Our Experts

I don’t believe that there is a “one size fits all”  process to healing.  I feel that it is also important to work with people with whom you share the same values. I am forever grateful to the talented physicians who saved my life. I was in the hospital for a month and under 24-hour watch when I was released because of the extent of my injuries. When my doctors told me they had done all they could and that we needed to let time take it’s course, I looked to a number of other options to complete my recovery.

When I first went in search of a counselor, I met with a person whose style of care was not right for me. I didn’t feel like I was making strides in the right direction. I then found a new counselor through suggestions from friends. The fact that we shared similar spiritual beliefs helped me to feel comfortable working with him. The counselor I connected with also works closely with the Prairie Village Police Department. This experience gave him another level of understanding for my situation. My counselor, Dan Claiborne, worked with me to understand how people think and how someone could be capable of committing such an act against another person unprovoked.

I turned to my chiropractor, Mark Wallace, for help with numbness and imbalance. He is big on nutrition and health and this is something that I too feel strongly about. This allowed us to work well together.

David DiBella, my kickboxing instructor, helped me to regain my strength and improve my balance with personal training sessions until I was ready to get back to class.

I also began looking into integrative therapies and was introduced to acupuncture, rolfing, reiki, shamanic breathing, EFT (also known as tapping), and more.

If you or someone you know has gone through a traumatic experience, it’s important to seek help. Our experts section is small, but always growing. I have had the opportunity to work personally with several of the experts you see listed here. Some of our experts are located in the Kansas City metro area. Others are farther away. When looking for someone in your location, seeking personal recommendations is always a great place to start. Do your homework and trust your instincts.


The following are experts I have personally used or they have been recommended by one of my family members or team. We know we can’t cover every type of healing modality, but hopefully this will give you a place to start.

Dr. Claiborn is a Counseling and Forensic Psychologist licensed in Kansas and Missouri. He received his M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Vanderbilt University in 1970 and his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1975. His graduate research topics included alcoholism and group therapy, and he specialized in family therapy, interpersonal influence, and hypnosis. Dr. Claiborn has worked with couples, families, and individuals for over 35 years–in hospitals, in universities, and in private practice. He has taught graduate courses in psychotherapy, family therapy, psychological assessment, and hypnosis at Iowa State University and the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Dr. Claiborn has taught advanced psychiatric residents at the University of Kansas Medical Center, served as Director of Training in a university internship program and Director of Psychology at Charter Hospital, and published on the psychological assessment of couples and families. He has presented locally and nationally on such topics as personality disorders, transgender issues, innovative psychotherapy, psychopaths and serial murderers, workplace issues, and forensic assessment.

For more information visit: www.courtpsychologist.com 


Kirk Nelson NCTMB, CPNMT

Located just north of Kansas City in Weston, Mo., Kirk Nelson is a licensed massage therapist and President of Touchwork of Weston Massage Therapy. He is also Past-President of the Missouri Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association, (AMTA), and a registered Karuna Reiki Master. Kirk is certified by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, (NCBTMB), – the highest professional credential in the field, and is also a Certified Precision Neuromuscular Therapist – a distinction held by less than one hundred therapists in the nation. He specializes in custom designed massage sessions for relaxation and/or pain relief, and Touchwork of Weston is a premier provider of on-site massage therapy programs for conventions, special events and the workplace.

Kirk was a national trainer for the Massage Emergency Response Team, (MERT), and also the former State Director for the Missouri Sports Massage Team, (MSMT). MERT is dedicated to providing massage to emergency responders at disaster sites, and Kirk received the Disaster Service Award from the Virginia Department of Health for his efforts at the Pentagon following the terrorist’s attacks of September 11, 2001. The MSMT received the 1998 and 2003 AMTA National Award for Most Outstanding Sports Massage Team. Currently, Touchwork of Weston is the preferred provider of massage therapy services for the Bike MS, MidAmerica Chapter.

For more information visit: www.kjtouch.com