My wife, Julie, and I established Valor Therapeutics to help my fellow brothers and sisters who risk their bodies and minds for America. We offer you and your families treatment options not otherwise offered to military, veterans and first responders in the Miami Valley.
I am retired from the USAF, veteran of OIF/OEF where I sustained a career-ending injury during a deployment in Iraq, graduate of Wright State University, and owner of Luke, my service dog. Luke helps manage my mobility and trauma symptoms. As someone who suffers from chronic pain, tinnitus, insomnia and all they symptoms of post-traumatic stress, I get you. The medications I was given to manage chronic pain and symptoms of post-traumatic stress made me too tired to function, enjoy life, or even experience emotions. So, we wanted to create a space to offer treatment options that are engaging, fun, do not involve medications, and may help limit the use of current medications. We want to help address mental health issues acquired from the time spent serving and defending our country and communities!
May passions include exploring historical sites with my wife, playing with our two sons, coaching their soccer teams, serving the community within my church, and loving my service dog Luke.
Julie Garrison MA, MT-BC
Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC)
Ryan and I established Valor Therapeutics to bring creative arts therapies, that are otherwise inaccessible to defenders, and their families, in the Miami Valley. As a military spouse and music therapist, I had the privilege of working with active duty service members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at Bethesda Naval Station in Bethesda, MD through the National Endowment of the Arts. These service members sustained traumatic brain injuries and associated psychological health conditions during active duty; most of which were managing symptoms of post-traumatic stress. The music we created changed their physiology responses, helped manage their anxiety, and led to new insights, especially during couple and family music therapy sessions.
I hold a bachelor's degree in Music Therapy from Eastern Michigan University and Master of Arts in Music Therapy from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in IN.
Lana Mayhew, ATR-BC
Registered Art Therapist-Board Certified
Hello. My name is Lana Mayhew and I am a Registered and Board-Certified Art Therapist. I graduated in 1991 with a BA in Psychology from University of Missouri and minor in art, and graduated in 1993 with a Master of Art Therapy (MAT) from Wright State University. To augment my practice, I became a Licensed Social Worker in 1995, Licensed Practitioner (Lay minister) from Center of Spiritual Living in 1999, became a Registered Art Therapist in 2000 and Board Certified Art Therapist in 2010.
For the past 30 years I have worked with children, teens, and adults with mental health diagnosis and substance use disorder, within in-patient hospitalization, intensive outpatient mental health, outpatient mental health and residential mental health for teens. In my current practice, the majority of clients on my caseload are diagnosed with post-traumatic stress
Throughout the years, I have conducted multiple art therapy workshops dealing with body image and eating disorders, disease, illness and pain, the body mind connection, communication, grief, and The Tapestry of our Soul; and presented on Art Therapy at the Buckeye Art Therapy Symposium and University of Dayton.
Jessica Astorga, RN, BSN
Registered Nurse-Bachelor's of Science in Nursing
Jessica Astorga is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance and Veterans Yoga Project. Jessica has been a Registered Nurse for 17 years.
She served 13 years in the United States Air Force as a Critical Care Nurse and deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan caring for injured military personnel and civilians.
Jessica was medically discharged for depression in 2013. Since then, she has explored many alternatives to healing her own body and mind. Yoga with the incorporation of mediation and breathing improves a person's mental well-being.
Jessica's new mission is to help Veterans heal through yoga, mindfulness, meditation, and deep breathing.
"Regular yoga practice creates mental clarity and calmness; increases body awareness; relieves chronic stress patterns; relaxes the mind; centers attention; and sharpens concentration," says Natalie Nevins, DO.
WCC's Zee II
Facility Dog, Co-Therapist
Hello, my name is WCC's Zee II, my good friends call me Zee. I am a Facility Service Dog graduate from Warrior Canine Connection (WCC). I came on Staff with Valor Therapeutics as of March 2022, which was also on my 2nd Birthday. I am not your typical therapist, where most just talk, I am more interactive. I like belly rubs, ear scratches, snuggles, and the occasional kiss. My job is to make sure you're comfortable in the therapy space. I am certified in listening and took an oath not to tell anyone what I hear. I am also trained in Anxiety relaxation; I help you release a hormone called Oxytocin. Which is a natural hormone that helps you feel better.