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TMS is now FDA Approved for OCD.

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TBS is here.

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TBS or Theta-Burst Stimulation is
the future of anti-depression treatment.
We’ve embraced it.
Here at the TMS Center of Ventura.

The 3-Minute Wonder

Simple and non-invasive.

Now FDA Approved.

A 40-minute standard TMS treatment
is now greatly reduced to a 3-minute TBS session.

The Theta Burst Protocol

Short rapid theta bursts of stimulation
that tend to mimic the natural rhythm of the brain.

Positive and longer lasting effects translating
to higher rates of remission in depression treatment.

Healing Major Depression

In many who have tried various forms of
antidepressant treatments but failed to get relief


What is TBS?

A newer, more effective and now FDA Approved form of TMS, Theta Burst Stimulation mimics the natural endogenous “theta rhythms” of the human brain; theta being the frequency that our brains use when learning new things or adjusting to new environments. This makes TBS therapy presumably superior to previous forms of TMS in treating Major Depressive Disorder or MDD.


What is TMS?

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation or TMS therapy is an FDA Approved, non-drug treatment for people suffering from symptoms of major depression and now also for obsessive-compulsive disorder or OCD. It uses magnetic pulses to stimulate nerve cells in parts of your brain that are involved in mood control and depression. See how it works.


What can I expect?

TMS is an outpatient, non-invasive treatment that doesn’t require surgery or implantation of electrodes. There is no recovery time, so after your TMS treatment, you can immediately go home and get back to your normal activities.


Is TMS for me?

If you are still suffering from major depression  or OCD after trying numerous medications or talk therapy, TMS can be an alternative solution.

What is Depression?

Clinical depression or major depressive disorder (MDD) is different from just being sad, upset or having “the blues.”  A patient is diagnosed with MDD if, for over two weeks at least, he/she experiences symptoms severe enough to impair normal functioning and the ability to engage in regular activities in daily life, including the loss of interest and pleasure in activities that were previously gratifying. The condition can even lead to self-harm and suicide.

Antidepressants in combination with psychotherapy is the common method of treatment for MDD. However, antidepressants may come with side effects such as insomnia, fatigue, weight gain, and sexual dysfunction. 

A Testimonial

“I triumphed over depression.” — Jessica Lunetta, Ventura, CA

First to bring the Wonder of TBS to Ventura

Ventura’s trusted hometown clinic pioneered in offering the 3-minute miracle that’s Theta-burst Stimulation or TBS, the first and the only one to make the new life-changing treatment available in all of Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.

Today, we are happy say that TBS is FDA Approved.

TMS OK’d for OCD

TMS, proven effective in the treatment of major depression, is now FDA Approved* for the adjunct treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.

OCD is a condition that is characterized by intrusive, recurrent, and unwanted thoughts or impulses that cause severe anxiety, distress, and functional impairment. Compulsions are then repetitive actions driven by the obsessions in an effort to neutralize the anxieties. 

Majority of people suffering from OCD are aware that their obsessions are irrational, yet they feel helpless. Plus, there is also the tendency in OCD to develop depression, worsening the suffering and complicating treatment. A disabling disorder that makes its sufferers feel ashamed, OCD can affect personal, professional, and social life if left untreated.

Psychotherapy and medications are the two main options for treating OCD. Yet, some OCD patients experience limited results from these and need more therapeutic options. A drug-free, non-invasive, out-patient procedure with no systemic side effects, TMS uses magnetic pulses to stimulate specific regions in the brain known to be particularly affected by OCD.

*Please note that FDA approval may not necessarily mean your insurance plan will cover TMS for OCD. For more information please call or message us

A Partnership and a Process

Getting treatment for mental health issues is a team effort. By working with your doctor, you can take control to find the approach that is most appropriate for your needs.

Dr. Mendiola on TMS

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation uses magnetic pulses to control the region of the brain involved in mood and anxiety. Patients can resume their normal activities after treatment.

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What our patients say

TMS is a life changer!! I can't recommend this treatment and the TMS Center of Ventura staff enough! Caring and genuine people. Do not delay help for yourself. The faster you decide to get treatment, the sooner you'll get your life back.
Mariel, Oxnard
Mendiola’s a rock star.
Kanoe, Oxnard
Dr Mendiola takes time to get to know his patients, and prescribes what they need to get better and get back to the life they are supposed to have. He recognizes the benefits of therapy combined with medications. It is great that he has chosen to practice in Ventura.
Kristi, Oxnard
Finished my treatment. I'm a believer!
Jess, Oxnard
Dr. Mendiola is at the forefront, a pioneer in using transcranial magnetic stimulation for medication-free treatment. He is compassionate, understanding, and personable. I highly recommend him.
Deborah, Newbury Park
It helped me tremendously. Thank you to all the TMS staff and Dr. Mendiola!
Mary, Camarillo
I had been a couple of weeks into the treatment when, walking out of the office after that morning's session, I said out loud to myself, "Wow, I feel better!"
Rick, Ojai
I did not believe that was possible, but here I am experiencing a rebirth of my old self and feeling pretty darn good more often than not. I could not have done it without the care, kindness and compassion of Lee and his incredible staff! If I could remember all their names I would certainly be including them, but the TMS unfortunately did not improve my terrible memory! Thank you for a second chance guys
Veronica, Ojai
The TMS Center of Ventura has the most accommodating staff! They are compassionate and patient. The procedure itself was well worth it for me! I felt it's effect after two weeks and highly recommend it!
Maureen Shea, Ventura

A Wellspring of Hope serving the Ventura County area since 2000. Welcome.

Pioneer in TMS. Caring. Compassionate. Responsible. Pleasant. Supportive. A good listener.

Dr. Lee Mendiola, Ventura’s trusted hometown psychiatrist, introduced TMS for his patients and believed in it so much he worked hard with insurance companies to make this miracle treatment, a medical and technological breakthrough, accessible to those whose quality of life can be redeemed by it.

Dr. Mendiola completed his Advanced Fellowship in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) at Duke University Medical Center and has treated more than 200 TMS patients.

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Dr. Mendiola completed his advanced Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. His office is located at 1752 S. Victoria Avenue, Suite #250 Ventura, CA 93003. He also serves patients in the Santa Barbara and Thousand Oaks areas.

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