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Engaging VitalityVisceral 1

Prerequisites: EV Modules 1, 2, and 3

-w/Dan Bensky, DO

*October 12-14, 2019
*Three day weekend Sat-Mon
(9am - 5pm)
75 NW Couch St
Portland, OR 97209
$686 (Professionals)
$558 (Students/Full time Faculty)
19.5 NCCAOM & CA CEUs Approved
Registration refund policy:
90% refund applied if request received greater than 2-weeks from date of event
No refunds if cancellation received within 2-weeks of event*

Efficacy in acupuncture is grounded in a therapeutic engagement with qi. Doing this well requires not only carefully listening to patients with our ears, but also with our hands.


Although pulse and abdominal diagnosis are hallmarks of manual diagnosis in East Asian medicine, they represent just a fraction of the information available.

One of the most fascinating and useful results of applying osteopathic palpatory concepts to TEAM (Traditional East Asian Medicine) is the clear realization that the yin and yang organs described in our core texts are clearly connected to the actual physical organs and that these connections are palpable.

Prerequisites: EV Modules 1, 2, and 3

In this three-day class we will go over the living anatomy of the most important viscera, learn palpatory techniques to listen to them, and go over some ways to integrate this information into the practice of TEAM. This next step in Engaging Vitality, will aid in gaining a more complete and less abstract understanding of TEAM and its applications. It will have a significant positive impact on your practice.


Instructor Bio's


Dan Bensky, DO (Instriuctor)

Dan has a long-term interest in Chinese and Chinese medicine, having obtained a diploma in Chinese medicine from the Macau Institute of Chinese Medicine in 1975, a Masters in Classical Chinese from the University of Washington in 1996, and a Doctorate in the Discussion of Cold Damage from the China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences in 2006.

He also graduated with a Doctor of Osteopathy from Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1982, where he was a research assistant for John Upledger. He has studied with many notable osteopathic practitioners, including Robert Fulford and Jean-Pierre Barral.

In addition to teaching for both professions, he has been working on utilizing the connections between osteopathy and East Asian medicine for over thirty years. He is currently a medical editor at Eastland Press and has a private practice in Seattle.

Marguerite Dinkins MAcOM, LAc (TA)

Marguerite has been a student of acupuncture and palpation since 1997, when she began her studies at the Seattle Institute of East Asian Medicine. Since that time, she has continued to study palpation with Dan Bensky and Chip Chace, and for many years has assisted them in teaching palpation in the practice of acupuncture. She has also completed three years of osteopathic training at the Canadian College of Osteopathy in Vancouver, BC.

Since 2007, Marguerite has been instrumental in making palpation a central part of the clinical experience at the Seattle Institute of East Asian Medicine. In addition to her extensive clinical experience, Marguerite has a unique ability to understand the specific needs of her students, especially those grappling with the early challenges of developing palpatory awareness.

Marguerite has maintained an active private practice since her graduation from SIOM in 2000.

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