Working Process

How We Work?

Our experts always provide the best mental health services.
Consultation

Consultation

Referral

Referral

Review

Review

Infusion

Infusion

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Starting Your JOurney
Consultation
Request your 15-minute phone consult online or call us now at
(503) 405-1474. During your phone consult, we like to learn more about you and answer any questions you may have.
Doctors Orders
Because We Care
We believe that patients are better served when their providers collaborate with you and with each other. The providers at Specialized Infusions are experts in the safe administration of ketamine but are we are not mental healthcare providers.

To ensure our patients get the best possible care, and to practice this collaborative approach, Specialized Infusions requires a referral from your primary mental healthcare provider. As you begin infusion therapy, Specialized Infusions’ approach is to keep both you and your mental health provider informed of your progress while seeking the valuable input both of you can offer.

To do this, one necessity is for you to have regular and consistent follow up with your mental healthcare provider, both before and throughout your ketamine treatments. This will require a periodic renewal of your mental healthcare providers referral. Specialized Infusions will assist in this process.
Who Can Refer?
Referrals are accepted from a Licensed Independent Healthcare Practitioner (LIP) who is licensed to diagnose and treat the relevant condition for which you are being referred. These may include: Primary Care Provider (PCP), Psychiatrist (MD or DO), Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), Naturopathic Doctor (ND).
Don’t Have a Provider?

We have a list of qualified providers with experience caring for patients receiving ketamine infusions. Evaluation and treatment by one these providers does not guarantee a referral for ketamine infusions.

Evaluation and management by the referring provider is often covered by your health insurance. Check with the provider you choose to obtain information about your coverage.

Review

Once we have received all necessary documentation, we will schedule your in person consultation. When you come to the clinic we will:

Review your medical history and perform an abbreviated physical exam
Obtain blood and/or urine samples for testing as needed (can be waived on an individual basis)
Review the treatment procedure, alternatives to the procedure, potential risks of the procedure and answer any remaining questions
Make a copy of your state or federal ID (strict requirement)
Review pre-infusion instructions
Your safety will ALWAYS be our first priority… Specialized Infusions reserves the right to delay or refuse treatment based on our evaluation and our ability to safely provide care.

Schedule Your Consultation

Ready to take back control of your life? Request your initial consultation now.

Ready to take back control of your life? Request your initial consultation now.

If you have been diagnosed with depression, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, or PTSD and you have tried traditional antidepressants without adequate relief. ketamine treatments could be a good options for you.

You will be seated in a comfortable recliner during your treatment. Our staff will place monitors so that we can track your heart rate, EKG, blood pressure, and oxygen levels during your treatment.

A small intravenous catheter will be placed into a vein, after which ketamine will slowly be infused into the vein over approximately 40 minutes by a precise mechanical pump. Your provider will remain in the room during your treatment to monitor your response to the treatment. You will remain awake during the infusion. Most patients report a relaxing and peaceful experience.

Patients will also notice changes in their vision and/or a feeling of “lightheadedness” or “floating.” Many also report feeling somewhat disconnected and having slower thoughts. Typical recovery times last from 20-30 minutes after the completion of your infusion. Most people can expect to be at the office for a total of 90 minutes. You will need a trusted friend or family member to drive you home after your infusion.

Yes. All patients will require a referral from their provider before beginning infusion therapy.

  • Schizophrenia or acute mania
  • Uncontrolled hypertension or other cardiac conditions
  • Glaucoma
  • Pregnancy
  • Allergic reactions to ketamine
  • Obesity (BMI ≥ 40), and
  • Other conditions based on clinical

Uncontrolled high blood pressure is the most common cause of delay or exclusion from receiving ketamine infusions. Please ensure that you have addressed this concern with you primary care provider.

You should continue your prescribed home medications unless directed otherwise. Your ketamine provider will review your medications during your initial consult and discuss any potential interactions.

The initial series of infusions consists of six ketamine infusions over a 2-3 week period. Many patients will notice a change in their symptoms after 1-2 treatments, however, some patients will not experience a benefit until later on in the initial series of treatments. While the effects of ketamine treatments can be life-changing, ketamine is not a cure for mood disorders. You will need maintenance treatments
in order to maintain treatment effects. Your ketamine provider will discuss a recommended maintenance infusion schedule for you, based on your response. On average, patients return every 4-6 weeks for maintenance or “booster” infusions.

There is approximately a 70-72% response rate for patient with depression.

Initial phone consultation: $0
Standard length infusions: $425

  • We accept credit cards only.
  • Financing options may be available upon request.
  • You may be able to use your FSA funds to pay for
    your ketamine treatments.
  • Check with your employer’s FSA administrator to verify eligibility.
  • We offer a discount for military veterans.

Ketamine treatments are currently NOT covered by insurance plans. At your request, we will provide you with a superbill and visit invoice for services provided.

Once we have completed your in person consultation and have a referral from your provider, your infusion can start immediately. We will work with you to schedule your initial series of six infusions. After that, you can schedule “booster” infusions on our patient portal whenever you feel you need them.

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