2022 Speaker Names can be found in the schedule above. Their profiles will be live soon.
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
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.
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
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).
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
Licensed Psychologist | Human Potential Strategist
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Nutritional Therapy Counselor
Hope Communicator and Life Guide specializing in a functional, nutrient-based approach to healing the brain and body.
Dr Robert Sheeler
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
Domestic Violence Advocate and Researcher
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
President and CEO, Becton Healthcare Resources, Inc.
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.
President and CEO, Becton Healthcare Resources, Inc.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
Specializes in holistic and integrative strategies to treat both mental and physical health conditions.
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.
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
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 MagicDichol products. To learn more about MagicDichol please go to this link.
Michael Stevens, PhD, DHC, LHD
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
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
David Grand, PhD
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