Acutonics Institute of Integrative Medicine

Resilience, Perseverance, Creativity, Imagination

27 Feb, 2023
Resilience, Perseverance, Creativity, Imagination

Ellen F. Franklin, PhD

It is said that in spring the green dragon of the east blows the eight winds into the earth and brings forth a thousand flowers. Spring is an expression of new life and hope. –  Debra Kaatz

Our company was founded in March of 1997, with a vision to train health care practitioners from diverse backgrounds in a new integrative care model that weaves together East Asian medicine, psychology, science, and sound. At that time, and to this day, we believed in the critical importance of the creation of partnerships between practitioner and patient, student, and teacher, to find the right balance between conventional and integrative medical models that facilitate the body’s innate wisdom to heal.

As Acutonics enters its 26th year, I marvel at our resilience and perseverance. From Donna’s initial explorations with sound vibration in Madison, Wisconsin, to her years as clinical dean at the Northwest Institute of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, to our Mothership in Llano, New Mexico, Acutonics has grown into a global community of practitioners and teachers with a rich and constantly growing creative curriculum.  Our laser focus on opportunities to build on the foundation of our educational programs, and our core mission to educate healthcare providers, and develop new and innovative programs could not have been accomplished without the commitment of our 25-faculty members who have brought Acutonics to all corners of the world, translating our curriculum into many languages. We say thank you to each of you who have been a part of this inspirational and creative journey.

Last year working with a group of Acutonics senior faculty, in an initiative led by Eeka King, Senior Licensed Acutonics faculty based in Australia, we reviewed our certification program to create a clear path to success for students. Curriculum was organized into three distinct learning modules, and the completion of each module earns a practitioner designation.

The creation of learning modules and recognition of student accomplishment are designed to demonstrate students have achieved a level of competency to practice Acutonics. After successful completion of the first module students will be listed on the Acutonics website and celebrated for their achievements. Fulfilling ALL modules gains greater recognition of achievement, including the designation Certified Acutonics® Practitioner, the highest level of achievement.

Successful completion of each module of learning earns the following designation.

Module I: Associate Acutonics® Practitioner
Module II: Acutonics® Practitioner
Module III: Certified Acutonics® Practitioner

Module I Course Requirements

Acutonics Level I: Sound Gates to Meridian Harmonics
Acutonics Level II: Higher Harmonics & the Inner Nature of Tone
Points & Meridians
Fundamentals of Chinese Medicine
Ethics in Clinical Practice
This course includes the business of Acutonics and the signing of the Acutonics Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice, with a clear explanation of how students may refer to themselves at each level of advancement. This will clarify use of Acutonics®, continuing ed requirements, and other business/practice issues.
30 Clinic hours
Exam designed to help students understand the most important aspects of this module that should be mastered.

Successful completion of the above courses received the designation of Associate Acutonics® Practitioner.

Module II Course Requirements

Acutonics Level III: Harmonic Attunement
Acutonics Level IV: Advanced Harmonic Applications
Sedna Super Conductor
Harmonic Pathology
Elective 1
Case Studies: Clinical Documentaries
25 Clinic Hours (8 must be from a clinic day, live on-line or in person)
Exam designed to help students understand the most important aspects of this module that should be mastered.

Successful completion of the above receives the designation of Acutonics® Practitioner.

Module III Course Requirements

Hygiea Holism & Expanded Consciousness
Unwinding Trauma: The Eight Extraordinary Vessels and Fibonacci
Elective 2
Thesis or special project
45 Clinic Hours (16 hours in clinic or trade show days)

Successful completion of all three modules receives the designation of Certified® Acutonics Practitioner, the highest level of achievement.

To read more about each of these rich classes and learning modules visit the Acutonics website.

If you require continuing education Acutonics is an approved NCCAOM PDA Provider. Acutonics Level I & II are approved in Category 1 by the California Acupuncture Board, Provider Number 1278, 24 hours of continuing education.

I am excited to report that on March 5th, 17 students in Australia will take part in a graduation celebration, guided by licensed senior faculty member Eeka King, these students have successfully completed all requirements to become Certified Acutonics® Practitioners. We will have photos and a full report of this huge accomplishment in the next newsletter. Please join me in congratulating Eeka and this awesome group of students.

As the Equinox approaches, embrace the energy of this seasonal change to find the light, energy, and creative inspiration to nurture your internal and external garden, to transform and create, celebrate life, generate abundance, and be inspired by your dreams.

Ellen F. Franklin, PhD is co-founder of the Acutonics Institute of Integrative Medicine, LLC, she can be reached at, read more about her work at