Institute Staff Directory
The Institute staff is spread over three continents; and we generally work and teach out of our homes. All of us are volunteers, and many of us also have other careers.
Most of the staff are heavily involved with our research efforts. Many of the staff also see clinic clients. Some also teach our therapist classes.
Our main office is in Canada.
Shayne McKenzie, CEO
Phone: +49 176 76146415 (EU), +61 432 887 520 (Aust.)
"I am honoured to take on this leadership role for the Institute. The work that we do is a natural expression of my life purpose - to make a positive difference to humanity." Shayne teaches, conducts research, and directs the Institute. His background includes management consulting and coaching.
Nemi Nath - Australia Clinic, Teaching and Research
Phone: +61 266897455
Lillian Rock, NSW, Australia
Nemi has a residential clinic in Australia and also teaches Peak States students there. She is also passionately involved with the research and humanity project efforts.
Samsara Salier - Research Staff
Phone: +61 3 6223 3831, or 0438 897 533
Samsara now spends all her time in research. She was formerly the coordinator for current students and graduated therapists.
Georg Parlow - Director of Clinics
Austria - Vienna
"For most of my life I had the burning desire to live in a world full of happy, gentle, peaceful and connected people. This led to a long personal history of growthwork and helping other towards those states - both in private sessions and group workshops. Now with the techniques of the ISPS this project shifted into overdrive. These days I am working mainly with the ISPS peakstates techniques, WHH, PEAT, EFT and a pinch of traditional shamanic tools."
Grant McFetridge, Ph.D. - Director of Research
Office Phone: +1 250-413-3211, Mobile: +1 (808) 498-9956
Hornby Island, BC, Canada
Dr. Grant McFetridge directs the research and development efforts. "I received my MSEE from Stanford University, and did my doctoral work in psychology at the California Institute for Integral Studies and at the University for Integrative Learning. I used to design electronic products, and teach electrical engineering at Cal Poly (California State University at San Luis Obispo), before moving to healing work full time. My areas of expertise are in research, modeling, problem solving, spiritual emergency, and regenerative healing."
Paula Courteau - Editor and Research Staff
Phone: +1 250-335-0820,
Hornby Island, British Columbia, Canada
Paula wears a number of 'hats' in the Institute. She teaches Whole-Hearted Healing, sees clients and students, edits both the textbooks and support newsletters, and is currently writing a Whole-Hearted Healing workbook series (volume one has been published). She is also heavily involved in the research activities.
John Heinegg - Research Staff
Phone: +1 250-335-0470 in Canada (Pacific Standard Time)
Hornby Island, BC Canada
"My primary focus at this moment is composing and recording music for Gaia commands, editing for the ISPS Press, and general research." John is also a registered nurse and edits medical journals.
Kirsten Lykkegaard, DVM, Ph.D. - Co-Director of Research
Phone: +45 20643935
With a life-long passion for research, Kirsten is focused on understanding and solving fundamental biological problems. As Co-director of Research Kirsten contributes to setting the overall research strategies, prioritizations and contributes to safety as well as effectiveness testing in order to develop new, safe and effective techniques. Kirsten has a background as a doctor of veterinary medicine, holds a PhD in pharmacology, and has contributed with fundamental research in biomedical research companies for the last 17 years. Kirsten's current focus is on traumatic brain injury (TBI), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), immunity to specific viral and bacterial diseases, autism, and addictions.
Lailah Johansson - Danish Clinic, Teaching and Research
Phone: +45 2061 6688
"Lailah coordinates activities for the Institute in Denmark, she teaches PeakStates students, and also does certification assessments and mentoring for first year peakstates practitioners. She is a member of the research staff.
"Lailah has both a private practice in Denmark, and also works at the Danish PeakStates clinic."
Leif Pedersen - Danish Clinic, Teaching and Research
Phone: +45 7556 0838, +45 5117 1838
Vejle Nord, Denmark
Gaetan Klein - Certified Therapist Coordinator & Student Support
Gaetan coordinates the PeakStates therapist certification process, and acts as a resource for graduated therapists. He is a therapist in France, with a focus on addictions.
Ingka Malten - D-A-CH (German speaking region) Clinic, Teaching and Research
Phone: +49(0)162 9060 211
Ingka coordinates activities for the Institute in the German-speaking regions of Switzerland, Austria and Germany. Ingka teaches PeakStates Therapy and Whole-Hearted Healing, and also does certification assessments and mentoring for first year peakstates practitioners. She teaches both in English and German language and is a member of the research staff. Since 2003 she has worked as a healing practitioner (Heilpraktiker) accredited according to German state health regulation.
Lars Vestby - Research Staff
Phone: +47 9165 7428
"My primary focus is research and development."
Grazyna Niedzieska - Polish Clinic, Teaching and Research
Phone: +48 607 637 877
Agata Szyplinska - Polish Clinic, Teaching and Research
Phone: +48 503975081
Agata has both a private practice in Poland, and also works at the Polish PeakStates clinic.
Thomas Gagey, MD - Director of Psychiatric Research
Dr. Gagey is a psychiatrist and is currently writing a textbook on suicide prevention using psychobiology techniques. He teaches courses in suicide prevention and leads research in psychiatric disorders at the Institute.
Bruce (Vish) Boehmler - Research Staff (Diabetes Project)
Phone: +1 406-830-0774
Alberton, Montana, USA
Steve Hsu - Software Support
Los Angeles, California, USA
Mary Pellicer M.D. - Medical Director for Applied Research
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) project
Yakima, Washington, USA
Dr. Mary is trained as a family practice physician, but left conventional medical practice after becoming frustrated with the poor results. She has a health coaching practice focusing on autoimmune issues and is very involved with helping people living with disabilities. In her role as the Medical Director for Applied Research for the Institute, Mary is passionate about bringing the ISPS discoveries to a wider audience. Her main area of focus at present is the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) project.
We would also like to thank all of the former members of our volunteer staff who have donated their time and energy to our work. In particular, our most profound thanks to past core staff members whose focused, long-term efforts and passion to bring a new way of healing to mankind made such a huge difference to our research (in roughly chronological order): Dr. Marie Green, Dr. Deola Perry, Mary Pellicer MD, Adam Waisel MD (deceased), Tal Laks, Matt Fox, Kasia Prasalek, Edward Rodziewicz (deceased), Ian Waugh, Kasia Dodd, and Piotr Kawecki.
Frank Downey, former chairman and CEO (1998-2016)
Cell: +1 403-396-0843
Innisfail, Alberta, Canada
"I served as an Officer and pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force from 1954 to 1964. I graduated as a Certified Management Accountant in 1966. I have held senior financial and management positions in the oil, gas, and mining industries until recently; when I joined Grant McFetridge as the CEO to formulate a business plan to further the goals of the Institute."
"My philosophy is searching for the possibilities of human development, and healing what has limited it, especially addictions. More physically I'm interesting in organizing the ISPS affiliate in Poland and Europe, and organizing WHH and PeakState courses for therapists and teachers."
Edward died of a stroke March 18, 2012. He was the original inspiration for our work to come to Poland, and he co-directed our efforts in Poland for many years. He was truly dedicated to our humanity project, a warm, capable and loving man and an exceptional advanced therapist. He is greatly missed by all who knew him.
Dr. Adam Waisel, M.D.
"Dr Adam Waisel is a practicing Western physician and surgeon, who after witnessing Western Medicine's shortcomings, has turned to Chinese Medicine, which he practices in his private clinic. After witnessing Chinese Medicine's shortcomings, Dr Waisel came in contact with Grant McFetridge and learned WHH and its associated techniques, which he now uses and teaches, alongside Chinese Medicine. Dr. Waisel lives in Haifa, Israel."
Dr. Waisel died of a heart attack at his home July 21, 2005. He was an outstanding person, physician and healer who focused his entire life to find ways to better mankind. He is greatly missed.
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