Ketamine Research Institute Infusion Training Program

"The Ketamine Research Institute Intensive Ketamine Infusion Training Program provides our graduates with the most advanced Precision Medicine-based approach and Target-Controlled Infusion methodology that takes ketamine therapy to the next level. Our graduates have undergone the most comprehensive educational experience available, including evidence-based didactics, supervised "hands-on" clinical experience, and individual experiential training.

Graduates of our program provide safe, more effective, and better-tolerated ketamine infusion therapy following all American Psychiatric Association (APA) and American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) recommendations. These highly skilled and trained practitioners are among the most qualified, highly skilled professionals in the field of ketamine therapy.

Gerald W. Grass, MD — Ketamine Research Institute

Ketamine Research Institute Trained and Certified Practitioners

Graduates of the Ketamine Research Institute training program are among the most qualified, highly skilled professionals in the field of ketamine therapy.

When you choose a healthcare professional trained by the Ketamine Research Institute, you're selecting someone who has undergone extensive, specialized training in the innovative field of ketamine infusion therapy. This state-of-the-art treatment has shown promising results in managing various psychiatric conditions and chronic pain, offering new hope to patients.

The Institute's intensive "Mini-Fellowship" program ensures its graduates are well-versed in the latest research and treatment protocols and equipped with hands-on experience. This program aligns with the strict standards of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), guaranteeing a high level of expertise.

Graduates from our program have a deep understanding of how ketamine works, including its therapeutic effects and potential risks. They are trained to administer ketamine infusions safely and effectively, providing a treatment option that is both innovative and grounded in scientific evidence.

Furthermore, these healthcare professionals receive ongoing support and mentoring, ensuring they remain at the forefront of this rapidly evolving field. Their training includes technical skills and an emphasis on ethical practices and patient safety.

By choosing a practitioner trained by the Ketamine Research Institute, you're entrusting your care to a professional who is not just skilled in administering ketamine therapy but is also committed to the highest standards of patient care in this revolutionary area of medicine. Their qualification is a testament to their expertise and dedication to providing cutting-edge treatment options for mood disorders and chronic pain.

Ketamine Research Institute Graduates

IMPORTANT: Please be aware that the training course instructs clinicians in using an optimized, more effective and better-tolerated ketamine infusion - Not on the RESTORE infusion program and process, which is more advanced and proprietary to the Ketamine Research Institute. The RESTORE Infusion is only performed at the Ketamine Research Institute in Sarasota, Florida.


Prior Academic Affiliations

   Yale School of Medicine
   NYU-Mount Sinai Medical Ctr.
   SUNY at Stony Brook
   SUNY at Buffalo

Gerald W. Grass, MD - Course Founder and Director

Gerald W. Grass, MD, began utilizing ketamine in the treatment of chronic pain and depression in 1998 and has since pioneered the development of the RESTORE Infusion and has established Ketamine Infusion Training Program, the first international training program for physicians to alleviate treatment-resistant mood disorders and intractable chronic pain rapidly.

Dr. Grass has more direct-patient clinical experience providing ketamine infusion therapy than any other physician in the United States.  His work treating injured soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with complex pain, depression, and PTSD issues led to the development of the RESTORE infusion. He has presented his breakthrough accomplishments in regional and national meetings and conferences and to other physicians and governmental organizations, including the Veterans Administration and the Department of Defense.

Dr. Grass developed the RESTORE Infusions over 20 years as an improvement of the regular ketamine infusion.  The ultimate goal was to make ketamine-based infusion therapy as effective and long-lasting as possible. Today, the RESTORE infusion is regarded as a "gold standard" in ketamine-based treatment.

In addition, to developing RESTORE, Dr. Grass is a widely published author and lecturer who has numerous academic publications, including peer-reviewed articles, educational presentations, abstracts, and book chapters. He has taught at some of the most prestigious academic and research institutions in the country, including Yale School of Medicine and the NYU-Mount Sinai Medical Center.

Dr. Grass has more direct-patient clinical experience providing ketamine infusion therapy than any other physician in the United States.  He is sought out by major medical centers, research institutions, and other physicians for his expertise and experience in the area of ketamine therapy.

Gerald W. Grass MD
5741 Bee Ridge Road
Suite 560
Sarasota, FL 34233


Our Trained and Certified Practitioners...
The Optimized Yale-NIMH "Standard" Ketamine Infusion for Mood Disorders


Sean Goddard, MSN, NP-C

Sean is a Dual Board-Certified Nurse Practitioner who specializes in Mental Health. Currently, he is completing another certification and working towards his Doctorate. He currently is undergoing a year long fellowship in Integrative Psychiatry with the goal of offering an even more integrative approach to care. He is the owner and founder and created the practice to be able to take a new approach on mental health care through a relaxing environment, offering state-of-the-art non-pharmacological approaches and providing an empathetic and compassionate approach.  He is highly reviewed by our patients as being a change that is needed in mental health services.

Sean Goddard, MSN, NP-C
Iris Ketamine & Infusions
9025 Coldwater Rd Suite 100b
Fort Wayne, IN 46825
Telephone: 866-218-5620


Mark Garwin, MD

Dr. Mark Garwin, MD, has over 30 years of clinical experience in the field of Anesthesia in both academic medicine and private practice. His residency training and fellowship was at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. He is a former staff clinical instructor in Cardiovascular Anesthesia and Critical Care Medicine at Harvard’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. He believes in helping those most in need, especially those who have served their country. As an anesthesiologist, Dr. Garwin uses his skills, knowledge, and training to provide safe and effective ketamine infusion therapy to his patients.


Mark Garwin, MD
The Albany Clinic
35 Albany Road, Suite A
Carbondale, IL 62903
Telephone: 888-804-4330


Kari Heistand, MD

Evergreen TMS is owned and operated by Kari Heistand, M.D, board-certified psychiatrist. Dr. Heistand graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine and Psychiatry Residency. Dr. Heistand has practiced psychiatry for over 15 years and treated many patients with treatment-resistant major depression. During this time although many patients improved, there were always patients for whom more traditional treatments did not provide satisfactory results. She is very excited to be able to offer ketamine infusion therapy as an effective and well tolerated treatment for those patients whom medications are not tolerated or adequately effective for major depression.



Kari Heistand, MD
Evergreen TMS
210 Polk Street, Suite 4A
Port Townsend, WA 98368
Telephone: 360-385-9818



Rixt Luikenaar, MD

Rebirth OB/GYN is a progressive medical practice located in Salt Lake City that specializes in women’s and transgender health. Rixt Luikenaar, MD, FACOG, and her all-female staff stand for equality and diversity and treat each patient as a whole person. The team embraces and celebrates life experiences and provides personalized and compassionate health care to meet every patients’ needs, serving all diverse walks of life throughout Utah and beyond.




Rixt Luikenaar, MD
Rebirth OB/GYN
2160 E. 4500S, Suite 2 Salt Lake City UT 84117
Telephone: 801-272-3909



Costal Ketamine + Aesthetics

Dan Ripley, MD

At coastal ketamine + aesthetics, our mission is to provide the very best healthcare available in a caring and empathetic manner. Dr. Ripley believes that there is an art to medicine as well as a science and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon's knife or the chemist's drug. Listening to patients is one of Dr. Ripley's strongest attributes and an invaluable diagnostic tool. Dr. Ripley is also a strong proponent of the prevention of disease through healthy lifestyle choices so that my patients may live happier more active lives!

His staff is happy to assist with telemedicine appointments for patients who prefer to be seen for a virtual visit.

Dan Ripley, MD
Costal Ketamine + Aesthetics
1700 Ashley River Road, Suite B, Charleston, SC 29407
Telephone: 843-324-6726


Edward Yuzda, MD

Dr. Edward Yuzda is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians for Psychiatry. He attended the University of Alberta (BSc, Psychology), McGill University (MSc, Dean’s Honour List) and the University of Calgary (Medicine), before completing residency training in psychiatry at both Dalhousie University and the University of Toronto. Dr. Yuzda is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Medicine at both Memorial and Dalhousie University. His clinical areas of expertise are the psychotherapeutic and somatic treatments (including transcranial magnetic stimulation) of mood and anxiety conditions.

Edward Yuzda, MD
Canadian Health Solutions
P:O Box 3033
Grand Bay-Westfield, NB, E5K 4V3
Telephone: 506-738-4400


Website: Mindful TMS

Murali Rao, MD

Professor, and Chairman
Department of Psychiatry Loyal University Chicago.

Dr. Murali Rao is a Professor and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Loyola University in Chicago. He is a well-accomplished Psychiatrist with extensive clinical experience and a drive for innovation and excellence in mental health care. His expertise includes psychiatry, behavioral neurosciences, geriatric psychiatry, and addiction psychiatry.




Murali Rao, MD
Mindful TMS Neurocare & Psychiatric Services
1100 Lake St LL60, Oak Park, IL 60301
Telephone: 708-248-8821


Website: Mindful TMS

Julia Chevron, NP

Ms. Chevron is a Family Practice nurse practitioner with significant experience in ketamine-based therapy and psychedelics and has worked with organizations such as Field Trip administering ketamine-assisted therapy. She now works with Dr. Rao at Mindful TMS Neurocare and Psychiatry Services providing ketamine infusion therapy for those with treatment-resistant mood disorders.




Julia Chevron, NP
Mindful TMS Neurocare & Psychiatric Services
1100 Lake St LL60, Oak Park, IL 60301
Telephone: 708-248-8821


Novel Medical Solutions

Edward R. Campbell, MD

Dr. Edward Campbell is a board-certified anesthesiologist. Dr. Campbell is originally from Hawai'i. After graduating from the University of Hawai'i he attended medical school at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York and completed his residency at Loma Linda University Medical Center in anesthesia.

He founded Novel Medical Solutions and strives to bring to Hawaii medical treatments and therapies that employ novel and innovative technologies. Technology that has fewer side effects or no side effects at all. Technologies that improve a patient’s life without the burden to their lifestyles that other therapies have. His aim is to give his patients a better alternative to current medical therapies.


Edward R. Campbell, MD
Novel Medical Solutions
Honolulu, Hawaii
Telephone: 808-528-1111


John Reitano, MD

Dr. Reitano is a board-certified psychiatrist trained at The University of Pennsylvania. He obtained his medical degree at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY, where he studied under Thomas Szasz, MD. It was Dr. Szasz’s zeal for personal freedom and responsibility that sparked in Dr. Reitano a greater curiosity for the human spirit.

He founded Delve Psychiatry as a comprehensive behavioral health practice treating adults and adolescents in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has 25-plus years of experience treating patients in all types of settings, including private practice, community mental health, inpatient, couples, and family therapy, as well as unique situations involving executives, family businesses, and the workplace.


John Reitano, MD
Las Vegas Medical District
501 South Rancho Drive
Suite I-62
Las Vegas, NV 89106
Telephone: 702.897.7250


Robert W. Smith, MD

Dr. Robert W. Smith is a diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine and has provided clinical family practice services for 25 years in Blount and Cullman counties. He created Sound Mind TMS with a desire to assist those suffering from mental health issues and are open to alternative therapy or medicine. Sound Mind TMS has the most advanced type of effective depression treatment available in Cullman, AL.

Dr. Smith has witnessed firsthand the suffering and burden, loss of joy and productivity, and sometimes loss of life accompanying those with chronic depression. Realizing the power and potential that TMS and ketamine infusion therapy offers in helping restore hope and renewal of life, he founded Sound Mind TMS and is committed to bringing these important therapies to the people of Cullman and the surrounding areas.

Robert W Smith, MD
1809 Dahlke Drive
Cullman, Alabama
Telephone: 256-735-9475


Theresa Burick, DO, FACP

Dr. Theresa Burick has spent her medical career providing an exceptional level of attention and service to patients. She opened the Burick Center for Health & Wellness in 2008 to provide personalized care and serve as her patients’ advocate. Over the years, she has grown the practice to include a comprehensive offering of health and wellness services.

Dr. Burick received her medical degree from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1993. She completed her internship at University General Hospital and her residency at Pennsylvania State University Hershey Medical Center. Dr. Burick is a board-certified fellow in the American College of Physicians. Dr. Burick has received numerous awards and distinctions, including Harrisburg Magazine’s Simply the Best Primary Care Physician.

Theresa Burick, DO, FACP
2005 Technology Pkwy.
Suite 350
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050


David Smith, MD

Dr. David Smith is a primary care provider established in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina and his medical specialization is family medicine and addiction.  His practice, Tidewater Health, consists of a team of medical professionals trained and certified to treat people dealing with the disease of addiction. Our providers use Medication-Assisted Therapy as well as behavioral therapy and counseling.

He is now adding another valuable tool to his treatment regimen which includes ketamine infusion therapy for those people with mood-disorders issues which so often accompany chronic illness and substance abuse issues.

David Smith, MD
1435 Stuart Engals Blvd
Suite 101
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29646


Seth Mehr, MD

Dr. Seth Mehr specializes in treating depression, anxiety and PTSD using the transformative power of ketamine infusion therapy and psychedelic medicine. He has been working in traditional medical environments for over two decades, and has treated innumerable patients whose needs were not met by our current mental health system. When a mental health crisis affected his own family, and traditional treatments failed, He began to explore better options.

He learned the power, efficacy and rapid improvement achieved through ketamine therapy and psychedelic medicine and has dedicated himself to its practice.  His practice focuses on connecting deeply to your own healing wisdom with psychedelic medication in combination with live meditative music and intentional breathing.

Seth Mehr, MD
2027 NE Flanders Street
Portland, OR 97232


Jeffrey S. Ditzell, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Ditzell opened his private practice with the goal of providing his patients an extra level of care and compassion. He is aware that every patient is different and manages treatment with that in mind; he works to get to know his patients and find the best treatment approach for each specific condition and situation. Dr. Ditzell’s goal is to help get you better – to help get you through whatever turmoil you’re facing, to help you lead a life of fulfillment and happiness. Dr. Jeffrey Ditzell is an Adult ADHD Psychiatrist in New York City.

Jeffrey S. Ditzell, MD
576 5th Avenue
Suite 805
New York, NY 10036


Vanessa C. Williams, MD

At Mind & Mood Restoration Clinic, Dr. Williams provides IV Ketamine infusions for treatment resistant major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and chronic migraine headaches. Ketamine infusions are an innovative and novel treatment option for patients suffering from depression and anxiety.  Patients receive individualized infusion therapy from a board certified anesthesiologist with years of experience using ketamine routinely in practice. Your treatment is coordinated with your current mental health professional.

Vanessa C. Williams, MD
521 East Mitchell Hammock Rd
Suite 1011
Oviedo, FL 32765


Dr. Ricardo Febres Landuaro

Dr. Ricardo Febres Landuaro: I am glad that you have found your way to me.  As a specialist in psychiatry and psychotherapy, I would like to support you with a holistic approach.  I look forward to your visit to our practice!

Dr. med. Ricardo Febres

Specialist in psychiatry and psychotherapeutic medicine

Medical director of the rehabilitation center "Haus St. Lukas"

Dr. Ricardo Febres Landuaro
Strubergasse 18, A-5020
Salzburg, Austria
0662 43 95 26 13


Alexander YC Lim, B.Med, FRANZCP

Dr Lim works with children, adolescents, adults and families. He is passionate about watching his patients improve and getting back to life. He has a keen interest in clinical governance and team-based clinical models and has set up the Canberra Paediatric Clinical Network as well as the Canberra Trauma Group. He established ZedThree Specialist Centre to welcome clinicians and patients who enjoy working in an interdisciplinary model..

Alexander YC Lim, B. Med FRANZCP
173 Strickland Cres
Deakin ACT
2600 - Australia
02 6109 8830


Website: ericalcera

Eric C. Alcera, MD

Dr. Eric C Alcera, MD specializes in psychiatry in Shrewsbury, NJ and has over 20 years of experience in the field of medicine. He is the Medical Director of Behavioral Health, Riverview Medical Center and Bayshore Medical Center. Associate Corporate Medical Director, Hackensack Meridian Behavioral Health.

Eric C Alcera, MD
Meridian Medical Group
661 Shrewsbury Avenue
Shrewsbury, NJ 07702



Paul Foster, DO

Dr Paul Foster is a board certified Emergency Medicine Physician who after witnessing many close friends and family members struggle with debilitating depression and anxiety, and knowing the potentially devastating outcome if inadequately treated, he felt compelled to start AKS to make this effective treatment more accessible to those who are suffering. Dr Foster brings a culture of empathy and compassion to Austin Ketamine Specialists, and is passionate about the positive and substantive changes AKS is making in our patients’ lives.

Paul Foster, DO
320 W. William Cannon Drive
Austin, TX 78745


John L Schaeffer, DO

Dr. John Schaeffer, DO is a psychiatrist in San Francisco, CA who specializes in General Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychopharmacology, Integrative Psychiatry. He received his medical degree from College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific and has been in practice for 20 years..

John L Schaeffer, DO
101 California Street
Ste 2710
San Francisco, CA 94111




We Work As A Team

This is a team effort and requires expertise from many related fields. To ensure our patients comprehensive care, the Ketamine Research Institute and our trained and certified practitioners collaborate on an ongoing basis sharing knowledge and expertise in this rapidly expanding field.  We network to share the latest developments in the field, answer questions and build a shared database to conduct clinical research into ketamine-based therapy.

Chronic pain and mood disorders represent an immense clinical problem. With tens of millions of people in the United States alone suffering from the burden of these debilitating illnesses, there is a moral obligation to reduce this burden by improving the understanding and treatment mechanisms, developing new therapies, optimizing and testing existing therapies, and improving access to evidence-based care.

We bring together a multidisciplinary international collaboration in the field of ketamine-based therapy, bringing together scientists, clinicians, healthcare providers, and policy makers to stimulate and support the study of ketamine and to translate that knowledge into improved relief worldwide.

The Ketamine Research Institute was founded to continually improve and perfect ketamine treatment for an expanding range of chronic illnesses. After devoting almost 2 decades to the clinical use, research and development of this innovative therapy. We are a very specialized center devoted exclusively to ketamine treatment, clinical research, education and training physicians worldwide in the use of ketamine. We have developed the first and most comprehensive educational training program for physicians in the use of ketamine-based therapy.  More than that, we have established an international multidisciplinary collaboration initiative with centers in Australia and Europe to share knowledge and expertise with physicians on the cutting-edge of ketamine therapy.

Additionally, to ensure that all of our certified ketamine centers provide treatment in the most effective way and in a safe manner, the Ketamine Research Institute, in collaboration with our partners, has and developed the first International Standards for Ketamine Infusion Centers.  Our goal is to ensure that you have the best possible opportunity to improve with ketamine infusion therapy.


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The RESTORE Infusion
Revolutionizing Ketamine Therapy