Drew Belnap has over 10 years of experience with IV Ketamine infusions. In early 2016, he decided to leave the operating room to focus on helping patients find relief from depression, anxiety, PTSD and neuropathic pain exclusively through Ketamine treatments. His patients appreciate his compassionate, patient centered approach. While serving in Afghanistan, Dr. Belnap felt tremendous satisfaction helping the wounded soldiers and civilians. Since that time, he has longed for more meaningful patient interactions where he could feel that he was making a significant difference in people’s lives. Through two wars, Dr. Belnap cared for thousands of active duty and retired service members and their families. He was disheartened to see so many of them struggling with the effects of PTSD, Depression and Anxiety without significant relief from traditional antidepressant medications. Dr. Belnap feels tremendous satisfaction witnessing the transformation that takes place as patients get their lives back from neuropathic pain, depression and other mood disorders through IV Ketamine.
5 Reviews on “Doctor with Over 10 Years' Experience with IV Ketamine Infusions”
I must admit, I was skeptical of Ketamine treatment but I was absolutely desperate to find a way out of my depression and anxiety. Four treatments later, I was already feeling much better. Dr. Belnap is such a compassionate doctor and he is without a doubt on of the most thorough. He takes the time to get to know you and he will make adjustments to be sure you are getting maximum benefit out of each session. I can’t even begin to tell you how happy I am to have found his clinic. I have found this treatment so beneficial that I continue to be his patient almost a year later.
Ketamine has been a lifesaver! My story is like many others, I suffered from depression and PTSD for 18 years and tried therapists, psychiatrists, numerous anti depressants, psycho-stimulants, benzodiazepines, holistic medicine, vitamins/supplements and Neurofeedback all with varying degrees of “success”.
Desperate for relief my search continued and I found information on ketamine and was blown away by what it could supposedly do. I contacted Dr. Belnap and he provided me with a wealth of information in a way that was easy to understand.
Like what ketamine actually is and the administration methods, most simply ketamine is an anesthesia and Dr. Belnap is an anesthesiologist. Psychiatrist give an inter muscular shot where you are all the ketamine at once. When you are treated by Dr. Belnap you’re in controlled environment where your vitals are being monitored and he can adjust the infusion rate, plus with the infusion you are given has additional medications that help make process more pleasant.
The setting is very comfortable with and adjustable zero gravity recliner and 4K tv to get lost in during the treatment.
The first infusion I had was the most profound and was truly life changing. I would say that ketamine gave me an instant change in perception, a reset that gives you the ability to see things differently. The infusion its self is a dissociative psychedelic experience that offers insight. The second part of the ketamine treatment is the reforming of damaged connections in the brain. My friends and family noticed a dramatic change in me, my personality hadn’t be that way in 18 years.
All that being said ketamine is truly amazing and I could go on forever about my experiences and the benefits but it not a cure all. Health, exercise, diet, sleep and continued mental health care all go together.
My life has been changed in ways I never thought possible after seeking treatment with Dr. Belnap. Depression has ruled my life for decades, making relationships, jobs, life difficult to maintain and I had reached a point where I was ready to give up. I had little to no relief from antidepressants or lifestyle changes, despite doing all the things I was supposed to do.
I am beyond amazed at the effectiveness of this treatment for my depression. The last two years I have been battling suicidal ideation daily, on top of years of crushing depression. After the first infusion, my suicidal thoughts vanished and my mood has continued to improve with subsequent treatments. I am so grateful for Dr. Belnap, not only for his approach to patient care, but also for his advocacy for this treatment.
Dr. Belnap was so helpful and understanding. Treatment was timely, and comprehensive. For the first time I felt I was being heard and supported by a healthcare professional. He is approachable, knowledgeable and clearly an expert in his field. He took the time to explain everything to me, managing my expectations and making sure I knew what was going to happen. For someone who has been struggling with mental health in a system not designed for me, it was refreshing to say the least. I can enjoy my life now, and that is something I had lost all hope would ever happen to me. It is possible to feel better, and I couldn’t’ have asked for a better clinician.
I am so thankful I met Dr. Belnap! I have suffered from depression/anxiety for years now and battled postpartum depression after my daughter was born. I have tried everything from therapy, medications, acupuncture, etc for the past 4 years and unfortunately for me nothing seemed to help.
I had heard about Ketamine as a treatment and researched it. I came across Dr. Belnap and decided to contact him since he is an anesthesiologist and that is the only type of doctor that is actually trained in Ketamine. He answered all my questions over the phone and gave me a lot of information. I scheduled my appt and did 6 treatments like recommended. It was night and day difference. I felt calm, content, and it made me see the world and my struggles in a totally different light. My husband and mother noticed a huge difference in me and said they haven’t seen me like this in years! I am scheduled to go back and see him 1x a month for maintenance. I have been able to cut my medications in half and am in the process of weaning off completely!
If you are thinking about giving Ketamine infusions a try, you MUST contact Dr. Belnap! It is so important to go to an anesthesialogist vs. a psychiatrist because they are trained and use it on a frequent basis. The whole time during my infusion all of my vitals were taken along with blood pressure and heart rate. He never leaves the room and watches the whole time which made me feel extremely safe. He allowed my mom to go in the room with me the first time since I was nervous. If you are like me and have tried everything, don’t give up and give this a try! It honestly has been life changing.
Ketamine gave me hope and Dr. Belnap made that hope possible. A ketamine infusion is a medical procedure and you want someone who knows what they are doing to administer it to you. You want Dr. Belnap. Not only is he the only anesthesiologist in San Diego County who does them, he genuinely cares about his patients. Dr. Belnap will take the time to know you and to see how he can help you. People on my team (family and friends) have thrown hundreds of questions his way and he takes the time to answer every single one of them. He is extremely intelligent and his answers and what he does are backed by research and years of professional experience. Ketamine infusions were not something I wanted to do but I was desperate. Just the thought/idea of them brought me anxiety. Dr. Belnap completely eased that anxiety. Dr. Belnap tailors the ketamine infusion experience to you and provides multiple ways to help you relax (music, pillow, blanket, etc.). He even has a comfy chair in the room for a guest. Dr. Belnap sits next to you during your infusion, monitors your vitals (blood pressure, etc.), and if the experience you are having is too intense or you need something, he is right there the help. I bruise very easily and Dr. Belnap is so gentle and has made the putting in of the iv painless. From the moment I step in to Dr. Belnap’s office, I feel welcomed, warm, safe, and taken care of. Ketamine works! I haven’t felt this good in decades. Thank you Dr. Belnap!