Meet Some of Our Staff

Dr. Laura LaRain, C.Ht

Dr. Laura LaRain is the Founder and Director of Atlanta National Hypnotherapy Institute and Atlanta West Hypnotherapy Clinic. She has been a student and practitioner of Hypnotherapy for over 30 years.

Dr. LaRain began suffering the symptoms of SLE (Systemic Lupus) at the age of 14. The symptoms of SLE are so diverse and varied that doctors were unable to diagnose the illness. She suffered for years fighting infections, loss of vision, lack of energy, lowered lung capacity, multiple hospital stays, and the debilitating side effects of a multitude of prescription drugs.

Determined to live a full and healthy life to raise her two young children, Laura abandoned most of the prescription drugs and started a rigorous program of juicing. At the same time, she came upon a book on self-hypnosis and began to give herself suggestions of health and healing.

It was not until she was in her late 20’s that doctors were able to diagnose her illness. The doctors told her the disease was in the later stages and, at the most, she had 3 years to live. Unwilling to accept the dire prognosis and treatment of the symptoms offered by traditional doctors, Laura began to study Hypnotherapy in earnest.

She studied under Dr.’s Kappas, Hodges, and Sommerman in Georgia. After receiving her certification as a Clinical Hypnotherapist, Laura founded Atlanta West Hypnotherapy Clinic in Marietta, GA in 1978. She went on to earn her doctorate in ‘Suggestibility of the Brain’, and another in ‘Hypnotherapy’. She founded the Atlanta National Hypnotherapy Institute to ensure that the same high quality education she received was available to her local community.

Her struggle to combat the symptoms of SLE is ongoing. Eight years ago, the disease caused her to become partially paralyzed and in a semi-unconscious state for 3 weeks. A student of Dr. Larain’s, Laura Pagano (C.Ht), made a Hypnosis recording and played it repeatedly for her in the hospital. The recording talked about beautiful, blue healing cells floating through her body, healing damaged cells and restoring her body to health; this is the only memory she has of those 21 days.

40 years after doctors had repeatedly told her that she would only have another 3 years to live, Laura saw her children grow into adults and she has helped thousands of people with many issues. She credits Hypnosis for her life.

Dr. LaRain’s work and practice have led to the hypnotherapy field recognizing her nationally as a leading authority in the field. Today, Dr. LaRain continues to use Hypnosis to enhance her life and the lives of others, and she never fails to be amazed at the positive benefits that Hypnotherapy can bring. She is an active Hypnotherapist helping people daily, and tirelessly promoting understanding and education in the field.


Lori Sugarman received her 400 hour training as a clinical hypnotherapist from 2006 – 2009 at the Atlanta National Hypnotherapy Institute,  she has been in practice since 2007, and joined the teaching faculty as an instructor in 2014.  She completed additional training in pediatric hypnotherapy with pediatrician Dr. Laurance Sugarman (no relation!) and pediatric pulmonologist Dr. Ron Anbar through Upstate Medical College in NY.  Additionally Ms. Sugarman teaches creative writing and conducts training for early childhood development teachers in areas of self regulation, communication and children’s yoga.  She feels honored to be able to help others overcome challenges whether small, large, distant, or present by tapping the imaginative part of the human brain, the glorious subconscious!  


Clay Champey, C.H.t

Clay Champey is Clinically/Medically certified Hypnotherapist he became a student of ANHI in 2007 and completed his 400 hour training here at ANHI in 2009.  He has since practiced as a Hypnotherapist and has also been an instructor at the Atlanta National Hypnotherapy Institute. Clay is one of our many successful graduates of ANHI. 

Clay has a desire to help people to change their lives for the better and to successfully help them achieve their goals. He began working for ANHI in early 2014.