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Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine

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IHeLp Educational Retreat Overview

The Integrative Health and Lifestyle program includes 4 days in Tucson, Arizona, for hands-on sessions.

Educational Sessions

  • Mindfulness as Medicine
  • Bringing Awareness to Mealtimes
  • Clinical Hypnosis: Experiencing Trance
  • The Science of Seasoning
  • Blending Essential Oils
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Off The Shelf: Supplement Label Reading
  • Simple Herbal Remedies
  • Healing Relationships

Participating Faculty

Jaimie Perkunas, DPT, e-RYT

Jaimie’s first introduction to yoga was watching her father practice headstands in the middle of their living room when she was a teenager. She began her yoga path in 1999 with Brian Kest’s Power Yoga tapes in the hopes of becoming more “fit.” While attending physical therapy school, she learned about her personal muscle imbalances that contributed to bouts of low back pain. However, with a consistent yoga practice she has improvements in her muscle alignment and little to no back pain. Jaimie has been working in Physical Therapy since 1998. Jaimie graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Des Moines University in 2005. As a newly practicing Physical Therapist, she started using modified sun salutations as part of home exercise program for her patients with low back pain.

Jaimie completed a 200hr Anusara Yoga Teacher Training and started teaching public yoga classes with an emphasis on a therapeutic approach for those who have injuries, chronic conditions, or have had surgery. Jaimie is a Relax and Renew Trainer for restorative yoga and has completed a 100 hour Happy Back Certification. She enjoys teaching about anatomy and the therapeutics effect of yoga physically and emotionally. She teaches workshops locally, nationally, and internationally which focus on specific areas of the body and focuses on safety and awareness. Jaimie offers students the opportunity to learn more about their unique anatomy and improve awareness in their bodies to help to heal or prevent injuries. Jaimie’s passion is to share with you her deep understanding of the body with her unique therapeutic approach to yoga to create a safe and healing practice to bring out the potential in every body. Visit her web site at

Mark Pirtle, DPT, Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Certified Orthopedic Manual Therapist
Mark Farris Pirtle, DPT, CSCS, COMT graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy (Magna Cum Laude) in 1989, and completed his post professional Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in the fall of 2005 (With Distinction). He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Arizona in 1984.

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Steven Gurgevich, PhD
Dr. Steven Gurgevich is a licensed psychologist specializing in Mind/Body Medicine. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine, within the AZ Center for Integrative Medicine.

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Siri Chand Khalsa, MD
For Dr. Khalsa, the intersection of science and creativity as it mingles in cooking has always been a delight. An avid cook since a young age, she was watching cooking shows instead of cartoons as a child and as the years have progressed, she has been blessed to travel to great restaurants and cooking centers around the world. Through this journey, she has slowly formulated a comprehensive holistic approach to vegetarian eating and nutrition. Science has always been a passion and she was fortunate to attend Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology in suburban Washington, DC. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Virginia and went on in her studies to obtain a Master's degree in Biology with a focus in Reproductive Endocrinology at Old Dominion University. After completing her graduate degree, she entered Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia and then progressed to Mayo Clinic in Florida to complete a residency in Internal Medicine. She relocated to Phoenix five years ago from the East Coast.

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Mindy Green
Mindy Green has 35 years experience in the natural products and health care industries. Ms. Green left her position (2003-2009) in the botanical research division of R&D as Clinical Aromatherapist for the Aveda Corporation in Minneapolis to begin her own consulting company, Green Scentsations, LLC. She has served as Program Specialist for the Integrative Resource Center at the University of Colorado Hospital, Anschutes Cancer Center, where she developed and implemented specialized educational programs and resources on complementary therapies for patients and staff. From 1995 to 2001 she served as Director of Education, and later, Director of Research at the Herb Research Foundation?s non-profit medical library. From 1995 to 2003 Ms. Green was on the faculty of the Colorado-based Rocky Mt. Center for Botanical Studies and at the Boulder College of Massage Therapy; she was co-owner and a faculty member of the California School of Herbal Studies from 1985 to 1995.

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Robert Rhode, Ph.D.
Robert Rhode, PhD, has been learning, teaching and providing service in clinical psychology since he received his PhD from Ohio University in 1980.

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Fred Craigie, PhD
Dr. Craigie is a faculty member and practicing clinician at the Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency in Augusta, Maine. He also holds appointments as Associate Professor of Community and Family Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and Visiting Associate Professor at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine (AzCIM) at the University of Arizona College Of Medicine.

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