Dr. Ken grew up on the South Side of Chicago as one of 12 children. His mother was a nurse and his father was an embalmer when he was born. Later his father sold reference books to Universities as his career.
He skipped 8th grade and entered the seminary to study for the priesthood at the age of 12. He lived the monastic life for 3 years till his senior year of high school. He lived away from home for those 3 years.
"I learned a lot in the seminary. Our average class size was only 6 students and our teachers were all priests. Many of them had PhD's and had been trained in Paris and Rome. They traveled all over the world and had a real world view.
Most of our teachers had been to China and other parts of Asia. The emphasis was on spirituality, scholastics and sports. But I knew by the time I finished my 3rd year I didn't have a priestly vocation. I had seen a beautiful girl at a basketball game one day and intuitively knew the celibacy thing just wasn't right...not right for me anyway" Grossman said.
Dr. Ken graduated from high school at age 16 and volunteered for the United States Air Force just 2 days after his seventeenth birthday. He was discharged as Staff Sergeant with a wife, a baby and almost 3 years of college credits by the time he was 21.
Years before he was involved in the profession of hypnotherapy, Dr. Ken started and built businesses. He employed many young men and women who served in the armed forces. Because the Viet Nam war was in full swing at that time many of the men and women he hired had served in Viet Nam. By the time he was 25 he owned 7 businesses and had 60 people working for him.
He felt that one of the most challenging, yet rewarding aspects of his position as head of his growing organization was counseling his employees. Many employees opened up to him about their personal problems. He knew if his employees did better in their personal lives they would also do better on the job so he did all he could to listen and help but often he felt unqualified to assist. He knew he needed more training.
So he returned to college to take courses in the behavioral sciences, especially psychology, to help him understand human nature. In one such course he discovered the tremendous value of hypnosis and was hooked on its benefits.
Because of his passion for hypnotism he later sold his businesses to his employees and went to school full time.
He completed his education and devoted full time to the profession of hypnotherapy. He has now been a Board Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist for over 30 years.
He has hypnotized hundreds of thousand people in the United States and around the world. He has written and recorded many top selling personal growth and development programs.
He’s been listed in “Marquis Who’s Who in the World” for his achievements. His undergraduate work was done at the University of Chicago and the University of Nebraska at Omaha and he received his doctorate in Clinical Hypnotherapy from the American Institute of Hypnotherapy.
Further he earned a Harvard University Medical School Certificate in Lifestyle Medicine for Weight Loss Management. He also has a Certificate from Cornell University In Plant-Based Nutrition.
He studied hypnotism with the leading teachers both in the United States and in the United Kingdom. He trained in London at the UK Academy of Therapeutic Arts and Sciences. He received his International Certified Instructor Certificate in Hypnotherapy from the National Guild of Hypnotists.
Dr. Grossman's programs are based on the latest research from the pioneers in the field of LifeStyle Medicine and nutrition. Dr. Grossman has studied with the best in the field:
He was the director of the Hypnotism Training Institute of Chicago for more than 15 years and was an adjunct professor at Moraine College near Chicago where he taught hypnosis and has lectured at many Chicago area colleges.
Dr. Ken enjoys creating world-class hypnotherapy programs, coaching, consulting, speaking and writing. Nothing thrills him more than guiding people into hypnosis and seeing them accomplish things they never believed possible.
He has always had a passion for sailing and feels very at home on the ocean. He has sailed many tens of thousands of miles. He is a Licensed United States Coast Guard 100 Ton Master Captain.
He is a graduate of the Annapolis School of Seamanship and the Chapman School of Seamanship. He has sailed the Great Lakes, the Atlantic, the Intercoastal Waterway, the Gulf of Mexico, most all of the Caribbean Islands, Cuba, South America and the Hawaiian Islands.
He is also a both a NAUI and PADI certified SCUBA diver with hundreds of open ocean dives. He holds an Amateur Radio License with call sign KG4ISX. He has an honorable discharge from the United States Air Force, having served for 4 years during the Viet Nam era. He has a passion for both golf and fly fishing.
He believes in living life to the fullest and his wanderlust has taken him all over the world. During one exploration he had the opportunity to spend several months living amongst the Kuna Indians, the last indigenous people of the Caribbean who inhabit the San Blas Islands of Panama. While there he was one of the few outsiders to ever attend a Kuna puberty ritual ceremony as the guest of a Kuna chief.
He was privileged to be able to visit with many of the Kuna shaman throughout the San Blas Islands. They allowed him to study their primitive healing techniques first hand. What an amazing experience!
Dr. Ken has ben married to Jane for 26 years. Jane, a breast cancer survivor, who has published a book about their sailing adventures from Chicago to South America aboard their 34' Pacific Seacraft Crealock sailboat Iniki. You can read the first chapter of Jane's book "Windshifts: A True Story of Adventure and Triumph Over Breast Cancer " at www.JaneGrossman.com.
Jane is volunteer speaker for the Susan G. Komen Foundation which raises money for breast cancer. Jane also reviews grants for the Susan G. Komen foundation.
Besides raising awareness and funds for breast cancer, Dr. Ken and Jane's other special cause is the men and women of the United States Armed Forces and reducing their chances of getting post traumatic stress syndrome. In this regard, they founded the Military Combat Stress Relief Foundation, Inc, a non-profit 501(c)3 foundation which provides stress relief programs for our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
"The Kuna Indians in Panama are the second shortest race in the world next to the African pygmies. These women are the first Kuna we met after sailing from the Rosario Islands in Colombia...about 125 miles away. These women spoke no English and had not seen an outsider for many months. Luckily we knew many Kuna words from a guidebook that we found months before and could easily communicate with them."
Dr. Grossman helps people around the world make rapid behavioral changes using hypnosis...even if they don't speak English! Here is a group in Bogotá, Colombia who attend a program to be hypnotized with Grossman's simultaneous translation method. He has conducted international seminars world-wide.
"The Kuna women in this village brought me this old treadle(foot pump) sewing machine that hadn't worked for many, many years and I fixed it. They have no electricity and cook over open fires. Everything we learn in life pays off. I learned how to fix sewing machines over 40 years ago. "
Dr. Grossman holds a United States Coast Guard Captain Masters License with a 100 Ton rating. He is a graduate of both the Annapolis School of Seamanship and the Chapman School of Seamanship.
Dr. Grossman and Jane on their 24th anniversary in Napa, California getting ready to soar over the vineyards and wineries of the Napa Valley, one of the most beautiful places in the world in a hot air balloon.
Dr. Grossman and his wife Jane make a great team. Jane wrote a book about their sailing experiences and her diagnosis and cancer treatment in, "Windshifts, A True Story of Adventure and Triumph Over Breast Cancer".
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