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Training Instructors

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AWB INSTRUCTORS

Diana Fried, Founder, M.Ac., M.A., NCCAOM Dipl. Ac., Acudetox Specialist

Diana launched Acupuncturists Without Borders (AWB) in 2005 after Hurricane Katrina, along with a team of people from the acupuncture community. She has worked in disasters and underserved communities doing community acupuncture healing all over the U.S., Haiti, Nepal, Mongolia, Ecuador, Mexico among other locations. Diana developed AWB’s Healing Community Trauma training program which has now provided training for over 6000 acupuncturists in the United States, and hundreds in other countries, on how to do mobile community service field work with acupuncture. Diana envisioned and fostered AWB’s Military Stress Recovery Project (MSRP) to help heal the wounds of war and heal intergenerational trauma, establishing free community clinics around the U.S. to serve active duty military, veterans and their families. Diana initiated AWB’s World Healing Exchange program with the first trip to Nepal in 2009. 

Diana Fried has many years of experience and training in emotional/trauma healing work, along with years of work in international grassroots community development (Oxfam America, Grassroots International), including travel and work in Mexico, Central America, Asia, and Africa. She graduated from the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture with an M.Ac. (1999), is a certified Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist trained by the National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA), and a certified Qigong Instructor.

Diana is trained in the Council practice through the Upaya Zen Center and the Center for Council. She sees this practice as the perfect complement to acupuncture, where the group process becomes the needle that allows for energetic transformation for the group and the individuals in the group. Diana is a graduate of the Upaya Zen Center Buddhist Chaplaincy program, and has studied Vipassana and other forms of Buddhist practice since the 1980’s. 

Carla Cassler, Executive Director, DAOM, L.Ac.

Carla Cassler has practiced acupuncture and Chinese medicine for over 30 years, specializing in women’s health, pediatric, orthopedic and trauma treatment. Her interest in trauma treatment began in l992 when she practiced acupuncture on an Israeli kibbutz, where many of her patients suffered from physical and mental health problems related to multiple wars and the Holocaust. For the past six years she has worked with Acupuncturists Without Borders, teaching Healing Community Trauma and as Associate Director. She developed AWB’s Israel-West Bank program and the AWB Refugee Support Program. In 2010 she co-founded the Bay Area Veteran’s Acupuncture Clinic (BAYVAC) which provides free weekly acupuncture treatment to veterans, military personnel and their families for pain and PTSD. She completed a clinical doctoral degree (DAOM) at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco. Doctor Cassler’s DAOM dissertation proposed a clinical model for integration of acupuncture into the VA Medical Care System. Her private practice is in the San Francisco Bay Area where she lives with her husband and children.

G. Ravyn Stanfield, Director of Education and Community Engagement, LAc, DOM, M.Ac, NCCAOM Dipl. Ac.

Ravyn is the author of Revolution of the Spirit: Awaken the Healer, a guide to liberate the healing super powers within each of us. She is the Executive Director of Acupuncturists Without Borders, an NGO that provides trauma relief treatments to communities hit by natural disasters and human conflict. She has worked for AWB since 2014 teaching Healing Community Trauma and coordinating the Nepal program. She practices acupuncture in Portland, Oregon with a focus on chronic pain and traumatic injury. She graduated from the International Institute of Chinese Medicine with a Masters in Oriental Medicine in 2002.

Ravyn is a cultural alchemist, writing to transform the heartbreak of our times and reveal the gold in what seems worthless. She designs trainings for emerging leaders and healers in the US, Canada, Europe, Nepal, and Australia. She teaches at conferences and festivals worldwide, including Symbiosis, Spiritweavers, Bioneers, Lightning in a Bottle, and many more. Her fiction and essays have been published in The Rumpus, Guernica Magazine, Nailed Magazine, Manifest Station, Elephant Journal, and Wake Up World among others. She creates modern ritual art, combining music, poetry, and performance to make contemporary offerings of the human imagination. She uses her background in traditional medicines, medical social work, trauma recovery, writing, neurobiology, and theatre to coax more of the extraordinary into the world through the cracks in Western civilization. www.gerriravynstanfield.com

GUEST INSTRUCTORS

Dr. Tenisha Dandridge, L.Ac.

Guest instructor, The African-American History of Acupuncter & How Its Erasure Contributes to Health Disparities. This is a recurring webinar. Find current offerings here

Dr. Tenisha Dandridge L.Ac., a Sacramento native, started her undergraduate at Morgan State University in electrical engineering and computer science. After the loss of her maternal grandmother, she became interested in natural medicine. Dr. Dandridge had a growing cornucopia of her own health concerns that were not being addressed or well managed by the standard medical model. After a chance meeting with an OBGYN trained in Chinese herbs, she fell in love with acupuncture and Chinese medicine. The treatment was so successful at treating her own health concerns, she went to Bastyr University to finish her undergraduate degree.

Dr. Dandridge has been in private practice for more than 11 years. She received a B.S. in Natural Health Sciences and an M.S. in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine from Bastyr University in 2008 one of the leading schools of Natural Medicine in the United States. Bastyr’s program included 1000+ clinical hours in acupuncture, 400+ clinical hours with Chinese Herbal Medicine. She received her Doctorate in 2018 from Pacific College of Health and Science in 2018. Dr. Dandridge has certificates in Clean Needle Technique, CPR, Acutonics, Dr. Tan DNT, Electro-Acupuncture, Micro-needling, Facial Acupuncture, and NADA.

She is the author of “Unusual Tale of Acupuncture, Racism, and African American History in the USA,” co-founder of BlackAcupuncturist.com.

Alaine Duncan, L.Ac., Somatic Experiencing Practitioner

Instructor for online courses Repairing the Shattered Heart, Restoring Relationships, 12 Points for Restoration & Balance, Ethics in the Treatment of Trauma Survivors

Alaine Duncan is a Licensed Acupuncturist and certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. She graduated from the Maryland University of Integrative Health (formerly TAI Sophia Institute) with a Master’s Degree in Acupuncture in 1990 and completed Somatic Experiencing Practitioner training in 2007.  She completed certification in the use of touch to build capacity for self-regulation in trauma survivors in 2012; and Somatic Resilience and Regulation Training in body-centered approaches to ameliorate the impact of pre-and peri-natal trauma in 2015.

Her research background includes serving on studies assessing the impact of integrative medicine on compassion fatigue in military caregivers; the use of acupuncture for the treatment of combat-related traumatic stress, the treatment of chronic headaches in current conflict Veterans with traumatic brain injuries and for Gulf War Veterans Illness.

Alaine was a Founding Director of Crossings Healing & Wellness in Silver Spring, MD and is also a charter member of the Integrative Health & Wellness program at the DC Veterans Administration Medical Center, serving as a contractor there since 2007.

Alaine founded Integrative Healing, LLC in 2012 with a goal to integrate the wisdom of Chinese Medicine with the study of neurobiology and traumatic stress in both the classroom and the treatment room.

She is an adjunct faculty member at Maryland University of Integrative Health and teach continuing education classes for acupuncturists on best practices for the treatment of traumatic stress.

Dr. Robert Woodbine, N.D., M.Ac.O.M., L.Ac.

Guest Instructor for Qigong Webinars. Find current offerings here. 

Dr. Woodbine’s father was his first teacher in the healing arts and taught him Eunice Ingham’s Foot Reflexology method when he was ten years old. Dr. Woodbine was also influenced and trained by his grandmother who was a respected midwife and healer and his mother who was a seer.

Since 1985, he has studied, practiced and taught Chinese Qigong and Taijiquan and has trained with various notable teachers including a 3-Year residency Training Program in Qigong and Taijiquan with Dr. Yang, Jwing-Ming. His other notable teachers have been Master Mantak Chia, Master Wang Qingyu, Fabian Maman, and Grandmaster Roosevelt Gainey.

Dr. Woodbine earned a doctorate (N.D.) in Naturopathic Medicine from the historic National College of Naturopathic Medicine (now the National University of Natural Medicine) in 1996 and a Master of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (M.Ac.O.M.) from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine in 1999. In 1990, he earned his diploma as a Swedish Massage Therapist from the prestigious Bancroft School of Massage Therapy. As the owner of San Bao Holistic Care, he served the Harlem community in a clinical capacity through 2015.

With the blessing of Bill Douglas (the founder of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day), Dr. Woodbine created and hosted the Annual Harlem Celebration of World Tai Chi & Qigong Day in Harlem’s historic St. Nicholas Park from 2007 through 2019. This venue was uniquely designed to include local holistic practitioners who shared their healing modalities with the Harlem community.

Currently, he is retired from clinical practice, but maintains his New York State Acupuncture license (L.Ac.). Dr. Woodbine’s passion and commitment is teaching communal self-reliance, optimal well-being , and resilience through these and other indigenous healing arts and disciplines.