Dr. Phil Garrison earned his BA in psychology from Pomona College in Claremont, California. His focus was neuropsychology, and he wrote his undergraduate thesis on creativity and the brain.
Dr. Garrison completed a four-year master’s degree program in Chinese medicine at Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, California. While there, he had the opportunity to study with many inspiring teachers, including pediatric and herbal specialists with over thirty years of clinical experience. In addition to the required coursework, Dr. Phil Garrison received advanced training in the Chinese medical classics and Worsley-style acupuncture. He also studied qigong for three years outside of Five Branches University.
In August, 2012, Dr. Garrison completed his doctoral coursework at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (San Diego, CA). His teachers included Giovanni Macciocia, one of the most highly respected practitioners of Chinese medicine; noted pediatric specialist, Alex Tiberi; and Dr. Sonya Pritzker, an authority on Chinese medical translation. In 2014, he completed his doctoral research on the Huáng Dì Nèi Jīng (黃帝內經), the foundational classic of Chinese medicine, and was awarded the title Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM)—the highest honor in the field.
Dr. Phil Garrison is a former Herbal Consultant at K’an Herb Company (Santa Cruz, CA) and a former Instructor of Chinese Herbalism at Five Branches University (Santa Cruz, CA). He is the Chief Science Officer at Immortality Alchemy, LLC, an assistant professor at the Finger Lakes School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, and an adjunct professor at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, where he teaches Chinese medical classics in the post-graduate doctoral program.
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