About TMS & Brain Health
TMS & Brain Health is a Los Angeles-based integrative brain health center. We are proud to be the first dedicated Express Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Ketamine infusion provider in Southern California. We specialize in treating depression, anxiety, chronic pain, PTSD, OCD, and other mood disorders. As an immersive brain and mental health center, we provide scientifically proven and cutting-edge options to individuals instead of typical pharmaceutical antidepressants or therapy.
Our office’s focus is dedicated to ensuring the highest-quality patient care by focusing on the unique needs, experiences, and desired outcomes of those who entrust us with their care. We believe in making treatment accessible to as many people as possible through varied payment options, including insurance.
Our care model incorporates the latest psychiatric research and connects you with technology shaped by those advances in the field. We are experts in Express TMS, a powerful form of TMS therapy which creates long-lasting changes in just 3-minute sessions. Another radical treatment approach we offer are Ketamine infusions, a powerful medical regimen that is thought to “reset” the brain in individuals with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and chronic pain. Note that Ketamine infusions are “off-label,” and not yet FDA-approved.
Individuals suffering from depression and other mood disorders often find themselves with no options once therapy and medications have been exhausted. When other treatments have proved ineffective, both Express Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and ketamine infusions are ground-breaking treatment options offered at our clinic.
Anil Sharma MD, MBA – Co-founder and Medical Director
Dr. Anil Sharma is a board-certified psychiatrist and clinical pharmacologist with previous faculty positions at UCLA Department of Psychiatry, Stanford University School of Medicine, and VA Medical Centers. Dr. Sharma is well known for advancing the field of psychiatry through extensive clinical research into treatments for disorders such as autism, treatment-resistant depression, PTSD, bipolar disorder, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, ADHD, traumatic brain injury, nicotine addiction, and schizophrenia. Dr. Sharma has served as a consultant for the American Psychiatric Association and committee member of the American Society of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics. Dr. Sharma takes great pride in being able to offer Express TMS to a wide and diverse population.
Mitali Wadekar MD – Psychiatrist
Dr. Wadekar is a board-certified child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist. Dr. Wadekar has received training from both UCLA and the NIH in clinical and translational research. Dr. Wadekar has been on the forefront of TMS research for over a decade, and was among the first to use cutting-edge neuroimaging to treat patients with anxiety using TMS. Dr. Wadekar is an expert in optimizing treatment for individuals with mood disorders, often using the most effective and safest methods to help her patients change their lives. Dr. Wadekar is currently a Qualified Medical Examiner for the Department of Workers’ Compensation and a Principal Investigator for Asclepes Research, Inc.
Ben Spielberg MS – Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer
Ben Spielberg is passionate about mental health and brain health, as evidenced by almost a decade of experience in the field of brain-based behavioral health. Ben studied in graduate school at Columbia University’s Department of Biology and Behavior and received a Master of Science in Neuroscience and Education. During graduate school, his research was focused on clinical neuromodulation, some of which was published in prestigious journals such as Brain Stimulation. Ben’s research has been presented at The Clinical TMS Society, The International Neuropsychological Society, and the Western Psychological Association.
Jazmin Garcia EdM – TMS Technician
Jazmin Garcia obtained her B.A. in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2016 and her Ed.M. in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard Graduate School of Education. While completing her education she held various community based positions, including an assistantship which was funded by the NIH. These positions led her to develop a passion for working with individuals from underrepresented backgrounds. In the long term, Jazmin would like to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology with an emphasis in Latino Mental Health and work towards decreasing disparities in access to effective mental health treatment.
Our team’s contributions toward clinical research highlight our passion for successful patient outcomes through Express TMS. Our efforts help construct an understanding of the extent to which TMS and ketamine infusions can reduce the symptoms of common and chronic mood disorders, helping patients improve their quality of life in just 3 minutes.
- A preliminary study of fMRI-guided rTMS in the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder.
- Making the case for individualized TMS protocols: Full recovery using 16 Hz LDLPFC TMS
- Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR): How Can We Optimize Outcomes in CNS Research?
- In Vivo Brain Imaging of Human Exposure to Nicotine and Tobacco