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May 6, 2020

Update to COVID-19 precautions and operations (May 2020)

Valued patients – We continue to work diligently to ensure that SeattleNTC remains a safe place to receive essential healthcare. As public health recommendations continue to evolve, particularly for medical settings, please note the following additional policies: All staff and patients must wear a mask while in the clinic, in order to reduce the likelihood of spread of the novel coronavirus. If you do not have a mask of your own, we can provide one for you to reuse during your visits to our clinic. In order to continue to minimize the number of people who need to be on-site at […]
March 25, 2020

Updated COVID-19 Precautions (March 2020)

As recommendations regarding the novel coronavirus have updated, we have made the following changes to our policies: 1) The novel coronavirus can produce GI symptoms, such as diarrhea, and at times this may be the only symptom patients experience. As such, if you have ANY symptoms, staff and patients are being asked to please stay home. 2) We ask that patients wash their hands for 20 seconds with soap and water before entering the clinic. 3) Based upon updated guidance, all staff and patients should be asymptomatic for 72 hours prior to returning to work/treatment. Please continue to ask for clarification if you […]
March 12, 2020

Information about SeattleNTC clinic operations and COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS In order to ensure that we continue to be a safe place to receive care, we are taking the following precautions to protect you against COVID-19/coronavirus, as recommended by the CDC, and continue to monitor updates from the University of Washington, Swedish Medical Centers, the CDC, and Department of Health: –       Any patients or staff with cough or fever or any other symptoms, are being asked to stay home until they are symptom-free for at least 72 hours. We are NOT enforcing late cancellation fees for illness-related cancellations. Patients with symptoms may still have telehealth visits (see below). Please ask our staff for […]
September 13, 2016

When Symptoms Return

By Joshua Bess, M.D. Patients who have been treated for depression with Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) or Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) can sometimes go the rest of their lives without needing to undergo additional TMS or ECT treatment. But these patients are the exception, not the rule. Most patients who have undergone acute treatment with TMS or ECT will experience a return of symptoms at some point. It may be a year after treatment, or it may be longer. Each person is different. But relapse at some point is more likely than not. Therefore, it’s important for all patients who undergo […]
January 27, 2016

Seattle Office Relocation

We are excited to announce the location of our new Seattle Office! 805 Madison Street Suite 401 Seattle, WA 98104
January 29, 2015

Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: A Tool for Long-Term Smoking Cessation

by Jennifer Bolton and Serena Smith, TMS Clinicians at SeattleNTC Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death in developed countries[1]. Despite smokers frequently identifying tobacco use as harmful and expressing a desire to reduce or stop smoking, most smokers have difficulty abstaining. Eighty-five percent of those who attempt to quit smoking without assistance relapse, with the majority resuming use within one week of quitting. Numerous aids have been helpful in increasing immediate abstinence rates, but the long-term outcomes are still disappointing.  After 6 months, common aids, such as nicotine gum and bupropion (a prescription medication) result in abstinence rates […]
October 24, 2014

Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and Associative Memory Enhancement

by Jennifer Bolton and Serena Smith, TMS Clinicians at SeattleNTC Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), a noninvasive method of brain stimulation, has recently been shown to enhance neural pathways in the brain that are associated with memory function. In memory processing, superficial regions of the brain, such as the lateral-parietal cortex, connect to deeper memory control centers, such as the hippocampus. Because TMS can stimulate only the outer few centimeters of the human cortex, the lateral-parietal cortex has been identified as a target area over which TMS could be used to affect deeper brain structures or regions involved in memory. In a study by Wang […]
June 23, 2014

Likelihood of Remission from Depression with Medications vs. TMS vs. ECT

Depression is now the leading cause of disability in the world (WHO, 2012), and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is increasingly recognized as an important treatment option by both clinicians and insurance companies As such, we are frequently asked about the relative effectiveness of medications vs. TMS vs. ECT for treatment-resistant depression.  While head to head studies of the 3 treatments have not been completed, it is interesting to compare large, multi-site, frequently cited studies of the 3 treatment modalities administered to patients with similar levels of treatment resistance. These findings are a useful reminder to regularly assess the severity of […]