Why choose PAKC for TMS?
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TMS might be the answer for you if you are an adult patient who has received little to no benefit from medications; or experienced side effects from ECT.
TMS might be the answer for you.
- Have you tried many different antidepressant medications without success?
- Do you experience side effects from medication?
- Have you had ECT and experienced unpleasant side effects?
Depression is a treatable condition. Let us help you see color again!
TMS is an effective, non-invasive, non-drug treatment option for Major Depression. It does not require sedation or anesthesia. It is FDA approved and covered by most insurances companies.
TMS works by placing a magnetic coil on the scalp which painlessly delivers repeated, magnetic pulses to a targeted area of the brain which helps control mood and depression. The magnetic pulses deliver energy to stimulate neurons in the brain to effectively activate areas of inactivity in the brain. The most common side effect reported is a minor headache possible during the first few treatments that is easily treated with over the counter medications such as Ibuprofen or Acetominophen.
During the first treatment, called “mapping” several measurements are made to ensure that the TMS coil will be properly positioned over the patient’s head. A series of short, non-painful pulses are administered to elicit a motor response in the patients thumb to determine the exact location for treatment. The machine will make a series of clicking noises as the pulses are being delivered.
- Office Procedure
- Daily TX Monday – Friday for 6-9 weeks
- Treatment lasts 37 minutes
- Patients are awake and alert and can drive to and from appointment
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Meredith, Clinical Director
Meredith graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a B.S. in Psychology and attended the University of Kansas for graduate school. After years of working in residential treatment with adolescents, Meredith accepted the position of Physician Assistant at PAKC in 2010. She has since helped to launch the TMS and Ketamine programs at PAKC in 2016. She is also a certified Magstim technician.
Meredith believes in the life changing potential of TMS and is excited to help bring transformation to our patients, and see them return to a healthier life.
In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters. In her free time she is interested in genealogy and loves to travel.
Chris, Lead TMS Technician
Chris graduated from the University of Missouri with a bachelor’s in Psychology and is currently working on his Master’s in Mental Health Counseling at Webster University. He has 4+ years of experience in TMS clinics and considers TMS a passion of his. In his free time he enjoys the outdoors and spending time with his wife and kids.
Kim, TMS Technician
Kim graduated from The University of Phoenix with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Kim is certified as a Medical Assistant. She has previously worked in Family Practice and Cardiology. Kim thrives on getting to know her patients individually. She loves patient care and spending quality time with family.
Ashley, TMS Technician
Ashley graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City with a Bachelor of Arts in psychology and philosophy. Prior to TMS, Ashley worked with Neurodiverse adults as a teacher in a classroom and one-on-one as a mentor for just under four years at UMKC’s Propel program. Ashley is passionate about all things psychology and mental health related, especially when it comes to de-stigmatization through self-advocacy, deliberation, research, and education. Ashley is determined to further her education in graduate school. Outside of work and school, Ashley enjoys being outside in nature, reading, and spending quality time with her family, friends, boyfriend, and two cats.