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AcuSport Education Reviews by Past Students

We are very thankful to our past students who took the time to share their AcuSport Education reviews to give you a sense of our Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification (SMAC) program. Come visit our SMA Facebook page for even more positive feedback!

Jackie Parra L.Ac.

“After graduating from acupuncture school, I was looking for a way to continue my education in sports medicine treatments. I looked at several programs and doctorates. The Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification (SMAC) program, was the best option I found for treating orthopedic and sports injuries that surpassed my expectations of continuing education.

I was pleased that the program placed a large emphasis on TCM in assessment and treatment of meridians, sinew channels, traditional acupuncture points even zang-fu diagnosis was discussed as it ties in with musculoskeletal injuries. This information has been integrated beautifully with  western based anatomy and physiology.  A true blend of TCM and Sports Medicine.

I especially enjoyed the in-depth training on classically-based needle techniques that has evolved into innovative treatment styles that fit today’s patient. I appreciated the allowance of time to practice all of the techniques and my questions were answered in a comfortable environment.

Since starting and now graduating from the SMAC program, I have found every treatment I apply is incorporating the diagnoses, assessments and treatments I have learned from this training. I have been able to build my practice, my patient load has tripled! I am treating injuries in regular patients, active people and also professional athletes which was my goal in coming into the program. I applaud this program! Thank you!”

Xin Xia L.Ac., C.SMA

“I would like to express my deepest respect to what you have done. Very rarely had I seen a combination of deep knowledge in anatomy with high level of understanding of TCM channel and meridian theories and practice. It is amazing what you have linked together in these 2 very different worlds. I do wish more and more Chinese practitioners will be aware of what you have done. I feel very lucky that from tons of CEU courses I chose this one series just out of pure instinct. 😀

The course helped me the most in getting much more detailed and precise assessment. Also provided a brand new direction of thinking when seeing other treatment modalities either work wonders or not work at all, especially the ones that use only remote points and often demand patient active movement, such as Tung’s acupuncture and Dr. Tan’s.

Thank you again, Xin”

Greg Lewerenz L.Ac., C.SMA

“This is long overdue, but I wanted to take a moment to thank you for all of your instruction over the past year. The material you have compiled has focused the way I practice in a way I didn’t think possible. Through your program I have acquired the tools to work in a way that produces clear results – results both me and my patients can see. I’ve always enjoyed practicing acupuncture and Chinese medicine but your instruction has elevated my interest to a whole new level.

I’m envious of all of the new practitioners starting your program tomorrow – they’re in for an intense and fruitful, rewarding year!

No secret that I applaud this program!”

Hege Fagerlund L.Ac., C.SMA

“I just wanted to say thank you for the SMAC program.

Thank you for a fantastic education that combined elements of TCM with western medicine so elegantly. I have learned so much about the human body and how the musculoskeletal system functions. You have inspired my curiosity and to help me understand and gain confidence in muscle function as well as when to apply orthopedic tests in order to identify an injury. This program has also made me a much better acupuncturist with all of the different needle techniques we have learned and practiced during this last year.

It has been a ten month adventure with lots of hard work. Ten months with frustration and joy, ten months with friendship and support, ten months with curiosity and feeling of wanting to learn more. Thank you for your fantastic, inspiring and motivating program, and for sharing all of your knowledge. The travel from Oslo, Norway was well worth it.”

Charlie Roach L.Ac., C.SMA

“The SMAC program has reinvigorated my practice. The knowledge I’ve gained in the program has given me new tools to diagnose and treat my clients, and the SMAC techniques are extraordinarily effective. Word of my effectiveness is spreading, and my practice has become busier than ever. I have been offered a position as team acupuncturist with a professional cycling team for multi-day stage races, am the team acupuncturist for a local climbing gym, and treat professional cyclists, including two Olympians, top-ranked ultramarathon runners, UFC fighters, and many other athletes, both amateur and professional.

Matt Callison and his staff are highly knowledgeable and teach the information in an easy to follow format. If you are serious about assessing and treating sports and work related injuries, no program will take your further than SMAC!”

Keri Jones L.Ac., C.SMA

“When I began the SMAC program, I had been licensed for less than a year and I was barely seeing 10 patients per week. Once I began incorporating what I learned from this program into my practice, I almost instantly doubled my practice, and now that I am 3/4 of the way through the program, I am seeing 25-30 patients a week.

My patients have been reporting significant improvement with their first treatment, and the results last. I also feel much more confident in my understanding of the musculoskeletal system and diagnosis. I have even had a patient tell me that I nailed her diagnosis and treatment plan before her physical therapist did! Thank you!”

Kevin Menard L.Ac., C.SMA

“I really, really enjoyed taking the SMAC program. In addition to learning so much about sports medicine, classic old school needling and traditional Chinese medicine theories integrated with sports medicine acupuncture, the opportunity of learning and practicing from Matt Callison and his faculty was truly a great experience…the SMAC program rocks!!”

Meghan Cowens de Sturdze, L.Ac.

“As an acupuncturist who works with athletes, from the professional to the weekend warrior, I have found that this course is the perfect synthesis of western and eastern thinking. It is the perfect complement to the traditional Chinese Medicine way of treating the whole person.”

Dennis Yang, L.Ac., M.Eng.

“Unlike many acupuncture modalities that give you recipes of acupuncture points for various pathologies without providing adequate reasoning, SMAC gives you a framework for assessment and treatment for orthopedic pathologies based on anatomy and biomechanics. By the end of the program, I felt confident enough to form a sound assessment and make a treatment plan for orthopedic issues that I have not encountered before with this framework; it is a platform for logical thinking. I also appreciated that Matt did not simply cover the material, but cared to really teach the material. He has an unusual ability to tell when the whole class “got it.” I especially enjoyed when Matt shared how he made new discoveries, such as better orthopedic tests, safer needling techniques, or different ways of using the channel theory. He thinks about things.”

Tim Eng L.Ac., C.SMA

“After some initial success in providing treatments for a veteran based on my Sports Medicine Acupuncture® Certification (SMAC) program knowledge, I recently provided some treatments to several former soldiers. The success of the treatments astounded me. These guys had experienced some horrific events based on encounters with improvised explosive devices with injuries ranging from debilitating back pain to the inability to grip a coffee cup to excruciating foot pain. With the knowledge that I gained in the SMAC program, I was able to find the source of the pain using orthopedic exams and manual muscle testing and then provide conservative solutions including the acupuncture needle techniques, channel correspondences and corrective exercises that I learned where surgery or opiate-based pharmaceuticals were the only offered alternatives.”

Eric Raymond Buckley L.Ac., C.SMA

“When I graduated acupuncture school, I had very good foundational skills that were ready to be challenged by the real world of clinical practice. From all of the acupuncture that I had learned, I had enjoyed orthopedic style acupuncture treatments the most, but because it was a only small portion of my education, I found my treatments lacking in focus and direction.

Then I found the Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification program. The anatomical focus of structural diagnostics and specific needle techniques that this program teaches allows me to integrate into Western medical clinical settings with solid communication skills, clinical effectiveness and grounded confidence. Since taking the program, my accomplishments include becoming credentialed and employed within a hospital to do inpatient treatments, creating an acupuncture portion of a hospital-based physical, occupational and speech therapy program, and employment with an orthopedic physician’s outpatient pain management group. I have Matt Callison and the other superior teachers he works with directly to thank!

Thank you from my heart.”

Marshall De Couto, L.Ac.

“Matt Callison is passionate about his work and his art and this passion is palpable in each and every class that he taught in the SMAC program.

He is not content with his students just showing up and taking notes. He stays engaged with his teaching by being sure that we, the students, are engaged with the information that is being presented. When necessary, he will pause and even backtrack if he feels that he has left anyone behind. Matt is, by far, the most dynamic teacher that I have ever had the privilege to study with.

He is caring and patient with his students but will also challenge you to think it out so that you understand the material rather than just memorize it. He does not let his abundance of talent and knowledge distance himself from even the very beginner in his program. He generously gives us every morsel of what he knows and what his current thoughts are about a subject but at the same time, “teaches us to fish” so that we can take this information and use it as an effective approach in our clinical practice.

Matt Callison is the epitome of how modern acupuncture should be taught!”

Laura Shahinian Kara L.Ac., C.SMA

“I just wanted to say thank you so much for creating such a great program. My practice has nearly doubled since I’ve been applying SMAC to my practice and after taking the final, I feel like I now have the confidence in the orthopedic examination process which has been giving my patients a lot more confidence in me. Today, someone thanked me for explaining what the MRI of their shoulder report meant in layman’s terms. The fact that I was able to do that, was due to your class!

Thank you. I hope you come back to the East Coast sometime to teach again!

In gratitude, Lara”