Biography: Dr. Gibbs
Dr. Gibbs' development as a holistic psychiatrist comes from varied background. He is a long time student of Natural Medicine and Ayurveda, the ancient medical system of India. He is a graduate of the University of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his psychiatric residency at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, a major Colombia University affiliate in New York City. He is board certified by the American College of Psychiatry and Neurology, and has completed his diploma in Ayurvedic medicine at the Mount Madonna College of Ayurveda.
Dr. Gibbs is the author of two books. His first book The Food That Would Last Forever: Understanding the Dangers of Food Irradiation, was published by Avery Publishing Group in 1993, his second book The Mind is the Magician is a forthcoming publication. He is also the author of the article "Zap, Crackle, Pop, Food Irradiation Isn’t Coming, It’s Here,” published in the Progressive in 1987. Dr. Gibbs was an original founder of the Stop Food Irradiation Movement. He worked as a community organizer of a community action group to stop food irradiation and acted as a spokesman for the cause. He also provided testimony at the United States Congressional hearings on food irradiation.
Dr. Gibbs is a long time practitioner and student of manipulative medicine. He is a graduate of the 1000 hour Lindsay Hopkins School of Massage, a graduate of the Rolf Institute and completed one year of residency training in Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine in Kirksville Missouri, the founding school of Osteopathy. While he is no longer practicing manipulation, it is an important part of his holistic practice.
Dr. Gibbs is regularly sought out as a public speaker locally and nationally. He has been interviewed in the first national TV series show on alternative medicine “Alive and Wellness” and has been interviewed on radios’ Robert Atkin’s Show, the Deborah Ray Show (the first national health talk show), several times on the Gary Null Show and many other venues. He has presented to hospital Grand Rounds, the South Carolina Osteopathic Association Annual Convention, to family practice residents, psychiatric medical staff meetings, and has been a keynote speaker for mental health center symposiums and retreats. He provides ongoing training to staff, patients and friends in Mind - Body - Spirit Medicine at the County of Monterey. It is believed Dr. Gibbs is the only psychiatrist working for a government agency who offers both alternative and conventional medications to his patients, and where the agency pays for the alternative medicines.
Dr. Gibbs has a personal library which includes over 2500 books, including major sections devoted to Yoga, holistic healing, psychiatry, Ayurveda, metaphysics, and Greco-Roman methods of training the mind.
Recognized by his peers and constituents for his innovative and effective treatment for psychiatric patients, Dr. Gary Gibbs DO received the 2013 Jay Foss Award for outstanding service in the mental health community, Dr. Gary Gibbs DO received the 2013 Jay Foss Award for outstanding service in the mental health community.
Dr. Gibbs most significant teacher is Baba Hari Dass, a fully realized Siddha Yogi, (a Yogi with special powers) with whom he has studied with for the past 35 years.
Dr. Gibbs includes in his list of spiritual mentors a group of Yogis, Saints, and Gurus including: Swami Satchidananda, Swami Vishnudevananda and Ramamurti Mishra and all six of B.K.S. Iyengar’s senior teachers. In the world of conventional medicine Dr. Gibbs has studied with many teachers at the forefront of psychiatry. With some of the following Dr. Gibbs’s contact was limited to attending a lecture and to reading the presenter’s major works, with others his study may have included a weekend workshop or a more prolonged relationship.
Dr. Gibbs studied with Dr. Aaron Beck, the man who coined the term Cognitive Therapy, and Dr. Gibbs is a long time student of the works of Dr’s Albert Ellis and David Burns, who helped place Cognitive Therapy on the map. Dr. Herman van Pragg, the creator of the serotonin hypothesis as the cause of depression, was the chairman of the Department of Psychiatry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, where Dr. Gibbs was a resident in psychiatry for two years. This is the largest psychiatric residency program in the world. The landmark research tool PANSS, the Positive and Negative Symptom Scale test of schizophrenia was developed by one of the faculty members of Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Oliver Sacks, the author of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, was also affiliated with Einstein College of Medicine.
Peter Weiden MD, was a leading researcher on Schizophrenia at St. Lukes / Roosevelt Hospital Centers Manhattan, and continues to be a prominent pharmaceutical spokesman of the principles of “atypical” antipsychotics. Dr. Gibbs was one of his students. Dr. Gibbs has also studied with Dr. Shawn Shea, the author of Psychiatric Interviewing – The Art of Understanding, the definitive text. As an undergraduate at Florida State University, Dr. Gibbs assisted Dr. Charles Spielberger, the creator of the State Transit Anxiety Inventory. Dr. Gibbs graduated from Florida State University with honors in Psychology.
Dr. Gibbs mentors for alternative medicine include: Vasant Lad, the most prolific writer in English on Ayurveda, Michael Tierra, author of the best selling book on herbal medicine The Way of Herbs, Dr. John Douillard, the legendary pulse teacher, and Michio Kushi, the developer of macrobiotics. Dr. Jonathan Wright, is another of Dr. Gibbs’s teachers. Dr. Wright was the medical editor for Prevention magazine for many years, and is called the father of Nutritional Medicine. Dr. Wright is the teacher of the most respected course in complementary medicine in the United States. Dr. Wright interviewed Dr. Gibbs and used this to promote his newsletter.
Dr. Gibbs has studied with Dr. Richard Brown, of Columbia University who in turn taught the American Psychiatric Associations course in Alternative Medicine in Psychiatry and was the first person to publish a chapter on this in a major textbook of psychiatry. Dr. Gibbs has also studied with Dr. Andrew Stohl MD. Dr. Stohl is a major contributor to the understanding of the importance of fish oil in mental health, and published a landmark study in Archives of General Psychiatry, where fish oil beat lithium in the treatment of bipolar disorder. Dr. Gibbs studied with Dr. Stohl in his comprehensive course in alternative medicine in psychiatry under the auspices of Harvard University. Dr. Gibbs has studied with Robert Whitaker, Pulitzer prize finalist and author of Mad in America.