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Compassion With State-of-the-Art Solutions

West Coast TMS Institute is dedicated to helping people who are suffering from clinical depression by providing one of the most advanced, non-invasive, non-drug treatments for depression: Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). This site provides you with information about this innovative, new FDA-cleared office-based treatment and how our institute is uniquely suited to assist you.

We also offer additional resources on depression to help you understand its causes and treatment options. Whatever direction you decide to take in your treatment, we hope our site helps you find the best way to free yourself from the pain of depression.


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An Advanced Option for Treating Depression

The West Coast TMS Institute is pleased to offer one of the most advanced options for treating depression, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or TMS. TMS is an ideal alternative for patients who have not responded adequately to antidepressant medication or who cannot tolerate medication side effects.

TMS differs from traditional drug therapy in the way that it works. By applying a series of magnetic pulses to the outside of the head, TMS therapy acts non-invasively and directly on very specific areas of the brain. Although the exact mechanism of action of TMS is not known, these pulses are thought to modulate brain connections and neurochemistry, promoting the lifting and remission of depression.

More Reasons To Choose TMS:

  • Proven Effective – Extensive clinical research has proven the effectiveness of TMS in treating patients with major depression who have not benefited from prior medication treatment.
  • Non-Invasive – TMS therapy does not involve surgery, anesthesia or sedation. You remain awake during each session and can comfortably watch TV or participate in therapy or read.
  • Non-Systemic – TMS does not cause medications to circulate throughout the body; therefore, TMS does not cause side effects commonly seen with medications, such as sexual dysfunction, stomach upset, and weight gain. TMS may therefore be an option for depressed patients who cannot tolerate medication side effects.
  • Outpatient Procedure – You are in and out of your treatment session quickly, and can drive to and from our office, continuing with your day without difficulty.
  • Few Mild Transient Side Effects – Mild scalp discomfort from initial treatments is usually temporary and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medicine or minor treatment adjustments. Generally, there are no negative cognitive side effects from TMS.

Why Choose West Coast TMS Institute


  • Empathic, Committed, Patient-Focused CareEach patient is appreciated as an individual with unique needs, and we strive to provide personalized attention and care. We understand that depression is a painful condition, and are committed to understanding your specific situation in order to most effectively support you as you take the next step in your treatment.
  • Comprehensive Psychiatric Evaluation – We provide a complete psychiatric evaluation to fully assess your diagnostic and treatment options. We make every effort to provide clients and their referring primary providers with objective, expert advice on all appropriate approaches to treatment, even if we find that the next best step in treatment is not TMS.
  • Leadership and Clinical ExcellenceThe center is directed by Kira Stein MD, a board-certified psychiatrist who has completed Harvard Medical School’s intensive TMS program at the Berenson-Allen Center for Non-invasive Brain Stimulation, as well as a Visiting Fellowship in TMS at Duke University. Dr. Stein is a clinical instructor in psychiatry at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and is one of very few Los Angeles psychiatrists specifically trained in all three disciplines of (1) TMS (2) general adult psychiatry for both men and women and (3) reproductive psychiatry. ??She brings over a decade of clinical experience to our center.
  • ExperienceYou’ll be in capable hands because our TMS technical staff are certified in TMS, and the Institute’s medical director, Dr. Kira Stein, uses her extensive medical experience with state-of-the-art treatments to monitor your treatment and recovery.
  • State-of-the-Art TechnologyWe use the NeuroStar TMS Therapy® system, the most advanced and the only FDA-cleared TMS device for the treatment of depression.
  • Collaborative TreatmentWe involve you and your other mental health care providers throughout your treatment to ensure that everyone is connected and completely informed.
  • Respect for Your Time – We schedule appointments so that you’re never rushed, can be seen on time, receive the care you deserve, and have ample opportunity to ask questions and discuss your progress
  • Centralized Location – Located in Sherman Oaks, West Coast TMS Institute makes TMS accessible to patients from all parts of Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley.