Dr. Rita F. Stanford

DAOM, Dipl. Ac., Dipl. C. H., L. Ac., C.M.T.

Dr. Stanford is a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, Diplomate of Acupuncture, a Diplomate of Chinese Herbal Medicine, a licensed acupuncturist and a certified massage therapist. In August, 2008 Rita Stanford graduated from the Oregon College of Oriental medicine with a doctorate in acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. She is a 1994 graduate of the Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine’s rigorous program. She is a 1979 graduate of Boulder College of Massage Therapy. Dr. Stanford has been certified in NAET (Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique) and BioSET™ Allergy Elimination Technique since 1999. She has taken many advance courses in allergy elimination. Dr. Stanford is certified in Traditional Chinese Medical Gynecology and is member in good standing of the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, the Acupuncture Association of Colorado and the American Massage Therapy Association. She is nationally certified by the National Certification Commission For Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) and licensed by the state of Colorado.

During her many years in practice she has been an intern at hospitals in the People’s Republic of China. In 1985, as a massage therapist, she studied Tuina Remedial Massage at The Shanghai College of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Yu-Yang Hospital, in Shanghai, People’s Republic of China. For ten years, she was a member of the Massage Licensing Board of the Department to Health and Hospitals, Denver Colorado. In 1997 Dr. Stanford studied Traditional Chinese Medical Gynecology at the Hunan College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, Hunan Province, People’s Republic of China.


In the state of Colorado, a licensed acupuncturist must have at least three to four years of training and have passed a three-day exam given by the National Certification Commission For Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM). The Colorado School of Traditional Chinese Medicine is a four year program with a great emphasis in internal medicine (herbal medicine), acupuncture and moxabustion. The prerequisites for entry into this program include two year of college course including premed courses in anatomy, and physiology. The Oregon College of Oriental Medicine is 27 month training with great emphasis on both Traditional Chinese Medicine and biomedicine.