Dr Scott Irwin
Psychedelic Integration Psychologist
Functional Medicine Practitioner
Functional Blood Chemistry Analysist
Complementary & Alternative Medicine
Nicotine Dependence Education & Treatment
A Bit About Dr. Scott
Dr. Scott Irwin has a unique background at the intersection of Transpersonal Psychology, Functional Medicine, and Ancient Amazonian Shamanism.
Transpersonal psychology, or spiritual psychology, is a sub-field or school of psychology that integrates the spiritual and transcendent aspects of the human experience with the framework of modern psychology.
As a Public Health Professional at the Leonard Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami and Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine and in private practice, Dr. Scott has worked with more than 25,000 patients over the span of two decades and is devoted to helping his patients live an optimal life through deep personal transformation.
Dr. Scott is an experienced Psychedelic Integration Psychologist that incorporates Complementary & Alternative Medicine and Transpersonal Psychology to help treat the whole person, not just the disease.
Biography & Influencers
Shaping the core of his being, the following influencers (or special people), exerted a significant, sustained impact on Scott's life experiences, values, assumptions, and expectations of life.
U.S. Olympic Training
Shari Lewis & Lamb Chop
Maverick Publisher - Jeremy Tarcher
Medical Research Laboratory
With Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong
Robert P. Lanza
& A Course in Miracles
Sacred Amazonian Plant Medicine & Ecuador
Psychedelic Assisted Therapy
Cultural Preservation of Indigenous Tribe
Sacha Wasi School
Modern Psychedelic Renaissance Movement
Soul Quest Ayahuasca Church
Education & Treatment
School of Medicine at the University of Miami
Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School - now Rutgers
Florida State University College of Medicine
After attending the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs - the flagship training center for U.S. Olympic Athletes. Scott received a 4-year full-scholarship to attend UCLA to train for the 1984 Olympics in track, Scott moved to Los Angeles from his hometown in Nebraska. He soon befriended the maverick publisher of New Age bestsellers, Jeremy Tarcher, and his wife, the beloved cultural icon, American entertainer and ventriloquist Shari Lewis and her popular puppet Lamb Chop. Their lives intersected for nearly two decades. Originally, Lewis offered Scott a job as her road assistant and he soon became her trusted road manager and lighting director, and together with her musical director, the three put on family pops concerts with nearly every major symphony in North America. Highlights included performing at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at Heinz Hall, numerous television shows and PBS Television Series - Lamb Chop's Play-Along, Lamb Chop on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, and several White House events for Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Bill Clinton. It was Lewis's husband Jeremy Tarcher, who gave Scott's early career a jumpstart, working on counterculture bestsellers that included consciousness-expanding works such as “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain” by Betty Edwards, “The Aquarian Conspiracy” by Marilyn Ferguson, and Flashbacks - Psychologist Timothy Leary's autobiography. Timothy Leary was the father of the psychedelic movement of the 1960 and introduced Scott to his first two psychedelic experiences while working on his autobiography. Tarcher's philosophical and psychedelic influence on Scott's life came from his involvement on the Board of Trustees at the Esalen Institute, the Northern California hub of New Age thinking about human potential, where figures like Carlos Castaneda and Rollo May were challenging conventional ideas about the workings of the mind and body.
After working for J. P. Tarcher Inc., Scott joined a small team of scientists that help Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong set up a medical research laboratory at the Veterans Affairs hospital in West L.A. that was funded by Lee Iacocca, the celebrated executive who had run both Chrysler and Ford. Now known as the wealthiest medical doctor in the world, Dr. Soon-Shiong is a South African-American pancreas transplant surgeon, billionaire businessman, bioscientist, and media proprietor. He performed the world's first successful pancreas transplant while at UCLA Medical Center, and is the inventor of the drug Abraxane, which became known for its efficacy against lung, breast, and pancreatic cancer. Soon-Shiong became a billionaire after selling two drug companies: APP Pharmaceuticals and Abraxis BioScience. He sold APP to Fresenius Medical Care for $4.6 billion in 2008, and Abraxis to Celgene for $2.8 billion in 2010. He owns the Los Angeles Times and a 4.5% stake in the Lakers professional basketball team.
While working with Soon-Shiong, Scott became a long-time friend with mentor Dr. Robert Lanza. Their lives intersected over the past 30 years while living in both Los Angeles and Boston. Lanza who is an American scientist and author whose research spans the range of natural science, from biology to theoretical physics. TIME magazine recognized him as one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World,” and Prospect magazine named him one of the Top 50 “World Thinkers.” Lanza was part of the team that cloned the world’s first human embryo, the first endangered species, and published the first-ever reports of pluripotent stem cell use in humans. Lanza's career includes working with scientific giants such as psychologist B. F. Skinner, immunologist Jonas Salk, and heart transplant pioneer Christiaan Barnard. Scott was instrumental in helping Dr Lanza publish his book One World: The Health & Survival of the Human Species in the 21st Century: Foreword by President Jimmy Carter. Includes the last works of Carl Sagan and Jonas Salk.
As a student of the program of spiritual psychotherapy called A Course in Miracles, Scott attendee hundreds of lectures in Los Angeles given by Marianne Williamson. Profoundly influenced by Williamson's interpretation of the Course, Scott was among those who first urged Marianne to write her first book and even introduced her to editor H. Stein from J.P. Tarcher, who helped her in the development of what turned into the mega best seller A Return to Love: Reflections on the Principles of "A Course in Miracles" published by Harper Collins. Williamson became an internationally acclaimed author and lecturer, former presidential candidate and spiritual thought leader. Seven of her twelve published books have been New York Times Best Sellers and four of these were #1. Williamson inspired Scott's fundamental spiritual orientation.
While receiving training in Prague, Czechoslovakia, Dr. Scott was also powerfully influenced by Stanislav Grof, a Czech psychiatrist who laid the foundation for the gold standard of psychedelic therapy. Grof is among the founding theorists of transpersonal psychology, Holotropic Breathwork™, and one of the earliest researchers of psychedelic therapy.
Today, Dr. Scott's work incorporates the use of sacred Amazonian plant medicines such as Ayahuasca, Psilocybin, San Pedro and Floripondio, (also known as Brugmansia arborea, the angel's trumpet, Wantuk or Guanto), with Transpersonal Psychology, Psychedelic Integration and Holotropic style breathwork
Ayahuasca is an entheogenic brew made by shaman out of the Ayahuasca vine and the Banisteriopsis caapi vine. The brew is used as a traditional spiritual medicine in ceremonies among the Indigenous peoples of the Amazon basin where Dr. Scott presently resides.
His support has impacted the Indigenous Kichwa tribe at the Sacha Wasi in numerous ways including major infrastructure improvement projects (clean drinking water, electrical, highspeed internet, food sustainability). In 2021, Dr. Scott founded the Sacha Wasi Tribal Learning Center, which was established to teach culturally appropriate and relevant courses, and empower students with knowledge and skills that are rooted in their native Kichwa culture.
The traditional Kichwa culture of the Sacha Wasi tribe faces extinction due to the cultural erosion that has occurred over generations. Much of this has been caused by the expansion of the petroleum industry, forces of modernization and globalization, in addition to the position of the Kichwa on the lower rungs of the socioeconomic ladder in Ecuador. The Sacha Wasi tribal elders want their people to get an education which will help them better face the great waves of change and the challenges posed by new realities.
Volunteer teachers come to the tribal learning center from the United States, France, Australia, Poland, Germany, Denmark, Spain and the UK. They are professionally trained educators who are teaching English, reading, writing, spelling, counting and speaking, geography, and computer basics. The school also has 3 native Kichwa teachers to ensure the successful ongoing transmission of ancestral knowledge and worldviews that uphold their shamanic spiritual rituals and plant medicine traditions.
Prior to moving to Ecuador, Dr. Scott was one of the three leaders in Orlando, Florida who built the word's largest Ayahuasca Church - Soul Quest Ayahuasca Church of the Mother Earth - which served plant medicine to over 20,000 individual church members over the last 5 years. At Soul Quest, Dr. Scott was the Senior Minister, Staff Psychologist, Ayahuasca Facilitator and served on the Board of Directors.
Dr. Scott was responsible for developing their medical services team which included a Medical Director (M.D.), and licensed paramedics. In addition, Dr. Scott developed all of Soul Quest's pre & post-ceremony programs that featured over 26 weekly free integration-style groups. In addition to daily post-ceremony psycho-spiritual integration groups, programs included: Zen Buddhist Meditation group (taught by a former Zen monk). Psychedelics in Recovery Group, A Course In Miracles Study Group, a Bhagavad Gita Integration Group, Jungian Insights Integration Group, Shadow Integration Group, a Transformational Breathwork Group, a Creative Writing Circle, Buddhist Spiritual Studies group, Help for Helpers (front line responders support group), Mother's Support group, Women's Only Group, and a weekly online Church service that received 1500 to 2000 weekly views.
Before joining the modern psychedelic renaissance movement professionally, Dr. Scott developed acclaimed tobacco cessation programs for the School of Medicine at the University of Miami and Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Florida Department of Health / Tobacco Free Florida - in world-renown hospitals, federal community health centers, state correctional institutions, homeless shelters, substance abuse treatment centers, mental health facilities, local churches, community centers and corporate work-sites throughout Southern Florida.
He received his education in the treatment of tobacco use and addiction from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School - now Rutgers and Florida State University College of Medicine.
Dr. Scott is the former Program Director for the UM/Keys AHEC Tobacco Cessation Program in Key West, Florida and the National Award winning BeSmokeFree Program in Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Services/ Division of Family Medicine at the University of Miami Leonard Miller School of Medicine.
Dr. Scott was a maverick in the field of Treatment for Tobacco Use and Dependence. Professional Data Analysis, a national leader in the independent third-party evaluation of tobacco control programs, conducted two independent studies that indicated that Dr. Scott's tobacco cessation program's (UM-Keys AHEC) quit rates were among the highest smoking cessation quit rates ever seen in the nation with a quit rate of 56.3% (average quit rate was approx. 35%).
Dr. Scott's work has helped thousands of smokers over the years, learn incredibly effective, proven strategies to quit using evidence-based, FDA-approved treatments combined with integrative medical principles.
In addition to being an educator, seminar leader, and guest speaker in the field of Tobacco Addiction and Treatment, Dr. Scott also provided health care professionals CE/CME training programs on best evidence-based practices - such as what combinations of counseling and medications are most effective - culled from the U.S. Public Health Service Clinical Practice Guideline: Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence (2008).
Dr. Scott worked as a Functional Medicine Practitioner at the Medical Wellness Center in the Division of Complementary & Integrative Medicine at Miller School of Medicine University of Miami - focusing on Complementary and Integrative Medical Treatments.
From 2007 to 2022 Dr. Scott served as National Chairman of the Membership Committee and served on the Board of Directors for the Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence (ATTUD), an international organization that establishes standards for core competencies, training, and credentialing of tobacco treatment providers throughout the world. Dr. Scott is also a member of NAADAC, the Association for Addiction Professionals.
Original Research - Publications:
Journal of the American Nutraceutical Association
(JANA Vol.13, No.1, 2010) -The Effect of a Plant-Based Supplement on Hypertension and Other Indicators of Cardiovascular Disease
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Department of Medicine, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL
Doctor of Science Ph.D – Transpersonal Psychology & Complementary and Alternative Medical Therapies
Doctorate Degree – RoHun™ Psychotherapy
Master of Science M.S. in Psychology
Bachelor of Science B.S. in Psychology