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PULSES: Sonoma Faculty
Anthony T. Barker, B.Eng., Ph.D., FIET, FIPEM,
Dr. Barker recently retired from the U.K. National Health Service after 38 years in the Sheffield Department of Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering. An engineer by training, Dr. Barker’s Ph.D. was on the study of peripheral nerve conduction velocities. During this period he started to investigate nerve stimulation using magnetically induced currents. He continued this work after his Ph.D. and led the group which invented the technique of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), now widely used throughout the world for basic research, diagnosis and therapy. Dr. Barker has an active interest in the public understanding of science and has given many named and public lectures including the Faraday lecture series, the Silvanus P Thomson series, and a Royal Institution Discourse. He is an honorary Professor Associate of the University of Sheffield, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine. He received the inaugural International Brain Stimulation Award in 2017 for the development of TMS.
Linda L. Carpenter, MD, FCTMSS
Dr. Carpenter is a Professor of Psychiatry in the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Chief of the Mood Disorders Program at Butler Hospital. Dr. Carpenter completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan, her MD from the University of Pennsylvania, and internship in internal medicine, a residency program in psychiatry, and a clinical neuroscience research fellowship at Yale University. She joined the faculty at Brown in 1997 and has continued her path as a physician-scientist investigating the neurobiology of, and new treatments for, major depression and other mood and anxiety disorders. She led a 10-year, federally funded translational research program focusing on the development of laboratory biomarkers signaling risk for mood/anxiety disorders, and understanding the impact of early life stress on adult biology. She has also conducted a number of randomized clinical trials sponsored by industry and NIH, investigating investigational drugs and devices for treating depression, including Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS), Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS). She is the founding Director of the Butler Hospital TMS Clinic and Neuromodulation Research Facility where she treats patients with pharmacoresistant depression and works with a variety of Brown-based research faculty who incorporate noninvasive brain stimulation techniques into their clinical research. Her current research projects involve using imaging and EEG biomarkers to optimize and individually customize TMS therapy for depression.
Kimberly K Cress, MD, FCTMSS
In private practice in Psychiatry since January 2000, Dr. Kimberly Cress brings her extensive experience for difficult to treat mental illnesses to Greenbrook TMS located in Sugar Land, TX and serving the Greater Houston area. A graduate from the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio Medical School, Dr. Cress’ vast experience includes treating patients with treatment refractory depression, anxiety disorders and bipolar disorders at the Mood Disorder Center at Baylor College of Medicine. She was also involved with a variety of clinical trials and a co-author in several journal articles.
After finding patients were still struggling with depression and anxiety despite numerous medication trials and/or therapies, Dr. Cress chose to incorporate TMS therapy as a treatment option to help patients regain the quality of life they deserved – without the unwanted side effects. Dr. Cress has treated patients with TMS therapy since April 2010 and has administered over 15,000 treatments. She has completed Harvard Medical School’s Intensive Course in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation, along with completing courses at Duke University in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. Dr Cress has presented her results utilizing TMS both at the Clinical TMS Society as well as at the American Psychiatric Association. In addition, she teaches at the Clinical TMS Society's Pulses course about best practices for providing TMS.
Michelle Cochran, MD, DFAPA, FCTMSS
Dr. Cochran received her undergraduate degree from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, and completed her medical training at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. She received postgraduate medical education at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN, where she completed a residency in Psychiatry. During this residency she was Chief Resident. Additionally, she completed the Management Program for Physicians and Senior Healthcare Administrators at Vanderbilt University's Owen School of Management. A diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Dr. Cochran is a member of the Tennessee Psychiatric Association, Tennessee Medical Association, Nashville Academy of Medicine, the Clinical TMS Society and Tennessee Women in Medicine. Since her residency years, she has been a member of the American Psychiatric Association, and in early 2011, she was inducted as a Fellow in this organization. Dr. Cochran has been on the Clinical Faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University Medical Center since 1996 and has lectured to undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate students as well as private practitioners. For over 20 years, she has been active on numerous advisory boards professionally and personally. Before retiring from inpatient psychiatric care and establishing her outpatient private practice, she was the medical director for many psychiatric units and programs in the Middle Tennessee area. Dr Cochran currently works in a private practice in Nashville. She has experience treating a variety of psychiatric conditions, using therapy, counseling, medicines, neuro-modulation, and integrative care options. Dr. Cochran and her staff have trained extensively in the use of repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) including training at Harvard (Berenson Allen), Duke and other training. Dr Cochran has spoken nationally on the use of rTMS in a clinical setting in both industry and continuing education venues. Dr. Cochran has been a integral part of the Clinical TMS Society.
Jonathan Becker, DO
Dr. Becker completed his undergraduate and Masters degrees in Developmental Psychology at Tulane University in New Orleans before attending Des Moines University for Medical School. He completed his psychiatry residency program at Vanderbilt University and served as a faculty member there for 7 years before transitioning to our office. While at Vanderbilt, Dr. Becker served as the medical director of the neuromodulation service from 2017-2020. Dr. Becker has published many psychiatric articles.
Kristin Raj, MD
Dr. Raj specializes in the treatment of mood disorders with expertise in neuromodulation and in the psychopharmacological management of the bipolar disorder. She is Chief of Interventional Psychiatry and Chief of the Bipolar Clinic at Stanford University. She is the director of education for interventional psychiatry where she manages resident and fellow education in brain stimulation and the development of didactics. She is also director of the neuroscience curriculum for the psychiatry residency where she has worked to create and assess a new series of interactive lectures. She trained in biomedical engineering in undergraduate at Case Western Reserve University and completed her medical degree and psychiatry residency at Stanford University. She currently serves on the Board of Directors and the Education Committee of the Clinical TMS Society.
Mohamed Abdelghani, FCTMSS, MBBCh, MSc, FRCPsych
Dr. Abdelghani completed his post-graduate psychiatric training at South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation trust (SLaM) which is the biggest mental health trust in the UK, a center of excellence and one of the most influential mental health organizations in the world. During his training at SLaM he worked alongside some of the most prominent professors and clinicians in the field. Dr. Abdelghani worked at the National Affective Disorders Service, which was one of six national affective disorders units in the UK. The time he spent on the National Affective Disorders Unit and outpatient clinic equipped him with clinical skills and excellent experience to manage and treat the most treatment resistant depressed and bipolar patients. After working in the National Affective Disorders service for a year he became involved in a multicenter international cutting edge research that tested the use of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) to treat treatment resistant depression. He was the primary psychiatrist at King’s College London site for this study. Neurostimulation is one of his special interests and working on this study gave him the opportunity to meet and build links with leading figures in the field around the world. Another special interest of Dr. Abdelghani is Adult ADHD. Dr Abdelghani trained at the first Adult ADHD clinic in the UK that was opened at the Maudsley Hospital in London.
After finishing his higher psychiatry training at SLaM he worked as a consultant psychiatrist for almost a year at the same organization before moving to work in central London at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust. At the present time he is the Lead Consultant Psychiatrist for Adult ADHD at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust besides working as a consultant psychiatrist in CDAT (Complex depression, Anxiety and Trauma) service. Dr Abdelghani continues being actively involved in research in the field of Adult ADHD and mood disorders. He has a keen interest in spreading mental health awareness and knowledge through teaching medical students, training junior doctors, giving lectures to fellow psychiatrists and media interviews.
Saydra R Wilson, MD
Dr, Saydra Wilson is an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities where she combines her clinical interventional psychiatry work in ECT and TMS with her research interests in TMS mechanisms and biomarkers for TMS response. She has been a member of the Clinical TMS Society since 2018 and is currently serving on the Board of Directors and enjoy's her role as Outreach committee co-chair and member of the Education Committee.
Todd Hutton, FAPA, MD
Dr Todd Hutton is the founder and Medical Director of Southern California TMS Center and has been practicing TMS since 2009. He is a Board Certified psychiatrist and an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the USC Keck School of Medicine. He did his residency in psychiatry at the LA County/USC Medical Center and served as Chief Resident his final year. He subsequently did a fellowship in TMS at Duke University. He serves on the Board of Directors and is President-elect of the Clinical TMS Society.
Samir Ibrahim, FRANZCP, MBBS, MPsych
Carlos Lowell, DO
Dr. Carlos Lowell has been a Board Certified Psychiatrist in Sandusky, Ohio since serving as Chief Resident & graduating from the Psychiatric Residency Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin in 1995. Providing rTMS services thru our office since 2013 and members of the Clinical TMS Society since 2014 serving on multiple committees thru the years. Current CTMSS committee memberships include; Membership & Education Committees and the Resident Task Force. He is also the Co-Chair of the Education Committee. Dr. Lowell has provided TMS Lectures to attending physicians thru the American Osteopathic Association, Psychiatric Residents, Family Practice Residents and to Osteopathic Medical Students. Prior to providing rTMS services Dr. Lowell has also provided over 20 years of ECT service thru Firelands Regional Medical Center where he was the first ever psychiatrist to serve as Chief of Staff and currently serves on the Board of Directors.
Nicholas Ara Mischel, MD, Ph.D.
Dr. Mischel joined the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at Wayne State University's School of Medicine in 2019 and has experience in methods of clinical brain stimulation, including repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS). In addition to a background in integrative neurophysiology research from MD/Ph.D. training at Wayne State University, he completed his psychiatry residency at Duke University Medical Center, focusing on brain stimulation clinical/translational research. Dr. Mischel currently directs the Interventional Psychiatry and Neuromodulation Research Program in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at Wayne State University School of Medicine and treat patients with medication resistant mood disorders.