All of the founding members of Polaris Insight Center are MAPS trained therapists for MDMA-Assisted Psychotherapy for the treatment of PTSD clinical trials, and all have worked on Phase 2 and currently work on Phase 3 of the clinical trial.
Sylver Quevedo, MD, Co-Founder and Medical Director
Sylver has been in continuous practice of medicine for 40 years and practices nephrology, family, internal, and integrative medicine. He serves as Assistant Professor at Stanford and UCSF. He has played pivotal roles in several global health projects, including planning and development of medical and nursing school in Africa.
Gregory Wells, PhD, Co-Founder and Psychedelic Therapist
Gregory has worked with clients with a range of concerns, including mood disorders, psycho-spiritual growth issues, and integration of psychedelic experiences. He specializes in providing ketamine assisted psychotherapy to treat depression, anxiety, grief, and trauma. His approach is guided by Buddhist and Contemplative Psychology and employs a range mindfulness practices.
Veronika Gold, LMFT, Co-Founder and Psychedelic Therapist
Veronika has expertise in the treatment of trauma. Her approach is integrative and informed by Somatic Therapies, contemplative practices, and mindfulness. She also has an interest in educating others about the healing and transformational potential of non-ordinary states of consciousness.
Eric Sienknecht, PsyD, Co-Founder and Psychedelic Therapist
Eric specializes in the treatment of trauma, mood disorders, chronic pain, and working with grief and loss. He is interested in states of consciousness research and the healing potential of psychedelic medicines. He is passionate about music and its role in psychedelic assisted therapy.
Harvey Schwartz, PhD, Co-Founder and Psychedelic Therapist
Harvey has 35 years of experience in the relationally-oriented treatment of complex PTSD, dissociative disorders, and various psychological challenges. He synthesizes relational, psychodynamic, archetypal, and mindfulness perspectives, as well as the use of NOS and metaphysical experiences.
Frank Ehrenfried, Associate Marriage and Family Therapy #110029
Frank`s work focuses on combining neuroscience informed -trauma modalities together with psychedelics. The intention with this cross over is to help amplify and ground the powerful healing capabilities of non-ordinary states of consciousness. Integrating mindfulness, the body and depth psychology, he weaves together a creative and practical roadmap to healing.
Colin Stack-Troost, Associate Marriage and Family Therapy #87898
Colin received his Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles in 2014, with an emphasis in LGBTQ mental health. Since then he has worked with individuals, couples, and groups; utilizing a sex-positive and queer-affirmative approach that also recognizes multicultural issues and intersectionality.
Kat Moghanian, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #95765
Kat has expertise in the treatment of complex trauma, dissociative disorders, anxiety and mood disorders. Grounded in a non-judgmental Humanistic approach, applying mindfulness, Somatic Therapies and a blend of integrative psychotherapy techniques such as Internal Family systems and EMDR. Kat is dedicated to staying at the forefront of treatment for trauma and depression.