After over 20 years in law enforcement and seeing many things that no person should ever see, I retired. My only goal was to make it to retirement. Once I made it I found myself lost. I had a lot of time to think about what I had seen during my career and other traumas in my life. Spending time with my family and fishing were the only things keeping me sane.
My wife really noticed a difference in me and was looking into something that might help. A friend had tried Ketamine treatments and said they worked great. As a cop, the only thing I knew about Ketamine is it’s called Special K and kids break into vets offices to steal it. I was very apprehensive. It took me over a year and my depression got to the point where I didn’t want to go fishing anymore. I looked up the clinics in town and with my wife’s help we scheduled an appointment. I met with Dr. Evans for the initial consultation and treatment. Let me just say that after 20 years of Law Enforcement “I have trust issues.” Dr. Evans put me at ease and I dove in. The treatment itself is like being put into a waking dream. After every session I was asked if I noticed any difference. I was hoping for that aha moment. The thing I was not aware of is that the people around me noticed a difference. My transition was very gradual but I did notice a real difference in how I look at life. Dr. Evans goes above and beyond and I consider him a friend. The staff and his wife Shannon are the greatest.
I can’t even begin to describe the way that Ketamine, Dr. Evans, and the staff at Desert Sands has changed my life. While medication helped with my deep lows, I always found my day to day to still be trying. I could get out of bed, but it was still a task. I could shower or make myself something to eat, but it was still a task. I could do everything, but it was still a task. Ketamine changed that. I don’t have to fight to put one foot in front of the other anymore. I don’t find myself trapped in the depths of major lows anymore, and anxiety has released me from its clutches.
Dr. Evans is wonderful at spending time with you to determine how your treatment is going and make sure that your dosages are correct. He made me extremely comfortable by walking me through every step from consult to today. He was upfront with how it works, possible side effects, and all available information. Because he is an anesthesiologist, I feel more confident having him oversee my treatment than I would with someone who lacks his experience and knowledge. Shannon Evans and the rest of the staff are some of the best people around. They are discreet, courteous, and always professional. The treatment rooms are private and very comfortable.
My entire life, I’ve always felt off-kilter. Like I was always teetering on a ledge. Now, I feel balanced, strong, and capable. Ketamine and Desert Sands has changed my life.
– Carmell Stein