Kristin Rothermel Edwards, VMD, CVA

Veterinary Acupuncturist, Plains Animal Hospital, Plains, Pennsylvania

Dr. Rothermel Edwards grew up in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania without pets. She graduated with a BA from Haverford College in 1986 and continued onto the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School from where she graduated in 1990. She accepted a job in the Wilkes Barre-Scranton area in 1991 because of 2 classmates who were already there. In 1998-1999, I took the acupuncture course through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) and finished her certification process in 1999. Since then, she has been performing more acupuncture and slowly decreasing the amount of small animal Western Medicine that she practices. She needles all species, including farm animals.

Introduction to Acupuncture
In this session, participants will learn the definition of acupuncture, an overview of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), Meridian Theory, The Eight Principles, pathogenic factors, Five Element Theory, and the neurophysiology of acupuncture.

Western Explanations of Acupuncture: Why It Works
This lecture will present the scientific explanations of acupuncture. There are numerous mechansisms that are at work and multiple systems that are affected with the insertion of an acupuncture needle. The more tissue and physiologic changes that are shown scientifically, the more accepted acupuncture becomes in the Western world. It is exciting and actually helps explain what the Chinese paradigm tried to convey.

Commonly Used and Important Acupuncture Points
This lecture will review some commonly used, easy to find, and very influential acupuncture points. Following this lecture, attendees should be able to localize these points on their patients and begin to utilize them in everyday practice.

Practical Applications: How to Apply Acupuncture to Everyday Cases
The goal of this lecture is to explain the uses of acupuncture in everyday medical conditions. Some cookbook point selections will be given using the points covered in the previous lecture.

Acupuncture Wet Lab (2 hours)
Attendees will be given the opportunity to practice what they have learned in the lectures throughout the day. Class size is limited to the first 20 registrants. Additional cost: $100 per person.