Dr. Steven L. Mandel, a master of clinical psychology and a board-certified anesthesiologist with over 35 years of experience, founded Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles with the intention to bring greater healing and quality of life to the millions of individuals battling chronic pain, depression, and various mood disorders. His extensive experience in the provision of anesthesia in both inpatient and outpatient settings for adults and children, along with his background in clinical psychology equip him with a rare expertise when administering IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy. In fact, Dr. Mandel is the only physician providing Ketamine Therapy to tout degrees in both fields. Read More…
A lifelong entrepreneur and actor, Sam Mandel co-founded Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles with his father Steven L. Mandel, M.D. in 2014. As Chief Operating Officer of the clinic, Sam has made it his mission to ensure each patient receives the caliber of attention once exclusively reserved for the uber wealthy, reminiscent of the doctor-patient relationship of decades gone by. This focus has translated to the highest level of patient satisfaction. Read more…
Mary Beth, MS, PA-C is a graduate of Seton Hall University, in South Orange New Jersey. Prior to joining the team at Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles as our Physician Assistant, Mary Beth completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology and spent eight years working in OB/GYN, Bariatrics and Family Practice. Delivering babies and helping women was an exciting, busy, and rewarding time in her career. After having her daughter, Mary Beth was ready for a transition and the opportunity to work at Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles offered her the work/life balance she was seeking. She believed this clinic would be a good fit, since many of her patients struggled with postpartum depression, a condition which responds well to ketamine infusions and is safe for postpartum and breastfeeding mothers.
Mary Beth trained extensively under Dr. Mandel, learning how to care for our patient population exactly as he does. She has a warm bedside manner, a thorough understanding of the conditions we treat, and is a natural leader among our medical staff. Since 2017, she has connected with our patients and bonded with the team. Mary Beth upholds the high standard of care that Dr. Mandel has established.
Mary Beth is originally from New Jersey and has a long history of academic excellence. She received the Garden State Scholar Award, The Semper Fidelis Award for Musical Excellence, is a recipient of the Loyola Scholarship for academic excellence, and graduated with honors. During graduate school, Mary Beth was also the New Jersey State Society for Physician Assistants state student representative.
Her last few years residing in Los Angeles have been wonderful for her. When she is not caring for patients, Mary Beth likes to bake, hike, and spend time at the beach with her family.
Obed, MS, PA-C, is a Certified Physician Assistant who received his Bachelor of Science from Western Kentucky University, and his Master’s from Bethel University in Paris, Tennessee. Originally from New York, and a long-term resident of Kentucky, Obed relocated to Los Angeles in 2018, drawn to the diverse and progressive community it offers. Coming from a family of healthcare providers, Obed focused on utilizing his education to help battle the rising mental health crisis. While in school studying to become a Physician Assistant, he received a certificate of concentration in behavioral and mental health. His goal was to work in a field that was both cutting edge and highly effective in treating mood disorders; Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles has proven to be a perfect fit.
Obed has trained extensively under Dr. Mandel, learning how to care for our patient population exactly as he does. For months they partnered on patient care and Obed’s passion for this treatment quickly became apparent to our entire team and patients. He is a natural leader with a compassionate, confident bedside manner. He upholds the high standard of care that Dr. Mandel is so well known for and his meticulous work ethic is often referred to as “The Dr. Mandel Way.”
When not in the clinic, Obed enjoys spending his time exploring Los Angeles with his beautiful wife and two dogs, a Pomeranian and a Morkie. When asked how he is adjusting to the California lifestyle, Obed says, “LA has been so good to me, I feel obligated to give back to the community. Caring for patients at Ketamine Clinic of Los Angeles is the best way I know how.”
Mary, RN, BSN is a graduate of Linfield College Good Samaritan School of Nursing School, in Portland, Oregon. Mary proved herself a leader early in life, when she earned the Girl Scout Gold Award her Senior year of high school. This recognition honored her leadership and management skills for her 10 years of service. She also received the Health Science Academy Award in high school for taking all classes available in that field of study. Mary spent much of her early working years as a lifeguard, where she earned the Golden Guard Award before being promoted to Senior Lifeguard. She is most proud of completing a 10-day medical mission in Honduras, where she assisted with 65 surgeries and cared for those within the impoverished communities. When Mary joined our team in 2016, she was excited to transition from home health to IV Ketamine Infusion Therapy.
Mary is originally from Northern California. When not at Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles caring for our patients, she enjoys hanging at the beach, going to concerts, cuddling with her cat Kharjo, and discovering all of the wonderful things Southern California has to offer.
Denisse, LVN completed her Licensed Vocational Nursing certification in 2014. After working in the medical field for 7 years as a Project Assistant at USC Cancer Center, she was eager to start her career as a nurse. Her interest in becoming a nurse began when she was a little girl and was inspired by her mom’s commitment to caring for the elderly. Her mom taught her the importance of respecting your elders and the difficulties elder patients endure, which inspired Denisse to give comfort to them during their senior years. With such a great mentor, Denisse joined our team excited to bring the spirit of her mom and her previous nursing experience to our environment, all while learning something new in the field of medicine. She is known for her gentle touch and is an IV start expert, with a 98.5 percent success rate on her first try. Sound too exact a measurement? Ask Denisse, she keeps a record of every single IV start in her notebook. Ketamine Therapy is of great personal interest to her, as she had a dear friend whose life may have been saved if this treatment had been known and available at the time.
Denisse has a natural way of caring for patients. She comes from a large family and helped raise her younger brothers, niece, and nephews. She was passionate about the arts in high school, dabbling in drama classes and tapping into her quirky personality. As a nurse she is a calm, poised, and soft-spoken; always making patients her number-one priority.
A native of Los Angeles, Denisse grew up a city girl and is bilingual in Spanish and English. She adores her husband, who is a chef and makes her lunches daily to keep her well-nourished for our patients. In her spare time, she likes to cuddle with her dog Penny, read novels, go to concerts, watch a good comedy or animated movie, and spend time with family and friends.
Angel, Director of Operations is a graduate of San Jose State University, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Radio, Television and Film, and a minor in Public Relations and Marketing. Angel also has an Associate’s Degree in Mass Communications. With over 12 years of business management experience in the retail industry, and 8 years administrative management in the field of medicine working for USC, Angel is the perfect fit for Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles. A motivated and energetic individual, she excels in leadership, branding, patient care workflows, writing, promoting, establishing company standards, maximizing productivity, and overall training and development. A true operational expert, Angel leads with passion and integrity.
Angel is most proud of her diverse education and work experience, as well as her ability to juggle a variety of things. She grew up with a strong work ethic, assisting with the family business at 13 years of age. She recalls her love for PR began in junior high when she was the Publicity Director for her private k-8 grade school. When in film school, Angel was offered extra credit to train and develop the staff of the radio department on teamwork and good relations in the workplace.
Originally from Northern California, Angel believes the best choice she ever made was to move to Los Angeles. The weather alone brings her joy and since she grew up sporty playing basketball and volleyball, as well as being an avid runner, the climate here is perfect for her active lifestyle. When not at Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles, she spends her time hanging at the beach, going on playdates with her family and friends, and spending quality time traveling with her boyfriend.
Alyssa, Patient Care Manager, graduated from California State University Long Beach, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and a double minor in Psychology and Child Development. While in college, she was an honor student and a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Alyssa has always had a passion for helping others; this became apparent when she was 5 years old and wrote a letter to the President asking if he’d end homelessness. She volunteered with SCFFAA (Southern California Foster Family & Adoption Agency), did her college internship with a school psychologist at a middle school working with a small group of emotionally disturbed students, and volunteered with countless other organizations.
Alyssa discovered her passion for psychology when taking AP psychology in high school. Her fascination with how the mind works makes her an excellent fit for Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles. She has served as our Patient Care Coordinator since early 2016, assisting our patients from the moment they express interest in our treatment, down to wrapping up the completion of their initial series and following up as-needed.
Alyssa brings enthusiasm, fresh ideas, comfort, and overall professionalism to our team. She manages all aspects of the front office, is a master scheduler, and knows how to make patient care a priority. Alyssa keeps in contact with our collaborators, manages our social media with integrity, and helps with organizing all of our events.
Alyssa is originally from Palo Alto in Northern California. Growing up she was a competitive gymnast for 10 years, and also tried diving, dance, and cheerleading in high school. She played violin for 5 years and is very creative. Alyssa lives happily in Santa Monica with her sister and her sister’s dog, Ika. When she isn’t busy at the clinic, she enjoys a lifestyle filled with traveling, hanging out with friends, working out, reading, watching movies, and attending concerts.
Amanda, Patient Care Coordinator, is a graduate of the University of California Santa Barbara, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications. Amanda joined Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles in 2017 as our Administrative Assistant. She quickly applied her diverse work experience to our front office operations. Having worked in a variety of industries, including entertainment and most recently the medical field, her priority is to provide excellent service. Amanda was interested in working at Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles because of the groundbreaking results documented with our mood disorder treatment. This area was entirely new and fascinating to her and she was eager to spend her days changing lives for the better.
Amanda is proud of her ambitious and empathetic personality. She is also an active person who loves the arts. She played soccer, dance, water polo, and track and can play three instruments; the Clarinet, Oboe, and Piano. She was honored for her artistic talents in multiple art exhibits and competitions. For as long as she can remember, she was interested in psychology and helping people. Now she gets to exercise that interest.
Amanda recently became a new mom to a beautiful baby girl whom she loves very much. When not at the clinic caring for our patients, she spends her time oil painting, hiking, and enjoying time with her family.