Dr. Casey Paleos
Casey Paleos, MD is a psychiatrist and researcher with over a decade of experience in the use of psychedelic medicines for the treatment of mental illness, dating back to his work, while still in residency training, as a study therapist in the landmark Psilocybin Cancer Anxiety Study at NYU, where Dr. Guss was one of his mentors. Since then, Dr. Paleos was Co-Principal Investigator in the NYU-Bellevue Ketamine for Depression Study and has been treating patients in his private practice with both ketamine infusion therapy and ketamine-assisted psychotherapy since 2016. Presently, he is a study therapist and Principal Investigator, alongside Dr. Gorman, in the MAPS-sponsored MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD Phase 3 Clinical Trial, serves as Scientific Director at Mindbloom, Inc., and is a co-founder of Nautilus Sanctuary, a non-profit psychedelic research and clinical institution based in New York City.
Victor Cabral, MSW, LSW, CCTP-I
Director of Policy and Regulatory Affairs
Victor Cabral, MSW, LSW, CCTP-I (He/Him/His) is a collaborative and strategic leader who has made an impact on human rights and historical inequalities throughout his career. Before joining Fluence, Victor served as Deputy Director for the Pennsylvania Governor’s Office of Advocacy and Reform where he helped lead the implementation of the Trauma-Informed PA Plan, establish the first Racial Day of Healing in Pennsylvania history, and developed free trauma trainings for Pennsylvanians in collaboration with internationally recognized experts.
He is a research-based systems thinker with expertise in policy development, advocacy, consulting, racial and communal trauma, and is a practicing psychotherapist with training in Internal Family Systems, Psychedelic-Assisted Psychotherapy (MDMA and Ketamine), and other modalities. Victor was also listed on the Students for Sensible Drug Policy’s list of ’40 Under 40 Outstanding BIPOC Leaders in Drug Policy in the United States’ for his work in psychedelic policy.
Customer Success Manager
Naomi Dym earned her B.S. in Public Health from George Washington University. Before working for Fluence, Naomi interned for Center for Information & Study on Clinical Research Participation (CISCRP), Truth Initiative, and Vital Voices. She is passionate about providing accessible, affordable, and equitable mental health care and treatment. At Fluence, Naomi guides and supports students throughout Fluence’s offerings. Outside of work, Naomi enjoys playing tennis, staying active, and exploring.
Dr. Lawrence Fischman
Lawrence Fischman, MD, is a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, who has practiced in New York and Maine for 36 years. In addition to his full-time private practice in New York, he was a Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry at New York-Presbyterian/ Weill Cornell Medical Center. In 1996, he moved to Maine, and became a Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine Maine Track, where he also serves on the Admissions subcommittee. In 1983, he published a paper comparing psychedelic drug states with dreams and psychosis in Schizophrenia Bulletin. He retired from practice in 2021 to devote more time to reading and writing about psychoanalytic perspectives on psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, including two papers which have appeared in Neuropsychoanalysis. He has enjoyed living, working and raising a family in Maine, and is excited by the emerging possibilities for integrating psychedelic experiences with psychoanalytically-based psychotherapy.
Brad Burge, MA
Director of Communications
Brad Burge earned his B.A. in Communication and Psychology from Stanford University in 2005 and his M.A. in Communication from the University of California, San Diego in 2009. He directed communications and public relations for the non-profit MAPS from 2009 to 2020, helping it scale from a small advocacy organization to a global leader in psychedelic pharmaceutical development. In 2020, Brad founded Integration Communications, which provides industry-leading PR, media relations, and education services in psychedelic science, therapy, health, and wellness. Brad is also a certified Wilderness First Responder, and when he’s not plugged in, you’ll find him in the mountains, carrying a backpack, somewhere down a long trail.
Psilocybin-Assisted Therapy Certificate Program Advisor
Steph Barss is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has worked in Bend, Oregon for a nonprofit hospice and palliative care organization for nearly 20 years. She is passionate about supporting people along their journey, with a focus on working with those who have complex, life-limiting illness. As an advanced practice nurse, she works with people to explore what brings meaning and quality, to life and death. Steph is an outdoor enthusiast who brings nature into her healing practices. While not working, you can find her with family and friends hiking, running, skiing, climbing, or simply hanging in her hammock.
Dr. Alexander Camargo
Integration Certificate Program Director
Dr. Camargo is a psychologist based in New York City and maintains a private practice in Manhattan. His work is heavily influenced by psychoanalytic and attachment theories. In addition, he provides psychedelic harm reduction and integration, helping clients prepare for psychedelic experiences, incorporate insights or cope with challenges post-experience. He also trained as a psilocybin therapist through Compass Pathways and serves as a therapist on an investigator-initiated clinical trial of psilocybin for Body Dysmorphic Disorder at New York Psychiatric Institute. Dr. Camargo’s clinical training focused on providing mental health services in low-fee clinics and hospitals to traditionally underserved communities in the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Nassau County.
Maisie graduated in 2020 from the University of Edinburgh with a BA in Sustainable Development and Social Anthropology. Her undergraduate dissertation explored psychedelics, ecological consciousness, and relational ontologies. She is currently pursuing an MA in Developmental Psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her interests center around how our sense of self may emerge and crystallize over time, and how we may explore and design interventions to shift and expand it. At Fluence, Maisie assists in the production of program materials and written content. She lives in NYC and Woodstock, NY.
Dr. Alan Davis
Dr. Alan Davis is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Ohio State University and Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Center for Psychedelic and Consciousness Research at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Davis’s clinical experience includes working with people diagnosed with trauma-based psychological problems and includes providing evidenced-based treatments such as motivational interviewing, acceptance and commitment therapy, and psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy. His research interests focus on helping those suffering with substance use and mental health problems and developing ways to conceptualize substance use and mental health problems through a strengths-based approach. He recently completed a clinical trial of psilocybin therapy for depression and current trials exploring psychedelic treatment for patients with co-occurring alcohol use disorder and depression and patients with anorexia. He examines topics related to naturalistic psychedelic use among several populations including people of color who have experienced racial trauma, Spanish-speaking people, and people who use novel psychedelics such as 5-MeO-DMT.
Selah (She/Her/Hers) is a licensed EMT-B in both Oregon and California. Before working with Fluence, she was with the Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, OR, where she helped pioneer the COVID-19 Mobile Van Team. There, she worked with communities across the Portland Metropolitan area and Oregon as a whole, specifically focusing on marginalized groups like POC, LGTBQ folks, homeless people, and groups struggling with addiction or with experience in the criminal justice system. Selah also spent several years working for a medical device innovation company, where she managed multiple projects, planned/coordinated events, and reviewed confidential contracts and documents. She is an advocate for accessible and equitable healthcare and holds as much value on mental health as physical health.
Manager of Operations and Finance
Ashley is a Licensed Massage Therapist and yoga teacher based in Portland, Oregon. For the past decade, she has focused on the medicine of mindfulness and movement. She currently teaches meditation, yoga nidra, yoga asana and assists her teacher Michele Loew in Vajrayana Buddhism trainings. Ashley has a private massage practice based in Portland. Her approach to bodywork is influenced by the technicality of myofascial and structural work as well as her studies in yoga, regularly incorporating different breathing awarenesses in the practice.
Jayne Gumpel, LCSW
Jayne is a licensed Clinical Social Worker with 30 years of clinical experience and training. Non ordinary states of consciousness often offer clients extraordinary learning opportunities for deep and sustainable change, and Jayne offers support and integration guidance for those who are attracted to healing modalities such as plant medicine, ketamine, body centered therapies and breathwork. She is a MBSR teacher, experienced meditator, and co-founder of Access Mindfulness, a non-profit dedicated to bringing mindfulness to schools. She offers clinical services remotely and in person Midtown East, NYC and Woodstock, New York.
David Gumpel, MA
Director, Training Operations
David Gumpel is an Integral Master Coach and a qualified teacher of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) through UMASS medical school. David is the co-founder of Access Mindfulness and a study coordinator for the MAPS sponsored MDMA-Assisted Therapy for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder study in NYC. As a coach, David teaches mindfulness to clients in private practice and to groups in corporate settings. At Fluence, David provides Mentoring and teaches MBSR courses for Certificate Program Participants. Find him online at ebcpathways.com.
Dr. Jeffrey Guss
Lead Trainer and Psychoanalytic Program Director
Jeffrey Guss, MD, is a psychiatrist, psychoanalyst, and researcher with specializations in psychoanalytic therapy, addictions and psychedelic therapy. He was Co-Principal Investigator and Director of Psychedelic Therapy Training for the NYU School of Medicine’s study on psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy in the treatment of cancer related existential distress, and is currently is a study therapist on studies of Psilocybin-Assisted treatment of Major Depressive Disorder and MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD. Dr. Guss is interested in the integration of psychedelic therapies with contemporary psychoanalytic theory and has published in Studies in Gender and Sexuality and Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society. He co-authored a paper on the influence of therapists’ first hand experience with psychedelics on psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy research and is an Instructor and Mentor with the California Institute of Integral Studies’ Center for Psychedelic Therapies. He maintains a private practice in New York City.
Aja Molinar, MA
Special Projects Coordinator
Aja Molinar received her Master’s degree in Psychology from the New School for Social Research in NYC. Her interests centered around the intersection of boredom and depression. Before pursuing graduate studies, she worked as a Child Protection Specialist for the Kansas Department of Children and Families. Aja has assisted Dr. Elizabeth Nielson and Dr. Ingmar Gorman in writing a peer-reviewed article on psychedelic harm reduction and integration. At Fluence, she assists in the development of training materials, reviews diversity scholarship applications, and serves as a liaison for enterprise-level training programs. Aja also co-leads peer groups for ethics training. Outside of work, she is a photography enthusiast, mostly working toward improving her skills in portraiture.
Brian Pilecki, PhD
Psilocybin-Assisted Therapy Certificate Program Advisor
Dr. Brian Pilecki is a clinical psychologist at Portland Psychotherapy that specializes in the treatment of anxiety disorders, trauma and PTSD, and psychedelic-assisted therapy. He graduated from Fordham University completed a post-doctoral fellowship at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Brian practices from an orientation based in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and has extensive experience in the areas of mindfulness and meditation that he incorporates into therapy with clients. He is an active researcher and has published on topics such as anxiety disorders, mindfulness, and psychedelics. At Portland Psychotherapy, Brian is a study therapist on a clinical trial investigating the use of MDMA-assisted therapy for the treatment of social anxiety disorder and understanding processes of change in how this novel form of treatment might work. He has given numerous workshops on topics related to psychedelics and is a consultant for the Oregon Health Authority in helping to design a program for psilocybin services in the state of Oregon. Brian is co-chairperson for the Psychedelic SIG in the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science and co-hosts a podcast called Altered States of Context about the intersection of psychedelics and psychotherapy.
Donna Sorgen, LMHC, LPC
Ketamine Certificate Program Director
Donna Sorgen, LMHC,LPC (she/her) is a psychotherapist with over 25 years experience working with adults, children, adolescents, couples and groups. She is the Director/Owner of the Woodstock Therapy Center, a collective of practitioners providing a variety of services to the community including Ketamine Assistant Psychotherapy (KAP), psychiatric services , psychotherapy and holistic modalities. Donna has spent her career working with diverse clients in multiple settings. Her current private practice includes KAP, Psychotherapy and Psychedelic integration therapy. Donna has completed training in MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD through the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies(MAPS). She was a sushi chef, caterer and enjoys the outdoors and gardening.
Business Development Manager
Kate (she/her/hers) is a Registered Nurse who holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Bachelor of Arts in Medical Ethics and Medical Humanities from Oregon State University’s Honors College. Kate has worked in a variety of healthcare settings for the past decade focusing on women’s health and mental health and has worked on labor and delivery units in Oregon for the past 3 years. Also experienced in trauma-informed care and social justice activism, Kate has long been passionate about harm-reduction models of healing, somatic therapies, indigenous plant medicines, and improving equity and access to health care. Her work at Fluence includes partnership and business development, brand strategy, and foresight of potential partnership trajectories. She currently resides in Portland, Oregon on unceded indigenous land of the Cowlitz, Multnomah, Kathlamet, and Clackamas tribes.
Dr. Kelan Thomas
Kelan is an Associate Professor and Board Certified Psychiatric Pharmacist with outpatient behavioral health practice sites in San Francisco and Oakland. His research interests include adverse reactions and drug interactions related to psychiatric medications and psychedelic-assisted therapy.
Sylvia is a Therapist, School Psychologist, and Reiki Master/Teacher. She is passionate about supporting clients of all ages. She is client -centered, empathic, and culturally sensitive. She uses a variety of approaches integrating contemplative and energetic practices that are individualized and include western strength-based approaches to therapy, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. She grew up in Argentina and is fluent in Spanish.