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.
Amy Ellis, MD
Dr. Ellis is a Board Certified Psychiatrist with deep credentials in community health centers, public hospitals, inpatient centers and private practice. She has years of experience treating patients with mental illness and helping them grow to their full potential.
A few years into medical school, Dr. Ellis was driven to pursue psychiatry after personally witnessing the power of medication plus psychotherapy to provide healing for someone suffering with depression. She saw recovery for patients with mental illness that involved both psychiatry and neurology. She also viewed psychiatry as a way to help people find a more positive outlook on life. In retrospect, this desire to help others began early in life as she has always been an avid volunteer and enjoys helping people feel better.
Dr. Ellis finds a goal-oriented approach is very effective when treating patients. She works with patients to set realistic goals that are attainable during or after each visit. Over time, she finds this helps patients achieve success and positive outcomes. She is seen by patients as being upbeat, and she tends to find positivity at her core.
Her focus on anxiety, depression, psychosis, and PTSD led her to first come across Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), as she saw it provided an additional treatment modality to further help patients achieve a successful outcome in treatment. She sees psychiatric treatment as historically involving medication management, with TMS as the newer, safe, efficacious modality that offers similar success. She is well-versed in helping patients manage their medication regiment and looks forward to adding TMS as another treatment in helping her patients find relief and live happier lives.
She joined TMS Health Solutions in August of 2017.