Webinar Summary: Ask Me Anything About Sports Acupuncture: Panel Discussion

In December we hosted 4 leaders in the field of Sports Acupuncture for our Ask Me Anything About Sports Acupuncture:  Panel Discussion.   Moderated by Whitfield Reaves and joined by panelists; Chad Bong, Hilary Patzer and Jenny Nieters.









About this Webinar:

Sports Acupuncture is a fast growing specialty in the acupuncture profession and we brought 4 practitioners together to share their unique expertise and experiences.   Our live audience chose the topics by asking incredible questions to make this unique event a lot of fun.   They shared treatment strategies, advice and even case studies.

We had so many questions that we were not able to answer them all.  Our team has graciously agreed to do a part 2 for us in March of 2021.   Date and details to come!



Whitfield Reaves, OMD, L.Ac.  |  Founder of the Acupuncture Sports Medicine Apprenticeship Program


Chad Bong, MS., L.OM, L.MT | Philadelphia Sports Acupuncture/Co-Founder of the Sports Acupuncture Alliance

Dr. Hilary Patzer, L.Ac., DACM | JADA Studios/Team Acupuncturist Minnesota Vikings

Dr. Jennifer Nieters, L.Ac., DACM | Alameda Acupuncture/Team Acupuncturist San Francisco 49ers


What You Will Learn:

  • How our Moderator and Panelists entered the field of Sports Acupuncture
  • Advice for new practitioners or practitioners looking to expand their reach in this specialty
  • Clinical Pearls and Treatment Strategies

Who Should Watch:

  • Practitioners and Students looking to learn more about Sports Acupuncture
  • Practitioners and Students with specific questions about Sports Acupuncture
  • Practitioners and Students with questions about treating Athletes and Weekend Warriors

About Our Moderator:

Whitfield Reaves, OMD, L.Ac. has been working in the field of sports medicine since he first began practice in 1981. He earned a Doctor of Oriental Medicine degree in 1983 that included a thesis entitled Acupuncture and the Treatment of Common Running Injuries.

Whitfield’s experience in sports medicine includes the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games, as well as numerous track and field, ski racing, and cycling events nationally over the last 30 years. He has been in the forefront of the acupuncture sports medicine field, emphasizing the integration of acupuncture with orthopedics and anatomy.

Whitfield is the author of The Acupuncture Handbook of Sports Injuries and Pain. His popular Acupuncture Sports Medicine Apprenticeship Program uses a small group mentorship-style setting in the instruction of orthopedic style acupuncture. Upcoming dates can be found by visiting: https://www.whitfieldreaves.com/calendar/.

His new Online CEU Course Series, Mastering the Treatment of Injury and Pain, is NOW AVAILABLE for sale at Lhasa OMS. Check out individual courses or the whole series. https://www.lhasaoms.com/departments/mastering-the-treatment-of-injury-and-pain

About Our Panelists:

Chad Bong, MS., L.OM, L.MT has loved sports his whole life. This love has been instrumental in him going to college, completing a masters degree in exercise science, learning massage therapy, going to acupuncture school, and finally specializing in orthopedic and sports acupuncture.

Chad is also one of the founding members of the Sports Acupuncture Alliance and The PInpoint Performance Podcast. Both focused on helping to bring together and provide educational opportunities for the orthopedic and sports acupuncture community.

Chad currently practices at Philadelphia Sports Acupuncture and the University of Pennsylvania, where he tries to help his patients continue doing the sports that they love.

Dr. Hilary Patzer, L.Ac., DACM has a goal, to support athletes in achieving their highest level of performance and athletic success. She is a Doctor of Chinese Medicine, licensed acupuncturist and Chinese herbalist in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her tools of the trade also include being a Level lll Fascial Stretch Specialist and certified in Cranial Sacral Therapy and Neurokinetic Therapy. She completed her Doctorate of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in 2018 in order to deepen her comprehension and mastery for her patients benefit. She in now pursuing a second master’s degree which is in Health Coaching and Performance. Hilary is driven by empowerment through, growth, health and movement. She currently serves as the Sports Acupuncturist for the Minnesota Vikings and treats professional, elite, college and high school athletes from various sports.

Hilary was a two-time NCAA Division 1 All American Nordic Ski Racer. She raced with the U.S. Ski Team for 3 years. As a competitive skier, Hilary over trained and acupuncture was the one thing that brought her back to a whole, healthy person and athlete. She continues to train and compete in ski races, marathons, and triathlons. She competed in the Ironman World Championship and the Boston Marathon. Her competitive experience provides her with unique understanding of what pushing the body to its limit means and how acupuncture can aid the athlete’s body.

Dr. Jennifer Nieters, L.Ac., DACM specializes in sports medicine, orthopedic injuries and athletic performance. In addition to her private clinical practice, she is the team acupuncturist for the San Francisco 49ers and the Saint Mary’s College Men’s Rugby teams. She teaches sports acupuncture with Whitfield Reaves in his Sports Medicine Apprentice Program, an advanced training for acupuncturists. She works with professional and Olympic athletes including MLB and NFL players. She also served as event acupuncturist for international rugby tournaments, including the Rugby World Cup Sevens in San Francisco, the Silicon Valley Sevens and the Las Vegas Sevens. She traveled with the Samoan Sevens team to support their efforts at the Paris Sevens tournament.

Chinese Medicine is a perfect modality to support body, mind and spirit for serious competitors. Jenny loves helping athletes achieve their personal best.