Amy Gordon is Board Certified by the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine in acupuncture and Chinese herbology and is licensed by the state of Arizona. She holds a Masters of Science degree in Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College and is currently enrolled in the Sports Medicine Acupuncture Certification (“SMAC”) Program, the most advanced training currently available in sports and orthopedic acupuncture. In addition to teaching motor point and trigger point needle techniques, the SMAC program involves in-depth training in orthopedic assessments, postural analysis, manual therapy and corrective exercises. Amy is also a Foundation Training student instructor and, where possible, incorporates Foundation Training exercises into her treatments and prescriptions. She also completed the Level 1 IOM Health Certification Program in April 2018, and is certified in RockBlades.
Amy is a member of the Society for Acupuncture Research and Evidence Based Acupuncture, two organizations that promote an evidence-based approach to acupuncture. Her treatment philosophy combines a traditional Eastern and a more modern Western approach to provide patients with the most effective and the safest treatments possible.
Amy also has a passion for travel. Prior to moving to Flagstaff, Amy worked for two months at an acupuncture clinic in Nepal where she saw up to 20 patients a day and provided case management for conditions ranging from diabetes and hypertension to post-tuberculosis pain and weakness. Amy returned to Nepal in November of 2018 to help conduct a comprehensive health survey aimed at identifying the most post pressing health concerns so that the government could direct resources appropriately.
Before attending acupuncture school, Amy was a lawyer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the U.S. Army, where she worked primarily as a legal advisor to the Command. Between graduating from college in 1995 and starting law school 10 years later, Amy taught English at a rural public school in Costa Rica, volunteered with the Peace Corps in Samoa, and worked with a consulting company that advised international organizations.
Finally, as an ultrarunner, Amy understands the unique demands of athletes. She is committed to helping each patient achieve his or her personal goals.