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Richard Bermudes, MD: Esketamine, 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.
Christopher Chin, MD: Esketamine, Medication Management and TMS
Dr. Chin is a board-certified adult psychiatrist with a focus on diagnosing and treating individuals suffering from mood and anxiety conditions, and helping people in the management of clinical depression. He has a significant interest in diagnosing and treating mood disorders, specifically bipolar spectrum disorders, unipolar depression, treatment-resistant depression, as well as OCD, and anxiety conditions.
Although his undergraduate learning primed his interest in the neuroscience of human experience, he initially entered the medical field with the aspiration to become a primary care physician, as he greatly idealized the doctor-patient relationship. Over time through his medical studies and personal experiences, he developed an appreciation for the profound – and at times isolating – psychological and social consequences of psychiatric conditions. Caring for individuals living with these experiences as a psychiatrist became a natural fit for him, and he hasn’t looked back since.
Dr. Chin has a collaborative and holistic approach with his patients. Taking time to understand his patients’ personalities, situations, and preferences enhance his ability to modulate his approach and provide the most personalized care. Dr. Chin views clinical medicine as the art of understanding and responding to individual value judgments, and psychiatric practice is no different. He values his patients’ questions as it opens the door for dialogue and understanding of the best treatment for the individual.
For Dr. Chin, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is an effective, non-invasive therapeutic technology, and it provides an opportunity of robust improvement for many patients unresponsive to medications and psychotherapy. Having worked with patients with treatment-resistant conditions, he is excited to be able to offer this option to his patients. Moreover, the development of TMS as a therapeutic has contributed to the fundamental understanding of clinical depression and the brain’s role in other psychiatric conditions.
He joined Mindful Health Solutions in early 2021.
Sarah Shah, MD: Esketamine, Medication Management and TMS
Dr. Shah is a Board-Certified Adult Psychiatrist with an interest and experience in helping individuals suffering from a wide range of mental conditions, including ADHD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), and Major Depressive Disorders (MDD).
When originally pursuing medicine, she was drawn to internal medicine and began a residency in it, though psychiatry had always captured her interest and intrigue. For Dr. Shah, psychiatry is a field of medicine that is unique in the sense it combines science and art. This was a driving reason to consider pursuing psychiatry. What truly finalized her decision, however, was her own personal experience witnessing the ongoing stigma still present in terms of mental health care treatment. And while there are many reasons she enjoys the field of psychiatric care today, her continued advocacy for promoting the “destigmatization” of mental health care remains close to her heart.
Dr. Shah has a very individualized working style, based on the person or patient she is treating and their needs and style. Working together with the patient, as opposed to the sometimes “patriarchal” method of medicine, is her prime goal. For example, two patients with the same diagnosis don’t necessarily indicate approaching treatment goals in the same manner. She finds this highly collaborative approach leads to better patient treatment outcomes overall.
While Dr. Shah often helps her patients with a psychopharmacological approach, she sees psychiatry as a field of study that continues to grow and evolve with new advances and new treatments. This includes Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and esketamine nasal spray, both FDA-approved treatments for depression. For her, it is of utmost importance to be able to offer patients alternative treatments when medication and talk therapy haven’t been enough. She is pleased to provide new and up-to-date treatment options to her patients and help them find relief.
She joined Mindful Health Solutions in early 2021.
Jody Whitehouse, MD: Esketamine, Medication Management and TMS
Dr. Whitehouse is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist whose focus is on depression, anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, relationship issues, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.
Even at a young age, Dr. Whitehouse had a fascination with human behavior and a drive to alleviate suffering. When a family member was diagnosed with cancer, she saw firsthand that the body and mind are not distinct entities and that the quality of life matters as much, if not more, as the quantity. She vowed to learn how to help people lead fuller, richer lives. In her work with patients, she considers the whole person, not just the symptom or disorder.
She believes that everyone has an innate drive toward wellness and health. Unfortunately, the pathway to achieve well-being may be thwarted when old patterns that worked for earlier times are not serving us. In some cases, therapy is an appropriate solution. In other cases, genetics and biology overshadow development and there is a need to use the scientific tools at hand—medication, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and the newer therapies coming online such as esketamine—to help relieve suffering. Dr. Whitehouse combines the methods available to create treatment plans and help each individual and their unique needs.
Over the course of her career, she has seen the limitations of medication and therapy alone. She is excited to be able to offer TMS to such patients that haven’t found relief or recovery from psychopharmacology and psychotherapy alone. She has seen patients respond well to modalities such a TMS.
She joined Mindful Health Solutions in the Fall of 2020.