Third Wave Team

Third Wave Team

At Third Wave, our mission is more than a statement. As a team and as individuals, we walk the walk. Each of us has been profoundly impacted by psychedelic medicines. We are honored to align our professional expertise as individuals with our shared vision for a happier, more inspired world. We embrace our roles with joy, reverence, and a responsibility to the thousands of lives these medicines will impact through our work.

Paul Austin, founder of Third Wave

Paul F. Austin, Founder, CEO – Miami, Florida, USA

Paul F. Austin is a 21st century pioneer who has long advocated for the responsible use of psychedelics for healing, leadership, and personal transformation. He has been featured in Rolling Stone, the New York Times, and WebMD for his work amplifying awareness around the benefits of microdosing psychedelics.

Paul is the author of the book Microdosing Psychedelics: A Practical Guide to Upgrade Your Life and, in addition to founding Third Wave, also co-founded Synthesis.

Through his initial seven-month microdosing protocol, Paul experienced the tangible benefits of microdosing LSD, including accelerated learning, easier access to flow states, and a deeper sense of presence. Taught by over 10+ years of psychedelic use, Paul views psychedelic integration as a learned skill, one refined through intention, mentorship, and courageous exploration.

He believes mastering this skill will be crucial in the story of humanity’s present-future evolution.

Troy Allen, Head of Growth of Third Wave

Troy Allen, Head of Growth – Eden, Utah, USA

After graduating from ASU with majors in Business and Psychology and a minor in Communications, Troy moved to New York and started his digital advertising agency. After winning a few awards right out of the gate, Troy quickly turned a two-person shop, working out of Starbucks, into a 25 person operation with offices on Madison Avenue.

Troy sold his agency and spent several years working as a long-term growth-hacking consultant with several brands, including Mindvalley, where he launched the owner’s NYT Best Selling Book, Code of The Extraordinary Mind. Some of his other clients included the tech start-up Five Tier and the world renowned author T Harv Eker.

Since joining Third Wave in 2021, Troy has leveraged his considerable skills to help the company launch a series of industry-leading initiatives designed to bring psychedelic coaches and clients together to spark healing and growth.

Troy lives on Powder Mountain in Eden, Utah and, depending on the season, you can find him either snowboarding or wakeboarding in his spare time.

Aviva Rabinovici, Head of Operations – Toronto, Ontario, Canada

After earning a law degree with honors, Aviva worked with a major Canadian law firm before starting up her own content marketing company. In that role, Aviva developed long-term relationships with some of the world’s largest companies, including Deloitte, IBM, and Morgan Stanely. This background serves her well in her work with Third Wave. Leveraging both her legal degree and her insight into the inner workings of major organizations, she helps manage a wide range of Third Wave’s operational processes—from quality assurance and compliance through to product development and management.

When not staring deeply into the shining light of her computer, she spends her time honing her decades-long yoga and meditation practice, roasting her own coffee, reveling in both real-world and inner-world journeys, and reading voraciously.

She is both honored and humbled to have the opportunity to play a role in helping to spark cultural awakening through personal transformation by educating people about the power of psychedelics to heal ourselves and our world.

Tim Sae Koo, Advisor – Costa Rica

Tim Sae Koo is an entrepreneur at heart who bootstrapped, scaled, and exited his first software company by 28 and now focuses his time mentoring first time founders, angel investing in mission aligned startups, and co-hosting transformational retreats for heart-led leaders. After selling his first company, Tim traveled around the world to 16 countries in 12 months to reset in 2019, and in that time remembered his deep purpose to support the elevation of consciousness through powerful entheogens for heart-led leaders and creators. In his downtime, he loves playing all sorts of instruments, mixing music, reading spiritual philosophies, playing volleyball, deepening his meditation practice, and studying the resurgence of the psychedelic movement.

Vlad Tudorie, Systems Architect for Third Wave

Vlad Tudorie, Systems Architect – Bucharest, Romania

Vlad is the founder and CEO of Serenichron SRL and FusePress Inc, the former helping businesses achieve goals through systems consulting, process development and production technology solutions, the latter working towards unifying the (presently) fragmented WordPress ecosystem.

A skilled Systems Architect, Vlad is responsible for managing Third Wave’s business and technology systems—which is a fancy way of saying he keeps everything up and running.

Educated in Economics and Information Technology, Vlad’s career journeyed from computer assembly lines to government contracts, before shifting into the software industry—where he worked first in QA and later in interactive game design for Gameloft. After a period of self-actualization, Vlad also spent some time as a journalist for the Romanian news media organization and nationally televised show Zona IT, before joining Third Wave soon after its inception.

Enthusiastic and curious about mechanisms, systems, and gadgetry, when there is ample time available, Vlad may be found wrenching, hammering, soldering, or designing something, when he’s not doing breathwork and meditation exercises. His personal psychedelic favorite is ayahuasca, although LSD and psilocybin also provided valuable, meaningful experiences.

Jenalle Dion, Community Manager for Third Wave

Jenalle Dion, Community Manager – Nelson, BC, Canada

Jenalle dedicated her education in holistic nutrition to helping people conquer their health goals. She left the prairies to live in the magical ski town of Nelson, BC and soon found herself managing an editorial team at a retreat start-up and drinking ayahuasca with the co-founders. Jenalle freelanced in content marketing, working with organizations whose offerings ranged from luxury powder highway tours, massage therapy services, psilocybin integration courses, and upscale ecommerce products. Her side hustle is Wakeful Travel, a brand that encourages people to travel consciously, whether that’s externally through world adventures or internally with psychedelics.

When she’s not out exploring the world, or tapping into the finer parts of the brain, she’s ripping through pillow pockets at the ski hill, getting down to anything house, funk, or drum and bass, or reconnecting through her yoga practice.

She’s stoked to team up with Third Wave and work towards de-stigmatizing psychedelics and empowering others to harness them as tools for healing and growth.

Jared Chrisman, VP of Strategic Partnerships for Third Wave

Jared Chrisman, VP, Strategic Partnerships – Spearfish, South Dakota, USA

After gaining extensive business development experience in the personal development space working with leaders such as Tony Robbins, Jared joined the Third Wave team due to his passion for the company’s mission. Here, he continues to hone his knack for connecting people and organizations with powerful synergies to amplify their collective missions.

Jared calls the Black Hills of South Dakota home but regularly adventures all over Wyoming and Montana on summer backpacking trips or winter ski excursions. He has a young son with whom he looks forward to sharing experiences as he grows up in this beautiful part of the world.

Ginger Strand, Project Manager for Third Wave

Ginger Strand, Project Manager – Beaverton, Oregon, USA

Ginger got a bachelor’s degree in fine art doing painting, sculpture, and ceramics, then launched into the business world, developing project management and creative skills in 13+ industries, including millinery (fancy hat making), confectionery, government bids, wedding DJ services, and art library archives. She is happiest doing a variety of tasks that engage both analytical and creative brain matter, and seeing patterns that help her solve challenges.

Raised in Texas, Ginger moved to Oregon in 2014 and considers it heaven. When she’s not out walking in the glorious Oregon scenery—regardless of weather conditions—she spends her time practicing singing lessons, playing with her goofy cat, and continuing to learn about psychedelics. Ginger enjoys various forms of dance, including contra, salsa, and swing, and specialized in Middle Eastern belly dance for 11 years. She is a costume fanatic, known for putting together fabulous costumes with thrift store finds, and has two boxes of wigs to top off her ensembles.

After a transformative psilocybin mushroom journey in May 2020, Ginger realized helping others to heal with psychedelic medicines is her life’s calling. She is honored to be working with Third Wave to deliver great psychedelic content, and is excited to be in Oregon at this historic time in mental health history.

Shelly DeMarco, Program Manager, Transformation Coach for Third Wave

Shelley DeMarco, Program Manager, Transformation Coach – Kanab, Utah, USA

Shelley is a lifelong entrepreneur. From the early age of 11, she was making fabric samples at the family textile business in New York City’s garment district. By the early 2000s, she had created and was running her own application development company. She is passionate about developing and driving solutions and providing value. After many years leading high profile projects for Fortune 50 companies, she joined Third Wave as Curriculum Program Manager.

In addition to this role, Shelley has been a coach and mentor for over 20 years. Most recently, she graduated as part of the first cohort of Third Wave’s Psychedelic Coaching Certification Program. She works in energy healing, is an ordained minister, and is a member of Oviates, Bards, & Druids incorporating spiritual ritual and ceremony into her practice. Shelley is also an avid adventurer, triathlete, and traveler, spending much of her free time outdoors with her husband, four children, and granddaughter at the National Parks in Utah and Arizona.

Gregory Frederick Ferenstein, M.Sc., Director of Research for Third WaveGregory Frederick Ferenstein, M.Sc., Director of Research – Austin, Texas, USA

Gregory Frederick Ferenstein, M.Sc. has been writing on innovation and psychology for over a decade. His peer-reviewed research was published in the leading journal of its field and his work appears in top media outlets, including New York Times, The Washington Post, and the BBC.

After designing large-scale economic reform in Congress, he conducted field research in Silicon ValIey and become convinced that mental health must be a national priority.

He is now dedicated to advancing world-class, personalized mental healthcare. He holds a Master’s in Mathematical Behavior Sciences, taught stastistics for jounalism at the University of Texas and resides in Austin.

Jeff Kimes, Copywriter – Heidelberg, Germany

With a background in psychoneuroimmunology and extensive experience with plant medicine traditions, Jeff brings a unique perspective to the Third Wave team. In the marketing universe, he’s masterminded multi-million dollar campaigns across multiple industries for change-making brands and big-name gurus.

A self-confessed rhythm freak, when Jeff isn’t writing he’s likely either drumming or thinking about drumming. He also loves being in nature, qi gong, mountain biking, yoga, meditation, traveling, reading broadly, and exploring deep into inner landscapes accessible through the world’s wisdom traditions. Originally from Seattle, he currently lives in the lovely town of Heidelberg, Germany with his wife and daughter.

Martin Mikkelsen, Executive Producer (Podcast) for Third Wave

Martin Mikkelsen, Executive Producer (Podcast) – Bergen, Norway

Martin is the founder and CEO of Good Vibrations, where he helps artists and businesses achieve their artistic goals through creative consulting, content development, and total production solutions in music and audio. He is an alumni from Berklee College of Music with a bachelor degree in music production and engineering. A highly skilled musician and producer, Martin has an excellent ear for music and extensive experience within music and audio production. He has worked with many artists and brands, including Third Wave, Verse Libre, Adam Strauss, Design Revision, Majestic 12, Festspillene iBergen, Vill Vill Vest, Victoria TV, Lekk, Vestindien, AURORA, NOEMI, Mathea-Mari, Dan Sundhordvik,​ and more.

Martin was born and raised in Bergen, Norway, a city engulfed by mountains and subject to heavy rainfall, which helps fuel a rich and peculiar creative culture. He is deeply passionate about chasing novelty by experimenting with new creative expressions, building relationships, and helping artists and businesses grow through exploration and experimentation. Outside work, you can find him spending time in nature, exploring, traveling, reading, listening to music, and honing his serious set of cooking skills.

Karina Swenson, Content Producer – Eden, Utah, USA

After receiving her Bachelor Degree from Boston University and her Masters Degree from Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs (SIPA), Karina quickly realized that a career in public policy was not for her. It became clear to her that her true passion is creating high-quality, relevant content for mission-driven companies to help build their audiences and develop an influential brand identity. This passion has provided her with many opportunities, including Head of Content at Mindvalley and working closely with some of the most influential authors and leaders in the personal development space.

Karina has since developed a deep relationship with plant medicine to facilitate her own personal growth and has made it a personal mission to help spread the word of these powerful medicines through valuable and informative content. She lives in Eden, Utah, with her husband Troy (also part of the team) and their two beautiful sons. For fun, Karina loves to paint, cook, sing, and cultivate her own Psilocybin mushrooms.

Melissa Johnson, Executive Assistant for Third Wave

Melissa Johnson, Executive Assistant – San Diego, California, USA

As an executive assistant with over 12 years of experience, Melissa has worked in many industries—including tech, health & wellness, and entertainment—helping mostly C-level executives to organize both their personal and work lives. She has a passion for organizing and for turning chaos into order. She joined Third Wave because she wants to support a company that helps people to reach their full potential.

Melissa spends her free time raising her two young boys, reading, dancing, hiking, boxing, surfing, practicing yoga, and traveling the world.

Matt Cooper, Coach for Third Wave

Matt Cooper, Coach – Los Angeles, CA, USA

Coop is an integrative health consultant, and trainer in the Los Angeles area. As an interdisciplinary researcher, he integrates both mind and body into his practice. Coop helps individuals in the integration process with a biopsychosocial approach, ensuring that health and lifestyle are in a solid place as the body is the first person lens through which we experience the world.

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