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How It All Began

Most companies begin with a vision, invention, or gap in the market.

Other times they begin when a parent’s life reaches rock bottom.

Our Founder and CEO, Tami Peterson, discovered hyperbarics after her daughter, JeAnnah, was diagnosed with viral encephalitis. JeAnnah went from a happy, functioning 9-year-old girl to functioning at the level of an 11-month-old infant in one day.

Tami did not give up hope for JeAnnah, and through countless hours of research and talking to parents of children around the world with similar conditions, Tami discovered Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.

She was able to convince a local hospital to treat JeAnnah, and within a few months, JeAnnah danced The Nutcracker ballet and was completely healed. Her recovery was a miracle. Tami knew that she was called to use her experience with JeAnnah to provide the healing and hope of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for others.

Tami founded The Oxford Center in 2008 in South Lyon, Michigan. Since then, she has worked to add multiple other therapies to our list of services, opened a second location in Troy, Michigan,  moved our South Lyon location to Brighton, Michigan, and then expanded that location to the over 70,000 square foot facility that it is today.

Tami’s Story

Oxford Kids Foundation

The Oxford Kids Foundation (OKF), a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, was founded in 2010 by Dr. Tami Peterson, Ph.D. It is dedicated to helping children in Michigan with disabilities, chronic illness, and traumatic injuries gain access to therapies and medical care not covered by insurance. These therapies, that they desperately need but cannot afford, can help recover these children and give them back the life they deserve. Today, the Foundation’s largest fundraiser is its annual gala and silent auction, with a fundraising goal of over $150,000.

“As thrilled as we are at the outpouring of generosity that our supporters give, there are so many more children–who are the most beautiful people one could ever meet–that need your support,” said Dr. Peterson. Please join the Oxford Kids Foundation’s top sponsors ABC Group & Todd Sheppelman and The Oxford Center to support these children. More information at