Currently, TMS is FDA approved only for the treatment of major depression in adults but many TMS providers have been treating adolescents with major depression with great success also without exposing these young people to the increased risk for suicidal ideation that antidepressants might bring them. At Northshore TMS, we are using TMS not only to treat depression in adults, but also to address depression in adolescents. Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and autism spectrum disorder in children, adolescents, and adults are other areas where this treatment can bring benefit.
Nearly 100% of our adult patients with depression have significant improvement in their depressive symptoms and daily functioning. TMS providers report that their patients with OCD have had greater than 50% decrease in their OCD thoughts and behaviors and the patients that have been treated with autism spectrum disorder have decreased their scores on the Cambridge Rating Scale by greater than 40%. Parents, family members, and caregivers report improved social interaction, decreased rigidity, decreased Impulsivity, improved self-regulation, and reactivity, and decreased compulsive/repetitive behaviors.
We encourage individuals with questions about the benefits of TMS for their unique situation to schedule an individualized consultation. TMS for conditions other than depression in adults will likely not be covered by insurance at this time.
About Timothy Brown, M.D.
Board Certified Psychiatrist
Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Board Certified Addiction Psychiatrist
TMS Certified Psychiatrist
I am a Louisiana native who received my doctor of medicine from Louisiana State University in 1991. Upon graduation, I completed my internship and residency through the LSU Department of Psychiatry in New Orleans. I then completed a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship through the Division of Infant, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at LSU. For the next two years, I assumed the position of medical director of the Jefferson Parish Substance Abuse Clinic. During my tenure, I served as medical director of the Jefferson Parish Adult Drug Court and participated in the development of the Juvenile Drug Court. Simultaneously, I also began as psychiatric consultant to the Associations for Retarded Citizens for several local parishes, a position I love and maintain to date. After leaving State service, I worked with a multidisciplinary non-profit children’s mental health agency for two years before venturing out on my own in 2000. I have been the medical director for several adult mental health IOP programs and for a substance abuse IOP, as well.
TMS has long been an interest of mine as it is such an effective and safe treatment for depression and now that insurance companies are recognizing this too, patients can finally afford to access this life changing therapy. Currently, TMS is FDA approved for adults with major depression but the device is currently completing studies in adolescents for depression, as well as being studied to treat anxiety, PTSD, psychosis, chronic pain and autism. I believe that TMS will become the first line treatment for many illnesses in the near future and I’m excited to be on the forefront of the next generation of psychiatric advances in care.
My practice is currently focused primarily on outpatient child and adolescent psychiatric treatment. I also have a large contingent of adult s with ADHD, mood disorders and developmental disabilities in my practice. I also provide forensic consulting services and expert testimony to hospitals, health care management organizations and attorneys in the area of adequacy of medical documentation, coding and chart reviews when outside audits are disputed. I have been qualified as an expert in these areas by the U.S. Federal Court system. I am able to provide consultation to hospitals and clinics to proactively educate their staffs in these areas. Additionally, I am board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in General Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and Addiction Psychiatry.
I have served as a speaker and/or advisor for several pharmaceutical companies; currently I am contracted with Allergan. I am paid to provide educational and promotional lectures to doctors, nurses, pharmacists, medical students and other health care providers throughout the United States. I have also served as a clinical research physician for national ADHD medication trials.
On a personal note, I have 2 wonderful children and 2 Chinese pugs who keep me very busy at home. I am also an avid tennis player.
Our TMS and Spravato Coordinator
About Dayna Berthaut
TMS and Spravato Coordinator
I have long had an interest in helping others and I have worked in the health care field in several capacities during my career. I have worked as a medical assistant at a wound care practice and in dermatological aesthetics prior to coming on board with Northshore TMS. I have battled depression myself and have seen the dramatic effects from TMS therapy both personally and professionally. It is so rewarding to help our patients overcome their depression and regain their lives. I truly look forward to coming to work every day.
I am a certified clinical treater with the NeuroStar TMS system and I have been trained in the administration and management of patients undergoing treatment with Spravato.
I am a lifelong Louisiana resident and I am married with 3 wonderful children. I enjoy fishing, tennis and spending time with my family.