Ever since we embarked on our journey at Lakeside Med Spa & IV Lounge, we’ve been committed to supporting your well-being from the inside out. Our passion lies not only in enhancing your appearance but also in nurturing your overall wellness. With great excitement, we’re thrilled to introduce a new offering – Ketamine infusions for the treatment of various conditions such as depression, PTSD, anxiety, CRPS, chronic pain, and more.

The utilization of Ketamine beyond its traditional role in anesthesia is gaining popularity and sparking intrigue. Let’s delve into the details of what Ketamine is and how it operates.

What Exactly is Ketamine?

Ketamine is an anesthetic approved by the FDA, historically used on battlefields and in surgical settings. Over the past five decades, it has been extensively researched for its effectiveness in treating mental health disorders that are resistant to conventional therapies.

In the context of treating depression, there are two types of Ketamine:

  1. Racemic Ketamine (Intravenous Ketamine): This form has been the most effective and rigorously researched.
  2. Esketamine (Spravato): Approved by the FDA in March 2019, this is administered as a nasal spray.

Benefits of Ketamine Treatment:

Rapid Relief:

Unlike conventional approaches such as antidepressant medications, talk therapy, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), which may take weeks to show results, Ketamine operates swiftly. It often brings relief within hours by enhancing glutamate, a neurotransmitter that aids the brain in repairing neural pathways damaged by chronic conditions like depression and PTSD. Research indicates that more than half of patients experience symptom relief after just one Ketamine infusion, with even greater relief achievable through subsequent treatments.

Long-Lasting Results:

Ketamine infusions produce enduring symptom relief. Typically, a series of 6-8 treatments is administered over 2-3 weeks. The need for maintenance infusions varies from one patient to another.

Drawbacks to Consider:

Potential Side Effects:

It’s essential to note that while Ketamine is highly effective, it’s not a magic cure, and it may produce some side effects. These side effects, which are generally short-lived, can include mild hallucinations, a floating sensation, fuzzy vision, dizziness, nausea, dissociation, and a temporary increase in blood pressure. For safety, patients should arrange for transportation home after Ketamine infusions. Additionally, the infusion may be combined with other oral and intravenous medications tailored to the individual patient’s benefit.

Potential for Addiction:

Despite its reputation as a street drug, the risk of addiction when under supervised medical use is extremely low.

How Does Ketamine Work?

Ketamine operates through two main mechanisms. First, it reduces inflammation, which has been linked to conditions such as depression and mood disorders. Second, it triggers synaptogenesis, a process that enhances neural connectivity. Ketamine binds to NMDA receptors, increasing glutamate levels, and activating connections in the AMPA receptor, facilitating the communication of neurons through new pathways. When combined with traditional treatment approaches, this accelerates recovery by altering one’s perspective.


Collaborating closely with your other healthcare and mental health professionals, we develop a personalized infusion schedule following a comprehensive consultation. Questionnaires are administered, monitors are applied, and an intravenous line is established for treatment. It’s important to emphasize that Ketamine therapy complements rather than replaces other forms of treatment. With 15 years of anesthesia experience, Ryan is exceptionally qualified to administer and oversee Ketamine infusions.

We’re delighted to include Ketamine among our menu of intravenous services. Our aim is to provide hope and healing by offering this potentially life-changing treatment in a comforting spa environment. By doing so, we hope to contribute to the destigmatization of mental health challenges that many individuals face today.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us to arrange a consultation and explore the possibilities of Ketamine infusions.

Warm regards,

Rachel and Ryan