Ketamine Assisted Therapy and the Odyssey Method for Lasting Change

Ketamine is a Health Canada-approved anesthetic that provides an innovative solution for treating chronic pain, depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other conditions that affect mental health

EntheoMed, Kelowna provides intramuscular KAT to encourage positive outcomes and support lasting change through all phases of recovery. Ketamine itself has many highly therapeutic effects on the brain. An ongoing treatment plan includes wellness services such as restorative yoga and holotropic breathwork.

Dr. Michael Ocana, Head of Psychiatry at EntheoMed

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Ketamine was first synthesized in 1962 by Calvin Stevens, a professor of chemistry at Wayne State University. Ketamine is classified as a “dissociative anaesthetic” and has been used widely and safely as an anaesthetic and analgesic since the 1970s. It has the advantages of not suppressing respiration and blood pressure, as it is a mild stimulant rather than a depressant to the circulatory and motor system.

Ketamine has been demonstrated to be a rapid and robust treatment for treatment resistant depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, major depressive disorder, alcohol use disorder, eating disorder, and obsessive compulsive disorder. Zarate et al published a seminal paper in this regard in 2006 and since this time there have been thousands of scientific papers supporting this use of ketamine. In this antidepressant treatment paradigm, ketamine is administered via IV infusion in biweekly treatments over 3-4 weeks without psychotherapy. This treatment paradigm has demonstrated equivalent efficacy to Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation for treatment resistant depression.

Ketamine has been known to have psychedelic properties since its discovery. This aspect of ketamine has often been viewed as a side effect. However, Ketamine has been studied for the purposes of psychedelic therapy in the treatment of alcoholism and opioid addiction since the 1990s.

Psychedelic psychotherapy has been studied for the treatment of addictions and end of life anxiety since the 1950s, however there was long period where scientific study was halted due to the prohibition of psychedelic medicines in the 1970s. Over the past few decades, research into this modality of therapy has resumed with very good initial evidence accumulating for its effectiveness for end of life depression and anxiety, PTSD, OCD, alcohol use disorder, eating disorder and treatment resistant depression.

At EntheoTech, we are offering a treatment paradigm with ketamine that takes advantage of both its antidepressant and its psychedelic properties, so as to offer the best possible outcomes for treatment resistant depression. Our approach begins with a psychiatric intake and preparation session, orienting the client to the psychedelic properties of the medicine so as to optimize the set and setting, and best harness the healing opportunities provided by these altered states of consciousness. We also offer mindfulness, mindful movement, and breathing workshops to support the integration of these experiences. The medicine sessions are delivered by intramuscular injection, in doses felt to be ideal to provide a psychedelic experience and the clients are supported by a skilled nurse and facilitator. We offer packages that include intake, preparation, and three medicine sessions with integration therapy sessions and adjunctive workshops provided between medicine sessions and after completion to support the ongoing integration of these experiences.

In summary, ketamine is a safe and effective medication which has been used for decades in the medical community. Ketamine is, on its own, an effective short term antidepressant with effectiveness for treatment resistant depression and is also an effective psychedelic agent that is well suited to provide psychedelic assisted psychotherapy, an emerging treatment modality for anxiety, PTSD, OCD, alcohol use disorder, eating disorder and treatment resistant depression.

At EntheoTech we are providing a cutting edge treatment for treatment resistant depression which harnesses all of these qualities of ketamine, as well as mindfulness, breathwork, and mindful movement. We invite you to consider this holistic and promising approach to the treatment of mental health concerns like treatment resistant depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, alcohol use disorder and eating disorders.

Meet your Care Team

Dr. Anita Sanan

Medical Director, EntheoMed Ketamine Suite

Board-certified Anesthesiologist practicing since 2010. Taken on many administrative and leadership roles within her department at Kelowna General Hospital. She is actively involved in academics as a clinical faculty member at the University of British Columbia, teaching both medical students and residents.

Kelly Stone

Head of Psychotherapy

Psychotherapist, Educator, and Presenter, specializing in Psychology, Mental Health and Trauma. Strong Communicator and Effective Liaison with Successful track record, bridging needs and community partners. Holistic and Natural Health Practitioner with 20+ years of Hands on Healing experience, passionate about providing Integrative Health and Wellness

Brittany Skusek

Head of Community

Brittany Skusek is a Registered Nurse, Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher with over 10 years of experience in acute care nursing. She has studied around the world in various forms of holistic healing therapies, and her passion lies in weaving the science and western medical approaches, with alternative therapies to help people navigate through life with more ease, grace and love.

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Supporting patients through all phases of recovery from depression, chronic pain, opioid cessation, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder

The Odyssey Method

A specialized 4 week program designed for lasting results

Psychedelic therapy can be a life-changing catalyst for patients with treatment resistant depression, generalized anxiety disorder, PTSD, OCD and eating disorders. EntheoTech’s Odyssey Method is a holistic approach, ensuring patients undergoing intramuscular ketamine treatments are given ample support with preparatory / integratory psychotherapy, as well as coaching through mind-body tools that maintain wellness in between sessions.

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Psychedelic assisted therapy

Our research and protocols show dramatic efficacy in the treatment of chronic pain, depression, anxiety, and opioid cessation. Our approaches best support clients to reset their lives and change the trajectory of their disease.

Guided by a noble mission, we want to transform the patient experience in mental health care. As regulations evolve, our focus will be on psychoactive molecules to promote positive change in the global mental health crisis and the destigmatization of these medicines in the Okanagan and beyond.

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