In this episode, I am joined by Dr. Ginger Garner and Dr. Joe Tatta to discuss Integrative & Lifestyle Medicine in Physical Therapy. They are the co-editors of the book of the same name. They explain what integrative and lifestyle medicine encompasses and that physical therapists are uniquely positioned to implement integrative and lifestyle medicine effectively.


Show notes: 

00:05:30 Practice intentional health promotion.

00:07:05 Integrate lifestyle into care.

00:19:57 Engage in healthy movement.

00:20:11 Empower patients to choose.

00:30:39 Model healthy lifestyle behaviors.

00:38:36 Behavior change is empowering.

00:40:00 Integrative medicine heals holistically.

00:53:15 Trust your instincts and succeed.

00:54:13 Cultivate diverse skills.


More about Dr. Ginger and Dr. Joe: 

Headshot of Dr. Ginger Garner Dr. Ginger Garner PT, DPT, ATC/L is a therapist, author, educator, and advocate for improving access and equity to pelvic health physical therapy services. She is the founder and CEO of Living Well Institute, which certifies healthcare providers in Functional & Integrative Lifestyle Medicine and also offers wellness classes to the public on the same topics. She is also the creator of the Medical Therapeutic Yoga & Professional Yoga Therapist Certification, the only certification of its kind worldwide for medical professionals. 

Dr. Garner practices at Garner Pelvic Health, which she founded to offer integrative telehealth and in-person pelvic and orthopaedic care. Ginger is the author of multiple books and book chapters published in several languages. She has presented internationally at over 20 conferences, teaching on a range of topics about pelvic and orthopaedic health.   

Ginger is an active member of APTA, APTA North Carolina, APTA Private Practice, and Academy of Pelvic Health. She lives in Greensboro, NC with her family. 

Visit Ginger at and on Instagram and YouTube


Headshot of Dr. Joe Tatta Dr. Joe Tatta is a global leader in integrative pain care and an advocate for the safe and effective treatment of chronic pain. He is the Founder of the Integrative Pain Science Institute, a cutting-edge health company reinventing pain care through evidence-based treatment, research, and professional development. For 25 years he has supported people living with pain and helped practitioners deliver more effective pain management. His research and career achievements include scalable practice models centered on lifestyle medicine, health behavior change, and digital therapeutics. He is a Doctor of Physical Therapy, a Board-Certified Nutrition Specialist, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy trainer. Dr. Tatta is the author of two bestselling books Radical Relief and Heal Your Pain Now and host of The Healing Pain Podcast.


Resources from this Episode: 

Dr. Ginger’s website

Dr. Joe’s website

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