We’ve gathered the foremost innovators, experts and thought leaders in mental health with one purpose in mind:

To better equip yours.
To give you the tools and techniques you need to treat, cope, heal, and support yourself or anyone struggling with mental health challenges. And by anyone, we mean every one of us.

 

Meet Our Speakers

Melissa Bernstein
Melissa Bernstein

Co-Founder of the toy company Melissa & Doug

Melissa Bernstein, Co-Founder of the toy company Melissa & Doug, launched LifeLines in 2020, an ecosystem filled with content, tools, and products to share her learnings and her daily practice in order to help as many people as possible.

Perry Passaro, Ph.D.
Perry Passaro, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Educational Psychologist

Expertise in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and the application of CBT in working with children, adolescents and adults.

Dr Timothy J. Hayes
Dr Timothy J. Hayes

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Hayes integrates mind/body energy techniques into a client-friendly model and has become known for his successes in assisting patients as they resolve the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Mark Hattas
Mark Hattas

Entrepreneur, Best Selling Author, Coach, Mental Health Advocate

Co-Founder Journey’s Dream, Part of Mark’s mission is to support everyone in finding their path to optimal health. 

Dr Judy Bowman
Dr Judy Bowman

Co-Founder and Vice President of the Board of Directors of the Mensah Research Institute

A specialist in biochemical imbalances, Dr. Bowman combines traditional medicine with orthomolecular approaches to treat behavioral and cognitive disorders, autism, postpartum depression, and much more

Dr Donald Moss
Dr Donald Moss

Dean of the College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences, Saybrook University

With a background in humanistic psychology, Donald Moss initiated graduate programs in integrative and functional nutrition, applied psychophysiology, wellness coaching, mind-body medicine, and most recently integrative social work at Saybrook university.

Dr Maryam N. Tafreshi
Dr Maryam N. Tafreshi

Empowerment Researcher & Consultant

Dr. Tafreshi is a Bi-lingual International Psychologist, specialized in addressing key global issues such as Empowerment; Diversity, Inclusion, & Equity; Multicultural & Emotional Competency; Global Mental and Physical Health. Her Empowerment research is a complex, multilevel research, showing the
effects of attitudes and policies on empowerment, and the relationship of empowerment with mental & physical health & satisfaction in life.

Lyle Murphy DC
Lyle Murphy DC

Founder of Alternative to Meds Center

Dedicated his life to holistic mental health. He trains doctors in medication reduction techniques and has authored much of the philosophy of Alternative to Meds.

Beatrice Birch
Beatrice Birch

Hauschka Artistic Therapist, Executive Director and Founder of Inner Fire

A proactive healing community offering  recovery from traumatic and debilitating life experiences without the use of the mind altering, psychotropic medications.

Deb Tokarz
Deb Tokarz

Success Story

Gratitude for being off the anti-depressant roller coaster and smiling again is why Deb shares her vulnerable story in her book, I Cu Copper. Her journey has been one of determination and not giving up looking for answers.

Patricia H. A. Perez, PhD
Patricia H. A. Perez, PhD

International Psychologist & Global Consultant

Dr. Perez has over 25 years of experience   in her areas of research and practice expertise including children and families,
children with special needs, diversity and inclusion, cultural competence, lifespan development, infant mental health, child abuse and neglect, global trauma, third culture kids/adults, and
acculturation psychology.

Marcus Farris
Marcus Farris

Mission 22 Team Member, and Leader of the Recovery + Resiliency Program

Seeks to demonstrate how to see trauma as a teacher instead of a tyrant.

Alex Doman
Alex Doman

Neurotechnology Expert, and Psychoacoustic Music Producer

His mission is to help children and adults achieve their optimal potential, to become the best version of themselves.

David Gruder, PhD, DCEP
David Gruder, PhD, DCEP

Licensed Psychologist | Human Potential Strategist

This bestselling clinical & organizational development psychologist’s work on connecting integrity, life fulfillment and happiness resulted in 8 of the 12 awards received by this keynote speaker, trainer, & consultant, in addition to having been named America’s Integrity Expert by Radio-TV Interview Report. His work integrates self-development and social responsibility into Self-Sovereignty That Serves Us All. He founded Integrity Culture Systems and was the founding president of the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology.
Brigadier General Steven L. Salazar, US Army (Retired)
Brigadier General Steven L. Salazar, US Army (Retired)

Founder and President 360 Veterans’ Association

Brigadier General Steve Salazar retired 1 August 2012 following 32 Years of service with the United States Army. His last active-duty assignment was as Director, Joint Development, Joint Staff J7, responsible for innovating the Department of Defense’s non-material capabilities by integrating Operational Analysis, Concept Development and Experimentation, Solutions Evaluations and Joint Doctrine leading to implementation of the Joint Operational Access Concept (JOAC) and development of the Chairmen’s Joint Force Vision 2020 Concept. Steve later founded and continues to serve as President of 360 Veterans’ Association, a 501(c)19 War Veterans organization, “Making the Strong, Stronger” to provide support and sustainment of 360 Life Skills for alumni and spouses of the Leader 360° Course.

Dr William Walsh
Dr William Walsh

Better Health through Biochemistry

President of the non-profit Walsh Research Institute near Chicago and an internationally acknowledged expert on biochemical imbalances. Dr. Walsh has
devoted nearly 40 years to researching the biochemistry behind behavior, learning and
memory, mental health and various disease conditions.

Leisa Hart
Leisa Hart

Warner Brother Buns of Steel Fitness

Leisa Hart shares how her journey from Steel Perfection to Sensible Living was filled with many painful obstacles. A hip fracture, back surgery, rheumatoid arthritis, arrhythmia, sleep deprivation, anxiety and depression, each mapped the silver lining of relating to her audience on much deeper levels. Now in her 50’s, Leisa has discovered the path to get out of her own way and navigate a state of healthy bliss and success.

Ninka-Bernadette Mauritson
Ninka-Bernadette Mauritson

Founder of Barefoot Autism Warriors

Her community, courses and membership is dedicated to helping other parents beat the chaos, tantrums and fear by addressing The 5 Underlying Messages Behind Autism Symptoms.

Rex Montague-Bauer
Rex Montague-Bauer

Entrepreneur, Life & Corporate Optimal Being Coach

Co-founder of Journey’s Dream and co-creator of the Optimal Being Program, Rex’s heartfelt desire is that all people achieve & sustain optimal health, joy & well-being.

 

Samantha Gilbert
Samantha Gilbert

Nutritional Therapy Counselor

Hope Communicator and Life Guide specializing in a functional, nutrient-based approach to healing the brain and body.

Dr Robert Sheeler
Dr Robert Sheeler

Family Physician

Certified Subspecialist in Headache Medicine through the United Council of Neurologic Subspecialists [UCNS]. Dr Robert Sheeler spent the majority of his career at Mayo Clinic caring for multigenerational families and headache patients.  He is also trained and Certified in Functional and Integrative Medicine.

Dr. DeAnza Spaulding
Dr. DeAnza Spaulding

Domestic Violence Advocate and Researcher

DeAnza Spaulding is a mental health therapist and founder of Renew Therapy Seattle.  She co-founded Linc International in 2019.  Dr. Spaulding is an adjunct faculty member at The Seattle Institute of East Asian Medicine where she teaches acupuncturists cross-cultural communication and mental health assessments for patients.  She has been a domestic violence advocate and researcher for two decades.
Dr Lila Massoumi, MD
Dr Lila Massoumi, MD

Integrative Medicine Psychiatrist

She co-chairs the American Psychiatric Association Caucus on Integrative Psychiatry, and has authored several textbook chapters on the subject.

Brad Yates
Brad Yates

Emotional Freedom Techniques

Brad Yates is known internationally for his creative and often humorous use of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT). Brad is the author of the best-selling children’s book “The Wizard’s Wish,” the co-author of the best-seller “Freedom at Your Fingertips,” and a featured expert in the film “The Tapping Solution.” He has also been a presenter at a number of events, including Jack Canfield’s Breakthrough to Success, has done teleseminars with “The Secret” stars Bob Doyle and Dr. Joe Vitale, and has been heard internationally on a number of internet radio talk shows. Brad also has over 1000 videos on YouTube, that have been viewed over 34 million times. 

Susan Kuchnicki
Susan Kuchnicki

Success Story | Recovered Addict

Welcomes your questions, and is here to share her experience, strength, and hope to help others, and support initiatives such as Journey’s Dream.

Dr Matthew Samocki
Dr Matthew Samocki

THRIVE Portfolio Director

Steering Team Member of the Great Lakes Bay Region Mental Health Partnership National Network of Depression Centers Associate Member

George Lindenfeld, Ph.D.
George Lindenfeld, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist and Founder of the Medical Psychology Center

Specializes in the evaluation and treatment of traumatic life experiences. As part of his practice working with veterans led to the development of RESET Therapy, which has demonstrated rapid and enduring remission of the emotional aspects of PTSD.

Viviane de Castro Pecanha, Ph.D.
Viviane de Castro Pecanha, Ph.D.

Chair of the International Psychology Department

Currently, Dr. Pecanha is the Chair of the International Psychology Department supporting the development of graduates to serve as transformational agents of change addressing the demands of our global societies, advocating for social
justice and responsibility, and supervising core, affiliate, and adjunct faculty teaching in the international psychology programs. Under Dr. Pecanha’s leadership, the
International Psychology Ph.D. Program won the 2019 University Professional and
Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) International Program of Excellence Award.

Neisha Becton
Neisha Becton

President and CEO, Becton Healthcare Resources, Inc.

Founder and leader of highly respected behavioral healthcare management company, providing service and guidance to medical groups, hospitals, and community and regional health centers.
Wynford Dore
Wynford Dore

Mental Health and Learning

Wynford Dore’s eldest daughter struggled throughout school and attempted to take her life. Ever since he’s been devoted to understanding the neurological root cause of issues with learning and mental health.

Neisha Becton
Neisha Becton

President and CEO, Becton Healthcare Resources, Inc.

Founder and leader of highly respected behavioral healthcare management company, providing service and guidance to medical groups, hospitals, and community and regional health centers.
Dr Albert Mensah
Dr Albert Mensah

Co-Founder of Mensah Medical

Specializes in the treatment of biochemical imbalances, and the cognitive (and physical) disorders caused by those imbalances.

Dr Elizabeth Mumper
Dr Elizabeth Mumper

President and CEO of The RIMLAND Center

Dr. Mumper is President and CEO of The RIMLAND Center, established to mentor clinicians interested in children with neurodevelopmental problems. Her general pediatrics practice is Advocates for Children. Advocates for Families is devoted to the care of children with autism and other neurodevelopmental problems.

Dan Hostetler
Dan Hostetler

Executive Director of Above and Beyond Family Recovery Center

A behavioral, outpatient addiction treatment center with an innovative clinical protocol which is centered around Life Purpose and Meaning (Logotherapy).

Dr Smita Patel
Dr Smita Patel

Integrative Neurologist, and Sleep Medicine Physician

Director and Founder of iNeuro Institute and Chief Medical Officer of Doctorpedia’s Sleep and wellbeing channel to educate communities and expand integrative sleep and brain health medicine knowledge to underserved populations and/or those with limited access to care.

Dr Karen Brown
Dr Karen Brown

Infinity Linc International

Dr. Karen Brown followed in her father’s footsteps by joining the United States Army where she spent 26 years as a Combat
Medic honing her understanding, awareness, and love for culture, inclusion, and international engagement.  Dr. Brown’s dissertation research focused on transgenerational trauma, its resulting effects, and ways to mitigate those effects.

Jamie Juarez
Jamie Juarez

Founder and Executive Director of Hope for Autism

Her book, Hope for Autism, is a profound story of triumph for the mental health community. Her Apple App, Your Child Can Type, is a compilation of 20 years of experience working with special needs children. She is endlessly dedicated to transparent advocacy for those who struggle with mental health issues. Civil and humanitarian rights for the underprivileged are her life-long passion.

Julie Matthews
Julie Matthews

Certified Nutrition Consultant

Published nutrition researcher specializing in complex neurological conditions, particularly autism spectrum disorders and ADHD. She is the author of the award-winning book, Nourishing Hope for Autism.

Kathryn Nicolai
Kathryn Nicolai

Podcast Host: Nothing Much Happens

An architect of coziness, writing soothing stories that both ease the reader into peaceful sleep and teach the principles of mindfulness so that waking hours likewise become sweet and serene.

Phyllis Heffner, MD
Phyllis Heffner, MD

Psychiatrist

Specializes in holistic and integrative strategies to treat both mental and physical health conditions.

Dr Nishi Bhopal
Dr Nishi Bhopal

Board Certified in Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine

Through her training in Integrative Psychiatry and Ayurveda, and personal experiences with yoga and meditation, she blends the best of ancient wisdom and modern medicine.

Sheila Allen
Sheila Allen

Licensed Occupational Therapist

Specializing in sensory processing and is particularly in the relationship between sound, movement, and behavior. Co-founder and co-director of Pediatric Therapeutics, LLC, a pediatric therapy center

Dr. Richard Presser
Dr. Richard Presser

NANO SOMA

With a PhD in materials engineering, Richard worked in the IT industry, including running his own businesses in the 1980s and 90s. After some years running a spiritual-based business with a partner in the US, Richard set up an online business in 2016 to sell new technology  products. He now runs two online businesses globally, one of which sells NANO SOMA products. To learn more about Nano Soma please go to this link.

Michael Stevens, PhD, DHC, LHD
Michael Stevens, PhD, DHC, LHD

Clinical Psychologist

He is a professor emeritus of psychology at Illinois State University, where he directed the master’s program in counseling psychology and was named Outstanding University Researcher. Dr. Stevens is
currently an adjunct professor and external consultant to the International Psychology
Department at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (TCSPP).

Dr.P. R. Raghavan
Dr.P. R. Raghavan

Chairman and CEO of Nanorx INC

Raghu has a Ph.D in Organic Chemistry from Oregon State University(1979)  and a M.S in Chemistry(1972) from I.I.T Mumbai, India. He has worked on drug
discovery for over 25 years at Columbia University, Max-Planck Institute, Germany, Novartis and Boehringer-Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals. His fields of specialization are CNS, Inflammation, AIDS and ACE inhibitors. His experience in drug research includes Chiral synthesis, process, scale up and clinical research. He has been working for the last 15 years in the area of Nano Medicines and food
supplements.

David Grand, PhD
David Grand, PhD

Brainspotting

Developer of Brainspotting, the groundbreaking relational brain-body-mindfulness based psychotherapy. His Brainspotting method is being taught by his 65 trainers covering every continent. Dr. Grand is in private practice in Manhattan, NY with a specializations in trauma and performance/creativity expansion. He is the author of Brainspotting: The Revolutionary New Therapy for Rapid and Effective Change and the co-author of This is Your Brain on Sports. Dr. Grand is involved in humanitarian services with survivors of 9/11, Katrina and Sandy Hook/Newtown. He has accomplished breakthroughs in performance and creativity with Brainspotting Sports Work and Brainspotting Acting Coaching. Dr. Grand has been widely featured in the media including The NY Times, NBC, CNN, MSNBC and Sirius Radio. 
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