8 Hours Shadowing Toby Daly in Clinic
May 4, 5 or 6

The medical interview is the practicing physician’s essential tool for developing a diagnosis and establishing rapport with the patient. In this class students will observe the Saam acupuncture tradition’s heart centered approach to the medical interview. These explorations will include observation of guiding principles, techniques, and reliable questions to facilitate this approach. In the discussion following the medical interview a special emphasis will be placed on tips for navigating the dynamic tension inherent in a medical interview. This tension exists between the physician’s task of eliciting specific clinical information alongside their task of facilitating an environment where a patient can spontaneously report relevant clinical information.

Accurate point location and appropriate needle techniques are essential aspects of the Saam acupuncture tradition. In this class, we will explore best practices for ensuring correct point location. We will then look at applying the precise needle techniques required for each acupuncture point. Practitioner demonstrations will allow participants to critically evaluate the clinical skills of palpation and insertion techniques.

AM schedule:

  • Patient 1 and discussion
  • Patient 2 and discussion
  • Patient 2 and discussion

PM schedule:

  • Point location and best practices demonstration
  • Students interview and if appropriate treat each other
  • Q & A

General Public / WPC Members

Early Bird price, increases on 3/1/24

Inner Circle Members

Early Bird price, increases on 3/1/24

8 CEUs NCCAOM Provider #278

75% refund available within 30 days of purchase


Toby Daly PhD, LAc

Toby received his undergraduate degree in Food Science from the California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo. He began studying Chinese medicine in 1997 with a Korean Buddhist monk trained in the Saam tradition. He earned his master’s degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2002 upon completion of training at the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco and Chengdu University in China.

During his four years of training in San Francisco, he interned with the prominent acupuncturist Dr. Angela Wu and learned to apply the lofty theories he was studying in school into the pragmatic setting of a busy clinic. In 2013, he developed the Chinese Nutritional Strategies app to provide digital access to the wealth of Chinese dietary wisdom.

In 2016, he completed a PhD in Classical Chinese Medicine under the guidance of 88th generation Daoist priest Jeffery Yuen. In 2021, he developed the Chinese Medical Characters app to enable direct access to foundational Chinese medical terms and concepts.

In 2023, he published his first book An Introduction to Chinese Medicine. His current focus is on sharing his 25 years of clinical experience with the Saam tradition.