Mission:  To expand Dave Elman's Hypnosis Methods Globally.

Col H Larry Elman, USAF Ret'd, CH, CI 
      son of Dave Elman  and CEO             
Cheryl J. Elman, CH, CMT and President of DEHI

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 & Trainers

Col H Larry Elman, USAF Ret'd, CH, CI, CMT 
Certified Consulting Hypnotist
Son of Dave Elman
Larry graduated 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 each year since 2009, teaching Dave Elman's methods.  He has also spoken at the IHF, ACHE, IMDHA/IAC and the Virginia Annual Conference, plus in England, Switzerland, Singapore and 3 cities in Australia.


  • Certified Consulting Hypnotist with the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH)
  • Certified Hypnosis Instructor with the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH)
  • Certified Master Trainer with IACT
  • 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

Cheryl J. Elman, CH, CMT
Certified Consulting Hypnotist
Certified Master Trainer

Cheryl J. Elman is the president and marketing force behind DEHI with the mission of having Larry share his first hand experience of Dave Elman as a father, a man and his careers in Hypnosis training, radio and Vaudeville.

Cheryl has spent over 30 years teaching in Art, HS Special Ed, and business.  She taught High School Special Ed, plus tutored and supervised tutoring programs in the schools for Sylvan Ace It! Tutoring Programs.     She worked as a Vice President, Trainer and Manager of two companies in NYC for 14 years.   Whether she is being client centered in her therapy, or student centered in her training, she brings humor, energy and creativity to the situation. 

Her experience includes:

  • Certified Consulting Hypnotist  with the National Guild of Hypnotists (NGH)
  • Certified Hypnotist with International Association of Counselors and Therapists (IACT)
  • Certified Master Trainer of Hypnosis with IACT
  • B.S. in Varying Exceptionalities and Elementary Ed - Syracuse University
  • A.A. in Liberal Arts from Rockland Community College
  • 30 years Sales and Marketing - NYC, Florida & North Carolina
  • Essay & Oratory Committee Chairperson - Optimist Club
  • Member of Henderson Optimist Club Board of Directors
  • Henderson Vance Chamber of Commerce Ambassador
  • Over 14 years encouraging expression & creativity through the Visual Arts

Don Patterson, CH, CI

Supervising Instructor

Don Patterson is President of Maryland Family Hypnosis, although on a sabatical from it, in Europe for several years. He 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.  Don holds a black belt in Taijutsu Karate.  He is certified with:

  • Consulting Hypnotist and Instructor with the National Guild of Hypnotists
  • National Board of Hypnosis Education and Certification
  • International Medical and Dental Hypnotherapy Association
  • Society of Neuro-Linguistic Programming.

Dave Elman Hypnosis Institute
920 Barker Rd
Henderson, NC  27537
(252) 432-2205
Fax (252) 438-5220
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