Austin Ketamine Specialists

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Austin Ketamine Specialists was founded on the premise that every person should have the absolute best chance to live their lives unburdened by crippling mental health disorders or chronic pain. It is our objective to help relieve the suffering of each of our patients, and to help them achieve their full potential to lead fulfilling and enriching lives. Our team will work closely with your established physician or mental healthcare provider to obtain the results you are hoping for, and forge a longterm care plan to keep your symptoms at bay. We prioritize patient safety and comfort, and feel privileged that each of our patients has chosen us for help in their time of need.

Dr. Paul Foster - Austin Ketamine Specialists

Paul Foster, DO, FACEP

Medical Director/Founder

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

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.

Contact Information

Phone: 512-586-0282 (answering service for voicemail only)
Email: blbcounseling@gmail.com

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.

Zackery A. Tedder, M.A., LPA

Licensed Psychological Associate, Independent Practice

Mr. Tedder has resided in the greater Central Texas area for the past 16 years. A veteran of the US Navy, Mr. Tedder was previously in the IT community before diving into psychology. A graduate of Texas State University with a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Psychology, Mr. Tedder has been practicing since 2012 in the areas of IQ and Academic Achievement, Personality Testing, and various other psychological assessments related to mood disorders and trauma disorders, while also providing therapeutic services to patients in the Austin area. Mr. Tedder is also working to complete his doctoral work in Clinical Forensic Psychology, and hopes to be done within the next few years.

James Koch PA

James Koch, PA-C

James is an Austin native and started his medical career in 1991 when he became an EMT. In 1994, he became a Licensed Paramedic and started his career at Austin Travis County EMS. He worked as a Special Operations Paramedic until 1999. In addition to working at ATCEMS, James was a volunteer Firefighter/Paramedic for Southeast Travis County for 13 years. After leaving ATCEMS, James started PA school at MCP Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, Pa.

Upon graduation in 2001, James began his career working as a PA in family practice, in Lockhart, Tx. James has worked in many specialties including Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Dermatology, and Pain Management. Most recently, James has worked for 5 years at an Inpatient Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation facility in Wimberley Texas. In addition, he has worked as a contracted employee at a variety of inpatient and detox facilities in Austin, Buda, and Canyon Lake.

After observing many of his patients struggle with depression, anxiety, and witnessing the potentially devastating impact on sobriety if inadequately treated, James is excited to be able to offer this effective treatment to his patients and to be working with Dr. Foster.

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