CIAM offers instruction by auricular experts who share their practical knowledge, clinical experience, and personal approach.  

Dave Maybee, RMT
Lead Instructor

Healthcare professionals from around the world attend courses from the Canadian Institute of Auricular Medicine (CIAM) for the practical skills gained as a result of the approachable and thought provoking teaching style of lead instructor, Dave Maybee. Dave has taught Auricular Medicine at CIAM since 2008 and became director of CIAM in 2019.

Dave expertly conveys his ever growing passion in German Auricular Medicine — as based on the work of medical doctors, Paul Nogier, Frank Bahr, Beate Strittmatter and other leading physicians and researchers in the field — through a deep knowledge of the material. He engages students with clinical examples, demonstrations and Q&A to accommodate and spark diverse interests while delivering clear objectives and learning outcomes. 

In addition to teaching, Dave also practices as a Registered Massage Therapist (RMT). His practice, opened in 2008, integrates cranial sacral therapy and myofascial release with auricular medicine to treat unresolved chronic pain and other issues found in therapy resistant patients (e.g. hard to treat patients who have “tried everything”). Treatment outcomes recorded at his practice suggest a success rate of over 85%. Dave credits this success to the identification and treatment of blockages to healing — a key concept of German Auricular Medicine. Additionally, Dave has developed clinical methods to identify and prioritize deep psychological blockages which maintain chronic pain, among other conditions. In a small study at his practice, he found that without treating the symptom, and only by treating the most important psychological blockage point, a patients’ chronic pain disappeared and in most cases did not return. This study supports an understanding of the importance of emotions on health, and of neurological insight on diagnosis and treatment priorities.

Dave promotes collaboration in the field. In 2020 he presented a welcome address for the International Academic Forum on Standards for Auricular Diagnosis and Treatment in Foshan, China, where he was invited as an international guest speaker.


Lisa Weleschuk, RAc
Instructor and Clinical Practicum Advisor


Lisa Weleschuk has been practicing as a licensed acupuncturist in Calgary since 2006. She graduated from the Alberta College of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine in 2006, and earned a diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine from the University of Beijing for her studies and hospital practicums completed in China.

Discovering how other cultures have developed acupuncture, Lisa was greatly impressed with the effective assessment and treatment framework provided German Auricular Medicine and studied under Dr. Beatte Strittmatter, Director of Education at the German Academy of Acupuncture. This led her to the Canadian Institute for Auricular Medicine, where she completed Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 CIAM certification.

Her deep appreciation of what it means to be whole, through personal observation that the physical and emotional are indeed so entangled, and cannot be separated, she also completed years of study in Transactional Analysis. Through this work, she experienced that when people own their emotional processes and actively work on themselves, the physical responds on a deeper level — and she sees her role as supporting what is needed in the physical body while helping people attend to their  emotional needs. Further workshops with Mark (Seva) Terrell support Lisa's integration of deep meditational transformation into her acupuncture sessions.


Dr. Muriel Agnes, MAEd, PhD
Instructor Emeritus

Muriel Agnes is the founder, and former director, of the Vital Principle Institute — now known as the Canadian Institute of Auricular Medicine (CIAM). Muriel began in this field by studying other schools of auricular acupuncture in 1999. She completed a PhD in Energy Medicine under the supervision of Dr. Norm Shealy. Her doctorate work focused on the assessment accuracy of Vascular Autonomic Signal (VAS) pulse palpation (also known as the Reflex-Auriculo Cardiac) discovered by Dr. Paul Nogier.

Muriel has had the privilege of being mentored in the German system of Auricular Medicine by Dr. Beate Strittmatter and Dr. Peter Gross — going on to invite Dr. Strittmatter to Canada in 2003 to teach health professionals. This became the basis for Muriel's development of curricula, rooted in her pedagogical training, to build the institution for which CIAM is now recognized by students from around the world for continuing education in the field of auricular acupuncture/auricular medicine. She is the author of Auricular Medicine: A Window to the Braina much sought after educational text in English providing context, tools and methods, and clinical applications of Auricular Medicine. Muriel also authored a clinical pain study using the Vascular Autonomic Signal (VAS) palpation as a guide for directing acupuncture needles to points for the relief of chronic pain.


Dr. med. Beate Strittmatter, FA
Guest/Honorary Instructor

Beate Strittmatter is Director of Education at the German Academy of Acupuncture (Deutsche Akademie für Akupunktur | DAA e.V. which is unaffiliated with CIAM). Her expertise (both mentorship and initial trainings) provided the basis for the development of the Canadian Institute of Auricular Medicine. In addition to her medical practice in Saarbrücken, some of her many qualifications include: Instructor at the DAA. Medical board certification with recognitions for specializations in acupuncture, sports medicine, naturopathy and emergency care. Examiner for acupuncture for the medical board of Saarland. Board member of the Auriculotherapy Certification Institute (ACI). Lecturer at the University of Florida in Miami, the Canadian Institute of Auricular Medicine (CIAM), and the Academy of Medical Acupuncture (AAMA) in Washington and Atlanta. 
Dr. Strittmatter is the author of Identifying and Treating Blockages to Healing: A New Approach to Therapy-Resistant Patients, as well as the one of the most thorough reference resources available for Auricular Medicine, Ear Acupuncture: A Precise Pocket Atlas Based on the Works of Nogier/Bahr, which is used as a course text in the CIAM core curriculum.


Dr. med. Frank Bahr
Guest/Honorary Instructor

Frank Bahr is Founder of the German Academy of Acupuncture (Deutsche Akademie für Akupunktur | DAA e.V. which fully endorses, however is unaffiliated with, CIAM). As a former student and colleague of the late physician, Paul Nogier, Bahr has been a direct line between the origins and modern development of Auricular Medicine and helped introduce and advance many concepts in the field. His leadership lies squarely in the field of German Auricular Medicine with contributions through his clinical work, international speaking engagements, education and research. 
Dr. Bahr's publications include Das grosse Buch der Ohrakupunktur and Das grosse Buch der Klassischen Akupunktur. As a leader in the research and identification of frequencies for clinical application — such as the Bahr frequencies developed for medical laser and electro-stimulation devices — he has co-authored the authoritative book, Laser Acupuncture and Innovative Laser Medicine. His papers offer ongoing review, investigation and discovery such as A New Method in Auricular Medicine for the investigation of the Nogier Reflex.


Dr. med. Andreas Wirz-Ridolfi
Online Instructor*

Andreas Wirz is a consummate educator with a wealth of experience. As a former surgeon who used acupuncture to improve patient outcomes, he understands the place of Auricular Medicine. As a pioneer, he has advanced German Auricular Medicine concepts with his research of Auricular Medicine applications in diabetes treatment, trans-floral acupuncture, intravenous laser and more. 
Dr. Wirz has authored numerous publications in leading journals of the field, such as Medical Acupuncture and Akupunktur & Aurikulomedizin. He co-authored pioneering studies such as the multi-center pilot study for photo diagnosis and photodynamic therapy in horses.

*Courses featuring Dr. Wirz are in development


Paul Maybee
Former Online Instructor/Equipment Consultation

Paul Maybee is a former executive director of Kingfischer Distributing, a position through which he brought years of experience in clinical equipment sales and Auricular Medicine practitioner consultation to bear in his online instruction for the Ear Point Guide. 

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