Dr. Hal M. Switkay earned his B.A. and M.A. in mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania, including a minor in philosophy. He earned a Ph.D. in mathematics at Lehigh University, and later a M.S. in applied statistics at West Chester University. He is a certified facilitator of Tai Chi Easy™, and certified in Thai massage and reiki. He considers himself a syncretic panendeist.