(HAV) is a volunteer organization committed to helping Arizona veterans sufferingIMG_1301 TBI and/or PTSD by providing Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for healing.

Founded on March 3, 2014, Healing Arizona Veterans is a non-profit 501C3 corporation dedicated to helping our Arizona veterans to heal from their TBI/PTSD conditions suffered during wartime.

Healing Arizona Veterans (HAV) is a grassroots volunteer organization committed to helping Arizona veterans suffering TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) and/or PTSD ( Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) to heal by providing Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. A therapy to promote brain healing for these type conditions. The HAV recovery program combines HBOT treatments and nutrient optimization to aid the brain healing process and a comprehensive program offering many adjunctive therapies to help the healing process.

The Medical director for HAV is Dr. Carol Henricks, a noted neurologist and authority on Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy. She has a substantial success record of treating veterans with TBI/PTSD. Pictured at right with Charles Spillar, Executive Director HAV.

All HBOT treatments will be provided in her Northstar Hyperbaric chamber.


  • In China, HBOT has been used for nearly 50 years as a “primary or adjuvant therapy” to treat a number of diseases.
  • In Russia, 74 different medical conditions are treated with HBOT.
  • In Israel, HBOT is used for TBI/PTSD as a standard of military care for its defense force.
  • In Japan, HBOT ambulances have been in use since the 1970s.
  • In the UK, HBOT is a common therapy for multiple sclerosis.

Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy delivers 100% medical grade oxygen under pressure to promote healing combined with other therapeutic modalities to get your best outcome.

This innovative treatment provides the benefit of breathing 100% medical grade oxygen in a carefully controlled and supervised environment. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy enhances delivery to injuries tissues and activates more than 3,100 genes that promote healing processes.

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) saturates the body with oxygen, which reduces inflammation and enhances healing. Used correctly, HBOT enhances recovery from Central Nervous System injury including: Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post Concussion Syndrome, Stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, Cerebral Palsy, Birth Injury, Autism, Spinal Cord Injury, Near Drowning Injury, Anoxic Brain Injury

HBOT improves neurological and cognitive functions and improves the quality of life in post-stroke and traumatic brain injury patients.

Dr. Carol Henricks is a practicing Neurologist in Tucson, Arizona, specializing in traumatic brain injury (TBI), epilepsy, sleep disorders, and memory disorders. Dr. Hendricks graduated with an MD from Hahnemann University of Medicine Philadelphia, PA June 1, 1991. She did a Neurology residency, 1992 – 1993, and was chief resident of Neurology, July 1994 – June 1995, Hahnemann University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA. Fellowship trained at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI Clinical Neurophysiology; Epilepsy, sleep disorders, July 1995 – June 1997. Fellowship trained at University of Arizona Tucson, AZ Behavioral Neurology and Memory Disorders, July 1997 – 1998.

Veterans of the recent interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as previous wars, have experienced significant concussive blast injuries. The International Hyperbaric Medical Foundation (IHMF) has helped brain-injured veterans and civilians like athletes and police officers achieve clinically significant recovery after completing 40 treatments of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT).

How does HBOT work?
The patient spends about one hour per session in a hyperbaric chamber, breathing pure oxygen under pressure which saturates the body’s tissues and reaches damaged areas that had lacked blood supply and oxygen. With repeated treatments, the oxygen flow stimulates the body’s healing process and allows more patients to experience rapid recovery of cognitive and neurological functioning without surgery or drugs.

Breathing oxygen under pressure has long been used to treat scuba divers suffering from “bends” (decompression sickness). The FDA has now approved this treatment for a dozen more medical conditions, including carbon monoxide poisoning, air embolism, burns, and crush injury. Many more successful “off-label” treatments are now being documented in the US and abroad and HBOT can be used to treat TBI and concussions with a doctor’s prescription.

HBOT is a rapidly evolving branch of medicine which is now beginning to generate interest due to highly successful outcomes in cases of TBI and concussion. Notably, military veterans and athletes who have experienced serious complications due to heavy reliance on habit-forming pain relievers have turned their lives around after HBOT treatments.



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