Dr. Ash Goddard, DACM

Dr. Ash Goddard, DACM, L.Ac.

Dr. Ash Goddard, DACM, L.Ac.

Dr. Ash Goddard, DACM, L.Ac.

Dr. Ash Goddard, DACM, L.Ac.

Dr. Ash Goddard, DACM, L.Ac.

Doctor of Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine 

Licensed Acupuncturist


Diplomate of Acupuncture (NCCAOM) 

Diplomate of Chinese Herbology (NCCAOM)

About your practitioner

Ash obtained her master's degree in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine from Southwest Acupuncture College in the year 2000.  She completed her Doctorate in Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine in 2018 at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. Ash is nationally certified in both acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine. 


Ash comes from a family of health care providers and is committed not only to the practice of complementary and alternative medicine  but also its future representation and inclusion in the greater medical systems in Washington and beyond.  In her free time, she will be found camping and backpacking in the summer, snowboarding in the winter, and mountain biking and trail running all year round—usually with her office pup, Clio, in tow. 


She is very grateful to live in the best small city in the world! 

A note from Dr. Ash Goddard, DACM: 


My goal is to provide excellent, compassionate, time-tested natural health care to the communities of northwest Washington state. I am committed to serving you through continual learning and professional development, as well as meaningful collaboration with your willing allied health providers. 

By striving to initiate healing at a constitutional level, I hope to inspire greater integrity in living a healthy, conscious life for the betterment of the individual, the family, the community, and beyond.

Professional Development

Ash teaches Acupuncture Orthopedics at Middle Way Acupuncture Institute and previously assistant taught in Whitfield Reaves' Acupuncture Sports Medicine Program—a proven course for acupuncturists who want to excel in treating sports and orthopedic injuries.  


As past president of the Washington State East Asian Medicine Association (WEAMA) from 2016-2017, she has worked extensively on legislative matters and membership affairs. She continues to work with the organization (now WAEMA) on various legislative matters.


 She has furthered her studies in many areas including the following:  

  • 1 year certification in Introduction to Neijing studies, a year-long program in classical acupuncture with the venerable Dr. Edward Neal who is shaking up the world of acupuncture with a fresh look at the very roots of Chinese medicine. She is finding his work to fill the gaps she had previously thought existed in Chinese medicine. She'll be studying under him for a long time to come. 
  • 2011 - Acupuncture Sports Medicine Apprenticeship with Whitfield Reeves, which has proven invaluable for Ash's special interest in both acupuncture orthopedics and injury treatment. That same year, she was published in the Journal of Chinese Medicine on the subject of treating lower leg injury in runners.
  • Ash's longstanding interest in orthopedic acupuncture goes far beyond the musculoskeletal system. She continues to focus her study on how treating the structure treats much deeper and more complex pathology and is particularly interested in the burgeoning field of fascia research. She is currently rounding out her sports acupuncture training with instructor Matt Callison, founder of Sports Medicine Acupuncture®.
  • 2014 - She completed a two-year course in homeopathy with New England School of Homeopathy and incorporates that into her treatment plan when appropriate, often when treating children.


Continuing education coursework includes:

  • Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine
  • Anatomy Trains in Structure and Function - Tom Myers 2016
  • Neijing Studies - Edward Neal, MD
  • Clinical Applications of the Ling Shu (along with various other courses over the last 15 years) - Kiiko Matsumoto
  • Assessment and Treatment of Neck and Rotator Cuff Injuries - Matt Callison
  • Acupuncture Sports Medicine Apprenticeship (two-year program) - Whit Reeves
  • Certification in Gua Sha (similar to Graston technique), ongoing - Arya Nielsen
  • Point injection therapy training - Dr. Bill Caradonna​
  • Ongoing qigong study with Ling Gui International Healing Qigong school.
  • Prevention of herb-drug interactions - John Chen
  • The Treatment of Infertility with  Oriental Medicine - Miki Shima
  • Cranio-sacral Therapy, Level 1-2 - Robert Bates
  • Herbal Alternatives to Drugs: Western Pharmaceuticals and Chinese Herbs - John Chen
  • Obstetric and Postpartum Care - Cindy Micleau
  • Five Element study - Lonny Jarrett, yearlong program
  • Chinese Medicine and the Evolution of Consciousness - Lonny Jarrett
  • Taoist Medical Qigong for Cancer Recovery - Master He Liu
  • Homeopathy Cycles and Segments (two-year program) - New England School of Homeopathy's Dr. Paul Herscu and Dr. Amy Rothenberg


All this of may sound like a lot but Ash believes there is always more to learn and ways to be better. Chinese medicine is a vast subject and there is much to learn and understand. 

Buddhas on Miyajima Island, Japan

Buddha statues on Miyajima Island, Japan

Standard acupuncture training

National certification in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine requires a four-year masters program of study culminating in a Master of Science in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine degree. While the study of Chinese herbology is not required for practice in Washington state, I have completed that training and am appropriately certified. Dr. Goddard received her Master's degree in 2000 and completed her Doctorate in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine in 2018.  

 

The modern study and practice of acupuncture includes ancient Chinese medical theory along with​ modern scientific study of the musculoskeletal and nervous system. The four-year program includes 3000+ hours of study in Chinese medical theory and diagnosis, acupuncture technique and safety, and also western science (Chemistry & Biochemistry, Physics, Psychology, Microbiology & Immunology, Nutrition, Anatomy & Physiology, Western Pathology, Western Medical Terminology, Western Pharmacology, Clean Needle Technique & Safety Codes, Survey of Clinical Medicine, First-Aid/CPR, etc).   

Acupuncture, when performed by a qualified, licensed practitioner, is very safe, which is reflected in our exceptionally low injury and claim rates, according to the Department of Health. 

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Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Kyoto, Japan