The Emergo Wellbeing Story
“Can we fix a brain?”
In 2008, Dave, a devoted educator of 30+ years, was growing increasingly frustrated by outdated education systems that allowed students to fail and fall through the cracks of conservative academic expectations.
The constant pressure to perform had put vulnerable teenagers from the esteemed private school where he worked at risk of self-destructive behavior, depression, and even substance abuse… with nowhere to turn for help.
This caused Dave great strife.
It was during this period that Dave met Susan, a master graduate of Rapport Leadership and youth advocate who was deeply curious about functional medicine and the undeniable connection between brain health and the human body.
Dave and Susan would offer as much support and mentorship as they could to these students, but they suspected that more could be done, and needed to be done to give them a fair chance at success.
They were aware that human behavior is driven by brain function, and that learning challenges, and self destructive choices among many others, are directly related to the imbalances in a person’s brain. It made them wonder… can balance be restored? More importantly — can we fix a brain?
Upon years of study, they discovered the advancements of neuroplasticity — the brain’s ability to actively change and reorganize itself. It was then that Dave and Susan realized that they could help people rewire and optimize their brain function to overcome their behavioral challenges… and create a better chance at thriving.
In 2011, they founded Emergo Recovery— an intimate residential recovery center that helped people flourish through a brain first approach to wellbeing. They also developed a proprietary methodology called Actualized Wellbeing™, which focuses on optimizing brain function through five key modalities: Physical, Psychological, Relationships, Purpose, and Wealth.
For 10 years, Emergo Recovery thrived as a leading private residential treatment center, helping thousands of hopeless clients, and their family, in their recovery from a range of conditions — including anxiety, depression, substance abuse, addictions, eating disorders, concussions, PTSD, and much more.
In April 2020, when the pandemic forced them to close the residential center, Dave and Susan quickly emerged as leaders following their purpose of service to others through transformational, evidenced-based wellbeing programs.
They realized that all over the world, there were more and more people struggling to cope with the repercussions of lockdowns, restrictions, and greater uncertainty… spiraling them into great distress and self-destructive behavior.
Through Emergo Wellbeing, Dave and Susan are dedicated to inspire people and give them the tools and support they need to restore their health, reignite their drive, and reclaim their life — with The Brain-First Approach To Thriving™.
Dave Kenney, Ph.D. (Candidate)
Susan Kenney, CHWC, CiPP
The 5 Dimensions of Actualized Wellbeing™
Our method ensures that your brain gets the hydration, oxygen, nutrition, and sleep it requires to optimally perform essential tasks such as releasing toxins, digesting nutrients, and processing and transmitting information.
The human body also responds best to a lifestyle that assisted in our evolution and is embedded in our DNA. For thousands of generations, human beings thrived by eating whole foods, sleeping to a circadian rhythm, keeping active movement, and connecting to nature.
This integration is a vital part of our approach as it nourishes the brain and makes you susceptible to whole-being change.