Pinpoint Performance



PinPoint Performance is a podcast where Chad Bong interviews leading sports acupuncturist to dig into sports acupunctures history, influences, current treatment strategies, and where we are headed in the future. We will also aim to increase the profession's understanding of sports training, injuries, and the mindset of the athlete by interviewing athletes, coaches, trainers, and sports psychologists


  • P4 Ep. 31 Matt Callison, L.Ac.

    23/11/2020 Duración: 01h10min

    Matt Callison is a licensed acupuncturist, author of the Motor Point Index (MPI) Reference Guide and Sports Medicine Acupuncture: An Integrated Approach Combining Sports Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Matt is also the creator and head director/instructor of the Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification (SMAC) program. In his discussion with Chad, Matt talks about his new Sports Medicine Acupuncture textbook, essential concepts acupuncturists should know to be a “sports acupuncturist," and a very thorough assessment-to-moc-treatment of Chad's Achilles tendinopathy.

  • P4 Ep. 30: Jenny Nieters, L.Ac., DACM

    02/10/2020 Duración: 01h20min

    Jenny Nieters is a licensed acupuncturist, doctor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine.  Jenny specializes in sports medicine, orthopedic injuries, and sports performance.  Jenny is the team acupuncturist for the San Francisco 49ers and St. Mary's College Men's Rugby.  Jenny also teaches sports acupuncture with Whitfield Reaves in Whit's Sports Medicine Apprenticeship Program.   In her discussion with Chad, Jenny talks about mentoring and teaching part of the Sports Medicine Apprenticeship Program, the journey towards working with the 49ers, how to build a successful practice you enjoy coming to every day, and much more! Check out for full access to show notes and links.

  • P4 Ep. 29: Joshua Margolis, DACM, DOMTP

    15/09/2020 Duración: 01h27min

    Joshua Margolis is a licensed acupuncturist, doctor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, and a diplomate of osteopathy.  Josh specializes in pain management and digestive distress using a combination of acupuncture and muscle/visceral manipulation.  Josh is a staff member and instructor at the Osteopathic College of Ontario.  Dr. Magolis posts information on acupuncture and bodywork on his YouTube channel. He has collaborated with former podcast guest, Jaime Chaves, L.Ac., creating a Lunch N' Learn webinar series that can be accessed on YouTube (link in show notes on   In his discussion with Chad, Josh talks about this journey towards osteopathic medicine, the effectiveness of combining acupuncture and bodywork as a treatment strategy, the importance of understanding neurophysiology as a modern acupuncturist, and much more! Check out for full access to show notes and links.

  • P4 Ep. 28: Ash Goddard, DACM

    03/06/2020 Duración: 01h35min

    Ash Goddard is a licensed acupuncturist and doctor of acupuncture and Chinese medicine specializing in sports and orthopedic acupuncture. Ash Goddard runs the Nine Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine in Bellingham, Washington. Ash has played a pivotal role in integrating acupuncture into the greater medical systems in Washington and protecting acupuncturists' scope of practice with the rise in popularity of "dry needling." In her discussion with Chad, Ash talks about dry needling vs. acupuncture, scope of practice, a call for national certification for sports and orthopedic acupuncture, and much more!

  • P4 Ep. 27: Jaime Chaves, L.Ac.

    26/05/2020 Duración: 01h11min

    Jaime Chaves is a licensed acupuncturist in California who specializes in orthopedic and trigger point acupuncture.  He is currently the head acupuncturist in a prominent Bay Area worker’s compensation clinic and works alongside medical doctors, physical therapists, and orthopedic surgeons. Jaime has a blog and YouTube page that contains free and informative acupuncture content on orthopedic-based acupuncture. In his discussion with Chad, Chaves talks about the importance of assessment and reassessment, palpation and musculoskeletal anatomical knowledge, reeducating the public on what acupuncture does, and much more!

  • P4 Ep. 26: Whitfield Reaves

    02/05/2020 Duración: 01h22min

    Whitfield Reaves is a licensed acupuncturist and doctor of oriental medicine. Reaves is regarded as a pioneer of sports acupuncture in the United States. Reaves is the author of The Acupuncture Handbook of Sports Injuries & Pain, one of the only texts on sports acupuncture available in the West. Reaves is the teacher and director of The Acupuncture Sports Medicine Apprenticeship Program. In his discussion with Chad, Whitfield talks about his journey into sports acupuncture, the mentor and mentee relationship, his thoughts on the growing sports acupuncture community, and more!

  • P4 Ep. 25: Hilary Patzer

    14/04/2020 Duración: 01h06min
  • P4 Ep. 24 Derrick McBride L.Ac, CSCS, CFST

    30/01/2019 Duración: 01h20min

    Derrick McBride is a licensed acupuncturists, certified strength and conditioning specialist, and certified fascial stretch therapist. Derrick also has been certified as a Functional Movement Specialist (FMS) and Selective Functional Movement Assessment (SFMA). Derrick will be one of the speakers at the 3rd Annual Sports Acupuncture Alliance Summit.  Be sure to use coupon code p410off  to receive 10% off your purchase price. In his discussion with Chad, Derrick discusses important difference between motor control and mobility, his experience with extreme sports athletes, integrating various modalities into a comprehensive treatment, and much more! 

  • P4 Episode 23: Deborah Leedale-Brown

    28/09/2018 Duración: 01h10min

    Deborah is an exercises physiologist, professional cyclist, and sports performance trainer for DLB2-Full Potential. She was a former head of sports science and a strength & conditioning coach of British Olympic and National athletes in diving, golf, and cycling. In her discussion with Chad, Deborah discussing sports performance assessment protocols, training zones, parent’s roles in adolescent sports, and much more!  

  • P4 Ep. 22: John Howard

    19/04/2018 Duración: 01h16min

    John Howard is the creator of Battlefield Acupuncture. Battlefield Acupuncture is an auricular acupuncture technique that has become famous for its immediate effects on pain reduction. Howard is both an acupuncturist and academic dedicated to the promotion of knowledge and has been awarded the dissemination of seminal works of Dr. Raphael Nogier and of Dr. René Bourdiol. In his discussion with Chad, Howard explains his introduction to auricular therapy and Battlefield Acupuncture, teaching seminars, transition into sports performance, and much more!

  • P4 Ep. 21: Clayton Shiu, Ph.D.

    23/03/2018 Duración: 59min

    Clayton received a Doctorate of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Acupuncture and Moxibustion at the Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine, a highly regarded teaching facility and the largest acupuncture and moxibustion center in China. His research was concerned with acupuncture treatment for cerebral disorders under the tutelage of Dr. Shi Xue Min, the pioneer of modern acupuncture stroke treatment, at the distinguished First Teaching Hospital of Tianjin University of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Clayton discusses his experience in China, neuro-acupuncture needle techniques, and much more!

  • P4 Ep. 20: Mary J. Rogel Ph.D.

    30/12/2017 Duración: 01h35min

    Mary J. Rogel holds a Ph.D. in social psychology from The University of Chicago and spent 10 years teaching psychology and 25 years doing health research and consulting before becoming a full-time acupuncturist. Mary's acupuncture practice specializes in tendon and ligament and their effect or structural integrity.  In her talk with Chad, Mary discusses her assessment and needling techniques for joints and tendons, structural alignment and integrity, the importance of creating a network with western practitioners, and much more!

  • P4 Ep. 19: Dr. Amy Moll

    27/11/2017 Duración: 01h20min

    Dr. Amy Moll is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine specializing in neurological disorders, chronic pain, and concussion recovery.  She is a faculty member of the Carrick Institute of Clinical Neuroscience and Rehabilitation. She teaches courses on topics including concussion recovery, dysautonomia and neurological exam techniques, and has been a featured speaker in veterans groups on the topic of brain health. In her talk with Chad, Dr. Moll discusses  concussions, CTE, functional neurology, and how acupuncture can help.

  • P4 Ep. 18: Matt Callison

    29/01/2017 Duración: 01h07min

    Matt Callison is the founder and head instructor of the Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification (SMAC) program.  Callison is the author of Motor Point Index- An Acupuncturist’s Guide to Locating and Treating Motor Points.  In his interview with Chad, Matt discusses the SMAC program, Sinew Channel research and Motor Point location on cadavers, upcoming publications, and more!

  • P4 Ep. 17: Steve Knobler

    06/01/2017 Duración: 01h21min

    Steve Knobler, is the owner, operator, and a practitioner at North Seattle Community Acupuncture. Knobler had post-graduate training in orthopedic and sports acupuncture with Whitfield Reaves in Colorado.  Steve has found a way to integrate the sports/orthopedic style acupuncture into the community acupuncture model.  In his discussion with Chad, Steve discusses his decision to pursue community acupuncture and the logistics integrating orthopedic and sports acupuncture into that model.

  • P4 Ep. 16: Mel Hopper-Koppelman

    13/10/2016 Duración: 57min

    Mel Hopper Koppelman is an acupuncturists and acupuncture and health research enthusiast. Her blog,, provides readers with informative, evidence-based research on acupuncture and oriental medicine.  In her discussion with Chad, Mel discusses the challenges in the acceptance of evidence-based acupuncture for western skeptics, possible mechanisms of acupuncture, and how to create a convincing argument against acupuncture skeptics.

  • P4 Ep. 15: Whitfield Reaves

    27/05/2016 Duración: 52min

    Whitfield Reaves is regarded as one of the pioneers of Acupuncture Sports Medicine in the United States.  Reaves is an author, teacher, and director of The Acupuncture Sports Medicine Apprenticeship Program. In his discussion with Chad, Whit discusses differences  and similarities in needle techniques for musculoskeletal issues.  The conversation is focused around the question "Do acupuncturists need to make a muscle "twitch" in order to create change in the tissue?"

  • P4 Ep. 14: Anthony Von der Muhll

    30/03/2016 Duración: 01h45min

    Anthony Von der Muhll is a credentialed Fellow of the American Academy of Pain Management and has his national board certification in Acupuncture Orthopedics. Von der Muhll serves as the clinical instructor in Integrative Sports Medicine at Five Branches University of Traditional Chinese. In his discussion with Chad, Von der Muhll talks about his background as a sports acupuncturists, the importance of understanding western physical medicine for sports acupuncturists, treatment modalities including ligamental/osteo-acupuncture, and much more!  

  • P4 Ep. 13: Tom Bisio

    06/02/2016 Duración: 01h46min

    Tom Bisio is the author of A Tooth From the Tiger’s Mouth: How to Treat Your Injuries with Powerful Healing Secrets of the Great Chinese Warriors and co-author with Frank Butler on Zheng Gu Tui Na : A Chinese Medical Massage Textbook.  Bisio is the founder New York Internal Arts and International Internal Arts which train the internal arts Ba Gua Zhang and Xing Yi Quan. In his interview with Chad, Bisio discusses the stages of sports injuries and congruent treatment protocols with acupuncture, herbs, and internal arts.  

  • P4 Ep. 12: Arno Ilgner

    20/12/2015 Duración: 01h51min

    Arno Ilgner is known for being a pioneer in the rock climbing community.  From his early climbing experiences and interest in mental training from warrior archetype and zen philosophies, Arno created the Desiderata Institute.  The Desiderata Institute trains climbers on the movement and mental aspects of climbing.  He later compiled his mental training notes into a 7 process program found in his first book The Rock Warrior’s Way: Mental Training For Climber’s.  In his discussion with Chad, Arno discusses in depth how these 7 mental processes can be adapted to an acupuncture career and athletes of all sports

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