After earning his MD in Texas, John moved to NYC to complete his residency training in psychiatry at Mount Sinai. He practiced in New York as a clinical psychopharmacologist for many years, treating a wide variety of mental health disorders. In 2016, he traveled to South America to have his first experience with ayahuasca which resulted in a spiritual awakening that would change the course of his practice. He began studying energy medicine with Dr. Alberto Villoldo at The Four Winds Society and devoting his time to studying the clinical application of sacred plant medicines. This path eventually lead him to specialize in working with the sacred toad medicine containing 5-Meo-DMT.