Tom Maat has appeared in newspaper articles, and has participated in several radio programs dealing with the paranormal and became a statewide representative for the American Ghost Society in June of 2007. He joined the Michigan chapter of MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) in October 2008 and as of January 2009, is an official MUFON investigator for West Michigan.
As a young child, he could remember having feelings of not being alone whenever he was in a room by himself. During the summer of 1971, he had an experience while meditating, which started him on the path of Shamanic studies and practices, which resulted in being certified as an Ama Deus Shamanic Healer in 2004. Throughout the years, he has been searching for information about the paranormal through personal investigations, books, lectures and numerous paranormal organizations. In 2003 he was instrumental in the creation of the Great Lakes Paranormal Research Organization based in Michigan.