Mar 21, 2019 - Mar 23, 2019

Sheraton Austin at the Capitol
Austin, Texas

National NADA Conference in Austin, TX

The Spirit of NADA Rises

Keynote Speakers

John Weeks will be speaking on the morning of Friday, March 22.

Weeks is a writer, speaker, chronicler and organizer whose work in the movement for integrative health and medicine began in 1983. Since 2016  he has served as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine and is also an advisory board member for the organization, Integrative Medicine for the Underserved (IM4US).

John Weeks has followed the developments within NADA as an organization and movement since its early days. He shared a poignant and thoughtful article on Michael Smith’s passing which underscores the essence of Michael Smith’s approach: “If you want to empower patients, just put more patients than providers in the room.”

Amina Haji, MD will be the Lunchtime speaker on Friday, March 22.

Amina Haji, MD is a family physician from Austin, Texas. She practiced family medicine in a community health center in Austin for seven years and urgent care in Iowa City and Austin for the last three.  Her medical and activist roots come from her family, who are physicians. They established a free medical clinic in Bryan, Texas and maintained an ethnically and economically diverse family medicine clinic there for 40 years.

Amina took the less traveled road to become a family physician. After college, she worked as a union organizer, learned West African dance, and spent a year in India and East and South Africa. Amina found herself drawn to the healing aspects of medicine and went on to pursue her medical degree. She is fluent in Spanish, Gujarati, and English.

Amina Haji is the founder and CEO of Karisha Community: Bridging Food, Medicine, and Health for All.   She is also the co-Founder and Executive Director of Austin Health Commons. 

Schedule of Events


Sun, March 17- Sat, March 23

Acudetox Specialist Training (includes the 2-day conference) starts at 9am on Sunday, March 17.

Thursday, March 21

9-11am: Remembering Mike
We start our conference activities with a commemorative event honoring NADA’s founder, Michael Smith. This event is free and open to all
11am-12pm: Reception
11:30am-5pm: Registered Trainer’s Professional Development Day
1-3pm: Aromatherapy for Self-Care and Well-Being

Friday, March 22

First day of the conference

7:30-8:30am: Registration
8:30am:  Conference begins
Lunch and two refreshment breaks provided during the day
6pm: Conference day ends

Saturday, March 23

Second day of the conference

7:30-8:30am: NADA Annual Meeting
8:30am: Conference begins
Lunch and one refreshment break provided
Screening of the Video Contest Winning Film at lunch
Conferring of the Acudetox Specialist Training Completions at the close of the day
4:30pm:  Conference day ends

More Presentations

2019 Program – Final – This is the detailed program of events for the national conference, March 22-23, 2019.

We have applied for Continuing Education Credits for all listed events with: NAADAC, NCCAOM, California Acupuncture Board (Category 1, 0574), Florida Acupuncture Board and Taylor College (for all nurses).


On-line registration for the Conference is at the bottom of this page.
Prefer to fill out a registration form? 2019 Conference Registration – Fillable.

Save $50 if you register for the conference before February 22, 2019.

Rates for the conference increase by an additional $25 and $10 for the Thursday workshops when registering at the event.


Cancellations received before 5 pm on 2/22/19 are eligible for a refund less a $50 processing fee. No refunds issued after 2/22/19.

Pre Conference Training

March 17 – 23

Earn an Acudetox Specialist (ADS) Certificate of Training.

Learn the simple ear-needling technique and how to integrate it into addiction, behavioral health and disaster response treatment settings. You will gain practical clinical experience at one or more local programs.

Apply early – this event always fills up.

NADA Registered Trainer’s Day

March 21st

This is a 5-hr professional development workshop for NADA Registered Trainers and NADA RT applicants.  Lunch included.

The event is free but we need you to register to confirm attendance.

Aromatherapy for Self-care and Well-being

Mar 21, 2019 | 1-3pm

An Integrative Tool for Healthcare Providers at the Workplace.  Aromatherapy, through the use of essential oils, has been shown to mitigate perceived occupational stress with some healthcare providers, contributing positively to feelings of well-being.

Conference Location

Sheraton Austin at the Capitol
710 East 11th Street
Austin, Texas

Make a Hotel Reservation
Discounted room rate ends on February 22, 2019, at 5:00 pm CST.


Volunteers are needed for this event. To thank you for your help with this event, volunteers will receive a discounted registration price. Available to current members. Call if you need to renew. 

Volunteer Information and Registration here.

Continuing Education Units

For all of our Conference events we have applied for CEUs with: NAADAC, NCCAOM, CA Acupuncture Board (Category 1, 0574), FL Acupuncture Board and Taylor College (for all nurses).

Event Sponsors

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Bookings are closed for this event.