About Dr. Peter van Houten, MD

Dr. Peter van Houten, known by his friends and patients as "Dr. Peter," was trained in medicine at UC San Francisco, which is considered one of the top medical schools in the US.

He founded, as a family practice, the Sierra Family Medical Clinic in 1982, a rural community medical clinic in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas in Northern California, which also serves a significant indigent population.

As a family physician, he is widely considered a pioneer in integrating behavioral and mental health into everyday medical practice and his practice has a full time consultant for behavioral health and lifestyle management training on staff.

Committed to "evidence based medicine", he recommends yoga postures, relaxation training, and attitude modification routinely for a variety of health problems along with standard medical therapies.

Sought out by patients internationally for consultation, he has a tremendous reputation for delivering cutting-edge health care with insight, kindness, and compassion.

Along with Nayaswami Gyandev McCord, Dr. Peter has authored Yoga Therapy for Headache Relief and Yoga Therapy for Overcoming Insomnia. He also maintains an active interest in ongoing research into the subtle and poweful relationships between brain physiology and personal spiritual development.