Located in Boulder, Colorado, Boulder Mind Care is a Ketamine Clinic that specializes in treating severe anxiety, treatment-resistant depression, PTSD, OCD, pain disorders, and alcohol or substance abuse.
Dr. Wade Grindle and Sarah Grindle launched the practice in 2017. The former has a B.S. in Psychology, is board-certified in anesthesiology, and has been administering ketamine for over three decades. Dr. Grindle is also a member of the American Society of Ketamine Physicians, the American Society of Anesthesiologists, and the American Board of Anesthesiology.
Recently, the team at Boulder Mind Care launched an additional ketamine clinic, Transcendent Ketamine of Colorado, in Fort Collins. The goal of both practices is to safely provide patients with the best possible response to ketamine therapy in a comfortable, serene setting.
What types of ketamine services does Boulder Mind Care offer?
Ketamine infusion therapy
What conditions do they treat?
Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
Treatment-Resistant Depression (TRD)
Bipolar Depression (Types I and II)
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome
Chronic Neuropathic Pain
Phantom Limb Syndrome
All staff, visitors, and patients are asked to stay home if they have signs or risk factors for coronavirus.
The main clinic doors will remain shut, and only patients with appointments and their accompanying support person will be allowed to access the clinic.
Patients (and their support person) fill out a coronavirus screening survey online (found here) prior to entering the clinic.
Patients arrive at the building, text the staff, and wait in their car until a treatment room is ready. That way they can come straight to the treatment room, reducing exposure to public spaces.
The clinic provides hand sanitizer and anti-bacterial soap and requires all patients and their support person to wash their hands prior to entering any treatment room. Everyone entering the clinic will be required to wear a mask.
All cell phones and tablets brought into the clinic will be wiped down with a medical-grade hard surface disinfectant and cleaner.
All patient rooms are thoroughly sanitized between each infusion.
The clinical staff will wear gloves and masks when providing infusion services to all patients. They will maintain the 6 feet or greater social distancing guideline whenever feasible.
Blankets, pillows, eyeshades, and headphones are no longer provided for patient use. Instead, the clinic invites you to bring your own from home.
Boulder Mind Care does not require you receive therapeutic services. However, the clinic strongly recommends maintaining an ongoing relationship with a psychotherapist.
The clinic endorses Ketamine-Assisted Psychotherapy and its office’s infusion rooms are designed to facilitate this in-person. This can be done with a patient’s own therapist of one of the therapists Boulder Mind Care works with regularly.
When scheduling an appointment, Boulder Mind Care requires the payment of a $390 Initial Consultation fee. This covers a review of your medical history, talking with your mental and other healthcare providers, and the telemedicine or in-person consultation.
The Initial Consultation
With a doctor, you’ll review your medical and mental health history, ask questions, discuss ketamine infusion therapy and they’ll explain what to expect in more detail.
If necessary, the clinic may order and/or obtain relevant laboratory tests at this visit.
Do not eat anything for at least 6 hours prior to your appointment, to minimize the risk of nausea and vomiting. You may drink clear liquids (water, broth, juice, black coffee, tea, etc.) in moderate amounts for up to two hours ahead, to avoid dehydration. You should take all of your usual morning medications, with a few sips of water, the day of your infusion (however, if your usual meds include lamotrignine (Lamictal) or benzodiazepines, discuss this with the clinic ahead of time).
Bring a friend or family member to drive you home.
Upon arrival, you’ll be seated in a comfortable reclining chair in a private room and have a quick consultation with Dr. Grindle.
An intravenous (IV) line will be placed and the infusion started.
Your vital signs and mental state will be monitored throughout the infusion.
Infusions for depression last approximately 1 hour, and most patients recover from the infusion within 20-30 minutes. Infusions for chronic pain last for 2 to 4 hours, and most patients recover and are ready to go home within an hour. Expect to be at the facility for a total of 1 1/2 to 2 hours for mood disorder infusions.
The clinic encourages you to rest the remainder of the day you receive infusions.
The clinic’s current protocol is to administer an initial series of six infusions over a two to three-week span. However, the exact schedule varies from patient to patient.
Per Boulder Mind Care, the reduction in depressive symptoms after the Initial Series of six infusions lasts for about 5 weeks on average, with a range of 3 weeks to 2 months for most people.
After the initial series, only subsequent single maintenance or “booster” infusions are typically necessary to maintain your improvement. These are needed anywhere from 3 weeks to 3 months, depending on the patient.
See pricing for individual treatments below. Boulder Mind Care requires payment in full before treatment, at least two business days in advance. You also will be asked to provide a credit or debit card, which will be retained for future services. Boulder Mind Care does not accept insurance, Medicare, or Medicaid for ketamine infusion therapy. Currently, they accept cash, ACH transfer, credit cards, debit cards, Care Credit, and HSA or FSA accounts. With Care Credit, you can spread out the payments for the Initial Consult and Initial Series of six infusions so that it is much more affordable.
Boulder Mind Care offers a 10% discount to veterans, active-duty military, retired and active duty law enforcement, other first responders, and other licensed medical professionals. Additionally, the clinic provides reduced infusion fees for select patients in need, through an income-based sliding scale program.