Dr. Derek Kirkham is a licensed practitioner of East Asian medicine (EAMP) in the state of Washington. He has a particular focus on using acupuncture and herbal medicine to treat acute and chronic pain, sport injuries, injuries from auto accidents, respiratory issues, and giving supportive care to cancer patients.
Dr. Kirkham has extensive knowledge in the assessment and treatment of back pain, neck pain, joint pain (shoulder, hip, knee, wrist, ankle) and headaches. He also works with athletes and weekend warriors to address the musculoskeletal conditions and injuries that come from athletic performance. With each patient, he develops a treatment plan that takes into account the unique circumstances of their injury or ailment. In practice, he uses a blend of acupuncture, tui na, cupping, gua sha, cold laser, herbal remedies, supplements, dietary adjustments and health education.
Dr. Kirkham received his Doctoral degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine with a focus on integrative cancer care and advanced pain management from Bastyr University. His Master’s degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine is from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, California. He is certified in acupuncture and herbal medicine by the NCCAOM and has a Diplomate of Oriental Medicine.
Dr. Kirkham is an adjunct faculty member at Bastyr University where he teaches didactic classes as well as supervises students in the clinic. He enjoys the process of teaching students and helping them develop their clinical skills, preparing them for a future in East Asian Medicine.
Along with his private practice and teaching responsibilities, Dr. Kirkham is also an active member and past board member of the Washington East Asian Medicine Association. He firmly believes that East Asian medicine can work hand in hand with Western methods and cures.
Activities of Interest
Dr. Kirkham is an avid runner and has participated in a number of local half marathons including the Seattle Marathon. He incorporates his understanding of athletics and biomechanics into the treatment of sport injuries.
Visit Glow’s blog to read articles written by Dr. Kirkham regarding pain management, sports injuries and musculoskeletal issues.