Serving the Big Horn Basin since 1981

Facts about Acupuncture in Wyoming

1. Dr. Borgstrand is BOTH a Wyoming licensed doctor of chiropractic (DC) and a Wyoming licensed acupuncturist (LAc). He is the only person in Wyoming who holds both chiropractic and acupuncture licenses. In addition to Wyoming, Dr. Borgstrand is licensed to practice acupuncture in Montana and Colorado and chiropractic in Montana.

2. In Wyoming a medical doctor (MD), osteopath (DO), or chiropractor (DC) can practice acupuncture without an acupuncture license.

3. However there is minimal or no training and no competency testing required for a MD, DO, or DC to do acupuncture in Wyoming. For a medical doctor (MD) or osteopath (DO) there is no training or testing required to do acupuncture in Wyoming whatsoever. A chiropractor (DC) can practice acupuncture in Wyoming with as little as 100 hours of mostly online video instruction, no supervised clinical practice and no competency testing. An acupuncturist is required to have 3250 hours of training which includes a year of supervised clinical internship in a clinic or hospital and extensive instruction in sterile needle technique. In addition an acupuncturist must qualify for and pass the 3-day Acupuncture National Board tests administered by the National Commission for the Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) in order to be licensed in Wyoming.

4. Dr. Borgstrand has completed the education requirements and passed the Acupuncture National Board Tests. He has also passed the acupuncture certification examination offered by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE). Most of the states that allow chiropractors to do acupuncture require that every DC doing acupuncture pass the NCBE test.  Wyoming does not.

5. Physical therapists (PT) in Wyoming can use acupuncture needles for what is called “dry needling.” A PT may do this in Wyoming with as little as 27 hours of training that does not include any supervised clinical practice or competency testing.

The Wyoming Legislature created the Board of Acupuncture in 2017.

The primary commitment of the Wyoming Board of Acupuncture is to promote accessible, integrative health for Wyoming citizens by ensuring their health, safety and welfare through the licensing and regulation of individuals practicing acupuncture in the state.

See a list of Wyoming licensed acupuncturists at:
https://acupuncture.wyo.gov/public/license-verification