Dr. Bermudes is Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and Family Medicine, with 20 years’ experience caring for patients. He founded TMS 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.
Carolina Bonilla, MD
Dr. Carolina Bonilla is Board Certified in Adult and Geriatric Psychiatry. Her areas of expertise include late-life depression, grief, and treatment-resistant depression.
From an early age, Dr Bonilla was keenly interested in human behavior and in neuroscience, and determined to pursue a career in psychiatry. Through her work with geriatric patients, she developed a holistic approach that integrates physical, social, and medical aspects of health. She is rewarded by working closely with each patient, to create a treatment plan that considers the patient’s personal goals, values and specific medical and social conditions to treat their mental health conditions, and make meaningful changes in their lives that enable them to recover and thrive.
A native of Colombia, Dr. Bonilla is fluent in Spanish and particularly knowledgeable about women’s issues and Latin America. She has also a deep appreciation and respect for other cultures, and has worked successfully with patients from many other ethnic, religious and cultural backgrounds.
Syed Bukhari, MD
Dr. Bukhari is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with a combined 15 years in medical and psychiatric environments in the U.S. and Pakistan. After graduating from medical school in Pakistan, he worked mostly in Internal Medicine. With time, he found that he was more interested in psychiatric issues of these patients; his natural interest in psychology led him to psychiatry. He also saw that in comparison to physical health, there is a disparity in the attention given to mental health issues. He realized that psychiatric diseases remain undiagnosed due to people’s lack of acknowledgment of mental health issues along with the lack of psychiatric expertise in terms of trained psychiatrists and mental health institutions. These factors contributed to further augment his interest in psychiatry. Gradually the course of his career shifted from Internal Medicine to Psychiatry. He then decided to get residency training in Psychiatry in the United States. After coming to the US, he did one and a half year of volunteer psychiatry work to get hands-on clinical experience before his psychiatry residency.
Following residency, he became very interested in neuromodulation. He started reading about ECT and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and attended seminars to learn more. He attended talks by practitioners who practiced with TMS devices and used them to treat patients. From his clinical experience, he realized that some of the patients either do not want to take medications or develop undesirable side effects, or do not respond to medication treatment, and TMS could be an alternate treatment for such patients. His interest in TMS was sealed.
Dr. Bukhari gives importance to the therapeutic alliance with patients. He is known for building rapport and creating individualized treatment plans. He follows the Bio-Psycho-Social Model in patient care. He is well-versed in various treatment modalities including medication management and psychotherapy to treat mental disorders, including treatment-resistant cases; regularly monitoring patients’ response to ensure sustainable mental and physical health.
He looks forward to continuing to pursue excellence in Psychiatry, with a focus on TMS and medication management, and the cross-section of these two treatments in patient care. He joined TMS Health Solutions in late Fall of 2017.
Karl Lanocha, MD
Dr. Lanocha is a neuropsychiatrist, Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine, with over 30 years’ experience caring for patients with treatment-resistant depression. Among the first physicians in the country to offer outpatient TMS therapy, he has become a nationally recognized expert in the field and serves as the Head of TMS Education. Dr. Lanocha has lectured widely about TMS, taught professional seminars, provided hands-on training to clinicians, and coauthored several pioneering papers on the therapy’s clinical application and long-term benefits.
Following his interest in the humanities and medicine, Dr. Lanocha pursued a career in psychiatry as a way to connect with patients, develop a deep understanding of their stories, and find the most advanced, evidence-based therapies to relieve symptoms and achieve wellness.
Seeking assistance for a mental health condition can be a difficult step, and Dr. Lanocha believes it’s critical that each patient feel understood and supported in their journey to wellness. He strives to understand each person’s specific symptoms, circumstances, and body chemistry, including possible contributing factors such as sleep apnea. He develops a holistic treatment plan tailored to each patient’s needs, incorporating a broad range of evidence-based treatments including TMS, mindfulness-based techniques, and sleep therapies. When the fog of depression begins to lift, he works with the patient to correct distorted thinking and help them reconnect to their resilience, joy, and sense of purpose.
Robert Trimmer, MD
Dr. Trimmer is a Board Certified psychiatrist whose training and expertise includes the pharmacologic management of mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and ADHD, with a special emphasis on crisis intervention.
Dr. Trimmer is rewarded by partnering with patients, helping them understand their symptom complexes, and implementing treatment plans that support them in leading healthy and balanced lives.
Saydra Wilson, MD
Dr. Wilson is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist with a passion for helping patients with advanced depression. She first felt the calling towards healthcare having grown up with a mother who was a VA nurse for 35 years, which is where she became aware of the growing need for more healthcare practitioners. She knew at a young age that she wanted to be a doctor and help people.
She entered medical school unsure of what path within medicine she planned to pursue, and in her third year, she completed her rotation in psychiatry and was hooked. Dr. Wilson was drawn into psychiatry by the stories and the ability to make connections and notice patterns when working with patients. She felt it was one of the few specialties that offered the opportunity to really get to know someone. She was able delve into how their life and experiences led them to be the way they are.
Dr. Wilson recognizes that many people live with mental illness every day, and the diagnosis needs to be put in context with information given about treatment options and how to access support when needed. She prides herself on frank communication and offering clear, truthful information about prognosis, options and hope. She finds a collaborative rapport with patients works best, where the patient also is engaged in treatment. She is invigorated by seeing patients come out of depression, find ways to get back out into the world, perhaps discover new hobbies, and become stronger, better, happier people.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) first interested her as a highly effective treatment plan that blended her training in diagnosis and formulation to create a treatment plan with hands-on work, one that could provide patients relief from suffering. She was attracted to this ability of activating changes in brain circuitry on an outpatient basis, without anesthesia, and one that was far less invasive than other treatments for patients who had not responded to medications.
She joined TMS Health Solutions in December of 2017.