Our Team

Amanda Ryskowski

is a third year naturopathic medical student at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine (SCNM). She received her BA in Biology from the University of Oregon with minors in Chemistry and Religious Studies, and completed a teacher training in Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga in Rishikesh, India. She is the founder and President of Entheogenic Research Awareness (ERA), a student organization dedicated to educating healthcare professionals and the general public about the therapeutic potentials of entheogens. Amanda is deeply interested in the potential clinical applications of psychedelics and mystical experiences, and hopes to someday incorporate psychedelic medicines into her naturopathic medical practice.

 

Raymond Ryskowski

served 5 years in the Army. Following his time in the service, he suffered from PTSD, depression, and anxiety. When he discovered cannabis, it allowed him to get off all pharmaceutical medications and he began his work as a cannabis advocate. He helped produce Chronic Future: Killing Cancer, a documentary about the medicinal efficacy of cannabis and patient advocacy. He also purchased the Cannabus, which went around the country educating people about cannabis and hemp. He found that cannabis helped control his day to day symptoms, but he knew that he still needed deeper healing. In the summer of 2014 he traveled to the Hummingbird Healing Center in the Peruvian Amazon, where for one month he worked with ayahuasca, san pedro, and other plant medicines- and it was there that he met his future wife Amanda. After receiving tremendous healing from these medicines, he chose to shift his advocacy efforts towards entheogenic medicine and veteran patient rights.

 

Elliot Zyglis

is a second year naturopathic medical student at SCNM and Vice President of Entheogenic Research Awareness (ERA). Elliot is originally from Buffalo, NY where he earned degrees in computer art and design, history, and philosophy. He plans to build a future practice focusing on autoimmunity, gut disorders, and mental health.

 

Tiffanne O’Rourke

is a second-year medical student at SCNM. She received her BA in Pre- Naturopathic medicine at University of Bridgeport. She teaches Kundalini Yoga, a practice focused on utilizing breathwork, dynamic movement, sound, and meditation to awaken the infinite Kundalini energy within us all. As a conscious mother, she endeavors to share these tools to create harmonious lives with families, where it will have the greatest impact. Overall, Tiffanne is exceptionally passionate in assisting others to find their path to optimal well-being through attuning oneself with the divine healing potential that lives inside each of us.

With contributions from:

  • Adriana Berusch
  • Sierra Kneller
  • Kat Garner
  • Bryce Summers
  • James Karner
  • Janki Dalal

Special Thanks to Ethan Fialkow & Van Nguyen for helping pull all of this together!