Initia Nova of Cherry Hill, NJ

Welcome to Initia Nova, a leading provider of ketamine infusion treatment with locations in Wilmington, DE, and Cherry Hilll, NJ. Our experienced team is dedicated to helping patients with depression, anxiety, chronic pain, and other mental health or pain disorders rediscover the joys in life and relationships. Using cutting-edge therapies, we create individualized treatment plans aimed at resetting your brain’s neurochemistry and offer a new beginning.

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Experience Matters: The Initia Nova Difference

At Initia Nova, we understand that years of stress, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, and flawed coping skills can rob us of our happiness, patience, and true personalities. We believe that everyone deserves a new beginning, a path to rediscover the joys in life and relationships and find the real you again. With years of expertise in various medical fields and a commitment to excellence, we are proud to be the leading ketamine infusion clinic in the tri-state area. Our experienced team of professionals is dedicated to providing exceptional, patient-centered care using cutting-edge therapies to reset your brain’s neurochemistry. Let us help you start your journey toward a happier, healthier life.

Meet The Initia Nova Team

At Initia Nova, we are dedicated to helping individuals who are struggling with mental health disorders and addiction problems. We believe that every person deserves compassionate and individualized care.

We strive to provide a safe and supportive environment where our patients can receive the help they need. Our team of experienced medical professionals is committed to staying up-to-date with the latest treatment options and techniques to provide the best possible care.

If you or a loved one are struggling with a mental health or addiction issue, contact Initia Nova today to learn more about how we can help you find the path to recovery.

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TMS Therapy

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy is a non-invasive procedure that uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain to alleviate symptoms of depression and other mental health conditions. During a TMS session, a patient sits in a chair and a device is placed on their scalp that delivers magnetic pulses to specific areas of the brain that are involved in regulating mood. These pulses create small electrical currents that stimulate nerve cells in the brain, which can help to improve symptoms of depression and anxiety. Overall, TMS therapy is a promising and relatively new treatment option for individuals with depression and other mental health conditions that have not responded to other forms of therapy.

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What is Ketamine?

Ketamine is a safe and effective medication that has been used for anesthesia since the 1960s. Recent studies have demonstrated that it can also help relieve the symptoms of chronic pain, treatment-resistant depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). When administered in a clinical setting by a qualified provider, ketamine is a valuable tool for patients seeking relief from a range of conditions.

Frequently Asked Questions About Ketamine Treatment

Ketamine was developed in the 1960s and FDA-approved for anesthesia in 1970. It is classified as a dissociative anesthetic as it has some unique properties that temporarily help separate the mind from the body. It is one of the most widely used medications today for a variety of conditions, and is on the World Health Organization’s List of Essential Medicines. It was studied in the 1980s and 90s for its ability to treat addiction and pain, as well as used for surgery/sedation for children due to its excellent safety profile. In the early 2000s it broke out in the psychiatric world and would come to be known as the biggest breakthrough in 50 years for treatment-resistant depression. Over the past decade it has been studied and used off label for a variety of conditions described below.

Ketamine is most effective against treatment-resistant depression, suicidal thinking, and post-traumatic stress disorder. At Initia Nova we also offer ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP), in addition to ketamine infusions alone (KIT), We recognize these mental health conditions are best treated by a mental health professional, skilled in these areas as well as skilled in psychedelic therapies. By combining ketamine with therapy, our patients are able to not only harness the benefits within their session in our office, but integrate their breakthroughs in their day-to-day lives beyond their treatments.

In fact, many mental health conditions are so deeply ingrained in the mind and body that we have found that working with an experienced therapist can improve your success rate with a variety of conditions in addition to the above, including anxiety, OCD, eating disorders, and pain as these are often closely intertwined with depression and trauma.

Alcohol use disorder when comorbid with depression and anxiety can respond very well to ketamine infusions. Particularly when combined with oral medications such as naltrexone and baclofen, and therapy.

Certain neuropathic pain disorders such as complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS/RSD) and fibromyalgia, as well as migraine headaches can be quite responsive to ketamine infusions at higher doses than we typically use for depression, and we have found success with patients when including ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP) therapy as well.

After your initial evaluation we can help you decide if KAP is the right option for you.

Dr. Sullivan is a Board Certified Emergency Physician and has been safely using ketamine for almost 20 years. This has mostly been for procedural sedation in children and elderly patients, or sedation of critically ill patients as it is safer than other medications. This has been in much higher doses than is used for Ketamine Infusion Therapy for depression and the other uses we are talking about here. Dr. Sullivan has also been treating psychiatric emergencies and substance abuse in the ER for over a decade as well. During this period he has observed that the aftercare for these patients is sparse, and that there were no good options for patients with severe depression or suicidal thoughts other than inpatient psychiatric admission or electroconvulsive therapy.

He began researching ketamine for depression and realized that it was a perfect fit for him. In 2016 Dr. Sullivan became one of the first physicians in the country providing outpatient ketamine infusions. This is not something that most family doctors are familiar with or trained to do. Anesthesiologists use ketamine in the OR, but are usually not experienced in treating mental illness. Most psychiatrists do not perform “procedures” and do not have the necessary equipment and experience to use intravenous medications.

Dr. Sullivan has assembled a team at Initia Nova with Dr. John Dougherty, Rena Beyer and Winden Rowe to combine the skillsets of some of the most experienced physicians and trauma therapists in the field. This comprehensive approach provides the best opportunity for you to find your new beginning, or Initia Nova.

Studies on low-dose (subanesthetic) ketamine infusion therapy for depression began in 1990, and since then, there have been multiple studies showing it to be both safe and effective for depression and many other psychiatric conditions. For a few minutes during your infusion, heart rate and blood pressure may rise. These are monitored to ensure safety. You may feel a little groggy, lightheaded or nauseous for a few hours after your infusion, and you cannot drive that day, but there are no known long-term or permanent side effects of IV ketamine therapy.

There are no formal age restrictions. We will consider patients under 18 and over 65 on a case by case basis. Dr. Sullivan has treated patients as young as 13 and as old as 97.

No. While some people do abuse oral or nasal ketamine, ketamine infusion therapy in the medical setting has not been shown to cause addiction.

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