July 2023 Written by Donya Shabgard Edited by Leanne Quong The Problem Our world has a pandemic that is often silent and unacknowledged – the fight against addiction and post-traumatic
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Mr. John Giordano has dedicated his life to helping those struggling with substance abuse and mental health challenges for the past 36 years. As an esteemed addiction and mental health expert, he has authored several books and founded the National Institute for Holistic Addiction Studies (NIFHAS) and the highly regarded G & G Holistic Addiction Treatment Center. This JCAHO-accredited facility offers both inpatient and outpatient services and has 62 beds for addiction treatment. His latest book, “The Kid from The South Bronx Who Never Gave Up,” has been praised for its exceptional ability to provide a roadmap toward achieving positive change. Mr. Giordano’s extensive knowledge of mental health and addiction has been shared with audiences in nearly 100 countries, and he has contributed to over 79 scientific peer-reviewed medical research papers. He is acknowledged as one of the world’s leading researchers by Research Gate, and his ground-breaking work with Dr. Deborah Mash in introducing evidence-based ibogaine treatments has made him a pioneering psychedelic researcher in ibogaine. Despite his struggles with addiction, Mr. Giordano has been in recovery for over 38 years and has never given up on helping others to live a quality life unencumbered by addiction.
Mr. Enns has been a successful entrepreneur in the construction industry for the past 30 years. He has established multiple construction companies in Canada and has contributed significantly to the development of high-end homes, shopping malls, and office complexes in The Bahamas. With a team of 35 skilled professionals, Mr. Enns is renowned for delivering exceptional quality that sets him apart from his competitors. His vast experience in project management and real estate development will undoubtedly bring significant value to his work at NuMind Health.
Mr. Labonte is a distinguished Army veteran who proudly served his country from 2009 to 2018 with the 173rd out of the Vermont National Guard, Norwich University Corps of Cadets, and the Fifth Special Forces Group (Airborne). During his service, Mr. Labonte faced many life and leadership challenges while deployed to regions of Turkey and Syria, which led to chaos and turmoil. As a result, he decided to shift his focus to real estate investing. Despite facing depression, anxiety, and PTSD during his transition, Mr. Labonte discovered the healing power of psychedelic medicine. Through his experiences, he has seen first-hand the positive impact that these transformative substances can have on mental health and overall well-being. As the Community Engagement for NuMind Health, Mr. Labonte uses his extensive knowledge, lived experiences, and skills to drive progress and success for the community and educate others about these potentially life-changing methods and philosophies.
Dr. Kinman has been a counselor and family therapist for over 30 years, working with diverse individuals. His work primarily focuses on children and youth, family therapy, addictions, working with individuals and families where legal and criminal matters are pressing upon them, and working with a wide diversity of individuals and communities. Dr. Kinman holds a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy, a Master of Divinity and a doctoral degree in Philosophy of Education, and is a professor of a graduate counseling program at the City University of Seattle.
Dr. Thomas-Sarles is a native of St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies graduate. She completed her residency training in Internal Medicine, in Florida and Alabama, before relocating to the Bahamas. She is a board-certified Internal Medicine specialist by the American Board of Internal Medicine and holds a license to practice in Florida and the Bahamas. Throughout college, she served as a first responder and Emergency Medical Technician. Dr. Thomas-Sarles is eager to employ her expertise to benefit the NuMind Community and its Guests.
Dr. Scott has an undergraduate degree from Syracuse University, a master’s degree in nursing education from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Ph.D. in Nutri-genomics. She has more than 10 years of experience with plant medicines. She advocates for ongoing research associated with the powerful emotional and physical healing breakthroughs brought about through plant medicine. Dr. Scott has extensive experience with Iboga ceremonies and continues to be devoted to the global expansion of plant-based medicine treatments for mental health and wellness.
Dr. Getchell is a trained psychotherapist and clinical social worker with over 30 years of experience in various practice settings. He has obtained a Master of Social Work degree from Missouri State University. He has held multiple positions in the United States, including The Department of Justice, The Department of Defense, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Getchell is a decorated former United States military officer, serving 16 years in active duty service. Additionally, he has practiced for ten years as a faculty member for Missouri State University’s School of Social Work, specializing in teaching diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders and addictions. He specializes in addiction, PTSD, depression, and anxiety.
Dr. Marie Allen is a counseling psychologist, researcher, trainer, and curriculum developer with expertise in treating mood and behavior disorders, eating disorders, child and adolescent psychotherapy, school psychology, and women’s issues such as codependency and relationship matters. Dr. Marie has a postgraduate degree in Clinical Community Counseling and a doctoral degree in Psychology, specializing in Family Psychology. She has worked as an adjunct faculty member and Assistant Professor of Psychology at The College of The Bahamas, as well as a School Psychologist at the International I.B. World School. Dr. Marie is also the former Director of Training and Curriculum Development for The Family Program, an evidence-based program that provides free group therapy to marginalized communities in the Bahamas. Currently, she serves as the Clinical Director, Counseling Psychologist, and Individual & Group Psychotherapist at The Discovery Clinic of The Renascence Institute in Olde Towne, Sandyport, Nassau, Bahamas.
Ms. Quong’s extensive experience in H.R. Operations and Customer Service shines through with her impressive record of stakeholder collaboration, client journey design, and business development. She is a dynamic leader who is passionate about helping companies unlock the full potential of their human capital to achieve success in the market. Her focus on delivering motivational solutions has resulted in outstanding customer satisfaction rates, 5-Star business reviews, impressive ROIs, and the formation of high-performing teams. Ms. Quong’s academic achievements, including a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management, nomination for Valedictorian, and winning the Louis Stervinou Memorial Scholarship, are a testament to her dedication and hard work. She is now pursuing a CPHR designation to enhance her professional development and bring more value to NuMind’s talent, clients, investors, and organization.
Dr. Stewart has an impressive educational background, having obtained degrees in Zoology and Medicine from the University of the West Indies and receiving training at the National School of Obstetrics in Ireland. He has devoted over 30 years of his professional life to practicing as a highly respected gynecologist in the Bahamas. Moreover, Dr. Stewart holds the esteemed position of Bahamas representative of WADA (World Anti-Doping Agency).
Dr. Allen is highly accomplished, earning an M.D. from St. Andrews medical school and a postgraduate degree in Psychiatry and Public Health from Harvard Medical School. He has devoted his career to helping people with addiction and mental health issues and has held faculty positions at prestigious institutions such as Harvard, Yale, and Georgetown Medical Schools. Dr. Allen is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and Officer of the Order of Distinction, Bahamas, which speaks to his remarkable dedication and service. He has also authored numerous publications on addiction, spirituality, and psychiatry and has founded cocaine treatment centers in The Bahamas and Washington, D.C. Dr. Allen’s work has undoubtedly made a significant impact on many people’s lives, and his contributions to psychiatry are truly admirable.
Mr. Douglas possesses a vast amount of experience in the field of international management consulting. He has successfully worked in countries such as Canada, the USA, Colombia, and Croatia. Moreover, his expertise in Corporate Structure, Strategic Development, Investor Relations, and Governance is unparalleled.
Mr. Avis boasts over 30 years of experience as a C-Suite executive, showcasing unmatched expertise in start-up management, brand development, and international franchising. His track record of funding multiple start-up companies speaks for itself, consistently delivering exceptional results with every venture.