Skya Abbate began her career as a medical sociologist serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Brazil before teaching at the University of Rhode Island's department of sociology. She graduated summa cum laude from Salve Regina College in 1973 as class valedictorian, earning a bachelor's degree in sociology, then earned a master's degree in sociology at the University of Rhode Island in 1981.

In 1983, she graduated from the acupuncture program at the Institute of Traditional Medicine in Santa Fe, New Mexico and has since undertaken two advance clinical training programs with the Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Beijing, China. In addition to her duties as executive director of Southwest Acupuncture College, she is a licensed doctor of Oriental medicine in the state of New Mexico; a former president of the New Mexico Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine; and has served more than six years as an educational expert and commissioner for the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.

Previous Articles

The Role of the Heart in Needling Within the Treatment Process
September, 2005 (Vol. 06, Issue 09)
Ear Acupuncture Prescriptions and Techniques, Part Three: Treatment Modalities
April, 2005 (Vol. 06, Issue 04)
Ear Acupuncture Prescriptions and Techniques, Part Two: Point Energetics
December, 2004 (Vol. 05, Issue 12)
Ear Acupuncture Prescriptions and Techniques, Part One
September, 2004 (Vol. 05, Issue 09)
Anecdotal Point Usage
July, 2004 (Vol. 05, Issue 07)
The Management of Multiple Sclerosis With the Extraordinary Vessels
December, 2003 (Vol. 04, Issue 12)
Practical Threading Therapy
October, 2003 (Vol. 04, Issue 10)
Bleeding Techniques: Ancient Treatments for Acupuncture Physicians
August, 2003 (Vol. 04, Issue 08)
Thyroid Disorders: A Study in Contrasts
June, 2003 (Vol. 04, Issue 06)
The Treatment of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Classical Points for a Contemporary Condition
April, 2003 (Vol. 04, Issue 04)
The Relationship between Bunions, Sugar and the Spleen
November, 2002 (Vol. 03, Issue 11)
The Ancient Use of ST36 (Zusanli) with Different Needle Techniques and Point Combinations
September, 2002 (Vol. 03, Issue 09)
Hypothyroidism Revisited
July, 2002 (Vol. 03, Issue 07)
Thoughts on Needling Within the Clinical Encounter
May, 2002 (Vol. 03, Issue 05)
Gentle Treatment for General Anxiety Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress and Episodic Anxiety
March, 2002 (Vol. 03, Issue 03)
A Simplified Approach to the Treatment of Scars with Oriental Medicine
November, 2001 (Vol. 02, Issue 11)
A Quick and Comprehensive Approach to the Treatment of Shoulder Problems with Chinese Medicine
September, 2001 (Vol. 02, Issue 09)
The Early Diagnosis and Treatment of Hypothyroidism
July, 2001 (Vol. 02, Issue 07)
The Six Divisions: A Practical Needling Strategy for Pain and Blockage
May, 2001 (Vol. 02, Issue 05)
Help for Prolapsed Intervertebral Discs of the Lumbar Region (Herniated Discs)
March, 2001 (Vol. 02, Issue 03)
Prolapse: A Natural Condition with Oriental Medicine
January, 2001 (Vol. 02, Issue 01)
The Pathophysiology and Treatment of Peripheral Neuropathy of the Upper and Lower Extremities with Oriental Medicine
November, 2000 (Vol. 01, Issue 11)
Treating the Spirit - Treating the Blood with Oriental Medicine
September, 2000 (Vol. 01, Issue 09)
A Unique Approach to the Treatment of Repetitive Motion Disorders
May, 2000 (Vol. 01, Issue 05)
Immune Enhancement for Oncology Patients through Auricular Acupuncture
March, 2000 (Vol. 01, Issue 03)

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