Dr. Sammons counts major depression among the worst conditions he treats because of the debilitating effects and limited quality of life for those who suffer from depression.
While medications remain the primary means of treating severe depression, they don’t always work, or the side effects are impacting quality of life. That’s why, after decades of treating depression, this Colorado psychiatrist has turned to a procedure that uses "magnetic pulses" to relieve the symptoms of depression.
Robert Sammons received his Ph.D. from University of North Carolina at Greensboro and his M.D. from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was trained in TMS at the Harvard School of Medicine. Both Sammons and business partner Chris Blackburn have received certification in TMS treatment using the Neurostar technology.
Dr. Robert Sammons has been added as an adjunct research professor at Colorado Mesa University to develop and publish this research and clinical trial information using TMS and Neurostar technology. Sammons is hopeful that TMS will be approved to be used to treat other conditions. Among some of the other off-label treatments that hold promise are PTSD, Tinnitus, and Postpartum Depression. He's especially interested in using TMS to treat post-traumatic stress disorder, especially with vets and the VA system.
Sammons has joined with Development Director and Patient Advocate Christopher Blackburn as partners in TMS Solutions & Rocky Mountain TMS. This is a venture that will expand the availability of transcranial magnetic stimulation across not only Western Colorado, but also the Western United States. They are actively seeking strategic partnerships with like minded doctors and clinics to administer the NeuroStar TMS Therapy® System.
"I'm excited about the possibilites!
The probability of a reduction in symptoms decreases each time medication fails to treat depression. However, clinical trials have demonstrated TMS can alleviate symptoms of depression.
One in two patients improved significantly and one in three patients were free of symptoms after six weeks of treatment."
Robert A. Sammons M.D., PH.D. TMS Solutions
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While charting an innovative business development path with Dr. Sammons, Chris' path quickly turned into a super highway of advocacy for their TMS patients.
Blackburn graduated from Gonzaga University where he was a NCAA Division I athlete and was in the US Men's Soccer National Team pool from 1988-1991. He then went on to become a front-line, intelligence source during the Balkan wars in the early nineties, where he received several commendations and International accolades.
Chris' new mission in life is public awareness about depression and getting depression sufferers relief. This has taken him down the path of patient advocacy, becoming their champion with insurance companies to cover the FDA cleared NeuroStrar TMS Therapy. Seeing patients' lives change in front of his own eyes, despite years and even decades of depression, Chris has made public awareness and fighting for patient benefits his top priority. He is diligently working to offer TMS Therapy to as many forward thinking doctors and clinics as possible.
His greatest accomplishment and love are his kids.
"Seeing a patient's life change is what motivates me everyday to help people. I'm happy to talk and share what TMS can do for you..."
Patient Advocate /Business Development
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