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. Sahib Khalsa

Researcher at the Float Clinic and Research Center

Dr. Khalsa is the Director of Clinical Studies at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research. His research focuses on how the human brain maps cardiac sensation, and how brain-body communication is disrupted across psychiatric illnesses. 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 illness.

Sahib will be unveiling a new study examining the clinical effects of floating in individuals with anorexia nervosa.

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. 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 Associationns 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.

Glenn Perry

Creator of the first commercial float tank

Glenn Perry, mentored by Dr John C. Lilly, developed the first ever commercial float tank, the Samadhi tank. Since then, he never stops tinkering, continuing to push the world of floatation forward with his own ever present brand of functional innovation and design, focusing on improving the user’s experience at an affordable price.

Glenn will be here to speak alongside his wife Lee.

Lee Perry

President of the Samadhi Tank Company

Lee Perry, as president of the Samadhi Tank Company, has spent the last 40 years working to keep the business of floating a journey into the realm of service and adventure. As a part of the Floatation Tank Association, she focuses on advocating best practices, educating health departments on regulations for this industry, and supporting new float businesses.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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