to serve on the board and be a voice for the profession and our national certificants."
"NCBTMB is proud to add four exceptionally qualified individuals to the board to help guide, strengthen and advance the standards within the massage therapy and bodywork profession," said Neal Delaporta, NCBTMB Chair.
Source: National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork
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