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Ketamine: The Miracle Medicine for Mental Health and Chronic Pain

Ketamine therapy is a groundbreaking treatment that has been shown to have a wide range of benefits for a variety of mental and physical health conditions. Ketamine has been proven to be particularly effective in treating the following:

Clinical trials for the use of ketamine to treat neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) are also currently underway.

In this blog post, we will explore the research and statistics that support the use of ketamine therapy as a novel treatment for these conditions.

Ketamine and Depression

Depression is on the rise, affecting up to 16 million U.S. adults each year. Almost 50% of depression sufferers are treatment-resistant. Ketamine therapy has been found to be highly effective in treating depression, especially in those who traditional treatment methods have failed.

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry found that 70% of participants with treatment-resistant depression who received ketamine therapy had a significant reduction in their symptoms within 24 hours of treatment.

Another study, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, found that ketamine therapy resulted in a rapid and sustained improvement in symptoms of depression, with effects lasting up to two weeks.

Let’s compare ketamine to traditional treatments of depression using antidepressants:

  • Ketamine therapy is a fast-acting treatment that can provide symptom relief within hours, while traditional antidepressants can take weeks or months to take effect.
  • While traditional antidepressants target the brain’s serotonin levels, ketamine works by modulating glutamate, the most excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain. Chronic and traumatic stress can cause an excess in glutamate levels. Excess glutamate is a factor in mental health conditions such as depression and anxiety, as well as neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis and ALS.
  • Research indicates that ketamine is a safe, effective, and sustained antidepressant with a significantly higher success rate than traditional antidepressants. Just one treatment cycle can lead to lasting symptom remission.
  • Ketamine therapy has minimal side effects, compared to antidepressants, which often come with a long list of negative side effects including weight gain, lethargy, and loss of libido.

Even though research has been ongoing for the last 20+ years, ketamine therapy is just now gaining popularity as an encouraging tool in the fight against depression.

Ketamine for Anxiety

According to a 2022 poll by, a whopping 32% of U.S. adults reported symptoms of an anxiety disorder. During the pandemic, data revealed that 20.5% of youth worldwide struggled with anxiety symptoms. This number almost doubled from 2012. There is no question that Americans, young and old, are suffering. The great news is ketamine can help!

A study published in the Journal of Clinical Psychology found that ketamine therapy resulted in a significant reduction in symptoms of anxiety in participants with treatment-resistant anxiety disorders.

Another study, published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology, found that ketamine therapy resulted in a significant reduction in symptoms of social anxiety disorder.

Traditional treatment methods of anxiety usually involve medications such as Benzodiazepines, which can become extremely addictive. It is a band-aid approach to a much deeper issue. Ketamine’s effectiveness with anxiety is unique and allows patients the opportunity to experience relief from symptoms quickly, encouraging healthier responses and behaviors not previously possible.

Ketamine for PTSD

Up to 70% of adults experience at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. Of that, 20% will develop Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. PTSD is most commonly associated with war veterans but can affect anyone that has suffered severe trauma or an ongoing traumatic situation, such as emotional or physical abuse, bullying, or racism.

A study published in the Journal of Traumatic Stress found that ketamine therapy resulted in a significant reduction in symptoms of PTSD in participants who had not responded to other treatments.

Another study, published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, found that ketamine therapy resulted in a significant improvement in symptoms of PTSD, with effects lasting up to one month.

Trauma disorders can be difficult to treat because a person must work with a therapist to unearth the sources of trauma, and their associated emotions. Emotions demand to be felt in order for them to be processed fully and released, which makes healing so difficult and painful.

Ketamine allows PTSD sufferers a “window of opportunity” where they are able to reflect on memories and traumas without being emotionally charged. During this time, patients are also able to view their traumas from new perspectives, facilitating a release that helps them to make significant progress towards permanently healing.

Ketamine for Chronic Pain

Chronic pain is defined as any pain that lasts longer than 3 months. A survey by the National Health Interview reported that around 50 million adults in the U.S. suffer from chronic pain. Chronic pain affects a higher proportion of women than men, and women are less likely to receive treatment.

A study published in the European Journal of Pain found that ketamine therapy resulted in a significant reduction in chronic pain in participants with treatment-resistant chronic pain disorders.

Another study, published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, found that ketamine therapy resulted in a significant reduction in chronic pain, with effects lasting up to three months.

Chronic pain comes with its own set of complications. It is often accompanied by drug addiction, or alcoholism, as well as suicidal ideation. As the author of this article, I can personally attest to the efficacy of ketamine in treating chronic pain. Back in 2021, after trying everything but still suffering from pain for close to 8 years, I sought ketamine treatment. I had 4 infusions. Over a period of 2 weeks, my pain slowly disappeared. The results lasted about 6 months. I have since adopted a meditation practice that has kept the pain away, but I attribute ketamine to saving my life.

Ketamine and Alcoholism

Alcohol is the most widely used drug and can have devastating consequences not just on the user, but also on their friends, family and even complete strangers. In America, approximately 28 people die each day from drunk driving-related accidents.

A survey conducted by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health from 2020 revealed that  28.3 million people over the age of 12 had a past year alcohol use disorder. More than half of all adults have a family history of alcoholism or problem drinking, and more than 7 million children live in a household where at least one parent is dependent on or has abused alcohol.

A study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry found that ketamine therapy resulted in a significant reduction in alcohol cravings in participants with alcohol use disorder.

Another study found that ketamine therapy resulted in a significant reduction in alcohol consumption in participants with alcohol use disorder.

Researchers believe that ketamine’s efficacy on treating alcoholism stems from its ability to target symptoms of psychological conditions such as depression, lack of motivation, and purging psychological vulnerabilities that contribute to relapses. Because of this, ketamine aids people with alcohol dependence to change their habits of behavior, allowing them to start working toward personal goals with the assistance of a clinician or a therapy counselor.

Anyone that is physically addicted to alcohol must safely detox prior to seeking  ketamine therapy otherwise the patient will not qualify for treatments.

Ketamine and Addiction

An estimated 21 million Americans are addicted to at least 1 drug. The sobriety rate after 5 years for addicts treated at rehab facilities is only 21%. Like alcohol, drug addiction has devastating consequences. With the recent opioid crisis, the majority of Americans have been personally affected by drug addiction or know someone who has. Traditional treatment methods are not cutting it.

A study found that ketamine therapy resulted in a significant reduction in cravings and drug use in participants with opioid use disorder.

Another study, published in JAMA Psychiatry, found that ketamine therapy resulted in a significant reduction in cravings and drug use in participants with cocaine use disorder.

Ketamine treatments are an extremely powerful tool when combined with traditional therapy to minimize, if not completely eliminate, relapses in drug users. In order to qualify for ketamine therapy, patients must be detoxed prior to seeking treatment. 

Ketamine and Suicidal Ideation

There were an estimated 1.2 million suicide attempts in the U.S. in 2020. If mental health treatment continues to be a challenge in America, we can most likely expect this number to increase. But if we can raise awareness about the efficacy of ketamine on all mental health conditions, we may just be able to turn the dial down for suicidal ideation statistics.

A study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry found that ketamine therapy resulted in a significant reduction in suicidal thoughts in participants with treatment-resistant depression.

A ketamine study was performed in an outpatient psychiatric clinic with 231 patients, of which 133 were suicidal. Suicidality decreased in 78.9% of patients and suicidal ideations were completely eliminated in 58.6% of patients.

There are simply no medications on the market that can offer the type of results that ketamine provides for treating suicidal ideation. Please be aware, if the patient has a history of schizophrenia or psychosis, they may not qualify for treatment. Licensed ketamine clinics provide consultations where previous and current health conditions are discussed and evaluated.

Ketamine and Migraine Headaches

In the U.S. alone, around 39 million people suffer from migraines; this number is around 1 billion globally. Migraine headaches are notoriously hard to treat. They are an ailment that has a long list of possible medications, dietary restrictions, and lifestyle changes associated with them, which seemingly offer little relief for sufferers.

A study published in the Journal of Headache and Pain found that ketamine therapy resulted in a significant reduction in the frequency and severity of migraines in participants with chronic migraines.

Another study, published in the Journal of Dental Anesthesia and Pain Medicine, found that ketamine therapy resulted in a significant reduction in migraine pain, with effects lasting up to three months.

Ketamine’s efficacy at treating migraines lies in its ability to block N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors in the brain. NMDA receptors are involved in pain processing. By blocking these receptors, ketamine can reduce the pain and disability associated with migraines. Ketamine is also believed to influence other receptors and neurotransmitters that contribute to pain, including opioid receptors.

Ketamine and Eating Disorders

Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental health condition because they usually present with comorbidities such as addiction, alcoholism, and extreme malnutrition. In addition to being lethal, eating disorders can be difficult to treat as treatment involves the sufferer having to cope with obsessive and controlling thought patterns, which can be mentally and emotionally exhausting. The mental anguish one experiences often leads to severe depression and suicidal ideation.

A study found that ketamine therapy resulted in a significant reduction in symptoms of anorexia nervosa, including body image disturbance, anxiety, and depression.

A case report on ketamine for eating disorders involving a young woman with extreme and long-lasting bulimia nervosa highlighted complete cessation of behavior systems after 3 months, with sustained results past the 1-year mark.

To date, there are no treatments that appear to have the efficacy of ketamine for treating eating disorders. Perhaps this is due to the fact that ketamine acts to block glutamate, thus helping to alleviate the obsessive thoughts that are such a big contributing factor to this disease.

In Conclusion

Ketamine therapy has been found to be beneficial for treating a wide range of conditions. The studies discussed in this blog post suggest that ketamine therapy can provide rapid and sustained relief for those suffering; however, more research is needed to fully understand its mechanisms of action and long-term effects.

If you or someone you care about could benefit from ketamine therapy, reach out to us at Daytryp Health today! We can provide you with the support and guidance you need to make the most of this powerful treatment and take your mental health to the next level. With our comprehensive approach and personalized solutions, you can unlock your inner healer and make real, lasting breakthroughs in your life. Don’t wait – contact us today to get started!

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Yvé Dizes

Tryp Guide

Grounded in decades of extensive training with shamans, yogis, and spiritual teachers, Yvé
leverages her innate ability to channel the quantum field to provide profound insight and
transformation for her clientele. Her work is deeply influenced by her daily meditation practice, esoteric research, quantum mechanics, and J.R.R. Tolkien… only partially a joke!

Yvé’s advocacy for Divine Neutrality inspired her exploration into the transformative potential of Ketamine therapy. She delights in her role as a Tryp Guide, where she creates and holds sacred space, promoting transformation through this unique modality. Graced with an amazing partner and soul community, Yvé is humbled and honored to share her life’s purpose with you.

Will Burkhart

Tryp Guide

Will has spent his life seeking truth and exploring the limits of what is possible. This has led him to many extreme experiences—Marine Corps combat veteran, US Army Airborne and Ranger schools, wilderness adventure racing, high altitude mountaineering, ultra-endurance events, holistic healing modalities, psychedelics, and coaching. 

Will is a Co-Active Certified Professional Coach and a High Flow Performance Coach. He specializes in integrative psychedelic coaching and facilitating psychedelic experiences. He is relentless in his passion to explore life’s magnificence.  It’s an ongoing journey and one he would be honored to share with you as a Tryp Guide.

Steve Judson

Tryp Guide

While everyone has a different path to happiness, the majority of people encounter comparable experiences along the way. Examples include honesty, kindness, compassion, generosity, concern for oneself, others, and nature; respect for life; a desire to make a good difference; and many more.

Steve’s involvement, acceptance, and advocacy of the use of entheogenic substances as sacraments for direct spiritual experiences is what has inspired him to work hard to create peace and harmony in both his own life and the lives of those around him.

Steve has made a commitment to rejuvenating his own spiritual life using humanist resources and a humanist perspective. With an emphasis on the mysticism of the unitive experience and the practical use of entheogenic rituals for learning about and developing human consciousness to create a direct connection to the Divine within, Steve has been studying and using a variety of transformational tools. Each has acted as a catalyst in his own consciousness, resulting in profoundly life-altering experiences that have gradually revealed Steve’s true self and pointed him in the direction of his true purpose in life.

Steve’s desire to be of service to others by coaching, mentoring, and guiding them through a shamanic methodology and the practical use of entheogenic rituals is the driving force behind his life’s work, passions, and interests.

Steve loves sharing the knowledge he has gained using many entheogenic sacraments and transformational tools that can help spark a shift in consciousness and result in a profound realization of one’s true nature. Steve also firmly endorses both the idea of cognitive liberty (the right to direct one’s own consciousness) and the safe and appropriate use of entheogenic sacraments for a direct spiritual experience.

Steve has put a lot of effort into learning about and developing the best techniques as a practitioner and guide to provide the right guidance, proper preparation, safe navigation, and holistic integration into the sacred work he performs, and he remains dedicated to his work through practice, mentorship, and study.


There is a prayer in Sanskrit, one of the oldest recorded languages dating back 7000–8000 years, that says, “Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu.” This means: “May all beings everywhere be happy and free. May the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and that freedom for all.” This is a truth Steve lives by every day.

Megan Schneider

Tryp Guide

Megan is passionate about holding a sacred space for others to explore healing connections between the mind, body, breath, and spirit. As a plant energy practitioner, essential oils specialist, and yoga teacher, she wholeheartedly believes in an individualized approach to health and the power of curating personalized integrative self-healing practices of your own. Megan creates space for others to explore the therapeutic benefits of psychedelic medicines, both from a physiological and metaphysical standpoint, while inspiring others remembrance of their divine beauty, purpose, and gifts. Through the art of intention, peaceful presence, and loving awareness she hopes to welcome you more deeply into accessing your innate power to heal from within.

Joel Newton

Tryp Guide

From a young age, Joel sought happiness in competitive sports, business, and relationships. Each accomplishment came with a fleeting sense of fulfillment causing another repeat of the same cycle. That same mysterious desire for acceptance led Joel to seek information in new and unfamiliar territories. Joel has found comfort in his study of past and current visionaries, such as Carl Jung, Dr. Richard Schwartz, Deepak Chopra, and Gabor Matè. Learning that love of oneself is the true path to peace. Joel honors medicines and substance along with meditation and self-care for the aid of self-discovery. He has found that nothing is more enjoyable than supporting others in their constant journey of growth. Healing himself and others has become his greatest gift and passion.

Nick Ghiz

Tryp Guide

Nick’s upbringing instilled in him the significance of giving, helping, and inspiring others. He understands that these invaluable gifts have the power to shift paradigms within one’s life. For him, being involved in someone’s transformative journey is a privilege. Deep within each of us lies the ability to discover peace and lasting happiness. Sometimes we just need someone to guide us along the way. Nick carries this responsibility close to his heart, knowing firsthand the vulnerability we experience when seeking help. He hopes to be a bright light throughout this magnificent adventure you are about to embark upon.

Stephanie Bernau


Tryp Guide

Stephanie is a registered nurse helping to guide individuals in their journey towards wellness. Raised in Pima, Arizona and graduating from her hometown college, she has over 9 years of experience in pediatric emergency and trauma medicine. With her passion for health and involvement in the fitness community, Stephanie became a fitness coach in 2017. Dedicated to her own personal project of “unbecoming” and healing, Stephanie went on to receive her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Arizona State University in 2022, focusing on the evidence-based approach to integrating the mind, body, and spirit for optimal health and wellbeing. Stephanie is an advocate for integrative health and wellness, while honoring your journey by providing a compassionate and supportive space for healing. In her spare time you can find her exploring the sky with husband Jamie and their dog Coco.

Hanna Caldwell


Tryp Guide

Hanna is from a small town here in Arizona. From the time she was a child, community has been a huge part of her life. She believe in total wellness and healing through mind, body and soul. This been a theme in her life, especially as an ER nurse and a nurse here at the clinic. Hanna loves helping others and blending western and holistic medicine to help others live to their greatest potential.

Ann Berardi


Tryp Guide

Ann is a registered nurse with a passion for helping others find balance in wellness and health. After graduating with her BSN from Cleveland State University in 2013, she worked briefly as a progressive care cardiac nurse. During that time, she was trained in Usui Reiki and completed her master/teacher level training in 2014. She then devoted herself as a hospice nurse, supporting and coaching many individuals and their loved ones through the dying process. After several years, Ann transitioned her skills and desires to focus on helping individuals achieve optimal wellness with holistic therapies. She opened a small mobile IV infusion business in 2019, offering in-home infusion therapy focusing on prevention and health maintenance. She also became certified in medical aesthetics.
Her constant ambition as a nurse is in service and helping others activate their own healing for optimal wellness while living from their highest self. Her goal is to provide a calm and peaceful environment where individuals can relax into healing.
She grew up in Latrobe, Pennsylvania and has lived in sunny Arizona since 2015. She finds relaxation in the outdoors, hiking, kayaking, star-gazing and flying airplanes.

Alisia Malta


Tryp Guide

Alisia graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2011. She has worked in both outpatient and inpatient settings during her 12 years as a RN. Her fascination with the human brain led her to become a specialist in Deep Brain Stimulation therapy. Alisia is also an artist and has been selling her work professionally for the last 10 years. Through several difficult life events, she experienced firsthand the healing power of creative expression. Her passions reside in health, psychology, art, and human connection. She is ecstatic to be part of the Daytryp team, and grateful for the opportunity to assist with the intentional use of psychedelic medicines for healing.

Nellie Bowers, RN


Tryp Guide

Nellietha (Nellie) has been in healthcare for 18 years. She graduated with a Bachelors in Science from Chamberlain College of Nursing in 2018. She grew up in a family that prioritized alternative medicine and witnessed firsthand the profound impact natural remedies have on physical and mental health. As someone who has personally experienced the transformative effects of psychedelics, she is passionate about helping others find relief and healing through these alternative therapies. In her free time, she enjoys her animals, gardening, and being out in nature.

Jeff Kaplan

Jeff was born and raised 25 miles north of Chicago, IL. He graduated from The University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 1999 with a B.S. in Business Communications. Jeff has worked for several successful start-ups in the consumer and daily deal space, excelling in business development and customer service. He is a certified life-coach specializing in working with adolescents. As Daytryp’s Intake Coordinator, he takes great pride in being the first voice our clients hear when they call into the facility. He enjoys working on his spiritual self, doing voiceover work, spending time with his girlfriend in San Diego and taking his bulldog Walter on road trips across the country.

Dave Romanelli

Chief Vibe Officer

David Romanelli fuses ancient wellness practices with modern passions that give people accessible tools to overcome stress, focus their mind, and improve their relationships at work and home. David’s third book, Life Lessons from the Oldest and Wisest, is a reminder that countless professionals, parents, and partners have walked the earth before us. The book was inspired by his series of national events called DRINKS WITH YOUR ELDERS, that created a space for isolated elders to reengage with their community and share their life experiences with younger generations. His previous book, Happy is the New Healthy, was inspired by David’s friendship with a 111 year-old New Yorker. The book reached #1 on multiple Amazon and Apple Bestseller Lists.

Dave partnered up with Daytryp Health to create TRIPT, which is a psychedelic integration APP which is offered to all Daytryp clients.

Most recently, David was a featured voice on a new app from Calm, which brings peace of mind and healing techniques to the 1 of every 3 Americans touched by cancer. His daughter Cooper (aka SuperCooper) put leukemia in the rear view mirror and is David’s inspiration everyday to live with strength, passion, and joie de vivre. Throughout Cooper’s treatment, David found the power of psychedelic therapy as a profound way to heal the trauma and constant worry and reset to a positive path forward as parent, partner, and professional.. His 365 day platform, MEDITATE ON, compels his listeners to gain perspective on their journey and take time each day for reflection, quiet, and meditation. David has been featured in The New York Times, Food & Wine, Wall Street Journal, and Newsweek. You can learn more at

Furthermore, Dave is in charge of Daytryp Retreats, which brings people from all over the world to Phoenix, AZ for 3-4 day retreats to experience life-changing psychedelic journeys.

Dr. Joe Tafur


Medical Advisor / Tryp Guide

Dr. Joe Tafur has dedicated his career to exploring complementary and alternative approaches to health management, particularly Amazonian plant medicines. He completed a Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship at UCSD Department of Psychiatry, and worked as a Family Physician in the US before exploring indigenous medicine in South America (SA). He helped found Nihue Rao Centro Espiritual, a traditional healing center in the Peruvian Upper Amazon, and underwent apprenticeship in Traditional Amazonian Plant Medicine and Shipibo curanderismo. In 2017, Dr. Joe founded Modern Spirit, a 501c3 nonprofit focused on demonstrating the value of spiritual healing in modern healthcare. In 2019, he and his colleagues opened the Ocotillo Center for Integrative Medicine. Dr. Tafur is also a leader in his spiritual community and leads plant medicine journeys across the continent. Joe is also a best selling author with his book, The Fellowship of the River.

Rebekah Bohucki


Tryp Guide

Rebekah graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, then went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Grand Canyon University. After working as an RN in the hospital setting for 13 years, Rebekah stepped away to pursue a career more oriented towards holistic healing and treating the root cause of disease. Rebekah is passionate about the powerful healing abilities of psychedelics and plant medicine and believes that with the right tools and guidance, our mind and body have the innate wisdom and ability to heal from the inside out. Rebekah is also on her path to becoming a Priestess, which includes training in the sacred art of holding energetic space. On her free time, she loves being a mom to her two beautiful children, traveling the world, hiking, yoga, and reading.

Kathryn Kiser

Tryp Guide
Kathryn, also known as Kat, has a deep love for nature and animals and a passion for the great outdoors. She cherishes her children and her dog, and enjoys being silly and surrounded by loved ones. She loves laughing and feeling free. Kathryn prioritizes taking care of both her heart and loves the activities that she chooses daily. Her personal journey towards self-love has been a long and challenging one, with many ups and downs. She spent a lot of her life living in fear and suffering with a closed heart. Choosing to heal through her traumas and open her heart have been the best adventures yet. Kat chooses to be a student of life and will continue on this path. As a participant in your healing journey, she holds space for you to feel into your own love and to witness your growth and healing. From her heart to yours, she looks forward to supporting you on your journey.

Lauren Krison

Lead Tryp Guide & Operations Manager

Lauren is a Phoenix native. She graduated from Arizona State University Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in 2007. After spending over a decade in corporate and start-up marketing, the burnout became unbearable, and she knew it was time to pivot to her true passion – wellness. From diet and lifestyle changes to subconscious reprogramming and psychedelic medicine, Lauren’s own wellness journey led her to discover healing modalities that transformed her life in every way imaginable. Her passion led her to the Institute for Integrative Nutrition where she graduated in 2021 as a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach. As a Tryp Guide, Lauren is honored to hold space for others as they embark on a healing journey of their own.

Ajona Olsen

MSN, APRN, ANP-C, Medical Director

Tryp Guide

Ajona Olsen started her career in healthcare in 2001 as an RN in a hospital. She graduated from Arizona State University as a nurse practitioner in 2006, and worked in corporate medicine for fifteen years. In 2021, she began researching psychedelics as a powerful tool in healing and trained in Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy. Ajona opened her own practice at the beginning of 2022 to serve those on a journey toward healing and, in turn, has found happiness in the healing for herself and her loved ones. Ajona met Chris Cohn, founder of Daytryp Health, in June of 2022. She is very excited to act as Medical Director and partner with the incredible team at Daytryp. Outside of work, Ajona is an avid yoga enthusiast and enjoys spending time with her family.

Quinn Snyder


Chief Medical Officer

Quinn graduated from the University of Arizona College of Medicine in 2007. In 2010, after studying under Andrew Weil and traveling to India to study plant-based medicines, he completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Drexel University. Quinn has continuously practiced EM at some of the top Departments in and around Phoenix. He possesses leadership experience in Data Analytics, Quality, Operations, and Business Development. During the pandemic, he was the manager of the largest Emergency Department in Arizona, and his experience was the subject of interviews on CNN, PBS Newshour, BBC World News, NPR, The Washington Post, and The Guardian. He has used Ketamine in his clinical practice and is committed to the emerging field of psychedelic medicines for healing.

Chris Cohn


Founder & CEO

Chris was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. He attended Brophy College Preparatory, then graduated from the University of Arizona. Chris later attained his Masters Degree, Magna Cum Laude, in Addiction Counseling from Grand Canyon University. In 2008, Chris founded Scottsdale Recovery Center and Arizona Addiction Recovery Center, two of the most well-known drug and alcohol rehabs in the state. In 2019, after exiting the rehab space, Chris took a deep dive into the incredible world of psychedelic and plant medicines for his own healing journey. Daytryp Health was birthed from Chris’s ongoing desire and passion to help people heal, recover, and thrive with the intentional and careful use of psychedelic medicines.

Rudy Montijo

MS, LASAC, Consultant/Integration Therapist
Tryp Guide

Rudy Montijo lends his expertise in operations and business development consulting for Daytryp. He received his undergraduate from the University of Arizona, a master’s degree in Addiction Counseling from Grand Canyon University, and Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy training from Polaris Insight. Rudy worked under Daytryp’s founder and CEO, Chris Cohn, while operating and expanding Scottsdale Recovery Center from 2013-2014. He currently has an award-winning career in medical sales. He is a former D1 athlete, having played football at the University of Arizona. Rudy is a clinical therapist who is trained in ketamine-assisted psychotherapy, actively races on the Ironman triathlon circuit, and is a certified yoga instructor. After helping others, Rudy’s greatest love is his two children, River and Savanna.

Esther Mathers

VP Operations


Esther is a seasoned designer with over 25 years of experience in the creation, management and development of calming spaces. A passionate and driving force behind any project, she thrives when curating environments that foster relaxation and well-being for both the mind and body. In addition, Esther has a talent for providing holistic solutions with innovative ideas to persistent challenges. She was honored to be commissioned by the Founder and CEO of Daytryp Health, Chris Cohn, to design the interior of their flagship location. The opportunity has been life-changing, transformative, and inspiring on many different levels. Esther currently lives in Mesa, AZ with her two children and enjoys outdoor activities, particularly those involving water.