Education Working Group

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The focus of the Education Working Group (EWG) is on identifying and advancing educational projects that foster inter-disciplinary understanding and respect among professions. These projects inform students, practitioners, educators and the public about the role of interprofessional education in the advancement of integrative healthcare values and practices. EWG supports interprofessional education among the ACIH disciplines as well as the broader healthcare community. Members of the EWG are faculty and administrators from ACIH member organizations and members of the ACIH professions with an interest in creating educational content and programs which foster cross-disciplinary understanding. The most significant work from September 2009-June 2011 was a collaboration with the Clinical Care Working Group relative to developing, and then creating materials to support, Competencies for Optimal Practice in Integrated Environments.


Dale Healey, DC, PhD Dean, College of Undergraduate Health Sciences, Northwestern Health Sciences University; Board Member, ACIH

Beth Howlett, DAOM, LAc Faculty, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine

Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine

Sunny-Kim Barden, MEd, MSOM, LAc, Doctoral Candidate, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine

Hong Jin, LAc Chair ofthe Oriental Medicine Department, Vice Chair of the Faculty Senate, Oregon College of Oriental Medicine

John S. Finnell, ND, MPH, LAc, Director, Doctoral Program and Research, AOMA Graduate School of Integrative Medicine

Direct-Entry Midwifery

Nichole Reding, MA, CPM, LDM Board Member, Midwifery Education Accreditation Council; Academic Coordinator, Birthingway College of Midwifery; Board Member, ACIH


Ezra Cohen, DC Asst Dean, Chief Academic Officer, Dept. of Clinical Sciences, National University of Health Sciences

Gena E. Kadar, DC, CNS, MEd (cand), Chair, Division of Integrative Health Sciences and Associate Professor, Clinical Nutrition, Southern California University of Health Sciences

Michael Wiles, DC, MEd, MS Dean, Keiser University College of Chiropractic

Massage Therapy

Dawn Hogue, MA, CMT Chair, Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation; Senior Administrator, Cayce/Reilly School of Massotherapy

Peter J. Szucs, MA, LMT, Associate Dean of Students, University of Western States

Carolyn Tague, MA, CMT Owner, Tague Consulting; Massage therapist, Laguna Honda Hospital; Education Committee, Society for Oncology Massage; Practitioner and Educator, Degriefing /Integrative Grief Therapy.

Naturopathic Medicine

Jennifer Johnson, ND Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs, Bastyr University

H. Garrett Thompson, DC, PhD, Professor and Dean of Instruction, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine

Board Members

Stan Dawson, DC, LMT, Board Member, Alliance for Massage Therapy Education (AFMTE)

Stacy Gomes, EdD Vice President for Academic Affairs, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine

Founding Co-Chairs

Jan Schwartz, MA, BCTMB, Past Chair, Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation; Founder/President, Education Training Solutions

Michael Wiles, DC, MEd, MS, Dean, Keiser University College of Chiropractic, former Dean of Clinical Affairs for Texas Chiropractic College, former Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Northwestern College of Chiropractic and Interim President, Northwestern Health Sciences University