Sleep Initiative Members

Michael J. Breus, PhD

Clinical Psychologist & Clinical Sleep Specialist, United States

Michael J. Breus, Ph.D., is a double board certified Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Sleep Specialist. He is one of only 168 psychologists in the world to have taken and passed the Sleep Medicine Boards without going to Medical School. Dr. Breus is the author of three books with the newest book (2017) The Power of When, which is a groundbreaking bio-hacking book proving that there is a perfect time to do everything, based on your biological chronotype (early bird or night owl). Dr. Breus gives the reader the exact time to have sex, run a mile, eat a cheeseburger, buy, sell, ask your boss for a raise and much more based on over 200 research studies. He is an expert resource for most major publications, doing more than 300 interviews per year (Oprah, Dr. Oz, The Doctors, NY Times, Wall Street Journal, etc). Dr. Breus has been in private practice for 23 years and was recently named the Top Sleep Doctor of Los Angeles by Readers Digest.

Dr. Param Dedhia

MD, Canyon Ranch, United States

Are you healthy? Are you living the life you want? Helping people answer these questions is what inspires Param Dedhia, MD to hop out of bed and get his feet on the ground every morning. During his ten years at Johns Hopkins, Param’s early career was rooted in internal medicine, gerontology, obesity medicine and public health. For the past 12 years, he was at Canyon Ranch where he served as executive health expert, integrative medicine practitioner and director of sleep medicine. With all these experiences, Param and his colleagues in nutritional science, exercise physiology and behavioral psychology continue to roll up their sleeves. Together, their goal is for us to connect to our best health and live the lives we want.

Thom Downing

Athletic Trainer, United States

From the Silicon Valley elite to the area’s superlative sports franchises, Thom has successfully coached Bay Area high performers for over three decades. This experience has enabled him to effect improvement in health profiles, guide clients in the adoption of life-changing habits, and ultimately, enhance the vitality of those with whom he and his team of professionals have worked. Thom has a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Kinesiology and he is certified in Athletic Training, Strength & Conditioning, and Nutrition. A well known entrepreneur, advisory board member and public speaker, Thom was born and raised in Kodiak, AK and is also an Alaskan commercial fisherman.

Tammy Pahel

VP, Spa & Wellness, Carillon Miami Wellness Resort, United States

Tammy Pahel, VP of Spa & Wellness at Carillon Miami Wellness Resort and American Spa’s 2019 Spa Director of the Year began her career in 1989 as Executive Director at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort and led the property to a “Top Ten Spas” ranking by Conde Nast Gold List. She also led the spa operations for Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, The Spa at Caesar’s Palace and Deer Lake Lodge & Spa. Pahel is the Founder & Principal of Spa Management Solutions, Inc., which she launched in 1999. Committed to having a prominent voice in the spa industry, Pahel served on the International Spa Association Board for four years and participated for an additional eight years on various ISPA committees. She is currently the Director of Education for the Southeast Spa Wellness Association. Pahel has been innovating her entire career and has been continuously elevating the spa and wellness experience at Carillon since 2017. With her forward thinking approach and strategic partnerships with leading global technology brands, she has brought cutting edge technology and touchless services during a time when people are seeking different types of wellness services. Pahel strategically developed new revenue streams, increasing profitability and continues to enhance the guest experience more and more.

Dr. Rebecca Robbins

Instructor, Harvard Medical School, United States

Dr. Rebecca Robbins is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Scientist at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital. In her research, she designs and evaluates novel interventions to improve awareness about sleep and sleep disorders. Her research has appeared in the New York Times, the Financial Times, and Martha Stewart Living. She has made appearances on national television, including Fox Business News, ABC Nightline, and The Today Show. She is the co-author of a book entitled Sleep for Success!. She has held teaching positions at the Weill Cornell Medical College in Doha, Qatar and Harvard College.


Brad Tipper

CEO & Brand Founder, Prospect Farms, United States

Brad Tipper is the CEO & Brand Founder of Prospect Farms, a leading CPG wellness platform offering benefit-focused botanical products designed to help promote better Sleep, support Mood & Anxiety and aid in Muscle Pain Relief & Inflammation. Brad joins the Global Wellness Institute’s Sleep Initiative following the company’s landmark sleep study profiling their Prospect Farms Dream product, the first full spectrum CBD sleep product to generate significant improvements in sleep quality, well-being, anxiety and pain amongst participants. The study was a 4-week open-label, 2-arm clinical trial of 207 individuals and highlighted by 74% of participants experiencing a “Clinically meaningful improvement” in sleep disturbance. Prospect Farms partnered with Radicle Science on this study which consists of doctors, researchers, biostatisticians, and data scientists at institutions including UCLA, UC San Diego, Scripps Sleep Center, Johns Hopkins and University of Washington. Prior to Prospect Farms, Brad was a Founding Partner at Maximalist Ventures and has served in senior roles at MidOcean Partners and Och-Ziff Capital Management Group.

JD Velilla

Head of Sleep Experience, Serta Simmons Bedding, United States

JD Velilla is the Head of Sleep Experience for Serta Simmons Bedding (SSB), which includes the Serta, Beautyrest, Simmons, and Tuft & Needle portfolio of brands.In his role, JD advocates and educates about the importance of sleep as part of a self-care and wellness regimen. He helps connect the dots between sleep science, product development and the habit changes required to achieve transformative rest. JD’s intention is to ensure everyone is better equipped to make smarter sleep wellness choices by providing hands-on experience, great information, and expert feedback. From the mattress and linen you sleep on to your sleep habits and routines, he hopes to empower you to wake up every day feeling focused, rested, and fully human.