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Who is Illumma?

Illumma, a leading ketamine practice in Austin, Texas, provides relief and hope to those who feel lost or struggle with mental health, stress, and pain issues. Our founders Dr. Ken Adolph and Alli Waddell were driven by their struggles with mental health issues to create a new kind of clinic that focused on lasting transformational healing. Client empowerment is the cornerstone of Illumma, and they genuinely believe that we can heal ourselves if given the right tools in a safe space. Our team’s mission is to help each person overcome their conditions, freeing them to find their light and share it with the world.

Our Mission

Our mission at Illumma is to empower conscious individuals battling chronic mental health and stress disorders to rediscover their light. Through innovative protocols and a holistic approach to ketamine therapy, we aim to revolutionize the mental health landscape.

By fostering a safe, empathetic environment and providing essential tools and support, we enable our clients to embark on their healing journey with confidence.

We measure our success by witnessing our clients thrive, maintaining our position as Austin’s premier Ketamine Clinic, and extending our reach to touch as many lives as possible.

Our Promises To You

Infuse mental health care with compassion and empathy, guiding you through your journey with understanding and support.

Embrace your individuality and meet you at your own pace, recognizing and respecting the unique path of your healing.

Acknowledge the complexity of your healing process, offering comprehensive care to address all aspects of your well-being.

Cultivate a safe and inclusive environment grounded in our shared humanity, where you can feel supported and empowered on your path to wellness.


Our Team

About Us

Dr. Ken Adolph, MD

Founder / Medical Director

Dr. Ken Adolph is a Board Certified Cardiac Anesthesiologist and medical director of Illumma, and a member of the American Society of Ketamine Physicians.

Dr. Adolph was born and raised in New Orleans and received a Bachelor of Science and MD from Louisiana State University. Ken completed his residency and cardiac fellowship in Anesthesia at the renowned Emory University in Atlanta. In 1998, Dr. Adolph moved to Austin, Texas, to open Austin’s now nationally recognized Heart Hospital. He has spent over two decades caring for patients and building a practice with CV Anesthesiology, PA. Health and wellness have always been paramount to Ken in his personal and professional life, with a strong interest in mental health and the effects of trauma on the human experience.

Through his struggles with anxiety, he understands the significant impact mindset can have on one’s interpretation of the world. Using his unique training and empathetic and compassionate perspective, Dr. Adolph is committed to improving patients’ lives. During his free time, he’s on his mountain bike, catching fish on the Texas coast or touring the country with his two boys and his partner, Alli, in their Airstream.

Alli Waddell

Alli Waddell

Cofounder / CEO

Alli is a passionate advocate for radical honesty, self-awareness, and self-love, firmly believing that our personal healing journeys hold the transformative power to heal the world.

With an illustrious background spanning nearly two decades in the wellness industry, Alli has been at the forefront of guiding individuals toward crafting and sustaining lives that brim with health and happiness.

As a seasoned coach, captivating speaker, and co-founder of Illumma, Austin’s foremost ketamine infusion clinic, Alli Waddell emerges as a guiding light for individuals pursuing genuine healing and holistic well-being. Her mission goes beyond individual transformation and extends into psychedelic business empowerment.

Recognizing the burgeoning landscape of psychedelic businesses as a potent avenue for healing, Alli is deeply committed to fostering an industry rooted in ethics, intention, and mindfulness. She envisions a future where psychedelic business owners are pioneers in the realm of healing and champions of ethical business practices. With an acute understanding of the transformative potential of psychedelics, Alli seeks to guide entrepreneurs in this field to make conscious, sustainable, and thoughtful decisions that reverberate positively across society.

In this era of burgeoning psychedelic exploration, Alli envisions more than just profit margins; she envisions the cultivation of care models that are economically viable, ethically sound, and sustainable. Her profound insights into the dynamics of healing and her intimate connection to the wellness industry uniquely position her to guide psychedelic business owners toward a path of responsible entrepreneurship. With a compassionate heart and astute business acumen, Alli Waddell stands as a beacon of inspiration, illuminating a way forward in the exciting and transformative landscape of psychedelic healing.

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Michelle DeLeon, FNP-C

Clinical Director

Michelle DeLeon, APRN, FNP-C, is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner who has been working in healthcare for over 20 years. Her career started as a paramedic and emergency room nurse.

Michelle pursued her nurse practitioner degree because she saw the toll that a lifetime of poor self-care takes on the body, and she wanted to explore ways to prevent chronic disease and improve quality of life. She worked in family practice for three years under the traditional healthcare model and saw how rare it was for a patient to have the tools and support to improve their quality of life. She decided to study functional medicine, which has a focus on ‘root cause analysis’ of chronic conditions, where it became very apparent that mental wellness was a common theme among her most healthy patients. This began her journey into studying mental wellness and the role that psychedelic-assisted therapy plays in improving our quality of life. She feels honored to be a part of the Illumma team and to be involved in helping our clients find meaning and purpose in their lives through healing.

Mai Nguyen, FNP

Karlee Jeffrey

Operations Coordinator

Meet Karlee! Our Park Ranger turned Operations Coordinator. After sustaining an injury in the field, Karlee decided to step away from working in the great outdoors. 

A difficult, but incredibly rewarding decision. She landed at Illumma and was met with a community that fostered healing and self growth, and she quickly found that she had a passion for helping others on their own healing journeys.

Beyond the clinic walls, her heart lies with the natural world. Whether capturing moments through the lens of a camera or exploring the wilderness and observing wildlife, she finds connection and inspiration in the beauty of the natural world. In her spare time, practicing Tai Chi serves as a meditative outlet, providing balance and serenity amidst life’s hustle and bustle. The best part of her job is teaching others about the transformative power of ketamine therapy, and then getting to see client’s transformations firsthand.

About Us

Sam Pribble

Clinical Care Coordinator

Meet Sam Pribble, our vibrant Clinical Care Coordinator at Illumma! With a degree from the University of Auckland, they bring expertise and a warm touch to their role.

Sam’s heart is as big as their love for nature, where they find solace and inspiration. Outside of work, you’ll often catch them working on intricate embroidery projects. The best part of their job? Connecting with new people every day and witnessing their lives transform as a result of our care.

Brittany May, FNP-BC

Brittany May, FNP-BS

Nurse Practitioner

Brittany May, APRN, FNP-BC, is a board-certified family nurse practitioner. Brittany was born and raised in Kansas, receiving her Bachelor of Science, emphasis in nutrition, with a Summa Cum Laude distinction from Kansas State University.

She then graduated at the top of her class with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Luke’s College of Nursing in Kansas City. She obtained her Master of Science in Nursing from Chamberlain University in Illinois with Cum Laude distinction. Brittany has over ten years of nursing experience, specializing in neurology and cardiology. As an advocate for self-care and a member of the Illumma team, Brittany is committed to helping others discover optimal mental health and quality of life.

Abby Giovacchini, FNP-C

Abby Giovacchini, FNP-C

Nurse Practitioner

Abby was working in primary care and hormone medicine as an NP when she began to see the toll that mental illness takes on so many.

Through her journey with mental health, she has found a place at Illumma to help others reconnect with their true selves and the light within. Meditation and affirmations are a daily priority and practice for her mental health. Abby grew up in Maryland and now lives in Wimberley with her husband and dogs and enjoys movement through running and yoga, has way too many house plants, and spends a lot of time in the kitchen and outdoors. Abby is one of a minimal number of providers in the country who is certified as a ketamine provider through the Integrative Psychiatry Institute and ASKP. She is thrilled to be a part of the Illumma team.

Ben Dunford, ketamine infusionist, paramedic

Ben Dunford, EMT-P

Lead Infusionist

With over six years of experience as a firefighter and paramedic, along with an associate’s degree in emergency services,

Ben brings a unique blend of expertise and compassion to the field of ketamine therapy. Passionate about mental health, Ben is dedicated to providing personalized care and support to those seeking healing and growth. His approach is characterized by empathy, kindness and a genuine commitment to making a positive impact.

Mai Nguyen, FNP

Hannah Scott, RN


Hannah Scott, a soulful healer with four years of nursing experience, embarked on her transformative journey at Villanova after delving into the depths of psychology at Penn State.

Beyond the realms of conventional medicine, she intertwines her ethereal energies as a certified yoga instructor and sound healer, driven by a profound connection to music and holistic vibrations. In the mystical tapestry of her life, she shares moments of serenity with her kindred spirit, Maverick, a wise Australian Shepherd companion.

KAT Therapist

Laura Evans, MA LMFT-S

Lead Ketamine Therapist

Laura Evans is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist-Supervisor and the Lead Therapist at Illumma who has extensive training in ketamine, including both individual and group ketamine certificates from the Psychedelic Research and Training Institute (PRATI).

Laura supports individuals, groups, and couples, as well as adolescents and their families across a wide range of presenting concerns (such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, relational and existential issues, and more), identities, and backgrounds, including neurodivergent and LGBTQ folks. Laura is passionate about working alongside those who have experienced developmental trauma as well as other therapists who are struggling. She hosts ketamine-assisted therapy retreats in addition to her sessions at the clinic.

Laura partners collaboratively with her clients, believing that they are the experts of their lives and that ketamine is like a key that unlocks the door to regain access to the innate healing capacity that exists inside all of us. Laura utilizes Internal Family Systems, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Polyvagal Theory, Attachment Theory, and more, and she is currently completing certification in Somatic Experiencing and Embodied Imagination. Laura’s strengths as a therapist are her curiosity, compassion, warmth and humor. She believes that trust and safety are the most important ingredients in the therapeutic relationship.

Laura emphasizes the importance of integration with clients and helps them craft these integration rituals and practices to maximize the benefits of ketamine-assisted therapy and the duration of these benefits. Laura believes that we are all on a journey of remembering our wholeness, and uses PRATI’s purpose of “restoring connection to the sacred: self, community, nature and spirit” to guide her work.

In her role as Lead Therapist, Laura manages the therapy team, develops programs and projects for the clinic, and offers training, supervision, and consultation to other professionals. 

Laura is trained in MDMA-Assisted Therapy and psilocybin facilitation, and she looks forward to offering these services when they are available in the future.

Jordon Stanford, LMT-A KAT Therapist

Jordon Stanford, LMFT-A

Ketamine Therapy Team

Jordon Stanford LMFT-A holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Photography from Texas State University and a Master’s in Counseling from St. Edward’s University with focus on Marriage and Family Therapy.

He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate. He is also in training with the Multi-disciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies to do MDMA Assisted Psychotherapy for PTSD.

Jordon is personally experienced with various psychedelic medicines, including ketamine, as well as spontaneous transcendent experiences. He has also worked with a diverse group of shamans and medicine practitioners. He practices Bikram Yoga, meditation, running, and extended plunges in freezing water.

KAT Therapist

Meghan Kane, LMFT-A

Ketamine Therapy Team

Meghan is a dedicated Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Associate. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Texas State University and a Master’s degree from St. Edward’s University. 

She has pursued specialized certifications in Psychedelic-Assisted Therapy through Naropa University and MDMA Assisted Psychotherapy through the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (MAPS).

Meghan is profoundly humbled to walk alongside you on your path of transformation, serving as a compassionate witness to your experiences. With a rich background in psychedelic medicines and non-ordinary states of consciousness, she fosters a safe and nurturing space for deep exploration. Her therapeutic approach combines compassionate understanding, genuine warmth, and unwavering curiosity, all while deeply honoring the uniqueness of your individual journey, identity, and cultural background.

As a therapist, Meghan integrates a diverse array of therapeutic modalities, including Internal Family Systems (parts work), mindfulness practices, attachment sciences, and depth psychology. Through this integrative approach, she offers steadfast support as you embark on the profound journey toward self-discovery and healing.
Outside of her therapeutic practice, Meghan finds solace in the companionship of her family, spending time in nature, reading and cultivating mindfulness to maintain a grounded and centered presence.

Marci Jacobs, LPC - ketamine therapist at Illumma. Ketamine psychotherapy

Marci Jacobs, M.S. LPC

Ketamine Therapy Team

Marci is a passionate advocate for the transformative potential of psychedelic psychotherapy.

As a Licensed Professional Counselor, she brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to her practice. Marci holds a BS in Psychology from Texas State University, an MS in Counseling from Southern Methodist University, and is certified in Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy through PRATI.

For Marci, the integration of psychedelics with psychotherapy is both a science and an art form. She deeply values the neuroscience underpinning this medicinal approach while also holding a deep reverence for the symbols, emotions, and profound depth that characterize psychedelic experiences.

Choosing to work with Marci means embarking on a journey to explore the entirety of the self – mind, body, and spirit. In her sessions, Marci cultivates a down-to-earth and compassionate atmosphere, fostering a safe space for healing and self-discovery.

Beyond her professional endeavors, Marci finds joy in basking in the sunshine, hot yoga, and spending time with her kittens, Bird & Blue.

Hannah Sharper - Ketamine assisted therapist

Hannah Shaper, LMSW

Ketamine Therapy Team

Hannah is a Licensed Master Social Worker with a Bachelor’s degree in Film from Colorado College and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin.

She has undergone training in Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy with Illumma and Heart-Centered Therapy.

Hannah believes in the power of humor and creativity, and uses both to help clients explore their past, present, and future experiences. She is passionate about psychedelic medicine, and sees ketamine as a tool in activating the mind’s innate capacity to heal. Operating from the standpoint that lasting change stems from radical self-compassion, Hannah helps clients move beyond shame by creating space for the full spectrum of thoughts, emotions, and sensations.

With an approach rooted in attachment, mindfulness, and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Hannah guides teens, adults, and couples in discovering their own version of wellbeing. When not therapist-ing, Hannah enjoys being outside, petting animals, and getting as cozy as humanly possible.

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Rebecca Kline, LMFT-A

Ketamine Therapy Team

Rebecca is a licensed Marriage and Family Associate with a unique journey that combines her experiences. in military service and a passion for counseling.

She earned her Bachelor of Science while proudly serving in the United States Navy and furthered her education by obtaining a Master of Arts in Counseling from St. Edward’s University. She has undergone specialized ketamine-assisted psychotherapy training through Fluence Academy, embracing a holistic approach to healing. Her practice is rooted in the belief that we are already whole, and psychedelic medicines can guide us in our journey to heal and remember our true selves. By integrating holistic practices and her personal experiences with altered states of consciousness, she can guide you on a profound journey of self-discovery and healing.

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