Brian retired from the United States Army after 14 years of service as both a journalist and a Green Beret. He Joined because of the events on September 11, 2001. Brian served 33 months in combat zones and earned 3 bronze stars, one with Valor, for his actions deployed as a Green Beret. Brian left Active Duty in 2012 and joined the National Guard and while he pursued his education in Social Work. As a citizen-Soldier, Brian started to identify the gaps in services for many of our Veterans returning home and as a BSW student at Saint Leo University, he helped form the Pasco County Stand Down, now known as the One Community Now Stand Down. In 2014, Brian attended the inaugural Post 9/11 Stanford Ignite, at Stanford University through the Graduate School of Business and subsequently developed a plan with partner Janel Norton to open up The Veterans Alternative in November 2014. Brian serves on several boards including the Veterans Transition Task Force, a think-tank for updating military to civilian Transition through legislation and collaboration.
As Retreat Coordinator and Clinical Support, Kashi Heynis organizes the retreat program and provides Accelerated Resolution Therapy (ART). Kashi is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), and 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT). Upon graduation from Capella University in 2009, Kashi started a private practice, working with individuals and couples. Kashi has also worked in an acute care program for Veterans, and an outpatient program with eating disorder recovery, teaching mindfulness, yoga, and meditation. From the time Veterans Alternative was established, Kashi has been a support and demonstrates a true passion for helping the Veteran population.
Alison Voisin is the clinical director at the Veterans Alternative. She is trained in Accelerated Resolution Therapy and utilizes this type of therapy at the center to help Veterans and their families overcome PTSD and trauma. Alison received her Masters in Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from the University of South Florida. She is also certified as an experienced registered yoga instructor (ERYT,) and is Level I trained in Integrative Restoration (iRest.) Alison operates from a holistic and mindfulness based perspective, to empower her clients to make meaningful changes in their lives.