Nationally Recognized Speaker

Public and private agencies engaged in disaster preparedness and combat operations value Dr. Platoni’s expertise in dealing with the psychological aftermath of war, as well as her treatment of Service Members, Veterans, and first responders confronting trauma stemming from catastrophic life events.

Dr. Platoni shares her experiences from her tours of duty during Operations Iraqi Freedom and twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, the Fort Hood Massacre (the largest terrorist attack on any military installation in US history), and for the promotion of creative healing from psychological injuries in order to live, flourish and endure. 

All presentations can be customized for each organization's audience. Contact Dr. Platoni at 937-321-4020 to discuss your organization’s needs.

Recent Speaking Engagements

Police Academy Graduation Speech:  The hardest job you will ever love [click image for article] or  click here for PDF  2019

Police Academy Graduation Speech: The hardest job you will ever love [click image for article] or click here for PDF 2019

What really happened at Fort Hood.  Click on image for speech poster PDF.

What really happened at Fort Hood. Click on image for speech poster PDF.

Watch: PTSD from a survivor of the Ft. Hood massacre

Watch : Centerville Ohio Veterans Day Ceremony

Watch: Centerville Ohio Veterans Day Ceremony


  • PTSD: A Psychological Injury

  • War Trauma

  • Veterans in Crisis

  • Reintegration and Homecoming from War

  • The Moral Injury of War

  • Deadly Force Encounters/Officer Involved Shootings

  • Treatment of Chronic Pain

  • Hypnotherapy in the Treatment of PTSD and Chronic Pain



  • Hospitals and Medical Centers

  • Military and Veterans’ Groups

  • Political Action Groups

  • Police Departments and Organizations
    (NTOA, OTOA, Fraternal Orders of Police)

  • Veterans’ Treatment Courts

  • State and Federal Agencies

  • Chambers of Commerce

  • Colleges and Universities

  • First Responders


War: Trauma and Combat Stress

It is essential for mental health providers to develop a full working knowledge of those expected reactions to war trauma and warzone-related stress reactions/combat operational stress reactions.

  • Warning signs, triggers and coping strategies for combat stress, deployment and homecoming

  • Wartime survival strategies for combat stress, trauma exposure, and coping with war’s aftermath

  • Identifying the myths and realities that accompany redeployment to the homefront

  • Lessons of history learned and unlearned as this applies to wartime military service

  • Reintegration, homecoming and treatment of trauma for the returning Veteran

  • Alternative psychological treatment approaches successfully utilized in the combat theater of operations: cranial electrotherapy stimulation and hypnotherapy

Target Audiences: Mental Health Professionals, Law Enforcement Agencies, Veterans of All Wars, Military Personnel, and First Responders

Homecoming: Post-Traumatic Stress DisordeR

There are a multitude of post-deployment reintegration issues that all returning Service Members confront, as the warrior culture remains a fixed and immobile entity in the minds of all Veterans in post-deployment life.

  • Survival modes that are no longer functional on the home front

  • Living within a culture that has become an unfamiliar and foreign territory

  • Secondary traumatization on the home front, leaving the Veteran further isolated and alienated
    from the American populace

  • Treatment resources for one of our nation’s most vulnerable populations and invaluable assets-our Veterans

Target Audiences: Mental Health Professionals, Hospitals, Law Enforcement Agencies, Military Personnel, Veterans, and First Responders

Hypnotherapy: Pain and Trauma Recovery

Pendulums and pocket watches aside, hypnosis in the treatment of both acute and chronic pain is a viable alternative to dangerous and addictive drugs, particularly in the face of opioid or narcotic painkiller crackdowns in the ER, the OR, the dentist’s chair, and the psychologist’s office.

  • Hypnosis defined and myths dispelled

  • Hypnosis in the treatment of trauma

  • Impressive victories in the management of acute and chronic pain

  • Well-being and recovery from any number of psychological and medical conditions
    that can be accomplished by motivated patients

Target Audiences: Mental Health Professionals and Hospitals

Surviving Deadly Force: crisis Intervention for Law Enforcement

The police brain typically encounters an onslaught of stressors, far outside the realm of the normal range of human experiences, on a daily basis and in the course of law enforcement duties. There are countless types of traumatic events, aside from officer involved shootings that may result in psychological injuries.

  • Deadly force encounters consist of assaults on the brain, often resulting in psychological injuries following deadly force encounters and cumulative on the job severe and unremitting stressors

  • Critical Factors: obtaining on-scene peer support and referral to trained mental health professionals

  • Stress inoculation and resistance within the law enforcement community

  • Seeking out the support during times of struggle and adversity

Target Audiences: Law Enforcement Agencies, Military Personnel, First Responders