Sean C. - Submitted 10/29/22
James C. - Submitted 01/25/21
Janelle P. - Submitted 05/31/21
Jessica K. - Submitted 11/22/19
James P. - Submitted 01/29/21
Jeanie S. - Submitted 11/11/19
Jen T. - Submitted 11/19/19
"Going into my infusion therapy; I admit I was skeptical. I could never have imagined the benefits
I would receive from this alternative treatment.
I suffered from social anxiety and depression for
over 20 years. My inability to fully engage and connect with others had become overwhelming.
The anti-depressant medication I was taking did little to alleviate an overall feeling of sadness
After receiving my treatments through the clinic my entire outlook has changed.
My experiences while undergoing the infusions helped to provide clarity to the bigger picture. I
left feeling a sense of connection, balance and calm.
I cannot express in words the beauty and
feelings I experienced during this therapy. I could cry, even now when I think of how much
bigger my purpose and connection to others is and how I look forward to being an active
participant in my life now.
I cannot say enough good about this alternative treatment. Thank you
just doesn't seem to capture my gratitude!"
"I feel like me again. This is absolutely amazing. I feel motivated, driven, hopeful and the thought of how I had been feeling seems such a foreign concept that it's like it wasn't me.
Wherever ketamine takes "the you", the actual you, not meatsuit you, it took me right to where I had been hiding, avoiding, and was trapped because of all the traumatic things that had happened in my life , both self inflicted and otherwise. I learned to forgive myself for some of my earlier transgressions, to not dwell on the inconsequential and also take an opportunity to enjoy the things in life on this pale blue dot because life is so short and fleeting.
People are the only thing that matters. People spend so much of their lives trying to build, trying to build a careers trying to build families trying to build wealth that they could get to the end of their life and he totally miserable and I am not gonna be that person and I'm OK with that and I've always been OK with that. I just let society get in my head. I'm back. I'm playing guitar, I'm taking seemingly bad scenarios at what they actually are and not what I feel they are capable of if I let them, and I'm enjoying the things that are good. My ex-wife I have too much mental space and let her gaslighting influence my thought of the better part of two decades. Two decades of unhappiness. But it happened.
Moving on! Moving back into being me. The creative, sensitive and driven person I actually am. Not the existential misery laden sloth I had become.
Thank you guys so much. You did what 5 therapists 3 psychiatrists 4 doctors, myself and 20years couldn't do, in like 3 weeks?! Amazing!
I'm not going anywhere and this HAS to be a new normal part of my life. So I would invite anyone to come and take the journey of finding one's true self, regardless of what they may, or may not feel they have going on problematically in their lives, to open their mind, go with ketamine on its journey, and be better is a result of it in almost every way."
"I decided to start ketamine therapy after years of antidepressants that never seemed to improve my depression, if anything, antidepressants often caused more problems; body pain, worsening of symptoms, or the nasty side effects. When I heard about ketamine's ability to assist w/ many things like depression and the benefit of less side effects or long lasting health detriments, I made an appointment and from the first they have listened and been informative and made me feel comfortable with what/how the medicine works. Have only been taking it for a short period and noticed improvements and a better understanding of "depression" and that it has less control over me."
"I decided to pursue ketamine treatment for depression I had been struggling with for over a year. Since my diagnosis I had been on several medications with some improvement but never worth any of the side effects I experienced from the medications.
My wife and I started researching Ketamine and found a few offices we considered trying, ultimately choosing the West Michigan Ketamine Clinic. I personally experienced very good results very quickly from the treatments, which have tremendously improved my quality of life, but my interactions with the doctor and the staff are what really sets this clinic apart. I have always felt genuinely valued and cared for by the staff while being treated and it's apparent that my health and well being are top concern as they display their patience and bedside manners. This has been such a positive experience its well worth my one way trip which is over an hour.
I am still undergoing treatments, but am starting to feel more like my old self. This entire experience has been an absolute blessing that I am extremely grateful for."
"I have been going to WMC for almost 2 years after 3 years at a pain clinic for Ketamine infusions. The providers and experience at WMC is highly superior in their knowledge of the usage of Ketamine as well as the experience of a private, comfortable, room, with constant monitoring and dose changes as needed. Nick is ASKP certified and keeps learning more every chance he gets about how to use ketamine effectively for people like me as well as others who can benefit. I have needed constant infusions to to specific illnesses and mental illness but my story is not the norm. Many can do a baseline infusion set and then just a handful of boosters, and be changed for life. I cannot say enough positive things about ketamine infusion therapy and recommend it to anyone who has tried more than 15 antidepressants (I’ve tried 46!), or who struggles with PTSD (also me), or has severe chronic pain (was me until ketamine and now it is moderate chronic pain until surgery fixes the root problems.) Lastly, if I could have a job that treated each person with respect as much as WMC, I would work for Nick in a heartbeat. There is no better medical clinic I have ever visited in my entire life of medical issues."
Danielle D. - Submitted 12/28/22
"Ketamine treatment was something that I considered for help with depression and anxiety. I believe this type of treatment has been the closest thing to getting instant gratification, as crazy as that sounds it’s true. I was a bit skeptical about this type of treatment but after a few treatments I certainly know there is more light at the end of the tunnel and I am looking forward to my future infusions so I can feel a bit more like myself. As far as my experience during the infusion it has been different each time, very visually pleasing and at time a bit disconnected from my body like a dream or out of body experience. It’s never been something that was scary or bad, but certainly is something that is very difficult to put into words. I like listening to instrumental music during the infusion, I feel that it stimulates/influences my visual experience and give me a sense of calm. I don’t feel nervous or scared of the treatments anymore and I actually look forward to scheduling them because I really believe that I can, and I am getting the help I need for my mental health. I am very appreciative for the help that Nick Kolasczn has been able to provide. If you are someone who is looking for a brighter side and a better alternative to taking prescription medication every day then I would highly recommend doing your research and setting up a consultation."
Collen M. - Submitted 10/08/20
"Those of us who seek out this type of treatment usually do so after traditional methods have failed, or the side effects of the same are intolerable. This was true for me, and as a result I had self-medicated for years. After learning that Ketamine infusions were approved in Michigan, I eagerly sought treatment, with guarded enthusiasm. I'm usually not comfortable in medical settings, but the flexible scheduling, and patient staff at West Michigan Ketamine Clinics were both comforting and disarming. Strange, because I'm typically slightly on edge when in public. Summarizing the experience, I will say that the experience is profound, while the lingering effects are subtitle. I suspect that the experience is different for each person, and as for me, I have nothing to compare it to. But "Profound" is perhaps an understatement. I had done considerable research prior to scheduling treatment and had found an article on PubMed which stated that "Ketamine Blocks Bursting in the Lateral Habenula to Rapidly Relieve Depression". The "Lateral Habenula", also known as the brain's negative reward center, is an area of the brain which can be affected by repeated negative experiences. This can lead to a condition in which experiences which should feel positive and rewarding, are not perceived that way. In theory, Ketamine may be effective reducing the “rapid firing” of the lateral habenula, and as a result, possibly reduce anxiety and depression associated with it. As for me, the results have been subtitle, yet lingering. Do I still get depressed? Yes. Has my ability to cope with it improved? Yes. Since my ketamine treatments, I find that I am not as debilitated by depression as I once was. While I am by no means free of anxiety and depression, it seems less debilitating, and perhaps the negative self-talk which has been my constant companion, doesn’t chatter quite as much. Ketamine is not something to be approached lightly. Do some research to understand what this is, how it works, and what reasonable expectations should be. But the fact that you are here reading this, suggest that traditional methods have not worked well for you either. Ketamine is different, and in my opinion, not something to be undertaken outside of the therapeutic environment. And when doing so, I can think of no better place than West Michigan Ketamine Clinics. Best Regards, Kerry"
Kerry D. - Submitted 06/03/20
"My experience was great. Nicholas Kolascz CRNA is caring and informative. I‘ve fought depression all my life and spent the last ten years with treatment resistant depression. I went to my therapist and was on every type of med out there. I got second and third opinions from Mayo, yet no luck. It wasn’t until my third visit with Nicolas that I noticed a major improvement. I’m back to work full time. I do still get depressed but am able to keep it under control with the ketamine spray. And an added bonus is I also suffer from RA and the pain is excruciating. The ketamine treatments help with that too. These treatments have been a true life saver. In the past I’ve been suicidal and even actually attempted. I am so glad I did not succeed. Life is more enjoyable since the ketamine treatments. I however could us one know. This has been the best treatment for me. And I plan on sticking with it for as long as my pocket book allows."
Ladinia D. - Submitted 05/13/20
"I have suffered severe depression and bipolar disorder. I have been through several prescriptions, all helping a bit and then reaching a plateau where I must try a different avenue.
My son, a psilocybin advocate (not yet legal) was the one to suggest West MI Ketamine Clinic to me. He is great at research and I admire his beliefs. Nick and Kait were amazing through the entire process. Kait jumped through hoops to obtain the necessary information for my insurance.
Nick is extremely knowledgeable with Ketamine and a gentle poker. Always checking in during the infusion to let me know I was always in a safe place and adjustments were made when necessary.
During the infusion I was able to watch myself compartmentalize my thoughts into boxes in my brain, it was quite gratifying. And I recalled sign language I had learned 22 years ago at age 5, vividly remembering sitting on the shag carpet floor reading Helen Keller. This is after 3 concussions, a closed head injury, coma for 2 weeks and amnesia for 8 weeks.
I feel fueled to conquer daily challenges. I have noticed a separation of emotion from my racing thoughts. I can actually have these unpleasant thoughts, recognize them, compartmentalize them, and continue with my day!!
I am EXTREMELY GRATEFUL to our W MI Ketamine Team and highly suggest those who feel at the end of their rope……..there is another option and it works."
"I have been using West Michigan Ketamine clinic since October of 2022. I have struggled within a cloud of chronic pain, depression, brain fog, culminating in migraines. I have for over 5 years been trying every imaginable treatment, from medications with terrible side effects to massage and odd elimination diets.
I had been interested in trying Ketamine infusions since I had heard about its off-label use for pain and depression; often two things that go together. I was skeptical at the cost vs benefit, as it is an out of pocket only treatment option. I wish I had started sooner. I have seen vast improvement in mental cognition; my ability to cope with triggering events, decreased brain fog, and most importantly I have less frequent less severe migraines.
Working as a nurse and being a parent was many times nearly impossible. I missed out on so much, or suffered through many events. I can again feel hopeful toward a time in my life that I don’t fear crippling pain that prevents me from making plans.
The staff at West Michigan Ketamine clinics are professional and caring. They make the experience comfortable and safe with several different chairs and rooms to accommodate anyone. You are allowed to complete your experience and recover without harassment. You are continuously monitored and only released to your chosen emergency contact.
I never once felt scared or judged for my conditions. Which unfortunately isn’t commonplace for anyone suffering with chronic pain or mental illness.
I highly recommend giving GRKC a chance. Work with Nick to tailor your experience to your needs."
Sarah BSN & former active duty army
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