Our Humans and Culture

About our Team

Office Team

To be known, accepted, valued and honored by our people and ourselves is the goal of human existence. A human has to be safe outside and within themselves to be able to take this journey.      ~ Joanna

Our Office... is a safe place for every human who seeks help with the struggle of living, being and feeling. Humans are infinitely varied and we endeavor to meet each person where they are, in that moment with compassion and grace.

Joanna M Starratt MSN CRNA ARNP

Joanna is a 20-year healthcare professional. She started her nursing career with an Associate’s degree in Nursing and went directly to the Intensive Care. Continuing her nursing education, she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the Oregon Health Sciences University in 2006.

DePaul University in conjunction with NSUHS school of Anesthesia in Chicago, graduated her with a Masters in Nursing and Anesthesia matriculation in 2010.

Joanna returned home to the Pacific Northwest to start her anesthesia career and has worked throughout the Western US. She transitioned to minimal opioid use in her anesthesia practice in 2017, utilizing ketamine and other adjunctive medications on a daily basis in the OR. During this practice evolution, she became aware of Ketamine infusion therapy for chronic pain management and depression.

As the outbreak of COVID unfolded and the need for mental health care increased, Joanna made the decision to open Mt Kulshan Ketamine Clinic and support first responders and healthcare providers struggling with emotional trauma, burnout and depression. She also returned to University for a 2nd Masters degree to become a Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

Joanna is a year round open water swimmer, backyard birder and very "natural" gardener. (natural = unkept and wild). She is a dog mom and aunty to nieces and nephews.

Humans are able to heal themselves when they are able to find safe harbor within themselves. Psychedelics along with a few modes of therapy, can allow humans to heal trauma and recover.

Joanna

Anya : Patient Care Co-ordinator

Anya is currently completing her undergraduate Liberal Arts degree, with a major in psychology. They plan to continue their education with a goal of becoming a therapist. They have extensive experience working within the community outreach sector and intimately understand the struggle of at need families. Anya recognizes how critical self healing is to creating and rebuilding solid foundations, that allow generational trauma cycles to end.

Their free time is spent enjoying family and friends and live music whenever possible. Anya finds purpose and meaning analyzing music and curating playlists and making art.

"You have been told also that life is darkness, and in your weariness you echo what was said by the weary. And I say that life is indeed darkness save when there is urge, and all urge is blind save when there is knowledge, and all knowledge is vain save when there is work, and all work is empty save when there is love; and when you work with love you bind yourself to yourself, and to one another..."

Kahlil Gibran

Collaborating Therapy Providers

Bonnie M. Shanser | MA, LMHC, LPC-S, SEP. 

As a Body Psychotherapist, Bonnie approaches her work with the Eastern-based philosophy that sees every human as inherently whole and brilliantly sane. Body psychotherapy seeks to support individuals in connecting more directly to their lived experience and their relationship to the needs and emotions that lie beneath. Learning how to focus and compassionately navigate one’s internal and external experiences can allow for movement toward reintegration of parts of one’s whole experience–there is often a naming and reclaiming of our past that needs to happen for greater alignment within ourselves in the present.

Bonnie has worked with teens, adults, and families for 13 years in wilderness and adventure-based programs and has several years of experience in applied mediation and Non-violent Communication with families.

As a Somatic Experiencing (SE) Practitioner she uses this body-based approach with art and equine therapies to support her clients on their journey. As a dynamic neuralistic approach to body-based trauma resolution and healing SE also gives people tools for working through and simplifying future trauma responses.

Bonnie is an experienced Ketamine Assisted Therapist, who recently relocated to Bellingham with her family. We are delighted to welcome her as a collaborating provider at Mt Kulshan Ketamine.

Joanna Starratt CRNA ARNP