Thomas was born and raised in Central Pennsylvania. For his undergraduate studies, he attended Messiah College, a Christian school in Grantham. In the late 1980s, Thomas became a General Partner in the Counseling Center of Central Pennsylvania. Together with Dr. Edward Crill, he wrote the anxiety-phobia treatment manual, Overcoming Fears, which was used by the Center for therapy groups. In 1991, he received a Master's of Science in Counseling Psychology-Community Mental Health and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Education in Counseling with Clinical Supervision degree from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD.
In 1993, Thomas moved to Maui, Hawaii, where he immersed himself into the study of alternative medicine — massage, raw food, rebirthing, Rolfing, Aurvedic medicine, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine, Ashtanga yoga, and more. Thomas studied the Hawaiian Kahuna Teachings of Ho'oponopono. He was also fortunate to find his spiritual teacher there - the Venerable Lama Tenzin, who opened a source of inexhaustible wisdom for him, preserved by the Tibetan culture. Under Lama's guidance, in 1993, Thomas took refuge and became a student of Tibetan Buddhism. Thomas spent 13 years in Hawaii, during which he also maintained his private practice as a psychologist. Despite his healthy lifestyle, in 2008, Thomas became severely asthmatic.
After a very difficult battle with the disease, he successfully cured himself by applying the Breathing Normalization method under the supervision of Dr. L. Buteyko and Dr. A. Novozhilov. After his recovery, Thomas completed an intensive internship at Clinica Buteyko (Moscow) and received the degree of Advanced Normalization Breathing Normalization Specialist.