Welcome to the third edition of the Qiological Audio Journal.

The audio journal is a collection of interviews, discussions, clinical cases that help to illuminate the classics, book reviews, some business acumen and practical clinical skills to keep up your sleeve.

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Contributors to the Winter 2021 Audio Journal

 Fear is telling us something. If we just power through it, we miss an opportunity or possibly worse. We risk transmission of the symptom or fear into a gnarlier symptom or problem.


MB Huwe • Mirror & Spotlight: Fear of Being Seen

MB is, among other things, a writer from and in the Appalachian mountains. She seeks to communicate healing by way of experience and observation. Tools include doodles, poems, and commentary. Results vary. Find her at marybethhuwe.com

The American Society of Acupuncturists’ (ASA) Research Committee seeks to support the profession by studying the profession itself, and the clinical effects, safety, and implementation of acupuncture and Chinese Medicine

   LIsa Conboy • Research & the American Society of Acupuncturists

Lisa Conboy is a social epidemiologist and a sociologist with an interest in the associations between social factors and health.  She is published in the areas of Women's Health, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, qualitative research methodology, and complexity science. An Instructor at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, she is also faculty at the New England School of Acupuncture where she teaches research methodology and oversees multiple projects.  Dr. Conboy is the Research Committee chair at the American Association of Acupuncturists.


All paths lead back to the importance of intention.  The simple act of observation results in manifestation – once you know that, you are empowered.

 Charis Wolf • Research & the American Society of Acupuncturists

Charis Wolf earned her Bachelor’s of Arts in Intellectual History from UC Davis, after being a physics major for 3.5 years which also earned her a minor in physical sciences.  During her first year in undergrad, she worked for Department of Energy, UC Berkeley lab in Livermore, CA doing genetic research.  Upon graduating she moved to San Francisco and had a 10 year career in marketing only to realize she wanted something different out of life.  

Her inspiration led her to a Masters of Science in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine as well as a Doctorate from Five Branches University. She is also a board certified NCCAOM Diplomate of Acupuncture (Dipl Ac).

Charis went on to practice in California for nearly 10 years and then moved to WA state where she has been practicing for over 9 years.  During her time in WA state she worked in an integrative medicine clinic, went on to open her own clinic and volunteered for the Washington state association, where she went on to be President and currently is on the Board of Directors for the national association; American Society of Acupuncturists. She has also been a practitioner in research funded by the NCCIH through the University of Washington studying Acupuncture and Traumatic Brain Injury.  Currently she holds a teaching position at the Seattle Institute of East Asian Medicine and runs her own practice while focusing on research and complex systems science.  Current studies include classes through the New England Complex Systems Institute and the Santa Fe Institute.


Listening to the patient’s problem and giving them Honest advice are 2 key things I have gathered over a period of time of practice. Whilst being honest, the patient may not return, may not be profitable for the workplace but in the long run, the patient will carry a positive attitude and truly appreciate it!

NIlesh Shah • Graduating & Board Exams 101

NIlesh is a licensed acupuncturist and practices for a clinic in Washington DC downtown. Nilesh attended the New England School of Acupuncture at MCPHS University (USA) from 2017-2020, where he received his Master’s in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

During his time at NESA, he received an award for “School Spirit” and a “Service Award” for service to the NESA community. He attended the University of Huddersfield (UK) from 2004-2008, where he received his Bachelor’s of Science (Hons) in Sports therapy.

Nilesh has been part of the Health and Wellness industry for over 2 decades now. He started his career as Gym trainer, then became a Sports therapy and now a Licensed Acupuncturist. Over the years, he has worked with amateur and professional athletes from various sports and was part of the Indian Basketball team for 2 years. 

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, reading books, traveling, riding a bike, watching sports & watching Bollywood movies, and gardening.



​Shellie Goldstein • Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture

Dr. Shellie Goldstein is widely considered one of the worldwide experts on cosmetic facial acupuncture. She is the author of Your Best Face Now: Look Younger in 20 Days With The Do-It-Yourself Acupressure Facelift and creator of Touch+Glow: The Do-It-Yourself Acupressure Facelift Kit.

As a leading authority and educator of cosmetic facial acupuncture, Dr. Goldstein founded the Academy of Advanced Cosmetic Facial Acupuncture, which has recently partnered with the Pacific College of Health Sciences to present the Facial Applications of Cosmetic Enhancement  Training Program (aka the FACE program). 

Dr. Goldstein has been featured on major television and cable networks and in the press. She is also a columnist for Acupuncture Today news.

“Self Awareness/Meditation helps me discover that at the deepest possible core of my being, I am untouched by Fear. Thus more available for LIFE!“

Nancy Fisher • Personal Journey of Illness and Health, Part 2

I aim to share what I’m doing to help myself survive and THRIVE with my diagnosis of Stage 4 uterine cancer. Because my experience has been so very POSITIVE!
I believe it’s all the work with Qigong, nutrition, positive attitude, faith in something higher, a deep interest in Life, and an understanding acceptance/surrendering to death/transitioning etc.
My new life’s work is to dedicate to the research of cancer and High Grade Serous Carcinoma (HGSC)in particular so that
we can learn what normal biological functions/pathways feed and thereby inadvertently proliferate/metastasize cancer, maybe then we can then block/starve/kill the cancer STEM cell( not only simply the “fast replicating cells” that most oncology centers in the US focus on).

With all my mentors and guides, and patients this is my fervent hope and prayer.

While suffering is part of life – not some aberration – our capacity to heal is boundless.  What healing is, what it constitutes – that is the question of a lifetime….

Mona Chopra • Hypnopuncture

Mona Chopra is a licensed acupuncturist, hypnotherapist, yoga therapist and meditation instructor living and working in NYC.  Mona has been immersed in the fields of “mind-body medicine” for over two decades.  

Mona studied acupuncture under the guidance of Jeffrey Yuen, and is a  graduate (2007) of the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences.  Mona studied hypnotherapy with the acclaimed Melissa Tiers, completing trainings in integrative hypnosis and ‘coaching the unconscious mind’ in 2011.  In 2013, Mona completed a meditation instructor training program at the Interdependence Project, where she now teaches.  Mona’s earliest studies began at the age of seven when she was introduced to yoga, which she went on to study intensively at Krishnamacharya Yoga Mandiram in Chennai, India, under the guidance of TKV Desikachar.

Mona is profoundly grateful to the teachers in her life, in all the forms they appear. To learn more about Mona: www.peopletreewellness.com 


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Isobel Cosgrove • Disgesting Your Experience, Learning Through Supervision

Isobel Cosgrove taught in universities for 20 years until 1981, then taught at acupuncture college for another 10 years and has been practicing for 40 years (this year!)

She started teaching supervision to other practitioners in 1998 and has been promoting supervision in the acupuncture profession for last 28 years.

She has an acupuncture practice in Highgate, North London.

Resources and Links:




Investing your time and money into supervision as a peer group or 1:1 will impact on your practice in magical ways.

Stacey Chapman • Disgesting Your Experience, Learning Through Supervision

Stacey Chapman has been practicing acupuncture in North London since 2010.

In 2021 she completed the supervision and mentoring training with Isobel Cosgrove and Sally Blades. She now supports other acupuncturists with small group supervision sessions and 1:1 mentoring at www.supervisionforacupuncturists.com.

Good food nourishes the body. 
Good questions nourish the mind. 
Good listening nourishes the soul.

Nick Pole • Clean Questions, The Surpirsing Path of Inquiry

I’ve been practicing, teaching and writing about shiatsu since I graduated from the Shiatsu College in the UK in 1989. I spent the first ten years of my shiatsu studies trying to find the best teachers I could and then doing my best to copy them. It always worked for a while, but then I would come back to the same intangible sense that something important was missing. Meanwhile, to improve my skills as a shiatsu teacher, I studied NLP in some depth and that led me to Clean Language. That was it! – a way to bring language into my sessions by asking questions that make sense to the body. With its Zen-like simplicity and rigor, Clean Language invites both practitioner and client to listen to themselves in a truly mindful way.

When you invite the bodymind into the conversation like this, painful and frustrating symptoms can rapidly turn into signposts on the path towards the kind of life a person really wants to be living.

This is how I love to work, integrating gentle and respectful questioning with the meridian-based bodywork of shiatsu. That way, we invite the two sides of the brain to have a better relationship with each other and our patients to have better relationships with themselves.

Broaden out practice!

“Acupuncture is a complex interventional therapy where solid fine needles are inserted into the body to produce a therapeutic effect.”

Stephen Cina • Dry Needling and How It Fits Into the Terrain of Chinese Medicine

Stephen Cina DAIH, MAOM, Lic. Ac., ATC, NASM CES specializes in integrating East Asian and allopathic medical approaches for the treatment of orthopedic conditions and pain disorders.  Since 2001, he has treated numerous patients, from professional athletes to those with chronic and debilitating pain conditions

Dr. Cina serves as a full-time faculty member of the New England School of Acupuncture at MCPHS University where he teaches courses in structural anatomy, orthopedic acupuncture, and doctoral level integrative pain management.  He is a member of the MCPHS Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, and its Pain Management subgroup. He is also the Student Association of the New England School of Acupuncture faculty advisor. 

His accomplishments include, acupuncture researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital’s Athinoula Martino’s Center for Biomedical Imaging, contributing member of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Health, Chair of the Student Leadership Committee for the American Society of Acupuncturists, and team acupuncturist for the Boston Bruins and New England Patriots.

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