Randall spent the first half of his professional career in international communications and documentary production. His interest in the therapeutic effect of movement led to him co-founding Integrated Listening Systems (ILS), the first program for improving brain function through the systematic integration of music and movement. Randall also developed and patented a sleep product utilizing bone conducted music, the Dreampad, which won awards in the sleep industry and resulted in Randall’s 15 minutes of fame as a guest on the reality TV show Shark Tank.
Working with tools and therapists who were successfully stimulating the vagus nerve, and helping thousands of clients in the process, was a highlight of his professional career. But it was the experience of having teenagers that introduced Randall to the invaluable teachings of Polyvagal Theory. It was this personal experience – learning how our defensive mechanisms work, how our states shift, and how we co-regulate each other - that led to early discussions with the other PVI founding members to create an institute dedicated to bringing a polyvagal perspective to the broader population.