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Meet the Team

Quinn Zepeda

Quinn's Bio

The first thing you should know about Quinn is that he’s a skeptic.

However, just because he doesn’t immediately buy in doesn’t mean that he can’t be convinced. When he first heard some of the claims related to floating he was intrigued. He wanted badly to believe that he could hallucinate without drugs, while resting his body at the same time.

Quinn led a group of four to Venice Beach to meet Crash and try his tanks at Float Lab. Two and a half hours later and he was sold.

Christopher Messer

Christopher Messer

Christopher's Bio

Christopher is a mysterious man…
Graham Talley

Graham Talley

Graham's Bio

Graham Talley is one of the original Float On founders.

Due to ongoing insomnia growing up, his first experience with (limited) sensory deprivation was laying in bed waiting for hours to fall asleep. Being able to do this without gravity continues to delight him at least 4 times a day.

Graham has a degree in experimental psychology, graduate training in theater, and an unofficial 4th place standing in the Musketeer category from the World Beard and Mustache Competition in Norway.

Ashkahn Jahromi

Ashkahn's Bio

Ashkahn was born on Oct 27, 1988. Since then, things have been relatively uneventful.

He helped found Float On after making his way up to Portland from the State of California, earning a degree in Theater along the way. He is an expert in the creation and expulsion of fake blood, the different methods of cooking an Ostrich egg, and hugging.

On the 17th of November, 2063, Ashkahn will be elected the as first Super President of the newly formed Neptunian Empire. What will start as a benevolent oligarchy will slowly turn into a tyrannical dictatorship, securing Ashkahn’s place in Neptunian schoolbooks as the bringer of the “The Dark Times.”

Jake Marty

Jake Marty

Jake's Bio

Jake Marty joined the Float On team in 2010.

Beginning as a volunteer drenched in liquid Epsom salt, Jake’s role within the organization has been evolving from the moment he walked through the door.  He quickly became a business partner and an owner of Float On.

He’s spent the last several years fighting the good fight against salt damage and rogue sound waves.  Jake believes the float tank is, at its very core, an efficient and effective tool. He feels it can be used to familiarize oneself with all and nothing at the same time. While in the tank, the elimination of the outside world creates an environment where his creativity and ingenuity can run wild.

Jeanine Bocci

Jeanine's Bio

Jeanine spent part of her childhood sleeping in a closet, perhaps it was her first float tank.

This closet-bed period was related to her love of bats, which paved the way for acrobats. From there she took the next logical step, running away and joining the circus.

After studying circus arts in England, Australia, and China, Jeanine made her way back home to Oregon. Besides float tank contortion, she works with kids from newborns to teenagers.

Marshall Hammond

Marshall's Bio

Marshall first walked into Float On in the winter of 2011.

Nine years earlier, he had transplanted to Portland from the town of Prescott, Arizona to attend college and study philosophy and art. He graduated feeling disenchanted with academia and unsure of what he wanted to do with his life other than continue living in Portland, a city rich in other forms enchantment.

He worked a motley assortment of jobs and devoted his free time mostly to playing music and continuing his education as an autodidact. His interest in the mysteries of consciousness led him to try floating, and he soon discovered that he wanted to make it a career and lifelong study. He started interning in 2012, and became a full-fledged team member one year later.

Now Marshall is currently one of the Managers at Float On.

Pat Barrett

Pat Barrett

Pat's Bio

Pat Barrett started floating right when Float On opened in 2010 and it wasn’t long before it took over his life.

After almost six years of working in the union, Pat decided to call it quits and open his own float center. We know how hard this task is and it is almost impossible to do by yourself. Eventually the beast that is Float On swallowed him up. Now in our belly, there is no telling when he will leave. Pat also works out of his family’s restaurant DeNicola’s and is one of the managers at Float On. 

Michael Sieler

Michael's Bio

 Michael became hooked on floating in May 2014. In order to sustain his addiction, he began hustling floats to friends, co-workers, strangers, or anything with a heartbeat.

 

A few months later, he got involved with our intern program to learn more about floating. His interest in float tanks continued to grow and in February of 2015, we brought him on as a team member. When not floating, he enjoys riding his bike slowly and aimlessly, striking up conversations in German, or satiating his endless curiosity.

Mathias Ailstock

Mathias' Bio

I was born and raised in the greater Portland area.
 
After hearing about floating through Joe Rogan’s and Duncan Trussell’s podcasts, I finally decided to try it for myself, and booked a 2.5 late night float at Float On about two and half years ago. I was hooked immediately, and after I got out and knew I wanted to keep doing this.
 
One of my goals is to eventually have my own personal float tank at home.
 
Always up for adventure, whether it be travel, hiking, camping, or random road trips. I strive to always be learning and constantly challenging myself with new things. Besides hiking, traveling,camping, and floating, other ways I like to spend my time is home-brewing beer and mead, cooking, gardening, playing music, and being physically active. My current hobbies include learning to play the banjo, mushroom and wild food foraging, practicing primitive wilderness survival skills, and trying new kettle bell workouts.

Molly Ayres

Molly's Bio

Molly’s passion for floating started on the day of her job interview here at Float On.
 
Since that day, she has been as passionate about floating and working at the happiest place on Hawthorne, as she is about going on scenic hikes and spending quality time with her cats! If you have a corny joke or a unique piece of information to share, Molly is your gal.
 
She loves to be positive and joke around as much as possible, and wear a beaming smile for at least the majority of her day, if not all of it. She is all about kindness and animals and being creative, and strives to be nothing but a good example to those around her! If you can’t find Molly, she’s probably out on a long, beautiful hike in the wilderness, or taking a cozy nap with one of her many beloved kitties.

Tim Laitinen

Tim's' Bio

Tim is an odd one to be sure, but that’s just what we are looking for here at Float On!
 
Born in Portland and a frequent traveler of Oregon, Tim has never spent too much time in one place. Every few years his family would move to a new part of the city or greater state, meaning that he could never get too attached to a place or the people in it. As a result, Tim tends to spend much of his time in his own fantasy world, attempting to map the mental landscape and discover as much as he can about the universe from within his own head.
 
His unique view of the world and the wisdom that comes from years of analyzing everything around him has made Tim a great artist, a creative writer, uniquely insightful, and a very silly individual. Almost always looking on the bright side of situations, Tim is one of the friendliest and nicest people you could meet, though chances are he would get along far better with your cat.

Ryan Cavallo

Ryan's Bio

In the 4th grade, Ryan was cast as Simba in the school play, The Lion King, from then on he knew he was destined for great things. Ryan spent many of his teenage years making knives and backpacking in the California desert, the stillness of the desert he believes was his first brief encounters with sensory deprivation.
 
After a year in Hawaii, he eventually settled in Portland, Oregon. Having a deep interest in Eastern Philosophy and the inner workings of the mind, he scheduled his first float at Float On in December of 2014 and loved floating ever since. The shop inspired him, so he began learning about float operations as an intern at every opportunity he could find. Ryan was eventually brought on to the team, and has been guiding smiling faces on their salty journeys ever since.

Dana Pickard

Dana's Bio

Dana spent her first thirteen years living on a 200-acre summer camp in Stanwood, WA and never really grew out of the fun, explorative nature of being reared in such a place.
 
An adventurer at heart, Dana is happiest when she is free to seek what peaks her curiosity which can take the form of invigorating books, romps in the woods, fringe conversations, and live music.
 
Floating is the perfect addition to Dana’s repertoire of interests as it allows a person to explore their boundless inner world, an imagination-tingling quest for this girl. Dana received a job at Float On for her 2016 birthday (unbeknownst to her managers) and is completely thrilled to work in the float world with a crew cooler than Will Smith, introducing people to this truly amazing experience of nothingness.

Kevin Hughes

Kevin's Bio

I, like many others, heard about floating through Joe Rogan’s podcast, and immediately became intrigued by the idea of sensory deprivation.

I had my first float here at the shop, back in 2014 while visiting Portland for a jiu jitsu tournament. I really didn’t know what to expect from spending 90 minutes in a float tank, and I was a little fearful of being alone with my thoughts, in a small space. In the beginning, my floats were few and far between, but I realized what a beneficial tool the experiences were for my personal development.

I grew up in Southern Oregon, and moved to Portland in February of 2015 to pursue my martial arts training. I continued to use floating for the unmatched moments of mental clarity, ability to visualize training and recover on rest day. The universe sifted through my passions and ultimately led me to employment at Float On.

Outside of floating, I spend the majority of my days training martial arts, and am genuinely curious in the study of human physiology, biohacking, fitness and diet. I also enjoy spending time outdoors in the expansive PNW, hiking, traveling, listening to podcasts and stepping out of my comfort zone whenever the opportunity arises.

Cory Gummeringer

Cory's Bio

From the flatlands of Fargo, North Dakota, Cory traversed the mountains to bring his creative ambition to his new Pacific Northwest home. During his last year in college he decided to take a long road trip to visit many cities and states he’d never been to.  One of the final stops, being Portland.  Having an old friend living in the area ask if he’d like to try ‘floating’, and having a keen sense for adventure, they booked the 2 A.M. time slot and floated into the abyss.

A year later, Cory finished his bachelors degree, and moved out to the west coast to pursue an internship at a recording studio.  Aside from Float On, he also currently works freelance sound design and audio production, and enjoys playing instruments and making music with friends.  He takes any moment he can to fly down Mount Hood, with a plank of wood strapped to his feet.

Clypto Robertson

Clypto's Bio

In spite of her love of all things ocean related and clear mermaid heritage, Clypto is not a particularly strong swimmer. Fortunately she discovered at a young age that floating on the surface of the water is, like, way easier. Clypto wants to be like water so that she can feel the edges of everything. Much of her adult life has been spent taking odd jobs in Malaysia, South Korea, and Taiwan and she has a degree in “General Fine Art”. In fact, she first came into contact with Float On through their Artist Program, which she is now the curator of.

Her hobbies include painting with egg yolk, wandering, and sitting quietly in dark spaces.