Dr. Megan Oxley

Dr. Megan Oxley

Medical Director

Dr. Megan Oxley is the founder and medical director of Michigan Progressive Health. A Board Certified Emergency Medicine physician, Dr. Oxley graduated from prestigious Wayne State University in 2009. She completed her residency training in Emergency Medicine in Detroit, serving the inner city. She spent a decade working in emergency departments in Michigan and Maryland.

While researching options to help a family member with treatment resistant depression, she discovered the immense benefit that ketamine can have in chronic mood and pain conditions. Dedicated to providing this service to as many as possible, she established Michigan Progressive Health, an integrative ketamine infusion clinic in Royal Oak Michigan. Dr. Oxley has been providing ketamine infusions for over four years. She is a founding board member of the American Society of Ketamine Physicians, Psychotherapists and Practitioners and is the current Vice President.

One of Dr. Oxley’s passions is to educate the public on the use of ketamine in treating mood disorders and other ailments. She has organized the ASKP3 conferences for the last three years and has been a speaker for the previous two ASKP3 conferences. She has lectured at several major universities in Michigan to both medical students and psychiatry residents to help expand education and awareness of this rapidly evolving therapeutic modality.

In addition, Dr. Oxley is currently participating in a year long integrative psychiatry fellowship with the Integrative Psychiatry Institute. Dr. Oxley has a special interest in using ketamine and future psychedelic medicines to help patients reduce their need on conventional psychiatric medications and improve their overall health.

Dr. Charlie Braun

Dr. Charlie Braun

Medical Doctor

Dr. Braun is a board-certified neurologist with over 10 years of experience. His interest in non-ordinary states of consciousness began as an athlete recognizing from a young age that a deep focus in sports could sometimes lead to enhanced awareness or flow states. He attended Michigan State University on a baseball scholarship and served as the team co-captain his senior year earning Academic All-America accolades. While at MSU he studied human biology and philosophy and did research in nerve regeneration before attending Wayne State University School of Medicine, where he first met Dr. Oxley. He moved to Denver for residency in neurology at University of Colorado to pursue his passion for studying consciousness and the mind. He did a fellowship at University of Michigan in Clinical Neurophysiology with a focus on epilepsy and while there did research with ketamine and functional connectivity of the brain with one of the foremost researchers in consciousness.

Since 2014 he has practiced general neurology in the Ann Arbor region with a focus on seizures and other non-ordinary states of consciousness. While in practice his compassion swelled as he began to recognize that many people coming to him for help with suspected neurological issues in fact had underlying trauma manifesting with psychological distress, often attributable to dysregulation of their autonomic nervous systems and maladaptive coping mechanisms. He became more interested in the mind-body relationship and the effects from stress and trauma. This led him to pursue further study with a 1 year fellowship with the integrative psychiatry institute (IPI) learning more about non-pharmacological approaches to treating mental health conditions. He also did an experiential training with ketamine assisted psychotherapy with the Psychedelic Research and Training Institute (PRATI) in 2020.

He has a keen interest in medicines that transform consciousness, the neuroscience of wellness and with other practices and therapies that can aid in enhanced self-awareness. He has studied yoga and meditation for over 10 years and likes to bring lessons he has learned through these practices to his patients’ lives. He tries to create a supportive and non-judgmental space for his patient encounters and really enjoys forming deep connections. He is excited about the opportunity to practice at Michigan Progressive Health and hopes to be a bridge in helping people transform their lives.

Laura Maiorana

Laura Maiorana

Physician Assistant

Laura is a certified Physician Assistant who specializes in Emergency Medicine. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Wayne State University and Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Detroit Mercy. She has worked in multiple Emergency Departments in the South Eastern Michigan area and is currently employed by Emergency Physician Medical Group at Henry Ford Wyandotte Hospital.

Laura enjoys the fast-paced atmosphere of the Emergency Department, where she performs procedures and other interventions to get her patients feeling better quickly. However, the best thing about working at Michigan Progressive Health is having the opportunity to build relationships with her patients and being able to see them start and continue to feel better.

Elisabeth Deller

Elisabeth Deller

Physician Assistant

Elisabeth is a certified Physician Assistant specializing in Emergency Medicine. She graduated from Western Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Physiology and minor in Biology. She worked as a certified personal trainer and yoga instructor in western Michigan until pursuing her master’s degree from Wayne State University. In 2006, Elisabeth graduated with her Master’s in Science of Medicine, Physician Assistant Studies, and has worked in Emergency Medicine since graduation. She currently provides care to patients at Henry Ford Hospital Wyandotte outside of being at MPH..

Elisabeth enjoys the variety of medicine that the ER environment brings, as well as providing care and comfort to her patients at their most vulnerable times. She brings this compassion to her patients at Michigan Progressive Health and is grateful to be working to heal patients through this unique, multidisciplinary approach, giving them the opportunity to begin the journey to improve their quality of life.

Nate Robertson

Nate Robertson

LLMSW Therapist

Nate is a clinical social worker who received his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan. His interests focus on understanding how mental health, physical health, and spiritual health lead to a sense of connection and well-being. He is passionate about considering how experiences of loss and resilience can integrate into who we are and who we want to be.

Prior to joining Michigan Progressive Health, Nate worked as a hospice social worker, a therapist for people living with chronic illness, and as a health volunteer with Peace Corps in Zambia. He participated in the Student Association of Psychedelics at Michigan’s School of Social Work and the Creative Dying project, exploring how palliative care can be community based and psychedelic friendly.

Nate was trained in Ketamine-assisted psychotherapy with the Polaris Insight Center in California. He believes that Ketamine is a valuable tool which can help people connect to their own innate capacity for healing. He enjoys helping clients uncover and unfold their existing strengths, goals, and values in order to help integrate therapy experiences into daily life. Nate emphasizes the importance of self-direction and dignity in creating a container of trust and safety to honor one’s past and illuminate a path toward wholeness.

Lauren Harrison

Lauren Harrison

LLMSW Therapist

Lauren earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Oakland University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan. Throughout her undergraduate studies she researched the concept of Posttraumatic Growth, the positive changes one may experience following a traumatic or stressful life event. During her graduate studies she was a Geriatric Scholar and HRSA Substance Use Disorder/Opioid Use Disorder Scholar. She completed field placements at Detroit Central City Integrated Health and at Mariners Inn, a residential treatment facility for men struggling with addiction.

While pursuing her masters degree, Lauren contributed to the Student Association of Psychedelic Studies (SAPS). She was dedicated to maintaining the student group’s status on campus and reinforcing social work values in the growing field of psychedelic medicine, such as equitable access, empowerment of clients, and proper education of risks and benefits. Treatment resistant is a term that is becoming all too popular. Lauren has chosen to pursue ketamine-assisted therapy to expand treatment options to those struggling with mental and physical illness. She views ketamine as a unique opportunity to help clients navigate internal distress, generate profound insight, and cultivate resilience. Encouraging client growth through the innate resources we all possess is her mission.

Taryn Schiff

Taryn Schiff

LMSW Therapist

Taryn obtained her Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan. She was drawn to the field of social work for its comprehensive and person-centered approaches to clinical work. During graduate school, she co-founded an organization dedicated to fostering interdisciplinary conversation among students about psychedelics as a means to heal individuals and improve mental health systems.

Taryn received clinical training providing individual and group therapy to adults in a dual-diagnosis outpatient facility. She has practiced in community mental health, educational, and clinical research settings.

Taryn trained in ketamine-assisted psychotherapy with the Psychedelic Research and Training Institute. She views the therapeutic relationship as the force that leads to lasting change and ketamine a powerful tool for psychological exploration. Taryn works together with patients to cultivate transformative experiences, increasing acceptance and connection to selves and others and setting the stage for long-term change. Her trauma-informed therapeutic approach draws heavily from humanistic perspectives.

Kelly Jennings

Kelly Jennings

Nurse

Kelly graduated from Oakland University with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2015. She immediately started working as a registered nurse at an inpatient psychiatric unit.

Kelly is very enthusiastic about her work and her patients. “I always knew that I wanted to work in the mental health field. There is such a need in the field and I meet so many interesting people.”

Emily Byk

Emily Byk

Nurse

Emily entered nursing as a second career when she completed her ADN at Oakland Community College in 2010, going straight into emergency nursing.

She loves the challenges and rewards of the ER, and every day at work is a good one. However, she, like many, sometimes regrets how little can be done in the ER setting to help patients with chronic pain and mental health issues. Joining MPH gives her the pleasure of seeing people experience real improvements to these conditions.

Jessica Gapske

Jessica Gapske

Nurse

Jessica has been in the medical field for 8 years, having graduated nursing school in 2012 with an Associate’s Degree from Wayne County Community College. In 2015, she received her Bachelors in Nursing from University of Michigan. She spent the first two years of her career working in a ‘step-down’ unit and she is now going on 3 years in an Emergency Department where she currently resides.

Nursing requires passion, and not everyone is cut out for it. “I absolutely love caring for people and try to treat everyone as I would my own family,” explains Jessica. “Helping to treat patients here (Michigan Progressive Health) has helped me to better understand chronic pain & mental disorders…I come to it now with a more open mind.”

Ryan Boyle

Ryan Boyle

Operations Director

Serving as the Director of Operations for MPH, Ryan Boyle is a proud Michigan State University graduate who was born and raised in northern Michigan. Ryan spent over a decade managing special events for The Andy Warhol Museum and Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, PA.

Ryan returned to Michigan in order to partner with Dr. Oxley and run the clinic’s day-to-day operations. He is uniquely committed to patient success with his welcoming personality, and he possesses that innate ability to put people at ease. Ryan makes all of the MPH patients feel welcome, and he takes great personal pride in his ability to help people every day of the week. Ryan’s number one priority is to make every MPH patient’s experience relaxing and curative, a success from start to finish.