Catrin Pittack

Catrin Pittack, PhD

Catrin Pittack
School of Natural Health Arts & Sciences
Department of Basic Sciences

Current roles

Dr. Pittack is a faculty member in Department of Basic Sciences. She teaches anatomy and embryology.


  • BS in biochemistry from University of Massachusetts in 1987
  • PhD in developmental neurobiology from the University of Washington in 1995
  • LMP from Cortiva Massage Therapy School in Seattle (formerly Brian Utting School of Massage) in 1997


Dr. Pittack's teaching career began with teaching massage theory and practice at Brian Utting School of Massage for two years and then transitioned to the University of Washington School of Medicine, where she taught anatomy, embryology, neuroanatomy, histology and living anatomy to undergraduates, bachelor of nursing students and first-year medical and dental students.

Classes Taught

Anatomy and Embryology


Dr. Pittack enjoys sharing her excitement for anatomy and embryology with students so they can understand how the human body developed and how it functions. Her personal interests include running, swimming, biking, hiking and spending time with her family and two dogs.


Dr. Pittack believes anatomy is not an overwhelming subject for which students must spend hours tediously memorizing body parts. Rather, it is a science of how our amazing bodies are put together and work, hour after hour, day after day, year after year. She believes that if students understand the basics of our body plan, they don’t have to memorize all the details but can instead apply their basic knowledge to extrapolate the details. She also believes that having a basic understanding of how the human body develops is essential to learning anatomy and pathology.

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Catrin Pittack, PhD