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Hypnosis Motivation Institute Since 1968

Administration and Faculty

HMI was founded in 1968 by Dr. John Kappas. Dr. Kappas literally defined the profession of hypnotherapy in 1973, when he wrote and defined the profession of a "Hypnotherapist" in the Federal Dictionary of Occupational Titles. That hypnotherapy definition remains in force and unchanged today.

John G. Kappas, PhD, LMFT, HMI Founder

John Kappas

Psychotherapist, Hypnotherapist, and author, Dr. Kappas founded the Hypnosis Motivation Institute in 1968. Dr. Kappas' innovative concepts are the product of his 35 years of experience helping others to dramatically shape and enhance the powerful forces of their subconscious mind.

Dr. Kappas' clients included an A-list of top celebrities, athletes, business giants, and even a moon walking astronaut. Despite his passing in 2002, Dr. Kappas continues to influence the HMI student body through his extensive body of work, including five books and hundreds of hours of video instruction.

George J. Kappas, MA, LMFT, HMI Director

George Kappas

Psychotherapist, Hypnotherapist, Mr. Kappas has for the past decade served as the leading force of the Hypnosis Motivation Institute. Under Mr. Kappas' direction, HMI has achieved the distinction of being the first college of hypnotherapy to achieve National Accreditation.

With more than 30 years of dedication to the growth and development of HMI, Mr. Kappas' greatest contribution is his ability to communicate and educate with humor and honesty the many fascinating and extraordinary concepts developed at the HMI institute.

Mr. Kappas serves on the HMI's Board of Directors.

Sandy Kappas, CHt, Director of Academic Services

Sandy Kappas

Ms. Kappas, has more than 30 years experience with HMI, as a Hypnotherapist, Instructor and Administrator.

Ms. Kappas oversees the record keeping and student progress of all HMI students and is responsible for HMI's compliance with State, Federal and Accreditation regulations.

Ms. Kappas also serves on HMI's Board of Directors.

Richard Ortiz, Director of Financial Aid

Richard Ortiz

Richard brings to HMI over 20 years experience in Financial Aid administration. He is well versed in Federal and State rules and regulations specifically with Federal Student Aid - policies and procedures.

He conducts interviews with each prospective student providing them with options in financing their education at HMI. He is also responsible for maintaining financial aid records and preserving the integrity of the financial aid office.

Mario Pescatore, CHt, Director of Admissions

Mario Pescatore

Mr. Pescatore is an HMI Graduate, Certified Hypnotherapist, Associate Instructor and HMI Director of Admissions.

Mario enjoys meeting with all new applicants to the school, answering their questions, conducting their Admissions Interview/Tour and helping them in all ways to begin their HMI experience.

Todd Sandman, CHt, Director of Admissions

Todd Sandman

Todd Sandman began his journey at HMI College of Hypnotherapy in 1998. After graduation in 1999, Todd flourished in private practice and was able to transition from his previous career as an actor/waiter into a helping profession that provided the fulfillment he was looking for.

Today, 20+ yeas later, Todd has transitioned to Director of Admissions for HMI’s Distance Education school where he now has the privilege of assisting individuals from around the world discover the wonders of hypnotherapy and the benefits of HMI College of Hypnotherapy as their education provider.


Business Office

  • Laura Podell

Distance Learning

  • Palmer Blevins
  • Jamie Goh
  • Sean Green
  • Shelley Halpern
  • Elaine Perliss

Financial Aid

  • Richard Ortiz

Hypnotherapy Clinic

  • James Jogminas

Student Services

  • James Everts
  • Sandy Kappas

Video Production Team

  • Dan Harris
  • Leigh Spusta