Ketamine Infusion Clinic Los Angeles

A Ketamine Clinic Near Me: TMS & Brain Health in Los Angeles

Frshminds caught up with Ben Spielberg, founding neuroscientist & CEO of TMS & Brain Health, a ketamine infusion clinic in Los Angeles to find out the guiding philosophy behind his clinic and how he views he world of psychedelic medicine.

What got you interested in using ketamine in practice?

I studied neuroscience in graduate school, and my focus early on had been in clinical neuromodulation and neuroimaging. So I developed somewhat of a specialty in these evidence-based, but nontraditional treatments for mood disorders and how they directly impact functional connectivity in the brain. At the time, a lot of my work had been using imaging for technological interventions like TMS, neurofeedback, and tDCS to try to predict or confirm different treatment protocols for mood disorders. The addition of using ketamine came about naturally; I quickly realized that psychiatry in general is trending towards procedural based treatments, and ketamine was interesting because it blurred the lines between psychopharmacology management and a procedure. More importantly, it worked quickly. Even treatments like TMS take at least a few weeks to work, but what made ketamine so special is that it has a high probability of having a profound impact within the first hour of administration due to its mechanism of action as an NMDA receptor antagonist (among other things). My master’s thesis involved looking at functional neuroimaging before, and immediately after ketamine treatments. By the time my thesis was completed, I witnessed firsthand countless individuals with treatment-resistant depression get better. I realized that ketamine wasn’t just a trend; ketamine is here to stay for the long-haul.

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Ben Spielberg, M.S. – Founding Neuroscientist & Chief Executive Officer

What makes your practice special?

I think there’s a lot that makes TMS & Brain Health unique. First and foremost, we have a completely customized program for each person, such that no one’s treatment plan looks exactly the same. Some people may do ketamine infusions. Other people may combine ketamine nasal spray with therapy and TMS. Some people may do medication management and neurofeedback. Secondly, my background in neuroscience, in addition to the unique clinical prowess of the team, enables us to really fine-tune a number of these treatment options for our patients. We don’t stick to one ketamine dosage, TMS protocol, or therapeutic intervention.

Finally, we just opened an online ketamine platform using 100% telemedicine called Bespoke Treatment. Although we’re only licensed to serve patients in California currently, we hope to expand this program and make alternative treatment options more accessible for everyone.

How do you see psychedelic medicine and therapy evolving in the future?

This is the most exciting time in recent history for psychedelic medicine and research. In the near future, I think we’ll see both FDA approval for psilocybin for Major Depressive Disorder and FDA approval for MDMA-assisted psychotherapy for PTSD. I’m hoping that the FDA will finally approve ketamine (not just esketamine) for depression, but it seems unlikely as pharmaceutical companies aren’t incentivized to fund research for generic drugs, unfortunately. Within the next 10 years, I think we’ll see other medications for mood disorders come out which are pharmacologically similar to psychedelic drugs.

What’s the one piece of advice you would offer to patients consider ketamine to help them manage their mental health?

The most important thing to realize is that if you’ve tried “traditional” antidepressants and they didn’t work, you still have options. There are TMS clinics all over the country now. Ketamine is becoming easier to access and prescribe, and oftentimes Spravato can be covered by insurance. Neurofeedback can be quite helpful, especially with anxiety and PTSD. My biggest piece of advice is to understand that there are options for mental health conditions that you likely have never heard of.

What are the most remarkable changes you have seen in patients who have taken ketamine to manage their mental wellness?

I’ve seen countless changes from ketamine that have been nothing short of remarkable. I’ve seen people come into my offices who have been suffering for decades. Oftentimes they’ve tried all of the “usual stuff” like multiple different medications, augmentation trials of medications, and countless hours of therapies, all to no avail. It’s amazing to see people walk into my office so depressed, and oftentimes tearful at the time of filling out intake paperwork, to then watch them walk out of the infusion room less than an hour later in full remission. Smiling, laughing, joking around with staff, and feeling lighter all around. It’s truly incredible to watch.

If you’ve been looking for a ketamine infusion clinic in Los Angeles for you or a family member, be sure to check out TMS & Brain Health’s Frshminds listing or website.

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Frshminds’ “A Ketamine Clinic Near Me” series profiles mental health professions involved in the administration of ketamine for mental health and wellness.

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I've battled depression for most of my adult life, so I speak with the voice and experience of someone who understands the fight.

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