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Speakers and More

PRESENTERS AND FACILITATORS

We'll continue to add speakers for the 2022 Float Conference to this page as they are confirmed!

We're still accepting applications for speakers, workshop leaders, and activity facilitators for the 2022 event.

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Meet the 2021 Board of Directors

James Nestor

James Nestor

Speaker

James Nestor is an author and journalist who has written for Scientific American, Outside, The New York Times, and more. His latest book, Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art, was released May 26, 2020 by Riverhead/Penguin Random House and was an instant New York Times and London Sunday Times bestseller. Breath explores how the human species has lost the ability to breathe properly--and how to get it back. Breath spent 18 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list in the first year of release, and became a bestseller in Spain, Italy, Germany, and Croatia. Breath will be translated into more than 35 languages in 2022 and has sold more than one million copies in the first years of release. Breath was awarded the Best General Nonfiction Book of 2020 by the American Society of Journalists and Authors and was a Finalist for Best Science Book of 2021 by the Royal Society. Nestor has spoken at Stanford Medical School, Yale School of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, the United Nations, Global Classroom, and appeared on more than 60 radio and television shows, including Fresh Air with Terry Gross, the Joe Rogan Show, and more. He lives and breathes in San Francisco.

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Justin Feinstein, PhD

Justin Feinstein, PhD

Speaker

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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Roy Vore,  PhD

Roy Vore, PhD

Vore & Associates, LLC

Speaker

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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Flux, PhD

Flux, PhD

Float Researcher at Laureate Institute for Brain Research

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 and Physiology from NYU focusing on primate visual perception, and a joint Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Clinical Psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder, where his work focused on the role of the immune system in novel mental health therapeutics. He recently completed his predoctoral clinical internship at the Indian Health Care Resource Center in Tulsa, OK providing mental health services to indigenous peoples. Currently, Flux is working as a consultant on a variety of academic and industrial research projects. Flux is incredibly passionate about science communication, and has extensive experience as a graphic designer, which he applies to his presentations and educational illustrations. Flux has presented at the Float Conference each year starting in 2018 and is thrilled to be back for his fifth year.

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Stephen Johnson

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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Graham Talley

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

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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Joel Frohlich, PhD

Joel Frohlich, PhD

University of Tübingen, Germany

Speaker

Dr. Joel Frohlich is a postdoctoral neuroscience researcher at the University of Tübingen in Germany. He received his PhD in neuroscience in 2018 from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in the laboratory of Dr. Shafali Jeste and recently completed a three-year postdoc studying consciousness in the laboratory of Dr. Martin Monti at UCLA. Dr. Frohlich discovered floating in early 2020 while living in Los Angeles and soon after discovered Dr. Justin Feinstein's float research. They are now collaborating on the first ever analysis of Bluetooth EEG collected during floating in healthy participants and patients with anxiety disorders.

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Dr. David Berv

Dr. David Berv

The Float Zone

Speaker

Dr. David Berv has practiced for over two decades as a chiropractic sports physician and acupuncture diplomate, serving as the clinical director of an interdisciplinary health care center in Richmond, Virginia. Chronic pain and multiple sclerosis fostered a recycling of his skills and vision in the creation of The Float Zone, a float therapy center, where he is the “Chief Experience Officer”. Dr. Berv has facilitated over 15 clinical case studies on the benefits and effects of float therapy on various health conditions. Dr Berv has been frequently featured in podcasts, magazine articles and social media outlets.

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Samuel Whiting

Samuel Whiting

Samuel Whiting

Speaker + Activity Facilitator

Samuel Whiting is a leader in the field of human potential and has worked with and been inspired by revered mentors, coaches, and scientists like Dr. Jack Feldman and Dr. Andrew Huberman of Stanford University’s Department of Neurobiology, Wim Hof, and Baron Baptiste.

Sam is a certified Wim Hof Method Instructor and leads daily sessions, trainings, and programs in addition to consulting with high-level executives, athletes, special operators, pursuers of Guinness World Records, and beyond.

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Marshall Hammond

Marshall Hammond

Float Tank Solutions Blogger

Speaker

Float Tank Solutions Marshall Hammond is a writer, musician, podcaster and float tank expert. He is a blogger at Float Tank Solutions, and formerly was general manager of Float On in Portland, OR and an editor at Coincidence Control Publishing. He co-hosts the podcast Deep State History, and is a member of the band Psychic Driver.

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Kim Hannan

Kim Hannan

Mindfull Solutions, Sukhino Float Center and Salt Cave, President of the Float Conference Board of Directors

Workshop Presenter

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.

2022 Float Conference Presenters