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AOMA Student Clinic Rotation with Elizabeth Fordyce, LAc

Posted by Sarah Bentley on Wed, Sep 03, 2014 @ 02:04 PM

handsMonday and Wednesday rotations at AOMA’s north clinic with AOMA supervisor Elizabeth Fordyce are a pleasingly unique therapeutic experience. Fordyce began supervising at AOMA in 2004. With a history as an EMT before becoming an acupuncturist, she has completed extensive post-graduate studies in the Tan Balance Method and Master Tung’s points. Fordyce has practiced as a licensed acupuncturist and registered massage therapist since 1993.

Fordyce’s intern clinic rotations are full of innovative acupuncture protocols, with comprehensive techniques that treat an array of ailments. Her out-of-the-box thinking is contagious, and students flourish under her guidance. Her relaxed manner and confidence trickle down to create a healing epicenter for student-collaborated treatment plans. Of notable mention, and among many different approaches, three sub-modalities of acupuncture commonly used in this clinic are:

Dr. Tan’s Balance Method

Master Tehfu Tan embodies the Wu Bian philosophy in all areas of his practice and the legacy that he has created. Wu Bian is Mandarin for infinite possibilities, and has been fused into at least 25 years of revolutionary work that Dr. Tan has made available to practitioners across the globe. His protocols often use fewer points that are located in regions farther away from, but still related to, areas of pain. This style uses a 3-step strategy that provides “logical and precise guidance toward a minimal number of distal points which avoid aggravating local areas of pain.” It also incorporates meridian pathway and palpation diagnosis, with applicable channel theory, to promote relief within seconds.

Master Tung’s Points

With an extremely effective treatment approach, Master Tung Ching Chang is easily referred to as one of the greatest acupuncture masters who has ever lived. These points were “a treasured family secret, handed down and refined over generations,” and were used with at least 40,000 patients between 1953 and1975 alone. Similar to the Tan Method, Master Tung’s protocols use fewer needles than some of the other treatment types, and in most cases they are known for bringing instant relief upon insertion. Practitioners can treat even some of the most difficult cases with these groupings, thanks to the benevolence of Master Tung himself.

Esoteric Acupuncture

Esoteric Acupuncture (EA) was developed by Dr. Mikio Sankey to “define a way of life that emphasizes the awakening and expansion of our spiritual center” in a way that addresses the most fundamental levels of healing from the heart. It is a synthesis of ageless wisdom, and is revered as more than ‘just another style of acupuncture,’ with the ability to treat both the immune system and the physical body. It is based on theosophy, Hindu and Tibetan cultures, the Kabbalah, sacred geometry, and color therapy, all rolled into one usable format. It is said that acupuncture is a transporter for the technique, and the universe is the provider of the information. With EA, form and structure combine with acupuncture and visualization to create a subtle, yet extremely impelling healing session. Patients often report feel refreshed, renewed, and capable of sorting through underlying issues that needed a gateway for processing. Mikio Sankey will be speaking in May 2015 at the 15th Annual Southwest Symposium.

 

In summary, Elizabeth Fordyce imbues her students and clinics with effective curative strategies that get results and open up space for the body’s innate healing capacity to activate. Expect a healing experience like none other – come prepared to see changes and feel better. Patients can make appointments in the AOMA student acupuncture clinic under the supervision of Elizabeth Fordyce on Monday and Wednesday afternoons and evenings.

 

About the author:

Diana Beilman is an intern entering her final quarters at AOMA after transferring from The Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in the Fall of 2013. She received her B.S. in Kinesiology from Western Washington University in 2009 and has had an interest in health and nutrition for over a decade. With a passion for outdoor adventures, traveling and helping others, she plans on trekking through Southeast Asia to volunteer with various non-profit organizations after completing her degree in April. Some of her specialties include sports therapy, mental-emotional disorders and women's health, all of which she treats with multi-faceted protocols, including those mentioned in this article. Read about Diana's Great Acupuncture Adventure.

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Topics: faculty spotlight, esoteric acupuncture, Elizabeth Fordyce, AOMA clinic

Meet AOMA's faculty and staff: Robert Laguna, LAc

Posted by Sarah Bentley on Thu, Jun 07, 2012 @ 01:18 PM

Each month we will be featuring fun information about a faculty and/or staff member to introduce the wonderful community of people behind AOMA's graduate program!

robert laguna roundThis month, we're happy to introduce Robert Laguna, L.Ac., Dean of Students! In addition to being an academic and transfer advisor, Robert also teaches Clinic Theater, is a supervisor in the AOMA student clinic and oversees the tutoring program for students

Where are you from?

"Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico"

 List 3 hobbies/ activities you enjoy:

"Playing music, conducting the Austin Civic Wind Ensemble, and composing/ arranging music!"

 What's the best thing about teaching/working at AOMA?

 "The camraderie amongst the staff and students; it's a real family atmosphere."

 What's your favorite/most memorable 'AOMA moment'?

"When I graduated from the master's degree program here!"

 What's your favorite thing about Austin?

"The climate- I like that the winters aren't too cold."

Favorite Website?

"Austin Wonder Brass - www.austinwonderbrass.com  and the Austin Civic Wind Ensemble's site - www.acwe.org."


To learn more about Robert's background and role at AOMA,  log on to https://aoma.edu/students-alumni/academic-support/academic-advising/.


 Remember to check back soon to meet someone new!

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Topics: faculty spotlight, alumni, acupuncture school, student services, staff spotlight

Meet AOMA's faculty and staff: Dr Ziyang Zhou, LAc, MD, MS

Posted by Sarah Bentley on Tue, May 22, 2012 @ 01:54 PM

Each month we will be featuring fun information about a faculty and/or staff member to introduce the wonderful community of people behind AOMA's graduate program!

This month, we're pleased to introduce Dr. Ziyang Zhou, LAc, MD (China), MS who teaches within the Department of Herbal Studies:

Where are you from?

"Qingdao, China"

3 Hobbies/ activities you enjoy?

"Well, teaching keeps me pretty busy but when I have time, I enjoy table tennis and traveling."

What's your favorite 'AOMA moment'?

"The Commencement ceremonies each year. Watching each group of students graduate is very moving and it's great to see students' excitement just before they begin their careers."

What's the best thing about teaching at AOMA?

"Teaching helps me to stay current as a practitioner through the regular exchange of dialogue and discussion with students."

What's your favorite thing about Austin?

"I really enjoy the whole environment and the friendly attitudes of the people here!"

To learn more about Dr. Zhou's professional background, explore the AOMA website at www.aoma.edu/academics/faculty.

Remember to check back next month to meet another member of the AOMA faculty and staff!

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Topics: faculty spotlight

Meet AOMA's faculty and staff: Dr. Mandyam, MD

Posted by Sarah Bentley on Thu, Apr 26, 2012 @ 01:29 PM

Each month we will be featuring fun information about a faculty and/or staff member to introduce the wonderful community of people behind AOMA's graduate program!

 

This month, get to know Dr. 'Raja' Mandyam, MD, Director, Department of Biomedical Sciences:


Where are you from?

"Bangalore!"


3 Hobbies/ activities you enjoy:

"Travel, Golf, talking with people"


What’s your favorite ‘AOMA moment’?

“The AHA! Moment when old alumni call and say, 'I diagnosed a rare biomedical disease.' ”


What’s the best thing about teaching at AOMA?

"It’s an excellent environment for the exchange of ideas and learning."


What’s your favorite thing about living in Austin?

"Texas! It’s the bottom of the U.S.A!"


Favorite Website:

"My wife's website: www.tirugallery.com "


For more information about Dr. Mandyam's professional background, please check out the AOMA website at: www.aoma.edu/academics/faculty/raja-mandyam.

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Topics: faculty spotlight, Dr. Raja Mandyam

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