Dr. Phil Garrison earned his BA in psychology from Pomona College in Claremont, CA. His focus was neuropsychology, and he wrote his undergraduate thesis on creativity and the brain.
Then, he completed a four-year master's degree program in Chinese medicine at Five Branches University in Santa Cruz, California. In August, 2012, Dr. Garrison completed his doctoral coursework at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. His teachers included Giovanni Macciocia, one of the most highly respected practitioners of Chinese medicine. In 2014, Dr. Phil Garrison completed his doctoral research on the Huang Di Nei Jing, the foundational classic of Chinese medicine. He was awarded the title Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (DAOM), the highest honor in the field.