Erin Bogdanski CEO, Founder, Psychotherapist
Erin is the Founder and CEO of THERA Inc. She created THERA Inc. while working in urgent care at psychiatric hospitals and private practice in the Bay Area California. She was inspired by the advent of virtual reality and experimentation in psychology. Erin launched her patented technology for live counseling using virtual reality for the US market and for Europe and the EAU for 2021.
Byron Booker Director of Business Development
Byron has a background in mass digital media and entertainment. Byron leads the sales and marketing for vertical channels for clients, clinicians, clinics and hospitals for the US. Byron has lead several events dedicated to mental health awareness, and is the leader behind the THERA VR virtual forums. Byron is also the CEO of LookHu Inc, in Las Vegas and LA.
Fanteema Barnes, LCSW New York/ New Jersey
Fanteema is one our New York/ New Jersey therapists. She provides empowerment speaking, helping Black and LatinX women to live their best lives through online individual and couples therapy. Fanteema helps them to work through issues unique to their identities. Clients leave sessions with clarity on who they are, what they want, and how to get it.
Leslie Baker, LMFT, California
Leslie Baker is a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with over 28 years of experience in psychotherapy. She is a National Board Certified Counselor and a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor. Leslie is an author and supporter of emerging technologies for mental health.
Ryann DeSouza , LMFT, California
I am a family and marriage counselor licensed in California implementing psychotherapy for over 12 years. In addition to my years of performing psychotherapy, I'm a certified Domestic Violence counselor, Expressive Arts Therapist, and smoking cessation, counselor. I have about 17 years of experience working with Autism /Intellectually disabled individual adults, children, and their families.
Lane Carlson, Spiritual Healer, California
Lane is a spiritual healer and transformational guide. specializing in breathwork, meditation and guiding clients to discover their own issue resolution. He is a truth seeker and an explorer of medicine and practices that are helping people heal! Lane holds a masters degree in spiritual psychology and has spent the last decade discovering.
Michael Greene, LCSW, New York
I’m Michael Greene, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). I came into this field as a second career (see bio) and have developed a fairly diverse practice, working with people of different ages, ethnicities and backgrounds. To be honest, the range of people I see and the various issues we discuss are two of the things I most enjoy about my work.
Sara Zavacki-Moore, LMSW, Hypnotherapist
After obtaining my Masters of Social Work and NYS licensing in 2003, I began working in a variety of settings. Mental health treatment has always been my passion, and after improving many of my own chronic pain symptoms through the use of hypnosis, I became a certified Hypnotherapist. Specializing in chronic pain, anxiety and trauma, I utilize a Strengths Based, Solution Focused, BioPsychoSocial method of practice.
EXECUTIVE TEAM AND ADVISORS
Dr. Skip Rizzo Advisor
Dr. Rizzo, whose work using virtual reality-based exposure therapy to treat PTSD received the American Psychological Association’s 2010 Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Treatment of Trauma, is the associate director for medical virtual reality at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies.
Dr. Walter Greenleaf Advisor
Walter Greenleaf is a behavioral neuroscientist and a medical technology developer working at Stanford University. With over three decades of research and development experience in the field of digital medicine and medical virtual reality technology, Walter is considered a leading authority in the field.
Dr. Vince Felitti Advisor
A renowned physician and researcher, Dr. Vincent J. Felitti is one of the world’s foremost experts on childhood trauma. Leading the charge in research into how adverse childhood experiences affect adults, he is co-principal investigator of the internationally recognized Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, a long-term, in-depth, analysis of over 17,000 adults.
Mike Snyder Advisor
Mike Snyder, co-founder of IFEST, is a Silicon Valley based social entrepreneur and economist with deep experience developing and executing S&T initiatives. He serves or has served as senior advisor to several IT, blockchain, VR, telecom, ecommerce, chemical, agricultural, and biotech startups, active in global markets.
Graham Hawkes Advisor
Graham Hawkes is a London-born marine engineer and submarine designer. Through the 1980s and 1990s, Hawkes designed 70% of the manned submersibles produced in those two decades. As late as 2007, he held the world solo dive record of 910 metres in the submarine Deep Rover. Graham has been the principal advisor to THERA at the dawn of inception!