Speakers2018-10-11T02:21:23+00:00

Meet Your Speakers

Every year, COMS strives to bring you an unprecedented lineup of amazing speakers. This March, COMS pre-symposium sessions will be taught by two popular speakers, Suzanne Robidoux and Dave Shipsey. Then, join us for 3 full days of learning from 9 world-renowned speakers. Walk away with both a deeper understanding of the topics and concrete techniques to bring back to your clinic and don’t miss this chance to spend more time with your favourite speakers! Scroll down to learn more.

Learn more about this year’s speakers:

Suzanne Robidoux

Dr. Suzanne Robidoux is a recognized international speaker that specializes in neurological disorders using a classical Chinese medicine approach with scalp and body acupuncture, classical acupuncture, and advanced moxibustion treatment.

Dr. Robidoux is a recognized author of classical Chinese medicine. For the last 20 years, Suzanne has greatly focused on reviving the classical teachings used in clinical practice. She has also focused the last 5 years of clinical work on combining five different lineages to treat various diseases including neurological diseases and pain.

Originally from Quebec, Canada, Suzanne completed her Master’s Degree in Chinese medicine in the NM, US, in 1999.  After learning Mandarin in Taiwan, Suzanne moved to Nanjing in 2004 to pursue her Doctorate at the University of Chinese Medicine to complete her Doctorates in Chinese medicine, proving the efficacy of classical Chinese medicine surpasses the single use of acupuncture in neurological pain. During this time, she was also involved in treating debilitating neurological diseases with scalp acupuncture as well as treating various gynecological diseases.

Presently, Dr. Robidoux has completed a post-doctorate clinical trial (2014-2016) with the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine on the application of classical thinking of the ancient doctor Zhang Zhong Jing in today’s clinic. Her goal is to revive the classical thinking within the Chinese medical community by systemizing it and making it readily available to all interested.

TOPIC DATE DURATION

PRE-SYMPOSIUM:
Classical Chinese Medicine Diagnostic and Treatment Protocol of Parkinson’s Disease

Thursday,
March 14

6 hours

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COMS MORNING:
Understanding Depression with Classical Medicine of Zhang Zhong jing

Saturday,
March 16

1 hour

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COMS AFTERNOON:
Treating Depression Successfully with Classical Medicine

Saturday,
March 16

3 hours

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Dave Shipsey

Dave Shipsey is a Registered Acupuncturist, author and teacher. He has been practising acupuncture in Dublin since 2001 and specialising in Abdominal Acupuncture since 2002. Dave completed a “Train the Trainer” program in 2011 to learn the best and most up to date methods of communicating knowledge.

Dave Shipsey has designed his own Abdominal Acupuncture (AA) training program (CPD accredited) for qualified and final-year student acupuncturists. He has run the program in Ireland, the UK and France; each course has received great reviews and testimonials from participants. The courses have evolved organically over the years and Dave feels that he has now found the perfect balance of theory and practice.

In October 2015, Dave Shipsey published his book “Mastering the Art of Abdominal Acupuncture, A Concise Guide to Treating Numerous Painful Conditions”. This peer-reviewed book is the first of its kind to be published in English on Abdominal Acupuncture. It is intended as a teaching manual for qualified acupuncturists and students of acupuncture.

TOPIC DATE DURATION

PRE-SYMPOSIUM:
An Introduction to Abdominal Acupuncture

Thursday,
March 14

6 hours

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COMS MORNING:
Abdominal Acupuncture in a Turtle Shell

Sunday,
March 17

1 hour

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COMS AFTERNOON:
What Makes Abdominal Acupuncture Phenomenal?

Sunday,
March 17

3 hours

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Andrew Sterman

Andrew Sterman is the author of Welcoming Food: Diet as Medicine for Home Cooks and Other Healers (available Spring 2019). Based in New York City, Andrew works with clients in the areas of dietary therapy, medical qigong and meditation, and writes a regular column for the Golden Flower Chinese Herbs newsletter. Andrew first entered Chinese medicine through qigong and Taiji in 1988. He began studying the healing potential of food at the same time by enrolling at the Natural Gourmet Cookery School. Seeking to deepen his understanding of food energetics, Andrew began the formal study of Chinese herbal medicine, diagnostics, medical theory, and dietary therapy with Master Jeffrey Yuen in 2001. Andrew’s parallel career as a professional musician enables him to travel extensively and learn from chefs of many cultures, further inspiring him to discover unique ways to incorporate food and healing into daily cooking routines. At home, Andrew cooks for his wife, author and acupuncturist Ann Cecil-Sterman, and their two children.

TOPIC DATE DURATION

COMS MORNING:
Protecting the Source, Optimizing Postnatal Qi—The Importance of the Dietary Branch of Chinese Medicine

Saturday,
March 16

1 hour

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COMS AFTERNOON:
The Most Delicious Medicine In the World: Successful Dietary Strategies to Empower Your Practice

Saturday,
March 16

3 hours

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Andy Rosenfarb

Andy Rosenfarb, ND, L.Ac. earned his Masters in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, with post-graduate education at Zhejiang College of Chinese Medicine in Hangzhou, China. Additionally, he studied naturopathy at Canyon College where he received his Doctorate of Naturopathy.

Dr Rosenfarb is the founder and clinical director of Acupuncture Health Associates, his extremely busy practice in Westfield, NJ. The clinic is internationally recognized as one of the top integrative ophthalmic clinics, and his patients come from all over the world for treatment.

Being a world-renowned expert in the field of Chinese Medical Ophthalmology, having studied and practiced this specialty since the mid 1990’s, Dr. Rosenfarb teamed with researchers at John Hopkins University and NOVA Southeastern University to design acupuncture protocols for the first-ever clinical studies on the efficacy of treating Retinitis Pigmetosa (genetic night blindness) with acupuncture.

Dr Rosenfarb is an Executive Council Member of the Specialty Committee of Ophthalmology of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine. He has also authored six books on Chinese Medical Ophthalmology.

TOPIC DATE DURATION

COMS MORNING:
Discover the Once Secret “Micro Acupuncture 48” Treatment Program

Saturday,
March 16

1 hour

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COMS AFTERNOON:
Introduction to Micro Acupuncture 48: A Modern-Hybrid Acupuncture System

Saturday,
March 16

3 hours

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David Allen

David graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine with his masters in 2007, and again with his doctorate in 2016, having spent many years studying directly under Alex Tiberi, widely considered to be the foremost expert on pediatric acupuncture and herbalism in the Western world. Part of this training included developing painless, needle-free alternatives to acupuncture and safe, healthy, and tasty herbal formulas for a wide variety of conditions. David travels extensively in Korea and China furthering his studies in pediatrics. David is a faculty member at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, the nation’s educational leader in Traditional East Asian Medicine. He also supervises acupuncture students at the Integrative Medicine program at Rady’s Children’s Hospital of San Diego.

David believes that all children deserve every chance at a healthy and happy life, and has devoted his life to helping them achieve their highest potential. While he specializes in pediatrics, David also treats adults for a wide range of ailments.

TOPIC DATE DURATION

COMS MORNING:
A Generation of Challenged Youth – How Acupuncture and TCM Can Help

Sunday,
March 17

1 hour

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COMS AFTERNOON:
ADD/ADHD 5-Element Types and Treatment for Children

Sunday,
March 17

3 hours

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David Bray, R.Ac., R.TCMP, Dipl C.H. (NCCAOM)

David Bray trained at and graduated from the Guangzhou University of TCM in 1980. He did his post-graduate specialist studies in TCM Gynecology at Hunan Regional Hospital in Changsha, China. David maintains a very busy private practice in Toronto, Ontario, focusing specifically on women’s health issues and principally reproductive wellness and fertility, and has been in continuous clinical practice since completing his studies. He has been a student and instructor of Chinese internal martial arts and therapeutic exercise for over 40 years.

TOPIC DATE DURATION

Morning QiGong

Friday, Saturday & Sunday

1 hour

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COMS MORNING:
Essential Components in Postpartum Care

Friday,
March 15

1 hour

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COMS AFTERNOON:
Postpartum Care and Recovery According to Chinese Medicine

Friday,
March 15

3 hours

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David Dong Liu, Ph.D.

David Dong Liu, Ph.D., is a Professor of Acupuncture at the Georgian College of Applied Arts and Technology, Ontario, Canada. He holds a Doctor Degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture from Heilongjiang University of Chinese Medicine. David has been teaching and practicing Acupuncture and TuiNa since 2001 in Toronto. Besides teaching entry-level acupuncture and Chinese Medicine courses, David developed several advanced acupuncture curriculums, including: Acupuncture Meridian Tapping for Sport Injury Prevention and Recovery; TCM ZangFu TuiNa (Chinese Medical Visceral Manipulation therapy) & ZhengGu TuiNa (Chinese Orthopedic Manipulation therapy); Chinese Medical Qigong (YiJinJing) Therapy Manual; and Acupuncture Five Structures Needling Techniques. As a team therapist, David treats several national and international elite athletes. He attended the Canadian Open, World Championship, and European figure skating championships from 2011 to 2014. Since 2012, David has treated over dozens of clients with bladder and bowel dysfunction after severe Spinal Cord Injury (SCI). The testimonies of acupuncture and spinal cord injury treatment were published twice in Outspoken Magazine from SCI Ontario. David has been practicing TaiChi for over 20 years. In 2017, he and his teammates received second place in Toronto’s International TaiChi Championship.

TOPIC DATE DURATION

COMS MORNING:
Introduction to Five Structure Acupuncture Techniques

Sunday,
March 17

1 hour

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COMS AFTERNOON:
Five Structure Acupuncture Techniques: Flying the Qi towards the Location of Illness

Sunday,
March 17

3 hours

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Josephine K. Spilka, M.S. L.Ac.

Josephine K. Spilka, M.S. L.Ac., is a licensed acupuncturist, practicing since 1994 with a Master’s degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Samra University in Los Angeles. Shortly after graduating, she was introduced to the synthesis of classical teachings and the modern practice of Chinese medicine by Sharon Weizenbaum and Jeffrey Yuen beginning in 1996.

Josephine teaches, mentors and consults in Chinese medicine and Buddhist meditation. Additionally, as a former faculty member of Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts in Asheville, North Carolina, she taught core curriculum courses utilizing classical systems such as Divergent Meridians, Luo Vessels and Eight Extraordinary Vessels as well as supervising students in the college clinic and conducting case reviews. Combining deep study with practical application, Josephine aspires to share the benefits of putting the classical teachings into clinical practice with her students and other licensed professionals.

In all that she does, Josephine is focused on investigating the relationship with essence in its many forms. Growing and innovating from her foundation in Chinese medicine, she teaches on essential oils and Chinese medicine, shares contemplative photography, and serves others in finding and mining their own essence. With pith and passion, Josephine brings together many streams of teachings to offer an inspiring and practical application of ancient wisdom.

TOPIC DATE DURATION

COMS MORNING:
The Nectar of Plants: Essential Oils and Chinese Medicine

Friday,
March 15

1 hour

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COMS AFTERNOON:
Fate and Destiny in Chinese Medicine:  Essential Oils and Epigenetics

Friday,
March 15

3 hours

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Monika Kobylecka

Monika Kobylecka is a licensed acupuncturist practicing Kiiko Matsumoto Style (KMS) acupuncture at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).

Monika completed her Master of Science degree at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine where she was first introduced to Japanese acupuncture. What shaped her current practice was meeting renowned Japanese practitioner Kiiko Matsumoto in 2004 and learning this master’s unique style. It was during one of the first classes Monika attended with Ms. Matusmoto that she discovered how acupuncture can be practical, effective and interactive – something that a patient doesn’t have to believe is working; they can feel it working right during the treatment.

For the last 14 years, Monika has continued to work closely with Ms. Matsumoto – observing her in her clinic in Boston, assisting her in her seminars and collaborating on Ms. Matsumoto’s latest book. Monika also teaches introductory, hands-on classes in KMS acupuncture in the United States and around the world.

Back home in Los Angeles, Monika’s passion for acupuncture, facilitated by Kiiko Matsumoto Style, translates into an ongoing effort to bridge the gap between Eastern and Western medicine in a practical and patient-focused manner. Her work at CHLA includes research, patient care in both outpatient and inpatient settings and many collaborative projects including an integrative sports medicine clinic dedicated to concussion care.

TOPIC DATE DURATION

COMS MORNING:
Don’t Dismiss It As Just “A Small Bump on the Head”

Friday,
March 15

1 hour

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COMS AFTERNOON:
Spotting and Treating Concussion Patterns

Friday,
March 15

3 hours

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