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Speakers and More

PRESENTERS AND FACILITATORS

We are currently finalizing our speakers, workshop leaders, and activity hosts.

Additional facilitators will be added as they are confirmed.

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2021 Float Conference Speakers

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Stephen Johnson

Float Enthusiast

Conference Master of Shenanigans (MC)

Through professional athletics and performance, to a decades long practice of meditation, yoga, scientific/philosophical/poetic immersion. Retiring from a 30+ year career as a Psychiatric RN, researcher, educator, therapist and Anatomist. Continuing a private practice of an increasingly simple but deepening somato/spiritual nature. Developing into a ‘Float Contemplative’ in which suspension and immersion dynamics inform a growing intertwinement of science and spirit. Hopefully thinking, moving, communicating from a more interconnected sensibility.

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Roy Vore, PhD

Vore & Associates, LLC

Speaker + Workshop Facilitator

Dr. Roy Vore is the senior consultant with Vore & Associates LLC, a consulting company specializing in aquatic facility management, operator training, and risk management. He is internationally recognized as the pool and spa sector's leading authority on recreational water illness. Since 1991 he has been the aquatics industry’s voice, translating the complexity of microbiology into the everyday language of operators. His efforts include drafting portions of the CDC’s Model Aquatic Health Code, writing the NSPF’s recreational water illness manual, and a variety of fact sheets on microbial issues for APSP. Dr. Vore has over 90 scholarly papers and presentations on the selection and use of industrial biocides, biocide testing methodology, the microbiological of swimming pools and spas, and the governmental regulation of biocides. Roy became interested in floating due to the unique physiology of float tanks and the potential for non-pharmaceutical treatments for our overly stressed society. Roy’s hobbies include making beer and bird watching – which usually includes drinking the beer.

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Dr. Flux

Float Researcher

Speaker

Flux has been doing research science for over a decade in about a dozen different labs on topics ranging from biotechnology to mental health. Flux has a B.S. in Biotechnology from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, an M.S. in Neuroscience from NYU focusing on the primate visual perception, an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder looking at the mental health effects of social identity formation, and this past May he defended a joint Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Neuroscience at CU Boulder exploring the immunological mechanisms of several novel mental health therapeutics, including Floatation-REST. This year he recently began his final clinical internship at the Indian Health Care Resource Center in Tulsa, OK, where he provides mental health services to individuals with native heritage. He continues to work closely on floatation research projects at LIBR, as well as several other academic collaborations on various novel therapeutics. He also recently began consulting in the startup world, helping to design clinical trials investigating the immune impact of psychedelics. Finally, Flux is incredibly passionate about science communication, with extensive experience as a graphic designer. He applies this passion to his presentations, academic materials, and is currently developing a larger social media presence in science communication.

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Murphy Monroe

Float Enthusiast

Speaker

Murphy Monroe is a neurologically diverse pacifist who lives with his family in Evanston, Illinois, where he runs one of the nation’s premiere circus schools. After floating for several years, Murphy credits the power of the tank with helping him learn to understand, better command, and love his unique neurology.

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McKenna Garland

Speaker

McKenna Garland is a clinical psychology doctoral student at the University of Tulsa, who joined the Float Clinic and Research Center (FCRC) at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research in August 2019. Her current project focuses on the analysis of cardiac interoception in anxious individuals during floatation. Her presentation will examine the importance of cardiac interoception in anxious individuals and evaluate the role that various floatation environments can play in this process.

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Jeremy Jacob

Speaker

Jeremy Jacob is the owner of Float Wellness Spa in San Antonio TX. FLOAT started with three float tanks and a massage room in 2016, but would expand into a five tank center with three single massage rooms, one couples massage room, two infrared saunas, a salt cave, and other services that include PandoraStar, NormaTec, and massage chairs. Jeremy is also currently on the board of directors for the FTA.

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Michael Hineline

Speaker

Michael Hineline grew up moving markets and learning industries living in the regions of the Mid-West, the South-West and the Pacific North-West. His love of marketing began through both economics and history. As a graduate from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University main campus he connected his education with extra curriculars and passion projects. Networking and promoting were always skillsets of Michael but after college he got to put things into practice. A quote that amplifies this expression is, " education less application is just entertainment." -Tim Sanders

Michael has worked in marketing for hospitality, multifamily apartments, clothing, event production and web development. Michael is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys freediving, ice hockey, snowboarding, wakeboarding, marine biology and sociology.

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Beth Jones

Speaker

Owner of float centers, franchisor, love leader, mindset mentor, doer...hugger. Pre float life, Beth attained a degree in marketing and international business from the University of Tennessee, worked in outside sales for office equipment companies, built a 6 figure real estate business, and built her own digital marketing firm. Her core ethos is "lead with love" and she'll tell you both she and her businesses are always in evolution. She believes firmly in having both businesses worth owning AND a life worth living (meaning we aren't chained to our businesses), and showing up authentically personally and professionally (in her case, usually in cowboy boots). Beth has been a float center owner since 2016.

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Laura Allen

Speaker

Laura is the Director of Operations of Float Oasis in Brookfield, Wisconsin, where she has worked since 2018. When she went on her first 2-day silent retreat in 2003, she fell in love with meditation and mindfulness. She has helped to grow Float Oasis significantly in her time at the company, with the trust and support of the owner. Laura spent 10 years as an educator prior to joining Float Oasis, teaching English as a Foreign Language for grades K-12 in Japan and teaching biology at Purdue University in Indianapolis at the undergraduate level.

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Glenn Perry

Speaker

​After decades of researching consciousness and reality, Dr. John C. Lilly presented a workshop exploring consciousness. A tool of the workshop was a makeshift isolation tank similar to the ones he had invented and used for his research. Glenn was so affected by his use of the tank that he got John’s blessing to make them for others.

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Graham Talley

Co-Founder of Float On, Float Tank Solutions, & HelmBot | Float Conference Board Member

Speaker

Graham is one of the founders of Float On, a six tank center in Portland, Oregon that opened its doors in 2010. Somewhere between then and now, Float On (with Graham firmly in tow) got itself tangled up in pretty much every aspect of the floatation world – from software and consulting to book publishing and music recording. Outside of his salty endeavors, Graham has a broad range of interests that include experimental theater, philosophical debates, complex systems design, and board games.

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Ashkahn Jahromi

Co-Founder of Float On, Float Tank Solutions, & HelmBot | Float Conference Board Member

Speaker

Ashkahn is one of the founders of Float On in Portland, Oregon, and one of the founders of this very conference! He likes to think of himself as a sort of Johnny Appleseed character for floating, travelling around and salting the earth everywhere he goes. He's done a lot of really impressive stuff over the course of his life, including holding the Guinness world record for fastest one-handed sorting of peanut m&ms! Well, he doesn't actually officially hold the record, but he did try it one time, and he's pretty sure he did it faster than whatever it said in that book. Anyway, he's a cool guy. You should go say hi to him if you see him around.

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Kim Hannan

Speaker

With more than 18 years of training and marketing experience, Kim is passionate about helping individuals and business owners create a ripple effect on the world. Her work as a float center owner, yoga teacher, volunteer in the wellness industry, and business consultant allows her to share the knowledge she has gathered along the way in order to help others have fun, be successful, and live a peaceful life.

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Dr. Sahib Khalsa

Virtual Presenter

Dr. Khalsa is Director of Clinical Studies at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research. His research examines how people feel their heartbeat and how the human brain maps cardiac sensation. The long-term goal of this work is to develop new treatments that re-establish a functional dialogue between the heart and brain in psychiatric illnesses.

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Dr. Justin Feinstein

Virtual Presenter

Dr. Feinstein has spent his career exploring the intimate connection between the body and brain, and developing new technologies to help bring this connection to the forefront of awareness. Utilizing both the lesion method and functional neuroimaging, his research explores how the human brain produces primal states of emotion that ultimately manifest as anxiety and avoidance behavior. His research has helped advance the neuroscience of fear, revealing important clues about the causal role of the human amygdala and insula in the experience of fear and anxiety. He is also at the forefront of discovering new treatments that naturally alleviate fear and anxiety without the use of drugs.

Dr. Feinstein completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Iowa and his postdoctoral fellowship at the California Institute of Technology. He earned his undergraduate degree in cognitive neuroscience at the University of California, San Diego, and completed his clinical internship at the San Diego VA hospital with a focus on the treatment of veterans with PTSD using Prolonged Exposure therapy. Between 2013-2020, Dr. Feinstein founded and directed the Float Clinic & Research Center at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research, the only laboratory in the world studying the neurobiological effects of Floatation-REST (Reduced Environmental Stimulation Therapy) and its potential as a treatment for promoting mental health and healing in patients who suffer from anxiety and stress-related disorders.

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Toni Basile

Virtual Presenter

Toni is the president and founder of Floatation Therapy Australia. She is a Certified Coach, Social Worker, Mindfulness Practitioner (MBSM), Mental Health First Aid Instructor and entrepreneur. She has over 30 years working with Australian public sector organisations. Her professional and personal experience in managing change has given her the opportunity to serve and support 1,000s of professionals to create and implement sustainable change in complex environments.

Toni is passionate at raising awareness about the the benefits of floating, she runs a practice working with individuals to reignite their purpose by learning how to react to stress, manage anxiety and move away from burnout.

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Jeff Caldwell

Virtual Presenter

Jeff is the President and Founder of Heating Green and attended/sponsored a booth at the 2017 conference in Portland, OR. More importantly, he's a father of two great kids and a wonderful wife!

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Laura Suppes, PhD, MPH, REHS

University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire

Virtual Presenter

Laura M. Suppes, PhD, MPH, REHS, is an Associate Professor in the Environmental Public Health major at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire. She received her PhD in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of Arizona. Her research interests are chemical and biological hazard identification and remediation in recreational water environments, exposure assessment, and quantitative microbiological risk assessment. Dr. Suppes became interested in recreational water safety while working as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist for a health department in Minnesota. Dr. Suppes hasserved on the Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code Cyanuric Acid Ad hoc Committee and Technical Review Committee. She is a member of the Pool and Hot Tub Alliance’s Education Cadre and an instructor of the Certified Pool Operator course. Her most recent research focuses on examining MRSA and C. difficile in pool environments, assessing the impact of cyanuric acid on risk of gastrointestinal illness among swimmers, and surveying float tank operating practices.

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Dr. Marek Malus

University of Ostrava

Virtual Presenter

Dr. Marek Malůš is an academic worker, researcher and the head of the Department of psychology at the University of Ostrava (Czech Republic). In 2010 he started to research chamber REST (which is quite similar to flotation REST) and so far he has conducted several studies. He is the most experienced chamber REST researched in Europe and is focusing on mindfulness, burn-out syndrome, physiology changes and psychotherapy effects of chamber REST procedures in the lenght of several days (one week in average).

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Tiffanie DeVarso, MBA

Workshop Facilitator

Tiffanie DeVarso has been a business educator for seven years. Her passion lies in helping wellness-industry small business owners navigate the mechanics of running their businesses so they can get down to the critical work of helping their clients.

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Andy Chayer

Workshop Facilitator

Andy is on a mission to raise awareness of float therapy and bring it to a cultural tipping point for humankind by revolutionizing the way float centers advertise and market themselves. After a traumatic experience left him with lingering symptoms of PTSD, Andy discovered that the float tank was the perfect environment to recondition his reactive thought processes and get his mental health back on track. Feeling called to teach others about the incredible potential of the tanks, Andy became involved at Float Seattle, eventually coordinating all digital marketing efforts for their 2 locations. In the three years since then, Float Seattle has expanded to 4 locations and is now the largest non-franchised float business in Washington state. In late 2019, Andy launched Rising Tide Advertising with the goal of sharing his winning marketing strategies and educational content with the industry at large. His educational videos are used by hundreds of float centers around the world, and have helped to book tens of thousands of new floats, generating hundreds of thousands in revenue for his clients. He’s currently working with Flux and Dr. Justin Feinstien to adapt the growing body of clinical float research into engaging, ad compliant videos, which will empower float centers to proactively educate those in their communities who can benefit from floating most.

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Jonathan Roug

Workshop Facilitator

Jonathan has an insatiable passion for the float experience and industry. Driven by what he calls his, “superpower,” a medical condition known as ADHD. But it wasn’t until discovering floatation therapy that provided him a therapeutic alternative to medication for his condition. Not long after his first sensory deprivation experience, Jonathan and his wife Jessie founded Float Light in Appleton, Wisconsin. Float Light was an immediate success and was admired by the industry and community. Jonathan then focused his attention toward the float industry by becoming a contributing member of the Floatation Tank Association (FTA) and joining the education and outreach committee, hosting and presenting workshops and roundtable events. In addition to his work through the FTA, Jonathan shares his expertise and knowledge for free through online workshops, consultation, business tools and marketing content for float centers, spas and other businesses. Jonathan is an expert in marketing, advertising, videography, graphic design and software engineering. His ultimate goal is to educate the float community on strategies that build public awareness of floatation therapy and the many benefits it provides.

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Allan and Jeanne Mills

Workshop Facilitator

Allan and Jeanne Mills are co-owners of Ocean Elements Salt Spa and Float Center in Ocean City, Maryland, which they created after their experience floating in 2016. They knew what an impact it had on their outlook on life and were inspired to make a difference in the lives of others. This is the primary driver for the vision for Ocean Elements, which is to have a major, deep impact on the quality of people’s lives by helping them overcome stress, anxiety, pain, and improving sleep. Allan is a management consultant that works with Fortune 100 companies to create business transformations. He is also in the apprentice program for Inner Matrix Systems, which helps people develop personal mastery to create real life results. Jeanne is a Registered Nurse with over 30 years of experience in several clinical modalities of nursing. Allan and Jeanne have been aligning the vision of Ocean Elements around the E-Myth mastery, Profit-First, and The Inner Matrix Systems programs.

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Nadia Linda Hole, MD

Workshop Facilitator + Wellness Practitioner

Dr Linda Nadia Hole MD, is a Qigong Master practioner, author, & physician of over 40 years experience; & consulting editor for landmark textbook Chinese Medical QiGong. Besides her family, dolphins, floating, & dancing - her passions include healing in the way of Love; and the Sacred Ho'oponopono Breath of Aloha, Peace, and Qi

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Corey Costanzo

Wellness Practitioner

Corey wears many hats - addiction and trauma counselor, float center owner, massage therapist, didgeridoo player, dad and husband. His biggest accomplishment however is successfully transitioning their pet pig ginger from the house to her outdoor pen.

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Taylor Duffrin

Wellness Practitioner

Taylor Duffrin, aka Taylor Flows, is a flow arts instructor and performer based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Taylor’s love of wellness and movement has carried her far and wide to become an instructor and share the magic of flow arts with others, sharing her classes and workshops in Malaysia, France, Austria, Canada and many locations around the United States. With the rise of Covid and the lockdowns Taylor strived to keep her dream of teaching alive created an online platform on Patreon to teach others from all over the world how to hula hoop. Taylor’s biggest fuel in teaching is to get others inspired to have a fun and healthy hobby and to never stop learning.

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Aaralyn Shiri

Float Quad Cities

Wellness Pracitioner

Aarlayn's voice has been a friend to her for her whole life - helping her to express joy and comfort when she is sad. Signing and creating mantra music has become a powerful healing tool in her life, and she is grateful to be using her voice in this way and providing a path for others to connect with their voice. Aaralyn also loves to play the piano, harp, and harmonium. She has five cats who sometimes tolerate her singing, but we all know how judgy cats can be.