Meet Our Team

At the 40 Years of Zen Training Center near Seattle, Washington, you’ll spend 5 days gaining peak mental performance while working with the best neuroscience experience and top talent in the industry. In the weeks and months after your training, you’ll continue to receive support from our talented and compassionate team through the 40 Years of Zen Mastermind private online group and follow-up phone calls.

Dr. Drew Pierson

Dr. Drew Pierson

Dr. Drew Pierson has performed over 75,000 EEGs and has been practicing Neurotherapy (EEG Biofeedback) since 1996. He worked in a large neuropsychological practice that treated children and adults with a variety of neurophysiological disorders. He specialized in attention disorders, depression, anxiety, autism, seizure disorders and many other medication resistant conditions. In addition, Dr. Drew has also worked with biofeedback to treat severe PTSD in combat veterans.

He is also a Doctor of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, as well as a licensed and board certified acupuncturist and neurotherapist. His Doctoral rounds consisted of a specialization in Integrative Medicine (Mental Health, Orthopedics, Neurology, Women’s Health, and Pediatrics.)

His work at 40 Years of Zen is about creating a complete lifestyle for excellence, peak mental health, sleep, stress, exercise, dietary intake and environment. Areas with a particular focus and passion are on peak performance and neurological leadership training. In his work at 40 Years of Zen, Dr. Pierson is building on his two decades of neurotherapy experience. He has drawn from his many areas of expertise, including combining biological neurology and performance aspects, plus functional medicine and meditative studies. He recognizes that humans are not just a dissection of the brain and the body. Rather, people are a manifestation of a whole. Dr. Pierson has spent decades exploring and studying to understand these systems and how they organize themselves as parts of a whole. With that knowledge, he has worked with leaders throughout multiple industries to develop unique technology and protocols designed around peak performance and leading through times of growth, learning and change.

Dr. Pierson understands that peak performance and neurological leadership training is about more than the individual. It’s about creating authentic, conscious leaders. This type of leadership is paramount to affecting the people they lead, the communities they are in, societies they represent and creating a better future for all.

He grew up traveling the world with his family as his father served in the Air Force and the U.S. Embassy. He is a decorated veteran, having served 6 years in the U.S. Navy as an Electronic Engineer on a Fast Attack Nuclear Submarine. Most of his service was spent patrolling the waters under the Arctic Circle and taking part in Desert Storm.


Dr. Katelyn Isvari Story Thomas

Dr. Isvari Story

Dr. Isvari Story received her doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine and master’s in Acupuncture from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington.  Dr. Story’s clinical education is in primary care, women’s health, environmental medicine, mental health and oncology research.  She has additional training in clinical biofeedback and counseling, with certifications in Kinesio Taping, homeopathy and craniosacral therapy.

Dr. Story spent several years traveling the world, studying indigenous forms of healing and various spiritual traditions after college.  She leverages her worldwide experience and medical training to guide 40 Years of Zen clients through neurofeedback training, which is intense for both mind and body.  She passionately believes in the integration of evidence-based medicine with the wisdom of ancient Chinese medicine.   

Dr. Story holds a bachelor of science in Sports Medicine from Pepperdine University in California.  She is a member of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Washington State Association of Naturopathic Physicians, and is a certified Diplomate of Acupuncture.



Aimee Serene

Aimee Serene has worked in partnership with CEO’s over the past 10 years in senior support positions; leading executive communications, project management, and business operations. With a keen ability to intuitively stay one step ahead, Aimee has successfully managed the operations for 2 start up ventures in the technology (software    and web design) space.  As a lifetime student of the healing arts, meditation, and wellness, Aimee’s practice of intentional movement spans 10 years of competitive gymnastics, 20 years of dance, and 17 years of a dedicated yoga practice. Aimee strongly believes in the importance of harnessing a strong understanding of the mind / body connection.

With 17 years of yoga and meditation practice, Aimee used her intuitive understanding of people to navigate the dynamic world of how we do business. Serving as a confidante, trusted adviser, and partner, she incorporated her two strongest abilities to satisfy her passion for understanding and learning.  Aimee has been working with executive coaches for the past 3 years, included an 8 month Mastering Leadership training program. Combining her years of work in the spa industry, managing 5 star facilities, partnering with CEO’s to help manage their workflows efficiently, and  the years she spent as a teacher of gymnastics, dance, and Pilates,  working with all ages from 6-65; understanding the nature of how people learn has been Aimee’s passion. It is a sacred and vulnerable place here at 40 Years of Zen, we ask people to learn about themselves, and witnessing their growth is an honor.

My favorite part of the experience was being surrounded by a knowledgeable and helpful team who walked me through each process every step of the way. ~ Lee, 40 Years of Zen Graduate