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About our Practitioners

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Christopher Shiflett was educated at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Colorado’s first and oldest Chinese medicine school and an Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine accredited university.  He received a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine, the highest degree offered at the school and is a Nationally Board certified Diplomate of Oriental Medicine in acupuncture and herbal medicine therapies by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Christopher holds a Clean Needle Certification from the Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. Christopher also holds a Bachelors of Science in Integrative Therapeutic Practices from Metropolitan State University in Denver, a program which emphasizes a strong western science background with a broad and extensive knowledge of the medical field as a whole, including allopathic, alternative and complementary therapies.

In addition to his standard training Christopher has also undergone additional coursework in the subjects of Chinese pulse diagnosis and Japanese Moxibustion.

Christopher has also studied traditional Chinese medicine at the Shaanxi College of Chinese Medicine in Xianyang, China.

Christopher is the current Logistics Coordinator and acupuncturist volunteer for the Colorado Acupuncture Medical Reserve Corps., which is a local volunteer organization that provides free acupuncture services to first responders, victims, and affected people during natural disasters, active shoot situations, and other events that can adversely effect local communities.

Christopher is the current Assistant Academic Dean at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Denver, CO.  Christopher also teaches a course on Clinical Ethics at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Christopher was drawn to traditional Chinese medicine after a receiving a diagnosis of Crohn’s disease, an autoimmune disorder that affects the gastrointestinal tract.  The diagnosis left Christopher searching for a new path in life and a desire to spend his time on earth in the service of others.  After being introduced to Chinese medicine by a Taiji instructor, Christopher took the steps to begin a path in the medical field, completing the then newly formed Integrative Therapeutic Practices degree offered at Metropolitan State University in Denver, followed by enrollment in the Masters of Traditional Chinese Medicine program at the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Denver, Colorado.  It was here that Christopher developed both a love and devotion to Chinese herbal medicine as he was able to find solutions for his own symptoms and illness that simply were not offered or available with the western medical care he was receiving.  Inspired by the successes he had seen in his own life by applying the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, Christopher became devoted to spreading the knowledge of this medical system to others and now seeks to share these principles to as many people as possible.

About Board Certification

National Board Certification by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) is a rigorous process that includes a strict set of criteria that candidates must complete prior to being certified.  Candidates must complete a minimum 1900 hours of course work in a Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine approved institution as well as extensive clinical training prior to being able to sit for the national board exams.  The NCCAOM offers certification in acupuncture, Chinese Herbology, Asian Body Work, and Oriental Medicine, which is a comprehensive certification that includes all of the previously listed certifications.

National Board Certification by the NCCAOM is important because it allows patients and consumers to know that their chosen practitioner has had a thorough and rigorous education and training in their field.  With the way that current practice laws are written, various other health care practitioners such as Medical Doctors, Chiropractors, Osteopaths, and Physical Therapists are able to practice acupuncture with very little training and no board certification or oversight, sometimes by calling it by a different name (Dry Needling) resulting in a dangerous situation and often poor results.

National Board Certification in Chinese Herbology is also very important especially in Colorado, where the current practice law does not require any certification or education to prescribe and dispense herbal medicines.  By selecting a practitioner that is Nationally Board certified in either Chinese Herbology or Oriental Medicine, you can be confident that your practitioner has had both the knowledge and training necessary to safely and effectively utilize herbal medicines.

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