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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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  • October 04, 2018 11:09 AM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    Only 2 days left to take advantage of Early Bird incentives through October 6th!

    Let your voice be heard! Important panel discussion and membership participation taking place to reach a consensus on WEAMA position on Trigger Point Needling legislation in the 2019 Legislative session.

    *Speakers & Topics

    WA State Legislation & Public Policy Update
    WEAMA Lobbyist, Leslie Emerick, MPA
    Overview of Political Environment for 2019 Legislative Session

    • RCW 18.06 East Asian Medicine Statute Update
    • NCQAC Medical Acupuncture for ARNPs
    • DOH Rule Making on EAMP WAC

    *Non-Pharmacological Alternatives to Opioids-Governor's Decision Package.
    Update on 2019 Trigger Point Needling Legislation by Physical Therapists.

    • Current Legislative environment as it relates to Trigger Point Needling Bill
    • Overview of facilitated conversation with the Physical Therapists of WA Association (PTWA)
      *Panel discussion and membership participation to reach a consensus on WEAMA position on Trigger Point Needling legislation in 2019 Legislative session.

    The Future of Our Medicine
    Panel discussion:
    Dr. Iman Majd, Kathleen Lumiere, DAOM, EAMP, Brenda Loew, M.Ac.,EAMP, L.Ac, Dipl. AC, WEAMA Lobbyist, Leslie Emerick, MPA

    Thoughts on Palpation in Contemporary East Asian Medicine
    Daniel Bensky, DO
    Discover some of the many benefits of palpation. Learn what different types of palpation bring to the practice of East Asian Medicine and specific ideas that have gone into the fusion of osteopathic and East Asian approaches that Dr Bensky has helped to develop, that is called "Engaging Vitality". Speaker Sponsored by:


    Transformation and Integration in Healthcare
    Dr. Heather Tick
    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.

    WEAMA’s Fall Membership Meeting
    Date: October 21st, 2018
    Location: Aegis Gardens, 13056 SE 76th Street, Newcastle, WA 98056
    Registration: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
    Event: 9 AM – 3:30 PM

    Register Here!

    Registration Includes:
    CEUs, Lunch Buffet, Free Parking, Vendor Tables!

    Visit our website
    Not a WEAMA member? Join Here

    It is through financial support from members that all this is possible. Please consider becoming a member or making additional contributions toward our ongoing efforts. We can't do this without your financial support!

    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.


  • September 18, 2018 8:44 AM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    You’re invited to take advantage of Early Bird incentives through October 6th!

    WEAMA’s Fall Membership Meeting
    Date: October 21st, 2018
    Location: Aegis Gardens, 13056 SE 76th Street, Newcastle, WA 98506
    Registration: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
    Event: 9 AM – 3:30 PM

    *Speakers & Topics

    Leslie Emerick, WEAMA Lobbyist “WA State Legislative and Public Policy Update.”
    Overview of Political Environment for 2019 Legislative Session

    • RCW 18.06 East Asian Medicine Statute Update
    • NCQAC Medical Acupuncture for ARNPs
    • DOH Rule Making on EAMP WAC

    *Non-Pharmacological Alternatives to Opioids-Governor's Decision Package.
    Update on 2019 Trigger Point Needling Legislation by Physical Therapists.

    • Current Legislative environment as it relates to Trigger Point Needling Bill
    • Overview of facilitated conversation with the Physical Therapists of WA Association (PTWA)
    • Panel discussion and membership participation to reach a consensus on WEAMA position on Trigger Point Needling legislation in 2019 legislative session

    Daniel Bensky, DO. “Thoughts on Palpation in Contemporary East Asian Medicine.”
    Discover some of the many benefits of palpation. Learn what different types of palpation bring to the practice of East Asian Medicine and specific ideas that have gone into the fusion of osteopathic and East Asian approaches that Dr Bensky has helped to develop, that is called "Engaging Vitality". Speaker Sponsored by:


    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.

    Register Here!

    Registration Includes:
    CEUs (pending), Lunch Buffet, Free Parking, Vendor Tables!

    Visit our website
    Not a WEAMA member? Join Here

    It is through financial support from members that all this is possible. Please consider becoming a member or making additional contributions toward our ongoing efforts. We can't do this without your financial support!

    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.


  • September 06, 2018 1:38 PM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    American Society of Acupuncturists (ASA) worked in collaboration with Lhasa OMS to produce this document. Please share widely and use it as a tool to educate and advocate. (NOTE: if you join WEAMA, you automatically gain membership to ASA!)
    Click link below to view document



  • August 14, 2018 3:38 PM | Shelley Dahle (Administrator)

    You’re invited to take advantage of deeply discounted Early Bird incentives through October 6th!

    WEAMA’s Fall Membership Meeting
    Date: October 21st, 2018
    Location: Aegis Gardens, 13056 SE 76th Street, Newcastle, WA 98506
    Registration: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
    Event: 9 AM – 3:30 PM

    *Speakers & Topics

    Daniel Bensky, DO. “Thoughts on Palpation in Contemporary East Asian Medicine.”
    Discover some of the many benefits of palpation. Learn what different types of palpation bring to the practice of East Asian Medicine and specific ideas that have gone into the fusion of osteopathic and East Asian approaches that Dr Bensky has helped to develop, that is called "Engaging Vitality". Speaker Sponsored by: 

    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.

    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!

    Local & National Update
    L & I Pilot Project Update & Treasurers Report

    Register Here!

    Registration Includes:
    CEUs (pending), Lunch Buffet, Free Parking, Vendor Tables!

    Visit our website
    Not a WEAMA member? Join Here

    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.


  • 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).

    Visit our website
    Not a WEAMA member? Join Here

    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

    Visit our website
    Not a WEAMA member? Join Here

    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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    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 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


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WEAMA Name Change Proposal Business Meeting
Sunday, November 18th, 2018, 1pm-4pm
Aegis Gardens
13056 SE 76th Street, New Castle, WA 98056

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Save the Date!
Tuesday, February 26th, 2019
WEAMAs First Legislative Day!

Olympia, Capital Campus, Prichard Building, Washington Room. 7am - 4pm



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Inviting licensed EAMPS to join more than 285 other professionals in our private facebook discussion page. 

Pre-approval required as this is a closed group for licensed EAMPs. WEAMA membership encouraged, but not required to participate in the group. 

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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

WA State Attorney General's Opinion

The WA State Attorney General has issued his opinion stating that dry needling is not within the PT's scope of practice. Read the full opinion

Point Injection Clarification
SHB 2448 Bill Signed

Governor Jay Inslee signed our bill, SHB 2448, which helped clarify over 30 years of ambiguity. Read the Senate Bill Report

Meridians Journal Issues Available

Members can access the latest issue of Meridians Journal.  Login to your account above first.Member Benefits section

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