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The Washington East Asian Medicine Association (WEAMA) is the acupuncture profession's primary voice in representing and promoting acupuncture and East Asian medicine in Washington state. WEAMA was created for practitioners, the general public, students and allied professionals and legislators. 

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  • August 02, 2018 9:48 AM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    Summer edition now available to members on our website!


    https://weama.info/memberbenefits/meridiansjournal
    Meridians: The Journal of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is the official journal of the American Society for Acupuncturists (ASA).

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    About WEAMA

    The Washington East Asian Medicine Association first began as the Acupuncture Association of Washington over 25 years ago. The organization helped to provide a unified legislative voice for our profession. In fact, our founders were integral in helping establish the legal practice of East Asian Medicine in Washington state. Our all-volunteer Board of Directors currently consists of 7 democratically elected professionals in the field.




  • July 30, 2018 3:05 PM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    SAVE THE DATE! Sunday, October 21st, 2018 
    Greetings from WEAMA,

    WEAMA will host a fall meeting on October 21st!
    Speakers & topics scheduled:
    Daniel Bensky, DO. “Thoughts on Palpation in Contemporary East Asian Medicine.” Dan has a long-term interest in Chinese and Chinese medicine, having obtained a diploma in Chinese medicine from the Macau Institute of Chinese Medicine in 1975, a Masters in Classical Chinese from the University of Washington in 1996, and a Doctorate in the Discussion of Cold Damage from the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences in 2006. He also graduated with a Doctor of Osteopathy from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1982, where he was a research assistant for John Upledger. He has studied with many notable osteopathic practitioners, including Robert Fulford and Jean-Pierre Barral.

    Dr. Heather Tick, “Transformation and Integration in Healthcare.” Transformational change is needed in the medical system which continues to be the third leading cause of death in the US. Integration of evidence-based non-pharmacologic strategies offers effective, lower cost interventions which are embraced by patients and have markedly lower risks. Dr. Tick will discuss data and strategy and will welcome discussion. Heather Tick, M.A., M.D., is the first holder of the Gunn-Loke Endowed Professorship of Integrative Pain Medicine at the University of Washington. She has been an integrative pain practitioner for over 20 years. She is a UW clinical associate professor in both the Departments of Family Medicine, and Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine.

    Leslie Emerick, MPA, WEAMA lobbyist will share current legislative happenings. Please plan to join us to learn about the legislative progress being made for our profession locally and nationally, and how you can participate!

    More details to come, CEU pending…. early bird registration opens soon!

    Meeting Location: Aegis Gardens, 13056 SE 76th Street, Newcastle, WA 98056

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    About WEAMA

    The Washington East Asian Medicine Association first began as the Acupuncture Association of Washington over 25 years ago. The organization helped to provide a unified legislative voice for our profession. In fact, our founders were integral in helping establish the legal practice of East Asian Medicine in Washington state. Our all-volunteer Board of Directors currently consists of 7 democratically elected professionals in the field.


  • July 04, 2018 9:48 AM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    TCMAAA/ATCMA Annual Meeting 2018 International TCM and Acupuncture Forum in Seattle, WA
    Dear supporter of acupuncture,
    Just announced! Very special rates for WEAMA members to attend the TCMAAA/ATCMA Annual Congress, which is $280 for the faculties and $250 for the students for both days of the conference (regular registration fee is $430 for practitioners). 

    If you would like to take advantage of these deeply discounted rates, please email Shelley at: info@weama.info
    Link Directly to Forum Information 

    See Invitation addressed to Dr. Yang, WEAMA Board President!

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    About
    The Washington East Asian Medicine Association first began as the Acupuncture Association of Washington over 33 years ago. The organization helped to provide a unified legislative voice for our profession. In fact, our founders were integral in helping establish the legal practice of East Asian Medicine in Washington state. Our all-volunteer Board of Directors currently consists of 7 democratically elected professionals in the field.


  • June 29, 2018 2:32 PM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    Happy summer from WEAMA!

    The American Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Congress will be held in Seattle August 3rd – 5th, 2018!

    Who should attend? Anyone who is engaged in Traditional Chinese Medicine, including working in education, research, clinical applications, health and lifestyle, medical equipment providers, Chinese herbal medicine suppliers, other professional experts and scholars, and current students who enrolled in qualified TCM acupuncture programs are welcomed.

    DATE: 08/04/2018 (All day) to 08/05/2018 (All day)
    Location: Hyatt Regency Bellevue on Seattle’s Eastside
    900 Bellevue Way NE, Bellevue, WA 98004, USA
    Detailed Schedule & Registration
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    Not yet a member of WEAMA More information here
    Want to get involved? Email Shelley:  info@weama.info

    About
    The Washington East Asian Medicine Association first began as the Acupuncture Association of Washington over 33 years ago. The organization helped to provide a unified legislative voice for our profession. In fact, our founders were integral in helping establish the legal practice of East Asian Medicine in Washington state. Our all-volunteer Board of Directors currently consists of 7 democratically elected professionals in the field.


  • June 18, 2018 11:32 AM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    Greetings from WEAMA!
    WEAMA appreciates your continued support! Thank you!

    A big legislative year lies ahead as we navigate physical therapists and nurse practitioners lobbying to add acupuncture to their scope of practice. WEAMA is also working to update our professional scope of practice to more correctly reflect our high standards of education and training. It is imperative to work as a professional unified collective to ensure our profession is protected and preserved.

    How can you help? Call to action!

    Our association needs membership numbers to be 50% plus 1 of our profession to have the greatest impact. As it stands, only 10% of Washington LAc's are members of WEAMA. For as little as $15 dollars a month you help pay for our profession to have a consistent presence in the legislation process through our dedicated and successful lobbyist, Leslie Emerick. She acts on every opportunity to help our profession succeed. Most recently Leslie added our profession at the last moment, via WEAMA for all Washington acupuncturists, to the prior authorization bill and because of that acupuncturists patients can receive 6 visits before prior auth! Without our lobbyist our profession would not be where it is today. Please take time to renew your membership if it has lapsed, join our membership, or donate to our PAC fund (legislative fund) to make your dollar and voice heard! Join or renew here: https://weama.info/support/join

    Proof is in the pudding...

    WEAMA asked our amazing lobbyist Leslie Emerick​ to create a document to share with all Washington licensed acupuncturists to keep you abreast and show what your WEAMA membership dollars are paying for. Leslie graciously created a "10 year retrospective" of WEAMA's legislative and public policy accomplishments. It is packed full of vital information!


    Here is to a successful legislative session!

    WEAMA board of directors

  • June 11, 2018 12:14 PM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    Our lobbyist is often aware of bills that are being considered for the next legislative session months in advance. For those entities that are considering legislation for next year, stakeholder work begins early! Here are a few bills that are being proposed for next year, including our own:
    Read more...WEAMA Potential Legislative Agenda for 2019 (1).pdf


  • June 11, 2018 9:21 AM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    East Asian Medicine Advisory Committee meeting scheduled for Friday, June 22, 2018, Vancouver WA.  See below for agenda.
    Agenda


  • May 24, 2018 5:11 PM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    A new meta-analysis published in the Journal of Pain has found that acupuncture is effective for the treatment of chronic pain, which may have implications for the way family physicians treat patients with this condition.

    Read article here: www.aafp.org



  • May 23, 2018 8:03 AM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    Attendees at the WEAMA Spring Meeting on Sunday May 20, at Bastyr University received a wealth of information, from insurance to herbal resources; the UW library, new research and with every engaged person we strengthen and advance East Asian Medicine in Washington State. The practice of acupuncture is becoming more accepted, and with this comes challenges as well. Your WEAMA leadership with the help of lobbyist Leslie Emerick is at the forefront in navigating this progress. Our closing session was a lively and at times emotional open discussion and listening exercise, describing the state of acupuncture in Washington State and important decisions facing our leadership in representing the profession. Consensus is to continue to engage the PT’s in conversation so that WEAMA stays at the table and doesn’t miss an opportunity to educate and define acupuncture when policy and rule-making opportunities arise, “If you are not at the table, you might be on the menu”. We will continue to keep members informed through our blog postings, new monthly public policy phone calls, and of course at the Fall WEAMA membership meeting.

    If you are not yet engaged, we invite you to become part of WEAMAs efforts to protect and advance our profession! Preserving our profession is WEAMA's mission statement and passion. Please email info@weama.info if you want to be involved, even in the littlest capacity. “Many hands make light work.”

    Thank you the more than 80 EAMP’s students and exhibitors for participating in the WEAMA Spring membership meeting. We will offer a Fall Membership Meeting in October. Look for more information soon.

    View WEAMA Legislative Presentation

    About WEAMA
    The Washington East Asian Medicine Association first began as the Acupuncture Association of Washington over 33 years ago. The organization helped to provide a unified legislative voice for our profession. In fact, our founders were integral in helping establish the legal practice of East Asian Medicine in Washington state. Our all-volunteer Board of Directors currently consists of 7 democratically elected professionals in the field.


  • May 15, 2018 10:56 AM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    Join more than 65 already registered fellow EAMPs in participating in the WEAMA Spring Membership Meeting. Its not to late! Register now!
    May 20th, 2018, at Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Drive, Kenmore WA 98028-4966. Hope to see you there!
    Meet the WEAMA leadership who are providing information and resources for the nearly 1,500 licensed acupuncture practitioners in Washington state. We invite you to participate to learn what's trending in acupuncture locally and nationally and discover opportunities to engage with the association. Joining a committee is the fastest way to realize return on investment for membership dues! Expanding your network of contacts within the practice is the number one strategy for advancing your career. And, this is the place to reconnect with friends and colleagues! Hope to see you there!
    Register here
    Registration Includes: CEUs, Organic Lunch Buffet, Free Parking, Vendor Tables!

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    About WEAMA
    The Washington East Asian Medicine Association first began as the Acupuncture Association of Washington over 25 years ago. The organization helped to provide a unified legislative voice for our profession. In fact, our founders were integral in helping establish the legal practice of East Asian Medicine in Washington state. Our all-volunteer Board of Directors currently consists of 7 democratically elected professionals in the field.


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PT dry needling Sunrise Review Draft Report

WA DOH:  "The department does not support the applicant’s proposal to add dry needling to the physical therapy scope of practice. The proposal as submitted does not meet the sunrise criteria for increasing a profession’s scope of practice."  Download DOH Draft Report

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