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About Beth Duffy, P.T., L.Ac.

For as long as I can remember I’ve been excited by health and fitness.  I grew up running, biking, cross country skiing, and horseback riding the trails around Flagstaff, Arizona, as well as backpacking in Southwest Colorado.  When it came time to choose a college major, physical therapy was a natural choice.  It was in college that I first developed my fascination with the biomechanics of physical activity, and how these mechanics change with injury.  

I spent the first two years of my career working in San Diego.  I then had the good fortune to accomplish one of my childhood dreams – complete a coast to coast bicycle tour, beginning in California and ending in Maine.  I moved up to Portland in 1992, where I was soon introduced to what would become another passion, manual therapy.  I pursued several years of advanced coursework in manual therapy through the North American Institute of Orthopedic Manual Therapy (NAIOMT), and participated as a lab assistant with this group.  I chose to advance my education with NAIOMT because their approach is very biomechanically based.   

During this same time period I developed a special interest in treating back and neck injuries.  This was partially motivated by a desire to help myself with my own spinal issues.  In college I ruptured a disc in my low back.  Then after moving to Portland, I was on the receiving end of several car accidents, resulting in injuries to my neck and low back.  I was also intrigued by the treatment of the spine because of its complexity.  One truly needs to understand the muscular, skeletal, and neurological systems, and how these systems all interact in order to effectively treat this region.  I continue to enjoy the challenges presented when treating back and neck injuries.  Since moving to Portland, my career focus has been helping those with sports and orthopedic injuries, with a special focus on spinal injuries. 

In 2003, I completed my Master’s degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine.  My goal in returning to graduate school was to further enhance my treatment of orthopedic and athletic injuries by integrating the art of acupuncture with my manual therapy skills and understanding of injury and biomechanics.  This has proven to be a very fulfilling choice.  After 20 some years I still feel passionate about my career and am inspired to continue growing and learning. 

In my free time I enjoy hiking, cycling, camping, skiing, and spending time with my husband, son, and dogs.

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  • 1 Sebrina Deal // Jan 18, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    Thanks Beth for everything you did for me while I was pregant and had severe backpain that would not allow me to sleep. I appreciate your kindness, thoughtfulness, and dedication to others health. I would not have been able to get through my last 1 1/2 months of preganancy if it weren’t for you.

    Love ya!
    Sebrina

  • 2 Tiago // Dec 29, 2015 at 4:16 pm

    I have started hivang major back pain, mainly in my lower back, but have never been to a doctor for it. Unfortunately in high school I chose to march a tuba in band for three years straight about 20-25 hrs. a week. I am only 4’10 and 105 lbs. Also, I am a waitress and I have to carry 50-60 lb. trays all day full of food. I have tried taking advil, tylenol w/codeine, ibuprofen- everything, even stonger stuff. Nothing has worked, except for my father’s vicodin which he lets me take on occasion. I want to go to the doctor and have him help me with this problem, but I don’t want to come off as a drug-addicted young person begging for pills, but so far vicodin is the only thing that has seemed to do the trick. And I don’t like going to the chiropractor, I just feel uncomfortable with someone touching my back and it cures the pain for a day then it comes back. So I don’t know how to tell the doc that I can’t get physical help with it.I dont really believe in taking pills, but lately vicodin has been wonderful to me. What do doctors usually prescribe or recommend for back pain? What do I do?oh I’m 20 by the way

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