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Our U.S. A-Fib Support Volunteers

Want to become a A-Fib Support Volunteer? Click for more information.

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When diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation, you have many questions. It helps to have someone who has “been there” and is there for you now. Our A-Fib Support Volunteers want to help and are just an email message away.

This list of U.S. A-Fib Support Volunteers is arranged by geographical region. Note: substitute an “@” symbol for the “(at)”.


A-Fib Support Volunteers

New England, USA
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont

David H., Lexington, Massachusetts, E-mail: dholzman1776(at) 

Fred F., Boston, Massachusetts;  E-mail: fredfan1(at)

Rich O., Boston, Massachusetts; E-mail: celtic8586(at)

Northeast, USA

Delaware, Indiana, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia

Jerry W., Long Island, New York; E-mail: Jerrynmn1(at) 

Ken C., Loveland, OH; E-mail: closeks(at) (expertise: Dr. Sirak’s Five Box Mini-Maze operation)

Scott N., Montrose, NY (North of New York City): E-mail: Matrix058(at) (expertise: Dealing with the ablation process)

Chris L., New York City: Email: tizzy10191(at) (48 year-old New York Policeman: expertise: first Flutter ablation, then A-Fib ablation)

Southeast, USA

Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina,
South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia

Ed W., Fort Lauderdale, Florida; E-mail: edwebbfl(at) (Athlete, Heart Rate Monitor expertise) (see his personal experience story, #15: Cyclist/Triathlete with Persistent A-Fib)

Alan A., Richmond, Virginia; E-mail: adanet56(at)

Al D., Delray Beach, Florida; E- mail: adrelich(at) (Medicines keep Alvin A-Fib free)

Bob W., Palm Coast, Florida (Veteran); E-mail: bobwhitehurst(at)

Jay T., Atlanta, Georgia; E-mail: jjteresi(at) (see his personal experience story, #55: In A-Fib at age 25!—A guy deals with the anxiety. A-Fib free after two ablations at Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute)

Michael M., Raleigh, North Carolina; E-mail: halfmooncorp(at)

Sheri W., Winchester, Virginia; E-mail: sheriweber47(at) (Cox-Maze IV experience) Read Sheri’s story in our book Beat Your A-Fib: The Essential Guide to Finding Your Cure, A Life on Meds Wasn’t Good Enough—Selects a Minimally Invasive Cox-Maze IV, p. 105.

Stuart S., Virginia; E-mail: ssutphin(at)

Northwest, USA
Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming

Karl G., Salem, Oregon. Telephone: (503) 949-1162—Karl prefers to talk over the phone after 4:00 pm PST. E-mail: karlgranat(at) (Two ablations by Dr. Natale in San Francisco).

Todd F., Spokane, Washington. E-mail: cco2coug(at) (Three failed ablations in the Pacific Northwest, then successful ablation by Dr. Natale in San Francisco.)

Ronny Sullivan, West Seattle, WA. E- mail: ronnysullivan(at) (206) 396-7682. Still seeking cure. (A-Fib for 10-15 years, two failed ablations, a stroke, several cardioversions, and done extensive research.)

Southwest, USA

Hawaii, USA

Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah

Beverly W., Los Angeles, CA; E- mail: beverlywelsh(at) (expertise: Living with A-Fib, Drug Therapies)

Ed N., Monterey Peninsula, CA; E- mail: trigeeked(at)

Kathy B., Oceanside, CA. E-mail: Katbuda(at)

Michele S., Salt Lake City, Utah; E-mail: mstraube(at) (see her personal experience story, #42: Cured After 30 Years in A-Fib by Dr. Marrouche)

Monique VZ, Irvine, CA; E- mail: mvancansun(at) (expertise: Women who exercise )

Bob Muenckler, Santa Monica, CA; By phone only 310-613-5413 (Expect an enthusiastic but long conversation. Leave your phone number, he will call you back on his own dime.) Expertise: Dr. Sirak’s Five-Box Thoracoscopic operation.

Mike Jones, Redding (Sacramento Valley), CA; E-mail: mjonesrdg(at) (expertise: A-Fib drugs, amiodarone, Finding the Right Doctor) (see his personal experience story, #64: Triathlete 18 years in A-Fib, on Amiodarone for eight years—then A-Fib free after ablation by Dr. Padriag O’Neill)

Emmett Finch (The Malibu Poet; read his poem “A-Fib’s-Demise“): Malibu, CA; Phone: 310-457-7895. E-mail: sunbro(at) Expertise: Watchman Device, AV Node Ablation and Pacemaker. Celebrated his 94th birthday in 2015.)

Warren D., Los Angeles, CA E-mail: warrenddara(at) (Expertise: Diagnosed with A-Fib at age 18! Now A-Fib free after catheter ablation) “I am a very young victim of A-Fib. I know how hard it is to deal with the condition at such a relatively young age. I would like to share my experiences and support the A-Fib community.”

SouthCentral, USA


Michael Y. Austin, TX: E-mail: youngmh.afib(at) (3 ablations, 2 cardioversions, 1 Watchman LAAC device, 60 years young). (Expertise: Endurance road cyclist with no family history or any other risk factors).
“I’ve been dealing with A-Fib since 2012 and have been down a long road with this issue. My experience with treatment has been relatively extensive. If I can help answer questions or just relate my experience to others, I could give back to others considering options or who are just nervous about what’s happening to them. I’m a full-time earth science researcher at a university. I’ve read a lot about causes and treatment for A-Fib.”


Hawaii, USA

Joe L., Honolulu, Hawaii; E-mail: jleonardo98(at)


Read the special poem A-Fib’s Demise 

by support volunteer, Emmett Finch, The Malibu Poet

North Central, USA
Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, 
North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin

Chris Z., Jackson, MI (South Central Michigan); E-mail: daddyzegar(at)  (Expertise: young people with A-Fib);(see his personal experience story, #56: A-Fib Started at Age 23!—Ablation by Dr. Eric Good at Un. of Michigan)

Greg W., Carbondale, Illinois; E-mail: ga2607(at)  (see his personal experience story, #32: Not Necessary To Go To Top-Name A-Fib Centers To Have Excellent Care and Good Results)

Howard F., Highland Park, Illinois;
E-mail: howard.felix(at)

Linda S., Grand Junction, Michigan; E-mail: linda-seaman(at)

Marilyn S., Commerce Township, MI (near Detroit);  E- mail: nmshook(at) (expertise: Pill-In-The-Pocket); (see her personal experience story, #25: Two Different “Pill-In-The-Pocket” Approaches—Both Turn to Catheter Ablation for a Cure)

Steven G. &  Sue G. (17-year-old when diagnosed & parent ready to help others), Michigan. E-mail: suegaston(at)

 South Central, USA
Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas

Steve P, Dallas, TX: E-mail: sjpully(at) (Expertise: A-Fib & Flutter Ablations, Finding the Best EPs, 20+ Years in A-Fib). Phone: 214-587-6133.

Mike M. Friendswood, TX. E-mail: mmmontz(at) (Expertise: Living with A-Fib after Heart Surgeries and Years of Chronic A-Fib)

For more information about our A-Fib Support Volunteers and how to volunteer, see my article: Want to become a A-Fib Support Volunteer?’

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DISCLAIMER: Support Volunteers are not medical doctors and are not affiliated with any medical school or organization. Any communication with Support Volunteers is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Nothing communicated by Support Volunteers is intended to be for medical diagnosis or treatment. Their opinions are their own.

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