Richard Bermudes, MD: Medication Management and TMS
Dr. Bermudes is Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and Family Medicine, with 20 years’ experience caring for patients. He founded Mindful Health Solutions in 2007, serves as the practice’s Medical Director, and is an expert on TMS practice organization and policy development. With his background as a professor and researcher, he leads the practice in its mission to educate the public and clinicians on both mental health issues and TMS, to continually seek the most advanced treatments, and to actively contribute to the medical community’s knowledge of mental health conditions and therapy efficacy.
He recently wrote and edited “Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: Clinical Applications for Psychiatric Practice”, a book with key research findings on TMS as well as its potential to be used for other conditions such as OCD, PTSD, Adolescent Depression and mild dementia. He is experienced in treating patients with MDD (Major Depressive Disorder), including Unipolar Depression.
Dr. Bermudes is a caring, collaborative practitioner with a structured, goal-oriented approach to treating mental health conditions. His treatment plans may include TMS, medication management or cognitive therapy.
Keith Lui, MD: Medication Management and TMS
Dr. Lui is an Adult Psychiatrist who has a clinical focus on depression and mood disorders.
In undergraduate, Dr. Lui anticipated pursuing a career in business. With a Neurologist father, he wasn’t sure he wanted to go into medicine. Yet volunteering in an emergency room during college changed his course. He was struck by the immediate connection he felt to patient care. He saw the comfort and reassurance doctors provided for patients, and how this difference directly impacted the patients’ disposition. After this experience, he knew healthcare was his calling, and he pivoted towards a calling to medicine.
Most recently, Dr. Lui treated patients at a county mental health center. As the Crisis Unit Psychiatrist, he managed and diagnosed a wide variety of psychiatric illnesses. He implemented pharmacological and psychotherapeutic treatment of hospitalized patients. He worked with patients to create the best treatment plan possible, empowering them to take an active ownership in their care, as this doctor/patient partnership had a significant impact on aiding patients’ improvement.
Dr. Lui first has always been interested in Interventional Psychiatry and the opportunity to treat patients with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS.) Having treated patients with pharmacologic plans, he saw it was sometimes difficult to find the appropriate medication regiment for patients, and even when found, patients could relapse or worsen. He saw TMS as a safe treatment with limited side effects that can create lasting improvement for patients. He also appreciates the assuagement for some cultures that may be more comfortable with procedure vs. pills.
He joined Mindful Health Solutions in Late Summer of 2019.
Sharath Puttichanda, MD: Medication Management and TMS
Dr. Puttichanda is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist with a focus on depression including young adult-onset depression, anxiety, psychosis, trauma-related issues, and bipolar depression.
He finds the brain to be the most fascinating organ in the body. The human condition, the stories of our lives, and the opportunities he has had to observe, learn and be curious are what drew him to Psychiatry, and the fact that the brain is the seat of all behavior, emotion, and action.
For Dr. Puttichanda, his passion stems from a deep-seated desire to help those in crisis or in need. He believes humans are complicated and not perfect all the time. All of those aspects make the whole person. He uses his clinical skills to guide people in the right direction and build treatment plans to help his patients find relief from the suffering they may be experiencing. In working with patients, he meets them where they are emotionally and builds a collaborative partnership to help each person live their happiest, best lives.
He has witnessed patients treated with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) and seen great success and examples of recovery and relief from suffering. He sees TMS as a breakthrough treatment option for those with treatment-resistant mood disorders and anxiety disorders.
He joins Mindful Health Solutions in the late fall of 2020.