Christina Rients, L.Ac., Dipl. OM (NCCAOM), received her Master’s Degree in acupuncture and Master’s Degree in Chinese herbal medicine from The New York College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (NYCTCM) in 2015. She has been a New York State licensed acupuncturist and Virginia State licensed acupuncture since 2016. She is currently the vice president of NYCTCM Alumni board. Christina represented the state of Virginia acupuncturists attended the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) dry needling hearing in Richmond, Virginia in 2016 and 2017. Fortunately, American Alliances of Professional Acupuncture Safety (AAPAS), the only group, is monitoring PT’s every move in the whole United States. AAPAS provides all the legal advice to each state’s acupuncture Groups /Associations, giving them strategy, and financial help to fight the legal battles against physical therapy using dry needling.
H.R.1183 – Acupuncture for Heroes and Seniors has been Introduced in the House of Representatives by Californian Rep. Judy Chu. Christina and other acupuncturists, who from different states were at our Nation’s Capital of Washington D.C, went door to door visiting the 50 states congressmen and congresswomen offices. We were trying to persuade the congress members to support the bill. After all the hard work and effortthat we made, the bill “Acupuncture for our Heroes Act” finally passed. Acupuncture is a minority professional group in the whole United States; consequently, our voice is seldom heard by the authorities. If we want our voice to be heard, we have better stay together and that will make our statement strong and powerful.