This month I want to share with you a quote that I envision for you this season;
"May your walls know joy, may every room hold laughter, and every window open to great possibility." ~ Mary Anne Radmacher
I am fortunate that my holidays this year have been plentiful and satisfying. I sailed to Isthmus Cove on Catalina Island with my wife for 4 days over the Thanksgiving weekend. We relaxed, swam, and enjoyed a turkey feast on the Island with our son, Sam. It was a real treat!
I believe in taking time to reboot; the mind craves engagement, laughter and creativity. Finding time to rest as well as be social is an important balancing act and one that I sometimes find challenging. A reminder to us all at this time is to be open to the possibilities of the season as well as the opportunities in the coming New Year. Make time for that which will fuel your soul. Embrace the magic of the season and permit yourself to experience all the joy that surrounds you.
I look forward to a peaceful completion of 2017. My team has worked hard all year and I value their commitment to my patients, collaborators, and one another. In our efforts to support the wellness of our employees, we are closing the clinic from Christmas to New Years. I wish for them quality, uninterrupted time to do what they enjoy most during the holidays. I'm eager to spend a week with my family on the East Coast. I will be in Connecticut celebrating my great niece's Bat Mitzvah. Turning 13 was long, long ago for me, but I can still remember the thrill of entering the teenage world and feeling like I made the transition from child to adult. Life is an interesting journey every step of the way; hold dear the moments of your past that held meaning and consider the endless possibilities of the future.
Enjoy the season,
Dr. Steven L. Mandel
RECENT PRESS RELEASE ABOUT OUR CLINIC: DOWN WITH DEPRESSION
Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles Is Saving Lives Using IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy
Nine out of 10 Patients are No Longer Suicidal After Receiving Treatment at Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles
Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles is making a measurable impact on the lives of hundreds of individuals struggling with depression and suicidality. Using IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy, the father/son-run clinic is proving an outstanding 80 percent success rate for patients seeking relief from depression and other mood disorders. They are literally saving lives in the process; 90 percent of patients being treated for suicidality at the facility are no longer suicidal. Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles is the country's leading provider of this promising therapy, offering individuals a fast, safe, and highly effective alternative to prescription antidepressants, Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT), and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).
BEHIND THE SCENES
We had an exciting day of filming with CBC Canada last weekend with one of our brave patients, Maria, and are very excited to share with you when it's broadcast across Canada and in some European markets. It won't air for a while, but we'll be sure to share with you when it does! Here are some behind the scenes pictures.
In observance of the holidays we will be closing early at 3pm on Friday, December 22nd, and returning to the office at 9am on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018. Please plan ahead and reach out to us should you need anything from our office prior to our closure.
OUR WONDERFUL WORK FAMILY
We are pleased to introduce to you, Amanda Olsen, our new Administrative Assistant who is working at the front desk assisting with the administrative operations and greeting our patients. Amanda joined the team in the beginning of October and has been a wonderful addition and a huge help to Alyssa. She has a diverse work history consisting of a variety of functions with an emphasis on customer service and patient satisfaction. She has been eager to learn all that we do around here and has caught on quickly. Amanda recently became a new mom to a beautiful baby girl, and although she cherishes her time in her new role as mom, she was ready to get back to work and start her new adventure here at Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles. When not at the clinic caring for our patients, she enjoys oil painting, hiking and spending time with her family.
Happy 1-year Anniversary Angel & Mary
November 28th we celebrated the 1 year Anniversary of two of our favorite people: Angel (Director of Operations) and Mary (Registered Nurse) who have brought much expertise and joy to our workplace. We are thankful every day for their commitment to our patients, team, and one another. On day one they formed an instant partnership as work buddies, building on one another's strengths, and sharing their ideas along the way. They truly flourished all year long and we could not be happier about it. The year went by fast and we look forward to another great one with them by our side!
THE HEALING POWER OF LAUGHTER
Professional medical clowns on a mission to make the lives of hospital patients more bearable:
The clowns are "Dush" and "Fruma" (real names David Barashi and Rotem Goldenberg, respectively). They're here visiting from Israel for 10 days as part of the "I Clown You" project, which centers around a documentary film being made about clowns who work in Israeli hospitals. The film depicts clowning as an art of making human connections, even amid the country's conflicts.
TRAVEL LIKE THE PROS
12 Tricks To Rest, Restore And Grow Your Brain On Vacation
Here's how to take (and return from!) a trip that delivers the most mental bang for your buck.
DON'T BLAME YOURSELF
Kesha: The Holidays Are Hard If You Struggle With Mental Illness.
"The holidays are supposed to be a season of joy and cheer, but for some of us, they can be the hardest time of the year. TIME partnered with OptionB.Org, Sheryl Sandberg's initiative, to commission essays from influential people who have struggled themselves about what has helped them during difficult holiday seasons in the past. In these pieces, as well as at
optionb.org/holidays and #OptionBThere, you'll find actions big and small that you can take to help yourself and others find moments of joy.
THANKSGIVING PHOTOS - THANKFUL QUOTES
"Not only is Thanksgiving an amazing time of the year when people get together and eat a lot of great food, but everyone seems to have a bigger smile and be thankful for something. I am thankful that my parents were able to visit for Thanksgiving from Northern CA, and that my sister and I have been lucky enough to live together for the past 2 and a half years. I am thankful for my job and team at Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles, of course all of our patients and doctors we work with, and that I am able to make a positive difference in people's lives everyday."
"I am very grateful for my wonderful family, fun loving friends, dedicated staff, and fabulous patients. I have good health, a great job, and I love what I do!"
"I have a lot to be thankful for this year as it was my very first Thanksgiving to share with my brand new baby girl! In honor of the new little one, my parents hosted dinner and had both sides of our family come together for what was a very tasty potluck! Thanksgiving is such a wonderful time. I am grateful that there is a holiday dedicated to reflecting on what we are grateful for."
"My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving! I not only love to cook the most delicious meal of the year for people I cherish, but I enjoy everything about celebrating gratitude. I am thankful for my life and this awesome guy Scott who has had my heart for over 17 years!"