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Alexander Bystritsky, M.D., Ph.D.
Los Angeles Center
Alexander Bystritsky, M.D. is one of the leading experts in anxiety disorders and brain stimulation in the United States. Dr. Bystritsky is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and is licensed to practice medicine in California.
He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, and the Life Fellow of American Society for Clinical Psychopharmacology. He is also a member of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, the West Coast College of Biological Psychiatry, and the OCD Foundation.
Professor Alexander Bystritsky, M.D., Ph.D. graduated from Pavlov Medical Institute (currently Pavlov Medical University) in St. Petersburg, Russia (former Soviet Union) with M.D. degree in 1977 and then his Ph.D. in Pharmacology in 1979. In 1976 his paper won the Gold Medal for the Best Student Scientific Paper and Maria Petrova National Award in Neuroscience. In 2006 he was conferred two degrees by the Pavlov Medical University with Ph.D. degrees in both Clinical Psychiatry and Psychopharmacology.
After he arrived in New York, he worked for 2 years as an Associate Researcher in the NYU Department of Psychiatry prior his admission to the NYU-Belleview residency program in Psychiatry. He completed his residency in 1985 and moved to UCLA as a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar. Dr. Bystritsky has been on the UCLA Faculty since 1987. He is currently a Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences in Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, University of California, Los Angeles where he directs the Anxiety Disorders Program and Targeted Brain Stimulation Program. Dr. Bystritsky published over 240 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and short publications and has served as the PI and Co-PI on over 90 NIH, foundations and industry sponsored grants. Over the years, he earned several honors and awards including OCD Foundation Research Award and Brain and Behavior Distinguished Investigator Award. He is also listed in the Best Doctors in America for the last 20 years. For several years, he was a Visiting Professor and a collaborator with Brigham and Women’s Hospital Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts investigating Focused Ultrasound Pulsation effects on brain using fMRI. He has authored several patents on image-guided neuromodulation of brain neurons using Low Intensity Focused Ultrasound Pulsation (LIFUP). His current area of interest is neuroimaging guided brain stimulation. He the director of collaborative Targeted Brain Stimulation clinical and research program on image-guided DBS, rTMS, LIFUP and other neuromodulation techniques in Anxiety Disorders with the department of Neurosurgery at UCLA. He is Executive Director of Tiny Blue Dot Foundation investigating sources and measurements of Conciousness. He is Founder and CEO Brainsonix Corporation, a start-up company producing LIFUP/MR compatible devices for research.
Dr. David C. Agnew, M.D.
Santa Barbara Center
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.
Steven G. Galston, M.D.
Vernon Hills Center
Dr. Galston is president of Neuropsychiatric Associates of Illinois, a psychiatric private practice group in Northern Illinois. He also is the Medical Director of the Eating Disorder Program of Highland Park Hospital and the Medical Director of the Adult Partial Hospitalization Program at Highland Park Hospital.
He did his undergraduate training at Washington University in St. Louis where he was Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Galston is a graduate of Chicago Medical School and did his psychiatric training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He currently is an instructor at both Northwestern University and The University of Chicago Schools of Medicine, and is Board certified in both Adult and Adolescent Psychiatry.
Dr. Galston specializes in all areas of adolescent and adult psychiatry, with special interests in depression, eating disorders, ADHD, bipolar disorder and anxiety. He has lectured throughout the Chicago area on the treatment of eating disorders and psychopharmacology.
This spacious TheraMind® Center offers Neurostar™ TMS therapy under the Medical Supervision of Dr. Cornell Overbeeke and Clinical Direction of Dr. Brian Richardson.
Dr. Dawna Gutzmann, M.D.
Dawna Gutzmann, M.D. has over 20 years of private practice experience in treating the mental wellness challenges of patients. She graduated from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and trained in psychiatry at Northwestern University School of Medicine. After studying the available, non-pharmacological alternatives, Dr. Gutzmann determined to offer patients TMS therapy because, unlike traditional drug therapies, it is targeted only to the specific regions of the brain involved in mood regulation and is free of side effects.
Dr. Sheldon Jordan, M.D., F.A.A.N.
Santa Monica Center
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 the 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.
James S. Marks, M.D.
Vernon Hills Center
Dr. Marks has twenty years of experience working with patients suffering from Mood and Anxiety Disorders, including recurrent, severe and treatment-resistant depression.
Dr. Marks is a partner with Neuropsychiatric Associates of Illinois, and has been in practice there since completing Residency training in 1992. He has been certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry since 1993. Dr. Marks earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Biology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and went on to complete his M.D. at the University of Illinois-Chicago in 1988. He completed Residency in Psychiatry at Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, Illinois in 1992, serving as Chief Resident during his final year of training.
Dr. Elena Rapoport, M.D.
Dr. Elena Rapoport studied medicine at the prestigious Pavlov Medical University in St. Petersburg, Russia receiving her medical degree in 1977. She went on to practice medicine for fourteen years in St. Petersburg before moving to the United States. Dr Rapoport obtained her medical license in the United States in 2003 after completing her medical residency at the Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C. Dr. Rapoport has spent a major part of her career working with underserved populations, performing adult community psychiatry services in multiple outpatient settings throughout California.
Dr. Larry Salberg, M.D., F.A.A.N., F.A.A.S.M., F.A.H.A.
Dr. Salberg is the Medical Director of the TheraMind Center in Merrillville, Indiana. Dr. Salberg received his medical degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. He completed his internal medicine year at Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital in Chicago and his neurology residency at the Indiana University School of Medicine where he served as chief resident in his final year. He is board certified in neurology and sleep by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. He also earned board certifications from the American Board of Electroencephalography as well as the American Society of Neurorehabilitation. Dr. Salberg currently serves as assistant professor of clinical neurology at Indiana University and is on the adjunct staff in the Department of Neurology at The Cleveland Clinic Foundation. Dr. Salberg maintains memberships in several neurological societies including the American Academy of Neurology, the American Sleep Disorders Association, and was a member in the National Stroke Council.
Tanya Vapnik, RN, Ph.D.
Los Angeles Center
Tanya Vapnik, RN, Ph.D., received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California Graduate Institute in Los Angeles, California. Dr. Vapnik is also a registered nurse and received her degree in nursing from the Fourth Nursing School, Leningrad, Russia. She also has a Masters of Science in Electrical Engineering from the Kalinin Polytechnical Institute, Leningrad, Russia. Dr. Vapnik is certified as a Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation therapist. She has also been certified by MedAvante in administration of the psychiatric assessments including PANSS, HAM-A, HAMD 17, MADRS, CGI-I, CGI-S, C-SSRS, Y-BOCS and MINI. She is a member of the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation and of the Anxiety and Depression Disorders Association of America.
Dr. Vapnik is a Staff Psychologist at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at the University of California, Los Angeles. She is also an Investigator with the CalNeuro Research Group and the Pacific Institute of Medical Research both in Los Angeles, California. Since 2001, Dr. Vapnik has also owned and operated a,CBT Associates, private practice in Los Angeles.
Dr. Vapnik has participated as either a Principal Investigator or Sub-Investigator in over 85 clinical studies on neuropsychiatric disorders including Depression, Anxiety Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, Schizophrenia, Sleep Disorders, Fibromyalgia, Alzheimer’s and other indications.