Practitioners and Staff
At Forever Able Wellness we are working together to bring you the best of what alternative healthcare has to offer. Our practitioners are well trained and love what they do! And our staff is working hard to make sure your visit meets your expectations. Below you will find a little information about what makes us tick and why we are so happy to be here doing what we do best.
I love to learn! I spent 27 years of my life in school (including elementary, middle school, high school, college, grad school, and acupuncture school – phew!). When I was young and people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, a few options always came to mind, but more than anything else I wondered why someone would purposely leave school to go and get a job!
I was a bit of an oddball when it came to my academic interests. I really liked math and science and was always interested in biology and physics, but I loved the humanities as well, especially writing. I always felt like I was being pushed to chose one or the other, like for some reason I couldn’t do both, so I opted to follow my interest in science and focused on environmental biology in college. As I began learning more about plants, I became fascinated with the connection between plants and people. As we have evolved on this planet, plants have always been an important part of the human experience. Not only do we use them as food, shelter, and clothing, but they are also incredibly important aspects of religious ritual, material and inspiration for art, and what interested me more than anything else is how we use them medicinally.
My interest in medicinal plants led me to grad school (along with my disinterest in getting a job:) where I spent 5 years studying medical ethnobotany. During this time I got to travel to southeast Asia and talk to healers about which plants in the forest they used to treat certain conditions. Talk about an education! I met some amazing people and had some incredibly unique experiences as I collected plant samples and took ecological data in the jungles of Laos.
It was also during grad school that my education about alternative healing modalities began. Growing up in central Wisconsin in the 80’s there were not a lot of health options besides going to an MD. My parents were extremely open-minded for that era and actually did take me to a chiropractor when I was 12. Although I was very active at that age and enjoyed playing basketball, practicing Taekwondo, and going roller-skating every Saturday, I suffered from chronic low back pain and headaches. Regular visits to the chiropractor made a huge difference, virtually eliminating my back pain and reducing my frequency of headaches.
When I began learning more about alternative health in grad school, I felt like my whole world opened up. Not only were their other options out there, but I was actually the one who was in charge of figuring out what worked best for me. I started going to yoga classes regularly, received Rolfing treatments, and still enjoyed the benefits of chiropractic care. But the alternative modality that really piqued my interest was acupuncture – a whole system of healing that had been in existence for more than 2000 years. Not only was it rich in history and experience, but I was amazed by the fact that it focuses on simply inducing the body’s own natural healing abilities.
I was hooked! And as it turned out, the practice of acupuncture turned out to be the perfect job for me. Scholars of Chinese medicine describe acupuncture as both a science and an art. It’s essential to know the anatomy and physiology of the human body in order to make accurate diagnoses and effective treatments. However, there is also an equally important element of listening to and trusting your intuition. It was the perfect balance of science and art that I had been searching for my whole life!
It only took about 30 years, but I finally found a job that was worth leaving school for! And one of the best things about the practice of acupuncture is that it is essentially a life-long learning career. There are thousands of years of knowledge about the practice of acupuncture, herbal therapy, and other equally effective modalities that help induce the body’s natural healing abilities. There are also new-emerging techniques, like NAET®, that are based on the theories and principles of acupuncture and Oriental medicine.
I am so grateful to have been able to follow this path in my life. As an acupuncturist and NAET® practitioner I get to help people feel better and live healthier, happier lives. And, I will never stop learning. Who could ask for a better job than that!
Amey Aubry is the owner of Forever Able Wellness, a licensed acupuncturist in the state of Arizona, a nationally certified diplomate in Oriental medicine, and an NAET practitioner. Amey grew up in central Wisconsin, went to college and grad school in Illinois, and moved to Tucson for acupuncture school in 2008. She now lives in Oro Valley with her husband, two daughters, four dogs, and three chickens.