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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, 200RYT
Jaimie Perkunas has been working in Physical Therapy since 1998 and has been practicing yoga since 2000. Jaimie graduated with her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Des Moines University in 2005 and completed a 200 hour Anusara Yoga Teacher Training at Tucson based Yoga Oasis in December 2010. She is excited to merge yoga and physical therapy into a safe and healing practice. She is experienced in working with clients with complex medical and physical conditions including post spinal and joint surgeries, muscle strains, arthritis, chronic and acute back pain, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.


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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Tieraona Low Dog, MD
Fellowship Director, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine, and Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Arizona.

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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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