Christy Allen, L.Ac.
Christy Allen, L.Ac., Dipl.O.M. (NCCAOM) is the type of compassionate and talented healer we all desire during times of challenge. Through a life of pioneering work in multiple fields, she has accrued 21 years of professional experience as a Licensed Acupuncturist and Board-certified Chinese Herbalist and Diplomate of Oriental Medicine. In that capacity, Allen was one of the first Licensed Acupuncturists in the U.S. to be hospital-credentialed and accorded peer status with allopathic physicians at a major medical center. In 1997, Dr. Andrew Weil, M.D. selected her to serve on the Clinical Faculty of the Program in Integrative Medicine (now the University of AZ Center for Integrative Medicine) at the University’s College of Medicine. Both clinician and mentor to the first four classes of 2-year Residential Fellows in Integrative Medicine, she co-treated patients at the PIM’s teaching clinic and built a solid foundation for Traditional Chinese Medicine’s inclusion in integrative care.
Her ability to generate improved health outcomes in complex cases, and to communicate the intricacies of Asian philosophy and Traditional Chinese Medicine to Western physicians and patients has been her hallmark. Enjoying steady demand in private practice, she is known for her keen diagnostics, skillful needle techniques, and transformative outcomes.
Allen received her Master’s degree in Acupuncture in 1995 from the Traditional Acupuncture Institute, in Columbia, Maryland — forerunner of the current Maryland Institute of Integrative Health, in Laurel, Maryland. Chinese Herbology studies with Dr. Ted Kaptchuk, OMD were completed at TAI in 1996. She has created and managed successful clinics in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Arizona — and was President of the Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine Society of MA from 2003-06. From 2007-08, she served as an Advisory Board member of Acupuncturists Without Borders, and helped to prepare the organization for its international trauma relief work. At the Arizona School of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine in Tucson, she has been a favorite lecturer and clinical preceptor.
In 2010, Allen designed Oriental Medicine research protocols for a prospective study of Acupuncture’s efficacy in treating bladder dysfunction in older women, led by Dr. Ilana Addis, MD, Department of OB-Gyn at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. The National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded an initial pilot study, now underway in Tucson; Allen conducts the Acupuncture treatment portion of the project, which began in January, 2015.
In 2010-2011, she was invited by Dr. Victoria Maizes, Director of the University of AZ’s Center for Integrative Medicine to be part of a select committee charged with creating a template for two small-scale, integrative Primary Care pilot clinics, envisioned for Phoenix and Tucson; the Phoenix clinic launched in November, 2012. Tucson’s prospects for something similar are yet to be determined.
Through involvement with the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine, the University of Arizona Cancer Center and the University of Arizona’s Department of Family and Community Medicine, she encourages physicians to develop their understanding and respect for Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine as a “whole system,” bringing a time-tested paradigm of medical philosophy and clinical practice that has much to offer the West. Her efforts hope to establish new paradigms of collaborative practice and to increase physicians’ confidence in referring patients to skilled Licensed Acupuncturists and NCCAOM-certified practitioners of Chinese Herbology.
Christy maintains a current license to practice in Arizona, and has been granted prior licensure in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Maryland. She holds National Board certification by the NCCAOM as a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine, the most comprehensive and advanced category of clinical certification in the profession; this includes (and goes beyond) her prior Diplomate status in both Acupuncture and Chinese Herbology. She provides a broad scope of integrative services through her private practice in the central Foothills area of Tucson, AZ.
Allen has been a member of the State professional society, AzSOMA (Arizona Society for Oriental Medicine and Acupuncture) and has supported the Society’s legislative efforts to improve the scope of practice and professional standing for Traditional Chinese Medicine in Arizona.
Prior to her medical career, from 1974 – 1990 Allen built 15 years of cross-cultural expertise as a traveler, educator and international development economist. As a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer (1974-’77) she taught English language and literature in rural Swaziland. After completing her service, she backpacked solo through the wilds of Africa, the Near East and Europe. Upon her return to the U.S., Allen taught for two years at the Navajo Nation’s landmark Rough Rock Demonstration School, in Rough Rock, Arizona — the first non-BIA Indian school in the U.S. to gain local community control and conduct classes in the students’ native language. In addition to teaching high school English (as a foreign language) she developed a bi-cultural, age-appropriate curriculum for a Young Women’s Studies class, and managed the Adult Education summer program.
In 1979, she left the classroom to become an NDFL Fellow in African Studies & Languages at Michigan State University, where she earned a M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics. Her thesis focused on the economics of beekeeping and pollination – a subject that has become even more relevant in today’s food system. Her passion for apiculture led to the rainforests of central Sumatra, Indonesia, where she co-managed a four-year development project involving traditional honey hunters and village beekeepers in Riau Province.
Christy Allen brings this wealth of global knowledge, diverse academic training, and personal courage in into her medical practice, each day. She is also the mother of one incredible son, who has proved to love adventure as much as she does!
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Christy Allen’s NCCAOM website can be accessed at: http://www.nccaomdiplomates.com/christyallen