Meet Heather

Heather Tick MD

Heather Tick MD

Meet Dr Heather Tick

Heather Tick M.D. has helped tens of thousands of Americans revitalize their health. A leader in integrative medicine, Dr. Tick combines both modern science and research-backed traditions of complementary medicine to help patients reach the peak of health.

An integrative pain practitioner for over 30 years, Dr. Tick serves at the forefront of research and teaching as a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Washington in the departments of Family Medicine and Anesthesia & Pain Medicine. As the first holder of the prestigious Gunn-Loke Endowed Professorship of Integrative Pain Medicine at the University of Washington, Dr. Tick incorporates functional medicine in her practice for gentle treatment and long-term results. She has also been involved in research with the University of Waterloo at the Department of Kinesiology, the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC), the University of Washington, and the University of Arizona. She served as the Director of the Integrative Pain Clinic at the University of Arizona in the Department of Family and Community Medicine until Dec 2011, when the University of Arizona Health Plan recruited her to start the integrative medicine pain clinic for Medicaid patients.

A multiple-book author, including the highly acclaimed Holistic Pain Relief – An In Depth Guide to Managing Chronic Pain, Dr. Tick empowers her patients to live free of pain and full of life. “We change our body chemistry every time we eat,” she reminds us. Dr. Tick is driven by her belief in the strength of the human body.

Dr. Tick’s academic work includes The May 2014 publication in Pain: Clinical Update Integrative Pain Medicine: A Holistic Model of Care and a set of proposed core competencies for Integrative Pain Medicine for primary care practitioners. She has also published integrative medicine chapters in review texts for the Pain Fellowship Preparation, Physical Medicine and Interventional Pain Medicine.

Dr. Tick has dedicated her career to expanding the reach of integrative medical practices to underserved populations through education and research, and transforming the American healthcare system to improve the lives of millions.

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