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Mark Pirtle, DPT, Chronic pain specialist, meditation teacher

Dr. Mark Pirtle is among those at the forefront of integral thinking in the recovery community. He is a clinician, businessman, filmmaker, writer, public speaker and true “innerpreneur." His colleagues and business partners regard Pirtle as an extremely well-informed generalist—a holistically inclined pattern-recognizer—who connects the dots between science, spirituality, wellness, business, and culture.

Pirtle completed his doctor of physical therapy degree (with distinction) from Northern Arizona University. Subsequently, he became intensely interested in Buddhist psychology as it applies to healing stress-related illnesses (addictions, depression, anxiety, chronic pain and more).

Synthesizing the disciplines of living systems theory and mindfulness meditation, he developed an evidence-based program for people suffering from stress-related illnesses he calls Skillfully Aware®.

His curriculum was used to develop the first ever pain program at Sierra Tucson, an in-patient psychiatric (rehab) hospital. Subsequently, was asked to teach for the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine Fellowship program.

Along with two-time Emmy Award winning Director, Frances Causey, he produced a documentary film titled, Is Your Story Making You Sick? Pirtle speaks around the world on his clinical platform inspiring clients and professionals alike with his unique and immediately applicable mind-body approaches to healing.