2019-2020 ASKP Board Members
Steven L. Mandel, M.D. is the founder and president of Ketamine Clinics of Los Angeles, among the first and most prestigious Ketamine Clinics in the United States. Dr. Mandel, a founding member and the first president of the American Society of Ketamine Physicians (ASKP), is a board-certified anesthesiologist with a master’s degree in psychology.
As an internationally-recognized pioneer in the use of Ketamine Infusion Therapy to treat depression, suicidality, PTSD, and chronic pain conditions, Dr. Mandel has appeared on television, radio, podcasts, and in numerous publications including: The Doctors, CBS, PBS, VICE, Inc Magazine, BuzzFeed, Wired, and LA Magazine. He has personally administered over 8,500 infusions since opening Ketamine Clinics Los Angeles in 2014.
Dr. Mandel completed his undergraduate education at New York University, earned a master’s degree in psychology at the University of Cincinnati Graduate School, attended medical school at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, and completed his post-graduate medical education at Massachusetts General Hospital and University of California in Los Angeles.
When he isn’t caring for patients, Dr. Mandel enjoys spending time with his wife of 34 years, their four children, and their dog Magellan. He can also be found aboard a sailboat or on skis atop a mountain.
Dr. Levine completed his undergraduate education at Johns Hopkins University, medical school at Tulane University, residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital, and fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.
Dr. Prashad completed her undergraduate education in biochemistry at the University of Texas at Austin and both medical school and residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.
Dr. Bonnett completed his undergraduate education at the University of Iowa, medical school at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, transitional internship at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s Hospital in Denver, Colorado, residency at Denver Health Medical Center, and a one-year fellowship in Emergency Medical Services / Disaster Medicine at Denver Health Medical Center.
Dr. Dalthorp opened a private practice in the Oklahoma City area called Balance Women’s Health and co-founded a nonprofit organization called the International Society of Reproductive Psychiatry to advocate for women’s mental health issues. In 2015 she developed an increasing interest in interventional treatments for psychiatric disorders and began investigating ketamine infusion therapy. Following months of research and consultation with experienced physicians, she made the decision to offer this therapy to her patients. Dr. Dalthorp completed her first ketamine infusion treatment in December 2015 and has since completed over 3000 infusions. She is a strong advocate for mental health care and innovative treatments.
Nykol obtained her undergraduate degree in Grand Junction, Colorado followed by an ICU internship with the University of Utah Critical Care Internship program in Salt Lake City for which she was later a fellow. She is also on the guest lecture circuit at Boise State University lecturing prospective future mental health care professionals on utilizing ketamine for mental health patients. Her main passion is educating other healthcare professionals on the benefits of ketamine and providing this life changing option to her community.
Dr Sullivan has a special interest in treating Alcohol Use Disorder. Other services offered at their practice include Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy, EMDR, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and Theta Burst Stimulation.
Dr. Van Praag completed her undergraduate degree in biology at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL, medical school at The Chicago Medical School and residency at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago.
Dr. Grant has 35 years of experience with HIV research and clinical care. He served on the FDA antiviral advisory committee through 2 first-in-class new drug applications. He pioneered the development of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). He is an elected member of the American Society of Clinical Investigators and the American Association of Physicians and was named one of the 100 most influential persons in the world by Time Magazine in 2012. He became interested in highly active treatments for mental health as a way to continue progress toward ending HIV transmission and disease.