22ZERO and our Why
PTSD is an injury that can heal
In September 2018, I connected with a research nonprofit in Albuquerque, NM and had my paradigm changed forever. I learned of new and effective treatments for trauma, which are hidden breakthroughs. A new treatment scientifically studied for the clinical world with science to support their claims of 92 percent success at ending PTSD symptoms. We have funded more than 20 licensed counselors in their process.
We decided to create our own process we call sight-sensory separation, and the Tactical Resiliency Process (TRP) was born. We have several PHDs and Licensed Mental Health Counselors eager to help us as with our clinical research, which is exciting.
Our goal in the resiliency training is to use no content about traumatic incidents or extreme negative emotions and avoid counseling clients. We do have counselors that we will refer clients to. We are here to give the individual the resiliency skills to bounce back from trauma or extreme negative emotions, teaching their brain a new skill. Effectively ending the symptoms associated with PTSD. A 100 client study proved effective at ending PTSD symptoms in all 100 using the Tactical Resiliency Process (TRP). To date we have trained 75 peer coaches, counselors, deputy sheriff’s, police officers, fire fighters, members of the Florida National Guard and Florida Air National Guard.
“We are our brothers’ and our sisters’ healers”
Founder & President
- Masters of Public Administration, from Central Michigan University
- U.S. Army retired, Sergeant First Class (E-7)
- Deputy Sheriff retired
- Former U.S. Army Drill Sergeant
- The Developer of the 22Zero Resilient Heroes Coaching Program
- The Co-Developer of the Tactical Resiliency Process (TRP)
- The Developer of the Emotions Management Process (EMP)
Read Dan's Story
Retired Army SFC Dan Jarvis was deployed to a combat zone in Afghanistan in 2011. Shortly after his arrival, he stepped on a pressure plate and detonated an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) five feet from his position on the patrol. The IED inflicted a traumatic brain injury. He insisted on continuing to lead his troops on the battlefield instead of taking a break, however, the Battalion surgeon ordered him out for a week before rejoining his Soldiers. After weeks of no sleep, as a result of the IED blast, he led his squad on a mission to escort an explosive team to defuse a bomb found by another Platoon. His role in the lead vehicle as the truck commander (TC) was to detect IEDs on the route, to ensure safe passage for the other vehicles in the convoy. An undetected IED exploded under the fourth vehicle in the convoy, taking the life of SPC Doug Cordo. Dan felt responsible for the losing Doug.
Near the end of his deployment, Dan received a Red Cross message informing him that his mother was deathly ill. He immediately left Afghanistan and headed to the United States in hopes of seeing his mom before she took her last breath. Unfortunately, he did not make it in time to say good-bye before she died, which weighed heavily on him. After her funeral, Dan returned to his assigned duty station in Fairbanks, Alaska at Ft. Wainwright. Burdened under the weight of such guilt and still unable to sleep, Dan sought an escape by binge drinking each night until he fell asleep.
On the night of March 2, 2013, he contemplated suicide – eyeing the rifle in the corner and convincing himself that it would be easy to end the mental torture. Hearing the pitter-patter of little feet on the floor of the apartment above him, he realized he would potentially endanger those kids if a bullet was fired. As usual, he passed out from the alcohol. He awoke the next morning to a call informing him that one of the soldiers from his former Platoon, SPC Corey Smathers, had shot and killed himself the night prior. Questioning how they missed the signs that Smathers was struggling, Dan realized that he too was masking the signs from those he knew and loved. Dan and the other men struggled emotionally as they grieved their fellow brother and Soldier. Watching the men struggle and worrying that he may “green light” one of them to do the same, Dan resolved that he would not take his own life. However, the mental torture remained as did the binge drinking each night.
Due to multiple combat injuries, Dan retired from the Army on September 11, 2014, and returned home to Winter Haven, Florida. He quickly busied himself by reentering the law enforcement profession. Mutual friends introduced Dan to his future wife in January 2015, whom he married in April 2016. All the while, he hid his struggles. Unfortunately, his combat injuries forced his retirement from law enforcement in May of 2017.
With little to occupy his time, the weight of his military experiences, and transition out of service began to manifest more visibly in his drinking, depression, nightmares, night sweats, and negative outlook. His wife strongly encouraged him to seek help, and he contacted the local VA Office. The VA diagnosed Dan with Post Traumatic Stress and began to treat him with prolonged exposure therapy, which tormented him nearly as much as the trauma he had experienced. He opted not to continue this line of treatment after the VA canceled a couple of appointments.
Dan went through the breakthrough treatment and his experience with alternative therapies was so life-changing that he was compelled to help others find the same relief from traumatic memories.
The 22Zero Team
Read Jeff's Bio
Jeff Messner grew up in Winter Haven, Florida. He graduated from Winter Haven High School where he met Dan Jarvis, a fellow wrestler for the Winter Haven Blue Devils.
After graduating from the University of Central Florida in 1995, Jeff worked for a few national corporations before starting his own advertising/publishing company in 2000. His company served churches by providing publications free of charge to the church, paid for by advertisers.
Building his company to a national platform set the stage for its sale in 2012. Jeff fulfilled a five year management relationship as the Senior Vice President of Sales before moving on professionally. Now, Jeff serves as the Chief Revenue Officer for Liturgical Publications, Inc.
Jeff grew up in a close-knit home where stewardship was the standard. He’s been married to his wife, Teri, for 22 years and has three college age daughters and an 11-year old son. Throughout his life he’s made full stewardship a hallmark of his existence. For the past 10 years, he’s served as the chair for his church’s Pastoral Committee. He’s also served on the St Joseph Catholic School Board, the Impact Volleyball Academy board, as well a guest mentor for the University of Notre Dame Business Leadership program.
Jeff’s humbled to serve on the board of 22Zero and fully believes in its mission and potential to positively impact so many lives!
Dr. Janell Royster
Secretary and Mental Health Committee Chair
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Dr. Janell Royster served in the USAF as a surgical technician in the 1990s. She currently holds a master’s degree and a doctorate in Industrial-organizational psychology as well as a master’s degree in Mental Health Counselling. Dr. Royster is also currently pursuing a second Doctorate in Educational Leadership. She is currently pursuing licensure to be able to practice in 5 states.
Dr. Royster operates her practice, focusing on the health and wellness of veterans, active military, first responders, and their families. Dr. Royster also has a passion for helping children that have been traumatized by life experiences to get them back on track to healthy living.
Dr. Royster currently serves on the Virginia Clinical Counselor’s Alliance as the current treasurer for 2019-2021. Past boards have included Indiana and Illinois Counselors Associations between 2014-2017.
She has served on the American Counselors Association Committee for Human Rights from 2018-2019. Dr. Royster spent 2016-2017 as a member and conference coordinator for Safe Coalition for Human Rights.
Dr. Royster completed a PTSD breakthrough training designed for mental health counselors in NYC, NY, in January 2020. She has now treated 259 people in a brief period. The youngest client Dr. Royster has worked with is four years of age, and the eldest is 103.
Dr. Royster is fully committed to the mission of 22Zero, as the sponsoring organization for her training and has also accepted a board position with 22Zero to establish a mental health advisory committee.
Dr. Royster developed the Tactical Resiliency Process (TRP). Dr. Royster is a certified trainer and practitioner of the TRP.
Dr. Royster is a certified practitioner of the Emotions Management Process (EMP).
Vice President and Growth Development Committee Leader, & Founding Member
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Firefighter Outreach Coordinator
Read Jesse's Bio
Jesse is a former US Marine and Firefighter with a passion for helping others overcome adversity and execute on their goals. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Wellness and Master’s Degree in Global Management both from Arizona State University. He’s an entrepreneur and life coach that helps people transform their lives after trauma.
Jesse was in 7th grade on the morning of 9/11 and ever since that day he has been called to serve something larger than himself. A former troubled youth, he cleaned it up just enough to graduate early from high school and join the Marine Corps. Over the following four years, he went on three deployments, was meritoriously promoted twice, and recognized as “Marine of the Quarter.” Struggling to find meaning in the world and make sense of his time in the Marines, Jesse was fortunate enough to be selected for a volunteer trip to Lima, Peru to teach at an orphanage in one of the cities poorest districts, Villa El Salvador. On the flight down, “I thought about how I couldn’t wait to help those kids,” he said. After two life changing weeks, it became clear, “They helped me. They changed me.”
Jesse decided to continue his education and discovered a passion for volunteerism and coaching. Since that trip to Peru he has spent hundreds of hours volunteering, coaching and mentoring individuals spanning all generations from all across the country and world. He was hired by the Mesa Fire and Medical Department in 2014. In 2016, Jesse lost his best friend from the Marines to a heroin overdose. The loss of his comrade fueled a drive to form a nonprofit that paired up veterans and troubled youth in a resiliency training and mentorship program. Due to his work in the community Jesse was recognized as the state “Firefighter of the Year” (Arizona – 2017).
Jesse says, “Nonprofit, volunteer, and fire service experience opened my eyes to the gaping hole in the mental health space that lets countless Americans slip through the cracks. I found that while drug overdoses, suicide and mental health issues rise across the Western world so does separation from the purpose, people and sense of connection that gives life the most meaning.” This realization, coupled with his own battles with depression, substance abuse, anxiety and PTSD, inspired him to resign from his firefighter career in search of a better way to bring about sustainable shifts in the mental health care system. He knew there was a better way.
For 2 years, Jesse backpacked around the world, going to grad school online, in search of answers and healing from his own childhood and traumatic past. He landed in Lakeland, FL summer of 2020 where he connected with Dan Jarvis. Jesse feels like he has found the team he’s been looking for and he’s motivated to help his veteran and first responder family find the relief they need to take back their life.