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Ethics Issues

By Laura Christensen, MA, LAc, MAc

Laura Christensen graduated from Oberlin College in 1982 with an AB in Biology and pre-medical studies. While there she also studied cello in the Oberlin Conservatory. Upon graduating she began working as a research assistant at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, one of the Harvard Hospitals. She did research in gastroenterology, neurosurgery, and behavioral medicine (working under Herbert Benson MD) full time while studying acupuncture full time. She graduated from the New England School of Acupuncture with a MAc in 1984 and continued on to get her MA in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University in 1986. She practiced as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the Boston area till 1991 and then moved to the town where she grew up, Iowa City, IA. She comes from a family of physicians, scientists, gardeners, and musicians. While persuing research in psychiatry at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, she began practicing acupuncture in 1992. She studied Chinese Herbal medicine in a two year program with Ken Morris of Oakland, CA. She then studied Japanese Acupuncture and Shang Han Lun with Dr. Miki Shima for several years, while also studying with Susan Johnson (Tong Style) and Sharon Weizenbaum (herbology). She has studied Japanese Acupuncture with Kiiko Matsumoto and David Euler since 2007 and continues her studies with Sharon Weizenbaum in the Graduate Mentorship Program for the second time. Her area of interest in the professional activity of acupuncturists is ethics, and she is curious about the subtle dynamics that can lead to ethical dilemmas for us. In her busy practice she treats a wide variety of types of illness with a variety of approaches. She is married and in her free time she enjoys taking courses and traveling, dogs, cooking, gardening, knitting, and music.

Previous Articles

The Journey of Recruiting
  April, 2011 (Vol. 12, Issue 04)
Dealing with Dangerous Clients
  September, 2010 (Vol. 11, Issue 09)
Thoughts On Selling To Our Patients
  May, 2010 (Vol. 11, Issue 05)
Talking to Patients About What to Expect from Acupuncture
  February, 2010 (Vol. 11, Issue 02)
Internal Conflicts Regarding Patient Outcomes and Our Finances
  September, 2009 (Vol. 10, Issue 09)
The Slippery Slope of Boundary Crossings, Part 2
  May, 2009 (Vol. 10, Issue 05)
Another Ethics Situation: Consent
  December, 2008 (Vol. 09, Issue 12)
The Slippery Slope of Boundary Crossings, Part 1
  September, 2008 (Vol. 09, Issue 09)
Reporting Another Health Care Practitioner
  May, 2008 (Vol. 09, Issue 05)
The Secretive Dental Student
  February, 2008 (Vol. 09, Issue 02)
An Interesting Ethics Problem
Moving From "Wanting to Be Helpful" to "Aware of Risks"
  August, 2007 (Vol. 08, Issue 08)
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