Brian was born in Greensboro, North Carolina and pursued his undergraduate studies at UNC-Chapel Hill. He majored in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. After his science curriculum was complete, he focused the last two years of undergraduate on psychology, anthropology, and religious studies. In these years he volunteered as a teacher, and as a coordinator of various non-profit organizations.
He deferred his acceptance UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine to serve as a volunteer teacher for at-risk youth through Americorps. He continued his deferral for another year during which he deepened his studies of meditation and yogic practice through intensive retreat and apprenticeship.
In medical school, he co-founded the Integrative Medicine student group at UNC which organized educational seminars, retreats, and weekly classes. He facilitated regional events for students interested in Integrative Medicine, holistic living, and restoring humanism to medicine.
Between his third and fourth years of medical school he received a grant for studying the healing methodologies from the Himalayas and Tibet. He then returned to complete medical school, and continued his studies with a Masters in Public Health focusing on health care leadership, health education, and community-based clinics.
In the following years, he completed his Family Practice residency in Asheville, NC. After completing residency, he modeled a faculty development fellowship centered on Integrative Medicine and worked with other residents across the country to provide affordable fellowships in Integrative Medicine. He continues to work with integrative practitioners to foster collaboration and innovative practice models for making integrative medicine accessible and sustainable. He has spoken regionally on topics ranging from mindful movement to understanding the healthcare system, and has served as the medical director for regional Integrative Medicine conferences.
Brian has been authorized to teach yoga, meditation, and basic medical qigong. He completed a primary care acupuncture training through UCLA to expand his study of Chinese medicine. He is board certified in Family Practice and Integrative & Holistic Medicine. He has completed further studies in therapeutic nutrition, and views lifestyle approaches as the foundation of sustainable healthcare. He continues to apprentice with advanced practitioners of yoga, meditation, and Chinese medicine. His own daily practice is a continual source of learning and centering.
He enjoys time in nature through hiking, gardening, mountain biking, and camping. Recently, he has begun learning permaculture and herbalism. He’s been known to ‘noodle’ on guitar and sing with some friends. His lifetime passions include yoga, qigong, meditation, and service. He is inspired to open the IFMA clinic with Dr. Krisel. He hopes that together they will demonstrate a model of sustainable, empowering healthcare for other communities to replicate or expand.