After completing an undergraduate degree in psychology at SUNY Stony Brook in 1985 and a master’s degree in Psychology from New York University in 1987, Mark graduated from Capella University in Minneapolis with a PhD in Clinical Psychology in 2002. He went on to complete a post-doctoral fellowship in Consult Liaison Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.
It was while in Dallas that Mark accepted that his purpose was for something much more unique and powerful than a traditional psychology practice would allow. He sought diverse teachers from whom he drew wisdom and practical applications and embraced his belief in inherent wellness rather than illness, and unlocked his ability to guide others through an empowering process of self-discovery that is rooted in the power of seeing what others might call “symptoms” or difficult circumstances as simply experiences in need of integration into one’s life journey. His broad exposure and popularity have led to speaking engagements all over the United States and in Mexico, as well as to a busy individual coaching practice. Mark no longer offers psychological services to the general public.
Believing as he does in integrating body, mind, and spirit Mark completed Integrative Health and Lifestyle training in 2014 with Andrew Weil, MD and other faculty at the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Medical School in Tucson, with a focus on the biopsychosocialspiritual aspects of Integrative Health and Wellness. He is currently completing the Foundations in Herbal Medicine program with Tieraona Low Dog, MD and is enrolled in the Masters in Applied Clinical Nutrition degree at New York Chiropractic College, with a focus on using nutrition to prevent and treat lifestyle-related dis-ease.
Mark has chosen to work outside the dogma and limitations of clinical psychology. His first book, A Life Aligned: The Journey to Allowing the Magic in Your Life, quickly appealed to a worldwide audience when it was published in 2008; others are in various stages of completion including, Beyond A Life Aligned: Pure Transformation for the Body, Mind, and Soul and Paradise (re)Discovered: New Lessons From Old Teachers, both expected in 2017 or early 2018. Perfectly Imperfect: Your Biggest Challenge, Your Greatest Blessing is a book about relationships and is scheduled for later 2018.
Mark enjoys virtual coaching sessions via video-conferencing, drawing energy while he works from his favorite places including Querétaro, Mexico, Santa Fe, South Florida's beaches and the Florida Keys, and Napa Valley. He also writes, teaches, and leads on-location workshops and seminars wherever he may be called.
Other interests include taking advantage of downtime with personal travel, outdoor activities, momentous friendships, gardening, cooking, home design, and afternoon respite and people-watching at neighborhood cafés and restaurants.
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