Our Hypnotists

The Dave Elman Hypnosis Institute has been resurrected in the spirit of DAVE ELMAN who in 1949 demonstrated his rapid induction methods and knowledge of pain control to doctor friends.  As a result, he was asked to provide a course on hypnosis to physicians and dentists.  His students often researched further medical applications and reported these back to Dave to be included in his next course..  His courses on hypnosis taught more physicians this subject than any other teacher before or since.  The audio recording of the classes and his book HYPNOTHERAPY are regarded as classics in the field of Medical Hypnosis.  See our Products for details.

About our Hypnotists

Col H Larry Elman, CH, CI    Col H Larry Elman, USAF Ret'd, CH, CI
Co-Founder & CEO 
Son of Dave Elman
Larry boasts of graduating from his father, DAVE ELMAN's COURSE IN MEDICAL HYPNOSIS three times, and of a brief career as a stage hypnotist while in high school and college.  He then went on to an engineering career (MIT, the Air Force and the Defense Industry)  eventually retiring as Colonel, USAF.  For many years, Larry has answered inquiries about his father's life, careers and the Dave Elman course in Medical Hypnosis.  He is now a lecturer and writer on several subjects and has been a presenter for the National Guild of Hypnotists Annual Convention in both 2009. 2010 and 2011, teaching Dave Elman's methods.  He has also spoken at the IHF, ACHE, IMDHA/IAC and a conference in the United Kingdom, the Virginia Annual Conference, and will be speaking this spring in Australia in Sydney, Melbourne, and teaching a Certification Course in Brisbane, AU.  In addition, Larry will be co-teaching a course in Zurich on Dave Elman with Hansruedi Wipf, the OMNI instructor April 2012.  From this course, our first bi-lingual Dave Elman Product will be released in German/English.

His Experience includes:
  • 2014 MAHC Teacher of the Year
  • Humanitarian Award from IACT 2012
  • Certified Consulting Hypnotist
  • Instructor and School owner For IMDHA
  • Certified Hypnosis Instructor NGH
  • Global Keynote Speaker and Presenter
  • Son of Dave Elman
  • B.S. (S.B.)  in Aeronautical Engineering from MIT
  • M.S. in Aerospace Engineering and Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from University of Oklahoma
  • Post graduate work in Engineering Sciences from Rensselaer Polytech Institute (RPI)
  • MIT Educational Counselor for 9 counties in NC 


Don Patterson      Sean Michael Andrews, CH, CI 
Supervising Instructor
Sean Michael Andrews, (Don Patterson) is President of Maryland Family Hypnosis, is a graduate of Regents College and of Omni Hypnosis Training Center.  He has also trained in Ericksonian hypnosis with Bennett Stellar University.  He is a Master Practitioner of Nero-Linguistic Programming, and is a Certified Life Coach. Sean holds a black belt in Taijutsu Karate. In addition, Don excels at Instant & Rapid Inductions and is sometimes referred to as the worlds fastest hypnotist.
He is certified with:
  • National Guild of Hypnotists
  • National Board of Hypnosis Education and Certification
  • International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association
  • Society of Neuro-Linguistic


Cheryl Elman      Cheryl J. Elman, CH, CMT


Cheryl J. Elman has spent over 30 years teaching in Art, HS Special Ed, and business training. She taught High School Special Ed and has tutored and supervised tutoring programs in the schools for Sylvan Ace It! Tutoring Programs.

Her experience includes:

  • MAHC 2014 Teacher of the Year.
  • Certified Master Trainer with IACT
  • Certification with the National Guild of Hypnotists
  • Certified Instructor and School with IMDHA
  • President of the Triangle Chapter of the NGH, Raleigh NC
  • Presenting Globally in 16 countries for courses and Hypnosis Conferences
  • Teaching, Sales and Marketing for the DEHI Hypnosis Courses
  • Webmaster and Marketing Director for DEHI
  • Goulding Process of SleepTalk for Children Consultant
  • B.S. in Varying Exceptionalities and Elementary Ed - Syracuse University
  • Sales and Marketing - NYC, Florida & North Carolina
  • Essay & Oratory Committee Chairperson - Optimist Club
  • Over 14 years encouraging expression & creativity through the Visual Arts as co-founder                               of Crafts on Wheels Inc (NC), and Ceramics on Wheels (FL)

Dave Elman demo in NJWho was Dave Elman? 

When people talk about great hypnotists of the 20th century, two names come to mind. Milton Erickson... and Dave Elman.   They have equal stature. 

This is surprising because Erickson published dozens of books and papers on hypnosis and was actively promoted by his followers who wrote dozens of books about Erickson, but Elman published only one book, "Findings in Hypnosis" (later published as "Hypnotherapy"). Why is Dave Elman held in such high esteem? His induction is that good!

Erickson's inductions could take a very long time, but Elman would place a subject into deep trance in less than a minute!

Elman published only one book, but that ONE book had such an impact that many consider Elman to be the greatest hypnotist of all time. There is very little accurate information out there about Dave Elman but this new site and our products are going to change all that!  

Dave Elman (1900-1967) was born David Kopelman in Park RiverND in May 1900, and grew up in FargoND. He died in 1967.

He was inspired to research hypnosis because his father, dying of cancer, received pain relief from hypnosis which enabled him to play with Dave one last time.

Dave toured with a number of vaudeville troops, serving as a musician, a comedian, a bit player, and in several other capacities.

It was in this period that he began using the name Dave Elman because the extra three letters of Kopelman prevented getting better billing on theater marquees. In this period, he also was billed as "The World's Youngest and Fastest Hypnotist" because his research in hypnosis after his father's death had led him to discover means of hypnotizing subjects in mere seconds. This was an important discovery in the fast-paced world of the vaudeville circuit where slow acts bored audiences and were fired for that. It was several decades later that he realized that this speed of hypnotic induction also made hypnosis useful in medicine.

In the 1920s, Dave worked as a songwriter for W. C. Handy while still also playing as a jazz musician. This led him into radio, his primary career from the mid-1920s into the early 1950s. In 1937, he created the program "Hobby Lobby" which was carried coast-to-coast for over a decade—an unusual achievement for that era. He also created "War Bond Auction," a program which generated very large amounts of money for the war effort. He received many awards for this from the Government.

In 1949, he demonstrated his rapid induction methods and knowledge of pain control to doctor friends. As a result, he was asked to provide a course on hypnosis to physicians and dentists. He insisted that he not practice medicine but only teach the techniques of hypnosis. His students often researched further medical applications and reported these back to be described in the course. His courses on hypnosis taught more physicians this subject than any other teacher before or since. The audio recordings of the classes and his book HYPNOTHERAPY are regarded as classics in the field of Medical Hypnosis.          (Courtesy of his son, H. L. Elman)




Dave Elman Hypnosis Institute
920 Barker Rd
Henderson, NC  27537
(252) 432-2205
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