The Pearl Psychedelic Institute Leadership Team

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Brandon Adcock

Brandan Adcock, DO

Medical Director

Raymond Turpin

Raymond Turpin, Psy.D.

Clinical Director, Executive Director

Bill Zimmer

Bill Zimmer

COO, Operations

Brandan is a student of life and is devoted to helping others.  Currently practicing as a Board Certified Family Practice Physician, Brandan has devoted much of his professional career towards working with patients utilizing traditional approaches in conjunction with evidence based integrative therapies.  His interest in integrative therapies began as a young adult while completing a BA in Wilderness Therapy and Holistic Health from Prescott College, AZ in 2000. During his undergraduate education he was fortunate to be exposed to the profound healing potential of non-ordinary states as they apply to Transpersonal Psychology.

Continued pursuits in understanding the relationship between mind and body led him to complete Asheville Yoga Center’s 200hr Teacher Training in 2001, followed closely by graduation as a bodywork therapist from the Center For Massage and Natural Health in 2003.  In 2006 he obtained an Osteopathic Medical Degree from The Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine and later graduated from UT Chattanooga’s  Family Medicine Residency Program in 2010.

Brandan is currently passionate about the safe, ethical and transformative use of psychedelic therapies to treat patients with history of Trauma and/or Treatment Resistant Depression.  He completed training in Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy with The Ketamine Training Center NYC in 2019.  He is slated to complete an MDMA therapy training sponsored by MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies) in the Spring of 2022.

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Kim Skelton

Training Coordinator

Kim Turpin

Kim Turpin

Marketing & Communications Director

Laura Pate

Laura Pate

Administrative Coordinator

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Julia Rodriguez

Volunteer Coordinator

Kim's approach offers compassionate connection and mindful, heart-centered care. Kim has advanced training in evidence-based approaches including Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR); Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP); Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) MDMA Therapy Training Program (2019) and Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy with the Psychedelic Research and Training Institute (PRATI) in Colorado. Kim has also studied herbalism through HERBalachia as well as Chinese Stone and Crystal Medicine with Sarah Thomas, L.Ac.

Her treatment orientation is rooted in existential/humanistic psychotherapy; ecopsychology (“connection with” vs. “power over”); harm reduction psychotherapy; EMDR (adaptive resolution of trauma); and DBT (mindfulness, interpersonal effectiveness, distress tolerance, emotional regulation.)

​Kim holds a Master of Arts degree in Community Counseling (2005) from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL, where she grew up. Kim has experience working in a myriad of settings: universities; community mental health centers; school-based mental health; and a domestic violence shelter. She and Ilona Csapo, MD founded Willow Wellness and Recovery in 2013 and joined with other like-minded colleagues to create Widening Circles in 2017.

 

In her free time, she enjoys hiking, paddling, gardening, photography, watercolor and playing with her furry, four-legged-children, Merlin, Simon, and Linus. More information about Kim's individual therapy practice can be found at kimskelton.com.

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