There’s more to mental health treatment.

TMS therapy isn’t an antidepressant medication. Instead, it works faster and with fewer side effects by using gentle magnetic pulses to help relieve depression, anxiety, OCD and more.

Non-Invasive

Antidepressants have worked to treat depression for many people since the 1980s, but they don’t work for everyone. TMS therapy isn’t an antidepressant medication. Instead, it works by using gentle magnetic pulses.

FDA-Cleared

Unlike other forms of brain stimulation, TMS therapy is non-invasive and non-sedating. Treatment sessions take place in our private centers and you can drive yourself to and from treatment. You can go back to work or school right away.

Drug-Free

Unlike medications, which affect the entire body, TMS therapy targets depression at the source. That means you don’t have to put up with drug-related side effects, such as gastrointestinal problems, trouble sleeping, or weight gain.

Is TMS Right for You?

The *most* important question.

Find out if Neuro Wellness Spa can help you or a loved one. In-network appointments with our expert care team are available in days, not months. Get started with a consultation, conveniently offered in-person or virtually.

    Plus, TMS is covered by most insurance

    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.

    Meet Our Expert Care Team

    We’re changing the way mental health is treated. From our expertly trained clinical teams to our thoughtfully designed centers, we’re committed to delivering innovative treatments to the highest clinical standards for the best possible outcomes. We understand medication and talk therapy aren’t the only option. This is mental health care, reimagined.

    Dr. Martha Koo, M.D.

    Founder

    Dr. Martha B. Koo, M.D., completed her undergraduate studies at Princeton University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, and her medical training at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, where she earned membership to the AOA and Sigma Xi Society for academic excellence. Dr. Koo obtained her psychiatry residency training at the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Institute at UCLA and her subsequent psychoanalytic training at the New Center for Psychoanalysis. She is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Board Certified in Addiction Medicine. For over twenty years Dr. Koo has enjoyed her private practice, providing outpatient psychotherapy, psychoanalysis and pharmacological treatment for individuals, couples and families. A pioneer in the development and application of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS), Dr. Koo opened the South Bay TMS Therapy Center in 2009. She is certified in the application of Neurostar rTMS, Brainsway Deep TMS and MagVenture rTMS Therapy. South Bay TMS has evolved into the Neuro Wellness Spa, where Dr. Koo is Medical Director and offers iv ketamine, iv nutrition and photobiomodulation along with rTMS therapy. She is on the Board of Directors of the Clinical TMS Society. Additionally, Dr. Koo is the Medical Director and Clinical Supervisor at Clear Recovery Center. She is an active member of the American Psychiatric Association, the New Center for Psychoanalysis, the Clinical TMS Society, the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the American Society of Ketamine Physicians, the California Psychiatric Society and the Southern California Psychiatric Society. She is also a guest lecturer at the New Center for Psychoanalysis and the Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.

    Dr. Simon Faynboym, M.D.

    Medical Director South Torrance

    Dr. Simon Faynboym was born in Ukraine and immigrated to California at a very young age. Growing up in California, he had a drive to serve the underprivileged and decided to become a physician. Dr. Faynboym currently practices Psychiatry and TMS at Neuro Wellness Spa. Dr. Faynboym earned two Bachelor of Science Degrees, his first in Genetics and the second in Food Biochemistry. He graduated in the top of his class and continued thereafter to get his masters training in Biomedical Sciences at Midwestern University for a year, before heading off to Medical School.

    Dr. Faynboym attended Medical School at SGU School of Medicine with clinical rotations in New York and California. Dr. Faynboym then attended Indiana University School of Medicine-Purdue University Indianapolis Hospital System for his internship and residency in Psychiatry.

    Dr. Faynboym has been politically involved in Indiana State Medical Association leading to his service as a Trustee for several years. He has been chosen to sit in the House of Delegates for the American Medical Association, is part of the American Psychiatric Association and is part of the Pain and Palliative Caucus.

    Dr. Faynboym enjoys being active out doors, in his free time, he likes to go hiking, mountain biking, and doing water activities.

    Dr. Josh Lichtman, D.O.

    Medical Director North Torrance

    Dr. Josh Lichtman has been practicing psychiatry for almost two decades. He is dual board certified in both adult psychiatry and addiction medicine.

    He is passionate about mindfulness practice and psychiatry and is constantly trying to blend the two. Although he primarily focuses on TMS and psychopharmacology, he is trained in various modalities of psychotherapy including CBT, DBT, EMDR, and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. He is a clinical instructor at UCLA, and has been selected to be on the list for Southern California Super Doctors for 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, and 2015.

    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.

    Dr. Alexa Hall, MD

    Medical Director Santa Monica

    Dr. Alexa Hall was born and raised in New England. She obtained her B.S. in Biology from Providence College and her M.D. from Saint Louis University School of Medicine. She then completed her general psychiatry residency at Harvard South Shore in Massachusetts with clinical training throughout many affiliated hospitals of Harvard Medical School and the Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System.

    During her residency training, Dr. Hall developed a strong interest in providing high quality, evidence-based care for her patients and spent significant time mentoring and teaching peers.

    Her passion for outpatient psychiatry has led her to the West Coast and Neuro Wellness Spa.

    You’re Not Alone. Here’s What Our Patients Say.

    • After just 10 TMS sessions, I realized I was no longer waking up in the morning thinking “how many more hours until I can go to sleep again?” My mood lifted significantly & I was finally able to make progress with my therapist. TMS helped me start living life again.

      Deb, 54
    • Before Neuro Wellness Spa, I had tried 5-6 antidepressants that caused me nothing but side effects and stress. Within a week of starting TMS, I felt brighter, happier, & lighter than I had in years—maybe my whole life.

      Tess, 23
    • After years of failed medicines & therapies, I knew that I needed something different. When I called to schedule a consultation, not only was I able to be seen the next day, but I also learned that they accept my insurance & handle all of the paperwork.

      Joshua, 37

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      • • Frequently Asked Questions • •

      Questions? We’ve Got Answers.

      • Why Choose TMS Therapy?

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

        Unlike other treatments, TMS is non-invasive (does not require surgery) and non-systemic (does not affect the entire body). TMS is covered by most insurance and has fewer side effects than other treatments, or in some cases, no side effects at all. TMS therapy is an FDA-cleared treatment that can be used alone or in conjunction with medication. TMS uses using gentle magnetic pulses to treat specific areas of the brain known to be underactive in conditions affecting mental health and cognition. Unlike medications, which affect the entire body, TMS therapy treats mental health at the source.

      • Effectiveness of TMS Therapy

        TMS is a safe, highly effective and FDA-cleared treatment option for depression, OCD and cigarette cessation. Since 2009, over 70% of Neuro Wellness Spa patients have experienced symptom relief with TMS therapy. Although many mental health conditions are chronic, TMS helps patients achieve remission. Length of remission depends on many factors including:

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

        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.

      • Side Effects of TMS Therapy

        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.

      • Does TMS Only Work With Depression?

        Since its FDA clearance in 2008 for depression and 2018 for OCD and cigarette cessation, TMS is also a promising treatment for a range of other conditions affecting mental health and cognition.  Notably, TMS therapy is a safe and effective treatment for anxiety, cognitive decline and migraine.

      • What to Expect During TMS Treatment

        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. Each treatment sessions lasts about 20 minutes, after which patients can get back to their days right away, including work or school.

        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.

      • What about insurance?

        Transcranial magnetic stimulation therapy for depression is FDA-cleared and covered by most insurance including Aetna, Anthem, Blue Shield, Optum, MHN/Healthnet, Tricare, Cigna, Magellan and 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.

      • Don’t see your question here?

        Let’s fix that. Give our expert clinical team a call or schedule a consultation.

      • • Testimonials • •

      What Our Patients Are Saying

      • My Life Started To Turn Around

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        Within just a couple of weeks of TMS treatment, my life started to turn around. I felt in more control of my emotions and that led to better life decisions & a healthier lifestyle.

        John
      • Incredible Progress In A Short Amount Of Time

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        My life has completely changed with ketamine therapy. My therapist even said she had never seen such incredible progress in such a short amount of time.

        Shannon
      • We Got Our Son Back

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        After eight weeks of MeRT treatments, our son is now more verbal and much happier. He started communicating with us and making jokes.

        MeRT Patient
      • A Game Changer

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        IV nutrition has been a game changer and a great way to start my week. I love how I instantly have more focus, energy and I feel like I can tackle anything.

        Amber
      • Got The RIGHT Meds

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        Spent decades on meds that weren’t right for me. Took the genetic test, learned about what would work for me and got the RIGHT meds. Has made such a difference for me.

        Jean
      • TMS Changed Everything

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        I was so low on energy and TMS changed everything. Now, I look forward to starting my days. My focus has improved. I appreciate things I couldn’t even notice before.

        Rob
      • Relieved My Symptoms After A Lifetime of Struggle

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        I was amazed that Spravato relieved my symptoms after a lifetime of struggle. Today, I’m leading a class in mental health, working in my greenhouse & spending time at the beach with my dog, Oshi.

        Robin
      • It Gave Me A Bigger Picture

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        It was interesting to see that according to the genetic test, I’m a fast metabolizer of that particular pain medication. It gave me a bigger picture of how my genes work.

        Rachel
      • • Get in touch • •

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        Could TMS Therapy Be Right For You?

        I struggle with depression, OCD or anxiety.

        I am experiencing sadness, low energy, difficulty sleeping, poor concentration, appetite changes, irritability or weight gain/loss.

        I have tried, or am currently on, 1 or more antidepressant medications.

        I have tried talk therapy

        Has your doctor/therapist suggested you try TMS?

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