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Joe Tafur, MD

Over the years, Joe Tafur has been active in the Integrative Medicine community participating in a variety of community and academic projects with his colleagues at UCSD, UCLA, Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, the Alternative Healing Network, and the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine. In addition to Family Medicine Residency, Dr. Tafur has also completed two years of post-doctoral research at the UCSD Dept. of Psychiatry/Behavioral Medicine.

Since 2007, Dr. Tafur, a has been travelling to Peru to work with Traditional Amazonian Plant Medicine and to study with Master Shipibo Healers. He has completed his shamanic initiation under Maestro Ricardo Amaringo and worked alongside him for years in ayahuasca healing ceremony at Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual.

Here in the United States, he is working to promote the value of spiritual healing in modern healthcare and to demonstrate the intersection between traditional healing and allopathic medicine.

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Mario Tafur

Mario has long held in interest in spirituality and its relationship to our health.

Mario started his career in the non-profit sector working for Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) in Los Angeles from 1999-2005. During his time at AIUSA he became very familiar with how non-profits handle a wide array of administrator and human resources issues. In addition, Mario organized many fundraising events and initiatives necessary to the ongoing sustainability of any non-profit.

Mario was involved with AIUSA as a volunteer beginning 26 years ago, and he continues to be involved with the organization. During his time with AIUSA as a volunteer he served on many different committees looking at budget, strategic planning, and volunteer leadership cultivation and training.

His legal education from the University of Arizona in 1998, and work in the entertainment over the past 10 years working in the area of contracts, business affairs, creative development and running an independent production company have provided him with valuable skills and experience that will assist with the organization and day-to-day management of Modern Spirit.