KNBC 4 News The benefits of TMS with Ben Spielberg

Medical Reviewer: Nima A. Fahimian, MD


Welcome back, everyone. For people suffering from depression, the holidays can be very stressful and lonely time, along with medication and therapy. A treatment center in Santa Monica is offering a possible solution, and it takes only three minutes.

Alright. So we’re going to turn it up 10 percent or so. A machine to battle depression. These medical experts are using magnets to target the brain. Michael Neshawa, Is it, a second session? Certainly, I feel more awake and he’s hoping to find relief after medication and therapy haven’t worked for him.

I don’t think it’s a good idea to give up before you exhausted all of your options.

And tried so many things for so long. Elizabeth Saas has finished her six weeks of treatment and says it turned her life around.

I always felt like I needed one more cup of coffee or to go for a walk. I always felt like I was fighting to finally feel alert and I never have felt more awake in my life than after this treatment.

It’s called TMS Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. Doctors use a device to make a small magnetic field and create pulsing in the brain, stimulating a spot associated with depression.

An area of the brain called the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex is basically underactive. So there’s less blood flow, there’s less metabolism. These neurons are essentially dormant.

Ben Spielberg treats his patients in three-minute sessions, five days a week for six weeks. His treatment center in Santa Monica is the only one in the L.A. area to have the technology for three-minute sessions after the FDA approved it last year. Others take more than 30 minutes.

It’s really bringing the brain back online. The brain is different and in depressed people and non-depressed, and that state of depression is part of an imbalance in the brain.

Doctors say each patient is different.

All right.

That’s it. But after completing the six weeks, some people are able to scale back their medication as they move forward on their journey of treatment and finding happiness.

For good.

The treatment center says patients are required to try some form of medication for depression before starting their sessions. And for most people, the sessions are covered by their insurance, at least partly.


As someone who has struggled with depression for years, I was skeptical about trying alternative treatment options. However, the team at Bespoke Treatment made me feel comfortable and supported throughout the entire process. Not only did their TMS therapy provide significant relief for my depression symptoms, but I also had a positive experience with their ketamine therapy. The staff was incredibly knowledgeable and took the time to answer all of my questions and address any concerns I had.

I can't recommend this place enough. I had an incredible experience with the treatment I received here. From the administrative staff to the medical team, I really appreciated the outstanding care and attention I received and always felt listened to. There was never any sense of rushing or a "one size fits all" approach, which is sadly very much the norm elsewhere. I highly recommend coming here for the excellent quality of services, professionalism, and warmth that are so important when you're needing mental health treatment.

TMS was amazing for me . I loved my treatments , the doctors, the staff as well as the office itself. Its an amazing place to go for your wellbeing . Everyone is super nice, kind and extremely professional. The place is very easy to get to with available parking. Basically no stress. I felt very comfortable with my technician and all his knowledge about TMS . I also loved Dr. Fahimian . He is extremely educated and knowable in his field. His patience in taking his time to answer all my questions and concerns were highly appreciated.

I was severely depressed when starting treatment. I could not handle meds and had big hopes that TMS would work. It absolutely did wonders for lifting my depression. I have my life back. I have motivation to do things and energy to achieve goals. I really wasn’t sure if the TMS method would work, but it did and I am forever grateful. It even helped with my ruminating thoughts. I’m able to be in the moment and get back into doing things I enjoy. I highly recommend TMS to anyone who needs it.

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