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 20 years of professional experience as a Licensed Acupuncturist and Board-certified Chinese Herbalist. In that role, 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 U. 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.
Prior to her medical career, Allen gained 15 years of cross-cultural experience as a traveler, educator and development economist. As a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in the mid-70’s, she taught English language and literature in Swaziland (southern Africa); then spent two years at the Navajo Nation’s landmark Rough Rock Demonstration School – the first non-BIA Indian school in the U.S. to gain local community control. 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 became 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.