MPAA Mission

Manitoba Professional Acupuncture Association is a provincial organization that works to promote the practice of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in Manitoba, to benefit the well being of Manitobans.


COVID Update – March 14, 2022

As of March 15, 2022, there will no longer be Public Health restrictions for wearing masks in indoor spaces. For the safety of patients and practitioners, the MPAA strongly recommends that members continue to wear masks when interacting with patients until further notice. In addition, MPAA recommends continued mask use for patients and staff while in common areas for the safety of all. MPAA also still recommends that patients continue to be screened prior to attending appointments as well as making efforts to maintain physical distancing as much as possible. While none of these measures are mandatory, they are strongly recommended.


Continuing Education

2022 MPAA Continuing Education Seminar – Introduction to Motion Acupuncture

On May 1st and May 15th, 2022, MPAA was pleased to have Dr. Decheng Chen present an online seminar on Introduction to Motion Acupuncture. Dr. Decheng Chen is a licensed acupuncturist in New York and Ph.D. and has over 30 years of clinical and teaching experience world-wide. He discussed the four layers of soft tissue, the sensation felt by the patient and the acupuncturist, the sensation in the different layers, and the relationship between De Qi and its effects. Through videos we observed his application of Motion Acupuncture and the positive effects the treatments had on his patients. A total of 29 people attended the online seminar.


2022 MPAA Safety Course

On Sunday, March 6th, 2022 the MPAA offered an online Safety course live via Zoom.
The Safety course is a requirement for new members and encouraged for current members to attend.
We had over 90% of our MPAA members attend our Safety course.
Since the start of the pandemic, MPAA has adapted to include live online seminars as a safe alternative for our continuing education.
Our Safety Course included four main topics:

  1. Infection Control (Allison Murray, R.Ac.) – Common viruses, bacteria, and fungi were highlighted, as well as measures to prevent their spread including COVID-19. Proper hand washing, respiratory etiquette, and health screening were also covered.
  2. Charting, record keeping, and advertising (Shandis Price, R.Ac.) –Accurate and consistent record keeping were reviewed as well as the do’s and don’ts of advertising as an R.Ac.
  3. Acupuncture Safety (Li Lin, R.Ac.) –Acupuncture safety measures and techniques to prevent acupuncture-related injuries and accidents were reviewed as well as management of needle injury or accidents if they do occur.
  4. Ethics (Paul Kohlmeier) – The role of ethics in our decision making as health care professionals was discussed as well as scenarios in our practices that could cause possible ethical pitfalls. Virtual treatments were also discussed.

2021 Continuing Education Seminar - November 21, 2021

On November 21, 2021, the MPAA hosted a Continuing Education Seminar for MPAA members via Zoom. Topics included:

  1. Clinical Application of Mini Ren Acupuncture - presenter Guojian Huang, R.Ac, MD (China).
  2. Abdominal fat loss in Metabolic Disorders in Clinical Settings - presenter Dr. Liye William Zhoa, Ph.D., R.Ac, MD (China).