Thomas began his career in nursing not knowing what he wanted to do, but knowing that he wanted to help people live their best lives. He graduated from Weber State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and practiced in a variety of settings including Long-Term Care/Hospice, the Operating Room, the Intensive Care Unit, and the Emergency Room. Through these experiences, he mastered many life-saving skills, improved the health of many people, and saw some of the best and worst moments in many people’s lives. He found great satisfaction in both celebrating and weeping with patients and their families through these emotional experiences, but as he mastered expertise in each area of medical care, he knew something was missing. This, along with the loving support and encouragement of his wife, Krissy, drove him to attend Westminster College where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with his Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree.
Through graduate school, he reflected on his experiences and realized his true calling: to not only save the lives of his patients when they are sick, but to make their lives worth living by maximizing their quality of life. Quality of life comes not only from healing the body, but identifying factors that decrease happiness despite health. This is what drove Thomas to start Swahn Balanced Health together with Krissy, to fight the stigma over mental health and to bring ketamine therapy’s profound benefits to as many people as possible, to bring the joy back to life for those struggling to find it.
Outside of the clinic, Thomas’s wide variety of hobbies may seem random: parkour, video games, reading, puzzles, tinkering, mindfulness, woodworking, painting, etc.; but these things all stem from one common thread: his curiosity and love of learning and growing. His family is his pride and joy and he yearns to explore all life has to offer with his wife and children while working to spread joy to as many other people as possible along the way.