Your 2020 FSOMA Conference Speakers & Class Description

FL CEUs and NCCAOM PDAs pending

Chad Bailey     Cathy Goldstein     Shellie Goldstein     Michael Kowalski
Toni Krehel         
Robert Linde               Rene Ng               Robert Quinn     
     Andy Rosenfarb       Amy Sear               Hillary Thing               Ruan Zhao              

Schedule at a Glance

CHad Bailey headshotChad Bailey is an Acupuncture Physician (A.P./ D.C.H.) and Tai Ji Quan/ Martial Arts Instructor (Sifu/ Guro) who works daily in his clinic, Shin Wellness, and teaches classes on Miami Beach. He has over 30 years of experience and has taught Morning Qi Gong and many other classes at previous FSOMA conferences for the past 10 years.

Morning Qi Gong/ Taoist Meditation
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 prog
ressive levels of Taoist Meditation or Nei Gong for energy cultivation, health, longevity and immortality. Beginning with Basic Dan Tien 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.)

Tui Na for the Lower Extremities This class will cover the use of Tui Na, Chinese Massage and Manipulation, for the Lower Extremities. We will learn methods of assessment and manipulation for the Hip, Knee, Ankle, Foot and Toes. Students will then practice the manipulations to retain skill to be used in practice. (Last year, we did Tui Na for the Upper Extremities: Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist, Hand and Fingers.)\

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Cathy Goldstein AP has been practicing acupuncture for over 30 years. She is a graduate of New England School of Acupuncture. Cathy has been teaching advance techniques that are based in meridian theory and TCM for over 23 years. Cathy was Dx with Crohn's disease in her mid twenties. After long term struggle with multiple hospitalizations and surgeries Acupuncture saved her life and the cutting edge of Nero-Emotional Technique resolved the stress that perpetuated ongoing symptoms. She is committed to keeping our profession on the cutting edge of evi-dence based protocols. She is a energetic instructor that is interested in partici-pants learning techniques that they can take back to the office and use Monday to help their patients.

Part 1 of Basic Certificate Class in Fundamentals of TCM based Neuro-Emotional treatment.
How to change brain chemistry quickly   We will review the science of emotions, as well as research that shows TCM based protocol can eliminate hippocampus electrical impulse. New research has never shown how a TCM based protocol changes the brain stem impulse. This is the FIRST-TIME EVER that research is showing the relationship between emotions and physical changes using TCM based protocol.  During this class, a demonstration of the protocol and a FAST track technique that you can use with patients on Monday will be presented. The information we will cover will give you research and a foundation that explains to patients how TCM can change brain chemistry and emotional response to trauma and daily stressors.


Registration for this class includes free access to recorded webinar and $100 off Part 2 of the Basic Fundamentals live class towards a certification.

Shellie Goldstein HeadshotShellie Goldstein LAc has over twenty seven years of clinical experience specializing in cosmetics, facial neuro & musculoskeletal disorders, as an educator, I taught postgraduate courses in prestigious schools such as Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (NY) and TriState College of Acupuncture (NY). I have been employed as an instructor of Facial Acupuncture for third year students at TriState College of Acupuncture (NY) and New York College of Health Professionals (NY). I am the founder and lead instructor of the 100 hour Advanced Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture Mentorship and Certificate Training Program. Recent speaking engagements include the Integrative Dermatology Symposium (2019),  East Coast Symposium (2019)& the L’Ordre des Acupuncteurs du Quebec (2019).

Facial Acupuncture: A Biomedical Approach for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Facial Conditions
The U.S. healthcare system is experiencing a major scientific and philosophical evolution. This class is designed to introduce biomedical systems for understanding, diagnosing, and treating facial conditions  such as pain, dermatology, musculoskeletal, and appearance enhancement. By integrating Eastern Medicine and biomedical concepts it is possible to effectively  communicate with other healthcare professions within the healthcare industry. 

Michael Kowalski headshotOver his 36 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

Possession and Aggressive Energy GEN
Ever wonder why a patient doesn’t respond to your treatment? The answer could be Possession or Aggressive Energy (AE). Whatever your acupuncture methods, no treatment will be effective until the Possession or AE is removed.
In 36 years of Five Element acupuncture practice and teaching, Michael Kowalski AP has treated thousands of patients with Possession and/or AE. He will share the special techniques to diagnose and remove Possession and AE, so you can use these important treatments in YOUR practice.


Toni Krehel headshotIn practice for over 20 years, Dr. Toni Krehel specializes in the treatment of persistent illnesses & chronic inflammation (Acupuncture, Chinese Medicine, Homeopathy and Microcurrent Therapy). As the Florida director for the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) since 2001, Dr. Krehel advocates/educates for medical freedom and informed consent rights for doctors & patients, and she has been instrumental in changing policies in the State of Florida to advance and protect these rights. Author of numerous articles and two continuing education courses on post vaccine syndromes, Krehel educates patients, students & the public on the side effects & pathways of chronic disease progression post vaccination per TCM principles of immunology.

Modern Illness, Chronic Inflammation & Our Future Patients
Many of our current patients and most of our future patients will present with syndromes and diagnoses of chronic inflammatory conditions & diseases. This class presents an objective overview of infection by injection as a possible pathway to chronic inflammation and persistent illness. The presentation includes a review of TCM principles of immunology, TCM concepts related to the pathogenesis of deep-lying infection, diagnosis and treatment challenges, and useful protocols for patient care.

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Bob Linde, AP, RH Acupuncture Physician, Registered Herbalist (AHG), took a circuitous route to becoming an herbalist and acupuncture physician. His career 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.

Now, Bob focuses as the owner of Acupuncture & Herbal Therapies, a multi-practitioner/multimodality practice, in St. Petersburg Florida and the co-director of Traditions School of Herbal Studies. Bob designed the two-year Traditional Chinese Medicine clinical herbalist training program and supervises a weekly student clinic for both herbalists and acupuncturists in training. He also consults as a product developer for herbal product companies for humans and animals 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 conferences. He lectures regularly at colleges and organizations around the US. Bob is member of many organizations related to herbalism, alternative medicine and nature conservation. Bob is also an traveler and travel writer. He has lived in Europe and traveled to the Amazon, Galapagos, Yukon Territory, Caribbean and throughout the US. Bob recently completed 12 episodes for INTI TV, “Sanaciones con Bob Linde”, an exploration of indigenous people’s herbal practices. He has also appeared on Animal Planet and several other tv shows. Find out more at and  

Men's Health: Fertility, Function and Fun
Men's health is often not spoken about. This class will explore the anatomy, physiology and pathology in both western and Chinese medicine. We will focus on common issues of impotence, prostate, fertility for men. We will explore chinese herbs & formulas, unique western herbs, dietary and supplements.

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Dr. Rene Ng (DACM, AP, L.Ac), is a highly regarded and regular speaker at FSOMA conferences. He is e author of consumer articles that are frequently and regularly published by national wellness publications. Board-certified in Tung Acupuncture with over 14 years’ experience with the system. 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 Best in Acupuncture” award by Sarasota Herald Tribune. 

Born in Macao, China, he has been involved with Chinese Medicine for over 40 years. While in China, Rene began training in the seventies 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. He can be e-mailed at [email protected]

Integrative Oncology - Understanding Cancer and Combining TCM with Western Medicine in Cancer Care  Cancer has lately been on a startling exponential surge. Chemotherapy and radiation have been the primary treatments but present with harsh and demoralizing symptoms, often contributing to the cancer patient's demise. Moreover, the success rate of chemotherapy is well known to be extremely low. TCM can form a powerful ally with western medicine to provide a highly effective, wholistic option for treating cancer. It can provide for a very powerful solution towards successfully battling cancer as well as avoiding it. This talk covers the etiology of cancer, from both eastern and western perspectives, and introduces a methodology on effectively integrating them to provide total cancer care. Also discussed will be nutritional considerations that can enhance the body’s defensive systems to battle the cancers.

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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.

Yin Sotai The Gentle Within Gentle Way to Pain Relief
Yin Sotai is a gentler expression of Sotai, an already gentle system of neuromuscular re-education developed in Japan by Keizo Hashimoto, MD. Yin Sotai is the perfect complement to acupuncture and moxa. It is easy to learn and amazingly effective.

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Dr. Andy Rosenfarb, founder and clinical director of Acupuncture Health Associates in Westfield, NJ, is a world-renowned expert in the field of of Chinese Medical Opthalmology. Since 1997, he has been leading the field in integrated treatment methods that combine Traditional Chinese Medicine, Naturopathic Medicine and new cutting-edge therapies to help people suffering from debilitating eye diseases to maintain and improve their eyesight.  Dr. Rosenfarb is Board Certified in Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal Medicine and as an Executive Council Member of the Specialty Committee of Ophthalmology, of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine.

Clinical Pearls in Chinese Medical Ophthalmology
Chinese Medical Ophthalmology can yield great treatment results for many of the degenerative eye disorders that lead to blindness. This training we will provide quick and easy methods that you can immediately implement into your practice. This class will provide practical content on both theory and clinical applications for treating common ophthalmic conditions.

Ophthalmic Acupuncture for Macular Degeneration & Dry Eye
This training will be a deep dive into effectively treating specific ophthalmic conditions of Age-Related Macular Degeneration and Dry Eye.  Macular degeneration is the leading cause of severe, irreversible vision loss in people over age 60.   Dry eye is a condition in which a person doesn't have enough quality tears to lubricate and nourish the eye. Both conditions are extremely common and often chronic problem, particularly in older adults.

Amy Sear HeadshotAmy 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.  Amy served as President of FSOMA from 2004 to 2010, and currently teaches at two schools in Florida.  She has taught practical and clinical continuing education since 2000, and is considered an expert in laws, safety, ethics, and documentation. She has over seventeen years experience in Integrative practice, including employee status at Memorial Healthcare Systems in Broward County, FL,. She brings her years of respected teaching experience to these topics in order to help others.

Medical Errors/Safety 2 Hours
This new and updated Safety course has been designed to be interesting and provide usable information - directly related to Oriental Medical practice. It is laid out in a very practical way and provides a step by step approach.  It includes information from scenarios – the types of things that are actually occurring around the country - how we can learn from them, and easy things to do to prevent them.   Most are very preventable and simple and practical tips are provided in the course.

Besides just safety, this course includes risk management, and will specifically help the attendee lower the likelihood of practice related claims against them. 

Human Trafficking:     (1 hour)
There is a new and MANDATORY requirement for ALL LICENSEES in Florida to take a one hour class in Human Trafficking. This is required by January 2021.  This one hour class will cover all items required by the State of Florida. What is Human Trafficking, how do we recognize and screen for it, why do we need to learn about it, what do we need to do (and not do) about it.  Mandated resources will be provided.

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Hillary Thing, LAc. is a holistic Lyme disease specialist with over two decades of clinical experience.  She trains health professionals in holistic Lyme treatment via a year-long training, the Holistic Lyme Practitioner Mentorship.  Hillary educates people worldwide via, and at scientific and holistic medical conferences throughout the US.  She treats patients both in-person at Nourishing Life Health Center in Kingston, NY and internationally via telemedicine.

Treating Lyme & Lyme-like Illness with Chinese Medicine
Lyme is rapidly on the rise across the globe, especially in the eastern US.  It triggers many of the auto-immune and chronic inflammatory health conditions that we see daily in our clinics.  Antibiotics are the go-to medical solution, yet they may not result in a return to health.  This talk will empower attendees to step into the central role that Chinese medicine practitioners can play in the proper diagnosis and effective treatment of Lyme and Lyme-like illness.


Ruan Zhao HeadshotDr. 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.