Welcome to TMS Institute of Arizona
The TMS Institute of Arizona was established as a center that specializes in delivering the best in TMS therapies for multiple diagnoses ranging from depression to migraine headaches. As a purveyor of better health, this practice has improved access to the benefits of TMS as a life-changing, life-giving treatment.
Do you continue to suffer from symptoms of depression, anxiety, OCD, pain, addiction, or insomnia? Have medications failed to provide you with sustainable and satisfactory relief? TMS provides a localized treatment to specific targets using a non-invasive technology that is FDA-approved, safe, highly effective, and medication-free.
TMS works very differently than pharmaceuticals, with no side effects of medications, and is even more effective than medication for many patients. Knowing that different regions of the brain control different disorders, TMS is utilized to target and stimulate the specific areas of the brain that are responsible for each disorder.
You no longer need a traditional psychiatry practice to be a candidate for TMS treatment. Welcome to your brain well-being center, where you have access to expert care for hope and healing at your fingertips. Call 480-668-3599 to get started.
THREE TYPES OF THERAPIES
We operate via the principle of evidence-based medicine. All the treatments we offer are based on protocols established and published in clinical trials. There are three major treatments offered by the TMS Institute, including TMS Therapy, MeRT Therapy, and TES Therapy.
TMS Therapy involves transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) externally, which applies gentle pulses or stimulation (similar to the magnetic field generated by an MRI machine, but much more localized) to specific targeted areas of the brain. This type of stimulation enhances the brain’s ability to change itself, also known as “neuroplasticity” or “rewiring” of brain circuitry, and helps restore normal function. Overall, TMS therapy includes TMS, Express TMS, and Accelerated TMS.
MeRT therapy is a highly specialized form for targeting TMS within four specific indications.
TES therapy is utilized after the initial TMS treatment as at-home maintenance.
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What is TMS Therapy?
Do you crave peace of mind and restful sleep? Seeing friends and family more, going to work with energy, and a reduction in the physical symptoms of your disorder? If you’re tired of feeling tired and looking for an alternative to medications, TMS might be for you.
TMS provides a localized treatment to specific targets using a non-invasive technology that is FDA-approved, safe, highly effective, and medication-free.
This technology was developed in 1985 and in 1996 researchers began exploring its potential for treating depression. It was FDA approved in 2008 for the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder, then endorsed as a significant treatment option by the American Psychiatric Association in 2010, and in 2022 the American Psychiatric Association recommended that TMS therapy be considered 1st line treatment for moderate to severe depression.
The Science Behind TMS
TMS utilizes magnetic pulses to trigger long-term changes—at least 24 months of relief. This type of stimulation enhances the brain’s ability to change itself, known as “neuroplasticity” or “rewire” of the brain circuitry, helping to restore the brain’s normal function. While TMS is FDA-approved for depression and OCD, it is also commonly used as a safe and effective treatment for a number of other conditions such as anxiety, PTSD, addiction, bipolar depression, anorexia and bulimia, perinatal and postpartum depression, insomnia, chronic neuropathic pain, and certain other conditions.
TMS can and should be considered the first-line treatment for moderate to severe major depressive disorder, even though it can be used for much more than depression and OCD. Traditionally, medications have been the go-to option for many disorders, but what if you don’t want to take more medications or you want to wean yourself from the pharmaceuticals you’re already taking? Many people don’t think there are alternatives to medication-based therapies, but there are. TMS has been around for a long time, but many people—including physicians and clinicians—are unfamiliar with it.
At the TMS Institute we support evidence-based medicine. Every treatment we offer is based on protocols established and published in clinical trials. The goal with TMS therapy is to improve your overall well-being in a more natural way. This is not electroconvulsive shock therapy—it is non-invasive and comfortable, using painless electromagnetic pulses rather than “shocks.” TMS assists the brain, allowing it to function at a higher level by increasing activity in key areas while also creating new pathways of communications with other brain regions. In turn, we can target the root cause of the issue at the brain level, thus actually helping to improve longevity by correcting the issue rather than treating just the symptoms (which is what medications oftentimes accomplish).
TMS has many benefits over medications, but can also be used in conjunction with pharmaceuticals. It is safe, very effective, has no systemic side effects, and is medication-free. For many patients, TMS is an alternative to antidepressants. No anesthesia or downtime are needed. In-office appointments are relatively quick and convenient. TMS is covered by some insurance policies for treatment of both depression and OCD. It also offers a high success rate. On average, patients enjoy a 68 percent success rate with TMS versus just 37.5 percent with medication. Enjoy long-term results for a minimum of two years with the treatment that is FDA-approved for depression, OCD, bipolar depression, and smoking cessation.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO SUFFER
You don’t have to continue to suffer. The TMS Institute can help you achieve a better quality of life by treating a variety of conditions. If you are struggling with your personal and professional relationships and are looking for something beyond medications to help you achieve a happier, healthier life, discover the evolving science of TMS. It is at the forefront of treatment of a myriad of conditions.
DISORDERS TREATED WITH TMS
- Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Anxiety + PTSD
- Addiction + Smoking Cessation
- Sleep Disorders
- Eating Disorders & Weight Loss
- Alzheimer’s Disease & Dementia
- Pain + Headaches
- Post-Concussive Syndrome
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (incl. long-hauler COVID)
About Our Providers
Led by Dr. Ruchir P. Patel, our team of clinicians offers the most advanced form of transcranial magnetic stimulation, MagVenture TMS Therapy.
Dr. Ruchir P. Patel
Dr. Ruchir P. Patel serves as the Medical Director and founder of the TMS Institute of Arizona. He is triple board certified in Internal Medicine, Sleep Medicine, and Obesity Medicine. He has been voted Top Doctor by his peers in Phoenix Magazine every year from 2016–2022 and has been selected by Castle Connolly as a Top Doctor, nominated by his peers, every year from 2019–2022 where he is regarded as one of the most outstanding healthcare providers regionally and nationally.
Dr. Suzanne Tariot-Sheard
Dr. Suzanne Tariot-Sheard is board certified in adult psychiatry. She received her MD from the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine in Glendale, Arizona. She has experience treating a broad range of issues including depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, and bipolar disorders and focuses on a collaborative approach to care with the patient in order to achieve desired outcomes.
Dr. Barika M. Butler
Dr. Barika M. Butler, MD, MHCM, is a double board-certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist, as well as a performance coach and physician executive. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Science in Biopsychology and the Cognitive Sciences and earned her MD at the Wayne State University School of Medicine.
Dr. Vimala Sravanthi Vajjala
Meet Dr. Vimala Sravanthi Vajjala, a quadruple board-certified neurologist with expertise in clinical neurophysiology, epilepsy, and headache medicine, Dr. Vajjala has become a trusted resource for many patients seeking relief from their symptoms. Dr. Vajjala is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology with additional qualifications in Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy.