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Best TMS Therapy and Psychiatrist In Manhattan Beach, CA

Known for its beautiful, sandy beaches, incredible surf and several distinctive restaurants, Manhattan Beach is a seaside community where over 35,000 residents call home. The city has multiple parks and shopping areas, and is just miles from the entertainment capital of the world. Manhattan Beach has undeniable charm. However, like many Californian communities, people living and working in Manhattan Beach can struggle with depression.

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At Neuro Wellness Spa, we can help. It’s our philosophy to provide comprehensive, individualized and evidence-based mental health care. We understand that addressing mental health symptoms cannot be a “one size fits all” approach. Our expert care team offers a range of effective treatments, including in-network psychiatry, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and Spravato, to help address each patient’s unique symptoms and health goals. We are dedicated to helping our patients ditch the side effects of conventional treatments and achieve long-lasting mental wellbeing. 

Since opening our doors, Neuro Wellness Spa has provided more than 70,000 TMS treatments and helped more than 5,000 patients experience life-changing results. When you partner with our expert clinicians, you’ll experience the highest quality care, convenient locations and excellence in treatment. Plus, we accept most insurance, so you can focus on what’s important.

If you or a loved one is experiencing depression, whether it’s major, chronic, manic, prenatal, bipolar, postpartum, or any other type of depression, contact us today to learn more about TMS and how we can help. We are proud of our clinically renown medical directors and our reputation for excellence across Los Angeles and the South Bay. Experience the Neuro Wellness Spa difference today. Also, check out the best TMS clinic in Santa Monica.

Neuro Wellness Spa Psychiatry & TMS – Dr. Todd Hill, D.O.

What is TMS Therapy?

For many years, the initial response to depression treatment has been psychiatric medications and talk therapy. Although these conventional treatments can be effective, they don’t work for everyone. Plus, medications can take weeks or months to exert their full effects. If you’re experiencing lingering symptoms, unwanted side effects, or if you want to supplement your current treatments, you might consider transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) therapy is a non-invasive, non-drug, and FDA-cleared treatment with zero downtime that is safe and effective for depression, anxiety, OCD and more. Unlike other treatments, TMS is non-invasive (does not require surgery) and non-systemic (does not affect the entire body).

TMS uses gentle magnetic pulses to treat specific areas of the brain known to be involved in conditions affecting mental health and cognition. Unlike medications, which affect the entire body, TMS therapy treats mental health at the source.

TMS is an outpatient procedure. Patients recline in a private treatment room and may relax, read, work, or watch television during treatment. A TMS magnet is positioned over the patient’s head to deliver gentle magnetic pulses to stimulate specific areas of the brain. Unlike electroconvulsive therapy or ECT, TMS therapy is non-invasive and non-sedating.

We like to think of TMS therapy like physical therapy for the brain. A typical treatment course of TMS involves 5 treatments per week for 6-9 weeks. Each treatment sessions lasts about 20 minutes, after which patients can get back to their days right away, including work or school.  Most patients experience clinical improvement by the tenth session (two weeks).TMS can be used alone or in conjunction with medication. Plus, TMS has fewer side effects than other treatments, or in some cases, no side effects at all.

TMS for depression is FDA-cleared and covered by most insurance including Aetna, Anthem, Blue Shield, Optum, MHN/Health Net, Tricare, Cigna, Magella, Beacon, and more. Our phenomenal clinical team is always available to help prospective patients understand their coverage options. We know how important it is that those seeking help are able to get the treatment they need. Not to mention, at Neuro Wellness Spa, we handle all the paperwork.

Effectiveness of TMS

TMS is a safe, highly effective and FDA-cleared treatment option for depression, OCD, migraine and cigarette cessation. Since 2009, over 75% of Neuro Wellness Spa patients have experienced symptom relief with TMS therapy. In clinical trial, TMS therapy was twice as effective as oral antidepressants at helping patients achieve remission. Length of remission depends on many factors including:

  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Therapy
  • Severity of illness
  • Lifestyle

Transcranial magnetic stimulation has far fewer side effects than antidepressant medications. With more than 10,000 treatments performed in clinical trials, the most common side effect was temporary and mild scalp discomfort during active treatment. Unlike medications, which affect the entire body as they pass through the blood-brain barrier, TMS therapy treats the brain directly.

The goal of mental health treatment is to achieve full remission. Patients should not tolerate lingering symptoms or unwanted side effects. TMS is an effective treatment alternative to medication and therapy that helps patients feel all the way better.

What does TMS Treat

TMS has been around since the 1980’s. It was originally used as a mapping technique to map the brain to determine which parts of the brain are responsible for which actions. TMS was FDA-cleared for depression in 2008, for migraine in 2013, for OCD in 2018 and for cigarette cessation in 2019. Research documents TMS to also be helpful for bipolar depression, anxiety and cognitive impairment. Currently, most insurance companies cover TMS for depression. At Neuro Wellness Spa, we’ve helped thousands of patients achieve remission with TMS from:

  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Peripartum Depression
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
  • Teen Depression
  • Treatment Resistant Depression
  • Persistent Depressive Disorder
  • Clinical Depression
  • Severe Depression

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Anxiety
  • Migraine
  • Cognitive Impairment
  • Memory Loss
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Addiction Relapse Prevention
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Borderline Personality Disorder

Meet Our TMS Specialists in Manhattan Beach

Dr. Todd Hill, D.O.

Medical Director – Manhattan Beach

While Dr. Hill may be new to Southern California, he has been practicing psychiatry for nearly 20 years and is board certified in General Psychiatry by the American Academy of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Dr. Hill received his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas and a Master’s in Biology from the University of New Mexico. After meeting his wife Viola, and starting a family of two daughters, Dr. Hill came back to the Midwest where he received his medical degree from the University of Health Sciences-College of Osteopathic Medicine Kansas City. He then attended and completed his residency in General Psychiatry at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Throughout his medical career, Dr. Hill owned his own private practice for 10 years, was on staff as a consultation psychiatrist for multiple Kansas City hospitals, and served as the Medical Director of Psychiatric Services at one of the largest hospitals in the Kansas City Metro area. Additionally, Dr. Hill served as Assistant Professor and Department Chair of Psychiatry at his alma mater, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.

Dr. Hill believes in common sense psychiatry and cutting-edge treatment alternatives, which includes providing patients with as much information as possible about their illness. His own personal philosophy when approaching patient care is “with more education, there would be less medication.”

Dr. Hill is passionate about removing the stigma that surrounds mental health and has often had the opportunity to spread his message through local television appearances and a recent PBS documentary about mental health in the Midwest titled The Hidden Pandemic. In his free time, Dr. Hill can be found spending time with his family as well as playing and performing music.

Paul Choi, PMHNP

Manhattan Beach Nurse Practitioner

Paul is a dual Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner in Psychiatric Mental Health and Family Practice. With over a decade of experience as a nurse practitioner and registered nurse, Paul brings a holistic approach to patients of all ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, ethnicities, and sexual identities. He firmly believes that quality mental health needs to be easily accessible. Paul emphasizes the importance of incorporating the recovery model into his day-to-day practice. He provides compassionate care that is evidence-based and personalized to each client’s needs.
Paul speaks fluent Korean and enjoys playing with his child in his free time.

TMS Compared to Conventional Depression Treatments

Research shows 1 in 10 Americans utilize some form of antidepressant medication. Antidepressant medications are diffuse, go throughout your entire body, and thus cause many side effects. They work chemically by altering the amount of serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine (the three neurotransmitters most responsible for anxiety and depression) available in the brain. Side effects of antidepressants may include:

  • Nausea
  • Weight gain
  • Constipation
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue


Some people with depression and other mental health conditions are able to achieve symptom remission with medication. However, it may take up to 10 weeks after starting an antidepressant to notice improvement, and even then, symptom improvement only occurs in about one third of patients.

In contrast, TMS is a neuro-modulatory technique. TMS changes the way the neurons fire and function rather than just allowing the neurons to be bathed in more chemicals. TMS is a focalized treatment that targets the precise neural circuitry known to be not working well in depression, OCD, anxiety and more. TMS is more than twice as effective as medications. Unlike medications which can take 10 weeks to exert their full effects, most patients experience improvement in 2 weeks with TMS therapy. Plus, TMS therapy is covered by most insurance.

Because TMS is non-invasive, non-systemic and has fewer side effects than medications and the ability to work faster, many people who prefer not to use medications, including those who are pregnant or breastfeeding, choose TMS over other treatment options.

Another conventional treatment option for difficult to treat depression is ECT, or electroconvulsive therapy. ECT is an FDA-indicated treatment for depression that has been used for decades. It involves passing electrical currents through the brain to trigger a seizure. ECT is usually given 3 times per week for 2-4 weeks. It is generally indicated for severe depressive symptoms but can cause some side effects, including:

  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Jaw pain
  • Muscle aches

Unlike electroconvulsive therapy or ECT, TMS therapy is non-invasive and non-sedating. TMS does not involve electrode implantation or the use of anesthesia. TMS treatment sessions take place in our private centers. Patients can drive themselves to and from treatment. There is no downtime, so patients can go about daily activities immediately following treatment. TMS treatment does not cause seizures nor affect cognitive function, it has fewer side effects than other treatments, and in some cases, no side effects at all.

Is TMS Right for Me?

Typically, psychiatric medications and talk therapy are the first interventions for mental health treatment. However, in many cases, talk therapy and medications are not effective. Additionally, it may take up to 10 weeks to notice any improvement on medication. Even then, symptom improvement only occurs in about one third of patients and many people experience severe side effects as well. TMS works within two weeks and is twice as effective as medications. 

If you or a loved one is suffering from depression, anxiety or OCD and conventional treatment options have not provided relief, TMS may be an effective treatment option. 

  • Do you have a clinical diagnosis of Major Depressive Disorder or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?
  • Have you tried medications to treat your depression/OCD?
  • Have you experienced side effects with your depression/OCD medication?
  • Are your depression/OCD symptoms interfering with your daily life?
  • Are your depressive/OCD symptoms negatively affecting your leisure activities, or affecting your relationship with friends and family?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, TMS may be your next step. Contact your doctor or call Neuro Wellness Spa today for a consultation.

TMS Therapy Insurance Coverage & Cost

TMS therapy is FDA-indicated for depression, considered medically necessary, and is covered by most insurance. At Neuro Wellness Spa, we understand how important it is that those seeking TMS treatment are able to get the treatment they need. We accept policies from most insurance companies, listed above.

If your health insurance plan is not listed, our phenomenal intake team always available to help prospective patients understand their coverage options. Not to mention, at Neuro Wellness Spa, we handle all the paperwork. Contact us today to speak to learn more about TMS in Manhattan Beach. 

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Where Neuro Wellness Spa was founded by Dr. Martha Koo, MD in 2009, our Manhattan Beach office serves patients in the South Bay Area of Los Angeles and neighboring areas including Redondo Beach, El Segundo, Marina Del Rey and more. Conveniently located close to work, home or school, our Manhattan Beach office offers ample parking in its adjacent parking lot.

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