Sunday, June 7, 2015

Thank you for your contributions!

Our Fake PhD blog has received over 85,000 visitors, thanks to you! While we've been busy with other ventures lately and have slowed down our contributions to this page a bit, we aren't anywhere close to throwing in the towel. In a couple of weeks we'll be pushing ahead and outing more PhD scam artists.

We've received many submissions from concerned citizens asking for us to research and expose more of these scammers. Please know that we read every single one of your messages and will be getting to them soon. Diligent research takes time and we want to be sure that we are exposing those who rightly deserve to be outed. So check back soon!

Keep fighting the fight for truthful academic integrity.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015


Mary Lee LaBay of Bellevue, Washington WA had conned many, including the media, to believe she holds a doctorate in behavioral psychology. Her website states that she received this degree, as well as a masters, and a bachelors degree from the Open International University for Complementary Medicine.

Upon reading that name, the red flags started waving. Further investigation yielded that this is "the largest degree mill in the world" and is located in Sri Lanka.

According to the site, Degrees for Sale in Asia, located at

"This is the largest degree mill in the world. It was started by the late Dr. Anton Jayasuriya a former western trained Senior Consultant Rheumatologist, Ministry of Health Sri Lanka.

It started as Medicina Alternativa Institute in 1962. In the last decade, they have sold over a million ( read: Million ) PhD (Medicina Alternativa- MA ), MD ( MA ), DSc ( MA ) and a grocery list of other titles in Homeopathy, Acupuncture, Alternative Medicines ( MA ) .

They also have over FIVE ( 5 ) dozen Medical Associations representing all imaginable branches of alternative and complementary medicines. The also grant all kinds of knighthoods. Many of the graduates address themselves as PROFESSOR DR. SIR.

The late Anton Jayasuria used to run a month long courses in Acupuncture; since he also ran a large real estate and hotel property with his brother Professor Dr. Sir John Jayasuria to accommodate the large number of students arriving in Sri Lanka for their degree studies.

The university was operated from his large mansion at No. 28, IBC Road, Colombo 6. for almost four decades. In the early 2000, he bought another large mansion and called in FENG SHUI.

When Anton Jayasuria was in the Ministry of Health, while serving as the Director for Buildings, he self approve a 20 meter by 10 meter ( 200 square meter ) of building over a 300 square meter of land to house his Alternative Medical Training facility. This facility was at the tail end of the COLOMBO SOUTH GOVERNMENT GENERAL HOSPITAL, Kalubowila, Sri Lanka. It is from here that Anton Jayasuria convinced the world that he had treated over 4 million patients for free. ( A pure fictitious story ). It is here his foreign students come for a walk around and return home to claim that they have done an intensive clinical studies at a government medical facility ( COLOMBO SOUTH GOVERNMENT GENERAL HOSPITAL).

The government of Sri Lanka which was torn by internal war, kept its eyes shut to encourage medical tourism and Anton Jayasuria was paying his friends in the government service to keep them happy. Even the Director General of Inland Revenue was his patron at the "university hospital ".

Graduations are held annually as the WORLD CONGRESS OF ALTERNATIVE MEDICINES where hundreds of HIGHEST AWARDS and NOBEL PRIZE in Alternative Medicines are given to foreign recruitment houses with the highest number of graduates.

Anton Jayasuria had his own printing press called CHANDRAKANTHI PRESS ( INTERNATIONAL ) where his plagiarized books and degree documents are printed on demand.

Over the years thousands of "global institutes" had paid USD 1,000 for live long affiliation with OIUCM ( Medicina ALternative ) similar to
and this " affiliation status " helps the "global institutes" to facilitate the purchase of degrees for their students.

In the 1980s the OIUCM was claimed and stamped to be APPROVED BY THE UNITED NATIONS on its stationery and degree documents. With the internet coming on the scene, reference checks were made with the UN body and the Legal Affairs Unit of UN had warned them to drop the UN Approvals from their documents.

At one point in time, OIUCM was nominated as the finalist for Global Health Awards by Bill Gates Foundation where Anton Jayasuria and his former girlfriend was invited to have dinner with the Gates Sr. For that event Anton Jayasuria produces photographs of patients attending the Colombo South Government General Hospital (seeking mainstream medicare ) and falsely claimed that they were his patients coming for his free medical care facility. Luckly, that particular year the award went to a genuine institution in Bangladesh.

When Anton Jayasuria died due to heart attack on 06.04.2005, the Ministry of Health, tore down the 200 square feet " world's busiest acupuncture teaching hospital" when the death of Anton was announced.

OIUCM organised the 50th anniversary and continues to sell more degrees, state honours, global awards to individuals and direct selling organizations for a price.

Anton Jayasuria former home is now a museum and his latest home ( a few doors away ) at the time of his death is now a Memorial Hospital. Still thousand of PhD (MA), MD (MA) and DSc ( MA ) are the hottest selling fake degrees under the new management.

OIUCM has become more liberal since the death of Anton Jayasuria with innovating marketeers and direct selling entreprenuers marketing different kinds of products and programs under affiliation statues with the "university degree mill".

OIUCM has many recruitment agencies and degree4sales consultant all over the world with the largest being in South America, India and Malaysia. While Anton Jayasuria has gone to heaven for his good karma of personally treating over 4 million patients, his proteges are busy killing more patients with their fake degree for sale.

More worthless titles, ranks and knighthood by white skinned crooks and con brokers are dished out on a monthly basis ( ). Sadly, the greedy Son of Global Greed, Anton Jayasuria's crime and legacy lives on."

Mary Lee LaBay claims to be a member of Lake Washington Chapter of the National Guild of Hypnotists, the National Guild of Hypnotists Washington Chapter, the Washington Hypnosis Association, Mensa International, National Guild of Hypnotists, International Registry of Professional Hypnotherapists, Association for Professional Hypnosis and Psychotherapy, American Board of Hypnotherapy, Women’s Business Exchange, International Hypnosis Federation, International Hypnosis Association, National Council of Hypnotherapy, International Association for Research and Regression Therapy, Washington Professional Counselors Association, and Eastside Women in Business.

She has also successfully conned the following radio and television broadcasters that she has any kind of legitimate academic credential:

ABC KOMOTV – Northwest Afternoon – Seattle, WA
ABC News 10 TV – Sacramento & Company – CA – Higher Dimensions with Phyllis Pricer with Al Diaz of Attraction Radio Show with Julie Johnson – Los Angeles
Contact Talk Radio – Yours Truly with Nancy Tursi
Contact Talk Radio – with Cameron & Lucia
KKNW – 1150AM – Gary Mantz Show – Bellevue, WA
KKNW 1150AM – Dr. Pat Show – Bellevue, WA
KKNW 1150AM – Sage Radio – Bellevue, WA
Laura Lee Show
PC Talk Radio with Rich Levin
Psychic Acceess Talk Radio with Maureen Holleran Meg Show – Talk of the Town – Mytho or Logic with Tom Murasso
WBZT – 1230AM – Senior Lifestyles with Ron Kauffman
WCPZ – Sandusky, OH
WFIN 1330AM – Findlay, OH
WGN – Chicago
WRGA NewsTalk Radio 1470AM – Nelle Reagan – Rome, GA
WSBC 1240AM – Morning Break with Jon Cohn – Chicago
WSOU – New York
WTBG (CBS) 95.3FM The Globe – Washington, D.C.
WVNO 106.1FM – Tony & Shelley in the Morning – Mansfield, OH

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Dick McHugh - NLP Guru with a FAKE PhD

Richard McHugh. Dick McHugh. Whatever you want to call him. This guy was brought to our attention recently. His neurolinguistic programming seminars, associated with a group called ComPAS Now, take him around the world from India to the United States. Numerous sources and students refer to him as a Jesuit priest and a PhD. We could care less whether he's really a Jesuit priest or not, as that is not the focus of our page. What did catch our attention was every source's inability to state where he received his PhD or in what area.

So we dug.

We searched one of the leading dissertation databases to find that he allegedly wrote a dissertation entitled, "Mind With a Heart." The first warning sign was the notice, "At the request of the author, this graduate work is not available to view or purchase." Most dissertation authors want their research to be available to all, especially other researchers. That is the premise of scholarly research. But McHugh is essentially hiding his. For what reason? We can only speculate that his graduate-level research was subpar and would not pass muster.

Let's examine the institution that this was written for. The Union Institute in Ohio. Have you ever heard of it? Neither have we. So we dug further.

In a recent scandal involving Michelle Bachmann, a former Republican candidate for the 2012 U.S. Presidential election, it was written about her husband that:

Mr. Bachmann holds himself out as a clinical psychologist, and describes himself as "Dr. Bachmann" based on an unaccredited "PhD" certificate in interdisciplinary studies that he received from Union Graduate Institute in Cincinnati. And Michelle brags about the money they get, and jobs they created, at that clinic that Marcus runs and they together own.

But Union Graduate Institute is a controversial institution; some call it a mail-order degree mill. It is not accredited by the American Psychiatric Association, and did not offer any degree in Clinical Psychology until after 2001, decades after Marcus graduated. (During that time it was renamed several times, and is now called "Union Institute and University.") In 2004, the US Department of Education censured Union Graduate's psychology program, and students were banned from getting federal loans until 2007, which resulted in the entire faculty being laid off.


Our hunch was correct. There is a reason why McHugh is so secretive about his qualifications. His "doctorate" is not legitimate.

Unfortunately, many people have been scammed by McHugh and tout that they trained with the great "DOCTOR" McHugh, including:

Imelda Buckley of Life Coaching in Ireland in Woordpark, Dublin
Ann Joseph of Workplace Catalysts
G.L. Sampoorna of Awareness Integration Expansion
Patricia Casner of Awesome Outcomes Hypnosis and NLP in Aberdeen, MD and Baltimore, Maryland
V. Ranganathan of India

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Kudos from Milton Erickson's Daughter!

We received a very nice email from Betty Erickson, the daughter of the renowned Milton Erickson. She wrote:

What a tremendous service you do!

As the daughter of Milton H. Erickson, I get emails from people all the time about having me train them in hypnosis. Sometimes legitimate, sometimes I-lost-my-job-and-want-to-earn-money-with-hypnosis, but most of the time from people w/ Ph.D. and Master's who want the credibility of me -a Master's Level (earned degree, although I do have an honorary Ph.D. from Armenia because of my name).

I've been teaching daddy's work for 30+ years. Google me, and Daddy.

Milton H. Erickson, M.D., and I am Betty Alice Erickson --use both names.

Point of this email is to thank you. I will publicize your site. Also, can I hope you in any way?

Sincerely, Betty Alice Erickson.

Dear Ms. Erickson:

We are very grateful for your support and encouragement! Please spread the word about this blog everywhere and anywhere. We also encourage readers to let us know about the con-artists purporting to have earned PhDs -it seems that more pop up faster than we can keep track.

Again thank you for your support!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Jedidiah D. Smith - Ellicott City & Frederick, MD and Kettering, OH - Fake Doctorate

Here's another hypnosis scam artist. Meet Jedidah D. Smith. He has the following addresses:

The Center for Holistic Wellness & Anti Aging
803 Oella Avenue
Ellicott City Maryland 21043
Phone: 410-480-8339

The Center for Holistic Wellness
8 East Second Street
Frederick MD 21701
Phone: 410-480-8339

The Center for Holistic Wellness
303 East Stroop RD
Kettering Ohio 45429
Phone: 937-470-7809

We would like to welcome Mr. Smith to the club of people who falsely claim to have earned a doctorate in order to make him seem more credible or competent. According to his website, he earned his PhD at the American Institute of Hypnotherapy in Irvine, CA. The American Institute of Hypnotherapy is a well-known degree mill. The "degrees" from this organization are not accredited anywhere in the world.

Buyer beware. In fact, buyer would be stupid to even trust this man.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

We saved a reader $100 with our report on "Dr." Kenneth Grossman!

Readers might remember our blog on this man fraudulently claiming to be a "Dr." (See

Today we received an email thanking us and, thanks to this site, they saved $100.

This is EXACTLY what we're here for. We would love to receive more emails from people who have benefitted from this site! Like the email posted above, your confidentiality is guaranteed.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Janet Starr Hull - PhD Fraud

Janet Star Hull of Melissa, Texas claims to be involved in alternative health and nutrition, yet proudly boasts a PhD that is not accredited anywhere in the world. Her resume states that she earned a PhD from Clayton College in Holistic Nutrition. 

Check out the disclaimer on her webpage. It reads, "Information within this site is not intended to replace legal, medical, or any other professional service. The information provided is not a replacement for professional advice or care. If you require nutritional, medical, or other expert services, please seek appropriate professional care. The author, contributors, publisher and their employees are not liable or held accountable for any damages arising from or in association with the application of any information contained in this Detoxification Program. Statements about the product efficacy have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration nor have the products been evaluated to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease." It's all there, just in case the SHTF.

Just like you, we never heard of Clayton College. So we did some investigation. We learned that Clayton College is.......drum roll please......a degree mill!

Clayton College was a "private, for-profit online school" that has been the target of criticism for its academic policies. Oregon, Michigan and Texas have put the school on watch lists for being unaccredited. GetEducated’s Diploma Mill Police service lists consumer cautions about the school in its accreditation report.

Sister school Chadwick University closed in 2008 after Alabama regulators revoked its business license.

In 2008, Alabama instituted a law requiring distance university accreditation. Clayton College had an application pending for accreditation through the Distance Education and Training Council. Schools with pending applications are allowed to continue operating under Alabama’s 2008 law. However, Clayton College has notified the state of Alabama that it will close rather than continue to seek distance learning accreditation.

The bottom line is, she would be better to hire for toxic spill cleanup than as a nutritionist or anything else (she claims to be an OSHA certified environmental hazardous waste emergency response specialist).

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sean Stephenson - PhD Fraud

A reader alerted us to this blog on Sean Stephenson. We wanted to mention this guy a long time ago but he fell off of our radar. I think it's because one of our team felt sorry for the guy. However, another terrific blogger elsewhere did investigate and wrote about him. Without any further adieu, we direct you to read more at

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

A thank you for your blog post on "Dr." Larry Volz

A reader wrote to us today thanking us for our post on Larry Volz (See for details). We're sorry that he had fooled you and we can only hope that, by sharing this information, others can be helped in the future.

The reader wrote:

Good day,
I hope this email finds you well.

I'm writing in regards to your blog post made on Tuesday, May 1, 2012, entitled Larry Volz Fake Doctorate.

I only wish I had found your blog post sooner. Nevertheless, I'm very glad it's out there, because so is he.


Monday, July 28, 2014

Terry Stokes, Jr. Pleads Guilty

We have an update to our earlier post about Terry Stokes, Jr. (real name Terry Woodward) (See

Stokes, Jr. (or Woodward) pled guilty to Consumption/Intoxication and was fined $65 plus court costs, for a total of $356.02.

Stokes is still on the roster of the Entertainment Group, where he claims to be "one of the most talked about and sough after entertainers in the business." Clearly, if this were true, he wouldn't have had to claim indigence, as you can see from the court documents below. Just like most hypnosis entertainers, he clearly lives his life in poverty while giving the world the illusion of success.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Somebody's using FakeDoctorates to promote their business!

We were alerted to this awesome business using our blog to warn others about those who use fake doctorates to boost their credentials. James Leong, Master NLP Trainer, wrote:

"Cautionary note: For those of you thinking of spending your hard-earned money on NLP and Hypnosis certification programs, please make sure the certifying boards or bodies are not set up by someone with FAKE Doctoral Degrees!"

Thank you, James. If every single ethical hypnotist, NLP practitioner, and alternative medicine practitioner would make it clear that the practice of using fake degrees to boost one's credentials is unacceptable then perhaps these fields would become highly respected and not known for quacks and gimmicks.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Polk State College 'fake professor' charged

Polk State College 'fake professor' charged: LAKELAND, Fla. -- A Polk State College professor is accused of being a fraud, teaching with a fake diploma.

10 News went to Polk State College Thursday and found some students are starting to question the education they're paying for.

The college only has summer classes now, but the few students on campus say they need to know more about 55-year-old business professor David Broxterman. He's accused by the Polk County State Attorney of faking his PhD diploma to teach at the school.

William Mitchell, Springfield, Illinois - PhD Fraud

William Mitchell of Springfield, IL is one of the National Guild of Hypnotists wunderkind's and shining stars.  In a number of sources, Mitchell refers to himself as "Dr. Mitchell" or "Rev. Dr. William Mitchell." However, according to Mitchell, he only "did doctoral work at TCU [Texas Christian University]," and never had a doctoral degree conferred. Mitchell is also a member of the International Medical and Dental Hypnosis Association, both organizations rife with PhD frauds. We were amused upon finding a Youtube video of him, the title page reading, "Dr. William Mitchell, Comedy Stage Hypnosis: A show you can TRUST!" One wonders how a "man of the cloth" could also be a "man of fraud."

J. P. Barham aka James Barham aka Johnny Peyton - Springfield, VA - PhD FRAUD

J. P. Barham aka James P. Barham aka Johnny Peyton of Pyramid Hypnotherapy Center and Johnny Peyton Stage Hypnotist in Springfield, VA claims to hold a PhD in Philosophy with an emphasis in Hypnotherapy. Further, he claims to be the "HypnoDR." Followers of our blog know that there is no such degree available anywhere in the world. Further, he doesn't even claim to have earned a bachelor's or master's degree. He is a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists, the American Board of Hypnotherapy (run by also PhD fraudsters Al Krasner and Tad James), and the British Association of Therapeutic Hypnotists.

The address listed for his practice at 6342 Demme Pl Springfield, VA 22150 shows a photo of a townhouse. Nothing more creepy than arriving for a hypnosis session which happens to be in somebody's basement or garage.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

"Legendary Comedy Stage Hypnotist" Terry Stokes Arrested At Post High School Prom Event

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (AP) — Police say a hypnotist hired to provide alcohol-free entertainment at a post high school prom event in Marshalltown was arrested for public intoxication.

The Marshalltown Police Department says 43-year-old Terry Woodward was taken into custody early Sunday. A message left for Woodward's attorney was not immediately returned Tuesday.

Woodward is accused of showing up drunk before a 3 a.m. after prom performance at the Marshalltown YMCA-YWCA. He was hired to perform for GMG High School.

Capt. Brian Batterson said people reported Woodward smelled like alcohol. He had no interaction with students before his arrest.

Woodward, whose stage name is Terry Stokes Jr., was hired through Entertainment Group, a talent agency based in Des Moines. The talent agency says he has been fired.

See the original story at

A message from one of our haters, Adam S. Adams of Vancouver, BC Canada

We've posted accolades from many of our readers, but what about the messages from our haters? One such correspondence we received was from Adam S. Adams of Quantum Therapy, Ltd. located in Vancouver, BC Canada. In his writing, he goes on and on about how real doctors are responsible for the deaths of people and that those who boast their credentials with fake degrees aren't so bad if they "help" people. He also adamant about being "very good" at what he does in his practice. Yet, as of today's writing, his website is down and he appears to be out of business, with the exception of several LinkedIn profiles floating on the web. Here is what he had to say about PhD Scammers:

I have watched your little crusade with some interest, not least because of your ongoing cowardice in remaining anonymous.

The strain of moralistic outrage in your campaign is somewhat distasteful for many reasons and I thought, since I do not have a ‘fake PhD’ that on behalf of some of the excellent and innovative healers you are attempting to destroy, that I might offer a few points for consideration –

-          There are undoubtedly poor and ill qualified hypnotists in the world, point me to a profession please that does not have the same concern. That rather begs the question why you have chosen this one profession for your little batman in your underpants routine.
-          It is entirely appropriate to suggest that people outline the nature of their qualifications. You might have been dramatically more effective had you done so without such a sneering condescending tone – NLP and hypnosis change lives, and some of the people you are ‘exposing’ from the cowards perch have done incredible work for legions of people over decades.
-          Since your own credentials are at best unknown, and perhaps non-existent, readers of your project may be entitled to ask whether you are little more than an angsty internet troll with self esteem issues, or someone with a legitimate personal grievance, and if so what it is
-          Where unethical practice is concerned, I would stand with anyone advocating best practice for the profession, not least for the avoidance of clumsy government or corporatization, but you have, by dint of your anonymity forfeited the right to claim standing – the grassy knoll may make for the appearance of proper scrutiny, but your intention as stated is ill at ease with the hidden assassins manner in which you pursue it

Lastly, 3 key points that nobody has made. Especially you.

-          It is the responsibility of anyone purchasing anything to do their due diligence. Competence in hypnotic arts and science is not yet globally at a level that I would prefer, but I am happy to stand on my skills and qualifications with anyone anywhere – and publicly. I encourage anyone who is buying to look at all alternatives – the witch hunt that you are leading is missing the key question – are these people any good at their stated job? A doctorate from an Ivy League university is no guarantee of competence at hypnosis, hypnotherapy or NLP. I would, your crusade notwithstanding, continue to buy from many of these supposedly shamed practitioners, and that because I am very good at what I do, and don’t dispute their competence. And I have standing and competence to do so, were it warranted.

-          Hypnosis is just talking. Had you any deeper understanding of the craft you would know that. Perhaps people have made errors, perhaps not, and not all ‘fakes’ have been acquired without endeavor.
But one thing I am certain of is the virtue of forgiveness –you are as an ‘advocate’, albeit a spineless anonyme, entitled to seek out grievance or evidence of malpractice. (I am sure you will find it, and the bright light of truth can only be a good thing if shone with good intention.) But you are like all vigilantes, a self-appointed court and executioner and that is not a good thing. In reality you offer no representation as to intent, competence, private representations made on a per client basis. Your frame is narrow, and mistakes mainstream credential for effectiveness as a healer. Hunter, Bandler, McKenna inter alia have saved lives - you ?

-          Lastly and this is an absolutely critical point. A leading cause of DEATH in the world, especially the west, is Iatrogenic death. You know of course, that this is DOCTOR caused deathAll of whom have presumably impeccable credentials by your elevated standards. And yet ,you are silent…
One or two perverts and numbskulls notwithstanding, to the best of my present knowledge, some hypnotists with degrees you find inappropriate have no such breach of the oath we all take – to first do no harm. THE PEOPLE YOU NAME HAVE KILLED NOBODY and may have helped many.

Where then is your outrage at the people with so called legitimate degrees who prescribe death daily ?

It seems to me, your low rent crusading instincts may have more appropriate targets - I know the people I help often feel betrayed by mainstream dogma and credentialed professionals, and in no profession anywhere is there are a perfect practitioner or human, including me.

Get your priorities straight, get informed and if you want to help, go where the real danger is

As you behave today, what next a name and shame for people who misrepresent themselves on dating sites, or in bars, on facebook, doctors with bad breath, or bad bedside manner, and more – and who appointed you anyway, NAMELESS ? you aren’t helping people, you are creating an impression that this profession is lacking, and that may be doing more damage than good. I urge you to identify yourself, the reasons for your actions and specifically why you aren’t going after death dealers instead of at worst misguided marketers.

Until then, just stay out of OUR business while we regulate it ourselves, albeit imperfectly.

Adam S. Adams  CPC CHt

Certified Master Life Coach, Certified Professional Coach, Certified NLP Coach, Mind/Body Therapist, Clinical Hypnotherapist, Master NLP Practitioner, Certified Instructor of Self-Hypnosis
Certified Specialist in Advanced Hypnotherapy for Cancer, Advanced Hypnotherapy for HIV/AIDS, Advanced Hypnotherapy for Immune Disorders, Advanced Regression Therapy

Certified Specialist in Hypnosis for PTSD,, Certified Specialist in Healing The Inner Child, Hypnosis for ADD- ADHD

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Dennis Brady - Ocala, Deland, Florida - Update

A while ago we wrote about Dennis Brady. See

We recently found a rip-off report entry for Brady. If only the victim would have done their research and read this blog first...Here's what they wrote (you can see the original post here

I enrolled in "Doctor" Brady's courses in psychology 101 and basic hypnosis. I spent $1,500 for these "certifications" which were received from viewing DVDs and taking a 50 question "exam" that is an absolute joke as it is a take home exam and can be used to obtain the basic hypnosis certification, along with "practice" sessions which involve you watching "Doctor" Brady or his wife "hypnotize" someone else. It's a total scam as I found out when I tried to use my certificates to advance my career as a mental health counselor as was told by my employer that "Dr." Brady's company, of which he is CEO, "The National Board of Professional and Ethical Standards" is not a recognized licensing board by the State of Florida and they are not licensed by the State Department of Education to provide educational certifications in any of the fields that they profess to provide certifications. I asked "Dr." Brady about this and he bragged about his Ph. D in "clinical hypnotherapy" (which is a made up field that is not recognized by any state psychology licensing board) and I wanted to know where he got his "Ph. D" from and he would not tell me. He also would not give me a refund saying that his certificates for his courses are valid and that he can't be responsible if my employer doesn't recognize them.

Dennis Brady and his wife Tonya are nothing but a couple of scam artists who will take your money for nothing. They run a "diploma mill" type place and you truly do not get what you pay for. Do not fall victim to his lies about how he is a national criminal profiling expert who consults with the TV program CSI, or that he knows Dr. Phil McGraw and has appeared on his t.v. show. It's a bunch of crap and I am currently looking for a lawyer to try and sue Brady and his company to get my money back.

I've found other people questioning "Doc" Brady's educational qualifications:


Of course, Brady responds and continues to refer to himself as "Dr.":

I am Dr. Brady and I have been retired close to two years now collecting my retirement and traveling. So number one is he is a liar as he could not have done ANY business with me or even talked to me as I am no longer actively working with The National Board. I have checked with The National Board and there is NO student by the name of Paul Graff or anything even close to it. For that matter there has also never been a PhD student in Leesburg Florida. The National Board does not even offer a PhD. Its all a hoax, all a lie, every word of it, someone is trying to hurt the impeccable name of a great 20 year old organization or myself, a Senior Citizen, by making slanderer/untrue comments on line. The National Board a non profit membership orgnization, provides quality continuing education/ certifcation to its over 10,000 members/students and has for more than 20 years in Central Florida and as such is NOT required to have any license from the State of Florida.This alone shows how ignorant this individual really is. Just as a point, I have never made any DVD hypnotizing anyone, nor has my wife. I have several higher education degrees, all from legally licensed, recognized, institutions of higher learning. These degrees have allowed me to recently teach Medical Students at a US Medical College.I have worked personaly for Dr. Phil and his show and for the CSI show years ago. I have copies of checks to show anyone who wants to see them. For a reference please ask David Chesson who is the sitting President of the Better Business in Leesburg, FL @ 352-326-0770 of whom The National Board has been a member in good standing for 18 years now, with NO complaints. Please provide ANY proof that ANY of it is true. Provide ANY documentation of ANY kind or take down this obvious attempt to smear a good man and his lifetime of good works. Dr. Brady

Thank you for your support!

Bill Hanshew - Rolla, Missouri - Fake Doctor of Religious & Biblical Studies - Minister of FRAUD

We received this letter from one of our readers, acknowledging that PhD scams aren't limited to just the hypnosis profession but in other areas as well -including ministry. Here's what this individual wrote regarding Bill Hanshew of Bill Hanshew Ministries:

Hello. I'm glad you have established your site on BlogSpot. 

Your site focuses primarily on fake hypnotherapy doctorates, but theological PhDs are pretty common as well. 

I'm writing to you about a guy named Bill Hanshew in Rolla, Missouri. His website claims he has a PhD from "Easter Theological Bible College", which turns up no results on Google except for his biography. He never hesitates to refer to himself as 'Dr. Bill' in correspondence or on his written materials. For a while, he published a column in a weekly Rolla newspaper. 

He founded a small non denominational church in Rolla, for which he asks for donations on his website. It seems he has now created his own 'university', and through his website you can send him money to "sponsor tuition" for students.

Strangest of all, his biography says he's currently working on a doctorate from some other no-name theological school (why would he need another one?) From what I can tell, he's either a sincere chump or a scammer.


An internet search of "Easter Theological Bible College" shows that Hanshew is their only student and graduate.  Further, it appears that he is working on another "doctorate" at a "university" that he and his wife direct, called the Life Christian University - Rolla Campus, which fails to exist. However, the Life Christian University website, where you can buy 1 course and get the 2nd one for half off, states that anybody can start their own campus. How legitimate does that sound? Hanshew might be able to scam his flock, but in the end, he can't scam God.

A letter from one of our readers

Dear whistle blower,
Thanks for your site, which a colleague of mine forwarded to me.
I just wanted to share my two cents with you regarding the opposite end of the equation - people who do have doctorates, but make an unduly big deal out of them. I feel this is also important for the public to know.
Very briefly about me so you know the context: I'm a chartered psychologist (not a PhD or doctor) and clinical hypnotist. I got a first and distinction in my BSc, did well on my post-grad work, been on TV several times demonstrating rapid therapy, written a couple of books and have a successful business now for over 10 years since becoming chartered. Getting a doctorate would be a very tedious but obtainable thing in terms of cognitive ability.
I was in the last year of post-graduate training in psychology in the UK before the system changed. In other words I did 3 years post-grad work and a disseration and extensive literature review. Nowadays, a trainee who does the same 3 year course and does a slightly longer disertation instead of doing both disertation and lit review gets auto awarded a doctorate (not a PhD) in psychology, so they can call themselves a doctor.
So here's the deal among us psychologists at least. If you are not working in research, even a genuine doctorate among clinical psychologists is a bit of a scam.
One psychologist who uses my consulting rooms while doing her post-grad work told me she is doing a subject for her doctorate which she is not actually interested in (but it is do-able, if tedious to do), that is being done for the sake of completing her doctorate, will not really add anything interesting or new to the field, is making her miserable and she can't wait to finish it..... but she will get to call herself a doctor. Why? because it has marketing value with the public.
In reality, let's do a like-for-like examination. In the year that she locked herself into a room to collect and process useless data for the sake of finishing something, she missed out on a year of becoming more experienced and proficient with actual clients (surely the more relevant and important thing?).
In other words, if she had done therapy instead for that year instead of her doctorate, at the end of the year she would have been a better practitioner. She is not any wiser clinically because of her doctorate.
To her credit, she admits the real value of a doctorate is in marketing, not in actual proficiency. But what really annoys me is others who belive in their own hype and think their achievement is in the same field as a medical doctor, which is let's face it, is the bandwagon people are trying to ride on by association. Not sure how locking yourself up in a room to talk about some very obscure niche areas makes you a better physician, but these people can't wait to add 'dr' to their credit card to impress store assistants or call themselves 'dr' at parties or every available opportunity.
A couple of people have suggested that I could do a post-grad top up part time to get a 'dr.' They don't say this because they think I need to improve my clinical skills. They do this because I would simply seem more credible to the unsuspecting public and raise my fee. Rather amusingly, I did hear in the past a husband of a wife I worked with say (despite my results), 'yes but he's not even a doctor!' What was really interesting was this guy, a banker, had a doctorate himself - in philosophy!
I have always rejected the idea of taking a year off to do a doctorate. Quite apart from the moral aspect of misleading people, I really need to like something to be engaged with it. Life is too short. I saw my colleague miserable for a year - and she is conscientious, diligent, hard working and methodical (and does not have children!) and even she hated it. I'm not going to miss out on my family for the sake of earning a bit more (I charge more than her anyway).
The public need to break out of the notion regarding non-medical and non-reserach doctorates = means better. Personally, most credentials leave me cold. I prefer to judge people by merit and results.
It is sad that Paul McKenna, an established multi-millionaire and accomplished clinician, felt the need to go to a non-accredited university so he can call himself a 'Dr' or add PhD after his name. Would it have added to his credibility? why bother, he's already making millions. That suggests a character weakness.
There is no excuse for Roy Hunter and the rest for their degree mill qualifications. That is actually misleading the public. By way of contrast an NLP trainer I know did a doctorate at American Pacific University in Hawaii in clinical hypnosis. Actually the course looked like a really good training in hypnosis (it's where Tad James got his PhD from), but the univesity wasn't accredited. To his credit, this trainer has never used the 'Dr' card ever or mentioned it for marketing.
I wish there were more like that. 
Keep up the great work,
Best wishes,

Carmen Harra - PhD FRAUD

We found two addresses for Carmen Harra, in New York, NY and Hollywood, FL. "Singing sensation" Harra claims to be an intuitive psychologist, certified relationship coach, and best-selling author. She also claims to have earned a PhD in Hypnosis and Alternative Healing from Albert University. First, our readers already know that there is no legitimate doctorate in hypnosis. Second, readers may remember the other fraudsters we busted who claimed to have earned a PhD from Albert University, aka a Diploma Mill. See

If you want to pay $400/hr to talk to a person with a fake doctorate, then you are extremely gullible, stupid, or both.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Terry Lee Brussel - Encino, Burbank, Beverly Hills, CA - PhD FRAUD

Terry Lee Brussel of the Success Center, Inc. in Encino, Burbank, or Beverly Hills, California claims to hold a PhD in Clinical Hypnotherapy from Huntington Pacific University. Readers of our blog already know that this is a scam institution (See the earlier blog on Huntington Pacific located at

She writes that she attended the Hypnosis Motivation Institute. Brussel is also the founder of the Southern California Polyamory Meetup Group.

James P. Ryan - Ponte Vedra Beach, FL - FAKE DOCTORATE

James P. Ryan of Radiant Wellness Hypnosis Institute, Ltd in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida claims to hold a PhD. It is very convenient for him to not indicate where it is from, or in what discipline. However, given his connection to Alpha University, one might assume that this might have been his inspiration. (See our earlier post about Alpha University at According to his website, his classes are worth college credits at the Alpha University, which gave our team a good laugh.

Ryan is a proud member and instructor for the National Guild of Hypnotists and the International Medical and Dental Hypnosis Association, two organization rife with PhD fraudsters.

Armin Moadab - Maryland Hypnotist Arrested for Dousing Man With Gasoline At The Pump

Armin Moadab


Armin Moadab, a hypnotist from Maryland and who operates Potentials Unlimited in Gaithersburg was recently arrested. Moadab is a member of the National Guild of Hypnotists. Read the story below:

Rockville man may go to prison after allegedly dousing man with gasoline at the pump

ROCKVILLE, Md. (WJLA) – A 61-year-old Rockville man could go to prison after he reportedly doused a stranger in gasoline at a local gas station.
Gas station where the attack took place. (WJLA photo)
The alleged victim, Miguel Mendez, of Montgomery Village, was driving home from a church event with his wife and 7-year-old daughter. The young family pulled into the Gulf gas station along Rockville Pike, just north of Rockville Town Center, when Mendez noticed a blue Audi sedan blocking two gas pumps. Mendez says he politely asked the Audi's owner, Armin Moadab, to drive forward. But instead of moving his car, Moadab allegedly began cursing up a storm and then sprayed Mendez from head to toe with unleaded fuel.
“He just went off, I mean uncontrollably,” said Mendez, who is still in shock and suffered chemical burns from the attack. “He came towards me and pointed [the nozzle] straight into my face, and started shooting gasoline non-stop—full-blast—all over my body.”
A fuel-soaked Mendez grabbed his cell phone from the car and called 911. With his daughter crying, and his wife yelling, Mendez feared the attack could intensify before police arrived.
“The guy could have matches in his pocket, or he could have a lighter,” Mendez said. “And he could have just, as he was spraying gasoline—you’re already drenched in gas—it doesn’t take much.”
According to charging documents filed in Montgomery County District Court, Moadab told responding officers, “If I had a gun, I would have shot him [Mendez].” When police asked Moadab to repeat himself, the 5-foot-9-inch tall, 156-pound Rockville resident reiterated, "If I had a gun, I would shoot him [Mendez]."
On Wednesday, ABC 7 News visited Moadab’s Rockville home along the 14900 block of Rocking Spring Drive, but no one answered the front door. There was also no answer at the Gaithersburg medical office where he works as a certified master hypnotist and hypno-anaesthesia therapist.
On his private practice's website, Moadab claims to have nearly a decade of hypnotic therapy experience. He also maintains his therapeutic services may  help patients “relieve pain, stop smoking, end depression, pass exams, sleep well, lose weight and be happy."
"He [Moadab] must have anger issues. I mean, who has the malice to think about spraying someone with gasoline?" Mendez suggested. "It was really just a terrible event that I wouldn't wish upon anyone."
During police questioning, Moadab reportedly told detectives he sprayed Mendez because he feared for his life. Officers didn’t buy the hypnotist’s story, and charged him with first-degree assault, second-degree assault and reckless endangerment. If found guilty on all three felony counts, a judge could sentence the 61-year-old to 40 years in state prison.
“It should serve as a reminder that we should all be aware of your surroundings,” Mendez said. “You just never know who’s next to you or what are they going through … they can just come and harm people.”
Mendez added, “Over a gas pump, I just don’t understand.”

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