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Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is a procedure where a large electromagnetic coil is placed against the patients scalp near their forehead where electric currents stimulate nerve cells in the region of the brain involved in mood control and depression. TMS works best in patients who have failed to benefit from one, but not two or more, antidepressant medication treatments. While ECT uses an electric current to induce a seizure, TMS creates a magnetic field to induce a much smaller electric current in a specific part of the brain without causing seizure or loss of consciousness.

TMS is a treatment that has been FDA approved since 2008. More than 18,000 patients have been treated with TMS Therapy.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does a TMS series work?

TMS is a treatment series of 30 treatments done over a span of four to five weeks. Treatments are done on an outpatient basis here at UNI. Treatments are scheduled daily Monday–Friday for five to six weeks. Treatments take approximately 45–60 minutes from the time of arrival at your appointment.

Who is a candidate for TMS?

TMS is a well-tolerated procedure that can be an effective treatment for patients with depression who have not benefitted from antidepressant medications or cannot tolerate antidepressant medications due to side-effects.

Are there side effects from TMS?

Research has shown that TMS produces few side effects and is both safe and effective for medication-resistant depression. The most common side effect associated with TMS therapy is temporary pain or discomfort at or near the treatment site during treatment. When this occurs, it is temporary, and typically occurs only during the first week of treatment.

Other side effects occurring in more than five percent of patients are eye pain, toothache, muscle twitch, facial pain, and pain of the skin. TMS therapy should not be used with patients who have non-removable conductive metal or stimulator implants in or near the head or patients who have active or inactive implants such as deep brain stimulators, cochlear implants, and vagus nerve stimulators.

What can I expect the day of my treatment?

The patient will sit in a dentist-like chair that reclines comfortably, awake and alert. A small curved device containing the magnetic coil rests lightly on the patient’s head. The device delivers focused magnetic stimulation directly to the target areas of the brain.

During treatment, the patient hears a clicking sound and feels a tapping sensation on the head. The actual stimulation only lasts four seconds and is spaced out every 25 seconds. The treatment time varies per patient and is about 30-45 minutes. The patient can immediately resume normal activities and can drive themselves to and from treatments.

Other information can be obtained at the company’s website.

What is the cost?

Insurance coverage varies greatly and many insurance companies do not currently cover TMS. Our staff will contact your insurance company to see if we can obtain an authorization. If your insurance company does not cover TMS, you can appeal your case or agree to pay the discounted self-pay rate for all 30 TMS treatments. This amount is due at time of service. For more information regarding insurance coverage and financial responsibility, please contact our office.

Maryrose P. Bauschka, MD

Maryrose Bauschka, M.D., Instructor (Clinical), earned her medical degree at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio.  She completed her adult psychiatry residency at the University of Utah School of Medicine and Affiliated Hospitals.  Her interests include education of medical students and trainees, research opportuni... Read More


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Laura Gilley, MD

Dr. Laura Gilley practices as an inpatient child and adolescent psychiatrist at the Univeristy of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI). She is board certified in Adult Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.She has bee... Read More

Ernest Jeremy Kendrick, MD

Dr. Jeremy Kendrick recently joined the University faculty after completing residency in Pediatrics and a combined residency/fellowship in Adult, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Kendrick currently practices inpatient psychiatry at the University Neuropsychiatric Institute where he works with children and adolescents. As a Pediatrician as we... Read More

Brian J. Mickey, MD, PhD

Brian J. Mickey is Associate Professor of Psychiatry.  He studied physics and biology at the University of Washington, Seattle.  He then completed the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he earned his MD and PhD in Neuroscience.  After psychiatry residency and postdoctoral fellowship at the Molecular &... Read More

Kristen L. Pagel, MPH, MD

Kristen Pagel, M.D., M.P.H., Assistant Professor (Clinical), earned her public health degree in epidemiology from the School of Public Health at the University of California at Los Angeles and her medical degree from Loma Linda University School of Medicine in Loma Linda, CA.  She completed her General Psychiatry residency at Loma Linda - Inland Em... Read More


Child & Adolescent Behavioral Health, Mood Disorders, Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent


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Matthew Pierson, MD

Dr. Matthew Pierson is an Assistant Professor (Clinical) of Psychiatry at the University of Utah, where he is active in several clinical services.  He is a child and adolescent inpatient psychiatrist at the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute (UNI).  Here he treats hospitalized youth, ages 4-17, with a variety of psychiatric conditions.  ... Read More

Daniela Solzbacher, MD, Dr med

Daniela Solzbacher, M.D., Dr. med., Assistant Professor (Clinical), earned her medical degree at the Heinrich-Heine-University of Dusseldorf, Germany in 2001. She completed residency training in Otolaryngology at the University Hospital of Essen, Germany, and is board certified in Otolaryngology since 2006. She practiced as an ENT surgeon in German... Read More


Adult Behavioral Health, Mood Disorders, Neuromodulation, Psychiatry


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ADHD, Adult Behavioral Health, Adult Behavioral Health - Outpatient, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Mood Disorders, Physician Assistant, Psychiatry, Schizophrenia


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Howard R. Weeks, MD

Dr. Weeks graduated from the "Triple Board" Program here at the University of Utah. He is trained in child & adolescent psychiatry, adult psychiatry and pediatrics as well as clinical informatics.  He is the Associate Chief Medical Information Officer for University Health.Since joining the University faculty in 2002, he has been active in many of ... Read More

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