About Us

Diane Hendel

Diane Hendel, NP-C, MSN, MBA, a board certified nurse practitioner, has over two decades of experience in geriatrics. Her geriatric primary care medical practice, Arlington Eldercare, specializes in chronic illness, pain management, palliative care and hospice, mental health, and advanced dementia. 

She provides personalized ketamine therapy for seniors with advanced illness, unmanaged depression and anxiety, as well as for palliative care and end of life distress. 

A meditator since age 14, she has taught meditation in Europe and the US. She participated in a clinical trial at Johns Hopkins University in 2015, which focused on the brain function of long-term meditators who were administered psilocybin. 

Ketamine Training Center, Certificate in Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy, 2022. 

Ketamine Psychotherapy Associates, Ketamine Research Foundation, 2022-present. 

Acer Integration, 2023-24.

Polaris Insight Center, Certificate in Integration in Ketamine-and NOSC-Assisted Therapies, 2023.

Ketamine Research Foundation, Dharma-K: Ketamine and Contemplative Practice conference, 2023.

Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS) conference, 2023.

Psychedelic Support, Ketamine: Therapeutic Effects, Clinical Research & Neural Mechanisms, 2023.  

California Institute of Integral Studies, Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies and Research, Certificate Program, Accepted into 2024-25 Cohort.

Contact us: diane@ketaminejourneys.org 

Martha Serpas

Martha Serpas, MDIV, PHD, is an interfaith hospital chaplain, poet, and professor, who was educated in divinity at Yale Divinity School, in Clinical Pastoral Education at Tampa General Hospital, in psychedelic chaplaincy at Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics, and is currently on the creative writing faculty at the University of Houston—in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and in the Department of Behavior and Social Sciences, Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine. 

She provides spiritual support during all phases of treatment using the medium that best conveys a patient’s experience: prayer, poetry, mindfulness, and visual art, among others.

In addition to four poetry collections, including Double Effect and The Dirty Side of the Storm, she co-produced Veins in the Gulf, a documentary about the Barataria-Terrebonne Estuary and the coastal erosion that imperils people and other native and migratory species. 

The language of the journey—whether spoken, silent, or written—is poetry. 

Dr. Serpas lives in Oregon and Houston.


Contact us: marthaserpas@ketaminejourneys.org