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"The foundation for a quality practitioner is a good education. With that and unending curiosity, by studying more with each patient, one can grow into a fine practitioner. Or, one can have the same year of experience 20 times, treating the same things over and over, gradually forgetting their studies and just making money."
I am Nationally Certified by NCCAOM (National Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) in Acupuncture and Clean Needle Technique.
NCCAOM certification is a four year, accredited, graduate program in acupuncture culminating in national board exams, and requiring continuing education plus re-certification every 4 years.
NCCAOM certification is the gold standard for acupuncture certification and is automatically accepted for the license to practice acupuncture in 46 states and counting.
Currently, Oklahoma is one of only 5 states with no acupuncture licensing. So literally anyone can practice acupuncture regardless or qualifications or training.
There are only 6 NCCAOM certified acupuncturists in private practice in Tulsa. It is therefore recommended that one always check online at www.nccaom.org to ensure that you are seeing the best quality practitioner for your money.
NCCAOM (National Commission for Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine) has only one mission: "To assure the safety and well-being of the public and to advance the professional practice of acupuncture and Oriental medicine by establishing and promoting national evidence-based standards of competence and credentialing." They accredit education programs, give board exams nationally, certify continuing education and re-certifiy practitioners.
I also hold degrees in psychology from the University of Tulsa and computer programming from TCC. I worked as a social worker for 3 years then as a computer programmer for 14 years. I have been a full-time acupuncturist for 21 years, including two years at Pain Evaluation and Treatment Center and two years at Cancer Treatment Center of America in Tulsa, so I am hospital accredited.
Levels of Acupuncture Education:
NCCAOM Certification - 4 year, 4000 classroom hour accredited graduate education culminating in National Board Exams for Certification, further requiring continuing education for periodic re-certification.
Medical Acupuncturist - 300 hour program with MD or DO prerequisite.
Acupuncture Association of America - 100 classroom hour program with DC (Doctor of Chiropractic) prerequisite.
George S. Beltz
NCCAOM Diplomate of Acupuncture
Would you use an attorney who had not passed the bar?
Would you see a doctor or nurse who had not passed the medical boards?
If not, then why would you see an acupuncturist who had not passed acupuncture boards?
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Tulsa, Oklahoma 74135
If a friend who went to an acupuncturist and and recommends someone, should you go to that practitioner?
Unless you or your friend are trained in Chinese Medicine, all you really know is if you like the practitioner.
Placebo effect accounts for 33% of all healing, i.e. one out of three patients will improve no matter who they see.
So, even if a friend got good results, the chances of you getting better going to a low skilled practitioner start at 33%.
However, a skilled practitioner will increase the likelihood of you getting good results to around 70%!