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IPI Integrative Psychiatry Certificate Program

Specifically designed for Psychiatrists, other Physicians, NP’s, PA’s, and Naturopaths.

Earn up to 50.5 hours of CME!

Welcome to the world’s most comprehensive integrative psychiatry certificate program where you’ll learn an entirely different framework for treating your patients and helping them achieve the highest standard of living. The program was designed as a self-study program for busy practitioners.

  • 125 hours of learning
  • 100% self-paced, asynchronous learning
  • Research-backed lectures and materials
  • 30+ faculty members comprised of world-renowned leaders & top-tier experts

“It gives a really holistic view of all the different modalities I can use to get my patients better.”

Rozina Lakhani, MD – IPI Fellowship Alumni
Seattle, WA

There has to be a better way.

A way to help your patients overcome their mental illness for good.
A way to help your patients achieve a meaningful and fulfilling life.
A way to help your patients break through treatment-resistance.

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Program Overview

Instead of tackling symptoms alone, an integrative psychiatric practitioner makes a proactive leap towards holistic patient care. There are three core areas to guide a patient from illness into a genuine state of wellness…


Resolve the complex web of underlying physical causes with functional medicine techniques


Connect psychiatric symptoms with your patient’s belief systems and trauma history


Improve outcomes by addressing relationships, food choices, and other ecological factors

“I would say do it, without hesitation.”

Patrick Ellis, DO – IPI Fellowship Alumni
Norman, OK

If you’re sick of…

Piecing together disjointed topics from conferences spanning several years

Investing a lot of money on continuing education, only to get tidbits of information

Not knowing how to actually implement the learnings from a briefly mentioned idea

Trying to identify the bias behind a particular trainer or speaker’s recommendations

Spending time in functional medicine programs that barely touch on mental health

…this program is for you.

Curriculum Details & Benefits

In order to make a proactive leap towards integrative patient care, the IPI Certificate Program revolves around core competency in the three fundamental areas for attaining wellness.


Module 1: Symptom Management

Anxiety / Depression / Bipolar / ADHD / OCD / Addiction / Psychosis

The program begins with a comprehensive review of natural and alternative treatments for mental health presentations. Learn from lectures as well as  written  materials, covering the evidence base for natural and alternative treatments. You’ll learn how to apply integrative methods to address diverse mental health conditions and enhance patient care.

Module 2: Gut-Brain Connection

Dysbiosis / Infections / Microbiome / Leaky Gut / Malabsorption

Discover tools for assessment and optimization of the Gut-Brain Axis in this module, featuring a range of topics, including gut physiology, assessment tools, and the treatment of root causes in mental health. You’ll learn how to evaluate and address gut-related issues and their impact on mental well-being, including gluten-related diseases, food allergies, and the use of prebiotics and probiotics.

Module 3: Metabolic Regulation

Thyroid / Adrenal / Progesterone / Estrogens / Testosterone / Metabolic Syndrome

Discover how Cellular Metabolics can contribute to psychiatric symptoms, delving into topics like integrating genetics data into psychiatric treatment planning, addressing hormonal issues, and exploring neurological impacts. You’ll learn how to assess and treat metabolic factors relevant to mental health.

Module 4: Immune Modulation

Infections / Autoimmune Disorders / Inflammation / Allergies

Discover the latest updates on the role of inflammation in mental illness including internal signaling and environmental factors like post-acute COVID-19 sequelae. You’ll learn how to evaluate and manage inflammation in the context of mental health, along with insights into anti-inflammatory treatments and their potential benefits.


Module 5: Advanced Trauma Tools

Emotional Dysregulation / Somatic Therapies / Posttraumatic Stress Disorder / Virtual Reality Therapy

Discover integrative approaches to trauma, covering topics like emotional regulation techniques, somatic therapies, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder treatment, including the innovative use of virtual reality exposure therapy. You’ll learn how to address trauma from both a mind-body and clinical perspective, offering valuable insights and tools for therapeutic intervention.

Module 6: Psychotherapy Interventions

Behavior Transformation / Psychotherapeutic Approaches / Gratitude

Learn about innovative behavior transformation techniques, values-based interventions, and various other psychotherapeutic approaches, including humor and gratitude practices, and an introduction to Internal Family Systems. You’ll learn how to apply these techniques and concepts for lifestyle coaching.

Module 7: Spirituality

Disconnection / Existential Despair / Mindfulness Practices

Discover a rich array of subjects spanning Mind-Body Medicine, yoga, and the practical integration of spirituality in psychotherapy. You’ll learn how to help patients foster creativity, explore the interplay of neuroscience and spirituality, and address existential anxiety and perspectives on death and dying.

Module 8: Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy

Research / KAP / MDMA / Psilocybin

Get up-to-date with the wave of research underway applying compounds like Ketamine, Psilocybin, MDMA, and CBD toward mental health conditions. You’ll learn the risks and potential benefits, and how these therapies are integrated into treatment plans.


Module 9: Relationships

Miscommunication / Isolation / Attachment Patterns / Communication Skills

Discover ways to leverage attachment theory and interpersonal neurobiology for therapeutic interventions. You’ll learn how to help patients develop secure relationships, recognize their own attachment patterns, and hone in on advanced communication skills.

Module 10: Sleep, Exercise, Technology 

Sleep Deprivation / Fitness/ Technology Addictions

Discover how to improve sleep quality through integrative medicine, make targeted exercise recommendations for mental health, and addictive behaviors. You’ll learn how to address these critical aspects of mental health and well-being through a variety of evidence-based approaches and techniques.

Module 11: Nutritional Psychiatry

Food Labels / Sweeteners / Dietary Interventions

Unpack the connection between mood and food, covering a wide range of clinically relevant topics.  Empower your patients with evidence-based education on food labels, sweeteners, dietary interventions, and how to shop. You’ll learn how to employ different food plans based on their symptoms.

Module 12: Practice Development

Networking / Advertising / Online Marketing / Logistics

Discover ways to navigate the challenges of optimizing your private practice with various aspects such as attracting patients, networking, advertising, online marketing, logistics, and even wealth planning. You’ll learn how to optimize your practice through tested marketing and operations techniques.

Featured Faculty

Meet some of our faculty of the Integrative Psychiatry Institute

Throughout all of your studies you will be supported by a faculty of world-renowned leaders in integrative psychiatry. Discover the authorities you will be learning from.

Joan Borysenko, PhD

Topics: Spirituality, Neuroscience
Speaker | Author | Professor

Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., is a distinguished pioneer in integrative medicine and is a world-renowned expert in the mind/body connection. Her work has been foundational in an international healthcare revolution that recognizes the role of meaning and spirituality in health and healing…
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Keith Kurlander MA, LPC

Topics: Wealth Planning, Networking, Local Advertising, Online Marketing, Communication and Logistics 

Keith Kurlander, MA, LPC is the Co-founder of the Integrative Psychiatry Institute and the Integrative Psychiatry Centers. He has practiced integrative psychotherapy for over a decade…
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Marvin Singh, MD

Topics: Gut-Brain, Nutrition
Speaker | Author | Clinician

Dr. Marvin Singh practices as an integrative gastroenterologist in San Diego, California, is a diplomate of the American board of integrative medicine, board certified internist and gastroenterologist. Dr. Singh was trained by Dr. Andrew Weil, a pioneer in the field of integrative medicine…
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Charles Raison, MD

Topics: Inflammation, Depression, Psychedelics
Speaker | Author | Professor

Charles Raison, MD, is the Mary Sue and Mike Shannon Chair for Healthy Minds, Department of Psychiatry, University of Madison, WI. He is the co-author of “The New Mind-Body Science of Depression” published by W.W. Norton in 2017…
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Noshene Ranjbar, MD

Topics: Child and Adolescent Nutraceuticals
Speaker | Clinician

Noshene Ranjbar MD is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson, where she serves as Director for the Integrative Psychiatry Program with branches at a growing number of psychiatry residency programs nationally. Dr. Ranjbar serves as Fellowship Faculty with the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine…
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Will Van Derveer, MD

Topics: Psychedelics, Integrative Assessment
IPI Co-Founder

Will Van Derveer, MD, Co-Founder of the Integrative Psychiatry Institute, spent the last 20 years innovating and testing a comprehensive approach to addressing psychiatric challenges which transcends the conventional model he learned in medical school at Vanderbilt University and residency at University of Colorado….
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Scott Shannon, MD

Topics: Emerging Technology, Children
Clinician | Researcher | Author

Scott Shannon, MD, ABIHM, has been involved in holistic medicine for three decades. He is the past president of the American Holistic Medical Association and the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine…
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Core Faculty

 The faculty at the Integrative Psychiatry Institute is composed of the top-tier experts in their respective fields, teaching you the latest breakthroughs in psychiatric care.

Arielle Schwartz, PhD

Topics: Trauma, EMDR, Polyvagal Theory
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Chris Lowry, PhD

Topics: Gut-Brain Connection
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Mary Rondeau, ND

Topics: Specialty Lab Testing
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Larry Cormier, MD

Topics: Nutraceuticals, Complex Medication Tapers
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Pierre Brunschwig, MD

Topics: Gut-Brain Connection
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Saundra Jain, MA, PsyD, LPC

Topics: Clinical Applications of Humor
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Amelia Villagomez, MD

Topics: Child and Adolescent Nutraceuticals
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James M. Greenblatt, MD

Topic: Integrative Approach to Eating Disorders
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Daniel Emina, MD

Topics: SPECT, Suicide Prevention, Genetics
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Dr. Rohini Kanniganti

Rohini Kanniganti, MD

Topics: Integrative Care for Death and Dying
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Arwen Podesta, MD

Topic: Addiction
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Matt Erb, PT

Topic: Mind-Body Medicine
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Frederick Barrett, PhD

Topic: Psychedelic Research
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Kekuni Minton, PhD

Topic: Somatic Therapy
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Nishi Bhopal, MD

Topic: Sleep
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Ashwin Mehta

Topic: Functional Medicine
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Carmen Burke

Holistic Dentistry
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Chris Palmer

Topic: Sleep
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Christina Bethell, PhD, MBA, MPH

Topic: Adverse Childhood Experiences
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Richard Schwartz

Topic: Internal Family Systems
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Daniel Siegel, MD

Topic: Consciousness
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Ellen Boeder, MA, LPC

Topic: Mental Health, Relationships & Attachment
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Jayson Gaddis, MA

Topic: Mental Health, Relationships & Attachment
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Jenn Pilotti, MA

Topic: Lifestyle Medicine, Exercise
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John Ratey

Topic: ADHD Alternative Treatments
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Kamini Desai, PhD

Topic: Yoga and Mental Health
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Erin Amato, MD

Topic: TMS, Community Outreach, Media
Private Practice
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William Richards, PhD

William Richards, PhD

Topic: Psilocybin-Assisted Therapy
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Megan Oxley, MD

Topic: Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy & Ketamine
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Michelle Flowers, MD

Topic: Gratitude Interventions, Integrative Psychiatry
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Mary Shackelton, ND

Topic: Organic Pollutants, Heavy Metals, and Neurologic Impacts
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“[The program offers] a lot of resources that are beyond medication and once you apply it to your practice I feel like you will see phenomenal patient results.”

Dipali Desai, MD – IPI Fellowship Participant

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CME Information

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by CME Outfitters, LLC and Integrative Psychiatry Institute, LLC. CME Outfitters, LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

CME Outfitters, LLC, designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 50.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

“What I loved about the training is that it truly puts mind, body, and spirit together. I would recommend this training to psychiatrists, but also to anybody in primary care…”

Rohini Kanniganti, MD IPI Program Participant

Our Guarantee

Our commitment to furthering your education

The knowledge, experience and confidence you will gain from attending the IPI Program is unparalleled.

No other program provides a learning experience like this, that will not only help you to reduce patient reliance on medication, but you’ll also learn how to make real breakthroughs in treatment-resistance.

Make an investment in your education. Take your practice to a new level of patient care. Become one of the few providers who can offer patients the opportunity for true wellness.

And if you’re not happy with the program, you can get a full refund within the first 14 days after the date that you pay and register. In other words, try the program out and see what you think. If you don’t love it, which we believe you will, simply reach out to our team, let us know what we could have done better, and your refund will be on its way. 

“The faculty has gone above & beyond.”

Katie Kern, ARNP, PMHNP – IPI Fellowship Participant

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Sara Reed, MS, LMFT

Sara Reed is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and CEO of Mind’s iHealth Solutions, a digital health company that provides evidence based and culturally responsible mental health services for underserved groups. As a mental health futurist and clinical researcher, Sara examines the ways culture informs the way we diagnose and treat mental illness. Sara’s prior research work includes participation as a study therapist in psychedelic therapy research at Yale University and the University of Connecticut’s Health Center. Sara was the first Black therapist to provide MDMA-assisted psychotherapy in a clinical trial and continues to engage in ongoing advocacy work around health equity in psychedelic medicine.

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Nicole Lewis, ND

Dr. Nicole Lewis is a licensed and registered naturopathic doctor dedicated to the pursuit of natural solutions aimed at treating the underlying causes of disease. She helps patients achieve a healthy mind and body by supporting natural healing systems. Using tools from both alternative and conventional medicine, she works with each patient to develop individualized care. She specializes in both women's medicine and mental health.

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Blakely Saucier

Blakely Saucier received her BFA in Theatre Design and Technical Production from the University of Memphis, and spent the first ten years of her career working as a Stage Manager, Lighting Designer, Program Manager, and Artistic Director for both professional and youth theatre companies. Equipped with a passion for plant medicine, community engagement, and creative collaboration, she is excited to redefine her focus toward supporting global holistic wellness.

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Annelie Smith, RD (SA)

Obtained BSc Dietetics in 1990 and. BSc Med Hons Clin (UCT) in 1992. Annelie has been in Private practice as a dietician since 1994. She has worked in many different areas including Nutrition for Intensive Care Units, Endocrinology, Oncology and Renal care. She has spent many hours working with athletes, in addiction treatment units and as a consultant in Corporate health. She is currently completing her training with the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy (IFNA) (USA) and is incorporating this type of treatment in conjunction with Nutrigenomics which she has used as a tool in Clinical Practice for many years. Having completed the Manuka Training course in Translational Genomics and interpreting hundreds of nutrigenomic reports she is now head of Clinical Nutrition and Mentorship in Nutrigenomics at 3X4 Genetics.

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Barbara Olasov Rothbaum, PhD

Barbara Olasov Rothbaum, PhD, is a Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Vice Chair of Clinical Research at the Emory University School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. She is the Executive Director of the Emory Healthcare Veterans Program and Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program. She holds the Paul A. Janssen Chair in Neuropsychopharmacology.

Dr. Rothbaum specializes in research on the treatment of individuals with anxiety disorders, particularly focusing on Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as well as pioneering the application of virtual reality to the treatment of psychological disorders. She has authored over 300 scientific papers and chapters, including five published books on the treatment of PTSD. She has edited three other books on anxiety.

Dr. Rothbaum received the Diplomate in Behavioral Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology. She is a former President of the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS), and received the Robert S. Laufer Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement from ISTSS. Currently, Dr. Rothbaum is on the Scientific Advisory Boards for the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA), the National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD), and McLean Hospital, as well as serving on the Executive Committee of the Warrior Care Network. She is a fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP), the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), and American Psychological Association’s Division 56 (Division of Trauma Psychology). In 2010, Dr. Rothbaum, along with her collaborating team, was honored by Division 56 with the “Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Practice of Trauma Psychology.” She served as a member of the Institute of Medicine’s Study on Assessment of Ongoing Efforts in the Treatment of PTSD.

Dr. Rothbaum’s outreach efforts include training community clinicians in evidence-based treatment for PTSD. The Emory Healthcare Veterans Program is a member of the Warrior Care Network, funded by the Wounded Warrior Project, and is able to provide world class treatment to post 9/11 Veterans from around the country at no cost to the Veteran.

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Kamini Desai PhD

Kamini Desai PhD is the Director of I AM Education, former Director of the Amrit Yoga Institute, author and curriculum developer of the I AM Yoga 200hr, 300hr, 500hr teacher certification programs as well as 800hr Yoga Therapy certification. For the last 30 years Kamini has taught worldwide and is known for her unique contribution combining eastern wisdom with western science. She is the daughter of one of the first yoga masters to pioneer the physical practice of yoga in the west. Kamini’s corporate clients have included Bahamas Princess Resorts, Kellogg’s, KEDS, Sony, Mars Confectionary and more.

Nicholas Spiers

Nicholas Spiers is an anthropologist and documentary filmmaker. He co-founded Agua de Rayo, a non-profit civil organization based in Mexico’s Sierra Mazateca, which is invested in visual ethnography and community projects and which also has an interest in Mazatec psychoactive plant use. He has a Master’s degree in visual anthropology from the University of Barcelona and is interested in the sensory experience of audiovisual mediums. He has recently created an award-winning series about the psychoactive plant Salvia divinorum. He is Chacruna’s web video producer, whereby he creates content collating different perspectives and discussions from Chacruna conferences through compact and compelling video formats. He is also co-director with Bia Labate of the documentary web series The Peyote Files.

Kylea Taylor, M.S., LMFT

Kylea Taylor, M.S., LMFT is a licensed psychotherapist (CA MFC #34901) who has been thinking, writing, and teaching about ethics for almost three decades. She developed InnerEthics®, a self-reflective, selfcompassionate, approach to relational ethics which she is now teaching in psychedelic psychotherapy trainings. Kylea started studying with Stanislav Grof, M.D. and Christina Grof in 1984 and was certified by them as a Holotropic Breathwork® practitioner in 1990. She worked with Stanislav Grof as a Senior Trainer in the Grof Transpersonal Training throughout the 1990s and worked for nine years in a residential substance abuse recovery program where she managed a women’s program and facilitated Holotropic Breathwork®. She is the author of The Ethics of Caring: Finding Right Relationship with Clients, The Breathwork Experience, Considering Holotropic Breathwork®, and is the editor of Exploring Holotropic Breathwork®.

Selene Kumin Vega, PhD

Selene Kumin Vega, PhD is a licensed psychotherapist (CA MFC #32604), workshop leader, and dancer as well as core faculty in Saybrook University‘s College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences. Selene’s work with movement and other experiential modalities has evolved over many years of teaching and developing approaches to facilitating self-exploration, connection, and transformation in workshops and courses. At Saybrook University, Selene teaches courses, mentors students, and works with dissertation students in the Mind-Body Medicine graduate program. She has been working for over 20 years with Stephen Gilligan, Ph.D., assisting him in teaching Creative Mind Coaching. With Anodea Judith, she cowrote The Sevenfold Journey: Reclaiming Mind, Body and Spirit Through the Chakras. Selene has completed the MAPS MDMA-Assisted Therapy Training.

Jaime Dias Delgado, LCSW

Jaime Dias Delgado, LCSW (he, they) is a Culture & Identity consultant and trauma therapist with a practice rooted in liberation psychology. Jaime received an MSW from Fordham University and subsequently worked in professional-level foster care, intimate partner violence, youth gender and sexuality education, elementary education curriculum development and student accessibility initiatives. Jaime is a trained MDMA-assisted therapist, National SEED (Seeking Educational Equity & Diversity) facilitator, and certified Waldorf educator. Their private practice, Sodade Revival, is based in Chicago, IL.

Shelby Shaw

Shelby has worked as a researcher, educator, and leader in the fields of higher education, community education, and K-12 education for the past fifteen years. Shelby has a diverse background in the field of education: specializing in transformative pedagogy with underserved populations and having taught in a variety of arenas, including public schools, community organizations, community colleges, universities, and prisons.

Shelby has earned a PhD in Education from University of Rhode Island, MBA from University of Massachusetts, and BA from Providence College. Shelby recently made a career change and earned an RN. She is currently completing a Nurse Practitioner credential from the UMass Medical School as well.

Shelby lives outside Boston with her husband, Wega; four-year-old daughter, Stevie; new baby on the way; two rescue pups; cat; and a flock of chickens and waterfowl. When she’s not working, Shelby enjoys gardening, traveling, and spending time with her family.

Wilhelmina De Castro, LCSW

Wilhelmina De Castro, LCSW (She/They) is trained in KAP through PRATI (Psychedelic Research and Training Institute) and MDMA Assisted Psychotherapy through MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association of Psychedelic Studies. In addition to supporting IPI with building DEI initiatives, Wilhelmina works as PRATI's KAP Training Scholarship Program Coordinator and Co-Faculty for the KAP Training program.

She is deeply committed to diversifying the psychedelic space and uplifting the voices, talents and work of the BIPOC community. Wilhelmina has conducted research and published in the areas of global human trafficking and trauma informed case management and teaches Masters level courses in Psychology, Human Behavior and Social Innovation. Wilhelmina provides a safe space for people to explore the root of their pain, the situations that perpetuate their challenges and solutions that will help them achieve their ultimate goals. 

Wilhelmina is currently practicing KAP with individuals and groups and offering low-cost/ donation based KAP for historically marginalized peoples. She specializes in the areas of anxiety, depression, trauma and life transitions. She has significant experience in working with womxn, the LGBTQI+  community and poly/non-monogamous people.

Kelly Thooft

Kelly Thooft serves as the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer for the Integrative Psychiatry Institute (IPI) and the Integrative Psychiatry Centers (IPC). She brings a broad expertise in supporting businesses from startups to large global enterprises undergoing accelerated growth, transformation, and change. Prior to joining IPI and IPC, Kelly partnered with business leaders across industries, empowering teams to streamline operations, optimize financials, and ultimately position companies for sustainable scaling.

Kelly holds a Masters of Business Administration from University of Maryland, College Park, and a Bachelors of Science in Economics from George Mason University. She also completed the Venture Capital Executive Education Program at University of California, Berkeley.

Through her own personal journey, Kelly has experienced first hand the power of integrative approaches to medicine, mental health, and overall wellness. She is also passionate about leadership- she believes where you work can provide a transformational container for personal growth, purpose and meaning. She is a strong advocate for remote first culture, and changing the “norms” of the business world to allow employees to love their job and love their life. When she is not working, she enjoys teaching Pilates classes, and hiking with her two Bernese Mountain Dogs and her husband.

Tonya Dove

Tonya brings 20 years of experience in human resources, talent acquisition, social services, marketing, and community development. She specializes in building teams and processes for start-ups and companies in hyper-growth around the country. She leads through her passion for technology, employee experience, and mental health.

Mackenzie Ray

Mackenzie Ray is the Operations Manager for Integrative Psychiatry Institute. She is driven by her passion for people, community and team. With over fifteen years' experience in operations, people and talent, she’s dedicated to being a vital part of growing a company from the start to large scale productions. She is most comfortable wearing many hats and dedicated to finding innovative solutions. Mackenzie was first drawn to IPI by their commitment to revolutionizing mental healthcare.

Denise Rivers-Nickelberry

Denise Rivers-Nickelberry serves as the Director of Marketing for IPI. She holds a Bachelor's degree in journalism and is currently finishing up her Master's in Management & Leadership. As both a creative and analytical thinker, she enjoys creating and implementing marketing strategies that build brand awareness. She has a true passion for the work that she does in marketing and an even bigger passion for helping to revolutionize mental health care. When she's not working, Denise enjoys vlogging, traveling and spending time with her husband and daughters.

Jay Thooft

Jay serves at the Director of Admissions with IPI overseeing the enrollment for the Psychedelic Assisted Therapy Training Program. Jay works with individual students as well as large group practices, hospital systems, and behavioral health clinics to get their clinicians up to speed on Psychedelic Assisted Therapy.

Jay holds a Masters of Arts degree in Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of Denver. He was in practice for 7 years working with athletes from the Olympic level to Youth Sport fostering mental health in the stressful and dynamic environments that sport creates.

Jay is excited about the promise of psychedelics in mental health and enjoys learning about each and every student to make sure that our program will help them accomplish their goals.

Jay resides in Huntsville, AL with his wife and two Bernese Mountain Dogs.

Jordan Dobrowski, LCSW

Jordan Dobrowski is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Provider with experience providing psychotherapy to youth and adults in both English and Spanish. She received her Master’s in Social Work with certificates in Trauma-Informed Care and Culturally Responsive Mental Healthcare for Immigrant Families from the University of Chicago in 2018. She currently teaches with Naropa University and the Integrative Psychiatry Institute in their psychedelic clinical training programs. She is the founder of Willow & Leaf Counseling, and the executive director for Kaleidoscope Psychedelics — an organization working to improve psychedelic therapy access for BIPOC, queer, and neurodivergent folks in land of the Peoria, Potawatomi, Myaamia, Kaskaskia, and Kickapoo -- known commonly today as Chicago, IL.

Anya Ravitz, LCPC, NCC

Anya (she/they/he) is a queer therapist living in Chicago. She has been providing ketamine-assisted therapy as lead therapist at Field Trip Health’s Chicago clinic since February, 2021. Anya has worked with IPI since July, 2021, helping to support students as they learn about psychedelic assisted therapy. He believes clients hold wisdom about their own experiences, which drives their current needs and goals. As a therapist, Anya acts as a facilitator to help clients uncover and enhance their existing strengths. His clinical interests are in psychedelics, trauma, neurodivergence, and queer issues. In their non-work life, they are a long-distance runner (marathons and above) and enjoy spending down-time with their cats Tabitha and Bob.

Susan Frederick, MD

Susan is Board Certified in both Adult Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is also a certified Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychoanalyst. She works with individuals, families and couples. She also works with a wide range of mental health concerns including depression, bipolar mood disorder, anxiety, life transition issues, divorce, grief, ADD/ADHD, and behavior issues.

Zane Guilfoyle, LPC, LAC, ACS, MAC

Raised in the Colorado mountains, Zane wears shorts and Chacos even in the midst of the winter. He enjoys skiing powder, “wander” hiking, “creative” camping and is always up for an adventure. With a master’s in counseling from Naropa University, Zane has a passion for LGBTQ communities and sexual health. He believes that psychedelic assisted therapy is a perfect avenue to help create change in the world.

Katie Markley, MA, LPC, LAC

Katie Markley is a transpersonal therapist with over 11 years of experience working with adults in private practice. She is trained in somatic trauma work as well as art therapy from Naropa University. Passionate about altered states medicine work, Katie has witnessed their capacity to facilitate deep healing. She draws experience from her work as a Ketamine Assisted Therapist and member of the Native American Church. She is trained by MAPS in the MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder. In addition, she has worked with Medicinal Mindfulness as both a participant and assistant in their Psychedelic Sitters School, giving her much practice blending psychotherapy with altered states.

As a trauma specialist Katie utilizes tools like EMDR, neuroscience and somatic psychotherapy as practical techniques for supporting wholeness in others through nervous system integration and trauma healing.

Naropa University, Transpersonal Psychology
Certified in MAPS MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy
Psychedelic Sitters School, Medicinal Mindfulness
EMDR Trained

Shannon Korn

Shannon brings a wealth of experience to her role as Office Manager at IPC. With almost twenty years of experience in personal development, social work, youth care, foster care, healing arts, and office administration, she is passionate about quality mental health services and the journey toward wellness. As a previously-licensed massage therapist and massage school instructor, Shannon deeply understands the need for trauma-informed care. Shannon holds each person’s story with profound empathy and personally understands the diverse needs of someone on a healing path.

Drew Puxty

Drew is a licensed Psychologist who has experience working with individuals from the international community for a wide range of clinical disorders (e.g., depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction). In addition, his passion for the use of psychedelics for personal growth and transformation have led to contributions within the field of psychedelic research, as well being a graduate ‘psychedelic-assisted therapy provider ’(Integrative Psychiatry Institute). Drew stays disciplined through the practice of boxing, which has taught him a great deal on cultivating his connection with mind and body.

Kosu Boudreau

Kosu Boudreau is a graduate from IPI’s Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Cohort #1 and currently works as a ketamine assisted therapist in Toronto, Canada. She also completed the MAPS MDMA therapy training.

Kosu worked in healthcare as a psycho-spiritual therapist and clinical educator for over 15 years before entering private practice. She integrates somatic, experiential, psychodynamic and parts work in her therapy style. Her down-to-earth approach is engaging, authentic and trauma-informed.

A self-professed learning nerd, Kosu is currently studying somatic attachment therapy and psychedelic somatic integration.

Amy Margulies, MS, LPC

Amy is an IPI Certified Psychedelic Assisted Provider, engaged in research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison as a psychedelic assisted therapist. She has recently retired from her career as a mental health counselor, specializing in substance use concerns. Prior to becoming a therapist, Amy was a Chinese language teacher (briefly) in college and high school. She loves to travel, camp, listen to music, hang out with friends and family and explore realms of consciousness.

Mona Irrmischer

Mona Irrmischer is a Neuropsychologist and received a PhD researching the effects of meditation on the brain at the Vrije University of Amsterdam. She is an integrative body-oriented therapist, psychedelic assisted therapist, breathwork and mindfulness trainer.

Emily Hackenburg

Emily Hackenburg graduated from the College of New Rochelle in 2006 as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Her personal experiences with the healing potential of psychedelics have been transformational in her own life and has inspired her to pursue a path into psychedelic medicine. She's a graduate of the Certificate of Psychedelic Assisted Therapies and Research at CIIS. In 2021, she completed the Ketamine Medical Provider Training with The Integrative Psychiatry Institute.
Emily is passionate about the power of group work and is committed to creating models of care that increase access, equity, inclusion and cultivate community and connection. She is currently the lead medical provider at Field Trip Health & Wellness, utilizing Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy within a trauma-informed, psychedelic model.

Carsten Fisher

Carsten Fisher is a behavioral psychologist by training, experienced in working with populations diagnosed with an array of mental health challenges, and is a passionate harm reductionist and educator. Carsten has been a student of psychedelic-assisted healing modalities and integration practices, and his passion is grounded in service of Black & non-Black persons of color, and LGBTQIA+ communities - prioritizing accessibility & equity, community-centered harm reduction, and critical analyses of oppressive systemic frameworks. He aims to weave together common themes across disciplines of harm reduction, mindfulness, and applied behavioral analysis. In his personal life, Carsten likes to rock climb, play tennis, write poetry, and spend time with friends and family.

Liz Flores Farrell

Liz Flores Farrell (she/her) received her MSW from NYU Silver School of Social Work and has a private practice in NJ. She trained in Trauma Studies from the Manhattan Institute of Psychoanalysis (MIP), Heart-Centered Hypnotherapy, Somatic Experiencing, Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy with Polaris Insight, Psychedelic Therapy with CIIS Center for Psychedelic Therapy and Research program, and MDMA Therapy with MAPS. Liz has a relational and Somatic approach to trauma resolution and Psychospiritual integration. Liz is passionate about activating healing in First-Gen Latinx folks and is excited about mentoring others in Psychedelic Therapies. Liz is also a certified yoga instructor and tarot reader. Devotional and ritual practices are the heart of Liz's work.

Comer Gaither

Comer Gaither has a doctorate in clinical psychology and works with children (in a school-based setting) in the mornings and with adults in the afternoon. He is trained in Hakomi, a mindful, somatic, psychotherapy, and is a part of the Hakomi South East trading staff. He supervises clinical psychology doctoral students at the University of Virginia, supports clients receiving ketamine, and facilities psychedelic integration. His previous work in the field of literature investigated identity formation at the intersection of narrative, myth, and landscape. Comer is a graduate of IPI’s Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Program (3rd cohort).

Kris Isaacs

Kris Isaacs is a registered licensed therapist and certified addictions specialist in the state of Colorado. He received Master of Arts in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology from Naropa University in Boulder Colorado and is a graduate of IPI’s Psychedelic Assisted Therapy training, Cohort 2. Kris is in private practice with a focus on supporting his clients in addressing anxiety, depression, life transitions, integration work and substance use/abuse/addiction. He holds an emphasis on the client-therapist relationship and in one's own innate desire to heal. He utilizes modalities such as Internal Family Systems, somatic therapies and mindfulness techniques while welcoming all that arises in the therapy setting.

Kris is a spiritual seeker who thrives in the outdoors. He loves to be on trails, rivers banks with a fly rod and sleeping under the stars. He is a partner to his amazing wife and the father of two incredible humans...and a dog dad!

Jessica Cook

Jessica Cook, MA, LMFT is a passionate couples and family therapist in Denver. With over 12 years of experience, she continuously strives to support her clients in reaching their potential as they enhance their relationships and connections to the world around them.

Jessica earned her Undergraduate Degree in Psychology from the University of Colorado, Boulder and completed her Master’s in Clinical Counseling- Couples and Family Therapy, from the University of Northern Colorado. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist whose experience includes extensive work with children, individuals, and couples and families. She is a trained Gottman Level One therapist as well as an Emotionally Focused Therapist (EFT). She is also Trained in and utilizes Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) for a deeper dive into trauma and healing. She is certified in Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapy through Integrative Psychiatry Institute.

Jessica specializes in working with anxiety, depression, life stage transitions, PTSD and trauma, psychedelic integration, parenting both in intact and divorced/separated families, couples and family counseling, and working with First Responders.

Thad Frye

Thad Frye is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in Boulder, CO. He specializes in a somatic modality called Brainspotting. Thad is a certified Brainspotting Consultant who supervises therapists wanting to become certified in the modality. In his private practice he specializes in grief, sports performance and psychedelic integration. Thad is also the Director of Communications and Outreach for the non-profit organization the Rocky Mountain Brainspotting Institute. Thad recently finished his coursework with IPI to become a Certified Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Provider and is utilizing what he learned from this experience and combined it with Brainspotting to give talks on "Exploration, Intention and Integration: Psychedelics and Brainspotting."

Shosh Dresdner

Shosh Dresdner, LCSW (she/her) is a bilingual (English & Spanish) Denver based, telehealth therapist. Her practice incorporates a holistic approach hinging on modalities aimed at supporting processes of mind, body, and spirit. She is trained in EMDR, Somatic Therapies, Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapy, Past Life Regression, and places special emphasis on gut health and its implications as it pertains to overall mental health, as well as the field of psychedelics.

Sonya Som

Sonya Som, MA, LMFT, LPCC, provides psychotherapy, hypnotherapy, the therapeutic integration of psychedelics, EMDR, and Brainspotting to individuals and couples. She feels passionately about the healing effects of psychedelics and the greater collective's need for deep healing and growth.

Meghan Van Vleet, ND
Megan is a naturopathic doctor who has been practicing naturopathic medicine for over 15 years. She works with people of all ages, genders and identities. She has an open, general naturopathic practice and works with women, men and children. Dr. Van Vleet practices with an understanding that the way we live has the greatest potential to prevent disease and afford health.

She has experience treating a variety of health conditions including: anxiety, depression, digestive issues including SIBO, constipation, food sensitivities, reflux, fatigue, insomnia, post-concussive syndrome, allergies, mold toxicity, complex neurological disorders, blood sugar balances, hormonal imbalances including endometriosis, fibroids, PMS, skin conditions, autoimmune disease, women’s wellness and fertility, peri-natal and postpartum wellness. She has advanced training in mental health, cognitive decline, perinatal and postpartum anxiety and depression, as well as ADD, ADHD, spectrum disorders and children’s health.
Dr. Van Vleet received a doctorate in naturopathic medicine in 2007 from National College of Naturopathic Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She has advanced training in peri-natal mood disorders and has worked with the Postpartum Wellness Center since 2017. She has studied with the Walsh Research Institute, CCMI (Complete Concussion Management), the Medical Academy of Pediatric Special Needs, Dr. Dale Bredesen, Dr. James Greenblatt on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and is currently completing a functional psychiatry fellowship and an ADHD intensive.

David A. Ryan, LCSW

David Ryan is a Jungian-informed, integrative Gestalt therapist with nearly 20 years of experience in individual and group psychotherapy and over 30 years in the helping profession.  

He is passionate about the integration process of psychedelic assisted psychotherapy and what this medicine can do for healing individual and collective trauma with an emphasis on the potential for spiritual evolution.  David is co-founder and co-CEO of Connections First and Connections Informed Care, a psychotherapy group and training institute, respectively, in Portland, OR.  

His love for learning and teaching in dynamic settings is coupled with a mission to positively contribute to the development of healthy communities.

Amy Koehlinger, MA, PhD

Amy Koehlinger is an educator with over 25 years of experience in post-secondary and graduate settings.  She holds a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from Yale University, and an M.A. in U.S. History from the University of Oregon.  Amy researches, writes, and teaches about historical intersections of religious experience and structures of power in the United States. She became interested in the therapeutic use of psilocybin through teaching about the neurological and pharmacological elements of religion in her classes. Amy was a member of the first graduating class of trained psilocybin facilitators under Oregon Measure 109, through Inner Trek. In the 1990s, before entering academia, Amy worked in the field of HIV/AIDS and retains a commitment to compassionate and empowered approaches to end-of-life, including the therapeutic use of psilocybin as part of hospice care.

Arah Gould, MA, LPC 

Arah is a mental health therapist, with close to 20 years of experience, working with adults in private practice and drawing from mindfulness, psychodynamic, and somatic approaches. In addition to her private practice, she also has nearly a decade of experience supporting adoptive and foster parents with trauma-informed parenting strategies and resources on child development and therapeutic parenting approaches for an Oregon non-profit. Arah is a long-time student of secular Buddhism and co-teaches continuing education mindfulness and ethics courses to therapists. Arah was honored to be part of the inaugural graduating class of InnerTrek, the very first psilocybin facilitation training program in the country. She is a soon-to-be licensed psilocybin facilitator, with a passion for supporting people in doing deep healing work and recovering more joy and wonder in their lives.

Drew Snyder, MS, LPC

Drew is a professional counselor in private practice in Oregon, specializing in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. He received comprehensive training in this field through IPI in conjunction with MAPS, as well as Bodhi Academy. Drew's enthusiasm lies in exploring the efficacy of non-ordinary states of consciousness to facilitate healing from trauma, addiction, depression, and mental distress. In his private counseling practice, he draws primarily from existential meaning-centered therapy to support holistic healing, focusing especially on helping individuals from any background heal from trauma as well as anxiety and depression. Drew is also passionate about couples therapy, believing that relationship is paramount.

Drew holds a B.S. in Psychology and a Master's in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Southern Oregon University. With a background as a U.S. Army veteran, he has been recognized for his leadership and other roles during deployments in Afghanistan and Central Africa. Additionally, Drew has immersed himself in ethnic cultural documentation and preservation projects, spending several years living in southern China with his wife.

Drew currently spends much of his time with his wife and four children supporting them in their various sports and school functions, but enjoys being able to explore the beautiful Oregon wilderness with them whenever possible.

Rebecca Ahnsdotter, CSWA

Rebecca Ahnsdotter is a trauma-informed clinical social worker with a private practice in the heart of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. Rebecca specializes in anxiety, depression, addiction, trauma, and life transitions, and works primarily with women, the LGBTQI+ community, and individuals deconstructing religious trauma. She brings a compassionate, person-centered approach to her work, incorporating EMDR, IFS, ACT, and Ketamine-assisted therapy to support her clients' healing and growth. Rebecca received psychedelic-assisted therapy training through Integrative Psychiatry Institute and is one of Oregon’s first licensed psilocybin facilitators. 

Prior to working as a clinical therapist, Rebecca founded and operated Evergreen, a national non-profit organization that offers counseling to financially distressed populations. In this position, she developed counseling and educational curriculum, and trained and mentored a team of counselors who provided services to over 100,000 students in ten years. When not working with clients, Rebecca can be found exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her partner and their six children.

Molly Gage, LCSW

Molly Gage is an LCSW, specializing in hospice and palliative care.   She received PAT-C training in IPI's third cohort.   She holds an MSW from Portland State University, BA from St. John's College, Santa Fe and graduated from South Eugene High School.   She lives in rural Oregon with her family.

Noora Via LMT, CHP

Noora is a Certified Hakomi Practitioner (a mindfulness center somatic  psychotherapy) and has been a Massage Therapist for 18 years specializing in  Myofascial Release and Craniosacral Therapy. She has completed extensive  training through the Hakomi Institute, Maui School of Therapeutic Massage,  Pacific Center of Awareness and Bodywork and has studied Visionary  Craniosacral work at the Milne Institute.  

She runs a private practice in Eugene, Oregon where she offers Bodywork  and Somatic Mindfulness Sessions. She creates safe and healing spaces for  people to rest and unwind and explore their inner world. With her loving,  gentle presence and refined therapeutic technique she facilitates her clients to  listen deeply to their bodies inner wisdom, letting that be a guide to restoring  balance and healing. For the last 20 years she has been exploring different  modalities of healing and ways to support health in the whole person, body,  mind, heart and spirit. This journey has taken her all over the world learning  about different healing modalities. Plant medicines have been an integral part  of her healing path personally and has informed her work professionally.

Jessica L. Corp, LPC 

Jessica L. Corp is a relational therapist who, for the last 12 years, has been collaborating with people who experience both symptoms of mental health disorders and symptoms of drug and alcohol use disorders. 

She has provided individual and group therapy in Residential Treatment Centers and Outpatient treatment. She also works with pregnant and post-partum people who identify with either current or historic problematic substance use. 

She values freedom, kindness with a backbone, and play. Her practice is deeply rooted in harm reduction and the belief that people are the expert in their own life. She is drawn to modalities that allow people to tap into their deepest selves which is what led her to psychedelic work. She is trained in Brainspotting and EMDR and utilizes parts work and somatic strategies to assist people in finding safety in their own mind, body, and spirit. The goal being that through this connection they can utilize their wisdom and experience significant person-centered growth and change. 

Former clients have described her as direct and affirming with a wicked sense of humor. They have noted that the therapeutic work that they have done together has increased their self-awareness and self-compassion. 

She strives to be as affirming and culturally competent as she is able while also acknowledging that she is a work in progress. Because of this she invites feedback and discussion from others to help inform her practice and her own personal growth.

Josh Goldstein

Josh Goldstein is a member of the very first Oregon-licensed Psilocybin Service Facilitator graduating class ever. Growing up in Bend, Josh found a deep passion and curiosity for the natural world. With dreams of being a brain surgeon one day, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Oregon. Fresh out of undergrad, Josh soon discovered his passion for teaching young people about the natural world and earned his Master’s in Teaching. After 15 years of teaching in middle and high schools, he was offered a position as a principal at a therapeutic boarding school for girls. Though the natural world still holds a place of wonder for him, he has discovered that the inner workings of the human mind and heart are the greatest mystery.

Josh has significant experience working with plant medicine over the last 30 years, from his initial experience as a young college student taking mushrooms in the woods to more recently, where he has found himself leading ceremonies for his spiritual community and individuals looking to do their own personal work. He has a great reverence for the power of this medicine to help people access their own innate healing wisdom. His long-time meditation and mindfulness practice greatly informs his work.

Josh approaches his work from a place of service. He loves inviting people into the mystery of this life and recognizes that plant medicine is one way to support this inquiry.

When not supporting his spiritual or work community, Josh can often be found out on a paddle board with his kids, in a tent by a lake, or playing chess at a coffee shop.

Molly Powers, MA, LMT

Molly is an explorer of mind, body, and soul. In 2009 she received her Master’s degree from The California Institute of Integral Studies from the department of Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness. For two incredible years she traversed the realms of the mind and soul and is still integrating all of the profound teachings and experiences she collected during that time. In 2014 she began her massage therapy training at the Sedona School of Massage in Sedona, Arizona. During this time she initiated her education in learning to dwell within the body and found, and continues to find ways, to bring her wisdom teachings and soul lessons into the body for safekeeping. 

Molly has been a massage therapist for nearly 10 years and is finding the process of deepening into her bodywork practice to be profoundly wrapped up in her soul’s journey toward holding space for the healing process of others. She has learned that the most effective way to unwind tension and holding in the body is to sit and wait for release as opposed to constant action and doing. Through her lens, the most profound healing happens when we sit back and allow what wants to be released to release while trusting that the being’s intelligence is guiding the journey towards wholeness.

Clancy Cavnar, PsyD

Clancy Cavnar has a PsyD from John F. Kennedy University, a master’s in counseling from San Francisco State, and a master of fine arts degree in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute. 

She works as a clinical psychologist in private practice and is Associate Director of Chacruna Institute for Plant Medicine (, a website dedicated to plant medicines and psychedelic culture and science, as well as being a research associate of NEIP, a Brazilian association of researchers in psychoactive substances. 

She is a graduate of the Certificate in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy program at the California Institute of Integral Studies. She is author and co-author several peer reviewed articles, and co-editor, with Beatriz C. Labate, of eight books: 

The Therapeutic Use of Ayahuasca (Springer, 2014); Prohibition, Religious Freedom, and Human Rights: Regulating Traditional Drug Use (Springer, 2014); Ayahuasca Shamanism in the Amazon and Beyond (Oxford University Press, 2014); and Peyote: History, Politics and Conservation (Praeger, 2016); The Expanding World Ayahuasca Diaspora: Appropriation, Integration and Legislation (Routledge, 2018) (in which she published a chapter based on her dissertation, “Ayahuasca’s Influence on Gay Identity”); Plant Medicines, Healing and Psychedelic Science: Cultural Perspectives (Springer 2018); and Ayahuasca, Healing and Science (Springer, 2021); also, with B. C. Labate and A. K. Gearin, The World Ayahuasca Diaspora: Reinventions and Controversies (Routledge, 2017); and with B. C. Labate and T. Rodrigues, Drug Policies and the Politics of Drugs in the Americas (Springer, 2016). 

Cece Sykes, LCSW, ACSW

Cece Sykes is a consultant and senior trainer with the Internal Family Systems Institute where she specializes in trauma and addiction and educates therapists internationally on how to apply the IFS therapy model to addictive processes. Additionally, Sykes is exploring how psychotherapy affects the therapist’s personal narrative. She lectures, consults, and leads workshops on these and related topics and has a private practice in Chicago. Her recent book IFS Therapy for Addictions: Trauma-Informed, Compassion-Based Interventions for Substance Use, Eating, Gambling and More was released March, 2023.

Rosalind Watts, PhD

Dr Rosalind Watts is a clinical psychologist and the founder of ACER Integration. She has been named as one of the 50 Most Influential People in Psychedelics as well as one of the top Top 16 Women Shaping the Future of Psychedelics.

As the former clinical lead on the Psilocybin for Depression trial at Imperial College London, Dr Watts developed the ACE model of psychedelic assisted therapy ‘Accept, Connect, Embody’ and led a clinical team guiding 60 people through that process. Her qualitative research with trial participants led to the development of the Watts Connectedness Scale, a psychometric tool for measuring outcomes of psychedelic therapy.

Through all her work, Rosalind's main learning has been that safe and effective use of psychedelics requires substantial integration support. She co-founded the UK's first psychedelic integration group, and has now launched a global online integration community, ‘Accept, Connect, Embody, Restore’ (ACER) where members follow a 12 month process together. Her websites are and

Joe Tafur, M.D.

Joe Tafur, M.D., is a Colombian-American family physician originally from Phoenix, Arizona. After completing his family medicine training at UCLA, Dr. Tafur spent two years in academic research at the UCSD Department of Psychiatry in a lab focused on mind-body medicine. After his research fellowship, over a period of six years, he lived and worked in the Peruvian Amazon at the traditional healing center Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual. There he worked closely with master Shipibo healer Ricardo Amaringo and trained in ayahuasca curanderismo. In his book "The Fellowship of the River: A Medical Doctor's Exploration into Traditional Amazonian Plant Medicine," through a series of stories, Dr. Tafur shares his unique experience and integrative medical theories. He is currently a fellow at the University of Arizona’s Center for Integrative Medicine. To learn more about his work you can also visit

With his multicultural community in Phoenix, Dr. Tafur co-founded the Church of the Eagle and the Condor (CEC) (learn more at This spiritual community is dedicated to promoting the spiritual unity of all people through the practice of traditional Indigenous spirituality and sacred ceremonies. The CEC is currently pursuing legal protection for their practice of sacred Ayahuasca ceremony. Dr. Tafur is also a co-founder of Modern Spirit, a nonprofit dedicated to demonstrating the value of spiritual healing in modern healthcare. Among their projects is the Modern Spirit Epigenetics Project, an epigenetic analysis of the impact of MAPS MDMA-assisted psychotherapy. Their first results have now been submitted for publication. Learn more at

Anthony P. Bossis, Ph.D.

Anthony P. Bossis, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at NYU Grossman School of Medicine and NYU Center for Psychedelic Medicine conducting FDA-approved clinical research with the psychedelic compound psilocybin since 2009. Dr. Bossis was director of palliative care research and co-principal investigator on the 2016 clinical trial demonstrating a significant reduction in emotional distress from a single psilocybin session in persons with cancer, specifically, a rapid decrease in depression, anxiety, hopelessness, and demoralization along with improvements in spiritual well-being and quality of life.

Dr. Bossis is study director and lead session guide on an FDA-approved clinical trial evaluating psilocybin-generated mystical experience with religious leaders. His primary psychedelic research interests include the treatment of end-of-life existential distress and the study of consciousness, meaning, and spirituality. He is a training supervisor of psychotherapy at NYU-Bellevue Hospital Center and co-founder and former co-director of the Bellevue Hospital Palliative Care Service. He is on the faculty at the Center for Psychedelic Therapies and Research / California Institute of Integral Studies and the Art of Dying Institute in NYC.

Dr. Bossis is guest editor (with Charles Grob, M.D.) on the Special Series on Psychedelics for the Journal of Humanistic Psychology and has authored numerous publications on psychedelics, mystical experience, and end-of-life existential distress. He has a long-standing interest in comparative religion and mysticism and on the interface of psychology and spirituality. He maintains a private psychotherapy and consulting practice in NYC.

Melissa Lavasani, MPP

Melissa Lavasani is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Washington, DC-based Psychedelic Medicine Coalition, a national association committed to advancing the science supporting psychedelic medicine, while creating and protecting access to these medicines through advocacy and education on a federal level. Melissa is also President of Psychedelic Medicine Advocacy and its Political Action Committee which is dedicated to ensuring all Americans are educated and empowered to elect lawmakers that support safe, equitable access to these life-changing treatments. Prior to that, Melissa proposed Initiative 81, the Entheogenic Plant and Fungus Policy Act of 2020, the largest ballot initiative win in Washington DC's history with 76% approval. Inspired by her own experience as a professional, working mother using psychedelic medicines to overcome severe postpartum depression when the healthcare system failed her, Melissa is one of the leading voices for policy, politics, and advocacy in the psychedelic space. She is also a Founding Board Member of the Psychedelics and Healing Initiative at the Global Wellness Institute, and on the Advisory Boards of Drugs over Dinner and Universal Ibogaine.

Melissa has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Macalester College, a Masters degree in Management from the University of Denver, and a Masters in Public Policy from George Mason University. Born in Washington, DC to Iranian immigrants, Melissa currently lives in Northeast DC with her husband Daniel, daughter Lola (9), son Ramsey (6), and their rescue pitbull, Gus.

Mary Sanders, LCSW

Mary is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker whose focus is on addressing trauma in communities of color and marginalized populations. She has worked with Black, Indigenous, (BIPOC), Veterans, immigrants and refugees from Iraq and Syria, foster youth, and LGBTQIA+ community members.

Mary currently provides community mental health services for formerly unhoused Veterans for Veteran Affairs in San Francisco, CA. In addition to her role working with Veterans, she has a private practice called EMPATH Center in Oakland, CA serving Black Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC). Her vision is to implement psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy and incorporate community integration in her private practice.

Mary is a trained psychedelic-assisted therapist from CIIS and MAPS, certified in Trauma - Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and is a somatic experiencing psychotherapist in-training. Mary is a founding board member at People of Color Psychedelic Collective.

Veronika Gold, MA, LMFT

Veronika Gold is a co-founder of Polaris Insight Center, and a psychotherapist licensed in California and Oregon. Veronika is a lead trainer at Polaris Insight Center Ketamine and Psychedelic Assisted Therapy training program, and she is a sub-investigator, supervisor, and a trainer in training for MAPS MDMA-AT program. Veronika has been a psychologist and psychotherapist specializing in trauma treatment, and in addition to psychedelic assisted therapy she has been a facilitator in EMDR and Organic Intelligence trainings.

Albert Garcia-Romeu, PhD

Albert Garcia-Romeu (Roh-May-Oh), Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His research examines the effects of psychedelics in humans, with a focus on psilocybin as an aid in the treatment of addiction. His current research interests include clinical applications of psychedelics, real-world drug use patterns, diversity in science, and the role of spirituality in mental health. He is a founding member of the Johns Hopkins Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research and the International Society for Research on Psychedelics.

David B. Yaden, PhD

David B. Yaden, PhD, completed his doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania and is now an Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. His research focus is on the psychology, neuroscience, and psychopharmacology of spiritual, self-transcendent, and other positively transformative experiences. Specifically, David is interested in understanding: how do brief experiences result in long-term changes to well-being? He is currently conducting studies to determine whether and how psychedelics increase well-being and treat mental disorders. He has authored over 60 peer-reviewed academic articles and 14 academic book chapters. His first authored book came out on September 1st, 2022––The Varieties of Spiritual Experiences: 21st Century Research and Perspectives––with Oxford University Press. His scientific and scholarly work has been covered by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, NPR, CNN, and BBC. Tomorrow, David will be installed as the Roland Griffiths Professor of Psychedelic Research at Johns Hopkins.

Alan K. Davis, PhD

Dr. Alan Davis is a Clinical Psychologist and the Director of the Center for Psychedelic Drug Research and Education in the College of Social Work at Ohio State University. They are an Assistant Professor of Social Work and Psychiatry at OSU and also on the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University. Alan has extensive clinical experience working with US Military Veterans and civilians suffering with addiction, PTSD, and depression. Their research explores alternative treatments for addiction and mental illness, including psychedelic-assisted therapies, and how to increase access to current treatment systems through reducing provider stigma about substance misuse and alternative treatment approaches. Alan has published over 70 scientific articles and book chapters and presented research at dozens of national and international scientific conferences. They also published a landmark trial in 2021 on the use of psilocybin therapy for depression in JAMA psychiatry. In 2022, they launched a pilot study of the first psilocybin trial for Veterans with PTSD.


Kelley O’Donnell, MD, PhD

Dr. Kelley O’Donnell is a board-certified psychiatrist and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine, and the Director of Therapist Training at the NYU Langone Center for Psychedelic Medicine. After receiving her medical degree and a PhD in Neuroscience at UCLA, she completed a psychiatry residency on the research track at NYU, where she continued as faculty after graduation. She is a study psychiatrist and psychedelic therapist working with psilocybin, MDMA, and ketamine, and she is involved in various initiatives to advance psychedelic education among medical professionals and trainees. In addition to her work at NYU, she is on the faculty of the ketamine-assisted psychotherapy training program at the Polaris Insight Center, and she is an Assistant Trainer in the MDMA Therapist Training Program at MAPS-PBC. She also has a small private practice in New York City, specializing in integrative depth psychotherapy, ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, and psychedelic integration.


Andrea Rosati, MD, PhD

Dr. Andrea Rosati is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco. Since 2018, she has been a Study Therapist and Study Physician in the Phase 2 and 3 MAPS PBC-sponsored clinical trials of MDMA-AT for PTSD at UCSF. She is also an Associate Supervisor and Assistant Educator in the MAPS PBC’s Educational Programs.


Joanna Simundic, RCSW, RCC

Joanna Simundic is the sole founder, owner and psychotherapist at Embracing Change Therapy, a private psychotherapy practice she started in 2013. She supports individuals in processing traumatic material using a variety of techniques such as: Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, Mindfulness, Internal Family Systems and various somatic approaches. She is registered as a Clinical Social Worker and Clinical Counsellor in the province of British Columbia.

Joanna graduated from York University in Toronto, ON in 2006 with an Honours Undergraduate Degree in Psychology. She also completed her Masters of Social Work at Wilfrid University in Kitchener, ON in 2012. She has been in the helping profession serving various populations for the last 14 years.

Joanna is also trained as a psychedelic psychotherapist. She graduated from her training with the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies in 2018. She was invited into the Vancouver MAPS PBC team in early 2016 as one of the MAPS PBC Therapists for the MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy Clinical Trial Research Study in Vancouver, BC, and has since contributed to Phase II and III in helping MDMA become a legal therapeutic medicine in Canada. She has also been supporting the MDMA Therapy Training Program as a Teaching Assistant since 2020 in helping teach new psychedelic psychotherapists in preparation for the legalization of MDMA for therapy purposes in Canada, coming in late 2023.


Chantelle Thomas, PhD

Dr. Chantelle Thomas is a clinical psychologist and Executive Clinical Director of Windrose Recovery-a multi-level residential addiction treatment program offering detoxification, intensive outpatient programming and integrated ketamine assisted psychotherapy. Dr. Thomas is also involved in clinical research trials at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health investigating psilocybin for addiction and depression and MDMA for PTSD. She currently serves as an associate supervisor and trainer on the MAPS PBC sponsored clinical trials of MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD for US and European clinical trials and the recently initiated Expanded Access Program. Dr. Thomas completed a post-doctoral fellowship in health psychology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health and is a certified biofeedback practitioner.


Ido Siemion, PhD

Ido Siemion, PhD., is a MAPS PBC (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) trainer, a Hakomi trainer and co-founder of the Hakomi Institute of Israel. He holds a PhD in East West Psychology and a M.A. in Somatic Psychology, both from the California Institute of Integral Studies. Ido works as a psychotherapist with adults who seek to heal their psychological wounding as well as expand their consciousness, manifest their potential and live life fully. His work draws on Jungian, Somatic and Psychodynamic psychologies and integrates knowledge based in Eastern spiritual traditions as well as Shamanic traditions. Ido was a clinical investigator in the phase II MDMA assisted psychotherapy for PTSD trials and is now also a clinical investigator in the phase III trials that examine the impact of MDMA assisted psychotherapy on severe trauma victims (PTSD).


Phil Lister, MD

Phil Lister identifies as a white cis-gender male in his seventh decade. He was raised in a financially secure upper-middle class family with an abundance of love and a moderate dose of neurotic dysfunction. He has had the good fortune of health and wonderful educational opportunities which led to a medical degree and specialty training in adult and child psychiatry, and adult and child psychoanalysis. In recent years, he has expanded his tool box via trainings in EMDR (used with children and adults), Somatic Experiencing, and AEDP for couples. He enjoys teaching and has taught in the Mount Sinai, Columbia, and Cornell medical centers in courses focused on the art of psychotherapy with children and adolescents, and in courses around death and dying.

He learned of MAPS PBC by serendipity in 2016, just in time to join the training for the Phase 3 study of MDMA-Assisted Therapy for PTSD, first as a therapist, then as a supervisor and trainer. He also trained in Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy in 2018.

He loves birds, bicycling, and books, particularly fiction and poetry, and enjoys writing. A labor of love has resulted in the publication of a memoir called A Short Good Life (2021) chronicling his second child’s encounter with leukemia at age 4 leading to her death at age 6, very much a family love story, including reflections on the experience of providing and receiving care.

He lives in New York City with his wife (also a psychiatrist/writer) and has a private practice of psychotherapy. In addition to his roles of son, brother, partner, father, and uncle, he has recently added the noun grandpa.

Since the pandemic he has participated in and now co-leads a poetry writing workshop on Sunday mornings.


Marc B. Aixalà, MS

Marc B. Aixalà is a Telecommunication Engineer and Psychologist with Master studies in Integrative and Strategic Therapy. He has been trained in the therapeutic use of Non Ordinary States of Consciousness. Also trained in MDMA assisted-psychotherapy for PTSD by MAPS PBC and the use of psilocybin for treatment-resistant depression, Marc is now working as a therapist in a clinical trial with psilocybin in Sant Joan de Déu Hospital in Barcelona where he also mentors other psychedelic therapists. He has experience as a Team Leader and Trainer in emergency psychological assistance for people going through difficult psychedelic experiences at Boom Festival (Kosmicare 2010-2016).

Marc is a certified Holotropic Breathwork facilitator, and he works as a trainer for those who want to become certified, offering workshops and training modules.

Marc collaborates with ICEERS (International Center for Ethnobotanical Education Research and Service) by offering integration psychotherapy sessions for people in challenging situations after psychedelic experiences, developing theoretical models of intervention and training and supervising therapists. He is the author of “Psychedelic Integration: non-ordinary logics and the challenges of psychotherapy in expanded states of awareness”.

He works as a psychologist in his private practice in Barcelona and offers trainings, lectures and talks related to psychedelic psychotherapy and integration.


Mendel Kaelen, PhD

Mendel Kaelen is the founder and CEO of Wavepaths, a startup providing music both for and as psychedelic therapy. Prior to this, he worked as a PhD and postdoctoral neuroscientist at Imperial College London since 2012, where his research was the first to demonstrate music’s central role in psychedelic therapies. He is a thought leader on the therapeutic use of music and publishes and speaks frequently on this topic. He has been featured in Nature News, the San Francisco Chronicle, Vice Motherboard, Rolling Stone and TEDx. Mendel lives and works on planet Earth, and in his spare time likes to get into nature, and out of his mind with his musical instruments.


Andrew Bryant, MPH, LICSW

Andrew Bryant, MPH, LICSW is a clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and co-Director of North Seattle Therapy & Counseling, with a clinical focus on the impact of climate change and ecological crisis on mental health. He also provides Ketamine-Assisted Therapy (KAT), in collaboration with Telos Transformational Therapies, and organizes a local psychedelic integration circle for therapists and healers. Andrew is the founder of Climate & Mind, a project dedicated to gathering and promoting resources related to climate psychology for clinicians, the media, and the public. As part of this project, he provides lectures, seminars and study groups on climate mental health, and has been interviewed and featured in a number of media stories on climate psychology, including The LA Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The New York Times, and other media outlets. He is a member of the Alliance of Climate Therapists-Northwest (ACT-NOW), and of the Climate Psychology Alliance-North America.


Tim Spalla, MA, LPCC

Tim Spalla is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Candidate and owner of Agile Wellness Group, a private therapy practice in Denver, Colorado. Before entering the mental health field, he spent nearly 20 years living and working overseas, first as a US Army Ranger Intelligence Specialist with multiple combat deployments in Iraq, then transitioning to become a private military contractor supporting US Special Operations missions throughout the Middle East and Horn of Africa. In 2015, he partnered with the National Geographic Society as a Wildlife Crime investigator and spent several years training Conservation Rangers in Africa and working to dismantle International wildlife crime syndicates. In 2022, Tim graduated from Regis University with a Clinical Mental Health Counseling Degree and co-founded The Wounded Healer Project, a 501c3 Non-Profit organization in Denver, dedicated to providing free and veteran-led mental health counseling support for justice-involved veterans struggling with PTSD, moral injury, and addiction. Tim specializes in addressing trauma and moral injury, enhancing the quality of life, and fostering resiliency within military veteran and First Responder communities. In addition to this, Tim also offers individual and group psychospiritual education, preparation, harm-reduction, and integration support services through his private practice.


Katrina Michelle, PhD, LCSW

Katrina Michelle, PhD, LCSW earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology at Sofia University and her Master’s in Social Work from Stony Brook University. For her doctoral research she conducted a heuristic study on Exploring Resistance to Spiritual Emergence. Her Master’s research focused on spiritual development within higher education.

Katrina worked as the director of harm reduction for the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS PBC) at the Zendo Project and served for three years as the executive director of The American Center for the Integration of Spiritually Transformative Experiences (ACISTE). Katrina has served as graduate faculty at New York University’s Department of Applied
Psychology, Columbia University’s School of Social Work, Fordham University’s School of Social Services, and The Institute for the Development of Human Arts.

Katrina is a member of the Emergent Phenomenology Research Consortium (EPRC) and currently working with an international team on research to elucidate adverse psychedelic experiences in order to contribute to evidence-based and trauma-informed integration practices. She is also a founding member of the advisory board for The Fireside Project, a psychedelic peer-support line.

Katrina is the founder and director of The Curious Spirit, a New York-based psychotherapy and coaching practice. She is also creator and producer of When Lightning Strikes, a documentary in progress intended to demystify the awakening process and help create a cultural context for understanding mystical phenomena while normalizing the often challenging elements of this
natural human experience.


Mary Cosimano, LMSW

Mary Cosimano, LMSW, has been with the Department of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research since 2000 when they began research with psilocybin. She is currently a Psychedelic Session Facilitator and has served as Director of Clinical Services and as a research coordinator. She has been involved with all the psilocybin studies and has conducted over 500 study sessions including Club Drug studies with Salvia Divinorum and Dextromethorphan. Mary has trained postdoctoral fellows, faculty, clinicians, and research assistants as guides and taught individual and group meditation to breast cancer patients in a Johns Hopkins research study. She is a teacher and mentor at California Institute to Integral Studies for their Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research (CPTR) certificate program and conducts training for therapists in psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. She recently began presenting a Death Awareness Workshop relating to psychedelic-assisted therapy. In 2003 she started a meditation group for employees in her department. She also has 15 years of experience with direct patient care as a hospice volunteer.


Michael Donisi

Michael Donisi is currently pursuing an M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Regis University and has a profound interest in the re emerging field of Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy. With over two years of experience in this domain, Michael also has delved deep into integrative medicine, LGBTQIA+ issues, clinical operations, and the transformative potential of Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy. As he approaches his graduation in the Fall of 2024, Michael eagerly anticipates utilizing his knowledge and passion to revolutionize mental health care through the practice of Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy.


Samantha Yanas

Samantha Yanas, Head of Product and Programs at Integrative Psychiatry Institute. She is passionate about technology, streamlined efficiencies, and proactive workflows. With over 7 year experience in customer service, people operations, and technology, Sam is passionate about making a difference.


Douglas Wingate, DTCM, FMHC, L.Ac

Douglas Wingate, DTCM, FMHC, L.Ac, is a Doctor of Chinese Medicine, licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and certified clinician in hyperbaric oxygen therapeutics specializing in neurological, emotional, and neuro-cognitive conditions as well as acute and chronic pain having worked in private practice and OHSU hospital's neurology department. He has written four books on the topics of brain health and consciousness. He received his Doctorate from Five Branches University and Masters in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine with post-graduate studies in clinical neuroscience from the Carrick Institute.


Lynne Shinto, ND, MPH

Lynne Shinto, ND, MPH (She, Her) is a Naturopathic Physician who is deeply involved in moving forward the integration of all types of medicine. She received her naturopathic medicine degree at Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA, and her Master of Public Health at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR. She is a certified psychedelic-assisted therapy provider with an advanced certification in psilocybin-assisted therapy through the Integrative Psychiatry Institute. Lynne has been practicing naturopathic medicine in Portland, Oregon for 19 years and is passionate about creating spaces for wellness.


Melissa Landis-Padron

Melissa Landis-Padron has a Masters's Degree in Education and has been a K-12 teacher for over 20 years. Specializing in behavioral supports, mindfulness, and Sensory Integration program development. She has also been a community events coordinator for the City of Eugene creating connections and networking with community partners to host community music, dance, and art events. She also co-developed Youth Mentorship programs for houseless youth in the Eugene area. New to IPI Melissa is excited to offer her experience and support to the IPI retreat center in Eugene Oregon.


Michele Soleimani, LCSW

Michele Soleimani is a licensed clinical social worker who has been in private practice for 15 years, with a focus on treating complex PTSD. Prior to that she worked in community based mental health, HIV/AIDS education, intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization programs for close to 10 years. Originally from New York City, she took one look at a photograph of the Rocky Mountains and knew that she was destined to go west. She received her BA in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, then returned to New York and received her MSW from Fordham University. Michele graduated from the second IPI Fellowship cohort in 2022 and is thrilled to be onboard as a teaching assistant. She lives in Portland, OR with her husband, two children and several pets.


Christine Marie, Author, Energy Healer, Spiritual Teacher 

Christine Marie has had the privilege of working with a diverse range of clients, helping them unearth their truth, heal deep wounds, and live more meaningful lives. She has a background in working as an RN and has transitioned into owning her own private practice as a Writer & Healing Arts Practitioner (Celtic Shamanism, Reiki, Energy Healing) and is passionate towards holding safe and sacred space for altered states medicine work. With her training and intuitive skill sets, she empowers individuals to access their Inner Wise One and Inner Creator, making her a trusted guide and ally on the path to self-discovery and transformation.

From her own personal experience and training, Christine Marie has witnessed the positive impact psychedelic medicines have on mind-body-spirit healing and connection. She heavily emphasizes the importance of being in right relationship with the plants we work with as well as encourages the acknowledgement and reverence towards the original cultures and traditions.

Christine Marie lives in Portland, OR with her partner, Josh; where she enjoys writing, traveling and connecting with Mother Earth.


Melinda Halpern

Melinda earned her Masters in Counseling from Oregon State University and a Masters in Public Administration from Lewis and Clark College. Her early work as a therapist centered on young children and adolescents, emphasizing Autism Spectrum Disorders and trauma. She has added expanded her work with adults and is a Level 2 EMDR therapist and a Level 2 PACT (Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy) Couples therapist.

Melinda relies heavily on intuition and connection with her clients and believes in the partnership that occurs between client and therapist. She is excited to expand her work with psychedelics as she sees the beautiful bridge between these two modalities.


Anny Ortiz

Anny Ortiz is a PhD candidate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Human Ecology and the Clinical Therapeutic Lead at Usona Institute. Originally from Sonora, México, over the past 20 years she worked in a variety of therapeutic settings including outdoor behavioral health, long-term residential treatment, and most recently, psychedelic-assisted therapy clinics in Mexico that were using ibogaine to aid in the treatment of severe substance use disorders.

At these clinics, she introduced the use of 5-MeO-DMT derived from the Sonoran Desert toad (Incilius alvarius) as a complement to ibogaine. Doing this work was deeply meaningful, but also personally troubling given that it contributed to the exploitation of toad populations in her native Sonora due to the widespread popularity and demand that ensued. Seeing first-hand the therapeutic effects of the 5-MeO-DMT experience motivated her to pursue graduate school to research this therapeutic potential in a more rigorous way, advocate for synthetic 5-MeO-DMT use, and to connect with an interdisciplinary team of experts to explore avenues for toad conservation and protection in its endemic habitat.

Over the past few years she has been conducting a toad population study in Sonora as the first step to a conservation program for the toad species in collaboration with the Indigenous Medicine Conservation Fund and the Latin American, Caribbean and Iberic Studies program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In her current role at Usona, she is responsible for the development, implementation and management of facilitator activities needed to support psychedelic dosing sessions in Usona sponsored clinical trials.


Victoria Gutiérrez Arribère

Victoria brings a wealth of experience collaborating with healthcare professionals. Her involvement in the field of public health has provided her with valuable insights into mental healthcare and community well-being, strengthening her dedication to roles focused on making a meaningful impact on people's lives.

Drawing on her experience in customer service, sales, and teaching, she has cultivated a passion for creating supportive connections grounded in empathy and the art of building enduring relationships that continue to flourish over time.

As a trained sound therapist, she has worked extensively with plant medicine, gaining a genuine appreciation for responsibly incorporating ancestral healing tools and practices to meet the needs of our contemporary world.


Rodolfo I. Resendiz

Sara Gottfried, MD

Dylan Rivard, MA, LPC

Dylan Rivard is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a background in wilderness and experiential psychotherapies. A Certified Hakomi Therapist, Dylan brings an understanding of somatic awareness to his clients that he uses to help them process and integrate peak experiences. Dylan owns his own private practice outside of Golden, CO where he works with folks using nature interventions and ketamine assisted psychotherapy.

Orlando Zuniga, LMFT

Orlando Zuniga is a bilingual and bicultural licensed mental health clinician practicing since 2013. Prior to 2013, Orlando was a healthcare administrator. Orlando is a firm believer that one must integrate healing by looking at a person whole. To facilitate healing and change, Orlando observes the relationship between multiple variables that include body, mind, emotions, spirit, environment, and culture. Orlando supports patients and clients by utilizing a treatment orientation suitable for each unique person, group or circumstance. Orlando works with individuals, couples, families, children and people of all ages, cultures, and sexual orientations. Orlando operates as a neutral and objective witness to each individual experience.

Before beginning his clinical experience, Orlando spent a year traveling in Latin America to personally learn and work with psychedelics. Since his initial trip to Latin America, Orlando has made multiple visits to the Amazonian Rainforest and the Central American jungle to continue his personal understanding of plant medicines and the indigenous cultures that have been the guardians of these medicines. Through out his clinical journey, Orlando has been a part of various multi-disciplinary teams for HIV/AIDS, LGBTQ, and BIPOC communities providing culturally sensitive care in both English and Spanish. Orlando has helped co-create a triage program within Kaiser Permanente’s primary care unit in San Francisco, CA. While living in San Francisco, Orlando was also working with immigration law as a forensic mental health expert for foreign national clients seeking political asylum, and other forms of protection. Orlando also worked with Kaiser Permanente's large groups in Los Angeles, CA to support Anxiety, Depression and Anger Management. Most recently Orlando has been working with Field Trip Health, a Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy clinic in Los Angeles, CA. Finally, Orlando is the founder of Transforma Therapy where he provides counseling, coaching and consulting.

Samantha Supit, MA, LMHC

Samantha Supit, MA, LMHC is a licensed mental health therapist whose passions and work revolve around plant medicines/psychedelics, the interplay of energy, and spiritual/metaphysical explorations. Her belief is that where science and spirituality meet is where we as humans can exponentially grow.

Samantha's areas of focus in private practice have included grief and loss, relationships, BIPOC support, and trauma. Completing a Somatic Soul-Based Trauma training from the Somatic Wilderness Therapy Institute strengthened her body-mind-spirit approach with clients. She enjoys blending creativity, compassion, and humor in order to explore and hold space for all parts of the human psyche.

Her past and current involvements include volunteering for the Zendo Project, supporting a local aya community for preparation and integration work, as well as supporting veterans in plant medicine preparation and integration work.

Andrew Linares MA, LPCC

Andrew Linares MA, LPCC is a LPCC with a lifetime of service, and holds a Master's Degree in Transpersonal Counseling from Naropa University. He was trained in MDMA-assisted psychotherapy through MAPS, Hakomi (mindfulness-based somatic therapy), Motivational Interviewing, Men's work, and mythology and dreamwork. He have worked clinically with diverse populations including: adolescents and adults, men/women/LGBTQ+, immigrants and refugees, military veterans, voluntary and court-mandated clients. Prior to being a therapist, he devoted his life to music, art, and creating community. He values the practices of martial arts and yoga, as these endeavors challenge and strengthen the mind-body-spirit connection. In all that he does, he seeks to be in service to Life.

George M. Slavich, PhD

Dr. Slavich is a leading expert in the conceptualization, assessment, and management of life stress, and in psychological and biological mechanisms linking stress with poor mental and physical health. He developed the first online system for assessing lifetime stress exposure; formulated the first fully integrated, multi-level theory of depression; and is helping pioneer a new field of research called human social genomics, which is revealing how social experiences reach deep inside the body to affect the human genome. His most recent research focuses on Social Safety Theory, which describes how experiences of social safety and threat influence the brain and immune system to affect human health and behavior. This translational work on the psychoneuroimmunology of stress, health, and behavior has been published in several leading journals including Nature Medicine, Nature Communications, JAMA Psychiatry, PNAS, Psychological Bulletin, Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, and the Annual Review of Clinical Psychology.

In addition to these research efforts, Dr. Slavich is deeply devoted to teaching and mentoring and to helping develop the next generation of leaders in psychiatry and psychology. In addition to having mentored more than 175 pre- and post-doctoral trainees, early in his career Dr. Slavich founded the Stanford Undergraduate Psychology Conference, Western Psychological Association Student Council, and Society of Clinical Psychology’s Section on Graduate Students and Early Career Psychologists. More recently, he has developed a new approach to classroom instruction called transformational teaching and has written numerous articles on professional development issues in science. He has received 18 awards for these contributions since 2009, including the Neal E. Miller New Investigator Award from the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research, Herbert Weiner Early Career Award from the American Psychosomatic Society, Susan Nolen-Hoeksema Early Career Research Award from the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology, and Raymond D. Fowler Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Professional Development of Graduate Students from the American Psychological Association.

Ben Lynch, ND

Dr. Ben Lynch is the best-selling author of Dirty Genes and President of Seeking Health, a company that helps educate both the public and health professionals on how to overcome genetic dysfunction. He received his doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University. He lives in Seattle, WA with his wife and three sons.

Patrick Hanaway, MD

Patrick Hanaway, MD, is a board certified family physician trained at Washington University. Dr. Hanaway served on the executive committee for the American Board of Integrative Medicine and is past president of the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine. For the past 20 years, he has worked with his wife in clinical practice at Family to Family: Your Home for Whole Health Care in Asheville, NC.

After 10 years as chief medical officer at Genova Diagnostics, Dr. Hanaway became the chief medical education officer at The Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM), where he oversaw the development and implementation of IFM’s programs worldwide. He has taught with IFM since 2005, he leads the GI Advanced Practice Module, and he continues his support of IFM as co-chair of the Expert Advisory Board.

In 2014, Dr. Hanaway helped develop the collaboration between IFM and the Cleveland Clinic, where he was the founding medical director. He later became the research director and now serves as a research collaborator at the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine. His research interests focus on evaluating outcomes of Functional Medicine models of care.

The focus of Dr. Hanaway’s work is to leverage his skillset to transform medical practice through education, research, and clinical care. In addition, Dr. Hanaway has been initiated as a Mara’akame [indigenous healer] by the Huichol people of the Sierra Madres in Mexico. He holds community fires, leads ceremonies, and offers traditional healing sessions.

David Perlmutter, MD

Dr. Perlmutter is a Board-Certified Neurologist and five-time New York Times bestselling author. He serves on the Board of Directors and is a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition.

Dr. Perlmutter received his M.D. degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine where he was awarded the Leonard G. Rowntree Research Award. He serves as a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and has published extensively in peer-reviewed scientific journals including Archives of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and The Journal of Applied Nutrition. In addition, he is a frequent lecturer at symposia sponsored by institutions such as the World Bank and IMF, Columbia University, Scripps Institute, New York University, and Harvard University, and serves as an Associate Professor at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

His books have been published in 32 languages and include the #1 New York Times bestseller Grain Brain, The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs and Sugar, with over 1 million copies in print. Other New York Times bestsellers include Brain Maker, The Grain Brain Cookbook, The Grain Brain Whole Life Plan, and Brain Wash, co-written with Austin Perlmutter, M.D. He is the editor of The Microbiome and the Brain authored by top experts in the field and published in December 2019 by CRC Press. His latest book, Drop Acid, focuses on the pivotal role of uric acid in metabolic diseases, and will be published in February 2022.

Dr. Perlmutter has been interviewed on many nationally syndicated television programs including 20/20, Larry King Live, CNN, Fox News, Fox and Friends, The Today Show, Oprah, The Dr. Oz Show, The CBS Early Show, and CBS This Morning.

Dr. Perlmutter is also the recipient of numerous awards, including: the Linus Pauling Award for his innovative approaches to neurological disorders; the National Nutritional Foods Association Clinician of the Year Award, the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the American College of Nutrition, and most recently the 2019 Global Leadership Award from the Integrative Healthcare Symposium.

Mark Hyman, MD

Mark Hyman, MD, has devoted his life to helping others discover optimal health and address the root causes of chronic disease through the power of Functional Medicine. Dr. Hyman is an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate in the fields of Functional Medicine and nutrition. He is the founder and director of The UltraWellness Center, the Head of Strategy and Innovation of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, a fourteen-time New York Times best-selling author, and Board President for Clinical Affairs for The Institute for Functional Medicine. He is the host of one of the leading health podcasts, The Doctor’s Farmacy. Dr. Hyman is a regular medical contributor to several television shows and networks, including CBS This Morning, Today, Good Morning America, The View, and CNN. He is also an advisor and guest co-host on The Dr. Oz Show. Through his work to change policy for the betterment of public health, Dr. Hyman has testified before the Senate Working Group on Health Care Reform on Functional Medicine. He has consulted with the surgeon general on diabetes prevention and participated in the 2009 White House Forum on Prevention and Wellness. Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa nominated Dr. Hyman for the President’s Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health.

Additionally, Dr. Hyman has presented at the Clinton Foundation’s Health Matters, Achieving Wellness in Every Generation conference and the Clinton Global Initiative, as well as with the World Economic Forum on global health issues, TEDMED and TEDx. He is the winner of the Linus Pauling Award and the Nantucket Project Award. Dr. Hyman received the Christian Book of the Year Award for his work on The Daniel Plan, a faith-based initiative that helped the Saddleback Church collectively lose 250,000 pounds that he created with Rick Warren, Dr. Mehmet Oz, and Dr. Daniel Amen. He was inducted into the Books for Better Life Hall of Fame. With Dr. Dean Ornish and Dr. Michael Roizen, Dr. Hyman crafted and helped introduce the Take Back Your Health Act of 2009 to the United States Senate, which promotes reimbursement for lifestyle treatment of chronic disease. With Tim Ryan in 2015, he helped introduce the ENRICH Act into Congress to fund nutrition in medical education. Dr. Hyman plays a substantial role in the major 2014 film Fed Up, produced by Laurie David and Katie Couric, which addresses childhood obesity. Please join him in celebrating the power of food as medicine at, follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, and listen to his podcast The Doctor’s Farmacy for conversations that matter around health, wellness, food, and politics.

Crystalin Montgomery, ND, LAC

Dr. Montgomery is a MN Board Registered Naturopathic Doctor and Licensed Acupuncturist, and currently sees patients virtually for naturopathic and functional medicine care. She also sees patients for acupuncture at the University of Minnesota Physicians Psychiatry Clinics (Behavioral Health Clinic for Families and St. Louis Park Psychiatry Clinic). In addition to patient care, her work with the UMP Integrative Psychiatry and Wellness Team also includes development of clinical services, resident education, and psychoeducation for Families with Psychosis and groups in the substance use residential program.

Daniel VanDorn, PharmD

Dr. VanDorn earned his Doctor of Pharmacy degree from Temple University School of Pharmacy while concurrently optimizing novel stem-cell disease models and genetic assay technology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, work that has been published in several peer-reviewed journals. He has served in a wide range of health care settings including the Armed Forces, Clinical and Hospital Pharmacy, and medical missions in developing countries. These experiences cultivated a keen understanding of both the technological and clinical aspects of genetic testing. This serves him well as Senior Medical Science Liaison and Lead Scientist for Product Development at Genomind, where he facilitates research and development of the Genomind platform and provides counsel and education to clinicians and patients on the interpretation of genetic assay results.


Dr. Scott has been in front of an audience since she was the president of speech team in high school. This evolved in educating the community on hormone therapy, having taught doctors in five continents about an integrative approach. With over 20 years’ experience practicing OB/GYN, Dr. Scott shares a wealth of information by lecturing around the community to raise awareness about wellness and preventative health for patients.

In addition to being the Medical Director of Integrative Medicine at Summa Health in Akron, OH, she is a Clinical Associate Professor at NEOMED and lectures OB/GYN residents about all the hormonal topics. She is the Chief Medical Officer and founder of Revitalize Medical Group, a wellness practice. She is triple board certified in OB/GYN, Functional Medicine and Integrative Medicine. She is a mother of 3 college age children, enjoys running a half marathon in every state, traveling and being active outside

She has been chosen to give her TEDx talk fall 2021. For her expertise, she has been featured on The List TV, Women’s Health, Shape, The List, Newsweek, Parents, Authority Magazine, and on numerous podcasts.

Myles Spar, MD

Myles Spar, MD is a leading authority in Integrative Men’s Health as an author, teacher, researcher, TED talk speaker, contributor to Men’s Journal and the L.A. Times, expert on Dr. Oz and The Doctors TV shows and a faculty member of University of Arizona.

Dr. Spar is board-certified in Internal Medicine, having graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School. He completed fellowships in Health Services Research at UCLA (where he earned a masters in public health) and in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona.

Dr. Spar’s focus has always been about empowering men to achieve their goals through greater health. The men’s performance company where Dr. Spar oversees all clinical programs as Chief Medical Officer is called Vault Health. Vault brings men’s health to you, incorporating techniques to help men win at what matters to them.

Mijail Serruya, MD, PhD

Dr. Serruya is a PhD-trained neuroscientist and a board-certified neurologist. He earned his undergraduate, graduate neuroscience and medical degrees at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. He is a Fulbright scholar. He completed his neurology residency training and cognitive neurology fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Serruya is a neurotechnology entrepreneur: formerly a co-founder of Cyberkinetics, he is currently involved in Nuromo, and Neurodelphus. At Jefferson helped direct the Comprehensive Concussion Center and the Executive Brain Health Program. He currently directs the Neurorestoration Institute at Thomas Jefferson University.

Kara Fitzgerald, ND

Kara Fitzgerald, ND, received her doctor of naturopathic medicine degree from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon. She completed the first Counsel on Naturopathic Medicine-accredited post-doctorate position in nutritional biochemistry and laboratory science at Metametrix Clinical Laboratory (now Genova Diagnostics) under the direction of Richard Lord, PhD. Her residency was completed at Progressive Medical Center, a large, integrative medical practice in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Fitzgerald is the lead author and editor of Case Studies in Integrative and Functional Medicine and is a contributing author to Laboratory Evaluations for Integrative and Functional Medicine and the Institute for Functional Medicine (IFM)’s Textbook for Functional Medicine. With the Helfgott Research Institute, Dr. Fitzgerald is actively engaged in clinical research on the DNA methylome using a diet and lifestyle intervention developed in her practice. The first publication from the study focuses on reversal of biological aging and was published 04-12-2021 in the journal Aging. A consumer book and application-based program with DNA methylation assessment are scheduled for release 01-2022.

Dr. Fitzgerald is on the faculty at IFM, is an IFM Certified Practitioner and lectures globally on functional medicine. She runs a Functional Medicine Clinic Immersion program for professionals, and maintains a podcast series, New Frontiers in Functional Medicine and an active blog on her website, Her clinical practice is in Sandy Hook, Connecticut.

Jeffrey Bland, PhD, FACN, FACB, CNS

Dr. Jeffrey Bland is a personable and highly respected thought leader who has spent more than five decades focused on the improvement of human health. He is known worldwide as the founder of the Functional Medicine movement, which represents his vision for a care model that is grounded in systems biology and informed by research that he has a unique ability to synthesize. His pioneering work has created the Personalized Lifestyle Medicine Institute, as well as the Institute for Functional Medicine, the global leader in Functional Medicine education. Since 1991, hundreds of thousands of healthcare practitioners have participated in PLMI and IFM programs, and this collective knowledge has positively impacted the lives of patients all over the world.

Dr. Bland began his career as a Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Puget Sound. He is a natural educator and became involved with numerous academic institutions during the years he spent teaching. This includes the significant contributions he made to the founding of Bastyr University, the first federally accredited university offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in natural medicine in the US. In the early 1980s, Dr. Bland was hand-selected by two-time Nobel Laureate Dr. Linus Pauling to serve as Director of Nutritional Research at the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine.

Dr. Bland is the author of best-selling books and over 120 peer-reviewed research publications. He speaks extensively, and his engaging style makes him popular with both professional and consumer audiences. Dr. Bland’s latest project is Big Bold Health, where he’s on a mission to transform the way people think about one of nature’s greatest innovations—the immune system. Through Big Bold Health, Dr. Bland is advocating for the power of immuno-rejuvenation to enhance immunity at a global level. It’s an ambitious and purpose-driven effort that encompasses his active stance on regenerative agriculture, environmental stewardship, and planetary health.

Casey Means, MD

Casey Means, MD is a Stanford-trained physician, Chief Medical Officer and Co-founder of metabolic health company Levels, and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Disease Reversal and Prevention. Her mission is to maximize human potential and reverse the epidemic of preventable chronic disease by empowering individuals with tech-enabled tools that can inform smart, personalized, and sustainable dietary and lifestyle choices. Dr. Means’s perspective has been recently featured in the New York Times, Men's Health, Forbes, Business Insider, Techcrunch, Entrepreneur Magazine, The Hill, Metabolism, Endocrine Today, and more. She has held past research positions at the NIH, Stanford School of Medicine, and NYU.

Carrie Jones, ND, FABNE, MPH

Carrie Jones, ND, is an internationally recognized speaker, consultant, and educator on the topic of women's health and hormones. Dr. Jones graduated from the National University of Natural Medicine in Portland, Oregon where she also completed a 2-year residency in women's health, hormones, and endocrinology. Later, she graduated from Grand Canyon University's Maser of Public Health program. Recently, Dr. Jones became board certified through the American Board of Naturopathic Endocrinology. She was adjunct faculty for many years, teaching gynecology and advanced endocrinology/fertility. While in practice, Dr. Jones served as Medical Director for 2 large integrative clinics in Portland. She is currently the Medical Director for Precision Analytical Inc.

Austin Perlmutter, MD

Austin Perlmutter, MD, is a board-certified internal medicine physician, New York Times bestselling author, educator and consultant. He received his medical degree from the University of Miami and completed his internal medicine residency at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland Oregon. His focus is on helping identify and resolve the biological basis for "stuckness" in the body and brain, especially around decision-making. He hosts the Get The STUCK OUT podcast and is a co-producer of the Alzheimer's, the Science of Prevention Docu-series. His writing is featured online on MedPage Today, Doximity, KevinMD, Medium, Psychology Today, MindBodyGreen, and, and his work connecting COVID-19 with immune-related depression appears in the peer-reviewed scientific literature.

Sahar Swidan, PharmD, ABAAHP, FAARFM, FACA

Dr Swidan is President and CEO of Pharmacy Solutions in Ann Arbor, MI and Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Research and Leadership at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Pharmacy at Wayne State University.

She received her Doctor of Pharmacy degree and completed a 3-year research Fellowship in Bio-Pharmaceutics and Gastroenterology at the University of Michigan. Following her fellowship, she was Director of Pharmacy at Chelsea Community Hospital and the clinical pharmacist for the inpatient head and chronic pain service.

Dr. Swidan is board certified and an advanced fellow in anti-aging and regenerative medicine. She is an internationally renowned speaker in the areas of pain management, headaches, and HRT. She has authored several book chapters, articles, and patient education material in head and general pain management and personalized medicine.

Most recently, Dr. Swidan has contributed in authoring “Metabolic Therapies in Orthopedics, Second Edition”. This edition provides continued knowledge on how optimizing metabolic pathways can improve the success of regenerative therapies through emerging technologies, integrative approaches, clinical research, and compelling evidence from over 30 experts. Dr. Swidan provides key insight in the areas of drug-related muscular pain and sarcopenia and the effects of hormones on the musculoskeletal system.

Dr. Swidan Co-Edited and Authored a book with many thought leaders from around the globe titled Advanced Therapeutics in Pain Medicine which aids clinicians in advancing their current toolbox in the treatment of various pain syndromes.

Yael Joffe, RD, PhD, FACN

In the rapidly-evolving discipline of nutrigenomics, Yael is globally acknowledged as a leading expert in the field. She is a highly sought-after speaker, has co-authored two books, ‘It’s Not Just Your Genes’ and ‘Genes To Plate’, and has been published in multiple peer-reviewed scientific journals. Yael is at the forefront of nutrigenomic education and has helped develop and supervise nutrigenomics courses around the world, including her own Manuka courses, which have trained hundreds of healthcare practitioners globally. She is currently an Adjunct Professor, teaching Nutrigenomics at Rutgers University and MUIH. She is co-founder and Chief Science Officer of 3X4 Genetics.

Frederick Barrett is a cognitive neuroscientist with training in behavioral pharmacology, and the Associate Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research. Dr. Barrett has been conducting psychedelic research at Johns Hopkins University since 2013, and his research in healthy participants and in patients with mood and substance use disorders focuses on the psychological and neurological mechanisms underlying the enduring therapeutic and other effects of psychedelic drugs. In 2017, he received an NIH “R03” grant as Principal Investigator to investigate biological mechanisms of psilocybin effects, the first federally funded research since the 1970s administering a classic psychedelic to people with psychedelic effects as the primary focus. He has developed measures of subjective effects of psychedelic drugs, and has also published first-in-human studies characterizing the acute and enduring effects of psilocybin on the brain. He is currently leading clinical trials to investigate the use of psilocybin to treat patients with major depressive disorder and co-occurring alcohol use disorder, and he is leading a number of ongoing studies aimed at better understanding the psychological, biological, and neural mechanisms underlying therapeutic efficacy of psychedelic drugs.

Dr. Bethell is a Professor at Johns Hopkins University in the Bloomberg School of Public Health, where she advances an integrated Science of Thriving. She promotes a positive construct of health and health care focused on cultivating safe and nurturing relationships, flourishing, positive childhood experiences and child, family and community resilience. With roots in systems change, financing reform and social epidemiology, she is the founding director (1996) of the national Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI), has led the design, validation and widespread use of numerous family centered metrics and leads the National Data Resource Center for Child and Adolescent Health ( Her Cycle of Engagement (COE) model and evidence-based Well Visit Planner technology engages families, care teams and communities as partners in promoting early childhood development. She led the creation of the Prioritizing Possibilities national agenda to prevent and mitigate impacts of childhood trauma and has been pivotal in shifting the national and international dialogue from trauma and toxic stress to the promotion of relational health.  Christina earned an MBA an MPH from the University of California, Berkeley and PhD in public policy from the University of Chicago. She teaches courses on mitigating adversity and promoting child well-being, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and other healing and systems change methods.  She is an avid student of human potential for flourishing amid adversity.  She writes poetry, dances and believes that attuned connection with ourselves, life and others is the source of our creativity and joy. 

Torsten Passie MD, MA is a professor of psychiatry and psychotherapy at Hannover Medical School and visiting scientist at the Goethe University Franfurt/Main (Germany). He studied philosophy, sociology (M.A.) at Leibniz-University Hannover and medicine at Hannover Medical School. His medical dissertation was on existential psychiatry. He worked at the Psychiatric University Clinic in Zürich (Switzerland) and with Professor Hanscarl Leuner (Göttingen), the leading European authority on hallucinogens. At Hannover Mefdical School he directed the Laboratory for Neurocognition and Consciousness and did extensive research on altered states of consciousness and their healing potential, including research with hallucinogenic drugs (cannabis, ketamin, nitrous oxide, LSD, MDMA, psilocybin). He is a recognized expert on the pharmacology and therapeutic use of psychedelics. His publications appeared in Journal of Psychopharmacology, Neuropsychobiology, Addiction, CNS Neuroscience and Therapeutics and others. Some of his books are The Pharmacology of LSD (2010), Healing with Entactogens (2012), The Science of Microdosing Psychedelics (2019) and The history of MDMA (2021).

Chris Stauffer, MD is dual board-certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine and is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and Physician Scientist at the Portland VA Medical Center. They have been a Therapist and Study Physician for MAPS-sponsored clinical trials of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD and psilocybin-assisted group therapy for demoralization in long-term AIDS survivors. They are Co-PI of the Somatic Center Portland Expanded Access site for MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD. Dr. Stauffer has a particular interest in exploring psychedelic medicines in combination with group therapy and in ensuring accessibility for marginalized communities.

Jaime received his Master of Arts in Counseling from Regis University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Colorado. Originally Born in Puerto Rico, and raised in a military family, Jaime has spent time in Europe, Central America, and many states in the US. He brings a unique blend of interpersonal, analytic and technical skills to his healing work and also provides services in Spanish.
Jaime heavily leverages his life experiences when providing services and employs an integrative approach heavily rooted in existential and transpersonal theories. This approach allows him to guide clients through the difficulties of life which often cause us to question the purpose or meaning of such experiences. Jaime has been described as someone with a warm and calm demeanor whose presence alone has been known to be a comfort to those who share his company.

A lifetime ago, Erin received a BA in psychology and a double minor in holistic health & wellness, and nutrition. She is a certified health coach, yoga, breath, and meditation instructor, and a self-proclaimed food nerd. A plant-fueled human, she’s a firm believer in seasonal, organic, real food. This naturally makes her an advocate against cruelty and abuse of any kind to animals, people, and nature. But please don’t worry, she’s not a preachy plant-eater. In fact, she’s very open to curiosity and conversation, and simply believes that we all could use a few more fruits and veggies in our lives, and a lot more kindness and compassion. Because she’s naturally curious about others, and enjoys conversations and helping people, she came to work for Integrative Psychiatry Institute early in 2020. Prior to that, she taught yoga, breathing, and mediation in both clinical and studio settings. Creating agile nervous systems is a passion, and an area outside family and friendships, where she finds purpose. Although after two decades of teaching, she [sort of] retired, now only teaching workshops privately for a select few clients. When not having conversations with people and teaching, you can find her snuggled up with her two amazing Rhodesian Ridgebacks, reading one of the 5 books she’s currently gotten herself into, cooking (sometimes not so successfully), or watching British mysteries. In the winter months, she’s an avid skier, and in the warmer ones, she’s riding her road bike, trying desperately to keep up with her husband who’s a semi-pro-cyclist, and her son, a burgeoning one, who will be entering and racing in U23.

Annie Mithoefer, BSN, is a Registered Nurse living in Asheville, NC. She was co-investigator on two of the MAPS-sponsored Phase 2 clinical trials for individuals with PTSD and a pilot study treating couples combining MDMA-assisted psychotherapy with Cognitive Behavioral Conjoint Therapy for PTSD. She is currently co-investigator in MT1, a protocol allowing MAPS-trained therapists to receive their own MDMA-assisted session, she conducts MAPS Therapist Trainings with her husband, Michael, and is a supervisor for Phase 3 therapists. She is a Grof-certified Holotropic Breathwork Practitioner and is trained in Hakomi Therapy.

Shannon Carlin, MA, LMFT, is the Director and Head of Training and Supervision at the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS PBC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit. As the Director of Training and Supervision, Shannon oversees the development and implementation of the programs that provide training and supervision to prepare mental health and medical professionals to deliver MDMA-assisted therapy in approved clinical settings. Shannon started working with MAPS PBC in 2011 before joining MAPS PBC in 2016.
In her dedication to supporting people through growth and healing, Shannon has served as a co-therapist on MAPS PBC-sponsored Phase 2 trials researching MDMA-assisted therapy for anxiety associated with life-threatening illness and MDMA-assisted therapy for severe PTSD. Shannon’s direct clinical work continues to inform the development and implementation of the training programs she oversees.
Shannon’s previous professional experience includes the development of community programs delivering resources, services, training, and support for healthy living, life skills, employment, and positive youth development. Her work has served adults with schizophrenia, bipolar, and substance use disorder, families and youth in a low-income residential setting, and high school students learning about moderation management of drug and alcohol use. In her lifelong commitment to address homelessness, Shannon volunteers with housing projects and shelters and completed a farm internship with the Homeless Garden Project.
Shannon received her master’s degree in Integral Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and a bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. An adventurer at heart, Shannon can be found in nature, backpacking, running, and dancing. She celebrates and cultivates relationship and community and is passionate about life, love, and thriving.

Allyson Grey is a painter and social sculptor. With an MFA from Tufts University, Grey has long been an art educator, arts organizer and muse to artists worldwide.

Since art school in 1975, Allyson has collaborated and shared a studio with the artist, Alex Grey. The Grey's co-founded the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, (CoSM;, a spiritual retreat center for artists outside of New York City. Together, Allyson and Alex have painted on stage in dozens of cities before thousands of dancing young people at festivals and arenas across five continents including Broadway theaters in New York City. As long-time advocates of "cognitive liberty," a growing international "sacramental culture" has embraced the Grey's as mapmakers and spokespersons for the visionary realm.

Alex and Allyson Grey’s legendary visionary art has been featured in venues as diverse as the album art of TOOL, SCI, the Beastie Boys and Nirvana, Time and Newsweek magazines, the Discovery Channel, rave flyers and sheets of blotter acid. Exhibited worldwide, Alex's art has been honored with solo exhibitions at Feature Inc., Tibet House, Stux Gallery, P.S. 1, The NYC Outsider Art Fair, The New Museum in NYC, the Grand Palais in Paris, the Sao Paulo Biennial in Brazil. Alex's art has been featured in several year long exhibitions at the American Visionary Art Museum including a room installation he created with Allyson entitled "Heart Net" (1998-99). A mid-career retrospective of Grey’s works at the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego in 1999. A keynote speaker at conferences all over the world including Tokyo, Amsterdam, Basel, Barcelona and Manaus, the international psychedelic community has embraced Grey as an important mapmaker and spokesman for the visionary realm.


In 2004, the Greys founded the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors in New York, a cultural center and refuge for contemplation that celebrates a new alliance between divinity and creativity. The Chapel moved to its permanent home in Wappinger Falls, New York in February 2009. With a diverse following ranging from rockstars to scientists, Grey’s works have become icons of the contemporary spiritual movement by virtue of their power to inspire, inform, and illuminate the inexplicable.

Lisa Harding, MD, is a graduate of the Yale School of Medicine. She finished her training as the Chief Resident of Intervention Psychiatric Services at Yale Psychiatric Hospital. She is now a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Harding is the medical director of Depression MD, a private outpatient psychiatric practice dedicated to treatment resistant depression, especially in underserved populations. Dr. Harding is currently a board member of ASKP3. Dr. Harding is an APA Diversity Leadership Fellow ( 2017-2019) and was detailed to the Council of Psychiatry and Law where she served as a voting member during her tenure. She worked on developing numerous position statements while on the council. She is also an APA Foundation Ambassador with special interest in bridging faith based practices and psychiatry. Dr. Harding was awarded a prestigious Rappeport Fellowship with the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law and has contributed to national position statements.

Joseph McCowan, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and psychotherapist, currently working in Los Angeles as a co-therapist in the MAPS sponsored phase 3 clinical trials of MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD. He is an alumni of MAPS August 2019 MDMA Therapy Training for Communities of Color. Joseph is deeply passionate about furthering education and awareness of the healing benefits of psychedelics for communities of color and in working to improve mental health outcomes for historically underserved communities.

Sara is a psychedelic therapist and educator with expertise in MDMA-Assisted Therapy, ketamine-assisted therapy, psychedelic risk reduction, and psychedelic professional development. She served as the Course Director for the IPI Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy Training from 2020-2022 and currently serves as Lead Facilitator for the training. Sara worked at the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) beginning in 2013 where she held multiple titles including Harm Reduction Officer and Director of Harm Reduction, overseeing the work of the Zendo Project. Since 2015, she has served as an Investigator for MAPS Public Benefit Corporation Phase 2 and Phase 3 clinical trials researching the safety and efficacy of MDMA-Assisted Therapy for PTSD and currently works as a MAPS Educator and Associate Supervisor. Over the past decade, she has helped to train thousands of individuals on the topics of psychedelic-assisted therapy, psychedelic peer support, and personal and professional development in the psychedelic field. Sara believes in the potential of psychedelics as catalysts for individual, community, and collective healing. She lives in Boulder, Colorado with her partner Ryan and their King Charles Cavalier Pupplemousse.

Kelly McCarter, MBA has nearly 10 years of finance, operations and strategy experience across companies ranging from large cap to start-ups, both private sector and publicly traded, and across a wide range of industries. Kelly’s personal passion for an intuition-led, wellness-focused lifestyle combined with her business experience have aligned her with the IPI mission, and positioned her well to provide comprehensive program support.

Ian Wickramasekera, PsyD, a clinical psychologist and have been a teacher of transpersonal psychology for over 20 years. He taught counseling related courses at Naropa University since 2015 and previously taught at Saybrook University, the Adler School of Professional Psychology, and the University of Illinois Medical School. His interest in psychedelically assisted psychotherapy began when He met and spent time with Dr. Timothy Leary in 1986. He loves researching anything related to mind/body/spirit phenomena. He is most well-known for his work in hypnosis and empathy which has won a number of awards and Fellowship in the American Psychological Association. However, he also developed research and theory involving biofeedback, Dzogchen, empathy, meditation, near death experiences, psychophysiology, Shamanism, spirituality, and transpersonal experiences. Almost all of his 50 plus publications can be accessed here: (12) Ian Wickramasekera (

Devon Christie, MD, is a family physician and certified Functional Medicine provider with a focused practice in chronic pain management. Devon is also a Registered Therapeutic Counsellor and certified Relational Somatic Therapist, as well as a certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and Kundalini Yoga teacher with over 20 years’ personal experience in cultivating mindfulness and yogic practices. Devon is also a trained MDMA therapist with the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) and has training and experience in Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy. Devon is a teacher with the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) Certificate in Psychedelic Therapy and Research Program. She is passionate about educating health care providers in integrative mind-body wellness approaches, and therapists in somatic trauma-informed skillsets and relational nuances, especially in the context of psychedelic-assisted therapy. Devon is devoted to helping people uncover the root causes that lead to illness, connect with the wisdom and innate healing intelligence of their body-mind, and become active participants in their own wellbeing.

Berra Yazar-Klosinski, PhD, is a Deputy Director of the 501(c)(3) non-profit Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). She also serves as the Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) for the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC) where she drives scientific strategy and directs all facets of pre-market regulatory activities to create psychedelic medicines.

Dr. Yazar-Klosinski has worked on every MAPS-sponsored study to date and has contributed significantly to the foundation of MAPS PBC. She has actively contributed to the nonclinical and clinical development of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy and other psychedelic compounds.

As the CSO of MAPS PBC, Dr. Yazar-Klosinski provides leadership, scientific strategy, direction, and execution for global clinical development plans to bring products to target markets, utilizing deep scientific understanding of the disease process, mechanism of action of psychedelic compounds, and understanding of design and execution of clinical trials to nurture ideas from proof of concept to patient care. She also provides executive oversight for the Data Management & Services (including Biostatistics), Chemistry, Manufacturing & Controls, and Regulatory Affairs Departments.

After gaining experience in clinical research laboratories with Geron Corporation and Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Dr. Yazar-Klosinski joined MAPS in 2009 to work with an organization where profit does not dictate the agenda of scientific research. Dr. Yazar-Klosinski has supported MAPS clinical research and regulatory affairs through all stages of growth, and she has developed a strong track record of success with FDA, state regulatory agencies and multiple international regulatory agencies.

Dr. Yazar-Klosinski earned her B.S. in Biology with a minor in Drama from Stanford University and her Ph.D. in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is a Turkish hunter-gatherer who is supporting the growth of her family and pets in harmony with the natural world as she works tirelessly to transform the future."

Amy Emerson, BA, is the Chief Executive Officer at the MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MAPS PBC), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS PBC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. As the Chief Executive Officer, Amy has led the growth and development of this new subsidiary and is responsible for overall global regulatory strategy and implementation of research programs with a focus on the MDMA-assisted psychotherapy program within MAPS PBC.

Amy started as a pro bono consultant at MAPS PBC in 2003, and since then has built MAPS PBC’ clinical department while managing the MDMA Clinical Development Program with a focus on the PTSD indication. In 2014, MAPS Public Benefit Corporation was incorporated to focus on psychedelic drug development, therapist training programs, and future sales of prescription psychedelics prioritizing public benefit above profit.

Amy brings decades of pharmaceutical development and research experience in Phase 1 through Phase 3 Randomized Controlled Trials including supporting three successful regulatory approvals for new biologics. Her professional experience at Novartis, Chiron, and other pharmaceutical companies (1993-2009) spans various fields including immunology, oncology, and vaccines. Pursuing her love of science and nature cultivated while growing up in the woods of Alaska she earned her B.S. in genetics and cell biology from Washington State University in 1992 to prepare for a career in research. Amy is passionate about being a mother and the work of bringing the potential of psychedelics for healing further into the consciousness of the world, leaving a better world for the following generations. She has a lifelong love of travel, living abroad with her husband, exploring in nature, and cooking with her family.

Resmaa Menakem, New York Times bestselling author of My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies, is a visionary Justice Leadership coach, organizational strategist and master trainer. Resmaa is a leading voice in today’s conversation on racialized trauma. Resmaa created Cultural Somatics, which utilizes the body and resilience as mechanisms for growth.

Resmaa has hosted his own radio talk show as well as appeared on programs ranging from The Oprah Winfrey and Dr. Phil shows as an expert on conflict mediation, self-care and healing to Minnesota Public Radio as an expert on racialized trauma during civil unrest.

Pat Ogden, PhD, is a psychotherapist, renowned innovator in somatic psychology, and leading expert in working through the body to resolve trauma.
She developed Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, a body-oriented approach to help patients process traumatic memories and manage threat responses. Sensorimotor Psychotherapy was influenced by Pat’s training in gestalt therapy, mindfulness practices, and the Hakomi method.
Pat is the primary author of Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy: Interventions for Trauma and Attachment.

Françoise Bourzat, MA, has been bridging the divide between western psychology and indigenous wisdom in collaboration with healers in Huaulta de Jiminez, Mexico for the past 30 years. She is a founder of the Center for Consciousness Medicine, which trains people to become guides in a holistic method of psychedelic assisted therapy. She is also the co-author of Consciousness Medicine, published by North Atlantic Books.

Françoise served on the advisory board for the Oregon Prop 109 initiative and is currently collaborating with the Pacific Neuroscience Institute in an FDA-approved research study on psilocybin-assisted therapy for Covid-related grief.

She has a Master of Arts in Somatic Psychology and is trained in the Hakomi Method. Françoise has taught at CIIS in San Francisco, is a counselor, and runs online courses and lectures in various institutions.

Kekuni Minton, PhD, is a founding trainer of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute (SPI) and co-author of Trauma and the Body: A Sensorimotor Approach to Psychotherapy (2009). Dr. Minton (CO; NLC.0001765) has a private practice in Colorado since 1988, specializing in trauma and attachment issues with individual and couples. Dr. Minton was the resident psychotherapist at the Boulder County AIDS Project (1992- 1995) and past faculty member at Naropa University (1995 – 2006). His doctoral thesis in clinical psychology focused on somatic relational therapy, and he has special interests in meditation and cultural trauma. Dr. Minton is first author on, La Narrazione del Corpo: la Psicoterapia Sensomotoria Integrata Nella Terapia di Coppia (2018), published in Italy. He trains internationally for SPI in Italy, Spain, UK, Belgium, the Netherlands, and France and across the US and Canada.

William A. Richards, PhD

William (Bill) is Director of Therapy at Sunstone Therapies, based at the Aquilino Cancer Center in Rockville MD.  He also is a psychologist in the Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research in Baltimore where he has been implementing research studies with psilocybin at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine since 1999, and teaches at the California Institute of Integral Studies.  His graduate degrees include M.Div. (Yale), S.T.M. in the psychology of religion (Andover-Newton) and Ph.D. (Catholic University).  He studied with Abraham Maslow at Brandeis University and with Hanscarl Leuner at Georg-August University in Göttingen, Germany, where his involvement with psychedelic research originated in 1963.   From 1967 to 1977, he implemented projects of psychotherapy research with LSD, DPT, MDA and psilocybin at the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, including protocols designed to investigate the promise of psychedelics in the treatment of alcoholism, depression, narcotic addiction and the psychological distress associated with terminal cancer, and also their use in the training of religious and mental-health professionals.   His recent research at Johns Hopkins has focused on the potential value of psilocybin in the continuing education of professional religious leaders from different world religions.   His book, Sacred Knowledge:  Psychedelics and Religious Experiences, published by Columbia University Press, now has been  translated into multiple languages.

Michael Mithoefer, MD, is a psychiatrist living in Asheville, NC, with a research office in Charleston, SC. In 2000 he began collaborating with MAPS on the first US Phase 2 clinical trial of MDMA-assisted Psychotherapy. He and his wife Annie have since conducted two of the six MAPS-sponsored Phase II clinical trials testing MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD, as well a study providing MDMA-assisted sessions for therapists who have completed the MAPS Therapist Training, and a pilot study treating couples with MDMA-assisted psychotherapy combined with Cognitive Behavioral Conjoint Therapy. He is now Senior Medical Director for Medical Affairs, Training and Supervision at MAPS Public Benefit Corporation (MPBC). He is a Grof-certified Holotropic Breathwork Facilitator, is trained in EMDR and Internal Family Systems Therapy, and has nearly 30 years experience treating trauma patients. Before going into psychiatry in 1991 he practiced emergency medicine for ten years, served as medical director of the Charleston County and Georgetown County Emergency Departments. He has been board certified in Psychiatry, Emergency Medicine, and Internal Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and Affiliate Assistant Professor Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Medical University of South Carolina.

Rick Doblin, PhD, is the founder and executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). He received his doctorate in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where he wrote his dissertation on the regulation of the medical uses of psychedelics and marijuana and his Master's thesis on a survey of oncologists about smoked marijuana vs. the oral THC pill in nausea control for cancer patients. His undergraduate thesis at New College of Florida was a 25-year follow-up to the classic Good Friday Experiment, which evaluated the potential of psychedelic drugs to catalyze religious experiences. He also conducted a thirty-four year follow-up study to Timothy Leary's Concord Prison Experiment. Rick studied with Dr. Stanislav Grof and was among the first to be certified as a Holotropic Breathwork practitioner. His professional goal is to help develop legal contexts for the beneficial uses of psychedelics and marijuana, primarily as prescription medicines but also for personal growth for otherwise healthy people, and eventually to become a legally licensed psychedelic therapist. He founded MAPS in 1986, and currently resides in Boston with his wife, dog, and empty rooms from three children, one of whom is in college and two have graduated.

Jessica Katzman, PsyD, is a licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 20 years of experience as a therapist. She was trained at California Institute of Integral Studies in both traditional and transpersonal perspectives on healing. 


She is the co-founder with Dr. Robert Grant of  Healing Realms, a depth-oriented ketamine assisted psychotherapy (KAP) outpatient private practice that supports those with treatment-resistant mental health concerns, as well as those without major diagnoses who are interested in gaining greater insight into themselves and their connection to life.


She completed advanced training in therapeutic ketamine at KRIYA Institute She has presented at the ASKP and KRIYA Conferences on therapeutic ketamine, and facilitates an ongoing KAP consultation group for medical/mental health professionals.


In her private practice, she specializes in integrating psychedelic experiences, supporting the LGBTQQIAAP communities, treating substance use from a harm reduction perspective, addressing body image concerns from a Health at Every Size lens, mood/anxiety disorders, social justice conversations, and navigating non-traditional relationships and sexuality.

Jason Wallach, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences as well as the Substance Use Disorders Institute at the University of the Sciences. He also holds an adjunct appointment at Cooper Medical School. He is an author on over 20 publications in peer-reviewed journal articles as well as numerous book chapters and popular press articles. Dr. Wallach’s research focuses on the analytical and pharmacological characterizations of existing and novel psychoactive drugs with a focus on dissociatives and the serotonergic classical hallucinogens.

Elias Dakwar, MD, a board-certified psychiatrist and Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry in the Division on Substance Abuse at Columbia University, is involved, along with other licensed physicians, in the evaluation and care of all participants in our research trials. Dr. Dakwar has received research awards from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).

Randall Malchow, MD served as an anesthesiologist for 25 years in the armed forces before retiring as a colonel in 2008. He then became an associate professor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, where he was the first Vanderbilt physician to offer intensive ketamine infusion therapy in 2014. In 2015, he established one of the few ketamine infusion centers (KIC) in the Veteran Health Administration and the only KIC in the U.S. specifically targeting opioid cessation/reduction.

He has an extensive 30-year experience with the administration of ketamine for analgesic purposes and has presented his experience with ketamine in the veteran population at the American Society of Ketamine Physicians Annual Meeting in 2018. Dr. Malchow has published over 20 peer-reviewed journal articles and serves regularly on worldwide medical missions supporting those in need.

Dr. Malchow is honored to serve as the Medical Director for the AMG Ketamine & Wellness Center to provide compassionate and competent care for those suffering from chronic pain, opioid dependence, depression, PTSD, anxiety, and OCD.

Michael D. Banov, MD is a triple board-certified Adult, Adolescent, and Addiction Psychiatrist and is the medical director of PsychAtlanta and PsychAtlanta Research Center in Atlanta, Georgia. PsychAtlanta is an outpatient behavioral health group practice providing comprehensive outpatient services to those suffering from a wide range of psychiatric problems.PsychAtlanta Research Center works with pharmaceutical companies to test new compounds for the treatment of psychiatric disorders including, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, attention deficit disorder, and schizophrenia.

Dr. Banov attended medical school at Emory School of Medicine and completed his psychiatry training at McLean-Mass General Hospital, Harvard Medical School residency program. He was chief resdient of the psychotic disorders program and was given a teaching faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School before moving back to Georgia. He is a certified clinical investigator, having received his certification from the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ARCP). He is also board certfied as a Diplomate by the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine. He is an assistant clincial professor of psychiatry at the Medical College of Georgia.

Dr. Banov has conducted over 100 clinical research studies with new and existing compounds in the management of acute and chronic psychiatric conditions. He runs a treatment resistant mood and anxiety program that includes ketamine, Spravato, and other innovative therapy options. He recently published a paper in CNS spectrums on ketamine in anxiety disorders and is a medical consultant for an Atlanta-based medical device company working on innovation solutions to deliver intransal medications in a controlled and safe manner.

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Megan Oxley, MD is the founder and medical director of Michigan Progressive Health. A Board Certified Emergency Medicine physician, Dr. Oxley graduated from prestigious Wayne State University in 2009. She completed her residency training in Emergency Medicine in Detroit, serving the inner city. She spent a decade working in emergency departments in Michigan and Maryland and then transitioned to working with ketamine after helping a family member with treatment resistant depression. Dr. Oxley has been providing ketamine infusions for over four years. She is a founding board member of the American Society of Ketamine Physicians, Psychotherapists and Practitioners and is the current Vice President.

Sandhya Prashad, MD is a board certified psychiatrist specializing in interventional modalities for treatment resistant disorders with a particular interest and expertise in KAP. She completed both medical school and psychiatry residency at Baylor College of Medicine. She has been in private practice in the Houston area since 2011 and has been utilizing intravenous "ket" since 2016. She has personally administered over 5,000 treatments. She is the founder and medical director of Sandhya J. Prashad, MD, Houston TMS Therapeutics. Dr. Prashad is involved on an international level with furthering awareness and education regarding the safe and effective use of KAP. She is a founder, the former secretary and the current president of ASKP3. Dr. Prashad has been appointed as a clinical assistant professor at Baylor College of Medicine in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences where she assists in education of residents and medical students regarding the use of KAP and TMS in clinical practice. She continues to work to expand her practice to include evidence based interventional treatments as they become available, and has a particular interest in expanding access and affordability of these treatments.

Charles L. Raison, MD is the Mary Sue and Mike Shannon Chair for Healthy Minds, Children & Families and Professor, School of Human Ecology, and Professor, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison in Madison, WI. Dr. Raison also serves as Director of Clinical and Translational Research for Usona Institute, as Director of Research on Spiritual Health for Emory Healthcare and as Visiting Professor in the Center for the Study of Human Health at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. In addition, Dr. Raison has served as mental health expert for for many years and is the host of the “Health is Everything” podcast. Dr. Raison is internationally recognized for his studies examining novel mechanisms involved in the development and treatment of major depression and other stress-related emotional and physical conditions, as well as for his work examining the physical and behavioral effects of compassion training. More recently, Dr. Raison has taken a leadership role in the development of psychedelic medicines as potential treatments for major depression. The recipient of several teaching awards, Dr. Raison has received research funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Raison received the Raymond Pearl Memorial Award from the Human Biology Association “in recognition of his contributions to our understanding of evolutionary biocultural origins of mental health and illness.” He was named one of the world’s most influential researchers by Web of Science for the decade of 2010-2019. With Vladimir Maletic he is author of “The New Mind-Body Science of Depression” published by W.W. Norton in 2017. Dr. Raison serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Amy Mills, MD has been practicing psychiatry for over 35 years, with a specialty in psychiatric problems of pregnancy and post partum period. She obtained her graduate and medical school training from University of New Mexico School of Medicine. She continued to her residency in psychiatry at University of Colorado health Sciences Center. She is board certified in Psychiatry and Neurology, as well as in Holistic Medicine. She has recently retired from 35 years of private practice in Denver, Colorado.

Erin Amato, MD is a private practice Pediatric and Adult Psychiatrist at Montana Psychiatry & Brain Health Center in Billings, Montana. She was the first physician to bring Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and Psychedelic treatment for depression to Montana and has focused her practice on innovative and integrative treatments to help patients find hope and healing. She completed TMS training at the Brain Stimulation Lab at MUSC and psychedelic assisted psychotherapy training through the Psychedelic Research and Training Institute (PRATI). In 2018, she founded The Center for Ideal Health with the aim to promote optimal health and aging through lifestyle and personalized medicine programs. She is currently an​Advanced Fellow in Anti-Aging, Metabolic and Functional Medicine with The American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine and is passionate about helping people achieve optimal mood and memory across the lifespan through integrative and precision medicine.

Michelle Flowers, MD is a board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist who is passionate about helping people embrace and enhance meaning in their lives. In her more than fifteen years of experience as a private practice psychiatrist, she has focused on empowering individuals, couples and families as collaborators on their personal journeys.

Dr. Flowers believes in an integrative approach to psychiatry that seeks not only to alleviate suffering, but also to optimize wellness by addressing the needs of the body, mind and spirit. She appreciates the uniqueness of each individual and also the importance of the collective human experience and the power of connection. In addition to her work as a psychiatrist, she is fulfilled as mother to four children who consistently inspire her to expand her consciousness and enjoy the ride of life.

Dr. Flowers graduated from the first class of the IPI fellowship in 2020 and accepted the role of Course Director in 2021. She is trained in ketamine assisted psychotherapy, hypnosis, and aromatherapy. Outside of her psychiatric practice, Michelle enjoyed many years coaching youth sports and teaching dance fitness..

Elizabeth Willis RN, MS, PMHNP(c) is a co-founder of the Organization for Psychedelic and Entheogenic Nurses (OPENurses) and has practiced as an emergency department registered nurse (ED RN) in critical care settings for a decade. Passionate about disaster response and humanitarian work, her nursing path has taken her as far as Bolivia, Ecuador, Cambodia, Laos, and Zimbabwe. She currently works as a front-line provider ED RN at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). A 2017 graduate of the second cohort of the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) Certificate in Psychedelic Therapies and Research (CPTR) program, she next earned a Master of Science (MS) degree from UCSF’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program.

Psychedelics, peer-support, harm reduction, and nursing are areas where she has received advanced training and cultivated deep experiences. In west Sonoma County, CA, Liz has volunteered or worked for organizations as diverse as the Humane Society, Planned Parenthood, Red Cross, and Sutter VNA Hospice. Since 2013, as a volunteer with the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) for ZENDO Project, she has participated in all roles including medical lead and supervisor, training others in psychedelic harm reduction and holding space safely at numerous events and festivals in the United States, Costa Rica, and South Africa. In 2021, she was honored to serve as a supervisor for the launch of the pioneering psychedelic peer-support line — Fireside Project.

Her own personal healing journey began in Peru working within Shipibo traditions and ultimately led her to Teotihuacán, where her path as a Moondancer and as a Pipe Carrier walking in the Nahuatl lineage was initiated.
Liz is looking forward to her future role as a PMHNP where she will continue to fulfill her mission:

To honorably bring psychedelic medicines and plant entheogens to the western medical model by elevating the art, science, and spirituality of nursing in the fields of psychedelic-assisted therapies and research.

Radhalisa Zarzuela, LMHC is a bilingual Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) with a background in Trauma-Informed Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and anti-oppressive work, having served survivors of intimate partner violence, domestic violence, and other forms of gender-based violence and trauma. Radhalisa is also trained in level one Internal Family Systems (IFS). Radhalisa currently provides ketamine-assisted psychotherapy at Field Trip Health Clinic in New York City, and is a teaching assistant and group facilitator for the Integrative Psychiatry Institute.

Joe Castellano LPCC MA QEEG-T BCN, is the Founder and Clinician of Alpine Neurotherapy, which works with clinical, peak performance, TBI clients. He is an Board Certified QEEG Technologist, BCIA Board-Certified in Neurofeedback (BCN) and certified BCN Mentor. He earned his MA in Somatic Psychotherapy from Naropa University and is BS in Sports Science on the Sport Psychology track from the University of Utah, with a minor in Psychology. Joe is a father of two. He is an avid rock climber and former AMGA (American Mountain Guide Association) Single Pitch Instructor. He is also an avid skier with competitive backgrounds in both alpine and mogul skiing. Joe held a Masters Skydiving License, was an avid BASE jumper, and competed in both road cycling and mountain biking.

Jeffrey Becker, MD, trained at UCLA in both Medicine and Psychiatry with a focus on Neuropsychiatry and Functional Medicine. He is board-certified through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) and the American Board for Integrative and Holistic Medicine (ABIHM). He practices functional psychiatry in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, where he combines psychiatry with functional interventions, genetic analysis and attention to the healing interface between body, mind, and spirit. He has expertise in integrated treatment approaches to schizophrenia, polycystic ovarian syndrome, hypo-methylation and functional B12 deficiency, nutrient repletion in alcohol, memory-loss and aging, and recovery from traumatic brain injury. 

Malidoma Patrice Somé Phd., West African Elder, author, diviner, and teacher, as representative of his village in Burkina Faso, West Africa, has come to the west to share the ancient wisdom and practices which have supported his people for thousands of years. For more than twenty years, Elder Malidoma has shared the Wisdom of his Ancestors and tribal Elders: the Dagara Cosmology, and awakened a deep knowing in the hearts and bones of those who have recognized in his name, his books, his voice, and the Spirit world inviting the renewal of a deep and abiding relationship with all beings on Earth. Elder Malidoma is the author of several books, including Ritual: Power, Healing and Community, Of Water and The Spirit: Ritual, Magic and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman, and The Healing Wisdom of Africa: Finding Life Purpose through Nature, Ritual, and Community. Dr. Somé holds three Master’s degrees and two Doctorates from the Sorbonne and Brandeis University. He is an initiated elder in his village in Dano, Burkina Faso, W. Africa. He travels throughout the world bringing a message of hope, healing and reconciliation through the powerful tools of ritual and community building.

James Lake is a Board-certified psychiatrist who completed residency training in adult psychiatry at Stanford and practices on the central California coast. He has chaired symposia and workshops at APA meetings and other national and international conferences on complementary, alternative and integrative mental health care. He previously served as a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine at Stanford, and is currently a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at University of Arizona College of Medicine. Dr. Lake founded and chaired the American Psychiatric Association’s Caucus on Complementary, Alternative and Integrative Medicine from 2004 through 2010 and is a founding member and former chair of the International Network of Integrative Mental Health. Dr. Lake has completed intensive courses in herbal medicine, qigong, medical acupuncture, and EEG biofeedback, and is a long-time student of Tibetan medicine.  

Dr. Lake is the author or editor of 5 textbooks: Chinese Medical Psychiatry: A Clinical Manual, (with Bob Flaws), Blue Poppy Press, 2000; Textbook of Integrative Mental Health Care, Thieme, 2006; and Complementary and Alternative Treatments in Mental Health Care (co-edited with David Spiegel), American Psychiatric Press, 2007, and Integrative Mental Health Care: A Therapist’s Handbook, Norton, 2009, and An Integrative Paradigm for Mental Health Care: Ideas and Methods Shaping the Future, Springer, 2019. In 2015 he self-published a series of 10 e-books offered as concise guides to integrative management of common mental health problems for use by patients and integrative clinicians. All books in the series were revised and updated in fall, 2019. You may contact Dr. Lake at his website

Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT, is a clinician, researcher, teacher, and developer of A Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy® (PACT). He has a clinical practice in Calabasas, CA, and developed the PACT Institute for the purpose of training other psychotherapists to use this method in their clinical practice.

In addition, Dr. Tatkin teaches and supervises family medicine residents at Kaiser Permanente, Woodland Hills, CA, and is an assistant clinical professor at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine. Dr. Tatkin is on the board of directors of Lifespan Learning Institute and serves as a member on Relationships First Counsel, a nonprofit organization founded by Harville Hendrix and Helen LaKelly Hunt.

Books/CDs by Dr. Tatkin includes:

  •       We Do: Saying Yes to a Relationship of Depth, True Connection, and Enduring Love, published by Sounds True
  •       Your Brain on Love: The Neurobiology of Healthy Relationships, 6 CD set published by Sounds True
  •       Wired for Love: How Understanding Your Partner’s Brain and Attachment Style Can Help You Defuse Conflict and Build a Secure Relationship, published by New Harbinger
  •       Your Brain on Love: The Neurobiology of Healthy Relationships, published by Sounds True
  •       Wired for Love: How Understanding Your Partner’s Brain and Attachment Style Can Help You Defuse Conflict and Build a Secure Relationship, published by New Harbinger
  •       Love and War in Intimate Relationships: Connection, Disconnection, and Mutual Regulation in Couple Therapy, with coauthor Marion Solomon, available through W. W. Norton’s Interpersonal Neurobiology Series

Dr. Tatkin received his early training in developmental self and object relations (Masterson Institute), Gestalt, psychodrama, and family systems theory. His private practice specialized for some time in treating adolescents and adults with personality disorders. More recently, his interests turned to psycho-neurobiological theories of human relationship and applying principles of early mother-infant attachment to adult romantic relationships.

Dr. Tatkin was a primary inpatient group therapist at the John Bradshaw Center, where among other things, he taught mindfulness to patients and staff. He was trained in Vipassana meditation by Shinzen Young and was an experienced facilitator in Vipassana. He was also trained by David Reynolds in two Japanese forms of psychotherapy, Morita and Naikan. Dr. Tatkin was clinical director of Charter Hospital’s intensive outpatient drug and alcohol program and is a former president of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Ventura County chapter. He is a veteran member of Allan N. Schore’s study group. He also trained in the Adult Attachment Interview by way of Mary Main and Erik Hesse’s program through UC Berkeley.

 Dr. Ashwin Mehta was recruited as the Medical Director of Integrative Medicine at the Memorial Healthcare system in October of 2015.

Dr. Mehta trained as a fellow in the Program of Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona and is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Sleep. He serves as the member of the Board of Trustees for the international Society for Integrative Oncology in 2016 and his expertise includes nutrition, exercise, sleep, yoga and mindfulness to achieve wellness in the context of coping with chronic medical conditions. Dr. Mehta’s research interests include the use of preventative medicine and positive health behaviors to improve quality of life.

The Integrative Medicine team at Memorial works closely with the Physician Wellness Committee and provides consultations to improve the overall health of our physician workforce. Dr. Mehta envisions integrative medicine as a driving force towards a new paradigm of quality healthcare where patient satisfaction and experience are given due importance.


 Dr. Ashwin Mehta was recruited as the Medical Director of Integrative Medicine at the Memorial Healthcare system in October of 2015.

Dr. Mehta trained as a fellow in the Program of Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona and is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Sleep. He serves as the member of the Board of Trustees for the international Society for Integrative Oncology in 2016 and his expertise includes nutrition, exercise, sleep, yoga and mindfulness to achieve wellness in the context of coping with chronic medical conditions. Dr. Mehta’s research interests include the use of preventative medicine and positive health behaviors to improve quality of life.

The Integrative Medicine team at Memorial works closely with the Physician Wellness Committee and provides consultations to improve the overall health of our physician workforce. Dr. Mehta envisions integrative medicine as a driving force towards a new paradigm of quality healthcare where patient satisfaction and experience are given due importance.


Dr. Jeffry N. Gerber, MD, FAAFP is a board certified family physician and owner of South Suburban Family Medicine in Littleton, Colorado, where he is known as “Denver’s Diet Doctor”. He has been providing personalized healthcare to the local community since 1993 and continues that tradition with an emphasis on longevity, wellness and prevention.

Nutrition and its effects on health are areas of interest for Dr. Gerber. Frustrated with spiraling healthcare costs related to the treatment of conditions like overweight, obesity, diabetes, atherosclerosis and heart disease just to name a few, Dr. Gerber has been focusing on prevention and treatment programs using low-carb high fat (LCHF), Ancestral, Paleo and Primal diets to treat and prevent these chronic conditions. He maintains a database of patients, looking at weight loss and improved cardio-metabolic markers, demonstrating the benefits of these types of diets. Redefining healthy nutrition is a goal. Dr. Gerber speaks frequently about these important issues to patients, the community and other health care professionals.

Dr. Jeffry N. Gerber, MD, FAAFP is a board certified family physician and owner of South Suburban Family Medicine in Littleton, Colorado, where he is known as “Denver’s Diet Doctor”. He has been providing personalized healthcare to the local community since 1993 and continues that tradition with an emphasis on longevity, wellness and prevention.

Nutrition and its effects on health are areas of interest for Dr. Gerber. Frustrated with spiraling healthcare costs related to the treatment of conditions like overweight, obesity, diabetes, atherosclerosis and heart disease just to name a few, Dr. Gerber has been focusing on prevention and treatment programs using low-carb high fat (LCHF), Ancestral, Paleo and Primal diets to treat and prevent these chronic conditions. He maintains a database of patients, looking at weight loss and improved cardio-metabolic markers, demonstrating the benefits of these types of diets. Redefining healthy nutrition is a goal. Dr. Gerber speaks frequently about these important issues to patients, the community and other health care professionals.


Dr. Christopher Palmer is a psychiatrist working at the interface of metabolic and mental disorders in order to better understand the overlap between disorders like diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and mental illness.  Dr. Palmer is also the director of the Department of Postgraduate and Continuing Education at McLean Hospital and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

He has been a practicing psychiatrist for 25 years, in addition to doing research and teaching.  His clinical practice has focused on treatment-resistant cases, which has made him painfully aware of the shortcomings of current approaches.   Dr. Palmer is a pioneer in the use of the ketogenic diet in psychiatry. Building on the research of ketogenic diets and their effectiveness for epilepsy treatment, he is applying this method in his own practice for the treatment of mental illness.


Sujatha Reddy MSEd, BAMS, LPC, DCC is an Ayurvedic Doctor and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She graduated from Bangalore University in India with a bachelor’s degree in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery in 1988. She has her Masters in Community Counseling from the University of Dayton in Ohio. She has been practicing Ayurveda for over 30 years and has been in the field of mental health for eighteen years. Currently she has a private practice in Lakewood, Colorado. She is Licensed in the state of Colorado and Ohio as a Professional Clinical Mental Health Counselor. Sujatha is certified in Cognitive Behavior therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique, Alternative and Integrated treatment for Mental Health, Kundalini Yoga Meditation and Pranayama.

Sujatha is the owner and Executive director of Humanly Lakewood a whole person wellness center. She has over 40 mental health and alternative health practitioners in her center. She is Currently a board member of COLORAMA (Colorado Ayurvedic Medical Association) where she serves as the Governance for the organization.

Sujatha was awarded the Athreya award in 2012 by Association of Ayurvedic Physicians of North America(AAPNA) for her Clinical expertise in Ayurveda. She was also awarded the New Albany OH mental health award for 2019. Her practice is limited to adults as a mental health counselor and Doctor of Ayurveda.


Leslie Korn, PhD, MPH, LMHC has been practicing Integrative Medicine for Mental Health since 1977, providing over 80,000 clinical care hours, integrating nutritional, herbal and culinary medicine with psychotherapy, yoga and cranial sacral therapies.  She specializes in the treatment of traumatic stress and its somatic sequelae. 

She completed her graduate education in the departments of psychiatry and public health at Harvard Medical School, following 10 years of life training in the jungle of Mexico. She was a Fulbright scholar in Botanical Medicine and an NIH-funded principal investigator and is the former clinical director of New England School of Acupuncture and faculty at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine.. She is the author of 9 books including, Natural Woman: Herbal Remedies for Radiant Health at Every Age and Stage of Life (Shambhala, 2020)  Rhythms of Recovery: Trauma, Nature and the Body (Routledge, 2012), Nutrition Essentials for Mental Health (W.W. Norton, 2016), Multicultural Counseling Workbook: Exercises, Worksheets & Games to Build Rapport with Diverse Clients (PESI, 2015) and The Good Mood Kitchen (W.W. Norton, 2017).

Leslie is in private practice with a focus on helping people eliminate or reduce psychotropic medications.  She conducts post graduate trainings and mentorship and is the research director at where she designs culinary and herbal medicine programs with tribal communities. She is passionate about the healing power of canines.


Daniel A. Kinderlehrer, MD

Daniel A. Kinderlehrer, MD is a nationally recognized physician with expertise in the fields of nutrition, allergy, environmental medicine, Lyme disease and the healing of mind-body-spirit as a unified whole. Dr. Kinderlehrer co-founded The New England Center for Holistic Medicine in Newbury MA, and has taught extensively, including practitioner training courses at the Omega Institute, The National Institute of Behavioral Medicine, The Omega Institute, and the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society. He created and organized the Lyme Fundamentals course which is presented annually at the International Lyme and Associated Diseases conferences. He is the author of several review articles in medical journals and the Lyme Times. His integrated medical practice in Denver, CO focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of tick-borne disease. Dr. Kinderlehrer is the author of Recovery From Lyme: The Integrative Medicine Guide to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Tick-Borne Illness, which will be released in 2020.


Daniel Siegel, MD is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. He is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute which focuses on the development of mindsight, teaches insight, empathy, and integration in individuals, families and communities.

Dr. Siegel has published extensively for both the professional and lay audiences. His five New York Times bestsellers are: Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence, Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human, Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain, and two books with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D: The Whole-Brain Child, and No-Drama Discipline. His other books include: The Developing Mind, The Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, Mindsight, The Mindful Brain, The Mindful Therapist, and also with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D. - The Yes Brain and The Power of Showing Up. Dr. Siegel also serves as the Founding Editor for the Norton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology which contains over seventy textbooks.

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Rachel Yehuda, PhD is a Professor and Vice Chair of Psychiatry, and Professor of Neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is also the Mental Health Patient Care Center Director at the Bronx Veterans Affairs, which includes the PTSD clinical research program and the Neurochemistry and Neuroendocrinology laboratory at Mount Sinai and the James J. Peters Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Yehuda is a recognized leader in the field of traumatic stress studies. She has authored more than 450 published papers, chapters, and books in the field of traumatic stress and the neurobiology of PTSD.  Her current interests include PTSD treatment innovation, PTSD prevention, the study of risk and resilience factors, psychological and biological predictors of treatment response in PTSD, genetic and epigenetic studies of PTSD and the intergenerational transmission of trauma and PTSD. She has an active federally-funded clinical and research program that welcomes local and international students and clinicians.

Jeffrey Guss, MD is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and researcher with specializations in psychoanalytic therapy and the treatment of substance use disorders. He was Co-Principal Investigator and Director of Psychedelic Therapy Training for the NYU School of Medicine’s study on psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy in the treatment of cancer-related existential distress, which was published in Journal of Psychopharmacology, 2016. He currently is a study therapist in the NYU study on Psychedelic-Assisted therapy in the treatment of Alcoholism, a collaborator with Yale University’s study on psychedelic-assisted therapy for Major Depressive Disorder and a study therapist with the MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) study on treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder with Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy. 

Dr. Guss is interested in the integration of psychedelic therapies with contemporary psychoanalytic theory and has published in Studies in Gender and Sexuality and Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society. He has published (with Elizabeth Nielson, PhD) a paper on “the influence of therapists’ first had experience with psychedelics on psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy research and therapist training” in The Journal of Psychedelic Studies, August, 2018. He is an Instructor and Mentor with the California Institute of Integral Studies’ Center for Psychedelic Therapies and Supervisor in NYU’s Fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry. 

Dr. Guss maintains a private practice in New York City.

Anu French, MD is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a Member of the AAP’s Pediatric Integrative Medicine Leadership Initiative. She is double board-certified in Pediatrics and Integrative Medicine and has completed a pediatric residency at The Children’s Hospital of Michigan, a fellowship in Integrative Medicine through Dr. Andrew Weil's Center for Integrative Medicine, is an alumnus of the IPI Integrative Psychistry fellowship and has Advanced Pediatric Training through the IFM (Institute for Functional Medicine). 

She has a special interest in PANS/PANDAS and is on the Professional Advisory board of ASPIRE the Alliance to Solve PANS & Immune-Related Encephalopathies.

Dr French is a member of Integrative Medicine for the Underserved for health care equity and attended the 2018 Integrative Health & Wellness Congressional Caucus hearings on Capitol Hill. She is on the core committee of Let’s Integrate, a national community network dedicated to reversingACES  She was an AAP Section on Integrative Medicine 2017 grant recipient and her research “A pilot study on ‘The Magic Mirror' harp music as a cost-effective biofeedback/neurofeedback tool to build intergenerational resilience.” was presented at the AAP’s 2018 National Conference. 

A yoga student for 20 years, Anu has completed Kids Yoga Teacher Training through the Yoyoyoga School in St Louis. She coauthored and published a review on Yoga in Children included in the AAP’s 2016 Clinical Policy Statement on the use of Mind-Body Therapies in Children and Youth. “Complementary, Holistic, and Integrative Medicine: Yoga.  

Dr French has been in pediatric practice for 26 years with SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital St Louis MO and opened her SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Pediatrics and Integrative Medicine office in 2019. 

She precepted dietetic interns from St Louis Fontbonne University, co-facilitating a group integrative nutrition visit model which was published in The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 2019 Special Focus Issue on Innovation in Group-Delivered Services. “Collaboration Between a Dietetics Program and Pediatric Medical Office to Provide Nutrition Education Group Visits"

Anu is passionate about creating resources through her public Facebook page

which are available on her website A New Wellness  These include her children’s book, ‘I Am You, You Are Me’ an anti-bullying book about unity and inclusivity. Her CD ‘Wake Up My Divinity’ is filled with music she created as she made sound healing a part of her own journey to wellness and streams on Pandora, Spotify, Amazon and iTunes. She paints for mind body spirit balance and offers her healing acrylic artwork the ‘I Am’ series for sale on commission, and her ‘I Am Vida’ line of accessories to support global Literacy for Life programs.

 She teaches resilience building, sound healing, art therapy and mindfulness workshops locally. Her choice of meditation is walking her backyard labyrinth and trying to be a mindful partner to her beloved and a mindful parent to her two precious daughters and her two wayward dogs.

Janet Solyntjes, MA, is a Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and serves on the faculty of the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts.  Janet has offered MBSR courses in Colorado since 2000 and has been leading mindfulness meditation retreats in the U.S. and internationally for over 25 years. She is the leader of the annual donothing retreat for entrepreneurs and supports the integration of mindfulness into business settings. 

Co-founder of the Boulder-based Center for Courageous Living, Janet is committed to promoting the inherent goodness of individuals and groups through a variety of supportive services, programs, and retreats.

Rohini Kanniganti, MD, MSPH, HMDC is a Boulder based Board Certified Family Physician. She has served in hospice and palliative care for over a decade, currently at the Mountain Valley Hospice and Palliative Care in NC. She completed a fellowship in Integrative Psychiatry through the Integrative Psychiatry Institute, and serves at the Integrative Psychiatry Centers, as well as leading Physician support for the Experiential aspect of the IPI Psychedelic Assisted Therapy Training. She is a hybrid of science, art and sacred, and is always ready to play.

Sara Gottfried, MD

Sara Gottfried, MD is a board-certified physician, researcher, and educator. She graduated from Harvard Medical School and MIT, and completed residency at UCSF. Dr. Gottfried is a global keynote speaker and the author of four New York Times bestselling books about trauma, hormones, and physical and mental health—including her latest titled WOMEN, FOOD, AND HORMONES. She is Clinical Assistant Professor in Dept. of Integrative Medicine and Nutritional Sciences at Thomas Jefferson University, and Director of Precision Medicine at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health. Her focus is hormone regulation, N-of-1 trial design, personalized multi-omic profiling, use of wearables, and how to leverage these tools to improve patient outcomes.

Amelia Villagomez, MD

Dr. Villagomez is board certified in Child/Adolescent and General Psychiatry. She completed residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard program.  Dr.Villagomez then completed the 1000-hour integrative medicine fellowship through the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. She has also been certified in leading Mind-Body skills Groups through the Center for Mind-Body Medicine.  One area of focus has been working with patients with a history of trauma using an evidence-based trauma therapy called Accelerated Resolution Therapy.

She co-directors an Integrative Psychiatry elective program for residents and fellows at the University of Arizona and works in a group practice, Progressive Psychiatry, in Fort Worth, Texas using an integrative approach for children, adolescents, and adults.

Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

Ranjbar N., Villagomez A., Brooks A., Ricker M., Lebensohn P., & Maizes V., “Assessing Integrative Psychiatry Curriculum Needs,” Global Advances in Health and Medicine (2019).

Villagomez A, Ramtekkar U. “Iron, Magnesium, Vitamin D, and Zinc Deficiencies in Children Presenting with Symptoms of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.” Children, October 2014.

Brooks, A. J., Ranjbar, N., Villagomez, A., Ricker, M., Lebensohn, P., Maizes, V., & Erb, M. (2016, June). Effect of an Integrative Medicine Curriculum with Mind-Body Skills Training on Resident Wellbeing. In American Journal on Addictions (Vol. 25, No. 4, pp. 311-311). 111 River St, Hoboken 07030-5774, NJ USA: Wiley-Blackwell.

Book Chapters

Villagomez, Amelia. “Examination and Diagnosis,” First Aid for Psychiatry. Ed. Jason Yanofski.

McGraw-Hill, 2010.

Villagomez A, Ranjbar N. “Integrative Approaches for Adolescent Depression,” Integrative

Therapies for Depression: Redefining Models for Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention, CRC Press, December 2015.


Ranjbar N, Murzl C, and Villagomez A. “Evaluation of a Blended-Learning Elective Curriculum in Integrative Psychiatry,” American Academy of the Directors Psychiatry Residency Training, Poster Presentation, February 2018, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Brooks A, Ranjbar N, Erb M, Villagomez A, Lebensohn P, Ricker M, Maizes V, “Designing an Integrative Medicine Curriculum with Mind-Body Skills Training to Impact Wellbeing in Psychiatry Residents.” Annual meeting of the American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry, December 2015, Huntington Beach, California.

Diaz E, Hafler J, Aggarwal N, Armah T, Villagomez A, Knudson-Gonzalez D. “Designing and Implementing a Curriculum on Cultural Sensitivity.”Accepted for presentation at the Annual meeting of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training, March 2011, Austin, Texas.



Will Van Derveer, MD

Will Van Derveer, MD is Co-Founder of Integrative Psychiatry Institute and Integrative Psychiatry Centers. Dr. Van Derveer was co-investigator on a phase 2 MAPS study of Psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy for treatment-resistant PTSD, and co-authored the publication of this study in 2018. He has also provided Psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy in two MAPS training studies. An active provider of KAP at his clinic in Boulder, CO, he has been teaching others KAP therapy for several years. Dr. Van Derveer contributed a chapter on mescaline in the 2021 "Handbook of Medical Hallucinogens" (edited by Charles Grob and Jim Grigsby). He is co-host of the Higher Practice Podcast.

Dr. Van Derveer regards unresolved emotional trauma as the most significant under-recognized root cause of psychiatric symptoms in integrative psychiatry practice, along with gut issues, hormone imbalances, inflammation, mitochondrial dysfunction, and other functional medicine challenges. He is trained in Somatic Experiencing, EMDR, Internal Family Systems, and other psychotherapy techniques. His current clinical passion is psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, which he mentors interested doctors in providing. An avid meditator, he has been a meditation instructor since 2004.

For the past several years Dr. Van Derveer has taught psychiatrists and other psychiatric providers integrative psychiatry in a number of settings, including course directing the CU psychiatry residents’ course as well as with Scott Shannon and Janet Settle at the Psychiatry MasterClass.

Keith Kurlander, MA, LPC

Keith Kurlander, MA, LPC is the Co-founder of the Integrative Psychiatry Institute (IPI) and the Integrative Psychiatry Centers (IPC) along with Will Van Derveer, MD. He brings a professional and personal passion toward the innovation and evolution of the field of psychiatry, psychedelic medicine and psychotherapy.

The Integrative Psychiatry Institute is an educational platform that is advancing the field of mental health care with provider training focused on integrative medicine, functional medicine, lifestyle medicine, and psychedelic-assisted therapy.

The Integrative Psychiatry Centers serve patients with integrative psychiatry services as well as psychedelic-assisted therapy currently in form of IV and IM KAP.

He graduated Naropa University in 2005 with a master’s degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology. As a Partner of Boulder Psychotherapy Services, he has practiced integrative psychotherapy for over a decade. After years of treating highly complex patients, as well as a personal journey of overcoming complex trauma and mood-related issues, he turned toward integrative psychiatric practices as a key component to achieving mental health and understanding the healing process.

In 2014 he founded Higher Practice, an online company with the mission to empower therapists to achieve their highest potential in private practice. Keith believes mental health professionals are catalysts for positive social change and, therefore, are key influencers in uplifting consciousness and alleviating unnecessary suffering. With this in mind, he designed Higher Practice to provide mental health professionals with innovative clinical trainings for continuing education, as well as the most comprehensive business course available for those pursuing private practice.

He also co-hosts The Higher Practice Podcast for Optimal Mental Health. This weekly podcast interviews experts in the fields of neuroscience, psychotherapy, psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, developmental psychology, human behavior, psychiatry, clinical psychology, and nutrition. The Higher Practice Podcast is dedicated to bringing mental health clinicians the most current and innovative methods for transforming clients’ lives, as well as their own.

Mary Shackelton, ND

Mary F. Shackelton, MPH, ND is a Naturopathic Doctor who practices environmental medicine with an emphasis on women’s health. Dr. Shackelton is a member of the American Academy of Environmental Medicine with a focus on chronic disease, conditions associated with environmental exposure, and chronic hidden infections, such as Lyme, mixed bacterial infections, and immune dysfunctions. She has a blog in which she writes about her passion for the environment and its impact on human health. Dr Shackelton has just completed writing a book on the impact of environmental toxins on neurodegenerative disorders in the unborn fetus. Dr. Shackelton has a Masters in Public Health, Dr. Shackelton was the Naturopathic Physician on staff for the First Disabled Ascent of Mt. Everest 1998. Dr. Shackelton is the co-founder of Insulite Laboratories, a company dedicated to reversing disorders related to insulin. Dr Shackelton is also co-founder of an NGO in Africa called Pride Pads which aims to provide sanitary pads and menstrual hygiene education to keep girls in school. Currently Dr. Shackelton has a private practice in Boulder Colorado, which she has maintained for over 22 years.

Noshene Ranjbar, MD

Noshene Ranjbar MD is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona College of Medicine - Tucson, where she serves as Director for the Integrative Psychiatry Program with branches at a growing number of psychiatry residency programs natinally. Dr. Ranjbar serves as Fellowship Faculty with the Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine ( as well as Faculty and Indigenous Initiative Advisor with The Center for Mind-Body Medicine ( Born and raised in Iran, she moved to the U.S. as a teen and completed undergraduate and medical education at the University of Virginia followed by internship in Family Medicine at Middlesex Hospital in Connecticut and research at Yale University. She completed Psychiatry Residency at University of Arizona, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School, and Integrative Medicine fellowship at the University of Arizona. Her academic interests include integrative psychiatry, physician wellbeing and burnout, mind-body medicine, and advocacy towards culturally-congruent, trauma-sensitive mental health care for Indigenous peoples as well as for refugees, asylum seekers, and other minoritized communities. Most recently, she has been helping lead a trauma-relief and resiliency initiative in Iran and the Farsi-speaking Diaspora (


Marvin Singh, MD

Dr. Marvin Singh practices as an integrative gastroenterologist in San Diego, California, is a diplomate of the American board of integrative medicine, board certified internist and gastroenterologist. Dr. Singh was trained by Dr. Andrew Weil, a pioneer in the field of integrative medicine, at the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. Dr. Singh is currently a voluntary assistant clinical professor at UCSD in the Department of Family Medicine and Public Health; prior to this, he has been a clinical assistant professor at UCLA and an assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Singh is a member of the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, American College of Lifestyle Medicine, and the True Health Initiative, among many other societies. He is actively involved in the American Gastroenterological Association and American Medical Association. He is co-editing the textbook of Integrative Gastroenterology 2nd edition and has already written several book chapters and articles. He is dedicated to guiding his patients toward optimal wellness every step of the way, in whatever manner they need it. He uses cutting-edge tests and personally designed protocols to develop a truly individualized plan based on genetics, microbiome, metabolism, and lifestyle. A graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, Dr. Singh completed his residency training in internal medicine at the University of Michigan Health System followed by fellowship training in Gastroenterology at Scripps Clinic/Green Hospital.

Scott has been a student of consciousness since his honors thesis on that topic at the University of Arizona in the 1970s under the tutelage of Dr. Andrew Weil. Following medical school, Scott studied Jungian therapy and acupuncture while working as a primary care physician in a rural area for four years. Psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy became a facet of his practice before this medicine was scheduled in 1985. He then completed a psychiatry residency at Columbia program in New York. Scott studied cross-cultural psychiatry and completed a child/adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the University of New Mexico.

In 2010 he founded Wholeness Center in Fort Collins. This innovative clinic provides cross-disciplinary evaluation and care for all mental health concerns. Scott serves as a site Principal Investigator and therapist for the Phase III trial of psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD sponsored by (MAPS). He has also published numerous articles about his research on (CBD) in mental health. Currently, Scott works extensively with psychedelic-assisted-psychotherapy. He lectures all over the world to professional groups interested in a deeper look at mental health issues, safer tools, and a paradigm-shifting perspective about transformative care.

Sara Gottfried, MD

Sara Gottfried, MD is a board-certified physician, researcher, and educator. She graduated from Harvard Medical School and MIT, and completed residency at UCSF. Dr. Gottfried is a global keynote speaker and the author of four New York Times bestselling books about trauma, hormones, and physical and mental health—including her latest titled WOMEN, FOOD, AND HORMONES. She is Clinical Assistant Professor in Dept. of Integrative Medicine and Nutritional Sciences at Thomas Jefferson University, and Director of Precision Medicine at the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health. Her focus is hormone regulation, N-of-1 trial design, personalized multi-omic profiling, use of wearables, and how to leverage these tools to improve patient outcomes.

Christopher A. Lowry is an Associate Professor in the Department of Integrative Physiology and Center for Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) and Center for Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (AMC), a Principal Investigator in the Department of Veterans Affairs Eastern Colorado Health Care System, VA Rocky Mountain Mental Illness Research, Education, & Clinical Center (MIRECC), and director of the Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Laboratory at CU Boulder. He is Co-Director, with Dr. Lisa Brenner, of the Military and Veteran Microbiome Consortium for Research and Education (MVM-CoRE). Dr. Lowry’s research program focuses on understanding stress-related physiology and behavior with an emphasis on the role of the microbiome-gut-brain axis in stress resilience, health and disease.

David Rosenthal, M.D., is a child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist who earned his medical degree at the University of Iowa School of Medicine in 1986 and completed his residency in adult psychiatry and fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of California, Davis, Medical Center. He is a published author on ADHD and has lectured widely on ADHD, mood disorders and, most recently, on the use of genetic testing to assist in determining the optimal treatment of complex psychiatric disorders. He has taught psychopharmacology classes and has worked in a variety of mental health settings including a large HMO and adolescent and adult prison settings. He is currently in private practice in Boulder, Colorado, where he resides with his wife and son.

Dr. Billica attended the University of North Carolina with a Morehead Scholarship for Undergraduate,
then returned there for medical school, graduating in 1985. Residency in Family Medicine was
completed at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix where he served as Chief Resident. After a
Faculty Fellowship at Duke University, he served as faculty in Family Medicine Residency at Good
Samaritan from 1990 to 2004. He was chairman of the Hospital Family Medicine Department for 5
years, served as chairman for the CME committee, served on the Pharmacy and Therapeutics
committee, Antimicrobic committee, and received the residency teaching award. His journey in
Functional / Integrative Medicine started in 2000 through the Institute of Functional Medicine. After
many conferences, he left Academic Family Medicine to join TriLife Health for full time Functional /
Integrative Medicine in Fort Collins in January 2005. During this time he has served as physician and
medical director for an addiction center, Inner Balance in Loveland, Colorado, and has developed
subspecialty expertise in the biochemical and genetic aspects of addictions.

Nancy is a family doctor whose practice of medicine has evolved considerably over the 30-plus years of her career.  After deciding that interacting with people would be much more fun and interesting than interacting with distillation towers, she left her job as a chemical engineer and went to medical school in Boston where, unbeknownst to her, she was likely bitten by a Lyme-infected tick while exploring the New England countryside.  Having occasionally severe but limited symptoms, she finished her training, and went on to practice Family Medicine in Denver for several decades. Eventually, her frustration with the current pharmaceutically-centered paradigm of seeing patients every 15 minutes led her to Functional/Integrative Medicine. She now feels deep satisfaction when treating the root causes of illness, and finds that this approach is much more beneficial to her patients while also being much more aligned with her personal experience and values.

Nancy discovered in 2016 that chronic Lyme disease was responsible for the worsening psychiatric and physical symptoms she had faced ever since a back surgery two years prior.  This discovery has revolutionized both her life and her practice. Having now pursued extensive training in both tick-borne infections and mold toxicity, she uses her many years of clinical experience, her pattern-recognition skills, and her commitment to finding the root causes of illness to diagnose and treat those with elusive, treatment-resistant, multisymptom, multisystem illnesses.  Nancy is passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience with others, so that the true prevalence and impact of these conditions may be recognized within the medical community and beyond.

Nancy Brown holds an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University, and received her MD from Harvard Medical School.  She continues to work in private practice in Boulder County, CO, where her focus is increasingly on patients with Lyme and related conditions.  Having successfully launched her daughter, she lives in Denver with her cat Pixie, and enjoys gardening, cooking, and meditation.

Keith Kurlander, MA, LPC is the Co-founder of the Integrative Psychiatry Institute (IPI) along with Will Van Derveer, MD. He brings a professional and personal passion toward the innovation and evolution of the field of psychiatry.

He graduated Naropa University in 2005 with a master’s degree in Transpersonal Counseling Psychology. As a Partner of Boulder Psychotherapy Services, he has practiced integrative psychotherapy for over a decade. After years of treating highly complex patients, as well as a personal journey of overcoming complex trauma and mood-related issues, he turned toward integrative psychiatric practices as a key component to achieving mental health and understanding the healing process.

In 2014 he founded Higher Practice, an online company with the mission to empower therapists to achieve their highest potential in private practice. Keith believes mental health professionals are catalysts for positive social change and, therefore, are key influencers in uplifting consciousness and alleviating unnecessary suffering. With this in mind, he designed Higher Practice to provide mental health professionals with innovative clinical trainings for continuing education, as well as the most comprehensive business course available for those pursuing private practice.

He also hosts one of the fastest growing podcasts for mental health professionals, The Higher Practice Podcast. This weekly podcast interviews experts in the fields of neuroscience, psychotherapy, developmental psychology, human behavior, psychiatry, clinical psychology, and nutrition. The Higher Practice Podcast is dedicated to bringing mental health clinicians the most current and innovative methods for transforming clients’ lives, as well as their own.

Will Van Derveer, MD is co-founder of Integrative Psychiatry Institute (IPI), along with friend and colleague Keith Kurlander, MA. He co-created IPI as an expression of what he stands for. First, that anyone can heal, and second that we medical providers must embrace our own healing journeys in order to fully command our potency as healers.

Dr. Van Derveer spent the last 20 years innovating and testing a comprehensive approach to addressing psychiatric challenges which transcends the conventional model he learned in medical school at Vanderbilt University and residency at University of Colorado, while deeply engaging his own healing path.

He founded the Integrative Psychiatric Healing Center in in 2001 in Boulder, CO, where he currently practices. Dr. Van Derveer regards unresolved emotional trauma as the most significant root cause of psychiatric symptoms in integrative psychiatry practice, along with gut issues, hormone imbalances, inflammation, mitochondrial dysfunction, and other functional medicine challenges. He is trained in Somatic Experiencing, EMDR, Internal Family Systems, and other psychotherapy techniques. His current clinical passion is psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, which he mentors interested doctors in providing. An avid meditator, he has been a meditation instructor since 2004.

For the past several years Dr. Van Derveer has taught psychiatrists and other psychiatric providers integrative psychiatry in a number of settings, including course directing the CU psychiatry residents’ course as well as with Scott Shannon and Janet Settle at the Psychiatry MasterClass. In addition to his clinical work and teaching, he was co-investigator in 2016 a Phase II randomized clinical trial, sponsored by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS). He continues to support this protocol, now in a Phase III clinical trial under break-through designation by FDA.

Dr. Van Derveer is a diplomate of the American Board of Integrative and Holistic Medicine (ABoIHM) since 2013, and he was board certified in the first wave of diplomates of the new American Board of Integrative Medicine (ABIM) in 2016.

LISA DION, LPC, RPT-S, is an international teacher and supervisor. She is the founder and President of the Play Therapy Institute of Colorado and creator of “Synergetic Play Therapy,” a model of play therapy bridging the gap between neuro-science and psychology. She is dedicated to advancing the play therapy field worldwide through her teachings, books and research. She is the author of Aggression in Play Therapy: A Neurobiological Approach for Integrating Intensity, the host of the Lessons from the Playroom podcast and webinar series and is the recipient of the Association for Play Therapy’s 2015 Professional Education and Training Award.

She is also a Senior Certified Facilitator of the Demartini Method™working with clients of all ages from around the world on a full spectrum of issues.  In addition to her clinical work, she has also launched multiple for-profit and non-profit businesses and is a business consultant to various organizations worldwide.

Dr Brunschwig completed his medical degree at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and his Family Practice residency at Mercy Hospital in Denver Colorado.  He was selected by the Mercy Residency staff to join the faculty as Chief Resident. In 1993 Dr. Brunschwig established Helios Integrated Medicine, one of Colorado first and most respected integrated medicine clinics.  Dr. Brunschwig completed a two year training in Classical Homeopathy and UCLA's acupuncture for physicians. He has attended innumerable courses in Functional Medicine and has tirelessly followed the field of Integrative Medicine for 25 years.

A self-described "science geek," he has forever been interested in the intersection of Conventional and Alternative Medicine. He is also a deeply spiritual person.  Between these two selves he practices medicine, where there is great power combining the reductionistic model of Medicine with the compassion and wisdom of ancient traditions. These complementary perspectives provide integration of the rational and intuitive minds to comprehensively address our patients needs of body, mind and spirit.

Mary Rondeau ND, RH(AHG)

Dr. Rondeau is a registered naturopathic doctor, functional medicine specialist and registered herbalist. Mary has been involved in naturopathic medicine functional medicine since 2005.  Her interest in plants and natural healing stemmed from upbringing in the mountains learning about folk remedies with her mother as a child.

In 2010, she co-founded Wholeness Center which is the most innovative integrative mental health center in the US. She is co-owner of Synergy Neurofeedback which aims to use objective lab finding (brain mapping) for medication and supplement recommendations for mental health disorders and non invasive neurofeedback therapy as a unique treatment strategy.  Her love for nutrition and food met with the formation of The Wholeness Chef, a nutrition focused cooking program that can be found on YouTube.

Mary specializes in functional medicine/naturopathic assessment for mental health disorders. Her eclectic training in traditional medicines took her around the world to study with Ayurvedic masters in India and Nepal and across the United States studying at large medicinal herbal farms for weeks at at time in the Appalachian mountains, her naturopathic doctorate degree in Tempe, AZ and her residency in Salt Lake City, UT.  She has happily returned to her hometown of Fort Collins to practice.

Lawrence E Cormier, MD, ABPN, ABIHM, among the earliest of the Colorado front range integrative psychiatry practitioners, has been serving the Denver metro area since 1993. Though better known for his expertise with biological therapies, particularly nutraceuticals, when asked about his primary focus in patient care he’d have to reply “therapeutic relationships”. Therapeutic relationships are the heart of good health care, particularly integrative psychiatry, his specialty. Whether it’s an SSRI or SAMe that is being recommended, therapeutic relationship is the common denominator. It optimizes long-term treatment outcomes, promotes lower doses and fewer if any prescription drugs; also empowers self-awareness and self-efficacy for the patient. Furthermore, greater professional satisfaction is engendered.

His eclectic professional background spans the breadth of psychiatry from public health/cross-cultural as Director, MH Service, Shiprock unit, Navajo Area Indian Health Service to academic as co-author of peer-reviewed publications on incest with Jean Goodwin and psychosomatic medicine with Wayne Katon; from the mainstream with long-term AMA and APA memberships to the avant garde with the Alliance for Addiction Solutions; from being a gero-psychiatrist promoting a-life-well-lived to being an integrative psychiatrist assisting resiliency during pregnancy.

Since 2000 Larry’s been a proponent of peer support and education for like-minded and aspiring colleagues, and during that decade hosted a regional integrative psychiatry peer support and study group. More recently, he was a co-founder of the Psychiatry MasterClass for integrative psychiatry. As a mentor/consultant in the autumn of his career, appreciation of the unfolding ‘seasons’ of professional life informs his humble leadership role. During the past 15 years he’s presented to national audiences on topics of integrative psychiatry and nutraceuticals.

Gabor Maté is a retired physician who, after 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience, worked for over a decade in Vancouver’s Downtown East Side with patients challenged by drug addiction and mental illness. The bestselling author of four books published in thirty languages, including the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction, Gabor is an internationally renowned speaker highly sought after for his expertise on addiction, trauma, childhood development, and the relationship of stress and illness. For his groundbreaking medical work and writing he has been awarded the Order of Canada, his country’s highest civilian distinction, and the Civic Merit Award from his hometown, Vancouver. His fifth book, The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness and Healing in a Toxic Culture was released in September 2022, and is a New York Times best seller. To learn more, join his e-news list at

Arielle Schwartz, PhD is a licensed clinical psychologist, EMDR Therapy consultant, and certified yoga instructor with a private practice in Boulder, Colorado. She earned her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Fielding Graduate University and holds a Master’s degree in Somatic Psychology from Naropa University. She is the author of two books The Complex PTSD Workbook: A Mind-Body Approach to Emotional Control and Becoming Whole (Althea Press, 2016) and EMDR Therapy and Somatic Psychology: Interventions to Enhance Embodiment in Trauma Treatment (W. W. Norton, 2018). She is international sought out teacher offering trainings on topics of EMDR Therapy, Somatic Psychology, and Complex PTSD. She is dedicated to offering informational mental health and wellness updates through her writing, public speaking, social media presence, and blog.

Peter A. Levine, PhD, holds doctorates in both Biophysics and Psychology. He is
the developer of Somatic Experiencing®, a naturalistic and neurobiological
approach to healing trauma; Founder of the Somatic Experiencing® Trauma
Institute/Foundation for Human Enrichment®; Founder and President of Ergos
Levine Institute of Somatic Education®; and author of several best-selling books
on trauma, including Waking the Tiger, which is published in over 28 languages.
Dr. Levine is currently a Senior Fellow and consultant at The Meadows Addiction
and Trauma Treatment Center in Wickenburg, Arizona and continues to teach
SE™ trauma healing workshops internationally.

This distinguished pioneer in integrative medicine is a world-renowned expert in the mind/body connection. Her work has been foundational in an international health-care revolution that recognizes the role of meaning, and the spiritual dimensions of life, as an integral part of health and healing. Eloquent and inspiring in settings that range from hospitals to hospices, from theaters to conference venues, and from boardrooms to houses of worship, she is a credible bridge between faith and reason. Her brilliance, humor, and authenticity—in combination with the latest research—make her a compelling and inspiring speaker and writer.

After graduating magna cum laude from Bryn Mawr College in 1967, Dr. Borysenko earned her doctorate in Medical Sciences from the Harvard Medical School, where she completed post-doctoral training in cancer cell biology. Her first faculty position was at the Tufts University College of Medicine in Boston. But after the death of her father from cancer, she became more interested in the person with the illness than in the disease itself, and returned to Harvard Medical School to complete a second postdoctoral fellowship, this time in the new field of behavioral medicine. Under the tutelage of Herbert Benson, M.D., who first identified the relaxation response and brought meditation into medicine, she was awarded a Medical Foundation Fellowship and completed her third post-doctoral fellowship in psychoneuroimmunology.

In the early 1980’s Dr. Borysenko co-founded a Mind/Body clinic with Dr. Benson and Dr. Ilan Kutz, became licensed as a psychologist, and was appointed instructor in medicine at the Harvard Medical School. Her years of clinical experience and research culminated in the 1987 publication of the New York Times best seller, Minding the Body, Mending the Mind, which sold over 400,000 copies. The 20th anniversary edition, newly revised, was published in 2007. Author or co-author of 16 other books and numerous audio and video programs, including the Public Television special Inner Peace for Busy People, she is the Founding Partner of Mind/Body Health Sciences, LLC located in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Dr. Shugerman is cofounder of The Boulder Center for TMS, and is medical director of neuroAgility, a
QEEG and neurofeedback practice. He was formerly Medical Director of the Jefferson Center for Mental
Health, and of the Behavioral Health Inpatient program at Boulder Community Hospital. His psychiatric
residency was at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He is a graduate of Duke University
School of Medicine, where he was selected for the AOA Medical Honor Society. His undergraduate
major in neurobiology was at Hampshire College.
He has worked extensively with treatment-resistant mood disorders, attentional disorders, and complex
psychiatric comorbidities throughout his career. With these challenging populations, he strives to
integrate the latest advances in neuromodulation and psychopharmacology, along with the emerging
strengths of functional medicine and wellness practices.

Charles Raison, MD, is the Mary Sue and Mike Shannon Chair for Healthy Minds,
Children & Families and Professor, School of Human Ecology, and Professor, Department
of Psychiatry, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison in
Madison, WI. Dr. Raison also serves as Director of Clinical and Translational Research for
Usona Institute and as Director of Research on Spiritual Health for Emory Healthcare in
Atlanta, GA. In addition, Dr. Raison has served as mental health expert for for
many years. Dr. Raison is internationally recognized for his studies examining novel
mechanisms involved in the development and treatment of major depression and other
stress-related emotional and physical conditions, as well as for his work examining the
physical and behavioral effects of compassion training. More recently, Dr. Raison has
taken a leadership role in the development of psychedelic medicines as potential
treatments for major depression. The recipient of several teaching awards, Dr. Raison
has received research funding from the National Institute of Mental Health, National
Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention. Dr. Raison received the Raymond Pearl Memorial Award from
the Human Biology Association “in recognition of his contributions to our understanding
of evolutionary biocultural origins of mental health and illness.” With Vladimir Maletic
he is author of “The New Mind-Body Science of Depression” published by W.W. Norton
in 2017. Dr. Raison serves on the Scientific Advisory Board for the American Foundation
for Suicide Prevention.

Dr. Pratt believes in integrative and holistic medicine.  Her practice and clinic are focused on neurology and complex medical conditions relating to metabolic disease. She uses functional medicine and her expertise in biochemistry (methylation) and physiology to help her patients get to the root cause of their symptoms through a strategic approach. The modalities she uses in her practice are nutrition, botanicals, environmental medicine, classical homeopathy and hydrotherapy.

Jayson Gaddis, author, podcaster, speaker, entrepreneur, is Founder of The Relationship School, an impact-based company dedicating to helping people work out their differences and have fulfilling long-term partnerships. Jayson is considered a world leader in relationships. He founded The Relationship School® and leads the most comprehensive relationship training in the world on intimate relationships and partnership. He is on a mission to reach 1,000,000 teens and young adults with formal relationship education. Jayson is the creator of Interpersonal Intelligence and trains people from around the world how to be effective relational leaders and coaches. He’s been married to his amazing wife since 2007 and has two beautiful kids. They live in Boulder Colorado.

Ellen Boeder, MA, LPC has been working in clinical therapeutic settings since 1994, and as a licensed professional counselor since 2003, after receiving her Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology from Naropa University. Her experience includes working as a lead counselor and manager with teenage girls in residential treatment, being a primary group and individual therapist in a partial hospitalization eating disorder treatment center, and facilitating women moving through trauma, addiction, mood, and relationship crises in private practice. Ellen has a strong background and years of training in yoga and meditation, and has developed programs that offer contemplative practices to patients in treatment settings.

Upon becoming a wife and mother over 10 years ago, she began studying neuroscience, interpersonal neurobiology and attachment theory more in depth, and eventually completed her Level 3 training in PACT (Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy). Now primarily working with couples, she also enjoys teaching about the realities of our interdependence, and how we can leverage our biology relationally to support our fullest potential as human beings.

Dr. Dan Engle is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology, with a clinical practice that combines aspects of regenerative medicine, orthomolecular psychiatry, integrative spirituality and peak performance methods.

He received his medical degree from the University of Texas in San Antonio, his psychiatry residency degree from the University of Colorado in Denver and his Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship degree from Oregon Health and Sciences University.

Currently, he is Medical Consultant to Onnit Labs in Austin, the Revive Treatment Centers of America in Denver, the True Rest Float Centers in Phoenix and several international healing centers using indigenous plant medicines of the Peruvian Amazon River basin.

His programs include Freedom From Meds, a comprehensive and integrative tool kit for successful transition from psychiatric medications, the Concussion Repair Manual, facilitating the return to optimal function after concussion and traumatic brain injury, BOLD – Brain Optimization and Lifestyle Design – program for maximizing brain health and cognitive performance, and Full Spectrum Medicine, a research, education and advocacy platform pioneering the future psychiatric healing centers using consciousness expansion tools for root-cause healing and total life transformation.

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Jenn is a personal trainer who has been training people full time since 2002. She received her Master’s degree in human movement from A.T. Still University in 2012 and opened her own training studio in 2013. Early in her career, she developed a special interest in working with clients who were more injury prone and had struggled in traditional exercise settings. Over the years, she has studied stress, neuromuscular techniques, mobility, dance, yoga, somatics, and Parkour. She believes in working with the whole person, and has worked with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, chronic pain conditions, trauma, and hyper-mobility. She is also a lecturer for the Navy Senior Leadership Seminar and regularly holds continuing education workshops in person and online for other fitness and movement professionals on a variety of topics. Her first book on creating a mind/body connection is currently in the editing stages. She utilizes an evidence based, multidisciplinary approach to get people moving in ways that will enhance their lives.



Judith E. Pentz, MD, is a holistic, alternative and integrative psychiatrist with board certification in child, adolescent and adult psychiatry as well as integrative medicine. She seeks to combine the best of Western and integrative medicine for support of your mental well being. The goal is to be as gentle as possible and to stimulate the natural healing mechanisms that we all have in our body.

She has included orthomolecular medicine, nutritional options, homeopathy, targeted amino-acid therapy, breathing techniques and meditation in her practice. The integrative approach includes the spiritual and emotional part of our being, as well the mental and physical part of our being. She has studied various alternative healing methods including craniosacral therapy, EMDR, homeopathy, Chi Gung. She has studied with various healers exploring Chinese, Native American, Peruvian, Ayurvedic and Reiki healing traditions.

Currently, she is providing telehealth services to several sites for Indian Health Services through University of New Mexico contract. She is also program director at UNM for the psychiatry residents and child fellows as part of the pilot program for the on line integrative psychiatry program with University of Arizona. 

She has contributed the Botanicals for Depression chapter in Integrative Therapies for Depression: Redefining Models for Assessment, Treatment and Prevention, lending her voice to the growing body of work that shows there is a world beyond prescribing drugs.

She has completed a book, Cleanse Your Body, Return to Your Soul about her trek to India for an ancient ayurvedic cleanse – panchakarma – that forged her path to her own healing. There is a prescriptive approach here and there is an increased awareness of the need of self care being a part of all of our daily lives. 

Dr. Pentz attended the Medical College of Ohio at Toledo (MCOT) where she received her medical degree in 1985. The school’s name recently changed to the University of Toledo after a merging of resources. She completed her training at MCOT in child, adolescent, adult psychiatry in 1990.



Ann Hathaway, MD has been successfully treating women and men with bioidentical hormones and natural remedies since 1995. She was board certified in Family Practice Medicine in 1983 and practiced conventional medicine for many years until she became disenchanted with the “prescription to cover up the symptom” for every ailment. She is a member of the Institute for Functional Medicine and is a director of the Orthomolecular Health Medicine Board. Her private practice in San Rafael, California.


Dr. Maté's teaching weaves together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights and experience to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers people to promote their own healing and that of those around them.

For twelve years Dr. Maté worked in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with patients challenged by hard-core drug addiction, mental illness and HIV, including at Vancouver’s Supervised Injection Site. His lectures draw from over 20 years of family practice and palliative care experience and extensive knowledge of the latest findings of leading-edge research.

As an author, Dr. Maté has written several bestselling books including the award-winning In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction; When the Body Says No: The Cost of Hidden Stress; and Scattered Minds: A New Look at the Origins and Healing of Attention Deficit Disorder, and co-authored Hold on to Your Kids. His works have been published internationally in twenty languages.

Dr. Maté is the co-founder of Compassion for Addiction, a non-profit that focuses on addiction. He is also an advisor of Drugs over Dinner.

Dr. Maté has received the Hubert Evans Prize for Literary Non-Fiction; an Honorary Degree (Law) from the University of Northern British Columbia; an Outstanding Alumnus Award from Simon Fraser University; and the 2012 Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award from Mothers Against Teen Violence. For his groundbreaking medical work and writing he has been awarded the Order of Canada, his country’s highest civilian distinction, and the Civic Merit Award from his hometown, Vancouver.

Daniel A. Kinderlehrer, M.D. is a nationally recognized physician with expertise in the fields of nutrition, allergy, environmental medicine, Lyme disease and the healing of mind-body-spirit as a unified whole. Dr. Kinderlehrer co-founded The New England Center for Holistic Medicine in Newbury MA, and has taught extensively, including practitioner training courses at the Omega Institute, The National Institute of Behavioral Medicine, The Omega Institute, and the International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society. He created and organized the Lyme Fundamentals course which is presented annually at the International Lyme and Associated Diseases conferences. He is the author of several review articles in medical journals and the Lyme Times. His integrated medical practice in Denver, CO focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of tick-borne disease. Dr. Kinderlehrer is the author of Recovery From Lyme: The Integrative Medicine Guide to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Tick-Borne Illness, which will be released in 2020.