Meet The Team

Premiere Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Sports Doctor John W. Cory, MD

Board-Certified Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Doctor  

Credentials: Clinical Professor, The University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, Capstone Program, Clinical Rotations, Anatomy Professor

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Devotion to His Craft

Through his love and dedication to soccer and his passion within the medical field,
Dr. Cory believes that his purpose has come full circle as he uses his knowledge and expertise to guide young athletes in not only recovering from an injury, but in the prevention of injury through optimized movement and athleticism.

Through terminal curiosity and passion, Dr. Cory studies the art and science of motion integrated with the aim of treating professionals in motion.

Dr. Cory earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Physiology from Wake Forest University. While he was at Wake Forest, he was fortunate enough to play two seasons of varsity soccer under the legendary George Kennedy who was the original men’s varsity soccer coach at the university.

The academic rigors of the university and a new coaching regime brought an end to John’s collegiate soccer career, but not his lifelong passion for the sport and all sports. In combining this passion with his studies at Wake Forest, John earned a job as one of two assistant student strength coaches for varsity athletics while he completed his undergraduate degree.

This parlayed into a job after graduation creating sports medicine frameworks for three NASCAR teams, including the NASCAR champion Alan Kulwicki in the early 1990's.

John then returned to Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC and completed his medical degree at The Bowman Gray School of Medicine. Immediately after, he completed a general surgery internship at The Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. This was followed by a move to Columbia, SC where Dr. Cory completed his orthopedic residency at the University of South Carolina.

During this time, he had the opportunity to take care of the local high school football team, several players on the local high school boys and girls soccer teams, the Columbia City Ballet, varsity athletes and teams in the University of South Carolina and South Carolina State Universities, and recruits injured at the Fort Jackson US Army training base in Columbia, SC.

Dr. Cory continued to play club soccer through his residency as well as coached within the youth soccer club when he had time away from his resident duties. Following the completion of his residency, Dr. Cory then moved to Birmingham, AL and completed a fellowship in foot and ankle surgery.

He studied sports medicine at the American Sports Medical Institute (ASMI) under Dr. Jimmy Andrews, Dr. William Clancy, Dr. Larry Lemak, and Dr. John Gould, to name a few. Dr. Cory was later invited back to ASMI in 2009 to teach the foot and ankle fellowship with his professional mentor, the late Dr. Angus McBryde during his final academic year in Birmingham.

Dr. Cory has invested in teaching through community efforts and currently holds academic appointments in orthopedic surgery with the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, A.T. Still University, and Rocky Vista University. Dr. Cory also has a faculty appointment in pre-health sciences from Arizona State University and Grand Canyon University.



Dr. Cory was recently appointed to the Scientific and Medical Advisory Board of Kaliber Labs, developing AI in sports medicine interventions. Dr. Cory’s social, philanthropic, and charity board involvement in Arizona includes Andy Hull’s Sunshine Foundation, CRC Foundation, Arians Family Foundation, RSL Academy, Barça Academy, and The Phoenix Rising Youth Foundation.

Additionally, Dr. Cory is the founder of AIMagination and Stone Soup charities. He is also the Director of the Arizona Institute of Motion and has served as the team foot and ankle surgeon for the Arizona Cardinals, Arizona Coyotes, Arizona Diamondbacks, Phoenix Rising, Paradise Valley High School, and was the first Medical Director of the Barça Academy in their inaugural year in the United States. He is also the Director of Medicine and Sports Science for Lacrosse Scotland and Scotland Box Lacrosse.

Additional organizations and clubs Dr. Cory acts as a consultant for include: The Texas Rangers, The Oakland A’s, The Minnesota Twins, The California Angels, The Chicago Cubs, The Tennessee Titans, The Chicago Bears, The PGA Tour, The LPGA Tour, USA Gymnastics, Arizona Youth Soccer Organization, US ODP Soccer Western Conference, US Rugby, US Soccer, FC Barcelona and Free2Play.

Dr. Cory has functioned as one of the two Phoenix Venue Medical Director for the CONCACAF Gold Cup games in the years 2015, 2017, and 2019, The Copa America Centenario for 2016 and several international friendlies including USMNT vs Panama 2019 in Glendale.

Dr. Cory has had the fortune to be an invited guest at the last two iterations of the FIFA Sports Medicine in football meetings in Barcelona 2018 and Wimbley Stadium 2019 and has been invited back to Barcelona for Barcelona Sports Medicine Week 2019.

When he is not involved in clinical and teaching responsibilities, Dr. Cory enjoys hanging out with his family which includes three grown sons and three bulldogs (one English and two French). He loves anything to do with salt water, and volunteering around youth education, sports (particularly soccer), as well as themes in wellness, dance and movement.

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Dr. John Cory

Dr. Cory received his Certificate in Neuroscience and Training at Barcelona University
Board-Certified Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Doctor Credentials: Clinical Professor, The University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix, Capstone Program, Clinical Rotations, Anatomy Professor
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Achilles The Great

Achilles is Dr. Cory’s assistant; he spends most of his time relaxing in his office or greeting patients. After a long day at the office he likes going for walks, playing with toys, or swimming. Sometimes he will indulge by heading to Boston Market for his favorite snacks.
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Michael Weinstein works as a medical scribe for Dr. Cory. He was a student-athlete at the University of San Diego before transferring to the University of Arizona where he received his bachelor’s degree in Physiology. Michael plans to pursue a career in medicine as an orthopedic surgeon. Michael has worked in the UA College of Medicine-Phoenix Translational Neurotrauma Research Program. He was previously an intern for Dr. Cory as well. He believes that while learning from Dr. Cory, he can utilize his wisdom and experience with sports injuries to better connect with his patients. During his free time, Michael enjoys studying for medical school, spending time with his family, and hanging out with his two dogs. He also enjoys playing with Achilles any chance he gets.
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Marriana Escobedo is the front office administrator with over 8 years of medical administrative experience. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Arizona State University. Her passion for the community and mental health drives her to give exceptional customer care. Marriana is most recognized for her compassionate and nurturing personality, she believes that it is important to treat everyone like her own family. On her days off, she enjoys playing kickball, shopping at Goodwill with her grandparents and watching sports events. Her favorite sports team is the Dallas Cowboys.
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Josh Dull is a certified trainer who specializes in movement and performance. He graduated from Sacramento State as a Kinesiology major, while also competing as a Division 1 soccer player for four years. In the office, Josh is tasked with working with patients to help improve their body movement patterns and motor skills. In his off time, Josh enjoys working out and eating good food. He also loves traveling to other countries and exploring new places.
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Amanda Swanson graduated from the Walter Cronkite School at Arizona State University. She has an extensive background in Marketing and Public Relations. In addition to marketing, she is also responsible for Ecosystem Development at the Arizona Institute of Motion. Amanda takes pride in being a leader and is motivated by seeing the results in her work. She enjoys networking, building relationships, and helping others succeed. During her free time, Amanda enjoys being outdoors and spending time with family and friends.
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Mason Robbins is the director of ecosystem development across Europe and Asia. He has studied and lived in six different countries and can speak several languages. He has an extensive background in business development and is most interested in the business side of sports. Mason has a passion for travelling and creating relationships all over the globe. He has visited over 72 countries and plans to continue seeing the world while doing what he loves.
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Paula Sanders is responsible for maintaining the social media accounts for AIM and I Vie. She has a caring personality and likes to make people laugh. Some of her hobbies include photography, cooking, and traveling.

Team Cory in Action

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Any foot and ankle procedure are welcome to our office, but for the athlete’s we’ve found a deep passion for form and function. After all, you are committing your life to excel and giving it your total mind and body. As an expert orthopedic surgeon in Scottsdale, Arizona, our team is committed to getting you back to the sport you love. The AIM team has an extensive background in the foot and ankle trauma, as well as sports and activity-related injuries, to include overuse injuries. Dr. Cory has either previously served or currently operates as the team surgeon and/or consultant for these prestigious teams.

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