Meet Us

Our staff at the Iboga Wellness Center have been healed and trained by a Bwiti shaman from Gabon, Africa. Many of us have been initiated into the Bwiti tradition through the full initiation ceremony in Gabon. These ceremonies are very intense and are only truly undergone by those who are living the path of Iboga.

We bring these traditions to our practice at the Iboga Wellness Center in a softer form while still holding the spirit of the medicine in the highest regard. Our ceremonies are carried out with the utmost safety, care and attention to our guests and each of their individual needs.

Since our work with Iboga began, we have had the privilege of leading over 300 Bwiti Iboga Ceremonies and guiding hundreds of guests to begin to reconnect to their soul. We do this with an unwavering passion and dedication to helping people heal.

Gary Cook

Gary – Bwiti Iboga Provider

In early 2012, Gary went to a shamanic Iboga facility with his son who needed help for opiate addiction. When he witnessed the transformation of his son, it inspired him deeply. Having been a spiritual seeker for almost 20 years, he also experienced a deep transformation and inner discovery using Iboga. He left his job in the United States and began training with a 10th generation shaman. He completed his training in the summer of 2012 and became a Shamanic Iboga provider at a shamanic Iboga facility. Later, Gary became the director of that facility and has dedicated himself to healing with Iboga since then. In 2013 Gary traveled to Gabon, Africa where he was initiated into the Bwiti tradition.

 

Levi Barker

Levi – Bwiti Iboga Provider

Levi is a former tech entrepreneur who has been working on himself with the aid of iboga & other plant medicines for the last 6+ years. Since being a young boy Levi has always felt drawn to helping bring out the best in people. After on and off training for a 3 year period while managing his businesses Levi listened to his soul & dedicated himself to training to work with iboga. After training non stop at Iboga Wellness for 18 months Levi went to Africa to be initiated & was also graduated by a Bwiti shaman to be an iboga provider.

After many years of struggling with varying substances, decisions, and blame from difficult early childhood years, Levi was able to take control of his life with iboga guiding his own inner wisdom.

Levi also plays mongongo (Bwiti mouth bow) & is an aspiring Bwiti musician.

Peter Harriss

Peter – Iboga Provider Apprentice

Peter had been a spiritual seeker for 10 years before finding Iboga. Having tried many spiritual techniques and tools with varying degrees of effectiveness, his therapist recommended doing a shamanic Iboga journey in January 2019. The results were far beyond his expectations. Having had a transformational experience that changed him and his life forever, Peter now works at Iboga Wellness Center as the House Manager and is training to become an Iboga Provider. Before coming to IWC, Peter had several careers and roles including spiritual coach, mindfulness educator and personal finance consultant. Peter finds joy and meaning by helping people heal their trauma and find the self-love that transforms live into the gift that it is.

Mark Fristoe

Mark – Iboga Provider Apprentice

Mark first discovered the medicine in March 2013 after struggling for years with depression, anxiety, anger, addictions, self-destructive behaviors, and physical pain. Seeing the profound change in himself, he immediately fell in love with the Bwiti tradition and the iboga spirit. Over the next few years Mark participated in many more iboga ceremonies, allowing him to deepen his relationship with himself and with iboga. After much time integrating these teachings into his life, Mark began training full time to become an iboga provider in August 2016. He traveled to Gabon Africa in December 2016 where he was initiated into the Bwiti tradition. Mark has a deep love for the medicine and the Bwiti tradition and is dedicated to helping others heal.

 

 

Chelsey Dickens

Chelsey – Iboga Provider Apprentice

Chelsey came to iboga in September 2016 as her last resort, seeking freedom from heroin and meth addiction, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and psychiatric medication dependency. After experiencing the medicine she had a deep, profound shift within herself that enabled her to change the direction of her life. It quickly became clear to her that she had found her life’s calling, helping people with the beautiful medicine that helped her save her life. Chelsey travelled to Gabon Africa in December 2016 to be initiated into the Bwiti tradition and began training to be an iboga provider the following April. During her training, Chelsey has continued to grow in her relationship with herself and with the medicine. She is very grateful for the opportunity to train with iboga and passionate about helping others climb out of their darkness and discover the beauty within.

 

 

Sandy Cook

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Sandy – Aftercare

When Sandy’s son, Jeff, freed himself from his addictions using Iboga, Sandy was at first skeptical.  But as Jeff continued to improve and become lighter, she could see how powerful this medicine is and decided to experience Iboga for herself.  After two journeys, she decided to retire from her career as a kindergarten teacher and join us as part of the staff.  As the joyful grandmother of five, Sandy brings her wisdom, compassion, and life experience to the center.  She enjoys supporting our guests before and after their journeys and caring for them as their transformations unfold.

 

Ana Leticia Ruiz Dominguez and Bolivar David Mora Fernandez

David & Leti – Chefs

Leti and David are an integral part of our cooking staff. Recently married, they work well together to create delicious meals for us. Leti is a native of Costa Rica and she has a wealth of knowledge about local foods as well as how to prepare them. David is from Ecuador and has recently made Costa Rica his new home. They both put a great deal of love and attention into the meals they prepare. The result is delicious meals that are made from natural sources without additives and artificial ingredients.

 

 

Kali Medina

Kali – Aftercare

Kali is a wonderful, kind, and caring person. A native of Nicaragua, she embodies the warmth and love of her people. She has used Iboga through ceremony to improve her own life, and to strengthen her relationship with her partner, Levi. She has been working at Iboga Wellness for the past 3 years, providing aftercare and participating in our Bwiti ceremonies. Kali has become an integral part of the care that we provide.

 

Nick Palmisano

Nick – Iboga Provider Apprentice

Nick Palmisano left his physical body on Dec 28, 2018 due to complications with malaria. Nick’s spirit will continue on through ceremony and the beautiful energy he left with us at Iboga Wellness Center. Nick was a very special human being who helped 100’s of people through their journeys at IWC. We are deeply saddened that he is gone. IWC will honor Nick by carrying on in this most special work and continue to help those wanting to improve their life. We love you Nick, you meant more to us the words can convey. We will stay connected to you in spirit and your teachings will live on. Nima na kombo na dinganga bokaye, diboti hermano.

In 2014, Nick’s life had been dwindling away from heroin and drug addiction. He remembered reading about Ibogaine several years earlier and had a strong intuition that it would be an effective treatment for his addiction. After listening to his intuition, he checked into an Ibogaine detox facility and started his new life from there. Nick then spent an additional two years back in the United States learning about himself and working in the corporate world. Eventually, in 2015, his intuition started telling him it was time to work with this medicine. He then relocated to work for an Ibogaine clinic in Mexico where he would be trained as a Transformational Recovery Coach and a manager for an Ibogaine aftercare house. In July 2017, Nick had been connected to the Iboga Wellness Center. Again, listening to his intuition, he followed the plant’s call and came down to experience the full spirit of Iboga. The connection that was made was so strong; he felt no choice but to begin training as an Iboga provider.