Continuing Education

MPAA organizes regular continuing education seminars and activities for its members.

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MPAA 2023 AGM luncheon and 10-year Anniversary

On December 10th, 2023, MPAA held its Annual General Meeting luncheon and 10-year anniversary at Sun Fortune restaurant in Winnipeg, MB. 22 members attended. We started off with a business tax presentation by accountant Bill Liu. While enjoying a wonderful meal, Ling Zhao presented the 2022-2023 MPAA financial report. Shandis Price announced the election results for our 2-year term for MPAA president.
Our current president, Josie Cantafio won the election and will be serving as president for another 2-year term. Josie started her president’s announcement by thanking YuJing Qiu, Guojian Huang, and Shaoli Shi for all their hard work creating the Manitoba Professional Acupuncture Association 10 years ago. We are grateful for their vision to bring a local association with professional standards to our Manitoba Acupuncturists. MPAA continues to strive to provide quality continuing education for our members each year. Our November 2022 to October 2023 cycle included a mix of virtual and in person continuing education. Looking ahead into 2024, MPAA will hold its Safety course February 4th that is mandatory for new members. MPAA will also hold a Fertility course by Dr. Liang on May 26. MPAA currently has 46 members and 5 student members. We look forward to the growth of our association and helping our members be successful in their field of Acupuncture.

2023 MPAA Continuing Education Seminar - Tung’s Acupuncture - May 7th, 2023

Tung's Acupuncture and Essential Protocols for Pain and Related Scenarios (6 hours) instructed by Dr. Michael Chung Dr.TCM.

MPAA is very fortunate to have Dr. Michael Chung present a 6 hour seminar on Tung’s Acupuncture on May 7th, 2023.

Dr. Chung received his M.Sc and Ph.D in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Tianjin TCM University in China. He was a disciple of Dr. Wei-Chieh Young and inherited a style of acupuncture called TEAS (Tung’s Extraordinary Acupuncture System). Dr. Chung has noted the great effects when treating patients with TEAS.

Dr. Chung started the seminar with a description of TEAS and its origins with Master Tung.

He discussed the differences between TEAS and the 14 meridian points, including differences in point location, nomenclature, point grouping, and clinical features. He also discussed different techniques and methods used in TEAS such as: Ci Luo, Ti Ying, Dong Qi, Qian Yin, and Dao Ma.

We were shown the system used to locate Tung’s points. This mapping technique included using latitude and longitude and thinking of the body in holographic form while using the system.
This included how to place points when they are in a grouping of more than 1 point.

Dr. Chung spent the afternoon discussing the top 10 upper extremity and lower extremity Tung’s points and their clinical applications. We were given time to practice needling some of the important points and also observe Dr. Chung demonstrate proper needling of these points and discuss case studies.

We left this seminar with an ignited curiosity in Tung’s acupuncture and are very thankful for Dr. Chung sharing his knowledge and expertise.

2022 MPAA Continuing Education Seminar - Cupping Therapy - November 27, 2022

Basic cupping course (6 hours) instructed by Paul Kohlmeier, BPE, RMT, R.Ac from Cupping Canada Inc.
MPAA was fortunate to have Paul Kohlmeier present a 6 hour basic cupping course for us on Nov 27, 2022.
Paul has been an RMT since 1996 and an R.Ac since 2008. He has spent a lot of time reading and disseminating research to other RMT’s and R.Ac’s. We learned about the history of cupping and the different forms of cupping as well as the proper way to disinfect cups for safe practice. Paul demonstrated the different cupping techniques and reasons to choose certain techniques over another depending on the patient and their complaint. We also learned about possible adverse events and contraindications to cupping. Paul demonstrated how to treat plantar fasciitis and TMJ pain. We took time during the class to practice the different cupping techniques such as: flash cupping, fast cupping, blanket cupping, and dynamic cupping.

The course was a great mix of classroom and hands on learning!


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).

2020 Continuing Education Seminar - First Aid/CPR Training Course

On Sunday, January 19th, 2020 the MPAA held a First Aid/CPR training course. The course was held at the MPAA head office and was attended by 22 participants.
The instructor discussed various First Aid situations with appropriate interventions, proper use of AED’s, as well as CPR techniques and modifications for Adult, Child and Infant respiratory and/or cardiac arrest.
There was some time for practice of the skills as well as questions and answers.
Participants received certification in First Aid/CPR for a 3 year period. MPAA members received 4 credit hours of continuing education.

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2019 Continuing Education Seminar - November 24th 2019

On Sunday, November 24th 2019, the MPAA hosted a free educational seminar for MPAA members.


  • Acupuncture and Meridian Massage.
  • Brief Introduction of Pi Acupuncture.
  • Ethical Practices.
  • Weight Management by Acupuncture and Diet.


2019 Continuing Education Seminar - March 21st, 2019

On Thursday, March 21st, 2019 the MPAA hosted a continuing education seminar on advanced FSN Acupuncture. The presenter, Dr. Fu, arrived in Winnipeg from China, the first stop of his North American FSN training tour.

Dr. Fu demonstrated advanced techniques involving both needle placement and manipulation, as well as treatment of various chronic conditions. The seminar was well attended by MPAA members who had basic training in FSN acupuncture. Each of the 20 members in attendance received 3 credit hours of continuing education.

2018 MPAA Continuing Education Seminar

On Sunday, March 11th, 2018, MPAA presented a Continuing Education Seminar.
The speakers were;

  1. FSN review and case studies.
  2. laboratory services for Acupuncturists and the overlapping of modalities.
  3. Jiao scalp acupuncture and its clinical applications.
  4. Tan’s Acupuncture.
The event was well attended with 31 MPAA members and nonmembers. All who attended received an abundance of very useful information and an excellent review of topics. MPAA members will receive 8 continuing education credits for attending.