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OVERVIEW:

Jason A. Duprat, Entrepreneur, Healthcare Practitioner, and Host of the Healthcare Entrepreneur Academy podcast, is joined by Kimberly Juroviesky, a retired nurse practitioner, USAF veteran, and president of Ketamine Taskforce, Inc. Kimberly developed Complex Regional Pain Syndrome due to an injury while on active duty, which led her to get ketamine infusions as part of a research study. She shares how ketamine therapy helps reduce her pain to what she describes as “liveable levels” and shares insight into her advocacy efforts to provide more patients access to ketamine therapy.

EPISODE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Kimberly trained to be a nurse practitioner and nurse midwife at Columbia University and The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
  • She joined the USAF at 37, where she tore some ligaments in her hand which eventually developed into Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.
  • Kimberly signed up to be part of a ketamine research study with hopes of easing her pain.
  • While ketamine therapy reduces pain, provides relief from depression symptoms, and can rapidly terminate suicidal ideations, the administration of ketamine can be an unpleasant experience for some yet a pleasant and transformational experience for others. Preparing the patient for what to expect is key. 
  • Kimberly authored the book “Ketamine Infusions: A Patient’s Guide” to help others navigate ketamine therapy.
  • The neuroplasticity effects of ketamine can be profound.
  • The Ketamine Taskforce is founded on three things: insurance coverage, research studies, and safety.
  • Take precautions when taking other pharmaceuticals with ketamine infusions as some may decrease the effectiveness of ketamine.
  • Insurance coverage is the most common hurdle that makes ketamine inaccessible to many.

3 KEY POINTS

  1. Ketamine therapy is still not accessible to those who can’t afford it.
  2. Different people have different levels of response to ketamine therapy. 
  3. Ketamine is not physically addictive.

TWEETABLE QUOTES 

“You can’t give a patient something and not tell them what’s in it. It’s dishonest. I think it goes against medical ethics.” – Kimberly Juroviesky

“I really strongly believe that ketamine’s neuroplasticity continues quite long afterward.” – Kimberly Juroviesky

RESOURCES

Ketamine Taskforce website: https://www.ketaminetaskforce.com/

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