MindPeace Clinics

MindPeace Clinics have a success rate of nearly 75% for patients with depression and treatment-resistant depression.

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Our Clinics & Ketamine Infusion Therapy

Founded in 2017, MindPeace Clinics is the culmination of decades of experience in Emergency Medicine and the frustration of seeing the traditional treatment options available to those with suicidal ideations and or mental health and mood disorders. Through research, the success that patients were having with ketamine infusion therapy was discovered. Convinced this could be the breakthrough people needed, MindPeace opened a clinic for patients suffering from Treatment-Resistant Mood Disorders. MindPeace Clinics’ first location was in Arlington, Virginia. Following this success, MindPeace expanded the practice to serve those in Richmond, Virginia, in 2018 and Norfolk, Virginia, in 2020. Since 2017, MindPeace has treated over a thousand patients, completed over 10,000 infusions, and never lost focus on its fundamental values: service to patients, health and safety of all, and providing a platinum standard of care for others.


From the beginning, MindPeace Clinics has positioned itself as the benchmark in treatment for our patients. MindPeace is a medical clinic that uses current, topical research to guide treatment. Furthermore, MindPeace Clinics has added to this research by publishing the results compiled and collected during the initial years that the clinic doors were open.


MindPeace Clinics believes in a physician-led treatment team to ensure the highest quality care for clients. All physicians are board-certified in Emergency Medicine or Anesthesiology. Registered nurses with either Emergency Medicine or Intensive Care experience complement the physicians. This team, coupled with modern medical technology, creates an environment of trust and understanding to serve the patient best.


Recognizing the difficult journey many patients have gone through before coming to us, MindPeace Clinics strives to exceed expectations. From the first contact to the end of treatment, our goal is to treat our patients with compassion, honesty, and professionalism. Our clinics are designed to provide a relaxing and calming environment. MindPeace Clinics believes our obligation to our patients is our top priority.

How We Can Help

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Treatment-Resistant Depression

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Generalized Anxiety
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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

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Suicidal
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Spravato ®
Esketamine

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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Our Success

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MindPeace Clinics specializes in treating mood disorders (depression, suicidal ideations, anxiety, and PTSD), chronic headaches, migraines, and chronic pain syndromes with ketamine therapy. From its inception, MindPeace Clinics has measured our success one patient at a time. Since 2017, MindPeace Clinics has treated over 1,000 patients and administered over 10,000 infusions. We use a series of clinically validated surveys to assess a patient’s progress as they move through the treatment. As we have grown, we have collected one of the most clinically significant data sets available about the effectiveness of Intravenous Racemic Ketamine Infusions. In the November/December 2022 edition of The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, a group of researchers independently reviewed and published the results from the data provided by MindPeace Clinics.

The study concluded that MindPeace treatments effectively reduced symptoms of suicidal ideations and gestures, treatment-resistant depression, and generalized anxiety. The overall results of this study showed 72% of patients responded (50% or more resolution of symptoms) and 38% were in remission for depression after ten infusions.  Eighty five percent of patients experienced complete resolution of suicidal ideations after 15 infusions. The success of this study was noticed and picked up by multiple news outlets, including The Washington Post, CNN, WebMD, and the Daily Mail. 

The Washington Post covered a more intimate perspective, highlighting several of our patients. These stories are representative of many of the struggles and successes that our patients experience through the treatment process. We invite you to review these publications to learn more about Ketamine Infusion Therapy and MindPeace Clinics. MindPeace is proud of our success and looks forward to continuing to help each of our patients.  Other ketamine articles here

Our Reviews

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We understand that for many, the subject of mental health is still difficult to discuss. Some of our patients have taken the time to share their experiences with MindPeace Clinics.  We are grateful for all of their kind words and feedback so that we can continue to put our patients first.  

Patients have shared their testimonials from our Central Virginia Clinic, serving Richmond, Henrico, Chesterfield, and our Hampton Roads Clinic serving Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Newport News, and Norfolk, and our Northern Virginia Clinic serving Arlington, Alexandria, and Washington D.C.

I began ketamine infusions at Mind Peace Clinics in 2019 after having a really bad experience at another ketamine clinic. I was very anxious to find a place to do chronic pain infusions that was safe, kind, and took my CRPS seriously. I was very debilitated by crps and unable to walk normally due to how much pain I was in. I do them a few times a year now and now walk with a cane, drive a car, and lead a much more normal life thanks to these infusions. They are sadly not a cure for my crps but they have saved my life and helped me mitigate several spreads as well. Every infusion I feel safe and cared for by the entire staff, this means a lot as I have some medical ptsd from my other experience at a ketamine clinic who didn’t take safety seriously. So very grateful to Mind Peace clinic for helping me find relief and hope.
The doctors and staff at MindPeace Clinics are very caring, compassionate, and genuinely concerned with helping their patients. I wish all health care experiences were as effective and competently administered.
Mindpeace has helped me a lot. Ketamine is a great tool for anyone struggling with mental health issues (depression, bipolar, trauma, addiction etc) give ketamine a try its worth the price.
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Title: Professional, Knowledgeable, CaringMindPeace Arlington is a great clinic (I'm sure their other locations are too). The doctors are all very knowledgeable about the use of ketamine for psychiatric therapy. I primarily worked with Dr. Dao and a few times with Dr. Oliver. The nurses are attentive and good at their job. Everyone actually listens to you. If you think your dose should be different they will listen and accommodate (at least they did for me). They make the experience, which can be pretty intense, as comfortable as can be.They're also very straightforward about the process. They make it clear that the initial 6 infusions might not be enough for everyone, but that their goal is to have you feeling better as soon as possible. I never felt like they were trying to get me to do more sessions so they would get more money or anything like that.The one thing I wish Mindpeace provided, which they currently don’t, is like a psychiatrist-guided infusion session. I think that talking to a therapist/psychiatrist through the infusions might have left a stronger positive impact on me. However, I totally understand the logistical and financial difficulties of providing this service so I cannot knock any stars off for that. Just something that would be nice in the future.I’ve moved away from the DMV area and thus will no longer be attending. If I do move back in the future, and I find I need infusions again (haven’t had any in a while and I’m doing well), I will be contacting them.
I had a great experience at MindPeace. The doctors and nurses are kind and caring - patient comfort seems to be incredibly important to them. I also got incredible relief from the ketamine infusions. I went from feeling daily like a 2 or 3 (on a scale of 1-10) to a solid 7. I feel like a cloud has been lifted, and it's given me the freedom to work on the daily, actionable things that help me feel better without dragging such a heavy weight around. I highly recommend MindPeace Clinics!
Thoughtful, kind and caring.
MindPeace was an excellent choice for my first Ketamine treatment! All their nurses and doctors were super friendly and made me feel as comfortable as possible. After suffering with depression for years and suicidal thoughts, i no longer have those issues after the infusions. I would give 10 stars if I could! Highly recommend this place.
My prayers have been answered. I have a very bad difficult autoimmune disease called Behcet’s disease. It is a vasculitis, and it causes everything vascular to become inflamed and organs to perform terribly.. Lots of pain is associated with it and I had gotten to a place I called Disease fatigue. I was really feeling like I couldn’t do this in the longer and I don’t want to live with the way I was feeling. I read something about ketamine infusions. And I was really intrigued if they actually worked. So I did my research and I found a wonderful practice called Mind Peace center and the one I go to is in Arlington, Virginia. I really had no idea what to expect. It’s an infusion that has a way of resetting your mind. The doctor described it as a tree that’s old in the leaves are kind of coming off and the trees dull and this type of treatment creates , bright green leaves again thrive again and then she continues to flower and can retain its beauty. I have two problems. One was my mindset.. I had gotten tired of doctors hospitals, doctors hospitals, for.17 years. But after talking to the doctor, I had hope.. Now I know enough not to have too much hope because I’ve been promised things in the past and never came to fruition. So I signed up for my first infusion. I was totally unaware of what it would feel like. After the infusion started, I had this in amazing feeling that for the first time in 17 years, I was no longer in-prisoned in my body. My pain wasn’t there. I was literally floating and that I felt like in heaven and just absolutely at peace ☮️ . A incredibly euphoric state. I couldn’t believe that something like this existed. If I had only known years ago, wow, what a difference in my life would have been want the infusion to stop because you feel so wonderful. But it does stop and you do reconnect with your body and your pain and you feel for you different. Mostly in the mind, different. Like just being relaxed, and not being anxious. Like I felt hope.. I believe in hope so I said of the next one. Each consecutive treatment. Added it on to the previous treatment. So the session would be wonderful, but the after session would be longer and stronger. As I was meeting different doctors I was learning about other treatments they can do is to get you off of pain medication. I’ve been on a narcotic for over 10 and I didn’t believe that I could live without it. After the fifth infusion I notice significant reduction in my chronic pain. The other really fascinating part about this is I am in respiratory failure. My lungs will desaturate very fast. Without oxygen to the 70s and you in the 60s. 80s constantly. One other thing I also had high blood pressure that was very high to manage. I noticed after the second or third infusion that my blood pressure had come down to normal. The doctors tell me this week could be due to less pain and less stress. But it has been consistent. I also chose to stay off oxygen during the infusion to see what would happen. During treatment which are about an hour my oxygen saturation, but I have a saturation of 90 91%but not really lower. Yesterday my sat stayed about 90-94% without oxygen. I was shocked. Such an incredible feeling to feel your body and mind healing. I’ve left the Center this so much hope and beliefs and thanks be to God. I have a problem with anxiety and depression. It started with PTSD and it’s been continuing since 1989. I have never felt so emotionally stable. With lack of negative feelings or even feelings like I can’t do this anymore I want to do this now. Is literally a gift from God. And the fact that so little is known about this treatment it blows my mind. I am a medical provider and I’ve been around medicine for 30 years. Until Elon Musk mentioned it I didn’t know what it was. For my Disease Behcets being a CNS auto immune illness is a incredible blessing. I recommend you research this. And trust these phenomenal doctors. Literally, they have saved my life. I have also brought that happiness and significant ❤️.
Mindpeace clinic has been the foundation for my mental health since I began ketamine infusions 3 years ago. My symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD, mood swings, and suicidal ideation have significantly decreased, especially in combination with a daily antidepressant and weekly talk therapy.The care team at Mindpeace really appear passionate about the work they’re doing. The nurses are calming and kind. Dr. Oliver is open to any questions and/or suggestions regarding your treatment. Overall, I have always felt safe and understood while receiving my treatments at Mindpeace.
The folks at the Richmond location, and the scheduling people, have been outstanding. The services were provided in a professional respectful manner, things were explained very well, and most importantly it helped tremendously.
Have been a patient here for over a year. Highly recommend.
This treatment literally saved my life. I've had mental health struggles my entire life, suicidal ideation, Major Depressive Disorder, debilitating CPTSD, anxiety that controlled my life. I've gone to therapists, psychologists, even drug rehab nothing ever helped my mind. Ketamine treatment gave me life... I cannot say gave it back because I've never felt as good and mentally healthy as I do now.
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My experience has been life changing. I’ve spent most of my life depressed and the last year and half under the covers with medicine resistant depression and anxiety. Recently, I heard about Ketamine Infusions. I’m a retired RN so I did some research and found Mindpeace which is run by Dr. Patrick Oliver who is also doing research. I cannot say enough about how fantastic he, the other doctors and the nurses are. And most importantly the infusions have gotten me out of bed. I’m feeling like my old self. I have my appetite back, I’m motivated to do things, I no longer shake and worry constantly from anxiety. It feels miraculous and I am indebted to Dr. Oliver and his team for dedicating themselves to transforming the lives of those of us with severe mood disorders.
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Caring and helpful staff who were very attentive and worked hard to make me feel comfortable during treatment. If ketamine is right for you, this is the place to get it.
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I strongly recommend Dr Oliver and his staff. They are extremely caring and knowledgeable professionals who put their hearts in what they do. I am glad I chose them.
My wife Kayla was treated here. Her mood and quality of life has improved tremendously since starting and I can't give this place enough stars. Highly recommend it.
I’ve gone to MindPeace clinics for many months now and it is always a good experience. The nurses and doctors there are always nice and very caring and attentive, the rooms are super comfortable, and the treatment is outstanding. Ketamine treatments have allowed me reduce my daily medication regimen and the results are truly night-and-day. I highly recommend going to MindPeace, either in Norfolk or Richmond (I’ve been to both clinics) as they are both fantastic locations with amazing staff. If you’ve never looked into ketamine treatments but have treatment-resistant depression, MindPeace is the perfect place to explore it as an option for augmenting your treatment regimen.
Extremely professional, well run and beyond helpful!! I cannot stress the difference this therapy has had in my life. It’s truly life altering and the results last. The clinic is well run. The doctors especially Dr Oliver are all very knowledgeable and give you personal attention and seem to care about your actual health and well-being which is a welcomed surprise. I recommend this for anyone tired of taking meds with little or no benefit but I also think anyone could benefit in some way from this therapy. It’s changed my life for the better.
Dr. Oliver and the staff here are beyond amazing! Also amazing is the Ketamine therapy that they give. I can’t say enough great things about my experience! I definitely had some pretty horrible demons to work through and definitely couldn’t have done it without MindPeace. I truly appreciate you all so much more than you know! Thank you!!
Hard to put into words what MindPeace did for me. The treatments changed my life and made me a better dad/partner.
Ketamine saved my life
The medical staff are caring, professional.
Each staff member, Dr.Oliver and others were welcoming and friendly. It made the duration of treatment something to look forward to. My treatment has been incredibly beneficial, and positive. I look forward to what the future can bring.
I am someone who has struggled with depression and trauma for my whole adult life. When I learned about ketamine, I wondered if it might be the answer I was looking for. I met with Dr. Oliver and he explained that the treatments could actually stimulate my own brain to restore some of the cells that depression had taken from me (described by me in laymen's terms, of course) through years of trauma, stress and depression. Dr. Oliver did a complete examination, explained things thoroughly to me, and answered all my questions. I felt so comfortable with him that I decided to take the plunge and move forward with a series of treatments.I learned that Dr. Oliver, Amy, Megan, and the whole staff at MindPeace are warriors for the ketamine movement. Dr. Oliver believes in what he does and he is a champion for getting this treatment into the hands of as many people as possible. The staff there is kind, professional, gentle, and understanding. There is nothing to fear, even though the treatments might be a bit disconcerting for someone who is not comfortable relinquishing control or experiencing something a bit out of the norm. The staff puts you at ease, is with you at all times, and is prepared for any eventuality that may occur.After the first treatment, I felt a change. A small one, but enough to make me hopeful. With each subsequent treatment, I knew that the ketamine was doing something. It was as though it was moving through my mind, unclogging tired pathways and restoring me to myself somehow. I can't fully explain how it worked, but I can gratefully and joyfully say that these treatments have restored my mind and soul to a state that I cannot remember feeling before in my adult life. It's as though I have myself back, and I have the chance to get to know myself again and live my life as a whole person with the baggage of depression lifted from my soul.I have finished my treatments now and will go back as needed to keep the good feelings going. I have spoken with my therapist to discuss tapering off my antidepressants after a few weeks, just to allow this ketamine joy to settle and not change too many things at once. I can honestly say that my experience with MindPeace and Dr. Oliver has been one of the very best, most inspired experiences of my life. After the first few visits, I asked my nurse for a handful of pamphlets and business cards so I could take them with me wherever I went and share my happiness with people, letting them know that this wonderful treatment now exists for people, whereas antidepressants used to be their only option. It is absolutely a game changer, delivered by the amazing people at MindPeace. So if you are suffering from depression as I was, I urge you not to waste even one more day suffering. There is help, joy, and peace out there for you. Take care.
Saved my life! I can't put into words how this treatment has changed my life for the better! Thank you, Dr. Oliver + Team!
The team at Mindpeace Clinics provided me with a full series of treatments and boosters in a safe, supportive environment, adjusting my dose as necessary and responding effectively to side effects.Sharon and Sarah also helped me complete my insurance paper work and get that successfully submitted as this treatment was related to an accident that was not my fault. The ketamine experience was transformative for headaches and PTSD/Depression related to the accident and I would highly recommend if you are considering it for either.
I was receiving IV infusion therapy while Active Duty Army based in Germany at a Military Treatment Facility. Upon conclusion of my service of over 20 years, I vetted around 7 ketamine treatment centers along the East Coast before coming back across the pond. What made Mind Peace different?Their unparalleled staff is the answer. They promptly answered phones, returned emails, and Sharon was able to answer all clinically relevant questions with the precision of a seasoned RN which she is. Their administrative team, Samantha and Chloe, were always friendly and accommodating. Brittany and Emily were RN’s that had incredible empathy, and elaborate clinical back-rounds during the induction of the treatments. Dr. Oliver has been one of the most professional MD’s I have worked with utilizing mood monitoring, insightful labs, and his charismatic personality. Coming from a clinical background as a Registered Respiratory Therapist with ACCS and NPS that has worked with high risk labor and delivery OBGYN to Pulmonologists at the front of the pandemic, that says a lot. Dr. Oliver, and Dr. Coyner value patient interaction, and your point of view.Safety, value, ease of scheduling, are other high points to be aware of. There are no disappointments with Mind Peace.
MindPeace Clinics, have done a lot to change my life for the better. I heard about Ketamine through a friend who’s depression was markedly improved after the 6 initial treatments.My experience was similar, my mood lifted after the first session. Dr Oliver, and staff, were the utmost in professionalism, and the clinic is a really pleasant experience.I am so glad I got the opportunity to treat my lifelong depression and become mentally healthier with a renewed sense of hope.
I was in a bad place and thought might as well try this, it can't hurt. People say there is no magic pill, but the infusions were my magic pill. I was skeptical at first, but not only could I tell a difference in myself but others could as well. I had forgotten what it felt like not to be angry, annoyed, sad and over-all negative constantly. It feels wonderful and I'm glad it helped me so much. I don't write or read reviews but hopefully this will help someone else.Good luck
Prayers answered, thank you Lord God! 🙂 What a true blessing from God this place has been:) After 20 years of suffering from Depression and trying just about everything under the sun, I am now almost completely cured:) Besides Christian prayer, and some ECT in Raleigh, NC (which quickly brought me out of the depression ‘hole’) I have found that MindPeace Clinics in Norfolk, VA (which gradually brought me the pre-depression ‘happiness’) has been the final beneficial touch and help to me by almost completely eliminating Depression, Depersonalization, Dissociation, Suicidal Ideation, the loss of my Father, Anxiety, OCD, and other ailments, and also *an unexpected bonus* lifelong chronic headaches (Migraines, Tension headaches, etc.) through Ketamine treatments (mainly I/V but also at-home nasal sprays). A very special THANK YOU to ALL the Doctors, Nurses, and staff (including, but not limited to, Dr’s Oliver Levin and Morton, Nurse’s Amy and Megan, the Receptionist, ALL the onsite staff, even ALL the offsite staff including Mallory and Sharon, and all others not included (so many to be thankful for) and EVERYBODY involved:) To anyone reading this, rest assured, YES there is HOPE - through Christ Jesus foremost… and MindPeace Clinics:) Don’t suffer any longer, you don’t have to, call them NOW and start your NEW BEST LIFE NOW! 🙂
Ketamine saved my life. I went to severely depressed to happy. All the doctors and nurses are incredibly kind and will take care of you, Miracle drug
Dr Oliver is the BEST! I went from extremely severe depression and anxiety and after 9 infusions I just did my weekly test and I'm in the green!!! Not mild but NONE! Of you have TRD and Anxiety like I do you have got to call Dr Oliver!
My 17yr old daughter who has CRPS/TOS from comp. swimming has found great results with ketamine-- the difference between being able to have some kind of a life and go to school, versus not being able to even attend school- so thankful we found this! And this office is superb-- such nice staff (Dr. Oliver and all the nurses, and front desk) and a comfortable place to be for the hours that the infusion takes place- I don't have any suggestions to improve it- as it is great!
I have a severe aversion to needles/infusion, etc- Mindpeace worked with me to get me treated with "Spravato"- the nasal inhaler form of Ketamine treatment. This very gentle (and actually pleasurable) treatment somehow helped me to look at my issues differently and it is the only antidepressant medication that has ever really worked for me. MYly insurance pays fornit and I couldnt recommend the treatment or Mindpeace Clinic higher.
Dr. Oliver and the nurses were very caring and supportive through the whole process. Made me feel very comfortable with what was going to happen, and so far, the results have been really good!edit: I originally wrote this review three years ago, and I am still a patient at Mind Peace Clinics. The practice has grown, and despite that, it still provides the same level of care and support as when I first went! The nurses and doctors are great and the support staff is always reachable for assistance!
Treatment-resistant anxiety/depression is real. For over 30 years, I struggled with severe anxiety and depression. Traditional therapies provided some help to keep a 'normal' life. Yet, day after day and year after year, I could not be happy. Life was a constant battle. But, now that I discovered Ketamine infusion therapy, life has a whole new meaning. A meaning of hope. There is no more darkness at the end of the tunnel. There is light, a bright light that is taking away my fears. From the initial infusion, I finally felt relief. A relief that I never dreamed possible. I am thankful for Dr. Oliver and Mind Peace clinics for giving me my life back. I was insane for most of my life. Why? Because I kept doing the same thing, using traditional therapies, expecting different results. But, I am sane once again, thanks to Ketamine infusion therapy.
I was highly skeptical that ketamine would help me. After all, I had completed years of therapy and was on multiple antidepressants. This just seemed too good to be true and honestly just an excuse to trip. However, I read a few different studies and the science does exist, even if we can't explain it all yet.My husband convinced me to schedule a consultation appointment, and he and I met Dr. Oliver. He was very knowledgeable and even took the time to show us the monitors, code cart, and explain procedures in place should something go wrong. I don't say that to scare anyone off; I greatly appreciated knowing that should something happen, the staff of RNs, paramedics, and the MD would have the ability to act quickly to correct it. That said, Dr. Oliver assured us that complications related to ketamine infusions are very rare. I would much rather a facility have medications and not need them than the opposite.The scheduling process was a bit complicated since we had to work around holidays, but everyone was completely understanding and the whole process seemed very well organized (especially compared to anything else in healthcare).Arriving for my first appointment was also completely straightforward. I recommend bringing a blanket, noise cancelling headphones, and someone you trust. They titrate the dose to effect, so the first dose was weaker and I was not completely "out". I didn't have headphones then, so I would intermittently hear a conversation in the hall and started to feel paranoid and panic. My husband and the RN quickly calmed me down, and I didn't have any other issues. I felt a little high leaving, but the effects wore off quickly.What didn't fade was the feeling that I was no longer trapped. My depression had made me feel that I was all alone in a room with no windows or doors. I was still depressed, but it was like there was a ladder that I had never noticed before. Suicide was not my only option.I have now completed 6 scheduled sessions and one maintenance ("booster") dose after a month, and cannot recommend it enough. I feel like a completely different person than the one who showed up for that consultation. It is not cheap, but was worth every penny in my opinion if you truly feel suicidal.My only complaint/surprise was that it seemed that mask compliance depended on who the MD du jour was. Otherwise I highly recommend Mind Peace to anyone suffering from depression.
A pleasant and professional experience + they let you watch Netflix.
Dr. Oliver and staff have been very knowledgeable and responsive regarding questions and concerns regarding infusion treatment. The infusions were very helpful for underlying anxiety and recent depressive symptoms that emerged during the pandemic lockdown. Would recommend Mind Peace Clinic
Dr. Oliver, Dr. Levin and the entire Mind Peace Clinic staff have been nothing but amazing helping me through my journey to getting better. I have battled depression, anxiety and PTSD most if my life. I've tried every medication and modality available but to no avail. I finally found something that eases my suffering more than anything else ever did.The entire staff has been kind, caring and professional through each visit. They make sure to answer any questions or concerns I've had. They also promptly get back to me for anything that arises outside of my office visit. I'm so grateful to have found them and will continue to be a patient of Mind Peace Clinics as long as needed.The major factor that attracted me to them was that they offer all 3 types of ketamine treatments-IV, nasal spray and lozenges. I appreciate having various options to aid in my recovery.I can't thank them enough for what they've done! I highly recommend them to anyone considering this form of treatment!!
Choosing a clinic for ketamine infusions is a very important decision. Peace Mind Clinics provide a safe and fully monitored procedure with the utmost concern for the patient.The doctors are the best in the business along with the nursing team who assures a comfortable infusion experience.I have been a patient for years now and I can assure you that you will receive the highest level of professionalism and compassion. All the safety measures are taken seriously and performed at every appointment.
Dr. Oliver is pretty great. The treatments were very helpful, although it took more treatments than I initially thought. I've gone back for booster sessions, and will continue to do so. Thanks, doc!
March 14, 2021 I met with Dr. Oliver about my mental health. I was suicidal, depressed, and tremendously suffering. I had become suicidal again after so many years and it made me feel like I was failing my family. The intrusive thoughts made me feel like I had nothing to live for and I was ashamed because deep down I knew that I was loved but I couldn’t fight this alone. I was at work one day and felt so overwhelmed by these feelings and it was too much, so I asked my boss for a few days off and explained what was happening. It had become difficult to even drag myself out of bed in the mornings, showers were optional, and sleeping had become my new hobby. I talked to my husband about ketamine therapy and asked him to go with me for my consultation. We sat down with Dr. Oliver and I started talking about my experience with antidepressants, psychiatric hospitalizations and previous suicide attempts. Dr. Oliver never interrupted me or made me feel uncomfortable, he listened to us and acknowledged that what I was feeling was real. Ketamine was a way for us to fix the broken parts of my brain. Dr. Oliver explained to me that it while it may not work, there was a good chance that I could go into remission from my depression. I was desperate and I could not see past the overwhelming urge to harm myself, my brain was telling me that I was worthless and that nothing I could do would get better. I was ready to die. Then I had my first treatment. During the treatment I required some anxiety medication, but was assured that this was normal, the response my body had to the ketamine was unlike anything I had ever felt before and I was terrified. However, when I got home that evening, the suicidal thoughts were less intrusive. After the next five treatments, I felt relief that I had never gotten from pills. It has been five months since my initial infusion set and over two months since my last booster. I feel like me again. Simply put: Dr. Oliver saved my life. The ketamine treatments have allowed me to heal in a way I did not expect or know was possible. I’ve been able to come off of some of my medications and feel like myself again. I have not had a single suicidal or self-harm thought since my second infusion. Throughout my experience, Dr. Oliver kept telling me, “You will just feel better.” I have to say, he was right, I feel better. I feel like some of my broken pieces have been put back together. I cannot thank the staff of MindPeace Clinics and Dr. Oliver enough for making me feel safe and welcomed throughout my treatment.
I highly recommend Ketamine Infusions to anyone with Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, etc. Ketamine was my last resort and with the anniversary of my suicide attempt being September 26th I was desperate for anything to work. Overall, I’m truly glad I did ketamine and paid the money to do it. The ketamine completely got rid of all my mental illnesses, I feel great.
A novel treatment for depression that has potential for long term remission (38%), highly effective (72%), and works rapidly? I said to myself, “Yeah, right. No way.” And I couldn’t have been more wrong. As a scientist who has struggled with depression and anxiety most of my adult life, getting little relief from any medication in the past, I was especially critical of something that seemed too good to be true. But I had become suicidal after the worst year of my life: 2020. All within a month of each other, I suffered countless, devastating losses: my dog, my health, and my home. Exhausted, I began to fantasize about ending my life, eventually acting on those feelings and more than once, unsuccessfully. I also suffer from severe PTSD, OCD, and a traumatic brain injury (TBI). I had nothing more to lose. I wasn’t even getting out of bed anymore. Still, I had a grain of sand’s worth of hope left that there must be a way to feel even just a little better and so 4 months ago, I took that last sliver of hope I had left for a better future and used it – I struggled just to sit up in bed to research “Ketamine for depression”. Luckily, I’m well versed in reading and comprehending dense scientific literature. I devoured every study and personal testimony published on the internet imaginable.As a scientist, I needed to see evidence that ketamine would work for my treatment-resistant depression, but more importantly, HOW it worked. Finally, I stumbled upon a video of a ketamine research symposium which, in painfully dense scientific lingo, gave me the answer for which I had been searching: Unlike monoamines (those are our SSRIs/SNRIs), ketamine, when administered in micro-doses upregulates glutamate (an excitatory neurotransmitter) in the brain, which is responsible for repairing damaged dendrites (those branch-like appendages in our brains that allow brain cells to communicate with each other effectively). Glutamate is also responsible for repairing damage to our brains and for keeping serotonin, norepinephrine, dopamine in check. Additionally, the GABA (inhibitory neurotransmitter) is decreased.TWO DAYS after my first infusion, I woke up and felt, well, different. My heart wasn’t aching as badly, my thoughts weren’t as cloudy, the pain of intense grief wasn’t weighing so heavily on my shoulders. I got out of bed. I began to start to live again. I picked back up the things that interested me most within a few DAYS of my second infusion. It’s been about 4 months now and “suicide” isn’t even part of my vocabulary anymore, I haven’t thought of doing something like that once. From the perspective of my family, friends, and everyone with whom I interact honestly, the improvements in my mood were and continue to be HUGE. I had no idea before this treatment how much me being so depressed was weighing down those I love most.Ketamine therapy had other positive effects on my life: My OCD is hardly noticeable, my anxiety is getting BETTER by the day, I’m sleeping better, and all those traumas I mentioned I experienced last year? Well, now they are manageable to deal with, I can confront stressors head-on, and accept the past in a healthy way. Past traumas no longer control nor consume me. I have been able to discontinue several medications without any issue. In fact, every stressor I encounter is now manageable. No, Ketamine hasn’t made me “perfect” nor be able to handle every situation flawlessly, but I can process information and not become so overwhelmed anymore that I can’t function. Life – and happiness seem to come to me more easily. One more thing: that severe brain injury from 6 years ago which nearly obliterated all my working memory? Well, it’s back. My working memory is back and functioning too. I smile more easily, I laugh more easily, I’m once again – and still am – truly alive. If you’ve gotten this far in my review, do yourself or a family member or a friend a favor – get in touch with MindPeace Clinics.
Mind Peace Clinic was the best that that could have happened to our family. My husband has struggled with anxiety and depression for years. At the point we reached out to Dr. Oliver he was in a very stressful situation at work and was taking 3 anti-anxiety/depression medications and one additional one as needed with minimal relief. He was so far in a hole that he did not have the ability to reach out or do any research himself. He was on the verge of quitting a job that was great opportunity in the long run, but was playing havoc with his anxiety/depression. I reached out to Dr. Oliver and he was able to answer all my questions, my husband was willing to come in for a consult, we had an appointment within days. The consult was very laid back but thorough. He made my husband feel very comfortable. Lab work was completed before the start of any treatment. The scheduling process was easy, the front desk staff compassionate and helpful. As an RN myself I can attest to the knowledge, professionalism, compassion and experience of the nursing staff. I would feel extremely comfortable with any of my family members being cared for by Mind Peace Clinic, Dr.Oliver and the nursing staff. My husband received the 6 infusions and is doing amazing, He remains on one maintenance medication but has come off the other two and has not needed the PRN (as needed) medication since the treatments. The availability of Dr. Oliver in between treatments for questions and concerns is great and the mood tracking lets his see how things are going even when you are not in the office. While it is true that the IV version of the treatment is not covered by insurance for the most part we found that it was worth every penny it cost. Dr. Oliver also is working hard to provide research and data to allow the infusions to be covered by insurance. Dr. Oliver is very upfront about all cost, the potential need for additional treatments (we didn't need any!) and the success rate. I strongly recommend Mind Peace Clinic for the treatment of anxiety and depression and would hate to think where we would be right now without Dr. Oliver's care.
As a member of the medical community, it still is a subject of stigma when dealing with mental health. However, I believe that mental health is just as vital of a component to your overall health and well being as is our physical health. We take care of our bodies to the best of our ability, and we should pay as much attention, if not more, to our mind and brain, as there is truly a mind-body connection. Brain health is what we are truly talking about and seeking optimal performance, and I found that Ketamine infusions have helped me to be the best me possible. It has quieted if not silenced the negative self talk, diminished the "what if" catastophe type thinking that is not helpful, and was in a large regard a "washing machine" for my brain making past painful experiences ones that I don't give a second thought to anymore. I'm able to participate in my relationship on a level that is real versus having to fake pleasantries. I'm truly feeling very pleasant on the inside and life is more clear to me to not have to put up with toxicity from others as Ketamine kind of helps you put up a wall of 'you cannot penetrate this loving fortress I have built for myself. You can take your toxic self to someone else's door.' I'm most likely going to have booster treatments as I move along in this journey, as I have never found anything else that has helped me quite like this. It is revolutionary. Dr. Oliver and all of his staff members are top notch. So fortunate to have found them.
The ketamine therapies definitely improved my mood. The doctors and other workers on site were extremely kind and professional. Thank you MindPeace!
I have had a wonderful experience at MindPeace. Dr. Oliver, his staff, and his nurses are all consistently kind, helpful, friendly, and professional. The treatment procedures are clearly communicated and well performed, and I always felt my comfort and safety were extremely well in hand. I also love the way the office stays in contact and monitors your mood daily, with fuller biweekly assessments, beyond your infusions. I feel they are invested in my long term wellbeing and in helping me attain it. I would certainly recommend them to anyone considering ketamine treatments. I have personally observed a positive impact on my health.
I have been receiving ketamine infusions for Major Depressive Disorder (treatment resistant) since April 2019, and honestly it scares me to think where I might be today had I not been referred to them when I was. My experience with Dr. Oliver and his staff at the Mind Peace Clinic has exceeded all expectations. He and his staff are kind, thorough, knowledgeable, and truly care about their patients’ wellbeing. I would recommend Dr. Oliver and the Mind Peace Clinic to anyone seeking expert care from compassionate, proficient professionals.
A very knowledgeable, professional, and attentive staff works here, and attends very well to your medical needs during a ketamine infusion. But there is much more value in: the responsive and friendly staff; the safety and care offered by the overall experience; close follow ups to ensure medical benefit; and data-driven personalized dose optimization that uses a very well designed, elegant software app to ensure your comfort and mental wellbeing. If ketamine is indicated for your condition, this is the best place I have found by far in the Washington, DC area. However, they do not serve candy except by special arrangement in advance.
Dr. Oliver provided me with a service that saved my life. There is no doubt about it. For the past fifteen years or so I have taken dozens of medications for my mental health. None of them were anywhere close to the effectiveness of the Ketamine treatments. I received my first treatment during the depths of a major depressive episode. After that one treatment I started to feel better within a few hours! The rest of the ketamine infusions ( I had a total of 7) completely pulled me out of one of the worst episodes of my life. This all occurred over the course of about two weeks. His doctors and nurses are unmatched in regards to professionalism and bedside manner. The scheduling and payment departments are the best I have ever dealt with. Everyone at MindPeace clinics really are there to help. If you take the help which they offer, your quality of life WILL improve.
The team at Mind Peace Clinics in Richmond, VA is extremely welcoming, starting with the girl upfront (Ellie). Dr. Oliver is knowledgeable, accommodating, even humorous! He made me feel welcome and understood. I have gotten 5 ketamine infusions and it seems to have worked to get me out of my blues (I would have definitely gotten the 6th one in this particular clinic but had to travel out of state). It's been 3 weeks since my last treatment and I still feel alright. I would recommend this clinic for sure!
I had received antidepressant trials for years, but none of them seemed to have much of a significant effect for me. Within the first session that I received Spravato (the nasal spray version of Eskatamine), my mood lifted significantly and, since Ive been getting treatment, Ive been able to maintain a positive mood with the result that my life has been changed significantly for the positive.The best analogy I have come across to describe the effect of Ketamine goes something like this: Imagine your brain is a snow covered hill in which your thoughts make grooves in the snow like the impressions left after snow skiing down the mountain. In cases where negative thoughts abound in the brain, they tend to follow those same grooves/tracks down the mountain with the result that those tracks become very deep and negative thoughts are very powerful and numerous. Then what Ketamine does is to provide a new layer of snow in order to cover those tracks and so ones brain can start to make new associations and more positive "tracks" rather than following the grooves of negative past associations.Regarding MindPeace Clinic-: Dr Oliver is very involved and caring about patients and the nursing staff I worked with were extremely friendly and accommodating. I have a significant phobia when it comes to needles, which prevented me from being able to get IV Ketamine; however, MindPeace was able to give me treatment with Spravato Nasal Spray and I was successfully treated through that method of administration. I highly recommend this practice as well as this treatment.
The doctors at the Arlington clinic saved my life when I was in crisis. I've struggled with severe treatment resistant depression for years. 5 suicides in my family including my dad and brother makes me high risk and that scares me. Ketamine is the only treatment I've responded to. The entire staff at mindpeace is amazing. Compassionate and responsive, and never judgemental.
I've been a patient at the MindPeace Arlington clinic for about two years, and I'm really happy to have found it. The doctors are always available to answer questions and are responsive to my needs. They and the nurses do everything possible to make the treatment sessions comfortable. They've worked with me to find a regimen that keeps my symptoms under control. They've also been sensitive to the fact that treatment isn't covered by my insurance, so they do what they can to keep the costs down. Highly recommend!
Dr Oliver is not only one of the most compassionate people I have met, He get's the credit for saving my life. Before I came to mindpeace I was in a spiral of severe depression, with medication doing little and therapy even less. After the first session I began to feel better and by the day after the last infusion, I had felt the best I had in years. This is as close to a mental health miracle as it's going to get.
Doctor Oliver is the most compassionate person I've ever met. I fell to pieces telling my story and how my life has been affected. He would stop and correct me when I believed I was responsible for my imajor depression. My ketamine infusion started turning my life around immediately. It was unbelievable. I've been on every medication you can name and through ECT as well. No one but Doctor Oliver, his fantastic assistant Sarah and the treatment of course has ever brought me back to who I was before I ever became depressed. My friends and family are overjoyed having the real me back and for myself it's truly a miracle. I'll be happy to answer any questions you may have.If you're at the end of your rope as I was, don't give up until you go to Mind Peace.
The treatment works but I wouldn't recommend this clinic. It's quite expensive and they seem to be able to charge as much as they want cause they're just about the only game in town.I wasn't very impressed with how it's organized or the bedside manner of the doctors and nurses.
Hope for the hopeless! While the science behind the effectiveness of ketamine can be explained the experience is almost indescribable (in a good way). Dr Oliver’s warm bedside manner, professionalism, and level of attention he delivered made me feel as if I was his only patient, which if you are anything like me is a refreshing experience. If you are going through some stuff do not hesitate to explore this option as IT WORKS or at least it does for a great number of people including myself. As someone who struggles with depression (treatment resistant depression) and anxiety I felt as if I had tried everything and was considering suicide as I had lost my ability to feel joy in things I used to, couldn’t get out of bed, couldn’t work, wasn’t showering it was awful. I believe after just my second treatment I knew something was really shifting in my mood and started to have significant progress after each subsequent treatment. I was able to enjoy certain things again. I felt as if I could handle what life had to throw at me. A “go with the flow” mentality if you will. So glad I entrusted Dr. Oliver and the nurses with my care. I could go on and on but I’ll sum it up with “worth every penny!” Give life a chance if you’re in a dark spot it gets better.
Life changing results. Dr Oliver is dedicated and knowledgeable.
I have been getting Ketamine infusions for three years and I can attest to you that Dr. Oliver and his staff are outstanding. They follow the highest standards of patient care in the industry today. They employ seasoned Registered nurses who will monitor your vital signs and provide excellent patient care throughout your procedure.
I have always had depression and it has always been manageable with medication. Until 3 years ago. 3 years ago, I declined rapidly with my mental health, I couldn't go to work, get out of bed, eat, take care of or even spend time with my children. I rarely showered, brushing my teeth was hard, I even remember asking my son to make his sister a peanut butter and jelly sandwich because I simply could not do it. I became lifeless. I stayed in bed for 23 hours a day for over 2 months. The sheets on my side of the bed changed color. My family and I tried every option available to us - TMS therapy, Talk Therapy, a dozen different medications and medication combinations, I even tried psilocybin. Eventually, a medication combination helped enough to where I would eat, shower, and brush my teeth. I was still dead inside though. I tried to go back to work - I didn't last 2 months. We were considering electroshock therapy (to my horror) and then I heard about Ketamine. Then I found Peace Mind Clinic.This clinic and this treatment SAVED ME. This treatment is not a once and done thing, at least not usually. Actually, I had all initial 6/7 infusions and thought it wasn't working. Dr. Oliver encouraged me to continue on with the initial protocol. I am SO glad I listened to him. A month after my last infusion my husband starting noticing improvements - small at first, then they kept on coming....it began to work - slowly. Dr. Oliver said I was one of the people that had a 'latent' effect. I can tell you honestly, I am now depression free, its been less than a year since my first treatment. I still have to do a maintenance infusion every 2 months and I am ok with that. The staff at Peace Mind Clinic are amazing. Dr. Oliver is passionate, he wants to help people - he DOES help people. The nurses are wonderful and help guide you through your infusion experience. If you are suffering, don't waste anymore of your life away. Try Ketamine. I will forever be grateful to Dr. Oliver and his team and I will advise anyone who will listen to go see Dr. Oliver and at least talk to him about options.
After 40 years of unsuccessfully trying multiple depression medications that didn’t work- for the first time in decades, I feel like myself again, alive with a new lightness.I feel both mentally and physically lighter!Ketamine infusions have lifted my lifelong, difficult to treat chronic depression.My ONLY regret is I that I’ve lost half my life to depression.I wish Ketamine infusion treatments were available 40 years ago.
Dr. Oliver and his staff are wonderful- they are concerned, they are kind. They genuinely want to see your health improve. I highly recommend his practice to anyone suffering from a refractory condition that traditional meds aren’t helping.
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