Paul Foster, DO, FACEP
Dr Paul Foster is a board certified Emergency Medicine Physician who has worked in Emergency Departments throughout Texas. He was born and raised in Montana, and after a stint in the U.S. Air Force received his undergraduate degree at Harvard University. Interested in a holistic, or integrated approach to medicine he went on to receive his Doctorate of Osteopathic Medicine from TUCOM-California. From there he completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel in New York City. He has called Austin home since 2011.
Witnessing many close friends and family members struggle with debilitating depression and anxiety, and knowing the potentially devastating outcome if inadequately treated, he felt compelled to start AKS to make this effective treatment more accessible to those who are suffering. Dr Foster brings a culture of empathy and compassion to Austin Ketamine Specialists, and is passionate about the positive and substantive changes AKS is making in our patients’ lives.
AKS works collaboratively with the following outstanding local mental health providers
Addresses: 501 Genard St, Austin, TX 78751
3811 Bee Cave Road, Suite 204, West Lake Hills, TX 78746
Lisa Thaler, LCSW
Lisa Thaler, LCSW moved to Austin in October, 2019 after having maintained a private practice in New York City for the past 29 years. She received her BA from Amherst College and her MSW from New York University. She completed her psychoanalytic training at The Women’s Therapy Centre Institute, which is specifically known for its attention to feminism, gender and social justice, as well as contemporary psychoanalytic thinking.
She has dedicated the majority of her career to the treatment of eating disorders and has worked collaboratively with psychiatrists, nutritionists and MDs, when clinically indicated. She also has taught and supervised other clinicians interested in learning that specialized treatment.
During the second half of her career, Lisa also has treated couples and individuals with a host of other symptoms; PTSD, depression, communication problems, sexual dysfunction, anxiety disorders, substance abuse, infidelity and adult ADHD. She also has had experience working with those folx for whom gender is non-binary. She has studied with esteemed couples and sex therapist Esther Perel since 2014.
She became interested in the use of therapeutic Ketamine to treat mental health disorders and began working collaboratively with Dr. Glen Brooks at the NY Ketamine Center in 2014. She is excited to be continuing that important collaborative work with Dr. Paul Foster at Austin Ketamine Specialists.
Brett Brightwell, MA
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist and have worked with clients for close to a decade, through private practice. I work with individuals, couples, and groups. My experience includes: couples with children with special needs, couples working through issues involving infidelity or infertility, couples requiring help with communication, physical and emotional intimacy, pre-marital counseling, divorce, and any other issues that might arise in the midst of a relationship/partnership. I also work with individuals dealing with issues related to anxiety and/or depression, life transitions (“lifequakes”), postpartum mood disorders, job interview skills and communication, issues related to the work environment, sports performance, and much more. I have completed advanced training in Gottman Couples Therapy, Certification as an anxiety specialist, and Certification as a tele/video-mental health provider. I have also worked with individual clients receiving Ketamine Infusion treatments.
I want my clients to know that I believe that therapy involves a collaboration between the client/s and the therapist. If a client is not part of the decisions, the ideas, the relationship, and the motivation, achieving the desired change is much more difficult. I understand that being in a long term relationship of any kind (partnership, friendship, family relationship) can be difficult and I believe that everyone needs help navigating the obstacles that we are bound to encounter within relationships and life. I love being a part of that process. My role as a therapist is to collaborate with, empathize with, support, understand, and encourage my clients. I do this through face to face therapy as well as through distance therapy.