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Steven R. Goodman, M.D. is Board Certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and Electrodiagnostic Medicine. He has been in professional practice since 1989 sub-specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of persistent neuro-musculoskeletal pain disorders. He practiced in association with an orthopedic surgery group for 12 years during which time he gained extensive experience in the non-surgical management of these disorders. Currently he continues to practice physiatric medicine with special interests in the treatment of neuropathic-myofascial pain syndromes and electrodiagnostic (EMG/NCV) medicine.


Dr. Goodman first heard Dr. Gunn lecture at the University of Washington in 1993 and shortly thereafter learned IMS in a workshop given by Dr. Gunn at St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver, B.C. Following this he completed an extended internship personally observing Dr. Gunn treat patients while developing his understanding and competence in the IMS model.


He began lecturing and demonstrating IMS to his medical colleagues in 1994 and has continued to do so at medical conferences since that time, both nationally and internationally. He taught IMS at the University of Washington Multidisciplinary Pain Center from 2001-2003 where he continues to serve as Clinical Assistant Professor. He is a Certified Gunn-IMS Instructor and has assisted Dr. Gunn in teaching numerous IMS courses at the Institute for the Study and Treatment of Pain in Vancouver, B.C., where he serves on the International Advisory Board and is an Honorary Fellow.  


In 2013 Dr. Goodman was the lead author of the chapter on IMS in the textbook ‘Trigger Point Dry Needling, An Evidenced and Clinical-Based Approach’.  (Available at book retailers, including:   In 2014 he was honored to present the University of British Columbia Chan Gunn Annual Lecture. (Link to details)   He received the ‘Joseph Black Friend of Physical Therapy Award’ from the Physical Therapy Association of Washington in 2015.


Dr. Goodman has treated thousands of patients with IMS over the past 20 years and has taught IMS to medical professionals worldwide. He is committed to advancing its practice and believes that the best way to do so is to teach it to medical professionals in the manner that he learned it: with close personal supervision and guidance in a small group setting. IMS is more than simply a needling technique; it is an entirely new way to understand pain. As such, learning it effectively and practicing it safely requires the opportunity to have substantial contact with an experienced practitioner who can not only answer questions but assist you in developing the technical skills necessary to practice this unique therapy for treating persistent pain.

"We were honored to have Dr. Steven Goodman as one of the main lecturers at the II Regional Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Congress which was held in the city of Lima, Peru in May 2008 and included attendees from Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama and Venezuela. His lectures that demonstrated deep knowledge of chronic pain of neuropathic origin based on Dr. Chan Gunn's model and the workshops on IMS that he performed with great dexterity were both very well welcomed by the participants. I have no doubt to recommend him as an instructor of IMS because of his extensive experience, pleasant teaching skills and kindness."


Tomas S. Nakazato, M.D.

Physiatrist, Medical Director


Clinica especializada en dolor muscular y del hueso

Lima, Peru,

Former Vice-President, Peruvian Association of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Former Secretary, Peruvian Association for the Study of Pain

(branch of the International Association for the Study of Pain)

“Dr. Steven Goodman is one of the leading IMS practitioners and teachers in the United States today. He has been practicing IMS as part of a physical medicine approach to treating musculoskeletal pain syndromes for over two decades, and has taught IMS at the University of Washington Multidisciplinary Pain Center, the Institute for the Study and Treatment of Pain, and international medical conferences. As a physiatrist colleague, I have had the opportunity to personally study IMS with him and can attest to his extensive understanding of the science behind IMS, his expertise in the technique and, his ability to teach this valuable treatment model to other medical professionals.”


Susan Schmitt, M.D.

Physiatrist, Integrative Spine & Body Medicine

Portland, Oregon


C. Chan Gunn, M.D., S. Goodman, M.D.

October 2014

Trigger Point Dry Needling 2nd edition.j

IMS chapter co-authored by S. Goodman, M.D.

As a physiatrist Dr. Goodman is able to integrate an understanding of traditional approaches to neuro-musculoskeletal pain into the application of IMS, including postural evaluation and exercise, activity and ergonomic prescription. The appropriate role of other therapeutic approaches including manual therapy and electrotherapeutic modalities will also become properly appreciated. You will also learn the role of MRI imaging and EMG/NCV studies as they relate to IMS.


By learning IMS you will be adding a powerful treatment option to your practice and significantly increasing the success of your clinical outcomes. Dr. Goodman welcomes you to beginning the journey that changed his professional career and more importantly, the lives of thousands of his patients!

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