Below are just a few of the many experts that will be featured in our documentary:
Shauna Springer Ph.D. - Doc Springer is one of the nation's leading authorities on trauma, close relationships, suicide prevention, and initiatives that impact the military and veteran community. She is the Chief Psychologist for Stella Center, where she helps advance innovative treatments for psychological trauma, and the author of "Warrior: How to Support Those Who Protect Us."
Denise Budden-Potts, Ph.D. - Dr. Denise specializes in treating Fears, Phobias and Traumas, specifically PTS and MST. Denise is the San Diego Clinical Director of the Research and Recognition Project investigating the efficacy of a breakthrough Protocol for treating traumatic combat events and sexual trauma.
Kevin Kip, Ph.D. - Dr. Kip is a tenured Distinguished Health Professor, epidemiologist, and biostatistician with 16 years of experience on U.S. Federal, Department of Defense, and industry-funded studies. His background is interdisciplinary with more than 160 peer-reviewed publications.
Mary Neal Vieten, Ph.D. - Dr Vieten has spent the majority of her professional career teaching and implementing effective responses to warfighters’ operational trauma. Her expertise is recognized internationally. She is a board certiﬁed clinical psychologist and served on active duty from 1998 – 2008 in the US Navy and in the Reserves since then, serving over 21 years, and counting.
Her civilian practice serves clients who are military, police, EMS, veterans, and civilians who work or have worked in high-risk operational environments. Her work is frequently directed to those who have failed in previous treatment, those requesting care without medication, those for whom the medical model has not mitigated symptoms, those who are not well enough to navigate the complexity of VA services, and those without the means to pay.
Peter Breggin MD - World renown psychiatrist and author of 20+ books is against psychiatric medication. In his 50+ years practicing he has never put anyone on drugs and has not lost one patient to suicide. Instead he has spent a career helping people get off the drugs others put them on and educating the world about the dangers of psychiatric medication.
Robert McLay MD, Ph.D - Robert McLay is a psychiatrist and the Research Director for Mental Health at Naval Medical Center San Diego. He spent much of his life in school prior to joining the military, having received a BA, an MA, a PhD, and a MD before coming on Active Duty with the Navy.
Eugene G. Lipov MD - Dr. Lipov is a world-renowned anesthesiologist specializing in pain management. He was the first in the world to report on new effective treatments for treating PTSD/PTSI utilizing Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB) and discussed SGB in front of Congress in 2010.
He founded Chicago Medical Innovations to promote, research and treat PTSD, he serves as the Chief Science Officer of the Global PTSI Foundation, and he is a regular guest doctor on the CBS TV show “The Doctors.”
Neil Black – A POW for 7.5 years in the Vietnam war Hanoi Hilton. He says of the 800 POW's from Vietnam and all of the bad treatment, the awful living standards, very little food, regular beatings, and no end in sight, not one single POW committed suicide. And yet when vets come home and are put on mind altering drugs, that's when the suicides begin.
Bart Billings, Ph.D. - Colonel Bart Billings is a military psychologist (retired after 34 years of military service) who started the first U.S. annual conference on Combat Stress more than 25 years ago. He’s the author of “Invisible Scars, How to Treat Combat Stress and PTSD Without Medication” and is an expert in treating PTS. In all his years of practice with military and Vets diagnosed "PTS" he has never once had to prescribe a mind-altering psychiatric drug.
Staff Sergeant Tom Matteo - A Marine Infantry Platoon Commander, Mr. Matteo received six Purple Heart awards during his multiple Vietnam tours from 1965 thru 1969. He served with Delta Company 1/3, with Golf Company 2/4 and Foxtrot Company 2nd Bn., 1st Marines. He was diagnosed with PTS and Agent Orange related disease. Today he helps veterans struggling with Post-Traumatic Stress and helps them navigate the VA so that they can get the benefits they deserve in a timely manner.
Congressman Gus M. Bilirakis - Congressman is a Republican representing Florida’s 12th Congressional District. He serves on the Energy and Commerce Committee and the Veterans’ Affairs Committee. He is the Ranking Member of the VA Economic Opportunities Subcommittee and a Member of the VA Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs, Health Subcommittee and Communications and Technology Subcommittee.
Frank Bourke, Ph.D. - Dr. Bourke is the Executive Director of the NLP Research and Recognition Project, and Coordinator to the NLP Community. After the 9-11 attacks in 2001, Dr. Bourke designed and implemented a rehabilitation plan for 800 World Trade Center building survivors. He found that he was able to change the symptoms of PTS survivors he was treating with an NLP-derived protocol much quicker and more effectively than the 30 or so therapists he was working with. He founded the Not-For-Profit Corporation to advance the science of Neuro-Linguistic Programming, bringing the research up to a scientific standard necessary for more widespread implementation.