Your health is worth the time.
It takes a special team of highly trained and experienced providers to facilitate safe and effective Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy sessions. The Transcend team believes KAP is equally an art and a science.
A collective of experienced KAP therapists and skillful medical providers
Courtney received her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The University of North Texas in 2017 after completing her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Baylor University. Courtney has provided care within psychiatric inpatient, residential, and intensive outpatient environments.
These roles provided Courtney with competencies in the treatment and care of individuals experiencing substance abuse issues, mood disturbances, acute and chronic suicidality, traumatic responses, and psychotic episodes. She also received specialized experience and training in ACT, CBT, DBT, and mindfulness approaches.
Courtney’s approach to therapy is tailored to and shaped by each client she encounters. She appreciates the uniqueness and complexity of each client’s inner world, as well as the inherent dilemmas of being human. Courtney strives to meet you where you are, just as you are, and join with you as a fellow traveler in this journey of existence. She aims to encourage each client’s movement toward genuine self-understanding and a more authentic way of being.
Amanda, our Nurse Practitioner, has been working in the healthcare field over 10 years starting at the age of 19 working as an EMT. From there she worked as both a Registered Nurse and Paramedic.
As a nurse she has worked in several settings including the ICU, ER, and progressive care. As a paramedic she has worked both rural and inner-city EMS. After completing her master's Amanda started working as a nurse practitioner in the ER as well as Transcend. Amanda is currently pursing her post-masters education to become dual certified as an emergency nurse practitioner in addition to her family nurse practitioner specialty.
When she’s not at Transcend, working in the ER, or doing schoolwork you can find her playing tennis or practicing martial arts. Amanda has always been interested in mental health and herself practices yoga and meditation. Amanda is passionate about lifestyle modifications, especially dietary choices; she’s been vegan over 10 years and is happy to answer any questions about plant based diets.
Rachel received her Master of Science in clinical mental health counseling in 2021 from Walden University. She obtained both a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science is psychology with specialty emphasis in behavior, trauma, and crisis/disaster response. Rachel has provided mental health care in outpatient settings and through private practice. She is currently a Licensed Professional Counseling Associate. With a medical background of nearly 20 years, she has responded to trauma and crisis incidents as a paramedic for a rural EMS agency.
This background has provided a unique perspective that has prepared Rachel to treat survivors of trauma, substance use disorders, mental health crisis, and chronic illness or pain. Rachel has received specialized training in personality disorders, CBT, CPT, Intuitive practices, and DBT allowing for a multifaceted view and approach to mental health care.
Rachel believes that mental health care is not a one size fits all model. She believes her role as a therapist is to help an individual heal themselves through a journey of processing, self-exploration, and evidence-based techniques and practices. Every situation and difficulty in life is as individual as the patient is, leading to a therapy approach that considers each aspect as an every changing path to growth and healing.
Dr. Paul Daanen, PsyD, received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology after postgraduate study in psychology at the University of Cambridge and the London School of Economics and Political Science. He completed his undergraduate degree at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.
Dr. Daanen has received specialized training in Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy. The core of his approach is both humanistic and psychodynamic, which means that he strives to create an environment which is first and foremost accepting and nonjudgmental. When such an environment is created, he works collaboratively with his patients to understand and then alter the underlying causes of their difficulties—causes that are likely rooted in both current, as well as past, experiences. This approach is particularly well suited to leverage the emotional and cognitive insights gained during a ketamine infusion.
Dr. Daanen has also received specialized training in multiple approaches to trauma focused psychotherapy (e.g., Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, EMDR) and has worked with a wide variety of other issues (e.g., post traumatic stress, suicidal thoughts and crisis management, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, and post-deployment military adjustment and reintegration).
Prior to his work at Transcend Multimodality Ketamine Clinic, Dr. Daanen was a Commissioned Officer in the United States Army. As an Active Duty officer, he completed his doctoral internship and postdoctoral residency at Madigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis McCord (JBLM) in Tacoma, WA. Following this, he worked as a staff psychologist in support of 1st Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division at JBLM. He was then assigned to the 1st Air Cavalry Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, Texas and served as the Brigade Aeromedical psychologist.
Paige received her degree in Psychology and Anthropology at the University of Texas in Austin, which was driven by her passion for people and everything that makes up the human experience. She has spent her whole working life in leadership roles and in service of others in a variety of settings. As a natural caretaker, she is currently beginning her journey as a Mindfulness Meditation coach as she continues to strengthen her own personal practice. Her studies, as well as her life experience, have taught her that one’s lifestyle can be one’s medicine, and it’s worth the work that it takes to figure out what that looks like.
She is an advocate for psychedelic studies, dedicated to the world of mental health, and motivated to be a part of the healing our society so greatly needs. Her love for being in the clinic has her determined to use her skills to connect Transcend to those who would benefit the most from ketamine assisted psychotherapy.
Dr. Cunningham, MD, MPH, FACEP, FAEMS is Texas native and a board-certified emergency medicine physician with a sub-specialty board certification in emergency medical services (EMS). Dr Cunningham has been using Ketamine in his hospital-based emergency medicine practice for procedural sedation since 2003 and began administering it for chronic pain conditions in the hospital setting for the past 10 years.
He has researched and published on Ketamine use in the military pre-hospital setting for its pain properties. In addition to his emergency room practice and military pre-hospital practice Dr. Cunningham has routinely managed behavioral health conditions outside of emergent decompensation in the military as a unit physician. This experience which is unique for most physicians sparked his interest in the use of Ketamine as an adjunct or replacement for many of the currently prescribed medications that often have undesirable side effects. Dr. Cunningham worked closely with his clinic partner Dr. Daanen while in the military. He also has worked closely with paramedic and flight nurse Will Ratliff in his civilian practice.
Colonel (US Army Reserves) Cord Cunningham’s commitment to serve others began wih his active duty career when he was commissioned as a second Lieutenant in the Signal Corps upon graduation from the military academy at West Point in 1995. He served as a platoon leader and executive officer in B Co, 112th Special Operations Signal Battalion, Signal Detachment Commander, and S-1(Personnel Officer) of 2nd Battalion/7th Special Forces Group at Ft Bragg, NC. He attended the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences attaining his medical doctorate and trained in emergency medicine at Brooke Army Medical Center from 2003-2006, as well training in EMS with Colonel (ret) Bob Mabry (Silver Star recipient from 1993 Battle of Mogadishu) as his fellowship director from 2013-2015.
Dr. Cunningham served as the Battalion surgeon for 2nd Ranger Battalion and surgical resuscitation team member for U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) deploying as direct and pre-hospital medical support of special operations forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Dr. Cunningham also served as a flight surgeon and medical director for a 15 ship Army medical evacuation unit and 3,000 person aviation brigade at Fort Hood as well as the medical director for the Army’s critical care flight paramedic program. Dr. Cunningham is a graduate of the US Army ranger school, a dive medical officer, senior rated flight surgeon, and master rated parachutist.
After serving over 20 years on Active Duty, Dr. Cunningham is currently in the US Army Reserves with the Army reserve element for USSOCOM. He also performs duties as the chairman of the joint trauma system committee on en-route combat casualty care. In addition, he is faculty for the DoD pre-hospital and disaster medicine fellowship. Dr. Cunningham is also still a full-time practicing emergency medicine physician.
Anna received her Master of Arts in Counseling from St. Edward’s University in 2017 after completing her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Louisiana State University. Anna has accumulated 3 years of experience in a psychiatric inpatient hospital setting both as a pre-graduate practicum student and as a post-graduate clinician providing psychotherapeutic care to humans in crisis. Thanks to her background in this high acuity setting, Anna is very familiar with what it looks like to truly join a client in their darkest hour. This setting has also benefitted Anna’s professional development by providing extensive training in suicidality risk assessment and management, trauma-informed psychotherapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) methodologies.
Today, Anna brings her expertise as a trauma-informed psychotherapist as well as lived experience as a yogic practitioner into her work at Transcend by providing a form of therapy that focuses on the mind-body connection. Anna’s approach incorporates a framework of Polyvagal Theory, Somatic Experiencing, Attachment Theory, and CBT to highlight the neurobiological underpinnings of what “safety” means to us and how a lack of safety can affect our relationships, beliefs about ourselves, and beliefs about the world.
In session with Anna, you can expect her to bring a sense of realness and genuine warmth to the room, which she believes is integral for healing and growth. Without a sense of safety with another, one can't be expected to be vulnerable, and it's only in moments of vulnerability that growth occurs. She has been known to roll out a yoga mat and get on the floor with clients to join them in preparatory breathwork or somatic exercises pre-infusion. This down-to-Earth approach makes Anna a great fit for working with adolescents and young adults, which is a population she specializes in at her private practice outside of Transcend.
MJ obtained a BA in psychology and minors in forensic science and sociology from The University of Texas at Austin. Before joining the Transcend team, she volunteered at Austin State Hospital in the Competency Restoration Unit, and conducted research on crime prevention related to mental health services and policing. MJ’s passion for promoting a positive image for mental health and different treatment modalities lead her to Transcend, where she is involved in administrative work, clinical representation and marketing. MJ is a trained psychometrist and is in the process of gaining clinical experience for graduate school.
Patrick is a Licensed Professional Counselor. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Religious Studies from Texas State University, a Master's degree in Counseling from St Edward's University, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Mind-Body Medicine with an emphasis in Integrated Mental Health from Saybrook University. He recently began writing his dissertation on "The Experience of Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy for Treatment Resistant Depression" and hopes to be completed by December 2021. Patrick also received a certificate in Tobacco Cessation from Rutgers University, a certificate in Laughter Yoga from Dr Madan Kataria, and certificate in Advanced Clinical Hypnosis from Saybrook University. During his tenure in the field of mental health, Patrick has worked with developmentally delayed infants, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings including inpatient psychiatric hospitals, community based mental health, and private practice. Patrick's current clinical focus is integrated mental health to treat chronic conditions such as anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, and improving overall quality of life. Patrick has extensive training in therapeutic humor and is a graduate of the Healing Body Workshop from the Gesundheit! Institute under Dr Patch Adams (yes, THAT Patch Adams!). Currently, Patrick splits his time working in private practice and teaching undergraduate psychology at Huston-Tillotson University, as well as serving on the board of directors for the Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor.
Patrick’s experience working with clients throughout the lifespan has allowed him to craft an integrated and trauma informed approach to healing that puts the individual right in the driver’s seat of his client centered care. Patrick’s PhD work in mind-body medicine is at the foundation of his systemic approach to counseling that incorporates perspectives such as CBT, ACT, Solution Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, and mindfulness-based interventions.
Patrick’s understanding of the body’s natural inclination to heal itself puts great emphasis on taking a holistic look into one’s life. Sleep, diet, and general lifestyle are all relevant, yet vulnerable topics, but offer great wisdom into an individual’s mental health. Patrick takes a delicate and non-judgmental approach to exploring all domains related to mental health guided by an unconditional positive regard for all clients. This is accomplished by a therapeutic humor lens to build rapport, foster trust, and practice with authenticity.
Will started out his career at age 18 working as an EMT-B. At 21 years of age he became a Licensed Paramedic and began working in a rural 911 EMS system. Continuing his education while still working in EMS, Will obtained his Registered Nursing license in 2013.
As a nurse, Will has worked in many different settings including: large, small, and freestanding emergency rooms, critical care, drug rehab as well as traumatic brain injury rehabilitation, and in-patient psychiatric hospitals for adult and pediatric patients. Will has worked both as a Flight Paramedic and Flight Nurse treating critical patients on the helicopter in the pre-hospital setting.
Will’s personal experience with managing his own PTSD and depression lead him to research Ketamine’s role in treating mood disorders.
As passionate as he is about using Ketamine to treat mood disorders and pain, he is even more passionate about helping people treat these conditions non-pharmacologically. Will spent many years learning how to treat his own symptoms with exercise, diet, meditation, and many other natural modalities.
He brings this knowledge to Transcend to help shift the paradigm on how mental health and pain management is currently being treated in America.
The Transcend team was founded by Dr. Cord Cunningham, Dr. Paul Daanen PsyD. and Will Ratliff RN, LP because the three believed that Ketamine treatment could be done better.
These founding providers combined their medical and psychotherapy experience and over years honed a process of facilitating IV Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy sessions that has now been taught to many clinicians across multiple clinics.
Transcend is a collective of providers on a mission to master the art and science of Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy and bring this highly effective treatment modality to all that still suffer from the complex disorders it can treat.