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National board-certified NCCAOM diplomates in Oriental Medicine with the Kansas senator who introduced the Acupuncture Practice Act: Kimberley Vester-Couch; Sandra Wilkes, president of the Kansas Association of Oriental Medicine; Sen. Michael O'Donnell, a Wichita Republican; Lawrence acupuncturist Gina Halsey; and Rhonda Bathurst attended a ceremonial signing of the Acupuncture Practice Act on June 1, 2016, at the governor's office in Topeka.

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After pins-and-needles wait, acupuncture finally will be regulated in Kansas

The consequences of getting acupuncture from someone who is untrained could be serious, but soon the risk of encountering that situation in Kansas soon will diminish. Lawrence acupuncturist Gina Halsey has been working since 2009 to remove Kansas from the list of five remaining states that do not license the profession. It’s been a long process with a lot of red tape, but in the recent legislative session, the Acupuncture Practice Act finally was approved.

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