Dr. Cory believes that it is important to mentor medical providers of the future and help educate them in the art of human motion. He is a clinical professor of sports medicine, foot and ankle injuries, youth sports, and traumatic injuries in Orthopedics.


My experience at Arizona Institute of Motion has had a very positive impact on my career. After graduating college, I was hired full-time as a medical assistant in Dr. Cory’s orthopedic office. During my time here, Dr. Cory took time out of his busy schedule to explain to me everything there is to know about the foot and ankle; I learned how to read X-rays, make proper differential diagnoses, and important surgical procedures. He set up cadaver labs for his students to learn the procedures that he performed.

 Not only did I gain anatomical knowledge from Dr. Cory, but I also became aware of the importance of proper bedside manner. Dr. Cory always encouraged me to interact with the patients and develop relationships with them. I am fortunate to have worked for a physician who encouraged me to learn and prepare for my future in the medical field. I would not be in PA school if it weren’t for my experience at Arizona Institute of Motion.

Sofia Haserot

Dr. Cory’s mentorship has been instrumental in my pursuit of becoming a physician and medical researcher. Through his initiative to prepare the next generation of healthcare professionals, I was exposed to patient centered care while interning in clinic. He taught me how to interview patients, analyze medical images, present cases, practice diagnosing, and develop treatment plans. I was also able to observe surgeries in the operating room.

After interning with Dr. Cory, I began researching with him by designing and prototyping a dynamic ligament ankle bracing system protecting against sprains, and Jones/Lisfranc injuries. We developed a virtual 3D model of the design and worked through computer simulations of ground reaction forces travelling through ankle ligaments during injury. We obtained funding through the Athletic Research Grant at ASU. With this funding, we have begun prototyping and building a testing apparatus that would simulate ankle injury. As an engineer in undergrad, the hardest part of starting successful research was the lack of patient contact. As a physician you are constantly exposed to healthcare inadequacy and Dr. Cory showed me how a physician can engage in research.

Finally, Dr. Cory has shown me how practicing medicine is so much more than clinic and research. I’ve seen how he actively participates in the community which helps gain trust and confidence with the people we seek to serve. What always strikes me about walking into his office is the framed photographs and sports jerseys covering the walls. Every single piece is signed showing these are more than souvenirs but reminders of relationships. They each tell a story of how someone got injured, received help, and returned to doing what they love. This is a process I desperately want to be a part of and my time with Dr. Cory has cemented that desire.

Andrew Nelson

My internship with Dr. Cory was priceless, not only because he taught me an unbelievable amount of information in such a short time, but also because he showed me what it means to have a true passion for medicine. The fact that Dr. Cory allowed me to speak to patients on my own gave me a boost in confidence and helped to develop my bedside manner. As a college student who is studying physiology, I often lose sight of the long-term goal because it seems so far away. Dr. Cory continuously reminded me that it will all be worth it in the end. I want to emphasize that there is no better place to discover your passion for medicine than in Dr. Cory's office with the whole AIM team beside you.

Brayden Kaiser

Patient Testimonials

Dr. Cory is one of a kind. He is selfless, empathetic, and always there for his patients. I suffered a severe sports related injury and Dr. Cory was there to help me that same day. As a new mom, I had many concerns about how I would care for my daughter after an operation. I was fearful that I wouldn’t be able to bond with her and give her the attention that she deserved. Fortunately, Dr. Cory had some great suggestions on how I could allow my body to heal while still spending quality time with my baby. He helped me physically and emotionally every step of the way. I am forever grateful for the guidance and support that I received from Dr. Cory and his team.

Krystalin Barnett

I broke my foot one week before an audition and I was worried that the injury would ruin this opportunity for me. Luckily, I was referred to Dr. Cory and he had plenty of suggestions for how we would allow my foot to heal while still going through with the audition. I was relieved to know that I would not be needing surgery and that I could still perform. I felt supported and encouraged by Dr. Cory, he gave me the confidence I needed to accomplish my goal.

Leah Roga

I called the office of Dr. John Cory after breaking my foot and I was immediately scheduled for a consultation. I had several concerns about the recovery process and how long my injury would take to heal. Dr. Cory took the time to answer all my questions and put my mind at ease. Following the procedure, I did not experience any pain and my recovery was a breeze. I had the best experience at the Arizona Institute of Motion. Dr. Cory and his staff are friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable.

Evelina Westbrook-Acosta

Dr. Cory was able to get me scheduled and identify my problem right away, he is a fantastic doctor. Thanks to Dr. Cory I can enjoy the activities I love again. I suffered for years not being able to walk properly, losing my balance, and even falling occasionally. The whole office made me feel comfortable and relaxed, especially when I was scared and did not know what was going on with my body. I enjoy going to my appointments, where I socialize with the team and spend time with their therapy dog, Achilles. I cannot say enough great things about my experience, I recommend Dr. Cory to everyone I know.

Missy Becker

Professional Testimonials

Dr. Cory is a very passionate and energetic person with a caring nature. He has a unique gift that allows him to create custom recovery plans based on his patient’s history and future goals. He works closely with physical therapists and trainers to understand what we really do. He takes the time to visit our facility, check on his patients, and ask questions. Dr. Cory creates meaningful relationships and is driven by helping people feel better.

Brett Fischer, PT, ATC, CSCS, DN, Cert. ASTYM

I met Dr. Cory two years ago at one of my seminars and we have remained friends since that day. I consider Dr. Cory to be an elite surgeon who is always wanting to learn more about his patients. I have a lot of respect for him and the work he does in community. Not only is Dr. Cory an excellent doctor, he is also one of the most generous and humble people I know.

Dr. Gary Gray PT, FAFS

Chief Executive Officer of the Gray Institute

Dr. Cory will guide you through a soccer career that keeps you healthy and teaches you about proper nutrition and all the things you need to do as an athlete. He is a doctor who can treat you when your injured, coach you as a movement specialist, and teach you the fine art and nuances of injury prevention. As a soccer player, you need a doctor who has an intimate knowledge of the sport. Dr Cory can pull all the pieces together; not just the physical but also the psychological. He is such a multidimensional person. Dr. Cory knows soccer on an intimate level because he played for some highly respected coaches when he was growing up. All the stuff we learn as soccer guys, we take with us through our lives. He has taken that knowledge of soccer to a higher level by becoming a doctor. He’s not just a Doctor of Medicine, he’s a doctor of soccer.

Tibor Pelle

I had two severe injuries in the beginning of November, so I flew back here from Spain to see Dr. Cory. It turns out that I needed to have surgery and recovery would take four months. I was pretty upset to hear this news, but I remained optimistic because I knew Dr. Cory would get me back to where I needed to be. I was prescribed physical therapy and swimming to regain strength.  After about three months, I was cleared to head back to Spain and continue playing professional soccer again. I was fortunate to have a doctor who gave me the support I needed to heal properly. I am looking forward to getting back in the game and I could not have done it without Dr. Cory.

Nicholas Paige

Professional Soccer, Spain

Dr. Cory has been such a blessing to me. Not only has he been a mentor in strength and conditioning but rehabilitation as well. He has worked on many athletes and goes far beyond being a doctor that performs surgeries. He goes the extra mile for his patients, he will show up at the gym to see how they are recovering and progressing. He helps implement new strategies to help his patients achieve their goals. Dr. Cory is one of the few physicians I know that always gets to the root of the problem by taking the time to understand each patient and their body. He is a great leader and always sets the example of putting others first. I cannot thank Dr. Cory enough for being such a genuine and caring person.

Justin Wakefield

You will not find many people as passionate about what they do as Dr. Cory. He separates himself from the rest by showing true patient and client care. He goes above and beyond what I have experienced other doctors do. I can always go to him with questions or to ask advice. I feel fortunate to know that he is there when I need his expertise.

Dr. Cory has been an inspiring role model and mentor in the field of human movement. He has shown me how important our ecosystem really is. He pushes me to continually grow, learn, and educate myself as well as others. 

Wes Budge