TMS Health Solutions Launches New Clinic in Oakland, Providing “Solutions Beyond Medication” for East Bay Patients Suffering from Treatment-Resistant Depression

Oakland, CA (Sept. 26, 2016)TMS Health Solutions today announced the opening of a new clinic in Oakland’s “Pill Hill” medical district at 3300 Webster Street, Suite #402. “Our new, centrally located office will help meet the growing demand for quality, comprehensive psychiatric services for those who live and work in Oakland,” said Dr. Jack Gillean. “We’re excited to offer both medication management and innovative therapies for treatment-resistant depression like Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).” Dr. Richard Bermudes, the company’s Chief Medical Officer, supervises clinical treatment at the Oakland location and all five medical clinics throughout Northern California. He is a nationally recognized authority on depression therapy and current Clinical TMS Society president.

TMS Health Solutions provides comprehensive psychiatric services and is Northern California’s leading provider of TMS therapy, a highly effective, FDA-cleared treatment for those who do not respond to treatment and/or medication. TMS is non-invasive, utilizing magnetic pulses to precisely stimulate areas of the brain known to cause depression and mood disorders, without the systemic side effects of anti-depressant medication. TMS sessions are administered in a comfortable outpatient setting, and patients can resume normal activity immediately afterward.

“As a dual-certified psychiatrist and neurologist, I’ve focused my career on neuropsychiatric conditions and treating disorders like traumatic brain injuries, which can be hard to redress and incredibly frustrating for patients,” said Dr. Joshua Kuluva, previously head of neurology at Alta Bates Medical Center. “Recent studies on TMS treatments for these issues have shown very promising results. I look forward to working closely with Dr. Bermudes to develop a TMS neuro program that’ll bring much-needed relief to patients.”

“Our Oakland office already has a strong team of accomplished and passionate clinicians,” said Brad Hummel, CEO of TMS Health Partners, the business management company for TMS Health Solutions. “And so we’re very pleased that Sasha Bergeron, our Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, will begin accepting new patients at our Oakland location in November, rounding out the team with a strong focus on ADHD, mood disorders, and behavioral disorders.”

TMS Health Solutions Board Certified Clinicians
Sasha Bergeron, MSN, PMHNPBC, is a family psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. Sasha graduated from Vanderbilt University at the top of her class, earning the school’s Outstanding Student award. Her areas of expertise include ADHD; mood disorders, especially unipolar and bipolar depression–anxiety disorders; and behavioral disorders, such as oppositional defiant disorder.

Dr. Gillean is an adult psychiatrist with a breadth of clinical and research experience. He received his medical training at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and pursued training in general adult psychiatry at Hahnemann University Hospital in affiliation with Drexel University College of Medicine, where he served as chief resident and earned honors including the Arnold P. Gold Foundation Award for Humanism and Excellence in Teaching and the Department of Psychiatry Overall Excellence Award.

Joshua E. Kuluva, M.D., dual-certified in psychiatry and neurology, specializes in novel treatment approaches for neuropsychiatric conditions, post-concussive syndrome, and patients with neurologic disorders who are experiencing psychiatric symptoms such as elderly patients with cognitive issues and depression. Dr. Kuluva received his medical degree from Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv University, Israel. He completed his MIRECC-Traumatic Brain Injury fellowship at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York and a mini-fellowship J. Kiffin Penry Epilepsy at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem. He completed his residencies in Neurology and Psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine.

About TMS Therapy
Cleared by the FDA in 2008, TMS is a drug-free, non-invasive therapy for patients who suffer from treatment-resistant depression. It is administered in a physician’s office in an outpatient setting. By using an MRI-strength magnetic field to stimulate the prefrontal cortex of the brain, the core symptoms of major depression can be relieved. Unlike antidepressants or Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT), patients undergoing TMS therapy experience minimal side effects.

About TMS Health Solutions
Headquartered in San Francisco, California, TMS Health Solutions clinics specialize in the delivery of TMS therapy for patients suffering from treatment-resistant depression. Additionally, the clinics provide traditional treatment for mood disorders. TMS Health Solutions is led by Dr. Richard Bermudes and Dr. Karl Lanocha, two of the nation’s leading experts on using TMS therapy as an innovative treatment for depression.