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Robert A. Sammons, Jr., M.D., Ph.D.

Robert A. Sammons, Jr., M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Bob Sammons received a bachelor's and master's degree from Auburn University, a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He did a residency in psychiatry at the University of Virginia as well as a forensic psychiatry fellowship. While a Captain in the Air Force he helped set up and run the treatment phase of the Air Force Drug Treatment program in 1971. He has practiced adult psychiatry in Grand Junction for 29 years. He received training in TMS in 2006 from Dr. Alvaro Pascual-Leone, from Dr. Mark George in 2017 and returned to Harvard for Dr. Pascual-Leone's intensive course in TMS in 2018. He is Medical Director for TMS Solutions with TMS offices in various locations in the West. He has been known to cook a little BBQ.

Recent Posts

TMS Therapy and Postpartum Depression

Posted by Robert A. Sammons, Jr., M.D., Ph.D. on Oct 16, 2019 12:24:36 PM

It is not uncommon for new mothers to have a period of depression or anxiety after the birth of their child, generally referred to as the “baby blues.”  This can include disruption in sleep, increase in anxiety, mood swings, crying, etc.  In about 15% of cases, these symptoms become long-lasting and more severe, turning into what is clinically referred to as postpartum depression.

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Topics: Postpartum Depression, TMS Therapy Treatment

Helping TMS: Betting On Predictions

Posted by Robert A. Sammons, Jr., M.D., Ph.D. on Sep 19, 2019 1:44:20 PM

As I’ve mentioned before in different blog posts, anxiety and worry are comorbid, or occur together, with depression about 60% of the time.  Also, as I’ve mentioned, I’ve found it interesting as a behaviorist to watch people engage in behavior over and over again that does not work, yet they continue to do it.  As the punchline to one of my favorite stories goes, “If it makes you sick, why do you do it?” 

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Topics: TMS Therapy Treatment

In the Shadow of Greatness

Posted by Robert A. Sammons, Jr., M.D., Ph.D. on Aug 23, 2019 10:30:16 AM

It is a rare privilege to live in the age of giants whose discoveries change forever the direction of your specialty field.  It is even a greater privilege to be educated by these great minds.  I had the privilege and honor of learning from Dr. B.F. Skinner in the early 70s as he changed my direction to behaviorism which I have practiced for the last 50 years.  In a similar way, Dr. Tony Barker, the inventor of transcranial magnetic stimulation, has changed the course of psychiatry by introducing it to neuromodulation, and in doing so, has certainly changed my focus over the last number of years.

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Topics: Depression, Neuromodulation

TMS: A Self Portrait

Posted by Robert A. Sammons, Jr., M.D., Ph.D. on Aug 19, 2019 1:44:54 PM

Way before HIPAA existed, counselors, psychologists, and psychiatrists were trained to protect the identity of their patients, and this certainly included testimonials. Times have changed, and patient testimonials are ubiquitous. In considering this, I think it’s due to two factors.

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Topics: TMS Therapy Treatment, Testimonial

Does TMS Therapy Treat Everything?

Posted by Robert A. Sammons, Jr., M.D., Ph.D. on May 3, 2019 2:00:00 PM

Recently, I was giving a talk to physicians about TMS and had been asked about future uses of this technology.  I began talking about the research I am familiar with, as I have tried to Chronicle the burgeoning research in the field in our website’s section called Solute.  After I had mentioned about 15 diseases and conditions currently being researched, one physician sarcastically asked if TMS was a panacea for everything.  I laughed and said that in the area of psychiatry and neurology, it may be true.

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Topics: Treating Depression, TMS Therapy Treatment

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