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Why Us?

Virginia Infusion Therapies

Virginia’s Leading Provider of Ketamine Infusions for Depression and Pain Conditions

Why Should You Choose Us for Your Care?

Ketamine is a drug that should be administered by a physician with the expertise and experience in its use and side effects. At Virginia Infusion Therapies you will be cared for by board-certified Emergency Physicians with a combined 50 year experience using Ketamine and managing any adverse side effects. 

Virginia Infusion Therapies takes all the necessary steps to ensure your comfort and safety at all times. We will monitor you throughout your infusion, with state of the art equipment. This is done to assure your comfort and safety and to allow us to make the delicate adjustments necessary to maximize Ketamine’s effectiveness while minimizing side-effects.
 
We are firmly against a one-size-fits-all approach. Close monitoring, dosage adjustments and your access to our physicians are what enable the highest level of customization, and that leads to better outcomes and greater peace of mind for you.
First Treatment

Highly Experienced

Your first treatment will be scheduled, after the phone consultation. The infusion will generally take from one to two hours. You will need a ride home.

Initiation

Caring and Compassionate

Research has shown that a loading dose is required. In our experience most patients will need 2 treatments per week for 2 weeks for a total of 4 treatments.

Maintenance

Affordable

Your Infusion specialist will customize a maintenance schedule for you, based on your response to the loading doses. This is generally between 2 weeks and 3 months (75% of patients need maintenance infusion therapy every 4 weeks).

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JAY KUGLER, DO, FACOEP, FACEP

CO-FOUNDER VIRGINIA INFUSION THERAPIES​

Dr. Jay Kugler board certified in both Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine. He has worked as an Emergency Physician in Northern Virginia since 2002.  Dr. Kugler completed his undergraduate degree at San Diego State University, Osteopathic medical school at the University of North Texas HSC, and residency in Pontiac, Michigan. Dr. Kugler states that his training in Osteopathic and family medicine has reinforced his belief in finding natural and effective treatments for patients suffering from depression, anxiety as well as chronic pain.  His leadership position has led him and his co-founders to research the holistic benefits of Ketamine Infusion Therapy. This research reinforced the finding that up to 70% of patients with severe depression and anxiety and chronic pain show improvement in their symptoms after Ketamine infusion therapy. His passions outside of work include reading science fiction novels, basketball, and racquetball.  Dr. Kugler lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and children.

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MARWAN JABER, MD, FACEP

CO-FOUNDER VIRGINIA INFUSION THERAPIES​

Dr. Marwan Jaber is a board certified Emergency Medicine physician in Northern Virginia since 2007. He earned his medical degree at SUNY Downstate in New York; and completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. It has been his dream since he was a child, when he was “saved” by a physician, to become a doctor where he could return this gift and help others in need. Dr. Jaber is passionate about promoting physical and mental health by combining a holistic and natural balance and traditional medicine. Some of these passions include cross-fit and healthy diets. Dr. Jaber lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and children.

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PRANAV VIRMANI, MD, FACEP

CO-FOUNDER VIRGINIA INFUSION THERAPIES​

Dr. Pranav Virmani is a board certified Emergency Medicine physician who has been treating patients in Northern Virginia since 2002. He graduated medical school with Alpha Omega Alpha honors from Howard University Medical School and completed his residency at Christ Hospital and Medical Center in Emergency Medicine in 2002. Dr. Virmani has, over the last decade in the emergency room, developed a passion for understanding and helping patients with mental health emergencies and patients with severe chronic pain. It was during this time, along with his co-founders, he researched the benefits of Ketamine infusion in helping patients with these problems. His passions outside of work include traveling and basketball. Dr. Virmani lives in Northern Virginia with his wife and children.

Virginia Infusion Therapies

The First Ketamine Clinic in Northern Virginia

Virginia Infusion Therapies is one of the the first Ketamine Clinics in Northern Virginia, and the first clinic in Loudoun County to provide Ketamine infusion therapy for the treatment of Major Depression and Pain Conditions.  The clinic was established by four physicians in Loudoun who, through their professional experiences in medicine and their personal family experiences with depression, recognized that there are major problems in the recognition and treatment of depression.  They recognized that Major Depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome, and some pain conditions are often medical emergencies that requires treatments that are more effective…  and more effective IMMEDIATELY.   

First Treatment

Highly Experienced

Emergency Medicine led care before during and after your ketamine treatment

Initiation

Compassionate

State-of-the-art vital sign monitoring–continuous blood pressure, heart rhythm and blood oxygen level assessments.

Maintenance

24/7 Care

State-of-the-art vital sign monitoring–continuous blood pressure, heart rhythm and blood oxygen level assessments.

Maintenance

Affordable

Commitment to provide the highest and most compassionate level of care.

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Are You Ready to schedule your free consultation?

Request your free 15 minute phone consultation and speak with a clinician about ketamine infusions and how we can help you live your happiest, healthiest life.

FAQs about your ketamine appointment

More FAQs about Ketamine

Some more information about your Ketamine Visit

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30 minutes before first session to get paperwork done, answer any further questions and get setup for procedure.

15 minutes prior to subsequent sessions to answer any questions and set up for procedure.

You need to stop eating and drinking prior to your visit.  Stop all solid foods and non-clear liquids 4 hours prior to your procedure; stop all clear liquids 2 hours before your appointment.

Accordion Content

We will review you chart, answer any further questions, place IV and monitor your vital signs.  Please make sure to use restroom prior to the infusion, as will not be able to get up and use bathroom, during the infusion, due to decreased coordination.  A urinal for men and a bedside commode for women will be available if necessary.

We will review you chart, answer any further questions, place IV and monitor your vital signs.  Please make sure to use restroom prior to the infusion, as will not be able to get up and use bathroom, during the infusion, due to decreased coordination.  A urinal for men and a bedside commode for women will be available if necessary.

AccorApproximately 70% of patients will have improvement of their symptoms.  And, 10-30% can develop remission of their symptoms with continued treatment.

**IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO UNDERSTAND THAT KETAMINE INFUSION IS NOT A CURE FOR DEPRESSION, ANXIETY, CHRONIC PAIN OR OTHER CONDITIONS, BUT IS A PART OF A COMPREHENSIVE TREATMENT PLAN.  THIS  INCLUDES CONTINUING YOU CURRENT MEDICATION AND THERAPIES.

At this time, most insurance plans DO NOT cover Ketamine infusion therapy.  However, we will be happy to provide documentation of your visits, if you think your plan will cover this therapy. Virginia Infusion Therapies does not participate or bill insurance plans.

Yes.  Please continue with all of you current therapies and treatments while receiving Ketamine infusions.  Virginia Infusion Therapies provides only the infusion therapies you need for you condition.  Your primary care doctor, mental health provider, or other specialist will need to determine if your medications should be changed or discontinued.  Making changes without consulting primary care doctor, mental health provider, or other specialist will make it more difficult to control your symptoms and may disqualify you from further treatment at Virginia Infusion Therapies. We would be happy to correspond with your providers and coordinate your care.

Ketamine infusion therapy has been found to helpful in treating a variety of medical and mental health conditions including major depression, postpartum depression, anxiety, PTSD, migraine headaches, cluster headaches and fibromyalgia.

Ketamine was initially noticed in anecdotal reports from anesthesia cases. They noticed anxiety, depression and pain improvement for some of their patient who underwent anesthesia for other reasons.  Some patients with severe anxiety, depression or intractable pain would report they had, at least temporary relief, of their symptoms.  John Krystal, MD in the 1990s, now the chair of psychiatry at Yale, as well as other investigators began to study how Ketamine could affect the neurotransmitters in the brain.  They discovered that ketamine’s interactions with glutamate produced a rapid antidepressant effect in patients with major depressive disorders.  Prior to these studies, most efforts in the treatment of anxiety and depression focused on medications that controlled serotonin and norepinephrine. These medications continue to be used and are helpful in conjunction with Ketamine therapy.

When used by appropriately trained physicians, in the proper clinical setting, the answer is YES. However, Ketamine has a potential for adverse side effects, such an nausea, vomiting, rapid heart rate, transiently elevated blood pressure and temporary “out of body experience”. In the safe hand of an appropriately trained physician, these side effects can easily be managed.

Virginia Infusion Therapies’ Board Certified Emergency Physicians have the qualifications and training to administer Ketamine in a quiet, comfortable and safe environment. We are committed to you and your well being.

Ketamine is not designed to be a recreational drug, but like other medications used to treat diseases, has been abused as a recreational drug.  As a street drug, it has been used in doses much higher than those administered for therapeutic treatment of depression, other mental health diseases, and chronic pain.

When abused chronically and at high doses, Ketamine can become psychologically addictive. It has not been shown to be physically addictive.

However, when used at therapeutic doses, current data suggests that Ketamine to treat depression, other mental health conditions, and chronic pain may be used without any long term negative effects.  This makes it a viable treatment option for patients concerned about addiction, especially from chronic use of opiates, benzodiazepines, and other medications. In addition, there are no known long term negative side effects as with other medication used to treat these illnesses.

Ketamine is not designed to be a recreational drug, but like other medications used to treat diseases, has been abused as a recreational drug.  As a street drug, it has been used in doses much higher than those administered for therapeutic treatment of depression, other mental health diseases, and chronic pain.

When abused chronically and at high doses, Ketamine can become psychologically addictive. It has not been shown to be physically addictive.

However, when used at therapeutic doses, current data suggests that Ketamine to treat depression, other mental health conditions, and chronic pain may be used without any long term negative effects.  This makes it a viable treatment option for patients concerned about addiction, especially from chronic use of opiates, benzodiazepines, and other medications. In addition, there are no known long term negative side effects as with other medication used to treat these illnesses.