Dr. Pettle has been recognized as a pioneer Canadian gynecologist who practices integrative medicine. He graduated from the University of Toronto medical school in 1969 and received his fellowship on obstetrics and gynecology in 1974.
He practiced obstetrics and gynecology for twenty-five years at The Etobicoke General Hospital in Toronto, where from 1990 to 1994, he was the Chief of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
During his active years in obstetrics, he was the Canadian pioneer in the Leboyer Gentle Birth Technique, which incorporates a soothing and joyous atmosphere, using dim lights and warm baths, for a gentle birthing process.
Over the last eight years he has opened two wellness centers in Toronto. The Ruth Pettle Wellness center is named in memory of his mother. He is joined in his work by his wife, Carol, a registered nurse and formally Head Nurse of the Labor and Delivery Department at The Etobicoke General Hospital.
His medical and community affiliations include the American College of Infertility, Canadian Medical Association, Physicians for Peace., Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Canada), Ontario Medical Association, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Canada).
Dr. Pettle has published numerous articles on natural hormones and his adaptations to the birth process. They include: Gentle Birthing, a feature article in the Canadian Family Physician Journal, November 1978; Gentle Questions of Birth, in Issues of Health, Macleans Magazine, April 1982; Endometriosis: Doctor Travels 4000 Miles for Patients Surgery, a feature article in the Medical Post. He is also a contributor to the Women's Wellness Network, www.wwn.on.ca on the internet.
His television presentations include the nationally syndicated morning show, Canada AM, a TV show segment Dr. Alvin Pettle on Gentle Birth, as well as The Women's Network's Body, Mind and Soul in 1998 and Beyond Medicine in 1999. Dr. Pettle is in demand for radio, TV and print media interviews as an authority on natural hormone and integrative medical therapies for women. He lectures to doctors, nurses, and the public on The Integrative Management of Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS) and Menopause. He is the preeminent specialist in natural hormone replacement therapy for women.
Dr. Pettle is a father of five children and grandfather to Jory, Mathew, Andrew, Meagan, Rachel and Mitchell. 'All that I have or need in this world is within their eyes."