Van Diest Medical Center is proud to offer one of the only Ketamine Clinics in the Central Iowa area. We're dedicated to helping individuals with treatment-resistant depression, severe anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and other mental health concerns. All ketamine infusions are administered by experienced CRNA Shawn Tulp who is focused on helping people with depression find relief, offering hope in what can feel like a hopeless situation.

Van Diest Medical Center offers two types of Ketamine Therapy: Ketamine Infusion and FDA approved, Esketamine Nasal Spray.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does treatment take?
Each infusion takes about 40 - 60 minutes; the entire appointment lasts approximately 1.5 hours. Most patients need six infusions over two to three weeks for optimal results. Esketamine nasal spray is taken in conjunction with an oral antidepressent, and patients are monitored for two hours after receiving a dose.

Will I be awake during treatment?
Yes, you’ll be awake during treatment.

Will I continue care with my current mental health care provider?
Yes. We encourage that ketamine patients continue care with their current psychiatrist, therapist or other mental health care professional.

Why doesn’t my clinician offer ketamine?
Administering ketamine requires special equipment and training, so most psychiatric practices aren’t set up to offer this kind of treatment.

Are there risks with ketamine treatment?
A low dosage of ketamine is used to treat depression, making the treatments very safe. During the treatment, we monitor blood pressure, heart rate and other vitals to ensure patient safety.

Is ketamine addictive?
Ketamine itself, like some other medications prescribed for depression and anxiety, can be addictive. However, studies have shown that ketamine treatment, when administered in low doses and in a controlled setting presents virtually no risk of abuse or addiction.

CRNA Shawn Tulp
 Shawn Tulp, CRNA

Ketamine Clinic Schedule:
Tuesdays & Thursdays: 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

For more information or to schedule and appointment, please call 515.832.7746.