Logo of the Ken Starr MD Wellness Group in Arroyo Grande, California

Located in Arroyo Grande, California, the Ken Starr MD Wellness Group is a community-focused health center that grows from the personal experience of its founder, Dr. Ken Starr.

Beginning as a treatment center built around leading-edge addiction treatments, the clinic has expanded to offer ketamine therapy as well, what Dr. Starr calls a “natural extension” of their pre-existing treatments.

What Patients are Saying about Ken Starr MD Wellness Group:

What they like about their experience: 
1. Compassionate and Caring Staff: Multiple reviewers commend Dr. Ken Starr and his staff for their compassion, understanding, and patient-centric approach. Patients feel heard, seen, and treated as individuals rather than just another case.

2. Broad Range of Treatments: Dr. Starr offers a variety of treatments, including IV infusions, ketamine therapy, and vitamin therapies, which cater to different conditions. His approach goes beyond traditional Western medicine, offering patients unique options that are backed by evidence-based research.

3. Comfortable Environment: The clinic’s environment is described as comfortable, calming, and equipped with everything a patient might need during treatment. The professionalism and personalized approach help alleviate patients’ anxiety and make them feel at home.

What they don’t like about their experience: 
1. Cost Concerns: One reviewer mentioned surprise over costs due to insurance issues. Although they felt the program was worth the expense, they highlighted the initial sticker shock and the need to make monthly payments.

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Ketamine, in sub-anesthetic doses, has shown remarkable efficiency in treating difficult to manage chronic pain and/or mental health conditions, including struggles with addiction. Recent research has shown it to be a breakthrough psychiatric treatment, as well as having been recognized by the World Health Organization as an essential medicine due to its robust safety profile.

For those for whom it has been effective, ketamine has been a life-changing treatment.

Ken Starr, MD, founded his addiction treatment clinic only months after his brother tragically passed away from a heroin overdose. Recognizing the need for focused treatment centers, and physicians with a cutting-edge knowledge, Dr. Starr opened “a tiny closet-sized office,” and began a journey of over 20 years that has led to the comfortable, private clinic within which he and his team now practice.

With studies emerging from such renowned research centers as Yale University, Harvard University, and Johns Hopkins University, ketamine is bringing new hope and health to a large majority of the patients treated with the medication.

If mainstream oral medications have had little or no effect on your chronic negative symptoms, ketamine therapy may be the path to a new lease on living.

Offered Treatments

  • IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy

Treated Conditions

  • Severe Depression
    • Depressed Phase Biploar
    • Postpartum
    • PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
  • Chronic Pain Syndromes
    • Headaches
    • RSD (Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy)
    • CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndromes)
    • Figromyalgia

Important Info

  • Patients are required to have normal blood pressure prior to infusion, as ketamine increases blood pressure and heart rate.
  • Most patients know within 24 hours of treatment if ketamine is having a positive effect.
  • Treatments should take place in conjunction with a primary caregiver and/or therapist.
  • Treatments are not covered by insurance. Depression treatments are $450/40-minute infusion. Pain treatments are $1,200/four-hour treatment.
  • Please contact the clinic for further information about medications and conditions that may preclude ketamine treatments.

Your Treatment: What to Expect

Over the 40-minute period of the ketamine infusion, patients at the Ken Starr MD Wellness Group often feel a floating sensation, as if disconnected from their bodies. This is a normal sensation for ketamine treatments.

Patients are monitored throughout by a nurse or physician to ensure that the sensations are not becoming uncomfortable. Some patients report positive effects only hours after infusion, though for most the effects take approximately 24 hours to become noticeable.

Who is this treatment for?

Ken Starr MD Wellness Group ketamine treatments are for individuals who have had little to no positive benefits from mainstream antidepressants and pain therapies. Ketamine is a rapid-acting antidepressant, and has shown significant reduction in suicidal ideation very quickly after only one treatment.

For pain or addiction patients, ketamine has allowed patients to decrease their opiate use significantly.

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