Meredith Sagan, MD, MPH
Dr. Meredith Sagan is a holistic psychiatrist with a specialization in the treatment of trauma and addiction through mind-body integration. Dr. Sagan has been heavily involved in personal growth since her first trip to India in 1992, where she conducted research on yoga therapy in the treatment for anxiety and established her expertise in stress reduction and life skills education. Since then, Dr. Sagan has found that the common cause of people’s stress, anxiety, and mental health issues stems from a lack of connection with their core self. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in foster care systems, correctional facilities, inpatient and outpatient behavioral health settings, and elite residential treatment facilities. Dr. Sagan completed her psychiatry residency at University of California Los Angeles Neuropsychiatric (Semel) Institute and West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Hospital.
Nima Fahimian, MD
Dr. Nima Fahimian, is double board-certified in both Integrative Medicine and Addiction Medicine. Dr. Fahimian is well known for advancing the field of psychiatry with his particular expertise in psychopharmacology, biofeedback, and Express TMS. With a head for research and a heart for clinical care, Dr. Fahimian ensures that his patients are treated with the most effective, up-to-date, and safest treatments available. Dr. Fahimian was trained at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, where he was appointed to be the Chief Resident during his psychiatry residency. Dr. Fahimian has held faculty appointments at UC Davis, UC Irvine, and is currently an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at UC Riverside.
Aviva Bernat, MD
Supervising Physician & Director of Education
Dr. Aviva Shira Bernat is an Integrative and Holistic physician. She completed her medical training in Internal Medicine with sub-specializations in Pain Medicine, Palliative Care and Integrative and Holistic Medicine. She holds board certifications in all three medical specialties. Dr. Bernat brings expertise in fully integrating mental health, physical health, brain health, nutritional medicine and Energy Medicine. She is passionate about bridging these worlds to help her patients heal their bodies, hearts and spirits. She approaches each patient with compassion, humility, patience, commitment and hope.
Ever since he can recall, Dominic has been fascinated with peak performance. He attended San Diego Christian College on a baseball scholarship with dreams of going pro, but was forced to find a different path after a career-ending injury. Dominic recognized that he could take his passion for peak performance and apply it to brain-based treatments. Dominic has expertise and certifications in many neuromodulation modalities, including biofeedback, neurofeedback, and TMS. Dominic brings a unique blend of stability, compassion, friendliness, and maturity to each session.
With almost a decade in the field of brain-based behavioral health under his belt, Ben is more passionate about mental health now than ever. Ben went to graduate school at Columbia University and received a Master of Science degree in Neuroscience and Education. During graduate school, Ben developed a specialty in clinical neuromodulation and neuroimaging, where he used brain scans to predict off-label uses for TMS, neurofeedback, and Ketamine. Ben’s research has been published in prestigious journals such as Brain Stimulation and ACR Open Rheumatology, and presented at The Clinical TMS Society, The International Neuropsychological Society, and the Western Psychological Association. Ben prides himself in bringing together the special team of individuals that makes up TMS & Brain Health.
Chief Comfort Officer
Hank prides himself in providing additional therapeutic relief to our existing treatments. Hank enjoys greeting new patients at the door, lying next to them during TMS, and subsequently walking them back to the door. When he is not working, Hank enjoys long naps and cheese. Note that due to allergies, Hank only comes into the office by request.
About TMS & Brain Health
TMS & Brain Health is an innovative brain health center based in Santa Monica, California. We are proud to be the first clinic in Southern California to specialize in Express Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), Ketamine infusion therapy, Spravato™ Esketamine nasal spray, and neurofeedback. These cutting-edge techniques are scientifically proven to help patients with Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and Insomnia. We have seen success in many patients who had not experienced adequate relief with traditional treatment, or who were bothered by the side-effects of medications.
Not Your Average Mental Health Center
First, a new patient will meet with a member from our psychiatric team for a comprehensive consultation in which the patient's candidacy for treatments will be determined. We take time to assess and understand the unique needs of each patient in order to create a personalized treatment plan based on their specific symptoms, past experiences, and goals. We accept most insurance plans, and our administrative team makes the claim process easy, guiding new patients through every step of the process and helping to obtain any prior authorization on their behalf. To speak with a representative about your options, call our office today or request an appointment using our online scheduling tool and a TMS & Brain Health representative will reach out to you.
Experts In Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a noninvasive procedure that uses magnetic pulses—similar to those of a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine—to awaken parts of the brain that are underactive in people who suffer from depression. TMS is safe and clinically proven to improve the symptoms of depression in just 4 to 6 weeks. In the past, TMS sessions took up to 37.5 minutes. Express TMS uses a patterned frequency called intermittent theta burst stimulation, which mimics the naturally occurring rhythms of the brain that occur during neuroplasticity (aka learning). In Express TMS, your brain learns 10 times faster than with conventional TMS and your sessions only take 3 minutes.
Leaders In Ketamine Infusion Therapy
Ketamine infusions are a well-researched therapeutic modality that involve safely administering intravenous Ketamine at a sub-anesthetic dosage for a period of about 40 minutes. The advantage of Ketamine is that the antidepressant effects are often extremely rapid and effective, exhibiting response rates of up to 70% in just two weeks. We are considered to be one of the best Ketamine infusion clinics in Los Angeles due to our integrative Ketamine program, which involves clinical supervision, pre-infusion mindfulness, and post-infusion guidance. Our Ketamine program consists of 6 infusions over 2 weeks in order to quickly give you your life back.