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.
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.
Previous teaching experience:
Ash previously taught Acupuncture Orthopedics at Middle Way Acupuncture Institute and assistant taught in Whitfield Reaves' Acupuncture Sports Medicine Program—a proven course for acupuncturists who want to excel in treating sports and orthopedic injuries.
She has furthered her studies in many areas including the following:
Continuing education coursework includes:
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.
Buddha statues on Miyajima Island, Japan
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.
Fushimi Inari-taisha Shrine, Kyoto, Japan