Recent Episodes

What is Reiki and Shamanic Healing, and how can it benefit first responders? This episode features an interview with energy practitioners Akilah Barr and Deana Pacqua speaking about Reiki, Shamanic Healing and other Alternative Healing Modalities for First Responders. We discuss how energy work is becoming a more common practice for first responders and how their work can be enhanced by energy healing.

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This episode features an interview with first responder Dr Ken Hoffman, a functional medicine doctor in practice for 20 years. He is Medical Director of SOPHIA Natural Health Center in Brookfield CT which delivers the most comprehensive scientific, holistic evaluation and treatment that is designed to find, and treat, the root cause of health problems. Ken is a US Army veteran, an active EMT in his town, an Avid Adventure motorcyclist and naturalist.

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On this episode, Stacy, Bonnie and David speak with Deputy Chief Bernie Meehan, a veteran of over 400 first responder debriefings. Our topic: Critical Incident Stress Management and Debriefings, and how a CISD/CISM debrief can kickstart the healing process.

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We speak with Dan Willis, a retired police Captain who is an expert on the proven benefits of serving with your heart and acting with compassion in the face of job-related trauma and stress. Dan is a highly regarded expert on the subject of emotional survival and improving spiritual wellness for law enforcement and first responders. HIs award-winning book "Bulletproof Spirit: The First Responders Essential Resource for Protecting and Healing Mind and Heart," is required reading at the FBI National Academy and is an essential resource for first responders to protect and heal mind and heart, and maintain spiritual wellness.

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In this episode, we speak with yoga instructors Wendy Boscia and Steve Zagami. Wendy comes from a family of responders, including her dad and brothers, and Steve is a retired U.S.M.C. Sgt., and FDNY Firefighter.

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On this episode, Bonnie and David speak with Michele Giorgianni, First Responder Liaison at Aware Recovery Care and Jason Palamara, Director of Veteran & First Responder Engagement at Forge VFR. Our topic: Substance Abuse Disorder treatments for First Responders.

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About the Hosts

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Dr. Stacy Raymond

Co-host

Dr. Stacy Raymond is a Clinical Psychologist, and is an approved EMDR and trauma specialist. She specializes in working with First Responders and Military Veterans. Stacy created Responder Wellness Inc—a non-profit charity for EMS, Police & Fire. Stacy co-leads a weekly Peer Support Meeting for first responders, along with Bonnie Rumilly.

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Bonnie Rumilly, LCSW and EMT

Co-host

Bonnie Rumilly is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in the treatment of Adults, Adolescents, Children and First Responders. Bonnie worked in Newtown treating Trauma directly after the Sandy Hook School Shootings and is an EMDR therapist. A Board Member of the Fairfield County Trauma Response Team, Inc., which treats First Responders for PTSD and Trauma, Bonnie is also a 21-year Emergency Medical Technician.

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Lt. David Dachinger (Ret.)

Producer and Co-Host

David Dachinger is a retired Fire Lieutenant with over 21 years as a leader in emergency services. He has written department policy, taught fire and rescue training and created wellness initiatives. As a fire officer, he frequently worked as Shift Commander and Incident Commander.