On June 12, 2017, TheraMind Center of Santa Barbara announced our role in a collaborative clinical research project with Westmont College. This Independent Review Board (IRB) approved study, under the direction of Westmont’s neuropsychopharmacologist, Dr. Ronald See, aims to evaluate [..]
Dr. David C. Agnew, M.D.
David C. Agnew, M.D. is one of the pioneers in pain medicine in the United States. Dr. Agnew is a cum laude graduate of Mercersburg Academy and Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Denison University. He completed his undergraduate medical studies at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, interned at the Guthrie Clinic in Pennsylvania which was followed by a neurologic residency at the Barrow Neurologic Institute in Arizona. After completing one of the first fellowships in intractable pain studies ever given at the Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, London, England, he began his professional career as the Director of Neurology at the City of Hope National Medical Center. Working with an interdisciplinary team consisting of neurosurgeons, psychiatrists and anesthesiologists, pharmacologists and physical medicine specialists, as well as neurophysiological researchers, Dr. Agnew and his colleagues developed the basic treatment models confirmed by published clinical studies on which most chronic pain treatment programs in this country are based.
He is a founding member of the American Academy of Pain Medicine and a member of the International Association for the Study of Pain, the Western U.S.A. Pain Society, the American Pain Society and the American Academy of Pain Medicine on whose board of directors he has served. He was appointed to the faculty of The USC Keck School of Medicine, Department of Neurology, in 1976 and has served as President and a member of the board of directors of the Los Angeles Society of Neurology and Psychiatry. In 1986 he was invited to head the Pain Department at the St. Francis Medical Center in Santa Barbara where he currently maintains a private consulting practice in neurology and pain medicine.
Dr. Agnew is the author of twenty-four publications in neurology and pain medicine. He was elected as a Fellow of the Academy of Pain Medicine in 1995, one of twelve so honored. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Clinical Neurology, has served as a Director of the Board of the California Academy of Pain Medicine since its inception and recently has been honored by investiture to the Society of St. John (Order of Hospitalier Knights) for his long-standing work in the Episcopal Church. He is a senior consultant to the Society of Industry Leaders in neurology and pain medicine of Vista Research and was recently elected to Sigma Xi, the honorary society for scientific research. In addition, has worked as a co-founder of Phoresus Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Dr. Agnew serves as a consultant for health and medical product design and development for several medical device companies and has recently assumed responsibilities as president of Advanced Integrated Neurosciences, P.C., a California affiliate of TheraMind Services, Inc.
Phillip S. Epstein, M.D.
Dr. Epstein is the Director of Advanced Neurodiagnostics, Ltd., a comprehensive neuropsychiatric medical facility located in Deerfield, Illinois. He is certified by The American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry. Dr. Epstein is a graduate of the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. He was a Fulbright Scholar in neurochemistry and did post-doctoral research at Maudsley Hospital, University of London. Dr. Epstein is a specialist in using multimodal diagnostic imaging techniques such as EEG, QEEG, MRI, fMRI, PET, and SPECT in connection with his clinical psychiatric practice.
Dr. Daniel Franc, MD, Ph.D.
Dr. Daniel Franc earned his Ph.D. in Neuroscience and his medical degree from the University of Minnesota and completed his residency in neurology at UCLA Medical Center, where he remains on clinical staff in the Neurology Department.
Dr. Franc offers patients a comprehensive holistic approach to treating disorders affecting the neurological system including diseases such as Alzheimer’s, dementia, memory loss, severe depression, other neuropsychiatric problems and brain-related and nervous system conditions. Using the newest therapies, tools and technologies, Dr. Franc works to ensure the best possible outcome for patients through proper diagnosis of complex symptoms, early detection, proper management and aggressive treatment. Dr. Franc uses the latest functional and structural applied neuroimaging technologies for the purpose of diagnosing and guiding treatment for memory and other neuropsychiatric problems. Dr. Franc is a certified NeuroStar TMS Therapy Provider.
Dr. Sheldon Jordan, MD, FAAN
Dr. Jordan graduated from Brooklyn Tech in Industrial Design and completed his premedical studies at Harvard University. He majored in art, psychology and natural sciences at Johns Hopkins and was a Goldwyn Scholar and graduated from UCLA Medical School in 1977 with the Upjohn Award for best student in combined research and academics and the Gold Medal in Surgery. Thereafter, he undertook his Medical Internship, Residency and Fellowships in clinical neurophysiology while staffing the electroencephalography laboratory and electromyography laboratory and completed all studies in 1981.
Dr. Jordan is recognized as a top neurologist by Best Doctors in America, Who’s Who, Global Edition, and Super Doctors. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and is Board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, Pain Medicine, American Board of Clinical Neurophysiology, American Board of Addiction Medicine and American Board of Interventional Pain Medicine. In addition, he holds certifications by the American Society of Neuroimaging in Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Computed Tomography and Ultrasonography. He is also a certified NeuroStar Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Provider and treats patients using NeuroStar TMS Therapy.
He has taught on faculty at UCLA and USC as Clinical Associate Professor; helped found the Stroke Service at UCLA; and participated in some of the early work in surgical monitoring, brain mapping and evoked potential physiology. Dr. Jordan has been in private practice in Westwood and Santa Monica since 1981 with emphasis on interventional pain management, neuroimaging, clinical neurophysiology and sports neurology. Dr. Jordan is also a neurology consultant for US Soccer Men’s and Women’s National Teams, Major League Soccer, professional boxing and the NBA. He has also served as a consultant for the State of California, Commission of Judicial Performance.
Barbra Mousouris, CA, C.Ht, HTp.
Barbra is a board certified clinical hypnotherapist based in Santa Barbara, California and has an extensive background in holistic healing modalities. She brings to the TheraMind Center of Santa Barbara a professional adjunct to its neurological and psychological therapies.
Hypnosis, as old as civilization itself, was recognized by the American Medical Association in 1958. The hypnotic state allows access and change to the 90% of our brain that operates on a subconscious level, based on our past experiences. Positive, constructive habits may then be implemented, leading to increased psychological health and happiness.
The recognized benefits of hypnosis include self-esteem enhancement, anxiety and depression reduction, amelioration of phobias (such as fear of flying or heights), weight loss, smoking cessation, pain abatement, relationship issues, stress, sleep health, and other similar issues “blocking” people from living their healthiest lives.
The TheraMind Center of Santa Barbara believes that hypnotherapy can pave the way for successful acceptance and implementation of our other therapeutic modalities.
Dr. Zayd Ratansi, N.D.
Dr. Zayd Ratansi is a licensed Naturopathic Physician with advanced certifications in hyperbaric medicine, bio-oxidative medicine, low level light therapy, chelation therapy and environmental medicine. Dr. Ratansi received his BSc from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver and Doctoral of Naturopathic Medicine from Bastyr University in Seattle, Washington in 1998. Dr. Ratansi currently works as the Medical Director and Naturopathic Physician for Wellness Without Limits, LLC in Florida and also holds an active license in California and Washington State as a Naturopathic Doctor.
Dr. Ratansi began his practice in 1998 where he served as the medical director for the first private multi-place hyperbaric oxygen chamber in Canada. For the next 6 year he oversaw and directed over 90,000 pressurized hyperbaric oxygenation treatments, and fine-tuned a one-month recovery program for some very debilitating conditions. During this time, he served for 7 years as the medical director at the HOC Health Centers in Canada and the United States.
Dr. Ratansi specializes in the treatment of brain injuries and other neurological conditions using hyperbaric oxygen therapy. Dr. Ratansi lectures worldwide on the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for neurological conditions and has played a leading role in implementing protocols on the use of hyperbaric therapy in the mainstream medical setting. He also has been extensively trained in Environmental Medicine and has helped implement safe detoxification and cleansing programs along with hyperbaric oxygen therapy within the spa industry helping to advance Medical Spas throughout the world.
Dr. Richter, a Illinois Licensed Clinical Psychologist and a L.C.P.C., is the owner of North Shore Counseling and Neuroscience Services, LLC. in Lake Bluff, IL. She completed her BS from Northwestern University in Human Development and Social Policy with a second major in Economics. She earned a master’s degree in Community Counseling from Loyola University of Chicago, and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a minor in Clinical Health Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology-Chicago. Dr. Richter has twenty years experience working with individuals, couples, and groups in private and community-based mental health settings. Her areas of specialized interest include treating individuals with a history of trauma/PTSD, medical conditions such as chronic pain, mood disorders, ADHD, adolescent issues, and codependency. Specialized treatment modalities include CBT, DBT-informed treatment, EEG Neurofeedback, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. Dr. Richter is a member of the Illinois Psychological Association and the American Psychological Association.
Erika Winston, MEd, LMT
Erika Winston, LMT, was originally trained as a professional tennis player and always had this fascination with alignment and the flow of energy. She received her license in Massage Therapy in 2006 and then, continued on with advanced trainings to further her knowledge and skill in Orthopedic massage, CranioSacral Therapy and Sports Massage. She obtained her Reiki Master level in 2007 and considers this modality a type of ‘energy medicine’.
Erika recently extended her skills into Structural Integration following the teachings of Tom Myers. In Structural Integration the focus is on realignment and reorganization of the body as a whole system. Mr. Meyers refers to this modality as ‘Spatial Medicine’. Erika graduated from the KMI (Kinesis Myofascial Integration) program in 2013 and experienced a profound shift in her own structural alignment and consciousness. She knew that this method of healing could be a significant opportunity to help clients with chronic pain, habitual pain patterns, postural issues, rebalancing energy and injuries. Every session is designed and structured specifically for the client’s need. Essentially, the KMI process enables the body to regain the natural integrity of its form, thus enhancing postural efficiency, freedom/ease of movement and energetic balance.
Erika also worked with professional athletes at the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) international tournaments and the U.S. Women’s National Soccer team training camps. She also enriches her knowledge and depth of skill by taking advanced continuing education courses and workshops.
Erika’s vision is to help facilitate healing and increase awareness by addressing the divine alignment of the client. She respects and honors the expansion, consciousness and connection that evolves from bodywork.