Dr Doug Cary

As a youngster, I spent many summer holidays on my Uncle & Aunties farm in Kojonup. I am reminded (as I have no personal recollection) at family gatherings, how I expressed my love for the farm and not wanting to leave, by firstly planting a cricket stump in their new leather sofa and secondly, by hiding in the pump house for 7 hours till nightfall. My love of acupuncture, all things rural, and a strong independent streak started young.DC AAP

I qualified from Curtin University in 1987 and spent the next few years developing my career and spending a lot of time in the outdoors, learning skills in scuba, rock climbing, bush walking and triathlons in Tasmania, Canada, USA and Patagonia. Solo activities taught me to plan, be organised, respect the environment and look after my kit, never knowing what mother nature would toss my way. I returned to Australia in 1992 to complete my post graduate diploma in manipulative physiotherapy at Curtin University and in 1995, I completed a post graduate diploma in clinical acupuncture at the Australian Institute of Holistic Medicine, Perth.

I have been a gold member of the APA, titled member of the MPA and was the inaugural WA chair of the Acupuncture & Dry Needling Group. I was the WA representative on the APA Acupuncture Working Party which finalised the ASG 'Guidelines for Safe Acupuncture'. I completed my Specialisation in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy in 2009, but revoked my fellowship with the Australian College of Physiotherapists in 2016 due to APA membership restrictions. While a fellow of the college, I was the only rural and remote physiotherapist in WA who had achieved specialisation in any field. I recently completed my doctorate at Curtin University, studying sleep patterns and their relationship to waking spinal symptoms of pain, stiffness & bothersomeness and quality of sleep. Lots of video time watching people sleep! You can review our research results here. I was an invited speaker at the 2011, 2013 and 2019 APA biennial Conferences.

I enjoy the mix of raising cattle, scuba diving and underwater photography, assisting physiotherapy clients and teaching professional courses.


A recently published scoping review examining the available evidence in the field of spinal pain and sleep posture is available for free. This paper is in the top 5% of all Altmetric research outputs.


I provide one on one clinical mentoring and business coaching to a limited number of professionals. If you are interested in this highly specific service, please email me with the list of goals you are wanting to achieve, so we can arrange a time and get started.

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