Vote for who you want to see speak at the Conference!

Each year we reserve a few speaking spots for applicants from within the float community. We’ve put the applications online, so that you can vote on who you’d like to see present!

2019 Speakers

Dr. Josh Hagen

Director and Researcher of Human Performance Optimization

Josh Hagen received his B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 2000, M.S./Ph.D in Materials Science and Engineering in 2004/2006 all from the University of Cincinnati. Josh executed his graduate research in bioelectronics at the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate at Air Force Research Labs, and shortly after joined the 711th Human Performance Wing where he began his current research thrust in Human Performance Monitoring and Augmentation. At the 711th, Josh started and led the STRONG Team and focused on measuring physiology utilizing wearable sensors and blood biomarkers, developed novel analytics for correlating and modeling the data, and beginning to understand how to take that data to optimize performance in elite military and athletics populations. It was work with Navy Special Operators that Josh first discovered Float Therapy, which immediately inspired a new research thrust in Recovery Science.

In 2018, Josh became the Director of the Human Performance Innovation Center at the Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute at West Virginia University, as well as Assistant Professor in the Department of Neuroscience. Here he leads a multidisciplinary team focused on optimizing the performance of military, athletics, and clinical patient populations. Recovery Science is a large part of the core mission at the RNI, and Float Therapy is being investigated to help multiple needs for all of these populations.

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. 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 discuss a new NIH-funded clinical trial of floating 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 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.

Sahib will be presenting findings from experiments at LIBR investigating the effects of floatation-REST in individuals with anorexia nervosa.

M. C. Flux

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

Flux has been doing research science for over a decade in about a dozen different labs on topics ranging from biotechnology to mental health. From roots firmly planted in cell and molecular biology, Flux has a B.S. in Biotechnology from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, an M.S. in Neuroscience from NYU focusing on 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 is currently working on a double PhD in Clinical Psychology and Neuroscience at CU Boulder where his work lies at the intersection of molecular biology, neuroscience, and mental health. His dissertation work primarily focuses on the effects of Floatation REST on anxiety and the immune system, along with several other projects exploring biomarkers of stress in other novel therapeutics and their connection to changes in mental health. He is a graduate student therapist at the Sutherland Bipolar Center, and has previous clinical experience working with underserved populations in the Boulder area. Flux is also very passionate about science communication, and has extensive experience as a graphic designer, which he applies to his presentations and educational illustrations.

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.

Ashkahn Jahromi

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

Ashkahn is one of the founders of Float On, a six tank center in Portland, Oregon that opened its doors in 2010. Since then his life has been one salty adventure after another. After years of running a center, hosting a podcast, working on software, and taking road trips around the country, Ashkahn is happy to finally reveal his master plan: to build a dome over the Pacific Ocean and turn it into a float tank large enough to float the entire human population.

Ashkahn will be speaking at the conference with Graham Talley about the Float Conference itself, and how it’s first year as a non-profit entity has gone. He will also be speaking with Graham and their other business partner, Jake Marty, at the FTS Start a Center Workshop before the conference.

When you see him at the conference you should give him a high-five.

Graham Talley

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

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.

Graham will be speaking at the conference with Ashkahn Jahromi about the Float Conference itself, and how its first year as a non-profit entity has gone. He will also be speaking with Ashkahn and their other business partner, Jake Marty, at the FTS Start a Center Workshop before the conference.

Stephen Johnson

Master of Conference Shenanigans

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.

Stephen will serve as the MC for the 2019 Float Conference

More Speakers to be Announced

Check back in as we continue to add speakers to this year’s line up!