Al has a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from the University of Alaska Anchorage and a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from The Evergreen State College in Olympia Washington. He has been practicing as a therapist in Anchorage since 2001. In 2005 he opened his independent practice as Generations a Family Place. He has taught at UAA as an adjunct professor in the psychology department. Al has served on Alaska's Psychologist and Psychological Associates Licensing Board since 2012. He was named Board Chair in 2015.
Al just published his first book: Blue Water Bluegrass: The Ferryboat Musicians.
Al is known for his musical abilities. He plays banjo, guitar and fiddle. He plays “music for young people of all ages.” He has a unique show in which he encourages and invites children from the audience to join him on stage. They help him with his show by playing rhythm instruments or the wash-tub bass.
Al also performs with his son, Adam as “The New Ferryboat Musicians.”
He speaks Russian and Hebrew and enjoys travel. Because of his language abilities and travel experiences he enjoys working with people from a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds.