I’m originally from Minnesota and moved to Arizona in 1997. Im married to my beautiful wife Tammy and are a blended family of 5, Chase 22, Collin 18 and Madison 16.
My story really starts in February 2014 when i was involved in a natural gas explosion in Gilbert and burned over 80% of my body (60% 3rd degree). I spent 7 months in the hospital and another 2 months in a rehab facility learning to do everyday tasks like walk, talk and feed myself again. Once I was finally released from rehab I suffered from a terrible case of PTSD and spent months looking for and going thru a variety of treatments to address my PTSD before finally discovering EMDR and going thru treatment and recovering from multiple traumas.
Please tell us a little about your business?
Exhale PTSD Recovery was inspired from a desire to provide advanced treatment to survivors suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder through a trauma-specific model. We have created a community of wounded healers—a specialized team who have survived and recovered from trauma— to carry forward a message of healing and hope.
Exhale PTSD Recovery’s goal is to promote a nurturing and compassionate environment that provides our guests with a high level of clinical care.
Our clinical program is designed to treat the whole person: mind, body, and spirit. Our program will offer a variety of researched- based treatment modalities which includes somatic resourcing, sensorimotor psychotherapy, yoga therapy, adventure therapy, EMDR, group therapy, art therapy, psychodrama, family therapy, internal family systems, and more.
Our program is held in a beautiful home in Chandler Arizona, housing a maximum of 8 guests. We believe that entering into the heart space with our guests is sacred ground, and we regard this privilege deeply. Our expectation is to provide an extraordinary level of care for these precious survivors, so they might enjoy healing… a true exhale.
What inspired you to partner with the BEE Daring Foundation?
Michelle’s energy and passion for mental health really sold me on the Bee Daring Foundation. I saw the direct impact she and the Bee Daring Foundation were having on college students and couldn’t resist being a part of something so special and impactful. Thru my own battles with trauma, PTSD and recovery I saw the direct need to be talking about mental health early on with our young adults to help alleviate the stigma that sometimes goes along with mental health and asking for help.. My accident not only affected me but also my wife and our 3 teenage children (who are now young adults) at the time who also struggled with PTSD and are now advocates for mental health.