Come to Marin POCAfest September 27-29!

If you think of POCA as the online organization that is dedicated to helping us Community Acupuncturists, POCAfest is that online presence manifesting in the real world where we can actually be part of our community. Being alone, making hard decisions in one;’s clinic can be really hard over time. We all need backup to bounce ideas off and this is the place to do it. And by going to this POCAfest you can do it while spending a weekend in one of the most drop dead gorgeous coasts in the country! Go for hikes along the cliffs overlooking the ocean, have great discussions on the beach: you practically can’t afford NOT to come!  😉 

All this for just $300 room and board for the weekend at he early bird price, $150 for students and family. See? You can’t afford to miss this! Here is the registration page:

Here are the CEU categories that we’ve applied for:
California Categories:   
Category 1:  8.75    
Category 2:  8    

The NCCAOM Categories:

AOM-AC – 8.25

AOM-BIO – 2.75

PE-CW – 8

And here is the schedule of breakout sessions:

3-5 registration- Sunset downstairs.

3:30-4:30- breakouts
1. Sunset: Depression, addiction and chronic pain – Panel discussion with Cait Cain, Michelle Lemieux, Melissa Craven
2. Coast:  Chronic Digestive Disorders- Julia Carpenter
3. Kestrel: Cupping! Jade Fang

4:45-6 Sunset: Opening and roll call- followed by keynote address: Jeff Levin title TBD: [But maybe something like: “Chronic Pain, Endurance, and the Future of the Acupuncture Profession” – Jeff]

6-7 dinner
7 onwards- bonfire and hanging out

8-9 breakfast

9:30-11 breakouts
1.  Sunset:  ???   Bay Area Clinic Owner Panel discussion
2. Coast: Best Practices for small (8-12 chair) Clinics – Michael Hall
3. Kestrel: Bookkeeping/Business systems Carmen Doerge and Steve Kingsbury
4. Cypress: Enter the 36 Chambers with Master Tung – Cate Maxon and Josh Whiteley

12-1 lunch

1:15-2:30 breakouts
1. Sunset: Ergonomics for punks- Moses Cooper
2. Coast: Reception management made fun and efficient- Princess Pei Pei
3. Kestrel: POCA Tech and California- Lisa Rohleder, Jersey Rivers, and Skip Van Meter
4. Cypress: Scalp Acupuncture- Gururas Khalsa


2:45-4 breakouts
n1. Sunset: Solid Financial Ground: Effective Financial Management for your Clinic- Michelle Lemieux and Whitney Thorniley
2. Coast: Punk Skillz: Curating the Clinic Experience – Evelyn Williamson
3. Kestrel:   
4. Cypress: Specific Applications for Cannabis for chronic pain and more – Dr. Dan Price

4:45-6 breakouts
1. Sunset: Implementing trauma informed care in practice- Sister Maria Magdalena
2. Coast: Burnout- panel discussion Jeff Levin, Cait Cain and…
3. Kestrel: The Use of CBD in Clinical Practice – Katy Whitcomb, DOM and Kent Nixon, L.Ac.
4. Cypress: Treating Cancer- Faune Towery L.Ac.

6-7 dinner
7 onwards bonfire

8-9 breakfast

9:15-10:15 breakouts
1. Sunset: The Yin and Yang of SOAP HR Systems- Whitney Thorniley and Jeff Levin
2. Coast: 8 extras! – Rob Singer
3. Kestrel: Quick Pulse Diagnosis – Mike Gonzalez
4. Cypress: Shonishin and pediatric acupuncture- Julia Carpenter

1.    Sunset: The 11th Approach: what do you actually do?  – Skip Van Meter
2.    Coast:
3.  Kestrel: Autoimmune Conditions and Chronic Pain – Ninah Hoffman and Mandy Rosenberg
4. Cypress: Balance Method without the points- Whitsitt Goodson and John Vella

12-1 lunch

1:15- 2 Sunset: closing- Jeff, Mary, Skip


Any questions? Put 'em here or go to the forums and ask 'em. 

And here is where you register: Sign up soon as POCAfests at Marin fill up F A S T


Skip Van Meter
Author: Skip Van Meter

Skip is Lead Acupuncturist and Co-Founder of <a href="" target="_blank">Working Class Acupuncture</a> in Portland, Oregon. With the earlier part of his life spent acquiring knowledge about geology, urban planning and teaching high school, he has now been an acupuncturist for 19 years, using about a 1,750,000 needles poking his patients. He likes all things soccer, has three fabulous sons, the best wife in the world, and a great dog and two cool cats.

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