What People Are Saying

The ILM and MTY course have given me the best clarity I've had since PT school

Dr. Amanda Wold, PT, DSc

The ILM and MTY programs are what I’ve been searching for since I got out of school 8 years ago. I have peace about where I’m going. It’s not stressful like all those other CE courses I thought I “had” to go to. I LOVE this program. I’m becoming the holistic physical therapist that I want to be - to take me through an exciting and successful career. I have taken continuing education like yoga for rehabilitation, nutrition in physical therapy, chronic pain management, etc, but NOTHING has put it all together and gone above and beyond like ILM and MTY! I wish I found it sooner - this is how people WANT to be cared for!

A saner approach to therapy

Dr. Leigh Sato PT, DPT, NCS, MSCS

Thank you so much for creating an amazingly comprehensive and intelligent body of work! Bravo Ginger f or the work you have created and the vast amount of work you are doing to launch a saner approach to therapy.

Thank you for creating all of this amazing material!

Kjirsten Winters, OTR/L

Thank you for creating ALL of this amazing material, this program and for compiling the vast amounts of research and information for our fields in PT and OT- and for health care and people overall!

This program makes my job so much easier.

Dr. Maria Hadley Rose PT, DPT

The ILM Certificate has absolutely already changed the way I practice & the way I eval and interact with patients. It is evident that Ginger's heart is in this work. You are so appreciated for making my job much easier. LOVE!

Great info on psychologically informed practice

Michelle Pamplin

All of the information about positive psychology, CBT, MI, etc is extremely useful - I have known about these things for a while but wasn't really sure how to use them myself with my patients - and now I do!

Evidence-based program

Shivalini Patel, PT

The ILM Certificate contains a substantial amount of information backed up with evidence based studies, thank you! The information on epigenetics and eudemonia are beneficial to know to inform patients on how environmental influences, stress, diet all impact our health along with the sense of feeling happy and full filled in our lives. Also, there is clear and concise information on how gut health effects the body. ILM gives an overall comprehensive picture to help us guide our patients to a healthier lifestyle!

Course Description

Do your patients suffer from comorbidities and make lifestyle choices that are complicating or hindering progress in therapy? 

Are you feeling burned out or compassion fatigue from not getting the results you want? 

Would you like to learn how lifestyle choices impact your therapy outcomes and how you can influence behavior change to improve them?

This Advanced 24 hour Certificate program will change your practice. It will:

  • Increase your effectiveness as a therapist and improve patient outcomes and satisfaction.
  • Give you a comprehensive skillset to use Integrative Lifestyle Medicine in practice. 
  • Lower burden of care on you as the practitioner and empower the patient to be a partner in their healthcare. 
  • Help you determine root causes of disease, pain, and disability which helps patients heal faster and with long-lasting results. 
  • Tackle persistent pain and complex comorbidities that are hindering your therapy outcomes.

You Will Learn:

  • Nutrition to impact neuromuscular & musculoskeletal outcomes,
  • Sleep science,
  • Pain science,
  • Stress management,
  • Behavioral change and lifestyle coaching,
  • Medical Therapeutic Yoga as an evidence-based method to deliver Integrative Medicine
  • As well as specific interventions to affect change based on the health of the gut microbiome & the influence of epigenetics and genetics.

What's Included:

  • NEW! ($530 value) Coaching & Mentoring - Monthly Live Zoom Calls for 4 months to support your skill development and practice 
  • NEW! ($55 value) - First year of Provider Membership & Annual Certification Renewal Fee is free as part your Provider Membership). Learn more about Membership levels here. If you choose to upgrade to the Professional Level, a $55 credit will be applied toward the cost. 
  • 24 Hours of Video Lessons that are self-paced for your convenience 
  • 114 Clinical Objectives covered over 6 modules 
  • A 215 page ILM Workbook that you can download to easily follow lectures and take notes
  • Scaffolded Sessions broken down into short mini subjects so you can easily complete the training in a self-paced way without losing your place.
  • Powerpoint, lecture, videos and audios of Medical Therapeutic Yoga practices you can use with patients.
  • Comprehensive training that will prepare you to immediately apply Integrative Lifestyle Medicine & Functional Medicine.
  • A Private FB Group where you can clinically troubleshoot with Ginger and build your network with other graduates.
  • Lifetime access for the life of the course. Our courses are generally updated every 3-5 years to remain current and best evidence-informed. You can return to this course at any time during that period. If any material is updated or added, you will have access to the new content during the life of the course. 
  • Patient Education Handouts
  • Patient Exercise
  • Certification is awarded upon completion.
  • LWI is mobile-friendly and can be accessed by phone, tablet, and computer.
  • There is no start date or completion date. You can complete the course at your own pace.
  • Quizzes at the end of each module (6 total) to help you master and assimilate the knowledge.

Who is this Course for?

The course is taught at a medical post-graduate level and is for Physical/physio therapists, occupational therapists, athletic trainers, and related professions

Can I Share A Course With A Friend Or Colleague? How Does The Group Discount Work?

Each course purchase is for a single viewer only, and may not be shared. If you are interested in group/staff viewing, please contact us at [email protected]. We can arrange a group discount code specifically for your group. The larger the group, the larger the discount.

Each individual must purchase separately with the discount code, and agree to the terms and conditions (legal). This provides each participant with their own copy to review at their pace, in addition to the opportunity to interact with colleagues as you all work collectively through the material. This course is available online. No refunds will be honored after course is started.


Contact us at [email protected].

**This course is not intended to act as medical advice. Please seek guidance and treatment from your health professional in your area for any unmanaged conditions.**

Course Overview in Brief

These are the condensed objectives for the Integrative Lifestyle Medicine Certification. The 6 modules provide and meet 114 clinical objectives in all. Full objectives are listed in each

Module 1 - Integrative Lifestyle Medicine: Impacting Chronic Disease & Pain (5 hours)

  1. Learn how to screen for the vital signs of lifestyle medicine. 
  2. Describe how to operationalize mindfulness-based biopsychosocial assessment and intervention. 
  3. Identify guidelines for safe mind-body practice through the lens of yoga. 
  4. Discuss psychologically informed physical therapy care to impact mental health and pain.
  5. List the diagnostic labs that impact musculoskeletal and neuromuscular outcomes.
  6. Discuss the models for influencing behavior change.
  7. Learn the evidence-base that supports Chronic Care Models
  8. Use yoga as an Integrative Lifestyle Medicine intervention.

Module 2 - Creating “3D” Health from the Oral Cavity to the Pelvic Floor through Trauma-Informed Psychology (5 hours)

  1. Discuss the neuroscience of the stress response. 
  2. Practice the Integrative Lifestyle Medicine interventions which influence stress response and emotional regulation. 
  3. List the 15 biomarkers of trauma-informed practice. 
  4. Describe the impact of epigenetics on clinical practice. 
  5. Assess scaffolding and sequencing of yoga due impact clinical outcomes. 
  6. Learn documentation methods
  7. Identify the major approaches to psychologically-informed therapy care. 
  8. Evaluate methods which can impact connectedness, eudemonia, and positive psychology. 
  9. Identify the major components of the Orofacial Examination. 

Module 3 - The Gut-Brain-Body Axis: Achieving Better Neuromuscular Outcomes through Nutrition (5 hours)

  1. List the impacts of the gut-brain-body axis on musculoskeletal and neuromuscular outcomes.
  2. Describe the scope of practice in nutritional counseling and intervention for physical therapy. 
  3. Discuss limitations in current dietary guidelines. 
  4. List common overconsumed and underconsumed macro- and micronutrients. 
  5. Evaluate basic methods for nutritional assessment, intervention, and counseling. 
  6. Consider the impact of social contagion on lifestyle choices and patient adherence.
  7. Discuss the epigenetics of nutrition. 
  8. Describe the neuroscience of manual therapy in impacting HPA Axis regulation. 
  9. Know when to refer. 

Module 4 - Sound & Sleep in Rehabilitation & Health Promotion: Fostering Whole Health (5 hours)

  1. Correlate emotional distress and its relationship with physical and occupational therapy outcomes. 
  2. Identify screening tools for evaluating emotional status
  3. Know when to refer
  4. List ways to foster healthy self-regulation.
  5. Describe the role of music and sound in practice.
  6. Compare and contrast stress and meditation types.
  7. Identify parameters that dictate vocal impact and longevity. 
  8. Practice vocal preservation intervention. 
  9. Cite evidence that supports the role of sleep, screening for sleep dysfunction, and intervention. 

Module 5 - Physical Activity Prescription (2 hours)

  1. List the evidence-based guidelines for physical activity across the lifespan.
  2. Cite the evidence that links emotional status to physical activity. 
  3. Cite the evidence that links obesity to physical activity levels. 
  4. List standardized physical activity assessments. 
  5. Create exercise prescription in a case study format with all required components. 
  6. Discuss ways to foster sustainable physical activity in patient care. 
  7. Cite the evidence base which supports physical activity prescription for the following conditions: geriatrics, prenatal, postpartum, stroke, heart attack, obesity, cancer, and general debility. 

Module 6 - Environmental Influences on Rehabilitation Outcomes: Tobacco Cessation & Other Toxic Exposures (2 hours)

  1. Describe the adverse impact of tobacco use and other substance abuse (including steroid injections). 
  2. Describe the adverse impact of environmental pollutant exposure. 
  3. List the major endocrine disruptors supported in the evidence base to cause adverse health effects. 
  4. Summarize the EB approach for tobacco and other substance abuse cessation. 
  5. Describe basic approaches to behavioral and pharmacological therapies in tobacco and substance abuse cessation. 
  6. Review the major diagnostic criteria for differential diagnosis of substance abuse disorders. 
  7. List the parameters for when to refer to specialists.

Course curriculum

    1. Start Here (Pssst - This is also where you'll find your Membership Activation Code!)

    2. Welcome Message from Ginger

    3. How to use this course

    4. Pre-Course Survey

    1. Overview of Module 1: Integrative Lifestyle Medicine: Impacting Chronic Disease & Pain

    2. Module 1.1 Handout

    3. Background and Goals

    4. Common Factors Theory

    5. Biopsychosocial Model

    6. Lifestyle Medicine

    7. Differentiation

    8. Ten Precepts

    9. Safe Integration

    1. Module 1.2 Handout

    2. MTY Principles and Change Readiness

    3. What's Going On

    4. Psychologically Informed Practice

    1. Module 1.3 Handout

    2. Nurturing Behavior Change

    3. Yoga's Role in Behavior Change

    4. The Five A's

    5. Therapeutic Relationship

    6. Lifestyle Coaching

    7. Effective Lifestyle Coaching

    1. Module 1.4 Handout

    2. Screening and Diagnostics Part 1

    3. Screening and Diagnostics Part 2

    4. When to Refer

    5. Group Therapy

    6. Biopsychosocial Intervention and Resources

    1. Module 1.5 Handout

    2. The Chronic Care Model Pt1

    3. The Chronic Care Model Pt2

    4. The PDSA Cycle and Self Care

    5. Health Promotion Models

    6. MTY Methodology

    7. Module 1 Post-Test

About this course

  • $1,250.00
  • 212 lessons
  • 28.5 hours of video content

More Information

  • Your Versatile Skillset

    The knowledge you gain via the ILM Certificate program can be used to deliver telehealth, group sessions, or in-person care. Once you are a student of Living Well Institute, you will have access to the Provider ToolBox, which provides "how-to" webinars on telehealth, marketing, and more.

  • Time to Complete the Program

    24 (CE) are required to receive the Integrative Lifestyle Medicine Certificate, which can be completed entirely online.

  • Prerequisites

    A valid medical license (PT, OT, etc) in your state is required. No experience in yoga or Lifestyle Medicine is necessary.

  • CE Credit

    PT - This course is approved for PT in New Jersey, California, Texas, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. OT - We are an AOTA approved provider and the Integrative Lifestyle Medicine Certificate course is approved by AOTA for 24 contact hours/2.4 CEUs.

LWI is a Continuing Competence Approved Provider

Living Well Institute is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. PD activity approval ID# 00104. This online activity is offered at 2.4 CEUs and is taught at a medical post-graduate level. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA or indicate AOTA approval of a certification or other professional recognition. Living Well Institute is recognized by the Physical Therapy Board of California as a Continuing Competency Approval Agency

Living Well Institute is an Approved Provider of Continuing Competence Activities through the APTA North Carolina.

This course meets continuing competency requirements in many states for many medical professional CE requirements. Please contact us for details. If your state board accepts individual approvals, we are happy to provide information in support of you obtaining individual approval for this course.
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Sign up for the Free Workshop First

Not sure if you want to sign up for the Certificate yet? Then take the Complementary 1 hour Introduction to Integrative Lifestyle Medicine Workshop first. Spoiler Alert: There's a FREE $140 Gift in it for you!

Meet Your Instructor

Executive Director, Living Well Institute Dr. Ginger Garner

Dr. Garner, PT, DPT, ATC-Ret is a clinician, author, educator, and longtime advocate committed to improving access to physical therapy services. She is the CEO of Living Well Institute, which has trail blazed interdisciplinary training in Therapeutic Yoga and Lifestyle Medicine since 2000. She also owns Garner Pelvic Health, a private practice located in Greensboro, NC. Dr. Garner specializes in chronic pelvic pain including endometriosis, interstitial cystitis, prolapse, and incontinence, and also serves the performing arts and public speaking community with her unique "voice to pelvic floor" therapy, as well as post hip arthroscopy rehab. Dr. Garner is the author of multiple textbooks and book chapters and has presented at more than 2 dozen conferences worldwide about integrative physical therapy and health promotion across a range of topics impacting pelvic and orthopaedic health. She is an adjunct and guest lecturer for several DPT programs worldwide on topics related to advocacy, as well as endocrinology and pelvic health; and she also teaches for Herman & Wallace Pelvic Rehabilitation Institute. She is an active member of APTA, serving as the Legislative Chair for APTA NC Chapter, a Key Congressional Contact for APTA Private Practice, and a member of the Prenatal & 4th Trimester Task Force for APTA Academy of Pelvic Health. She most recently launched her new podcast on advocacy, the Living Well Podcast. Ginger lives with her family in Greensboro, NC. Visit her at www.integrativelifestylemed.com, www.garnerpelvichealth.com, and on Instagram and YouTube @drgingergarner