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2018 Speakers

Dr. Roy Vore

Microbiologist and Recreational Water Illness Expert

Dr. Vore is a technology manager at BioLab, Inc. His work focuses on the control of microbial growth in recreational water and aqueous industrial systems. Roy is a Certified Pool & Spa Operator, a member of the National Swimming Pool Foundation’s Education Committee, an active contributor to Association of Pool and Spa Professionals’ Recreational Water Quality Committee, was a major contributor to the Disinfection Water Quality module of the Model Aquatic Health Code (the “MAHC”), and the lead author of NSPF’s Recreational Water Illness handbook.

Dr. Vore received his Ph.D. in bacterial physiology from the University of Arkansas and his masters and bachelors in microbiology from Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas. Dr. Vore has over 70 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’s hobbies include making beer and bird watching – which usually includes drinking the beer.

Dr. Peicheng Hu

President of the Flotation Therapy Association of China

Dr. Peicheng Hu is a professor and clinical doctor in the Medical Psychology Department of Peking University in China. He installed his first float tank in a hospital in Beijing in 1997. Dr. Hu has completed several successful clinical research projects regarding floatation therapy. He’s excited to see how far float technology in China has come, with the current float tanks on their 10th generation of production. He has written more than 170 books and 200 professional papers in psychology, including many about floatation therapy. Hu received the world renowned “Magnus Hirschfeld” Medal in 2008 and the honorable “Taolijiang” award for his work as a professor of Peking University in 2010.

Dr. Hu will present on the current developments in the float industry and the advanced research in flotation therapy that is happening in China.

Dr. Justin Feinstein

Head Researcher at the Float Clinic and Research Center

Dr. Feinstein is Director of the Float Clinic and Research Center (FCRC) at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research. The FCRC’s mission is to investigate the effects of Floatation-REST on both body and brain, as well as explore its potential as a therapeutic treatment for promoting mental health and healing in patients who suffer from anxiety.

His presentation will unveil the results from a recent study measuring what happens in both the body and the brain during a float session in patients spanning the spectrum of different anxiety disorders, including PTSD, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Social Phobia, and Generalized Anxiety.

Dr. John Turner

One of the original float researchers

John W. Turner, Jr. is an endocrinologist (PhD, Cornell Univ.;Postdoc, UCLA) with extensive expertise in reproductive biology and stress physiology. He is a Professor of Physiology engaged in teaching and research at the University of Toledo College of Medicine (UTCOM) and his research endeavors have included wildlife contraception, psychophysiology of human stress-related disorders and their treatment and effects of chronically deteriorating habitats on stress levels of wildlife and fish.

In regard to Floatation, he and Tom Fine began in 1979 an extensive series of research studies in Floatation Restricted Environmental Stimulation which explored physiological and behavioral responses to Floatation REST and established various reference points for the deep relaxation of Floating in the context of other relaxation modalities and as a potential clinical tool.

Glenn Perry

Inventor of the first commercial floatation tank

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.

Glenn will be here to speak alongside his wife Lee.

Lee Perry

President of the Samadhi Tank Company

Lee, with Glenn’s help, designed and started the first float center in Beverly Hills. She developed the post float protocol to honor the experience and support the floater’s use of floating for their own consciousness.

Lee will be giving a presentation alongside her husband Glenn Perry.

M. C. Flux

Ph.D. Student Researcher with the Float Clinic and Research Center

Flux is working on his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Neuroscience, based at the University of Colorado Boulder. He has been working with Dr. Feinstein at the Float Clinic and Research Center for over a year now studying the biological and clinical implications of Float therapy. His thesis work explores the intersection of basic molecular neuroscience and mental health treatment.

Flux will be discussing how stress and the immune system can intersect to induce or magnify anxiety and depression, and the role that floating may play in this phenomenon.

Tom Fine

One of the original float researchers

Thomas H Fine is a pioneer in the research of Floatation REST (Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy). In 1978 he established, along with John Turner, the Floatation REST research program at the University of Toledo College of Medicine (formerly the Medical College of Ohio), where he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry.

Over a twenty year period, Tom and John published numerous papers and edited several books on the physical and mental effects of floatation therapy. Their work focused on psychophysiological and endocrine changes associated with repeated use of a Floatation Tank, and the effects of floating on various stress related disorders. Tom is currently beginning a collaboration with Justin Feinstein at LIBR examining changes in Heart Rate Variability that occur during the Floatation Tank experience.

James Nestor

Author and Avid Floater

James Nestor is a science-adventure journalist who has written for Scientific American, Outside Magazine, The New York Times, and more. He is the author of DEEP: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves (2014, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), and presented talks at the 2014 and 2015 Float Conference on the effects of water on the human body.

Nestor will be at the 2018 Float Conference to discuss new research on his forthcoming book (2019, Penguin) on the lost art and science of breathing.

Kevin McCulloch

Owner of FLOAT STL and Organizer of the Rise Float Gathering

This bio really won’t tell you much at all about Kevin, but hopefully it tells you enough to attend his presentation with Jacob Resch. Kevin is a business school dropout turned psychotherapist who, along with Jacob, then decided to open the first modern era float center in their state, FLOAT STL. 18 months later they opened a second center, and 6 months after that they held a float gathering called RISE which focused on The Heart of Floating.

As it relates to the business of floating Kevin has an interest in marketing, customer service, management, and organizational culture. From a personal and spiritual perspective Kevin believes in the interconnectedness of all beings, is here to give and receive love, and to be in service to others. These values are foundational elements throughout each of his endeavors as he aims to experience a life of harmony and congruency.

Jacob Resch

Owner of FLOAT STL and Organizer of the Rise Float Gathering

Jacob, along with Kevin McCulloch, founded and operates FLOAT STL, and has since organized and hosted the Rise Float Gathering. Being slightly ambitious, Jacob and Rick Boling decided to curate a Float Industry Magazine: Third Wave.

Spending countless hours during his childhood contemplating existential puzzles, he decided to earn undergraduate degrees in psychology, chemistry, and nursing, and completed a masters in psychology. Having over a decade of experiences in these fields, Jacob has evolved and honed his passion for exploring and understanding the human condition, consciousness, and love. He aspires to challenge modern day conventions on how to grow community with communication, attunement, and empowerment. Ultimately, Jacob’s work lies in evolving the values that root a culture within FLOAT STL, the Float Industry, and Beyond.

Gloria Morris

Owner of Float Sixty Corporation and GIA Marketing

Challenged with juggling her responsibilities as a mom, big data technologist, and consultant, Gloria found balance when she floated for the first time in 2015. Float Sixty (her baby) was born nine months later. Now with three locations and two more in early development she is putting her consulting skills to the test in her own businesses.

Gloria has a bachelors and masters degree in management and technology adoption but her real education comes from constantly tinkering with software and data. She will be speaking about the art and science of modern business management.

Ashkahn Jahromi

Float Conference organizer and MC

Ashkahn Jahromi will serve as host and MC for the 2018 Float Conference. He’s so dedicated to his role as MC that he’s spent the last year living inside of a podium.

As one of the owners of Float On here in Portland, Oregon, Ashkahn has dealt with his fair share of salty messes, and through it has learned a thing or two about float tanks, the operation of a float center, and float tank sanitation and regulations.

Ashkahn will be presenting with Graham Talley about the business philosophy that Float On practices, and speaking at the How to Start a Float Center Workshop, a crash course in building and running a float center.

Graham Talley

Float Conference organizer and owner of Float On

Graham Talley, one of the original founders of Float On, will be speaking at both the conference and the How to Start a Float Center Workshop.

Graham has been lecturing on small business, happiness, national monuments, and (most recently) float tanks for the better part of a decade. His interests and areas of expertise extend from water sanitation to treasure hunts, from complex systems design to experimental theater.

Dr. Ricardo Gil-da-Costa

Co-founder of Neuroverse, brain sensing technology used at LIBR

For 19 years, Dr. Gil-da-Costa’s pursuit of how the mind and brain work led him to behavioral field studies in Africa and Central America and neurophysiology laboratory research from Harvard University to the U.S. National Institutes of Health and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Most recently, he co-founded and serves as C.E.O. of Neuroverse, Inc., a neurotechnology company that has created a new class of mobile brain interfaces for health and consumer electronics applications.

Whether conducting research in the oceans and jungles, investigating the evolutionary and neural foundations of human cognition and language, serving as a Hollywood science consultant, or developing novel brain imaging methods and brain-machine interfaces, Dr. Gil-da-Costa’s work has not only contributed seminal findings to the field of cognitive neurosciences but has also pushed the boundaries of scientific inquiry and translational application outside of the traditional laboratory structure. His work leading the Neuroverse team continues this expansion by creating a brain interface for use in everyday life.

Poonacha Machaiah

Chief Strategy Officer of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing

Poonacha Machaiah is co-founder with Deepak Chopra, MD of JIYO, a social wellbeing platform and Chief Strategy Officer of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing.

He founded ABOVE (A Bunch of Versatile Entrepreneurs), co-founded the social enterprise WeightLess Project, and was instrumental in founding India’s social media start-up Qyuki, where he was CEO. With over 20 years of experience, Machaiah uses approaches from the commercial world and employs technology to tackle social problems. He has held senior leadership positions in global sales and business development with Sasken, Motorola, Visionael, Iridium, and Dimension Enterprises (acquired by Nortel Networks in 2000). He is on the advisory board of the Chopra Foundation and transmedia mentor at XMedia Lab, a digital media think tank.

Stephen Johnson

Psychiatric Nurse, Fascial Anatomist, and Philosopher

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. Editing an upcoming book of essays on the essence/heart/spirit of the float experience. Board member of the Float Tank Association.

Juliet Tango Mylan

Float Historian at Float On

Juliet Tango Mylan is a trans woman with a passion for writing and storytelling in general. She currently has her own production company and works at Float Tank Solutions in Content (she writes all those friendly podcast descriptions you read). She’s been floating since 2010 and it has informed her life in many profound ways.

Cindy Molchany

Voted in Speaker

For over 8 years, Cindy Molchany worked in the wine industry as a loyalty marketing consultant helping clients increase the number of members into their wine clubs. Over the last 5 years, Cindy has migrated her work online, and as an internet marketer works to maximize the lifetime value of each new lead and customer she acquires for clients by creating engaging, educational, and experiential sales processes. As an avid and passionate floater, Cindy recently launched fillyourfloattank.com. Her goal is to bring her loyalty and internet marketing expertise to the float industry and help the industry explode by helping nurture the budding mass movement she already sees taking shape.

Dr. Horace Walcott

Voted in Speaker

Dr. Horace Walcott is a zoo veterinarian and yogi scientist who has studied and taught raja yoga for more than 40 years. He has undergone advanced training in yoga meditation in North West India and recently completed an international study of novice and expert floaters for doctor of health science degree, DHSc at AT Still University. Dr. Walcott is currently pursuing a PhD in applied psychophysiology at Saybrook University where he will be conducting EEG and special brain imaging studies in zebrafish to investigate FL-REST in the zebrafish as an animal model for understanding the quantum effects and molecular biology of FL-REST. He has a Master of Science in Wild Animal Health from the Royal Veterinary College, University of London where he investigated the effects of chlorinated hydrocarbons on biosonar in harbor porpoises in British waters, in 1997. He was awarded the Master of Science Public Health MSPH, in 1993 at Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, where he specialized in environmental toxicology and risk assessment. Additionally, Dr. Walcott received the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, DVM from Tuskegee University in 1984 and post-doctoral training in aquatic veterinary medicine from the Marine Biology Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts.

Gernot Seebacher

Starpool’s Ambassador for Dry Floating
Sponsor Talk

Gernot Seebacher is Starpool’s Ambassador for Dry Floatation. He has been following ZEROBODY on the technological research since its launch into the market. Gernot is passionate about well-being as a whole, and is a big supporter of dry floatation therapy its related benefits to our daily lives.

Listen to his talk to learn more about Zerobody and it’s added value in the traditional Floating Industry.

Murphy Monroe

Floater

Murphy Monroe is a neuro-diverse floating enthusiast whose life was transformed at the Evanston Float Center in his hometown of Evanston, Illinois. Murphy is a nonprofit executive and higher ed enrollment expert who proudly serves as the Executive Director of The Actors Gymnasium, a professional circus school and theatre company.

Other than in a float tank, Murphy finds peace at home with his wife, Sarah Eva, his two amazing kids, and the music of the Grateful Dead.

Brian Kroll

Floater

Brian’s life changed in January of 2017 when he floated for the first time. He has suffered chronic back pain since adolescence recently marking 20 years since his final reconstructive surgery that resulted in a spinal fusion of L1 – L5. He avoids pain medication and relies on his high pain tolerance to maintain an active lifestyle with his wife and two children. He has worked over 20 years at the Portland State University Bookstore where he is the Operations Manager.

In the freedom from gravity of his first float Brian experienced a few pain free moments for the first time in nearly four decades. In the months since that first float he has become a member at Float On experimenting with timings and techniques to get the most from his time in the tanks. He has become a floating advocate and hopes sharing his experiences will help bring awareness to its therapeutic potential. You can read about his first float experience here.

Jennifer Langdon

Floater

Jennifer E. Langdon is a writer, teacher, and creative consultant, with more than 20 years experience in marketing communications, fundraising, and project management for non-profits and higher education. A recovering academic, she holds a PhD in American history and is the author of Caught in the Crossfire: Adrian Scott and the Politics of Americanism in 1940s Hollywood. After a long struggle with chronic pain and fatigue, she left her conventional career and now lives and travels full-time in a vintage Avion camper with Fiona the Wonder Pug. She blogs sporadically at creative-egghead.com and is currently working on a book about her recent travels through the heart of America. Her talk at the conference will discuss the pivotal role of floating in her return to health and vitality.

Jake Marty

Owner of Float On – Speaking at the Start a Center Workshop

Jake Marty, another one of the Float On owners, will be speaking at the How to Start a Float Center Workshop. He will be sharing experiences from the last several years where he spent countless days (and nights) fighting the good fight against salt damage and defending against rogue sound waves trying to sneak into beautiful, peaceful float rooms.

Jake will also be conducting the NSPF Certified Pool/Spa Operator training course taking place on the Monday following the Float Conference.

Whichever city Jake is in, he can often be found atop the nearest mountain anticipating the sunrise.

Kyle Robins

Owner of Maximum Floats
Sponsor Talk

Kyle Robins is a marketing enthusiast and passionate float advocate. He first discovered the power of marketing when running simple print ads in the newspaper to sell little pet birds that he used to raise as a kid. Little did he know that a decade later, studying online marketing would become his obsession. After working with over 100 small businesses doing their online marketing, Kyle accidentally found floating in June 2017. After just his 2nd float, his passion ignited. Like many others in the industry, he had such a profound experience that he knew this was something he wanted to be a part of. So, that night, with his business partner Alex Grieco, he went home and created Maximum Floats, a premium online marketing company that works exclusively with float centers. With over $38,000 spent online in the float industry alone, and thousands of new customer opportunities created from campaigns he has personally put together, he is trusted as the “”go-to marketing guy”” by some of the biggest names in the industry like Reboot Float Spa and True REST.

Maximum Floats is on a mission to help 100,000 people experience floating in 2018 through their done-for-you services. However, after realizing that many float centers lack the budget to work with “”done-for-you”” agencies, Maximum Floats is excited to launch their brand new float center marketing program. This will provide the industry with the best current marketing education for float centers available on the market, and will allow for millions more lives to be impacted through flotation therapy.

Eric Baird

Business & Franchise Development Director at Groupon.com
Sponsor Talk

Having experienced slipped discs and back pain from motorsports accidents, powerlifting, and construction work in the IBEW, Eric discovered floating on Groupon and has been a fan and advocate ever since and has worked with 53 float centers.

Eric is a consultant at Groupon and will be providing an update on the Groupon Advertising Platform as it exists in 2018 at the How to Start a Float Center Workshop. He’s been working with float centers, cryotherapy owners, salt caves, and multi-modality wellness centers since 2014 and also works with many large franchises in the spa and fitness industries. Visit Eric and his colleague Quentin for more information about Groupon at the Groupon booth.

Quentin Stephens Jr.

Business & Franchise Development Director at Groupon.com
Sponsor Talk

Quentin is a Veteran of the US NAVY, and works at Groupon as a marketing consultant specializing in health, wellness & fitness related businesses and has worked with over 100 wellness centers during his tenure. Quentin’s objective is to create custom campaigns tailored to owners’ goals that promote & educate locals about services by leveraging one of the largest platforms used for shopping and discovery. As a veteran of the U.S. Navy, Quentin aims to help point other veterans toward what may help aid in PTSD treatment through wellness services.