Ann Marie Damsbo, Ph.D.

Ann Damsbo

Title: Chief, Founder
Company: Naval Medical Center Pain Clinic
Location: Escondido, California, United States

Ann Marie Damsbo, Ph.D., Chief and Founder at the Naval Medical Center Pain Clinic, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in psychology and hypnotherapy.

A renowned expert in hypnotherapy, Dr. Damsbo has been serving as a psychotherapist for veterans who struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder. A licensed psychologist and diplomate of the Academy of Integrative Pain Management, the American College of Forensic Examiners and the American Board of Psychological Specialties, she most recently served as the chief and founder of the Naval Medical Center Pain Clinic from 1977 to 1986. Having spent the former half of her career in the military, she advanced through the grades to captain in the U.S. Army between 1952 until her retirement from the military in 1967. During this time, she served as a staff therapist at Letterman Army Hospital, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Tripler Army Medical Center and the United States Army Hospital in Fort Benning, GA. Ascending the ranks of success, she was the chief therapist at the United States Army Hospital in Fort McPherson, GA, for three years before attaining her most recent position.

Alongside her primary endeavors, Dr. Damsbo was an adjunct teacher at the University of California, San Diego, as well as a lecturer in the United States, Canada, England, France and Australia. Notably, she has also served as a consultant in forensic hypnosis of law enforcement agencies, having aided the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the design of a code for hypnosis that worked with polygraph patients in Quantico, VA. In an effort to remain abreast of recent developments within the industry, she maintains affiliation with several organizations, including the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis Education Research Foundation as trustee, the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis as member-at-large and fellow, the San Diego Society of Clinical Hypnosis as president, and the Military Officers Association of America as a board of directors member for the Hidden Valley chapter.

Dr. Damsbo holds a Bachelor of Science from San Diego State University, and a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy from Alliant International University. She completed an internship in psychology at Southern Naval Hospital, and a pre-doctoral internship and postdoctoral internship at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, CA. In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering at the La Jolla VA Hospital and the Naval Medical Center in San Diego. However, she cites the highlight of her career to have been when she served as a medical missionary with the Southern Presbyterian Church in Taiwan in the late 1960s, where she encountered a paraplegic with a spinal cord bruise. Upon working with the patient, he was able to regain use of his legs and walk out of the hospital.

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