“That shot gave me my life back. I took my daughter out to a carnival. I actually got out and had some fun. I feel alive again. I’m nicer to be around, and everyone comments on how much calmer I am.”
- Maria M. (Survivor of Sex Trafficking)
“ I feel like I am really living for the first time and I’m so lucky to have found a miracle like this. My mysterious autoimmune issues, chronic panic attacks, depression, dissociation, nightmares, and over-sensitivity to sounds have resolved. I never thought I would be able to do a normal thing ever again.”
- Natalie S. (Survivor of Childhood Trauma)
“The SGB Treatment made the horror film that repeated in mind every day for 25 years finally be stopped. I am able to read, write and talk without having the memories constantly playing in the background of my mind. I am truly lucky to be alive in life with meaningful thoughts and emotions.”
- Trevor B. (US Army Special Forces)
Erase PTSD Now is a 501c3 passionate about eradicating PTSD from the lives of those impacted by it. We desire to see individuals, as well as affected families and communities, restored to a pre-trauma state. We understand that hurt people hurt others, and we are committed to breaking the cycles of pain that plague our society through proper treatment of trauma, research, and awareness.
How we can help:
Erase PTSD Now understands how much work there is to reach those suffering with a nervous system injury like PTSD to offer them hope. We do so in the following ways.
Through sponsorship, we are able to provide financial coverage for treatment to PTSD patients that can’t afford it. We understand the burden to one’s ability to afford treatment and the lack of support from the health care system. The treatments we cover are clinically proven to be effective and we are happy to provide the support every patient deserves.
There are many patients who do not seek treatment due to the stigmas that come with a PTSD diagnosis. We are actively working to reframe the public’s understanding from PTSD to Post Traumatic Stress Injury. Differentiating in this way acknowledges the unavoidable biological changes that occur due to chronic stress and trauma that lead to behavioral, mental, emotional, and further biological dysfunctions.
Board Members Profiles:
Mr. Doyle is the founder of Rags of Honor, an apparel company devoted to hiring homeless and chronically unemployed veterans and Veteran Roasters Cup O’ Joe Coffee Company with the same mission. He is a former Director at Prairie Community bank in Marengo Illinois. He is a Trustee at St. Patrick High School, a board member of the Illinois Brain Injury Association and a high school football coach.
Mr. Doyle was the Director of Advance for President William Jefferson Clinton’s first successful bid for the White House in 1992 and went on to serve as a deputy director of Presidential Personnel in the White House. Additionally, during his tenure in the administration, he served as the Director of Special projects working on the administration’s Health Care initiative.
Mr. Doyle always maintained a political presence in Washington and in 2006 was approached by U.S. Senator Joseph Biden to help him prepare for his 2008 presidential bid. For two years, Mr. Doyle travelled full time with Senator Biden as his travelling political director and as part of his national finance team. During the 2008 General Election and through the Presidential Transition, Mr. Doyle travelled with the Vice-President elect and maintains a close relationship with him. He currently serves as the Chairman of Unite The Country, a presidential Political Action Committee supporting Joe Biden.
In 2010 Mr. Doyle was engaged by the United States Army as subject matter experts and deployed to Afghanistan as part of Task Force 2010, the anti-corruption task force stood up by Admiral Mullen. Their mission was to create flow of funds analysis on billions of U.S. contracting dollars being extorted in the battle space. Mr. Doyle and his team were deployed for 12 months. Mr. Doyle has written for the Chicago Tribune about the Afghanistan operations and is a frequent guest in Chicago on their flagship radio station WGN.
Rose Isaily is an accomplished administrator, accountant, and HR professional. She resides as a Senior VP of Operations and an independent consultant providing a variety of business services to companies in her community. She managed to complete a 4-year degree while raising two children as a single mother while working 2 jobs. She graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science in 1993. Rose is a member of the Society of HR Management, American Institute of Bookkeeping, and is also a notary. She enjoys the consistent moving parts and challenges uniquely found within her roles.
Rose cares deeply for those experiencing trauma and is passionate about building a high impacting organization to bring support into their life. She serves as the CFO of Erase PTSD Now and an integral part of making treatment possible for the hundreds of patients we serve.
Dr. Kim Lodewyk is a licensed clinical psychologist and managing partner at Heritage Professional Associates (HPA), a multi-site mental health practice servicing the Chicagoland area. Dr. Lodewyk has worked with individuals, couples, and families for over 29 years, specializing in the treatment of psychological trauma.
She is the Director of Trauma Services at HPA and has an active clinical practice, utilizing a variety of interventions for PTSD and other trauma-related issues, including EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). Dr. Lodewyk regularly participates in trainings on trauma interventions and has certification as a Clinical Trauma Specialist. Dr. Lodewyk is passionate about alleviating suffering from the impact of psychological trauma. She serves as a board member for two other non-profit organizations whose work includes domestic and international focus on micro and macro level issues related to preventing and healing from trauma.
Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Paul Toolan joined the Army as a Private in 1986. Over the course of more than three decades in uniform, he has risen through the ranks and completed every elite school in the US Army. He is a Special Forces Airborne Ranger, and started his Special Forces career as a Detachment Commander in 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg. He has held nearly a dozen leadership positions in multiple Special Forces Groups, including Detachment Commander, Company Executive Officer, Battalion Operations Officer, Support Company Commander, Company Commander, Group Operations Officer, Group Executive Officer, Battalion Commander, Chief of the Special Forces Training Division, and the Director of Operations at 1st Special Forces Command. He has worked at the National Counter-Terrorism Center as a Special Forces advisor, and worked as a Special Forces consultant in the United States Army Special Operations Commander’s Initiatives Group. He last duty assignment was the Deputy Commander of the 1st Special Warfare Training Group at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, where Green Berets are assessed, selected and trained.
Paul deployed to combat eight times. Once to Kosovo in 2001, six times to Afghanistan from 2003 to 2013, and most recently to Syria, where he commanded the first Special Forces Battalion Headquarters just nine miles from ISIS front line. He has been on the leading edge of conflict, and responsible for carrying out National Security Policy at the ground level for over 20 years. He has been decorated more than thirty times, including three Bronze Stars and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.
Paul has been married to Christine Carlisle for 20 years. Christine is a kindergarten teacher’s assistant and owns two small craft businesses. They have two sons. Their oldest son Paul is a high school senior. He is on the cross country and swim teams and holds the Jack Britt High School 400 meter relay record. Their youngest son Benjamin is in the tenth grade and is an honor roll student and member of the Integrated Systems Technology Academy of Engineering.
Michelle Kukla, Psy.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist and neuropsychologist with over 15 years of experience in helping individuals cope with emotional and physical pain associated with psychiatric and medical illnesses. She is the owner and founder of Healthy Living Counseling Center, a health consortium in the Chicagoland area compromised of a team of wellness professionals providing exemplary health care services. She obtained her master’s and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University. Dr. Kukla completed her internship training with Mayo Clinic Health System. She also completed a two year fellowship in Neuropsychology. She has appeared on television for her clinical work with children, teens, and adults and has also been an Expert Topic writer on PTSD for GoodTherapy.org.
Dr. Kukla’s trauma expertise has allowed her to become a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional from the International Association of Trauma Professionals and a Certified Traumatic Stress Consultant from the Institute for Traumatic Stress. Dr. Kukla is a member of the National Register of Health Service Psychologists and the American Psychological Association’s Rehabilitation Psychology, Health Psychology, and Clinical Neuropsychology divisions. She is also a proud partner of Give an Hour which is volunteer organization where mental health professionals donate one hour a week of free mental health services to our active and returning military personnel, veterans and their family members of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Additionally, Dr. Kukla’s drive to help survivors of sexual trauma launched HLCC’s pioneering program Empower Hour to ensure survivors get access to quality care during their journey towards healing. Her Empower Hour program has donated over $60,000 in free trauma therapy since 2012 to survivors of sexual violence. Due to this passion, Dr. Kukla is a Board Vice President of PAVE which is a national non-profit that fights to shatter the silence against sexual violence. Dr. Kukla has dedicated her career to pursuing innovative methods to successfully treat PTSD.
The Athlete Concussion Foundation was established by Meredith Greenberg, a varsity high school lacrosse goalie in southern New York. She also played field hockey and is an avid weightlifter.
For years, lacrosse was her greatest passion. “Nothing is more exciting than being in the goal,” she always says. Because she wore a helmet and mouthguard, she thought her head was protected. Unfortunately, that wasn’t true. Over the course of three years, she sustained six concussions.
Meredith was diagnosed with Post Concussion Syndrome. (One in six young athletes end up with PCS.) After battling to get her brain working again, Meredith dedicated herself to educating young athletes about the risks of sports concussions.
Dr. Eugene Lipov is a complex anesthesiologist and has been called the Einstein of modern anesthesiology.
His discovery and innovation, the Dual Sympathetic Reset (DSR), was endorsed by President Obama in 2010. His Nobel Prize worthy research has an 85-90% success rate in reducing the effects of trauma. Dr. Lipov grew up in the Ukraine, in poverty in the former Soviet Union.
The Pentagon approved funding for a study of Lipov’s procedure at three Army medical facilities in 2016, citing its potential for significant improvements for those suffering from PTSD. In 2017, the U.S. Army commissioned a large-scale randomized trial of the procedure.
Lipov’s groundbreaking discovery that post traumatic stress is a physical injury to the sympathetic nervous system–––which he found a way to reset to the pre-trauma state –––has been featured in national media outlets including The Wallstreet Journal, 60 Minutes, CNN, Forbes, CBS News, FOX News, CBS This Morning, Psychology Today, Military Times, Joe Rogan, Science Daily, Wired, Men’s Health, The Doctors Show, Stars and Stripes, Yahoo! Finance, and many more.
Two to three thousand of these procedures are being done each year among Special Forces and the military at Fort Bragg alone. He has done grand rounds on his revelatory relief at Walter Reed in Washington, D.C. and Womack Military Hospital on Fort Bragg. As more comprehensive studies are achieved, Lipov’s work may be found to be the greatest medical innovation of the 21st century for human well-being, and maybe the most important since the Polio vaccine.
Previous to his innovation and reconfiguration of the century-established stellate ganglion block (SGB) injection, he had achieved scientific success in helping women suffering from extreme symptoms of menopause. He was brought to Norway twice to train their top health officials on how to give relief through his invention. He was invited and testified before the US House Committee on Veterans Affairs about his procedure’s effectiveness for relieving PTSD in veterans.
As Chief Medical Officer of the Stella Center, Dr Lipov’s innovation is now being made available to any and all citizens who have experienced the effects of any form of trauma throughout the world. He achieved his M.D. at Northwestern University in 1984.
What is PTSD?
PTSD is an injury to the sympathetic nervous system that short circuits the signaling system to the amygdala that convinces the brain that you are always under attack. It causes a range of dysfunctions to daily living that you can read more about HERE.
How is PTSD a physical injury?
The diagnosis of PTSD is a set of symptoms that are all the results of an injured nervous system. That system is made to take in information and send it to the brain. If our environment overwhelms that system with the information it becomes injured and develops dysfunction that can affect other parts of the body if left untreated
It’s similar to continuing to walk with a broken leg. The adjustments you’ll have to make will affect your hip which can lead to back problems and so forth. The biggest difference is that the injury cannot be seen as obviously as a broken leg can, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not very real. You can read more about it HERE.
How do people get PTSD?
Whether someone experiences a lot of stress consistently over time, all at once, or too soon in the case of child abuses’, all of these scenarios can injure the sympathetic nervous system. Having a parent with a short fuse can cause it just as much as being deployed to war or sexually assaulted. You can read more about it HERE
How does PTSD affect people?
People are affected at different severity levels, but most experience intrusive memories, thoughts, easily startled, sleep disturbances, intense anxiety, depression, and an inability to calm down. Read a more comprehensive symptom list HERE.
How can I support someone with PTSD?
Asking how you can support anyone suffering is a great way to show that you care. Remaining consistent, non-judgmental, and supportive while they are in treatment can make a huge difference. Read more practical ways that you can support someone HERE.
Why hasn’t my PTSD treatment worked?
There are many who go to therapy, take medicine, and only get minimally better. We believe that is because the biological component is not being healed first, which is an overactive sympathetic. We often find that patients find previous treatments either unnecessary or much more effective because the body has calmed down so previous traumas can be addressed.
Will PTSD go away?
The diagnosis of PTSD is a list of symptoms. It is not a disease and symptoms can both vanish or become much more minimized depending on severity. There are many who experience total freedom from PTSD symptoms and live like it never happened.
What is the best treatment for PTSD?
The best treatment for PTSD is the Dual Sympathetic Reset followed by somatic-based therapy and psychotherapy.
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