Ballen Medical & Wellness is a Ketamine Clinic located in Centennial, Colorado. In addition to offering ketamine treatments to those suffering from mood disorders, addiction, and other conditions, Ballen uses an integrative approach to mental health and emotional well-being, combining traditional therapy and medical treatment with holistic alternatives.
Ballen Medical & Wellness’s staff is led by psychiatrist Beth Ballen MD and includes a nurse practitioner, 3 psychotherapists (including an addiction counselor and an art therapist), two massage therapists (including a craniosacral practitioner), and a yoga nidra (guided meditation) practitioner.
Dr. Ballen started the clinic with the goal to provide integrative treatment to help patients realize the joy of living healthy, centered, and balanced lives. The team believes optimal health is not simply the absence of disease, but the experiencing of joy, satisfaction, and thriving.
The most common scenarios where Ballen Medical & Wellness prescribes IV ketamine therapy to treat depression:
You need relief faster than the weeks or months of depression medication trials.
If you are suicidal or otherwise incapable of functioning and need prompt relief.
If you’ve had depression for a substantial length of time and other medications have not been effective.
You are experiencing severe, unremitting depression such as Major Depressive Disorder
If you are experiencing postpartum depression.
You are experiencing an episode of bipolar depression.
If your current depression medication has ceased helping you.
Ballen Medical & Wellness as a whole deals with:
Addiction and substance abuse
Psychotherapy Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Couples & family counseling
Although Ballen Medical & Wellness offers psychiatry and therapy, many ketamine clients have outside psychiatrists or therapists. If that’s the case, Dr. Ballen works with your doctor or other practitioner to incorporate the ketamine infusions into your current treatment plan.
Ketamine infusion therapy works both as a standalone treatment and in conjunction with oral depression medication. If you’re already taking oral medication, Ballen Medical & Wellness typically has you continue your oral medication during your ketamine infusion series. However, individual cases may vary.
In cases where a previously effective depression medication has ceased working, ketamine can act as a reset, enabling your medication to work again after your ketamine series.
If you haven’t yet started oral medication, ketamine therapy can provide immediate relief to help you while you perform your trials of oral depression medication.
What to Expect at Ballen Medical & Wellness
You’ll first take part in an in-person evaluation to determine if the treatment is appropriate for you. The clinic will also present other options as well if the team feels they might be a better choice for your care.
After your evaluation, Ballen Medical & Wellness creates a treatment plan for you and schedules your infusions.
If you have a psychiatrist or a therapist, the clinic will collaborate with them to find the right program for you.
All IV drips are administered in the warm, comfortable environment of the clinic’s infusion suite.
Ketamine drips are prescribed either by the clinic’s founder Dr. Ballen or by nurse practitioner Leslie Vannucci, NP.
The infusions are then administered by a registered nurse, typically by the Director of IV Therapy, Tara Cox, RN, CRNI. As a Certified Nurse of Infusion, Tara holds the highest certification possible for IV nursing.
Most plans feature an average of 6 infusions in total, with a minimum of 3.
If you need financial assistance, contact Ballen Medical & Wellness's partner Advance Care for interest-free financing and other options based on your credit history. You can call Advance Care directly at 1-800-432-9470.