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Heather Tick, MD, MA, CCFP


Heather Tick, MD, MA, CCFP

As the first recipient of the prestigious Gunn-Loke Endowed Professorship of Integrative Pain Medicine at the University of Washington, Dr. Tick incorporates Integrative Medicine into her practice with a focus on healthful self-care practices and long-term results.

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. Dr. Tick has additionally been involved with research efforts with the University of Waterloo (Department of Kinesiology), 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 December 2011, and was then recruited by the University of Arizona Health Plan to establish an Integrative Medicine pain clinic for Medicaid patients.

Dr. Tick's academic work includes a 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 Pain Fellowship Preparation, Physical Medicine, and Interventional Pain Medicine.

Author of multiple books, 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. She is interested in expanding the reach of integrative medical practices to under-serviced populations through educational programming & research efforts.