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Ketamine therapy for mood disorders in Arizona

Depression Treatment

Ketamine for Depression Treatment in Scottsdale, AZ

Today most depression is treated with oral antidepressants known as SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor). Common drugs include Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Lexapro, and Celexa. Or SNRI (Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor). This includes Pristiq, Cymbalta, Fetzima, and Effexor.

Statistically, these treatments are only effective in 47% of patients and have challenging side effects.  We are now using ketamine to successfully treat patients with SSRI and SNRI resistant depression.  When ketamine is used in the proper set and setting and combined with integration and intent, we are able to help over 90% of our patients who have failed traditional therapies. 

Read more to learn more about how Advanced Wellness and Pain in Scottsdale, AZ can help relieve your symptoms and give you the resources you need.

How Does Ketamine Help with Depression? (The Science)

Traditionally, research focused on serotonin– as the chemical solely responsible for mood. Hence, SSRI and SNRI were developed to treat depressive conditions/symptoms. However, there is a second pathway at the NMDA receptor that plays an equal or possibly a more important role in depression. 

At lower doses, ketamine is able to act at this receptor and increase glutamate (the most abundant excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain), and cause a cascade of events that result in neuroplasticity (new nerve connections) and the reversal of the negative effects of chronic stress and depression in the brain (Prefrontal cortex). Chronic depression has been shown to do the exact opposite of ketamine, and deteriorate these important neural connections. Ketamine has even been shown to be effective in alleviating suicidal ideation.

What Does This Mean For Me? (Bottom Line)

When infused at a low dose into the bloodstream, IV ketamine treatments can bring rapid relief in over 90% of patients who failed traditional antidepressants. Traditional antidepressants can take anywhere from weeks to months to fully feel the effects, but ketamine works much faster. Patients often feel improvement after a single treatment. However, an initial series of treatments over two weeks will allow lasting results for several weeks to several months. When combined with integration coaching, lifelong changes can occur.

Please schedule an appointment today with Advanced Wellness and Pain to see if we can help you restore some quality back into your life utilizing Ketamine for your depression treatment. We offer free phone consultations and will be happy to share our results with you.

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James T. Leathem, DO

Dr. James Leathem is a board-certified anesthesiologist and a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. He was born and raised in Connecticut and graduated from Florida Southern College with a bachelor of science in marketing management with minors in sociology and communications. He obtained his medical degree from Midwestern University’s Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency in anesthesiology at Michigan State University and its affiliated McLaren Greater Lansing Hospital.

In 2015, after residency, Dr. Leathem returned to Arizona to practice anesthesiology. He joined Red Mountain Anesthesiologists and worked primarily at Banner Baywood Medical Center in Mesa, performing 100% of his own cases. He was made partner in the group after demonstrating 3 years of anesthesia excellence and administering over 4,000 anesthetics. In 2019, a corporate change occurred and an opportunity presented itself in which he was able to transition out of the hospital to surgery center and clinic-based anesthesia.

Dr. Leathem realizes that the only constant in life is change. In 2020, amidst the global pandemic, his career took a different direction. This change led him to collaborate with Dr. Wong and Dr. Sharma and they founded Advanced Wellness and Pain (AWAP). Their mission is to provide a variety of state-of-the-art procedural services that improve patients’ quality of life and overall physical and mental well-being.

Dr. Leathem believes that we are all a work in progress and that each day, one should strive to make positive changes in their life. He is here to help empower each patient on their journey to be their best self and live their best life. When you are being cared for by Dr. Leathem, you can be assured that he will give you his undivided attention and time.

Gregory Wong, MD

Dr. Wong is a Board-Certified Anesthesiologist and a member of both the American Society of Anesthesiology and the Arizona Society of Anesthesiology. He did his undergraduate training at the University of California at Davis, Davis, California; doctorate training at The University of Health Sciences of the Chicago Medical School, North Chicago, IL; and his post-doctoral training at the Integrated Program at the University of Arizona, Phoenix, AZ. He has spent his whole 24-year career practicing in Arizona.

Dr. Wong grew up in the Bay Area of California. He is married and is raising three daughters. At the early age of 12 years old, he knew he wanted to become a physician. His love of the human spirit, intrigue of human physiology, and compassion for human suffering led him to the path of anesthesiology and pain medicine.

Today, Dr. Wong realizes patients need a holistic biophysical-mental-spiritual care. This philosophy has brought him to the studies of regenerative medicine and infusion therapies. He has firsthandily witnessed the overwhelming success of these therapies for treating chronic pain and depression and the return of patients of “life-functionality.”

“There has never been a time more important than now to advocate for our patients in these difficult times. We owe it to our patients to offer these state-of-the-art treatment modalities that weren’t available before.”

Deepak Sharma, MD, MBA

Dr. Sharma is a Board Certified Anesthesiologist and a member of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. He completed three degrees at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA: a Bachelor in Finance, a Master in Business Administration, and a Doctor of Medicine. He went on to complete residency at the Mount Sinai Morningside-West Hospital System in New York, NY and post-graduate fellowship at Stanford Medical Center in Palo Alto, CA.

Dr. Sharma is committed to treating his patients as a whole with a comprehensive biophysical-mental-spiritual approach. He is a lifelong learner and is constantly researching cutting-edge therapies backed by scientific studies. He has taken a particular interest in regenerative and infusion therapies after witnessing firsthand their significant benefits on those suffering from chronic pain and depression. In his free time, Dr. Sharma enjoys spending time with his family and friends, hiking, traveling, reading, and meditation.