Bovenga Na Muduma
Program Director, Chief du Bwiti
Bovenga (Robert Payne) is pleased to be a managing partner at Oka Center and has been the program director since 2009. His first encounter with Ibogaine 10 years ago resulted in the cessation of 17 years of hard alcoholism and he has been devoted to the plant ever since. Since 2009, he has conducted nearly 1000 safe Iboga detox ceremonies using a protocol formed with Dimitri Mugianis.
Robert was a presenter at the first Ibogaine conference in Sayulita, Mexico in 2009, then again in the 2012 Vancouver conference. In 2009 and 2010 he split his time between conducting NYC underground Ibogaine treatments with Dimitri Mugianis and attending Bwiti ceremonies in Gabon, where he learned traditional methods of administration and setting for Iboga ceremonies and earned the Bwiti name Bovenga Na Muduma. He also trained in music, smoking ceremony, spiritual baths, and songs and chants performed before and during ceremony. In 2011 Bovenga was prosecuted by the DEA for his underground/activist work with Ibogaine within the United States which prompted him to practice in Costa Rica from 2012-2016, when we moved Oka Center to Yucatan, Mexico.
David Stetson (“Okukwe Na Aniepa”)
Oka Center Director, Manager, and Musician
David’s passion has been Bwiti since his Iboga initiation in 2007. It’s his privilege to be sharing this medicine with people in need.
David is extensively well-traveled in Gabon, Africa where he is known as Okukwe. During his time in Gabon he learned Bwiti traditions, music, and ceremonial practices and is proficient on both the moungongo (musical bow) and ngombi (harp) instruments.
David views Bwiti and Ibogaine as a lifeway that champions communion with others while also empowering the individual. His approach to working and healing with others starts with the awareness of alienation and isolation as common and appropriate responses to our western culture, and is based in nonjudgement.
Holistic Therapist and Program Co-Director
Stephanie is our Holistic Therapist qualified in Eden Energy Medicine and Emotional Freedom Therapy. She has over ten years experience of working in the field of substance use as a drug worker and as a Qualified Social Worker. She also has significant mental health training and experience. When she is not at Oka Center she works part-time as a Social Work line manager in an NHS prescribing service; and maintains a private practice, Karuna Health and Healing.
Full of resources, knowledge and intuitive wisdom, her amazing sensibility is in service to our growth and healing process. She is a white witch of the new world !!!! She has the ability to mix different techniques to offer adapted treatments, always in total harmony with the needs of the ones who consult her.
She is very excited to be working in a way that draws upon and combines her different knowledge bases and approaches to offer clients undertaking Ibogaine drug detoxes the most holistic, individual and comprehensive support.
Recovery Buddy, Musician, Artist
Grace is a volunteer/trainee with an amazing personal history for such a young woman. Wise beyond her years, sensitive to Oka guests’ needs, and uniquely inspiring for the creative life at the center, she is way too modest to have written this bio.
Ally Karn Few
Substance Abuse Counselor
Ally hails from San Francisco, CA. She brings a lot of life experience with addiction into her work as a certified substance abuse counselor. After countless failed attempts to get clean, Ally was able to free herself of her own on/off 19 year heroin addiction with the help of Ibogaine and is forever grateful to this beautiful medicine and deeply committed to helping others who feel its calling. When not physically at Oka Center, Ally works in Harm Reduction education in the Tenderloin through The Shanti Project.
Brian Murphy, LCSW, M Ed
Senior Advisor, Therapist
For over ten years, Brian Murphy, the founder of Self-Led SolutionsSM has been working with drug users and heavy drinkers in a non-judgmental and effective way to help people get their lives in order without having to commit to a lifelong 12-step program. He is a licensed clinical social worker in the state of New York, having obtained his Master of Social Work degree from he Shirley Ehrenkratz School of Social Work at New York University. He also earned the degree of Master of Education, summa cum laude, from the City College of New York.
Brian is a member of the Internal Family Systems Therapy Association, and is involved in the training of other therapists in this model. He is also a member of the Harm Reduction Therapy and Training Associates, an organization that works toward the humane and effective treatment of drug and alcohol problems.
Brian has led trainings in harm reduction and therapy topics at such institutions as Fordham University, Cornell Medical Center, New York University, the Harm Reduction Training Institute in New York, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, and at various conferences nationwide.
Jennifer Kelly Price
Wellness and Recovery Coach
Jen is a certified massage therapist, yoga teacher, energy worker, and professional wellness and recovery coach currently living in San Francisco, CA where she is in the clinical phase of her Master’s training in Somatic Psychotherapy. She has experienced profound personal healing of early trauma and addictive patterns through plant medicines accompanied by somatic, spiritual and psychological practices, and finds great purpose in supporting others in their healing process. Jen works on-site seasonally at Oka, and does therapeutic counseling via Skype when back in SF. She intends to pursue a Psychedelic Therapy and Research Certification and MFT licensing upon completion of her Master’s. Her whole heart is present in her therapeutic work, and is felt in her capacity for complete acceptance, empathy, humor and love.