Ray is a US Marine veteran 0331 who served with the 1st Battalion 2nd Marines STA platoon during Operation Desert Shield / Desert Storm. After the Marines, Ray attended Illinois State University, where he graduated with a BS in Criminal Justice Sciences.

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Ray is the owner and founder of Koru K9 Dog Training and HRD Police K9, serving as a trusted advisor and trainer to some of the most elite law enforcement K9 units across the country. The focus of HRD Police K9 is to create intense scenario-based training to help save lives on the street.

 Ray has first-hand knowledge with complex PTSD and the short falls of existing treatment options, especially within the VA system. He has personally attended Rythmia Life Advancement Center in Costa Rica and can speak to the use of Ayahuasca Ceremonies as an effective treatment for PTSD as well as the importance of set and setting when choosing a safe treatment option.

Knowing what is expected from our men and women in the military and/or law enforcement, he felt more needed to be done to help them deal with the crushing symptoms of PTSD – so he started Warriors Healing Network to give those in need the opportunity to get back in the fight for their lives.

In his spare time, he enjoys heavy metal, shooting, fine dining, horseback riding, and caring for the many animals that reside on his farm. He lives just outside of Charleston, SC with his wife, Bridget.

The Warriors Healing Network was founded to help facilitate psychedelic treatments to combat veterans and police officers who have been diagnosed with PTSD and require financial assistance to get the help they need to fight for their lives.

I really admire Ray and what his organization is doing. There is a lot of talk about the legalization of psychedelics, and with that there will be more opportunities for people to have access to them. I really appreciate how Ray elaborated on integration work. This is why I believe psychedelics were beneficial for me. I felt like psychedelics gave me a window of opportunity where I was emotionally disconnected from past trauma and old patterns. I used that window to add healthy habits like exercising regularly, eating better, and meditation. I have never regressed back to where I was before trying psychedelics. 

I do want to add that I also think it’s important to be in the right mindset before trying psychedelics. There is tons of research out there. My personal go to is the MAPS organization. Episode 21 with Dr. Feduccia is a great episode. She made a comment that has also stuck in my mind: “It’s important for someone to work with a therapist if the intention is to work through past traumatic experiences or if they have PTSD. Because if they [trauma] come up [during an experience on psychedelics] and a person doesn’t have support or someone there to help them work through what’s going on, it can be re-traumatizing.”  

Resources Mentioned:

  • Psychedelics
  • Psychedelic assisted therapy
  • Integration work
  • Integration coach
  • Ayahuasca retreat
  • Lifestyle changes (being uncomfortable and vulnerable)
  • Meditation
  • Yoga 
  • Cold plunge 
  • Breathing exercises 
  • Wellness practices
  • Documentary ‘How to Change Your Mind’
  • Documentary ‘Awaking Soul’
  • Documentary ‘Heal’

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