A NEW APPROACH TO WELLNESS
At Allay Health and Wellness we are offering a new approach to health and wellness, focusing on the individual as a whole. We focus on the mind, body, and soul so that you can continue to have the best quality of life. We believe that by taking care of yourself you will have the ability to make better decisions, process information better, and have the tools necessary to deal with physical and emotional pain.
We believe in using new innovative treatment methods that can act as a supplement to the more traditional treatment regimens. We are not a place that believes ketamine infusion therapy alone is the solution to chronic physical and mental pain. We currently offer ketamine assisted therapy (KAT), which is talk-based therapy that allows individuals to open up during their infusion. This kind of therapy has been shown to allow individuals to open up and process more intense feelings.
Why choose Allay Health and Wellness?
We understand that ketamine infusion clinics are becoming more popular with the recent FDA approval of prescribing ketamine products for treatment of depression. Some medical professionals (and some non-medical professionals) will undoubtedly be looking for ways to add easy supplemental income to their practice, while neglecting best practices and their client’s best interests. Our clients are our priority.
Allay Health and Wellness offers this new and exciting treatment in conjunction with a clinical psychologist that works with you to develop a treatment plan that is unique and appropriate.
Our clients undergo several mental health and chronic pain assessments, as well as a consultation with a licensed medical provider to make sure that we are providing the highest and safest level of care. We consult with your current medical providers to ensure that this treatment is right for you.
A WORD FROM THE CO-FOUNDERS
I first learned of ketamine infusion therapy 12 years ago from a patient. She had been suffering excruciating pain in both of her arms and hands following an injury and had been diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.
My patient had undergone numerous anesthetic blocks and had tried several medications, which unfortunately offered little to no relief. She had difficulty focusing on her career and was starting to have marital issues from her chronic painful condition.
She told me she was flying to Berlin to try ketamine infusion therapy, which she had read about online. I wasn’t familiar with ketamine as a treatment for pain, so I did some research and encouraged her to try it.
My patient returned from Germany with hope as the ketamine treatments were the only therapies that gave her significant relief. She continued flying back and forth to Germany and told me the treatments “changed my life”.
Twelve years later I met Nick and Katy Marino, two pioneers in novel medical and mental health treatments and Allay Health and Wellness was born. We decided to create a wellness clinic with a focus on treating depression, PTSD, and chronic pain with ketamine infusion therapy.
Daniel Cartledge M.D.
Working with mental health centers and addiction centers for the past 10 years, I have seen the importance of treating individuals physically, mentally, and spiritually. We understand that mood disorders and chronic pain can affect all aspects of one’s life, and we want to be the catalyst for healing and the start of a better quality of life for you and your loved ones.
“We must all obey the great law of change. It is the most powerful law of nature.”
— EDMUND BURKE
HOW TO BEGIN
Ketamine infusion therapy is a new and exciting alternative to conventional treatments for some of our most common, modern afflictions. We are committed to answering questions and providing free information. Contact us to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation and learn about the ways Allay Health & Wellness could help you take back control.
During the Vietnam War, ketamine was the most widely used battlefield anesthetic because of its rapid onset, minimal negative respiratory side effects, and potent analgesic properties. It also allows the ability to maintain cardiovascular stability in trauma patients.
Ketamine was originally introduced as a dissociative anesthetic and painkiller in the 1960s, used most frequently on battlefields and in acute emergency situations. Since then, it has been added to the World Health Organization’s list of essential medicines because of its wide range of pain management and sedation applications.
In the early part of this century, researchers discovered the antidepressant effects of ketamine. Study after study has continued to reinforce the effectiveness of ketamine as an antidepressant, proving that ketamine works to repair damaged neural connections and promote the development of new, healthy neural connections.
In 1974, ketamine began to be used as an adjunct to antidepressant psychotherapies in Argentina, and in the 1990s its antidepressant effects began to be studied in the US. Ketamine is rapid acting, has a short duration or action, a high lipid solubility, and can be given via multiple routes – intravenous, intramuscular, intranasal, sublingual and orally.
Peak plasma concentrations of ketamine occur within 1 minute after intravenous (IV) administration, 5-15 minutes following intramuscular (IM) injection, 5-10 minutes when given intranasally, and within 30 minutes of oral administration (Wolfson, 2016)
Today, ketamine infusion therapy in Palm Beach County & Palm Beach Gardens is known as one of the most effective treatments available to those suffering from severe depression, anxiety, PTSD, bipolar disorder and other psychiatric conditions. Ketamine also helps those who suffer from chronic pain and neuropathic pain. There are now studies showing that it helps those with certain kinds of cancer pain.
In the hands of a qualified clinician, ketamine infusion therapy is very safe. It has been used as an anesthetic and painkiller since the 1960s, and has been offered by private ketamine clinics for the treatment of depression for many years. When administered by a trained professional, ketamine infusion therapy is highly effective for the treatment of psychiatric conditions and pain.
Ketamine was synthesized more than 50 years ago and has been in use since 1970. There is currently a lot of information, data, patient response, and results that show the safety and efficacy of Ketamine Therapy.
Compared to traditional antidepressants, ketamine has been used on a much larger population for a much longer period of time with successful outcomes and without any apparent long-term side effects. The nurse practitioner, clinical psychologist, and doctor oversee the process, as well as work on the treatment plan that best works for you.
Currently, all the side effects from ketamine can be easily treated.
If there are any adverse side effects, we can stop the infusion immediately. IV allow us to provide crucial continuity of care. We know exactly how much medicine you received down to the microgram. We can ensure that you receive less, or more at your next infusion depending on the response. The medicine is felt very quickly, usually within 5 minutes of the IV starting, and it dissipates usually within 15-20 minutes.
Of course, like many other medications that offer immense benefits to suffering patients, ketamine can be abused if it finds its way into the wrong hands. Our clinic for ketamine therapy in Palm Beach County/Palm Beach Gardens only administers ketamine in a clinical setting under constant supervision. Ketamine is not provided to patients as a take-home medication or prescription. This reduces the risk of ketamine making it into the wrong hands. Here, at Allay Health & Wellness, we have a team of medical professionals that will be monitoring you throughout and walking you through what will be taking place.
The most effective way to administer ketamine is intravenously. IV ketamine infusions trigger the best biological response, as the medication can be delivered at a slow and precise rate and 100% of the medication ultimately reaches the bloodstream and brain. Also, IV ketamine is administered in a clinical setting under close supervision from qualified doctors and nurses. This prevents ketamine from getting into the wrong hands where it could be abused recreationally.
At Allay Health & Wellness, Ketamine can also be administered intramuscularly, intranasally, orally, or sublingually. However, these routes of administration can be unpredictable, as the amount of ketamine that actually reaches the brain and bloodstream varies from patient to patient. This can result in undesirable side effects, and potentially less effective relief of depressive symptoms. Our specialists will work with you to establish what means of administration will be best suited to your needs.
The side effects of ketamine infusions are generally mild and short-lived, subsiding about 2-hours post-infusion. Side effects include nausea, dissociation and mild, non-threatening hallucinations. Our ketamine clinic can supplement your ketamine infusion with an anti-nausea medication if you experience nausea during your infusion. Someone will be in the room with you walking you through the experience and providing support so that you do not feel alone.
Once you’ve submitted your patient intake forms, we will schedule an initial consultation to discuss your unique needs and determine the proper ketamine infusion treatment plan for you. If we believe that you are a good candidate for ketamine infusions, we will go ahead and schedule your first appointment—oftentimes for the same day.
On the Scheduled day we do a physical and health assessment and we obtain as much information as possible and we check your vitals. We make sure to have a full medical history to ensure that this is the right treatment for you. You will have someone personally walking you through the process and sitting with you to make sure you are comfortable and able to get the most out of the infusion. We understand that some individuals struggle with anxiety and depression that can cripple their ability to function with simple day to day tasks and we provide a safe environment for whatever you struggle with. On your second visit you get to have the infusion and it is followed up with talking to a therapist to make sure you have are comfortable with your treatment plan and your experience.
On the day of your infusion, please refrain from eating solid foods, milk, pulp-filled juices or soup for at least six hours prior to your appointment. You may enjoy water and other clear liquids, Gatorade, apple juice, black coffee or tea up to two hours prior to your appointment.
For ketamine infusions for depression, plan to be at our clinic for about 2-hours. For chronic pain infusions, plan to be at our clinic for one hour longer than your scheduled infusion time.
At the start of your infusion, we will apply monitors and set an IV. Once we begin the ketamine infusion, you will be awake and able to interact with others, though most patients choose to relax and listen to music. During your infusion, you may experience mild side effects, such as dizziness, subtle and non-threatening hallucinations, or nausea. We are equipped to supplement your infusion with an anti-nausea medication should you need it.
After your infusion, we will monitor you for about 30-minutes, and then release you into the care of a friend or family member who can drive you home. Though the side effects of ketamine infusions generally wear off within 2-hours, we do ask that you please not drive for 24-hours.
Each patient varies in regards to how many ketamine infusions he or she needs to effectively treat depressive or pain symptoms. In general, we recommend 4-6 infusions over the course of 2-weeks, with maintenance infusions on an as needed basis moving forward. Studies have shown that serial infusions are the most effective way to depression and other psychiatric disorders. A similar ketamine infusion treatment plan in recommended for chronic pain patients, though each patient will require a unique protocol depending on his or her needs.
Unfortunately, Ketamine Infusions typically are not covered by insurance companies yet. Until that happens, these treatments are considered an out of the pocket expense. However, some insurances will cover a portion of costs associated with ketamine. For more information, visit our Cost of Ketamine Infusion therapy page.
You should never discontinue the use of any medication without first consulting your primary care physician. Before we make your first ketamine infusion appointment, we will review your list of current medications and ensure there are no contraindications.
At Allay Health & Wellness there is a licensed medical professional present, who is BLS (Basic Life Support) certified and ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support) certified. We have a medical professional in the room with you throughout your first session and after your first session you have the ability to choose if you would like a medical professional in the room with you. Due to us having a central monitor system we are able to know everything that is going on without being physically present in the room. However, we do make sure to do a check up every 15 minutes.
Yes, the prescription is needed. We provide a writing order on site. We do a full comprehensive health and physical that encompasses a complete check of your vitals. We have a central monitoring system that allows us to have access to your vitals as the infusion is taking place. Because we provide the ketamine intravenously, we have the ability to slow it down and stop the infusion right away. We encourage you to speak to your primary care doctor before coming in. We work with any of your current providers to make sure we are providing the highest level of care.
Because we infuse the ketamine through an IV we use the smallest gauge needle and we freeze the area that we will put the infusion in. Our medical team has over 30 years’ experience using IV’s, so no one has been hurt by the infusion process.
Our ketamine infusion in Palm Beach County, including Palm Beach Gardens comes with a free consultation on the phone, or in person. We want to gather as much information about you as possible to see if you qualify to get the full health and physical exam. During the health and physical you will also go through a depression, anxiety, PTSD, and chronic pain assessment. If approved, then we schedule a date and time for you to start the treatment, if the day of your health and physical does not work.
Early research conducted was based around a single infusion. Some of the limitations associated with a single infusion, include that most patients do not respond to treatment until their 2nd infusion. Another limitation is that the positive results are to last an average of 7-10 days. This caused many people to say “it works but does not last.” Because of this we offer a series of 3 to 6 infusion over a 2-3-week period followed with a treatment plan to determine what is the best course of action for you. We continue to do follow-ups with you throughout the week of your first infusions to assess what your needs are. Additionally, before each infusion you go through the psychological assessments and an updated health and physical.
Ketamine, like many other valuable medications, has many uses. One of those uses is as a veterinary anesthetic. Again, these medications are used in a much different manner than they are when administered to humans for the treatment of depression or chronic pain.
Like many other medications, ketamine can be abused for recreational use. When used recreationally, it is used in doses much higher than anything we would administer at our ketamine clinic. Contrary to popular belief, ketamine is not a physically addictive substance. When abused recreationally, it can become psychologically addicting.
Our clinic for ketamine therapy in Palm Beach County/Palm Beach Gardens only administers ketamine in a clinical setting under constant supervision. Ketamine is not provided to patients as a take-home medication or prescription. This reduces the risk of ketamine making it into the wrong hands.
Wolfson, P., & Hartelius, G. (2016). The Ketamine Papers Science, Therapy, and Transformation
KETAMINE AND COVID-19
Long after the fire of a COVID-19 infection, mental and neurological effects can still smolder. Early on, patients with both mild and severe Covid-19 say they can’t breathe. Now, after recovering from the infection, some of them say they can’t think.