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TMS Treatment
 The first and only FDA Approved treatment for depression that does not require surgery or medication, and is safe and effective

Available to patients and non-patients

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About Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)

TMS is a non-invasive, outpatient therapy that is FDA cleared and has helped thousands of depression patients who have not received adequate results from antidepressants. TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) is the first and only FDA Approved treatment for depression that does not require surgery or medication, and is safe and effective. TMS Therapy uses highly focused, pulsed magnetic fields to stimulate function in targeted brain regions.

NeuroStar TMS Therapy is:

  • Non-invasive, meaning that it does not involve surgery. It does not require any anesthesia or sedation, as the patient remains awake and alert during the treatment.

  • Non-systemic, meaning that it is not taken by mouth and does not circulate in the bloodstream throughout the body.

Before Treatment

The patient reclines comfortably in the treatment chair. A curved magnetic coil is positioned lightly on the top of the head.

During Treatment

NeuroStar delivers focused magnetic stimulation directly to the target areas of the brain. Patients will hear a clicking sound and feel a tapping sensation on their head. Depending on your doctor’s recommendation, each treatment takes between 19 and 37 minutes.

After Treatment

Everyday activities can resume immediately! There are no effects on the patient's memory or alertness, so they may drive themselves to and from their treatment sessions if they choose.

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Find out if TMS is right for you

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Contact our TMS Technicians

Take our patient health questionnaire, linked below. We can schedule a FREE consultation to talk about your mental health and if TMS may be the right treatment option for you. Results will be shared with our TMS technicians.

TMS Patient Testimonial

  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills Group
    Learn new ways to approach challenges through evidence-based therapeutic techniques with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy. with Katie Dixon-Gordon Ongoing, weekly Thursday afternoons No charge for AFP patients By referral only - ask your provider if this group may be right for you!
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Workshop
    Adverse Childhood Experiences can create toxic stress and impact your emotional and physical health in adulthood. Learn how ACEs might affect your wellbeing, factors that protect against stress, strategies to heal, and resources for support. with Anne Vaillant, Psychiatric NP & Judy Grupenhoff, Health Coach 1-hour commitment, offered monthly Tuesdays, variable times No charge for AFP patients By referral only - ask your provider if this group may be right for you!
  • EDS / POTS Support Group
    People experiencing Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS), and associated symptoms share experiences, challenges, and exchange ideas in a supportive environment. with Deb Ellis, MSPT, NCS Ongoing, once a month 3rd Thursday evening of the month No charge for AFP patients ($25 for non-patients) By referral only - ask your provider if this group may be right for you!
  • Osteoporosis Series
    Learn more about osteoporosis treatment options, resources, prevention, and health maintenance. with Dr. Kate Atkinson & Deb Ellis, MSPT, NCS 4 weeks, February 1-29 (not 2/22) Thursday evenings $50 registration fee
  • Polyvagal Coaching Series
    Trauma and chronic stress can cause our nervous systems to orient toward fear and protection, which can affect our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Learn to use polyvagal theory to identify and shift out of defensiveness and emotional reactivity and into a state of greater connection and safety. with Anne Vaillant, Psychiatric NP & Judy Grupenhoff, Health Coach 6 weeks, March 20 - April 24 Wednesday afternoons $50 registration fee
  • Winter Wellness: A Healthy Lifestyle
    Learn new skills to manage stress, practice intuitive eating, and more. This is NOT a weight-loss program, but we believe building healthy, sustainable habits can lead to improvements in how we feel and look. with Katelyn Dutkiewicz, PA-C & Judy Grupenhoff, Health Coach + guests 4 weeks, February 6 - March 5 (not 2/27) Tuesdays afternoons $50 registration fee
  • How long is TMS treatment?
    A typical initial course of treatment is about 19-37 minutes per session over the course of six weeks. Your doctor will determine what is right for you.
  • How does NeuroStar TMS work?
    NeuroStar uses focused magnetic pulses (similar in strength to an MRI), to revitalize underactive areas of the brain involved in regulating mood. When these regions are underactive, depression can result. "Waking up" these regions can have a lasting effect on depression.
  • Are there any restrictions on TMS?
    TMS is not right for you if you have a non-removable conductive metal in/near the head. There is a rare risk of seizure associated with the use of TMS in patients who have a high potential for seizure based on genetic history.
  • Is TMS painful?
    The most common side effect with TMS is mild to moderate pain or discomfort at the treatment site. For most patients, this subsides within the first week of treatment,
  • Am I eligible for TMS therapy?
    Let’s consider the following questions… Have you been diagnosed with major depression? Have you tried more than two(possibly more than 4) different antidepressant treatments? Have you had side effects on the highest doses or a non response? Have you had psychotherapy recently? Do depression symptoms interfere with your day-to-day life? Are you dissatisfied with results from your antidepressants? Have you worried about side effects from your depression medication? Are you interested in a proven, non-drug therapy for your depression? ​ If you answered yes to several of these questions, please fill out the eligibility form and email it to our TMS technician at SpravatoTMS@doctorkate.net. This is your first step before setting up a consultation.
  • Does TMS work?
    For people who have not found relief with antidepressants, TMS is a safe and proven depression treatment without the systemic side effects of medication. 83% of patients completing NeuroStar TMS treatment experienced measurable depression relief, and 62% experienced full remission of their depression symptoms.
  • Is TMS covered by my insurance?
    TMS is covered by most major insurance.
  • What if I have an emergency?
    We are not an emergency medicine provider. Patients still need to activate the emergency medical system in their area, if needed. However, their concierge provider will be readily available to support them after the emergency and for follow-up.
  • Do I still need medical insurance if I enroll in your concierge services?
    Yes. Our concierge care practice will not take the place of general health insurance coverage. (Unfortunately, we cannot accept MassHealth patients by state law.)
  • Will I still be a patient at AFP even if I am not interested in concierge medicine?
    Yes, existing AFP patients will not be affected by the concierge program. However, AFP patients who would prefer the concierge model of care are being offered a discount. Please note that at this time, the only provider offering concierge will be Dr. Taylor and not the other existing AFP providers.
  • What services/benefits are provided with the concierge package?
    Concierge medicine patients can expect to receive more direct access to their CP, as well as a more comprehensive annual physical that will include health risk assessments and laboratory and diagnostics testing. Additionally, the CP is more involved than a traditional outpatient provider in the event of patient hospitalization or acute illnesses and has more availability for family support and team meetings in the process. In addition to the annual assessment, longer routine visits, and prompt scheduling, our concierge medicine patients can receive any of the following at no additional cost: · Stress and Wellbeing Assessment by a Certified Health Coach/Stress Specialist · Annual visit with Certified Health Coach to set health goals · There’s also a menu for patients to choose from of additional customized services, such as physical therapy assessments, sports medicine assessments, parenting classes, massage, stress reduction treatments, etc.
  • What is concierge medicine?
    Concierge medicine is a relationship between a patient and a CP (concierge provider) in which the patient pays an annual fee in exchange for more accessibility and longer appointments with their primary care provider, as well as additional custom services.
  • What are membership costs?
    Concierge pricing for individuals begins at $3,500 a year, existing AFP patients are offered a discounted annual rate of $3,000. For info regarding family plans, fill out an interest form below.
  • Will I need to pay the annual fee even if I do not use all of the services offered to me?
    Yes, paying the annual fee allows you to be a part of ACM whether you are actively ill or not.
  • What else makes concierge special?
    We will have a dedicated phone line to facilitate access for Dr. Taylor’s panel of concierge patients. Concierge patients will also receive the excellent care that AFP provides with the support around accessing their prescriptions and specialist referrals. The concierge program will feature experienced, high quality medical providers like Dr. Taylor.
  • How do the concierge services differ from your traditional practice?
    The smaller concierge practice size allows the concierge provider to devote more custom attention to each patient’s care and individual needs.
  • Which office will your CP be in?
    Our CP will be in the Northampton office.

Frequently Asked Questions
About TMS

“I am so excited to have a non-pharmaceutical treatment right here in the office for people suffering from depression. The studies using TMS technologies fill me with optimism, and I’m looking forward to a brighter future!” - Dr. Kate

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