Integrative Acupuncture: Advanced Practice Certificate

Program Overview

An  East-West approach to acupuncture for practitioners who aspire to advance their practice with the best of both worlds.

Integrate and apply the most practical eastern and western acupuncture skills including advanced dry needling techniques, neuro-myofascial meridian testing, and neuro-stimulation techniques.


The Integrative Acupuncture: Advanced Practice Certificate program balances Eastern and Western medicine through an integrated approach to acupuncture.

Most “integrated” acupuncture programs teach Eastern and Western acupuncture side by side without demonstrating how to incorporate the skills and knowledge from both approaches into practice. This advanced program is the first of its kind to teach a fully integrative approach to treating physical medical conditions such as pain and neurological conditions from a biomedical approach, while providing holistic patient-centred care through a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) approach.

The program is designed for health professional looking to advance their practice. You will learn how to develop more effective treatments by applying the latest advanced dry needling myofascial trigger point therapy, neuro-myofascial meridian testing, and peripheral nerve stimulation techniques as a form of therapy in modern clinical practice. At the same time, you will learn how to obtain Di Qi and address the Yang Ming, Shao Yang, and Tai Yang region through integrative physiatrics.

How You Will Benefit

  • Upgrade your practice with intensive training in three core skill sets:(1) trigger point dry needling therapy , (2) neuro-myofascial meridian testing, and (3) peripheral nerve palpation and electro-stimulation
  • 6 hours of cadaver practical lab for applied acupuncture anatomy.
  • Hands-on clinical skills practicum through supervised group treatments and demonstrations.
  • All techniques taught are evidence-based and proven to effectively treat pain and neurological conditions
  • The course is taught by field experts who specialize in integrative acupuncture (For testimonials, please see Faculty Page)

Learning Outcomes

  • Palpation Skills: Understand trigger point palpation, neuro-palpation and hara/abdominal palpation
  • Diagnostic Skills: Assess underlying meridian, nutritional, neuro-endocrine, and psycho-emotional layers to a given physical condition
  • Advanced Needling Skills: Predict and confirm the correct DeQi sensation for individual acupuncture points and obtain consistent results
  • Holistic Treatment Strategy: Design patient-centred treatments that addresses the sensory, motor, autonomic, and segmental nervous system, as well as Jing, Qi, and Shen imbalances

Who Should Take this Course?

  • Registered Acupuncturist (R.Ac) and Naturopathic Doctors (ND)
  • Registered health professionals who have at least 200 hours of prior training in acupuncture

If you want to take the class but are unsure if you meet the prerequistes, contact us for more information 416 736 2100 ext 22170 or



Note: Participants are responsible for assessing their continuing education or membership requirements and submitting their hours for credit.

The program is:

  • Approved for 30 Category A Core Activity continuing education credits from the College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO).
  • Approved by the Acupuncture Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
  • Approved for 93 Professional Development Activity (PDA) points from the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. This should fulfill the annual re-certification requirements for the NCCAOM.

The program meets the criteria for:

  • Up to 15 hours of self-directed Professional Development Activities required annually for the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO).
  • Up to 50 Category A continuing education units (CEU) required for the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO).





Program Details

Program Content

The 84-hour program will include contact practical training, demonstrations, and clinical skills practicum, and 6 hours of cadaver anatomy lab.

Update your skills and learn how to diagnose, assess, and treat pain using novel integrated techniques. This advanced program for practitioners adheres to traditional acupuncture theory while focusing on neuro-myofascial approaches to acupuncture in modern clinical practice.

The program is designed to be practical and applicable to your acupuncture practice. You will have the opportunity to participate in clinical practicums that includes clinical observations and hands-on ​supervised group treatments with real patient volunteers. The program will also incorporate use of acupuncture technologies for integrative acupuncture methods.

Program Topics

This unique training program integrates the following traditional and biomedical acupuncture paradigms and methodologies:

  • Trigger Point & Motor Point​ Physiatrics Acupuncture​
  • Neuro-myofascial Meridian Testing
  • Neuro-Palpation + Electro-Neuromodulation
  • Treatment Protocol Demonstration​ for Common Clinical Dysfunctions​
  • ​Battlefield & Auricular Acupuncture
  • Stimulation of the Autonomic ​Nervous ​System
  • Neuro-Meridian Distal Point Selection
  • ​De-inhibiting Motor Inhibition
  • Segmental & Extra-Segmental Electro-Acupuncture

Clinical Skills Practicum:

  • Clinical Skills Demonstration
  • Hands-on Supervised Group Treatment

Program Schedule

The Integrative Acupuncture: Advanced Practice Certificate program will be conveniently delivered in three (3) modules. Each module is held over four (4) consecutive days (Friday to Monday).

Module 1

Day 1: 9am-5pm
  • Introduction to Integrative Acupuncture
  • ​Advanced Dry Needling​: Yang Ming Region
  • Clinical Skills Demonstration 1
Day 2: 9am-5pm
  • ​Advanced Dry Needling​: Yang Ming Region
  • ​Advanced Dry Needling​: ShaoYang Region
Day 3: 9am-5pm
  • ​Advanced Dry Needling​: ShaoYang Region
  • ​Advanced Dry Needling​: ShaoYang & Tai Yang Region
Day 4: 9am-5pm
  • ​Advanced Dry Needling​​:​Tai Yang Region
  • Treatment Protocol Demonstration 1


Module 2

Day 5: 9am-5pm
  • Neuro-Myofascial Meridian Testing Lab
Day 6: 9am-5pm
  • Neuro-Myofascial Meridian Testing Lab
  • Treatment Protocol Demonstration 2
Day 7: 9am-5pm
  • ​Battlefield & Auricular Acupuncture
  • De Qi Neuro-palpation + Neuro-stimulation
  • Clinical Skills Demonstration 2
Day 8: 9am-5pm
  • De Qi Neuro-palpation + Neuro-stimulation
  • Treatment Protocol Demonstration 3

Module 3

Day 9: 9am-5pm
  • De Qi Neuro-palpation + neuro-stimulation
  • Clinical Observation 4
  • Treatment Protocol Demonstration 4
Day 10: 9am-5pm
  • De Qi Neuro-palpation + Neuro-stimulation
  • Clinical Skills Demonstration 3
Day 11: 9am-5pm
  • De Qi Neuro-palpation + Neuro-stimulation
Day 12: 9am-5pm
  • Supervised Group Treatment




Poney Chiang - PhD, MSTOM, R.Ac, R.TCMP

Adjunct Professor, Faculty of Health-York University

Dr. Poney Chiang is an adjunct professor and the founding director of the Integrative Acupuncture Certificate Program for the Faculty of Health at York University in Toronto, Canada.  He is the Chair of Herbal Medicine Department at the Ontario College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and the former chief instructor of the Neuro-Meridian Acupuncture continuing education training program at Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.  He received a Bachelor degree in microbiology and a Doctoral degree in biomedical research from the Institute of Medical Science, University of Toronto.  This was followed by a Master’s degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in New York.  He apprenticed for five years with his mentor Dr. Roger Tsao (Master Herbalist & Tongue/Pulse Diagnostician), whose medical lineage once consulted for the Forbidden Palace.

Poney credits Dr. Tsao for teaching him how to read Chinese medicine classics.  His acupuncture mentors Paula Haberman (PT, L.Ac ) and Alejandro Elorriaga (MD, Sports Medicine) helped him adopt myofascial and neuro-antomical approaches to his classical acupuncture training.  These mentors have jointly inspired Poney to interpret and apply medical classic in integrative ways.  Poney began teaching in 2008 and has offered his acupuncture training program at professional development events for various organizations locally and internationally.  He has been invited to lecture at the Contemporary Medical Acupuncture Symposium, World Federation Acupuncture Society, American Academy of Medical Acupuncture Symposiums, Brazilian Neurofunctional Acupuncture Group, Canadian Physiotherapy Association and Ordre des Acupuncteurs du Quebec.

His research interests include cadaver-dissection of acupuncture points and translation of Chinese medicine classics.  He has authored peer-reviewed articles in Eastern and Western acupuncture journals and supervises students on research publications.  Poney is currently focused on writing an integrative acupuncture textbook.  His hobbies include mind-body cultivation exercises and historical swordsmanship.

For testimonials, please see:

Noel Wright - MSAc, R.Ac

Registered Acupuncturist

Noel Wright has her undergraduate degree in Biology from East Stroudsburg University, Pennsylvania and her Master’s degree in Acupuncture from Tri State College of Acupuncture, NYC. Since 1999 Noel has provided exceptional acupuncture in her private practice. She has developed and taught her integrative style of Acupuncture, “Acupuncture Physical Medicine” based on the work of Mark Seem, PhD and Janet Travell’s work  to a variety of schools and colleges in Ontario and internationally. Noel is a registered member in good standing with the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario (CTCMPAO), the Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture Association of Canada (CMAAC) and the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), USA and an Acudetox Specialist, National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA).

She was the former Manager of the Acupuncture Diploma program and Clinic supervisor at Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences. Her teaching and course development includes Adjunct Acupuncture professor at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine, Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Medical Radiation Sciences Department, University of Toronto and Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences and Clinical Supervisor, Institute of Traditional Medicine. Most recently Noel developed the Georgian College Acupuncture Diploma Program which launched in 2015.

Her hobbies include gardening, bird watching and volunteering for greyhound adoption organizations.

“Noel Wright's APM program changed the way I practice acupuncture. Noel is an excellent teacher and has put together a curriculum that is surprisingly thorough and challenging considering the course length. I recommend this course to all acupuncturists that want to deepen their understanding of anatomy and acupuncture energetics. -Dawn Aarons

“It was evident very early on in the Acupuncture Physical Medicine course that Noel had a gift as an instructor and knew the subject matter extremely well.  The class material was exciting and well delivered and I really felt that I was learning something new.  In fact, I still use the techniques that I learned from Noel to this day. "  - Drew Nesbitt R.TCMP, R.Ac.

Jay Grossman - MSc, DC, ND, DIBAK

Naturopathic Doctor

Dr. Grossman practices in Toronto Canada as a board certified Naturopathic Doctor (Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine 2015) and a Canadian/US Board certified Doctor of Chiropractic (Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College 2000). He also holds a specialized Honours Bachelor of Science in Human Biology (1993) as well as a Master of Science in Physiology (1998), both from the University of Guelph. In 2011, Dr. Grossman achieved the Diplomate status with the International Board of Applied Kinesiology and now teaches Applied Kinesiology certification courses across Canada. He is the Chairman of International College of Applied Kinesiology Canada.

Since 2005 Dr. Grossman has been an instructor at CCNM as part of the Clinical Medicine course delivery team and has previously been a Naturopathic Physicians Licensing Examinations question writer. For over 14 years, Dr. Grossman has been preparing Naturopathic and Chiropractic students for licensure examinations across both Canada and United States.  He is an outdoor enthusiast enjoying camping and canoeing.  His hobbies include reading and cooking.


Funding Sources

Funding Sources

Please note that these funding sources below are listed here for your information only. York University or HLLN does not directly provide this funding or apply for grants.

The Allied Health Professional Development Fund

Allied Health professionals taking this Workshop may be eligible to receive reimbursement of up to $1500 from the Allied Health Professional Development Fund offered through HealthForce Ontario. Please visit the HealthForce Ontario website for more details

The Canada-Ontario Job Grant

Through the Canada-Ontario Job Grant you may be eligible to receive up to $10,000 in government support per person for training costs.
The Canada-Ontario Job Grant can be used to purchase training for your employees. York University/The Health Leadership & Learning Network is an eligible training provider and the grant can be applied to all of our offerings and for in-house training.
You can apply at any time. Employers can apply for one employee or for a large group of employees
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Please note: Not all employers are eligible to apply, please consult the Canada-Ontario Job Grant website for more details.

Second Career

The Second Career program through Employment Ontario provides financial support for skills training needed for jobs in demand. You can apply for up to $28,000 for costs including tuition, books, transportation, basic living expenses and child care.
You qualify for Second Career when:
• you have been laid off and have not been working
• you have been laid off and are working a temporary job just to cover costs
• you are receiving Employment Insurance (EI), or have in the past, you can still apply

To apply to Second Career, you have to work with an employment services agency. Training occupations must demonstrate evidence of good employment prospects in your local labour market. For more information, visit:



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