TMS Treatment

Welcome to TMS Treatment at Atkinson Family Practice. We provide patients in Amherst, MA and surrounding area the latest in depression treatments. We are pleased to be able to offer Neurostar® TMS Therapy to our patients. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy is one of the most technologically advanced depression treatments available. This non-invasive, outpatient therapy 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 has had extensive research to back it up at several major medical research universities, and the only side effect is slight scalp discomfort during the actual procedure. 

“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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Is TMS Therapy an Effective Treatment for Depression?

Have you sought treatment for your depression only to find unsatisfactory results? NeuroStar TMS Therapy has been clinically proven to improve symptoms of depression.

Depression & TMS

What is Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation?

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, TMS Therapy, uses short pulses of magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in one of the areas of the brain thought to control mood. TMS Therapy is performed in a psychiatrist’s office under his or her supervision while you remain awake and alert.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

Is Neurostar TMS Therapy Safe?

Clinical trials have proven the safety of NeuroStar TMS Therapy® in treating patients who’ve had an inadequate response to prior antidepressant medications.

Neurostar TMS Therapy


About Us

Atkinson Family Practice (AFP) began Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) in March 2016 under the direction of Dr. Nora Schwartz-Martin, MD. TMS is a natural addition to the integrative practices happening at AFP, and a much needed service to the western Massachusetts area. Dr. Schwartz-Martin strongly values the benefits of integrative medicine, and is thrilled to see TMS helping so many patients.

Dr. Schwartz-Martin was trained in psychiatry at New England Medical Center, Cambridge Health Alliance, and Harvard University Student Services. She has also received extensive training in psychopharmacology and emergency psychiatry. She and her husband are the proud parents of two boys, and their many talents continue to amaze them every day.

 

NeuroStar TMS Therapy is a new treatment cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for patients suffering from depression who have not achieved satisfactory improvement from prior antidepressant treatment. TMS stands for “transcranial magnetic stimulation.”

TMS Therapy is a treatment that can be performed in a psychiatrist’s office, under his or her supervision, using a medical device called the NeuroStar TMS Therapy system. 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 blood stream throughout the body.

The typical initial treatment course consists of at least 5 treatments per week over a 4-6 week period, for an average of 20-30 total treatments. Each treatment session lasts approximately 19-40 minutes, depending on what the doctor determines is the correct protocol.

What Other TMS Patients Have Said

“At first I thought that this treatment was just the “same old, same old.” In fact, it turned out to be a very relaxing time which I am now trying to duplicate at home as part of a regular morning routine. I always felt that the staff were there to support me completely through follow-up sessions and trying to make me comfortable. TMS exceeded my wildest expectations. Almost immediately the world looked bright and new. I so appreciate the opportunity to find a very different world and life”. – Tim A.*

NeuroStar TMS Therapy is the first non-systemic and non-invasive outpatient depression treatment cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for patients who have not benefited from prior antidepressant treatment. NeuroStar 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.

Learn more about this non-drug depression treatment


Hoping to connect with patients whose stories may align with your own?  TMS+YOU is an online community and national patient advocacy site for TMS Therapy. Those considering Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation can connect with patients who have had the treatment to answer questions, share insights, and get the latest information.