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Marc Brackett, PhD
Marc Brackett, PhD
Founder and Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence
Marc Brackett, Ph.D., is the Founder and Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and a Professor in the Child Study Center of Yale University. He is the lead developer of RULER, an evidence-based approach to social and emotional learning that has been adopted by nearly 2,000 pre-K through high schools across the United States and in other countries. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL).

As a researcher for over 20 years, Brackett has focused on the role of emotions and emotional intelligence in learning, decision making, creativity, relationships, health, and performance. He has published 125 scholarly articles and received numerous awards and accolades for his work in this area. He also consults regularly with corporations, such as Facebook, Microsoft, and Google on integrating the principles of emotional intelligence into employee training and product design. Most recently, he co-founded Oji Life Lab, a corporate learning firm that develops innovative digital learning systems on emotional intelligence.

Brackett’s mission is to educate the world about the value of emotions and the skills associated with using them wisely. “I want everyone to become an emotion scientist”, he says. “We need to be curious explorers of our own and others’ emotions so they can help us achieve our goals and improve our lives.”

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Jeffrey Schwartz, MD
Jeffrey Schwartz, MD
Research Psychiatrist at the UCLA School of Medicine
Dr. Jeffrey M. Schwartz is a research psychiatrist at the School of Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles and one of the world’s leading experts in neuroplasticity.

Decades ago, he began to study the philosophy of conscious awareness, the idea that the actions of the mind have an effect on the workings of the brain. Jeff’s breakthrough work in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) provided the hard evidence that the mind can control the brain’s chemistry. He has lectured extensively to both professional and lay audiences in the US, Europe, and Asia.

Jeff’s books include The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity and the Power of Mental Force and the bestseller Brain Lock: Free Yourself from Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, the seminal book on OCD.

His new book You Are Not Your Brain: The 4-Step Solution for Changing Bad Habits, Ending Unhealthy Thinking, and Taking Control of Your Life is now available. Jeff was the co-organizer of the 2007 international conference on neuroleadership. He is based in Santa Monica, CA.

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JD Kalmenson
JD Kalmenson
CEO Montare Behavioral Health
Yekusiel Kalmenson is the Founder and CEO of multiple behavioral healthcare companies in Southern California and Arizona.
Among these is Renewal Health Group, a family of comprehensive addiction treatment centers, Montare Behavioral Health, a dynamic brand of mental health treatment centers, and Zenith Behavioral Health, a collection of high-quality psychiatric hospitals and adolescent treatment facilities.

In addition to these responsibilities, Kalmenson hosts a bi-monthly podcast for Montare Media called Discover U, which highlights complex mental health and chemical dependency issues in interviews with industry professionals, experts, and renowned authorities in various behavioral health fields. The podcast is available on all platforms.
Always interested in broadening and deepening the industry standard, Kalmenson is the creator of a cutting-edge diagnostic tool for chemical dependency issues called “Discovery Model.” He is partnering with Yale University to assess its efficacy.
Kalmenson is a Yale Chabad Scholar, a skilled facilitator, teacher, counselor, and speaker, who has previously provided chaplain services to prisons, local groups and remote villages throughout the world. His diverse experience as a rabbi, chaplain, and CEO has inspired his passion and deep understanding of the necessity for effective mental health treatment and long-term sobriety.

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Wendy Oliver-Pyatt, MD, FAED, CEDS
Wendy Oliver-Pyatt, MD, FAED, CEDS
CEO Within Health, and Galen Mental Health
Dr. Wendy Oliver-Pyatt uses a bio-psycho-social model to help patients with all types of mental health conditions and a variety of undiagnosed health problems, move onto a pathway for a healthful, creative, and meaningful life. She provides and oversees psychiatric assessments and treatment, a variety of psychological modalities of care, functional and integrative medicine, and traditional medical interventions, to deliver exceptional care to all of her patients. Dr. Oliver-Pyatt believes that the relationship between the patient and their doctor, therapist, and entire treatment team must be built on knowledge, compassion, and empathy.

Described by colleagues as warm and wise, Dr. Oliver-Pyatt is known for her holistic approach to psychiatry—an approach that marries compassionate care with scientifically sound, multi-dimensional treatment, that explores and heals the underlying factors that drive whatever the conditions are faced by her patients.

A clinician, educator, and advocate, Dr. Oliver-Pyatt discovered her passion for psychiatry her third year in medical school while treating a psychotic patient at Brooklyn King’s county hospital. Originally intending to be an OBGYN, she found herself assigned a young man who was suffering from hallucinations and delusions.

As she saw the stunning impact that treatment and psychotropic medication had on this individual and the relief his healing brought his entire family, Dr. Oliver-Pyatt discovered her true calling.

She later realized that it was her own experience healing from an eating disorder that fostered her deep sense of compassion for those facing psychiatric challenges and disorders and passion for helping them transition back to mental health.

Though deeply interested in the neurobiological basis of mental health conditions, Dr. Oliver-Pyatt recognized the importance of relationships, connections, and attachment to wellbeing, and, therefore, also placed great value on the role of psychotherapy. Thus, at a time when mental health professionals generally had to choose between being pharmacologists or analysts, Dr. Oliver-Pyatt wanted to find the meeting ground, where she believed the greatest healing could occur.

Dr. Oliver-Pyatt received her specialty training at New York University-Bellevue Hospital in New York City, where she served as Chief Resident. She has held faculty positions at New York University, Albert Einstein School of Medicine and University of Nevada School of Medicine.

She was the Medical Director for the State of Nevada Division of Mental Health and Disability Services where she created a holistic, whole-person approach to mental health care. She served as Medical Director and Chief of Staff of Northern Nevada Adult Mental Health and has received Senatorial Recognition for her work as a psychiatrist and commitment to the mental health community.

A leader in the field of eating disorders, Dr. Oliver-Pyatt, has developed innovative eating disorder treatment programs, served as the AED Advocacy Committee Chairman, and Co-authored AED Guidelines for Obesity Prevention. She is a Fellow of the Academy for Eating Disorder and Fellow of International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals. She serves on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals and is current Chair of the Board of Directors of the Binge Eating Disorder Association.

She founded Center for Hope of the Sierras, and is Co-Founder, Executive Director and Chief Medical Officer of Oliver-Pyatt Centers, which include: The Comprehensive Eating Disorder Treatment Centers for Women; Clementine Adolescent Treatment Program; and Embrace, the Binge Eating Disorder Treatment Program.

Dr. Oliver-Pyatt served on the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations Technical Advisory Committee, has given frequent presentations at national and international eating disorder conferences, and has been featured on WebMD.

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Yogi Ramesh
Yogi Ramesh
The Laughing Yogi
Guru Yogiramesh is a Himalayan master with 45 years of experience from India. Yogi is an International Celebrity Guru to the stars and laughing icon of You Tube. He is a founder of laughing yoga/ universal yoga for the last 25 years in Palm Springs, CA. For more info.
https:// www.laughingyogi.org

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Gail E. Wyatt, PhD
Gail E. Wyatt, PhD
Director, UCLA Sexual Health Program; Director, Center for Culture, Trauma and Mental Health Disparities
Dr. Wyatt is a clinical psychologist, sex therapist and professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA. She was the first person of color to receive an NIMH Research Scientist Career Development Awardee for 17 years. She has conducted national and international research since 1980, funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health, the National Institute of Drug Abuse, state and private foundations.

Dr. Wyatt is Director of the UCLA Sexual Health Program, an Associate Director of the UCLA AIDS Institute and coordinates a core of behavioral scientists who consult with other researchers to recruit underserved populations and conduct research that effectively incorporates socio-cultural factors into HIV/AIDS research. The program also provides workshops on mentoring and investigation to conduct research and find success in academic settings. Dr. Wyatt has received numerous awards and honors for her scientific accomplishments, mentoring, and teaching. She has also testified before the United States Congress ten times on issues related to women's health and overall health policy. She was the first African-American woman to be licensed as a psychologist in the state of California.

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Timothy Fong, MD
Timothy Fong, MD
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA
Dr. Fong is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA.

Dr. Fong completed his undergraduate and medical school at Northwestern University in Chicago. He then came to UCLA and finished his residency in adult general psychiatry in 2002 and was the first accredited addiction psychiatry fellow at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute (2002-2004).

He is the co-director of the UCLA Gambling Studies Program (UGSP). The purpose of this program is to examine the underlying causes and clinical characteristics of gambling disorder in order to develop effective, evidence-based treatment strategies.

Since 2009, he has been the director of the UCLA Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship, a one-year accredited program that provides clinical training in addiction psychiatry.

Finally, he is part of the faculty leadership of the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative, a multidisciplinary effort to examine the full impact of cannabis on the body, mind and brain.

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Nolan Williams, MD
Nolan Williams, MD
Assistant Professor within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Director of the Stanford Brain Stimulation Lab
r. Williams is an Assistant Professor within the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Director of the Stanford Brain Stimulation Lab. Dr. Williams has a broad background in clinical neuroscience and is triple board-certified in general neurology, general psychiatry, as well as behavioral neurology & neuropsychiatry. In addition, he has specific training and clinical expertise in the development of brain stimulation methodologies. Themes of his work include (a) examining the use of spaced learning theory in the application of neurostimulation techniques, (b) development and mechanistic understanding of rapid-acting antidepressants, and (c) identifying objective biomarkers that predict neuromodulation responses in treatment-resistant neuropsychiatric conditions. He has published papers in high-impact peer-reviewed journals including Brain, American Journal of Psychiatry, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. Results from his studies have gained widespread attention in journals such as Science and New England Journal of Medicine Journal Watch as well as in the popular press and have been featured in various news sources including Time, Smithsonian, and Newsweek. Dr. Williams received two NARSAD Young Investigator Awards in 2016 and 2018 along with the 2019 Gerald R. Klerman Award. Dr. Williams received the National Institute of Mental Health Biobehavioral Research Award for Innovative New Scientists in 2020.

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Diana Winston
Diana Winston
Director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC)
Diana Winston is the Director of Mindfulness Education at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) www.uclahealth.org/marc. She is the author of, The Little Book of Being: Practices and Guidance for Uncovering your Natural Awareness, and the co-author, with Susan Smalley, PhD, of Fully Present, the Science, Art and Practice of Mindfulness. Called by the LA Times “one of the nation’s best-known teachers of mindfulness,” she has taught mindfulness since 1999 in a variety of settings including hospitals, universities, corporations, non profits, and schools in the US and Asia. A sought-after speaker, she developed the evidence-based Mindful Awareness Practices (MAPS) curriculum and the Training in Mindfulness Facilitation, which trains mindfulness teachers worldwide. She is a founding board member of the International Mindfulness Teachers Association. Her work has been mentioned in the New York Times, O Magazine, Bloomberg, the Los Angeles Times, CNN.com, Women’s Health, and in a variety of magazines, books, and journals. She has been practicing mindfulness meditation since 1989, including a year as a Buddhist nun in Burma. Currently Diana’s most challenging and rewarding practice involves trying to mindfully parent a pre-teen. More recently, Diana’s meditations were featured on the California governor’s Covid-19 Response websiteShe can be found at www.dianawinston.com and on the UCLA Mindful, Waking Up, and Ten Percent Happier Apps.

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Kevin Hines
Kevin Hines
He is one of only thirty-six (less than 1%) to survive the fall from the Golden Gate Bridge.
He is one of only thirty-six (less than 1%) to survive the fall from the Golden Gate Bridge.

In 2016, Mental Health America awarded Kevin their highest honor, The Clifford W. Beers Award for his efforts to improve the lives of and attitudes toward people with mental illnesses. Previously, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Council of Behavioral Health in partnership with Eli Lilly. Kevin has also been awarded by SAMSHA as a Voice Awards Fellow and Award Winner, an Achievement Winner by the US Veterans Affairs and received over 30 U.S. military excellence medals as a civilian.

Kevin sat on the boards of the International Bipolar Foundation (IBPF), the Bridge Rail Foundation (BRF) and the Mental Health Association of San Francisco (MHASF) and on the Survivors Committee of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. 

Previously, he was a board member of the Northern California Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and was a two-term member of San Francisco’s Mental Health Board. He has spoken in congressional hearings alongside Patrick Kennedy in support of The Mental Health Parity Bill. He continues his policy work as an Ambassador to the National Council for Behavioral Health.

In the summer of 2013, Kevin released his bestselling memoir titled Cracked Not Broken, Surviving and Thriving After A Suicide Attempt. He is currently producing a documentary entitled Suicide: The Ripple Effect. 

Kevin’s will to live and stay mentally well has inspired people worldwide. His compelling story has touched diverse, global audiences within colleges and universities, high schools, corporations, clergy, military, clinicians, health and medical communities, law enforcement organizations, and various industries. Thousands have communicated to Hines that his story helped save their lives. He has reached millions with his story.

His story was featured in the 2006 film The Bridge by the film director and producer Eric Steel. 

Kevin believes in the power of the human spirit and in the fact that you can find the ability to live mentally well. His mantra: “Life is a gift, that is why they call it the present. Cherish it always.”

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Aleksei Archer
Aleksei Archer
Actress & philanthropist with her own non-profit called Mourning Glory
In april of 2017… her life was turned up side down when her loving father unexpectedly took his life.
Aleksei was lost and confused, a victim of unfathomable loss & she knew that my life would never be the same. After experimenting with unhealthy “coping mechanisms,” she decided to get help. Aleksei joined a Suicide Loss Survivor Group and her grieving pathway completely elevated. Archer was so inspired by the courage of my fellow survivors who shared their stories that she knew that this was where the real healing would begin.

Today, she is dedicated to becoming the face & voice of suicide loss awareness in entertainment. As the number of suicides increase every year, and exponentially in the since the lockdowns due to Covid-19, the number of suicide loss victims increase are sky rocketing at an alarming rate. So in 2020, Archer created a community outreach venture and a docu-series called “Mourning Glory”, where they provide free mental health care & community for suicide loss survivors through camaraderie, conversations & compassion

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Isaac & Thorald Koren
Isaac & Thorald Koren
The Kin
We began our work in 2015, when we created The Songwriter’s Journey, an immersive experience moving someone from inception to sharing themselves in song.

After our first journey, we were hooked.

As of today, we now work with thousands of voices from ALL walks of life through multiple programs and journeys

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Martha Koo, MD
Martha Koo, MD
Board Certified Psychiatrist
Dr. Martha B. Koo, M.D., completed her undergraduate studies at Princeton University and her medical training at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She obtained her psychiatry residency training at the UCLA Resnick Neuropsychiatric Institute and her subsequent psychoanalytic training at the New Center for Psychoanalysis. Dr. Koo is double Board Certified in Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. She is also CIIS certified in psychedelic assisted therapy and an adherence rater for MAPS psychedelic research. For over 25 years, Dr. Koo has enjoyed her private practice, providing outpatient psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and pharmacological treatment for individuals, couples, and families. A pioneer in the development and application of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Dr. Koo is the founder and CEO of Neuro Wellness Spa, where she offers rTMS, Magnetic E-Resonance therapy, iv ketamine, Spravato, iv nutrition, and photobiomodulation as novel interventions for treatment-resistant mental illness. Dr. Koo is also the Medical Director at Clear Recovery Center, a residential detox and intensive outpatient treatment center for individuals struggling with mental health, addiction, and dual diagnoses. She is on the Board of Directors of the Clinical TMS Society and the Beach Cities Health District and is an active lecturer at the New Center for Psychoanalysis.

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Jonathan E. Shaywitz, M.D.
Jonathan E. Shaywitz, M.D.
Board Certified Psychiatrist
Dr. Shaywitz is a Board Certified Psychiatrist. He received his BA with Honors from Brown University and received his Medical Degree from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Shaywitz completed his residency at UCLA where he was selected chief resident for the Anxiety Disorders Program. Dr. Shaywitz was the Director of the Anxiety Disorders Program at Cedar Sinai, the Medical Director at Glendale Memorial Hospital, the Medical Director of Behavioral Health at Mission Hospital Laguna Beach and Mission Hospital Mission Viejo and Medical Director of La Casa Psychiatric Facility. Dr. Shaywitz was also the Director of Practice Development for Community Psychiatry. He was awarded the Circle of Friends Honor at Cedar Sinai and has published book chapters and journal articles on the treatment of behavioral health disorders and is particularly interested in anxiety disorders and affective disorders. He has completed fellowships at NIMH and Columbia University. He is also the co-author of the 2nd edition of the best selling book published by Knopf "Overcoming Dyslexia".

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Don Estes
Don Estes
Neuroscientist who has lectured worldwide on sensory science,
Don Estes is a professionally trained neuroscientist who has lectured worldwide on sensory science, vibrational therapy and the new physics. He is founding CEO of InnerSense Inc., and inventor of VibraSound®, Sensory Resonance™ and other transformational technologies which have been featured on CNN, ABC, NBC, ET, Beyond 2000, Next Step, Science Frontiers, and many other media. His book…Transformation Via the Human Algorithm, and its master illustration…The Absolute Scale of Relative Cosmic Reality are the basis for this presentation.

Don Estes is a certified medical technologist, laboratory director and neuroscientist who has lectured worldwide on sensory science and vibrational medicine. He has appeared on CNN, NBC, ABC, Entertainment Tonight, Science Frontiers, and the Discovery Channel hits Beyond 2000 and Next Step, which won an Emmy award in 1994. In addition, his work has been featured in Wired, Computer Design, and Los Angeles Magazines and many other national and international media. He is also the author of many articles as well as a book called Harmonic Law: The Science of Vibration, which is illustrated by a large wall chart titled the Absolute Scale of Relative Cosmic Reality, one of the most complete compendiums of scientific and philosophical knowledge ever assembled.

He is founder and director of InnerSense, Inc. and inventor of VibraSound Sensory Resonance technologies used by both professional and nonprofessionals all over the world for music and sound therapy, relaxation, entertainment and expanded states of mind. His intellectual property is garnered from over thirty years experience in the unification of science, philosophy and religion and includes theories, proprietary knowledge and patents in the fields of light, color, sound, music and algorithmic automata. His unique combination of experience in both the hard and soft sciences represents the essence of true neuroscience.

In addition, he has consulted with hundreds of rejuvenation retreats, day spas, mind spas, medical professionals and location based entertainment facilities worldwide, having personally designed, built and operated three award-winning facilities called InnerSpace, MindWave and Aha! Spa.

InnerSense has recently revolutionized vibrational therapy by advancing the field beyond frequency and time into the phase domain where the complex world we experience is formed out of real and imaginary automatons. Effecting change at this level influences the entire history of any issue back to its origin and can lead to the actualization of potential…the current goal of evolution, and the essence of transformation. This process can has also been used to design and develop a futuristic alembic, which restructures water that provides serious solutions to environmental pollution and rehabilitation, both internal and external. Science now truly stands at the threshold of a new understanding of reality…one where intention and choice are primary to manifestation.

Don currently lives the Aha! Experience on a daily basis with his wife and two children in Santa Monica, California. His goal is to bring his special talents to bear on the vision of effecting true and lasting change in the world through innertainment, integration and transformation.

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Baback Gabbay, MD
Baback Gabbay, MD
Chief Medical Officer Destinations for Teens
Dr. Gabbay is a child and adolescent psychiatrist who specializes in the following: substance use and eating disorders; adolescent mood, anxiety, and psychotic disorders. Dr. Gabbay earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics and also underwent medical school training at UCLA.
After medical school he completed both general adult psychiatry residency and fellowship training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He has had extensive training within the realm of emergency psychiatry room, inpatient, residential and outpatient treatment settings. His clinical experience encompasses medication management and therapy services to a diverse range of clients, with specialized intensive clinical training with dual diagnosis clients. Prior to joining Destinations to Recovery, Dr. Gabbay served as Attending Psychiatrist for Center for Discovery Adolescent Group residential homes in the South Bay. He also has extensive experience treating low socioeconomic and foster care patients through The Help Group and Penny Lane Mental Health Centers.
Dr. Gabbay currently works as Destinations’ Chief Medical Officer where he is passionate about the care he provides and strives to constantly self-educate through continuing medical education trainings/self-directed learning, as well as teaching his colleagues. Dr. Gabbay’s philosophy towards medication management follows a holistic, interdisciplinary approach. Clinical information is gathered from multiple sources (client, family, school, therapist, nursing and outside referral sources) in order to make an informed decision regarding a definitive diagnosis and appropriate medication recommendations. Dr. Gabbay evaluates all clients whether they are prescribed medication or not. In his spare time, Dr. Gabbay loves to swim and play basketball. He frequently will spend spare time hiking with his wife. He is a huge fan of comic book movies (both Marvel and DC Comics) and 1980’s popular music. His family has been known to chuckle on more than one occasion at his Spotify music list.

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Hamlin Emory, MD
Hamlin Emory, MD
Pioneer & specialist in applying EEG & QEEG data to the treatment of each patient.
Dr. Hamlin Emory is recognized as a pioneer and specialist in applying EEG & QEEG data to the treatment of each patient. He is devoted to helping persons improve their physical health and achieve wellness through personalized treatment. Dr. Emory has extensive clinical experience in general medicine and psychiatric medicine. He has served as director of psychiatric programs for adolescents and adults, and as medical director of several psychiatric hospitals and residential treatment centers for eating disorders and substance dependence in the Los Angeles, California area.

Specialty:Adolescent and Adult Neuropsychiatry
Sub-specialty:Neuropsychiatry & Neuro-Physiologic Medicine
Faculty:Assistant Clinical Professor, Semel Institute, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Education/Training:
Undergraduate:Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia, B.A., 1959-1963
Medical:University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, Virginia, M.D., 1963-1967
Graduate:Naval Aerospace Medicine Institute, Pensacola, Florida, Flight Surgeon, 1968-1969
Internship-Surgery:Vanderbilt University, Medical Center and Hospital, Nashville, Tennessee, 1967-1968
Flight Surgeon, U.S. Navy:1st Marine Air Group, Republic of South Vietnam; 1969-1970
Chief Medical Officer:Naval Air Station, NATO Base, Sigonella, Sicily, 1970-1972
Residency in Adult Psychiatry:University of California, Los Angeles, Brentwood Veterans Administration Hospital, Los Angeles, California, 1972-1974
Fellowship in Child Psychiatry:Neuropsychiatric Institute, UCLA School of Medicine, 1974-1976
Board Certification:
Psychiatry & Neurology - Psychiatry
Professional Affiliations:
American Medical Association
American Psychiatric Electrophysiology Society
American Psychiatric Association
So. California Psychiatric Society
American Neuropsychiatric Association
Reviewer for "Clinical EEG and Neuroscience",
the official journal of the EEG and Clinical Neuroscience Society.
Dr. Emory collaborates with physicians across medical specialties. He also teaches
psychiatrists, internists, family physicians, neurologists and addiction medicine physicians
how to employ his neuro-integrative approach in their clinical practices.

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Norman Kim, PhD
Norman Kim, PhD
Recipient of an individual National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health
Norman completed his B.A. at Yale University where he studied music and psychology, and was the recipient of a Mellon Fellowship for Research in Psychiatry. He completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at UCLA, where he was the recipient of an individual National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health to study the neurobiologic underpinnings of emotion recognition and understanding in Autism. Most recently he has been involved in a multi-site, longitudinal study of children and adolescents at risk for developing bipolar disorder.

In conjunction with his research, Norman has developed an expertise in treating and teaching about psychiatrically complex populations, multi-modal treatment, and diagnostic assessment. While rooted firmly in empirically supported approaches, he has incorporated practices emphasizing somatosensory integration and that draw from eastern and traditional medicine with our current knowledge of the neurobiologic and cognitive processes underlying anxiety, mood, trauma and eating disorders. He has endeavored to develop a clinical approach that focuses on the exploration of meaning as a path to healing and that honors an individual’s’ own narrative and journey.

Norman is a frequent, national speaker and educator, and is a passionate advocate for eating disorder awareness and translating research into clinical practice. He was the co-founder of the Reasons Eating Disorder Center and is a regular national speaker, educator, and advocate for eating disorder awareness. He is on the Board of Directors of the Eating Disorders Coalition, the Eating Disorder Advisory Council for the Joint Commission, and the Clinical Advisory Boards for Recovery Warriors, Spectrum CBT, and Tikvah V’Chizuk. He is the National Director for Program Development for Reasons Eating Disorder and Center for Change.

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Andrew Suskind, LCSW
Andrew Suskind, LCSW
Andrew Susskind is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Brainspotting and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Certified Group Psychotherapist and Author based on the Westside of Los Angeles since 1992 specializing in trauma and addictive, compulsive behaviors. His recent book It's Not About the
Sex: Moving from Isolation to Intimacy after Sexual Addiction (Central Recovery Press, 2019) joins his workbook From Now On: Seven Keys to Purposeful Recovery (2014

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Marlon Rollins, PhD, LMHC, LPCC
Marlon Rollins, PhD, LMHC, LPCC
COO, & President Renewal Health Group
Dr. Marlon Rollins grew up in Muncie, Indiana home of the Middletown studies. At the age of 21, he was ordained as a minister (Elder) in the Church of God in Christ, Inc. He is a licensed mental health counselor and a licensed professional clinical counselor, holding a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and a PhD in Educational Psychology from Ball State University. He was a recipient of the Human Achievement Award from the Center for Leadership Development in 2014. He has been a member National Association of Crisis Organization Directors (NASCOD) as well as a member of the Steering Committee for National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. He has over 15 years’ experience in behavioral healthcare. He has worked extensively in for-profit and nonprofit sectors. He moved to California in 2016 and has been both a COO and CEO in some of the largest psychiatric and addiction hospitals in California. Dr. Rollins has been instrumental in developing suicide prevention protocols and procedures in EMR platforms as well as providing various trainings. He aided in the implementation of a SAMHSA Garrett Lee-Smith Grant with the Zero Suicide Institute in a large integrated healthcare system. He is a board member of the United Loss Survivors International. Dr. Rollins' sister who was a nurse, Amber Rose Rollins, died by suicide in 2013. He has dedicated his professional career to raise awareness about the stigma around mental health and substance use disorders. In his spare time, he enjoys trips to the oceanside, hiking, fitness, the fine arts, writing and photography.

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Chris Tompkins, AMFT
Chris Tompkins, AMFT
Author, Ted X Speaker, LGBTQ Therapist
an LGBTQ-affirmative and client-centered therapist, I look at each of my clients through an affirmative and humanistic lens. Meaning that I see the problem as the problem and not the person. My work is to affirm who you are while holding space for the potential of who you know you can be.



Sometimes called the "inner critic," inner-scripts often control the way we operate our lives without our even realizing it. An inner-script is a sort of program that runs in our minds and tells us (overtly or covertly in some way or another) that we aren't good enough, we don't do enough, and there is never enough.

Just like physical exercise, unless we actively do the work, we won’t see the results. By consciously committing to identifying and healing our inner-scripts, we begin the first step to actualizing our lives. We become more self-confident to live a life of purpose, fulfillment, and freedom.

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John Sovec  M.A., LMFT
John Sovec M.A., LMFT
John Sovec, MA, LMFT is a nationally recognized expert on the topic of creating affirmative support for the LGBTQ community. He is the clinical consultant for The Life Group LA , adjunct faculty at Phillips Graduate Institute and guest lecturer at Alliant University and USC School of Social Work. John is currently a member of the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

John Sovec is the author of multiple publications on providing LGBTQ support, speaks at conferences nationwide, maintains a private practice and provides training for community agencies, schools, non-profits, and professional consultation on LGBTQ competencies. John has worked with multiple treatment centers focusing on adults, families, and teens in crisis connected to substance use disorders.

John is a nationally recognized expert on creating affirmative LGBTQ support with his work featured on The Riki Lake Show, OWN, FOX, The Advocate, Bravo, LA Talk Radio, The Washington Post, and regular columns for Huffington Post and Good Therapy.

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Miguel Rivera
Miguel Rivera
Musician, Mentor, Translator, Teacher
Miguel Rivera, Musician, Mentor, Translator, Teacher.
He has 4 bilingual anthologies of the Maya K’iche’ poet Humberto Ak’abal published: “Poems I brought down from the mountain” U.S. 2001, “Tejiendo las huellas” Uruguay 2006, “El animalero” Guatemala 2008, “In the courtyard of the moon” Tia Chucha Press, U.S. 2021

Member of the "Guild of Future Architects" An organization dedicated to collaboratively shaping a kind, just, inclusive and prosperous world.

Member of the core group of teachers at "The great Mother Conference" since 2010
Current board member of "Shade Tree" a mentoring group in Los Ángeles.

Member, Board of Directors of "Wolf Connection" An organization dedicated to re establishing neglected relationships between nature and humans.

Former Member, Board of Directors of "Soldier's Heart" an organization dedicated to working with Veterans. 2013-2015

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Adam McLean, Psy.D.
Adam McLean, Psy.D.
Director of Business Development for Guest House Ocala
Adam McLean, Psy.D., serves as the Director of Business Development for Guest House Ocala. Upon receiving a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from California University, Dr. McLean has continued to be involved in research activities in the areas of positive psychology, trauma, and addiction as evidenced by working with clients and their families by providing them with evidence-based tools and resources to help them understand the dynamics behind addiction and trauma.

Adam’s clinical career began in Northern Arizona in the non-profit community mental health sector. He assisted in development of a long-term extended care program that combined outdoor adventure therapy with traditional treatment modalities and has also created a long-term treatment center for young adults focusing on substance use disorders and collegiate recovery.
Adam’s passion, education, and experience has allowed him to help hundreds of families get their loved ones into treatment. Adams extracurricular actives include outings to the trampoline park, aquarium and swimming with his son.

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Jay Barnett
Jay Barnett
Former professional football player, author, speaker and now Marriage & Family Therapist
Former professional football player, author, speaker and now Marriage & Family Therapist Intern With over 10 years of highly skilled and acclaimed mentoring and success stories, public speaking and most important, real-life in the trenches business experience, Jay Barnett's views are radically different. Jay appreciates and shares with his mentees that leadership is a moment-to-moment choice and not about titles and positions.



The author of the best-selling, Finding Our Lost King and Queens: Strategies for Empowering Our Futures Kings and Queens. Best-Selling Author of Letters to a Young Queen: Redefining Their Throne, Barnett’s poignant letters to young Queens have been shared with young girls around the world, creating conversations of healing, self-love, self-worth, confidence and personal victories. Also, Hello King a book for young men guiding them to claim their throne. And now Jay is on board to release his highly anticipated new book, Identity Crisis: A discussion around social media impact on personal identity.

Jay has created a personal and social development program called K.I.N.G. Program for incoming freshman males at Texas Southern University.

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Rae Thomas, MA, LPC
Rae Thomas, MA, LPC
Rae began her journey in the Eating Disorder world when she joined an Eating Disorder awareness
group at her alma mater, the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. She continued to be heavily involved in
eating disorder awareness and prevention while she completed her undergraduate degree in
psychology. Rae went on to study counseling psychology and earned her Masters in 2018. During her
time in graduate school, Rae served as the Graduate Assistant for PREVENT, a sexual assault and
relationship violence prevention program on campus. Through this role and her involvement in the
students’ Women’s Center, Rae’s passion for providing tools and resources to help others heal
continued to grow. Shortly after returning to Colorado, Rae joined forces with Erin Benner and Brogan
Rossi to build The Recovery Box. The Recovery Box bridges a gap in the mental health field by
designing innovative tools that support recovery by adding tangibility to abstract clinical ideas. Rae
serves as Chief Clinical Innovation Officer, where she takes her love of academic research and clinical
expertise to inform the creation of each tool. Rae also acts as the Social Media Coordinator in which
she facilitates authentic and recovery-focused content creation for The Recovery Box online
community. Outside of The Recovery Box, Rae is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado
specializing in Eating Disorders, Weight Stigma, and Sexual Trauma. She utilizes Acceptance
Commitment Therapy, Feminist Theory, and experiential techniques to help her clients heal their
relationships with food, body, and themselves. Rae’s unique use of sarcasm, honesty and bold creativity
provides an individualized experience that encourages personal growth. Rae has an intense passion for
learning and innovation. She is grateful she gets to do both each day in her work.

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Erin Benner
Erin Benner
Erin studied Psychology and Entrepreneurship at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. During her
undergraduate years, she became heavily involved with eating disorder outreach and found a passion
for connecting people to resources and one another. Putting her entrepreneurship studies to work, she
helped build a company called The Recovery Box. Founded in 2017, The Recovery Box bridges a gap in
the mental health field by designing innovative tools that support recovery by adding tangibility to
abstract clinical ideas. Erin holds the role of Chief Architecture and Design Officer, where she is able to
leverage her creative eye to support product design by bringing ideas into the physical space, as well as
supporting The Recovery Box from a business lens by ensuring the start-up has a strong foundation
from which to grow. Outside of The Recovery Box, Erin’s professional experience began in

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Brogan Rossi, MS, RYT
Brogan Rossi, MS, RYT
Brogan Rossi has been working in the field of mental health for the last 10 years. She grew up with a
mother that has been fully devoted to her career in the field of eating disorders. It was only a matter of
time before her passion would be ignited. She can vividly remember being twelve years old and part of
her their youth advisory committee where they were piloting educational workshops created to
promote eating disorder prevention and body image awareness. Brogan spent nearly three years as part
of Dr. Guido Frank’s brain research team at the Children’s Hospital studying the neurological
underpinnings of eating disorders and spoke at the Academy for Eating Disorders in Prague as well as
the Renfrew Conference. She has her Master’s Degree in Healthcare Leadership and Administration
from the University of Denver and is passionate about advocacy, education, and raising awareness for
mental health. She has her 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher license and teaches yoga in a variety of
different settings with a body positive approach. Brogan is a co-owner and Chief Collaboration Officer
at The Recovery Box: a business developed to create tangible tools for both mental health and eating
disorder recovery. It is her passion to bridge the gap between treatment and life making mental health a
day to day priority to live the most empowered life possible.

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