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Mental Health

Evolve Healthcare -  - Aesthetic Medical Spa

Evolve Healthcare

Aesthetic Medical Spa & Primary Care Practice located in Los Angeles, Woodland Hills, CA

If you’re struggling with anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or other distressing mental health issues, an expert support team is crucial. At Evolve Healthcare, experienced physicians Gary Shlifer, DO, and Marina Shlifer MD, DPM, work with quadruple board-certified neurologist Ajeet Sodhi, MD, to optimize your mental health using innovative treatments including ketamine therapy. Call the Woodland Hills, California office, or schedule an appointment online today.

Mental Health Q&A

What does the mental health program include?

At Evolve Healthcare, the medical team takes an innovative approach to comprehensive mental health care. The team starts by teaching you about the cornerstones of mental wellness, mindfulness, and self-care. 

Your mental health program typically includes healthy lifestyle changes, psychotherapy, and, where appropriate, ketamine therapy. The team customizes your treatment and makes changes, as needed, to enjoy the very best mental and physical wellness. 

What is ketamine?

Ketamine is the first new approach to depression treatment in three decades. Ketamine was initially used only as an anesthetic during surgery. Over the last 20 years, however, many doctors documented its remarkable mental health benefits, as well. 

In hundreds of studies and reports, ketamine therapy showed wonderful benefits for men and women dealing with treatment-resistant depression and other difficult mental health challenges. 

Ketamine is unique because it affects the glutamate neurotransmitter system, while all other antidepressants affect the monoamine neurotransmitter system. 

It’s also different in terms of onset time. You receive ketamine through intravenous (IV) infusion, so it goes immediately to your bloodstream. Many patients get relief within hours or days with ketamine therapy, while pills take weeks (or months).

Scientists are still studying exactly how ketamine brings on such amazing improvements. It appears to help you to safely reset your brain. 

Is ketamine therapy the right treatment for me?

Evolve Healthcare offers a free discovery phone call to help you decide if ketamine is right for you. If so, you’ll meet with the medical team to discuss the ketamine therapy process and how it works with your other treatments.  

Ketamine is proven to help with treatment-resistant depression. So, if you’re not getting good results from antidepressant medications or other treatments, ketamine could help. Ketamine is also beneficial for:


  • Suicidal ideations
  • Severe anxiety
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder


Ketamine may also help with many other treatment-resistant neuropsychiatric disorders. 

How often do I need ketamine therapy?

You’ll typically have ketamine sessions at Evolve Healthcare one to two times a week over a 3-6 week period. Each session is two hours long. The team configured the treatment rooms for maximum comfort.

After your initial course of treatments, you may benefit from maintenance therapy sessions every 3-6 months. 

Learn more about the amazing restorative benefits of ketamine by calling Evolve Healthcare or booking your appointment online today.