Brian Anderson served 10 years in the United States Army as both a journalist and Green Beret. He deployed in direct combat on multiple deployments and is the recipient of 3 bronze stars, one with Valor. Brian left active duty in May 2012 to attend college at Saint Leo University. He earned a Bachelor’s in Social Work in May 2014. Brian started the current version of the Pasco County Stand Down, a program to serve our at-risk of homeless and homeless Veterans in the greater Tampa Bay Area. Brian serves on the Veterans Care board at the University of South Florida and he is a member of Congressman Gus Bilirakis’s Veterans Advisory board. Brian has a intimate understanding of the difficulties of war after coming home and is steadfast in his commitment to provide the right treatments for our warriors after they leave the battlefield.
Janel Norton served 5 years as a US Air Force Combat Camera photojournalist documenting conflicts worldwide, then 2 years as a United Nations field service photographer during the height of the Bosnian war. She earned a BA with a double major in photojournalism and cultural anthropology from Western Kentucky University, and a MA in strategic communications management, from the University of South Florida. After 10 years as a photo editor for the St. Petersburg Times, and then military contracting for Global Combat Command magazines, Janel settled down in Pasco, Florida where she now owns Trinity Yoga Studio and Co-founded the Veterans Alternative.
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.
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.