N-Methyl-D-Aspartate (NMDA) receptor antagonist that has traditionally been used for the induction and maintenance of anesthesia. Ketamine had proven to be safe and effective, even as a sedative for children requiring immobilization to enable performance of a painful procedure.
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Studies were conducted from 2000-2006, which ultimately showed Ketamine was a viable alternative treatment for depression. This led to the rise of doctors going off-label and using Ketamine for treatment resistant depression, pain management, and other psychiatric disorders.
Ketamine therapy involves the administration of a single infusion or a series of infusions. Whether a single dose or series, ketamine frequently reduces or eliminates signs of depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, etc. – with nearly all studies confirming a greater than 75% success rate. Whereas, conventional antidepressants must be taken daily in order to mask and/or reduce symptoms of depression – with a low rate of success on the first medication prescribed.
For the average patient, the acute phase of ketamine intravenous therapy calls for a series of six sessions followed by occasional booster infusions – if and as needed. This short-term treatment yields fast-acting response (often within hours) with long-lasting symptom relief (in some patients, permanent relief without further treatment).
New therapies like ketamine are changing how depression is understood, and may pave the way for future research that helps us understand the brain in all of its complexity.
Source: Yale Medicine
KURE requires a consultation with one of our practitioners to determine if ketamine is the right therapy for you.
Valentina is a board certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner dedicated to treating depression, anxiety, addictions, PTSD, and trauma. She has 14+ years of experience in healthcare with specialties in addiction medicine, psychiatry and mental health, as well as emergency department, surgery, and oncology. She received post-graduate degree in Psychiatric Mental Health at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Utah. She is a Clinical Faculty at Moorpark College nursing program and a Nurse Practitioner at Los Angeles addiction treatment centers. Valentina believes in the integrative approach that mergers best of Western and Eastern medicine and she has a holistic view on healing all aspects of life that contribute to mental illness. She believes that each client is unique so every treatment plan should be uniquely tailored to that individual; her goal is also to make clients feel accepted and safe. Valentina has been practicing transcendental meditation, yoga, and Ayurvedic lifestyle for many years. She enjoys living in the Santa Monica Mountains and hiking local trails.
Dr. Yun is Board-Certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology and Certified in Adult and Pediatric Advanced Life Support. He received his B.S. with Honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his M.D. with Honors from the University of Southern California in 1996, followed by three years of additional training in Anesthesiology at the UCLA Medical Center. He has been in private practice since 2000. For the last 15+ years, he has served as Director of Anesthesia for Dr. Daniel Kharrazi, – Former Team Physician for the Los Angeles Lakers. Dr. Yun is a Clinical Professor at Western University of Health Sciences and a Lecturer at the Loma Linda School of Dentistry. He has received the Physician of Excellence Award multiple times from the Orange County Medical Association. He has been recognized as “Anesthesiologist of the Year” by the Fresh Start Surgical Charity and is a proud supporter of the So Cal Bulldog Rescue Organization.
Andy has built a solid experience in health care in the last 18 years, with specialties in sleep medicine, critical care, anesthesia and post anesthesia care, as well as psychiatry and mental health. He graduated from California State University Los Angeles, and attended schools in University of Scranton in Pennsylvania, and Stevenson University in Maryland. He completed his nursing residency in Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, and has worked in University of Maryland Medical Center, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, and recently at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland. He loves to hike big mountains in his free time, and has traveled to several countries to experience other cultures. He currently resides in Los Angeles California.
Janet Sharma is from Los Angeles, CA, and began her career as a registered nurse in the emergency department, treating medical and psychiatric emergencies. During that time, she returned to school to earn a bachelor’s degree and, soon after, her master’s degree in nursing, earning her Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner Certification. Since then, Janet has had experience working with individuals in outpatient and inpatient mental health settings using various treatment modalities. She is passionate about learning, growing, and exploring the field of mental health. Her stated purpose is to provide compassionate care and aid in healing those with mental illness. Janet believes in accepting the past, being mindful of the present, and embracing the future.
Erica’s passion for healthcare stems from the insatiable curiosity she has for humans and her belief that everyone deserves freedom from the chains of mental illness. She became immersed in the world of mental health afflictions during employment as a pre-medical student, and this interest extended into a desire to assist all kinds of patients in accessing the most appropriate mental health resources for them. She has seen the positive and frankly, life-changing, effects of ketamine treatment firsthand during her time as a medical assistant at a clinic providing infusions for individuals with treatment-resistant depression and chronic pain. She is proud to be serving the community of southern California with the services here at KureKetamine as Business Office Manager. Armed with an extensive background in behavioral health to best complement the care you receive here, she holds certifications in Brain Health, as well as Meditation. When she is not working, you can catch her at hot yoga, biking through LA, body surfing at the incredible beaches here, trying out a new Pinterest recipe, and reading about neuroscience.