Category: News

Meet-n-Greet with Senator Nancy Barto

AMAAZ  coordinated a meet-n-greet with Senator Nancy Barto, Chair of the Committee on Health and Human Services
Tuesday, September 6th from 6:30pm to 7:30pm.  If you missed the meeting hear it HERE
Did you know?
  • Sen. Barto is the Chair of the Senate committee that our prior and future legislative proposals are vetted through. She is also a prominent and influential legislative member at the Capitol and throughout AZ.
  • Arizona (and the US, for that matter), is about to go through a major profound and notable transformation when it comes to how people choose to take care of their health.
  • MOST IMPORTANTLY, our healthcare system is on the precipice of flipping in OUR FAVOR — integrative alternative medicine! If we do not support our legislative champions, we could “miss the boat” on becoming THE HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL EXPERTS down at the Capitol and considered for appointments to make your medicine the top consideration for healthcare policy in AZ and, possibly, the United States.

Laser Pain Away™ Franchise Opportunity

Laser Pain Away™ is about to file FDD, franchise documents and open the state of Arizona.  As an AMAAZ Board Member, I am offering exclusive discounts to acupuncturist and current students in AZ to join the company in its Arizona Franchise start-up phase.

The important work that you have been doing or are currently learning about can not be overstated in its importance with rejuvenating or healing patient’s health pathologies.  Current estimates within the US with patients seeking treatments of chronic injuries alone is $52 billion this year, that being on low back/neck pain and other musculoskeletal disorders.  This modality falls into your new AZ Acupuncture scope of practice and is an important step forward to compliment your acupuncture practice and to be up to date with your Western Medicine knowledge and business competition.

Laser Pain Away™ focuses on rejuvenating cellular tissue structures by moving blood, XUE, that is in a stasis form, therefore creating circulation and promoting ATP production inside the cell, QI, through a process called photobiomodulation.  Laser treatments create neo-angiogenesis, new blood vessel formation, and healing is immediate.  The company has exclusive deals with Lightforce™ on its lasers and I am offering this opportunity exclusively to acupuncturist in the state of Arizona!  Below is a YouTube link for you to copy and paste into your web browser that will explain the modality in more detail.  I look forward to your questions and interest into creating a better life for your patients!


Dr. Jason Caldwell DOM, CEO/Medical Director

Office number 480-370-0527

Acupuncture Schools Update


The Phoenix Institute of Herbal Medicine and Acupuncture (PIHMA) is celebrating its 25-year Anniversary this year. Despite the challenge of a pandemic affecting all of us in the community, we have seen the light of some successes…our doctoral program is growing, with a path to completion for current practitioners. We adapted to COVID by moving classes and clinic online with limited ground clinic shifts. We were awarded reaccreditation with zero non-compliances, and our zero percent loan default rate demonstrates that our alumni are finding their own success in these times. While we miss seeing our students and patients on a more regular basis, we are pleased at how our medicines are helping others. We look forward to more opportunities to show this and collaborate with our colleagues to strengthen our profession.

Catherine Niemiec, JD, L.Ac.
PIHMA College & Clinic


ASAOM, Tucson Arizona’s only nationally accredited college for the study of Asian Body Therapy, Acupuncture, and Chinese herbs, has followed accreditation requirements and recommendations in successfully moving to an online structure for didactic courses, while employing CDC protocols for small class in-person courses. Our clinic has weathered many precautionary shutdowns and still managed to be recognized as an Arizona Daily Star, Reader’s Choice Award recipient for 2020. 2020 also saw ASAOM recognized as having the Number One Lowest Student Default Rate in the country. Meaning, our students are the most consistently capable, in the nation, to successfully manage their student loans after graduation. In recognition of current economic and familial difficulties for prospective applicants to ASAOM, we have compiled an incentive package totalling $1000, inclusive of relocation assistance, for applicants applying to our coming Spring quarter beginning April 4th. Deadlines are mid-march. Against the odds, as a school we continue to meet every challenge, grow, and thrive. Come join us in Tucson:

Joshua Hannum, MSMIS
Arizona School of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine


The Department of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine has been providing acupuncture education for naturopathic medical students for the past twenty-five years. We offer 250-hour didactic courses in the curriculum that provide education in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) fundamentals, diagnosis, pathology, meridians and point systems, therapeutics, needling techniques and Chinese Patent medicine to prepare the students well for their board exams and future practice. The department also provides acupuncture rotations in our clinical facility on campus and across the valley for clinical education and patient care. Thus, SCNM’s Acupuncture Department has been playing an important role in education and patient service.

SCNM keeps growing as an institution. Within the last couple of years, we have added the School of Nutrition with programs including Master of Science in Clinical Nutrition and Master of Science in Nutrition Leadership. The Ric Scalzo Institute for Botanical Research has been established for continued research in herbal medicine with a state-of-art laboratory, which will significantly improve the research capability and clinical botanical therapeutics. This growth will advance SCNM to University status this year.

Those who dream of becoming a naturopathic physician or nutritionist please contact our admission office. Patients who are interested in treatment of Acupuncture, Chinese herbs, Moxibustion, Cupping and Guasha may call our Medical Center or Neil Riordan Center for Regenerative Medicine to schedule an appointment on either student or private rotations. 
Our student physicians and faculty are eager to help improve your health. Phone: 480-970-0000; Website: and

We are deeply honored and grateful for the support from acupuncture community. Let’s get together to celebrate the Chinese New Year – the Year of Ox.
Wish you all a happy and prosperous New Year!  恭喜发财!

Yong Deng, OMD, L. Ac
Chair and Professor
Department of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and Health Science


TCMzone is a proud sponsor of AMAaz and a committed supporter of the Acupuncture and TCM community in Arizona for over 20 years. TCMzone provides the highest quality, professional Chinese herbal medicine to licensed acupuncturists and just celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2020. Our passion for expanding the usage of Chinese herbs as a viable therapeutic option to a wider audience has always been at the core of our company. Our slogan “Revolutionary Herbal Medicine, Rooted in Tradition” expresses our goals of respecting the classical Chinese herbs and formulas, while offering them in an innovational way. Through our signature granule line of formulas and single herbs offered in multiple dosage forms (100g, packets, vegi-caps) and custom, condition-specific herbal formulas we provide a variety of options unlike any other herbal suppliers for the highest patient compliance. We are also proud to be an NCCAOM and state board continuing education provider for over a decade, bringing pertinent, important topics to licensed Acupuncturists throughout the country. We’ll continue to strive lead in bringing our customers innovative, effective Chinese herbal medicine, highest level of service and expert-level educational resources. We’re proud to be your Chinese herbal medicine supplier and to support Arizona acupuncturists. Use AMAaz code amaaztcm to receive 10% off all TCMzone orders.

Nominations for the Board of Directors

Dear AMAAZ Member,

If you are excited about the idea of working with a dynamic group of fellow practitioners with the goal of improving our profession while serving and uplifting health care for our respective communities, we invite you to join us!

We, the Board of Directors of AMAAZ, are pleased to announce the opening of nominations for the Board of Directors:

The term for will be for 1 year. Nominations will be open through December 31, 2020, voting will be completed through email ballot and the new Board will be introduced at our annual Chinese New Year Dinner. We look forward to seeing you there!

Activities you may enjoy include:

  • Creating a vision for the profession.
  • Bringing your favorite teachers to Arizona for continuing education.
  • Upgrading our scope of practice to better reflect what we do for our patients.
  • Participating with our national association, the American Society of Acupuncturists, to help make our medicine more accessible to the American health care consumer.
  • Creating great public relations to help the public understand how and when to use Traditional Asian Medicine.
  • Work with the Arizona legislature to assure the benefits of our medicine are available to the public.

This is a call out to you to join us for the creative work of growing a whole profession.

Requirements: all Board members must be a member in good standing of AMAAZ.


  • Attendance to monthly Board meeting via video conference.
  • Participation and support of one or more committee activities.
  • Enthusiastic support of the profession and ability to be in service to the community.

If you would like to nominate someone or have an interest in serving on the Board, please send your nomination to the Board via email to or at the address noted above along with a brief bio and how you would like to serve the Board and our professional community.

Click here to download this letter as a Word document.


Lloyd G. Wright, LAc, DNBAO

President, Chair of Nominations Committee