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Hyperbaric therapy and hyperbaric chambers have been used for literally centuries to help improve the body's ability to heal itself. Hampton Roads Hyperbaric Therapy, Inc. has been located in the Renova Center in the thriving Neon Arts District of Downtown Norfolk since 2012. Cara Mae Melton and Sarah Stoltman purchased the business in January 2015 with a vow to create awareness of and access to hyperbaric oxygen therapy as a natural way to heal. They immediately insisted on turning the company into a benefit corporation as a public statement of their dedication to helping the community. Since then they have treated thousands of patients, helped repair thousands of lives and brought together thousands of families. They continue to incorporate the latest and practices and protocols to constantly improve results and the HBOT experience. Everything they do is in pursuit of creating the best outcomes for each and every patient that walks through the door.

HBOT is breathing 100% oxygen at simulated depths below sea level in order to bring healing oxygen to the cells that need it. Under pressure, 100% is able to permeate beyond the red bloods into the plasma and tissue to reach deep into areas where injury, illness or disease have compromised. Not only does the oxygen travel through the plasma it also diffuses into the surrounding tissue three times farther. HBOT enables processes in the body such as angiogenesis, neuroplasticity, and stem cell mobilization. It helps reduce inflammation and reduce infection.

Many of the patients we see are experiencing or have experienced a traumatic brain injury. In order to serve them and the community in a more powerful manner, we have added QEEG and neurofeedback to our practice. This enables patients to see exactly how their brains are "firing" and provides an evidence base, personalized training protocol to help create the optimal brain responses and alleviate symptoms associated with the brain not working the way it should.
Avatar Director of Programs

I have spent the last 10 years of my life treating over three thousand patients with hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT); it sounds crazy, but this is my purpose in life. When you see people walk in to the clinic empty, alone, numb, hopeless that anything will ever help them, you want to do whatever you can to help. Then, when you see them start walking again for the first time in years, improve their speech it's the most rewarding thing ever.

Avatar President

Cara Mae Melton is passionate about helping people live their best lives. She is a dynamic executive who has been applying expertise in business oversight, strategy, operations and development over the last 20 years for early stage and start up organizations. She is an innovator and entrepreneur focused on solving consumer and business problems through the creation and delivery of inventive interventions, products and solutions. Cara Mae has held C-level roles in for profit and nonprofit organizations. She started and/or ran multiple companies in the legal, health and military verticals. She is the co-founder and CEO of CareConscious, LLC, co-founder and President of Heal the Warriors, Inc. and co-owner and President of Hampton Roads Hyperbaric Therapy, Inc. and Tidewater Hyperbaric, LLC. Melton is also a principle in Ripple Group, Inc., founding board member of the National Hyperbaric Association and provides consultation for multiple companies regarding product strategy and development. Cara Mae is a runner, tennis player and mother of 3 incredible children.

Avatar Safety Director, Hyperbaric Technician

Tommy is the safety director and an a certified hyperbaric technician. He has been helping people in our community receive HBOT since 2012! Tommy is also a licensed massage therapist.

Avatar Medical Director

Dr. Steckler is residency trained and board certified in emergency medicine. She has primarily been providing hyperbaric oxygen therapy at hospitals in Hampton Roads since 2017.

Avatar Patient Coordinator

Karegan ensures that the community knows all about the services we provide. When patients are receiving therapy, she makes it her mission to ensure they have the absolute best care and experience possible. Karegan is also attending college pursuing a career in family counseling.