ASKP Officers / Members 2020-01-12T19:41:51-06:00

2019-2020 ASKP Board Members

Steven Mandel, M.D.
Steven Mandel, M.D.Founding Member - President

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.

Robert Grant, M.D., M.P.H.
Robert Grant, M.D., M.P.H.Board Member - Interim Vice President
Dr. Robert Grant received a medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco, where he completed residency in internal medicine and fellowships in pulmonary medicine and molecular medicine, and then remained on the faculty. He completed the Certificate in Psychedelic Therapies and Research at the California Institute of Integral Studies, and studied ketamine assisted psychotherapy with the KRIYA Institute. He co-founded Healing Realms, a practice located in San Francisco that offers psychotherapy assisted with ketamine administered by intramuscular or sublingual routes. He is trained in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing and internal family systems, which he integrates with the ketamine practice. He has published more than 200 articles in the scientific literature on topics including depression and social connection.

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.

 Sandhya Prashad, M.D.
Sandhya Prashad, M.D.Founding Member - Secretary
Sandhya Prashad, M.D. is a board-certified psychiatrist and the founder and medical director of Houston Ketamine Therapeutics. She has a special interest in treatment-resistant mood disorders.

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.

Carl Bonnett, M.D.
Carl Bonnett, M.D.Founding Member - Treasurer
Carl Bonnett, MD is a Board Certified emergency physician as well as a Fellow in the American Academy of Pain Management. Dr. Bonnett has also been actively engaged with raising awareness among lawmakers to understand the potential benefit of ketamine infusions for veterans.

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.

Megan Oxley, M.D.
Megan Oxley, M.D.Founding Member-Membership Chair
Megan Oxley, MD is board certified in Emergency Medicine and is the founder of Michigan Progressive Health. She completed her undergraduate education at Michigan State University, and both medical school and residency at Wayne State University.

Nykol Bailey Rice, CRNA
Nykol Bailey Rice, CRNABoard Member
Nykol Bailey Rice is a board Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) with a graduate degree specializing in anesthesia from Westminster College in Salt Lake City. She is the owner and operator of Boise Ketamine Clinic and helps run a small chain of clinics in Utah under the Mindful Infusion brand. She has personally performed thousands of ketamine infusions and is passionate about providing a quality, collaborative ketamine course. She also practices anesthesia part time at St. Luke’s Children’s hospital.

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.

Patrick Sullivan, D.O.
Patrick Sullivan, D.O.Board Member
Patrick Sullivan, D.O. is a Board Certified emergency physician and is the founder and medical director of Initia Nova Medical Solutions located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. He has worked with ketamine for over 15 years in the ER, and started providing outpatient infusions in 2016. Undergraduate studies completed at Rutgers University and medical school at UMDNJ-SOM.

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.

Cindy Van Praag, M.D.
Cindy Van Praag, M.D.Board Member
Cindy Van Praag, MD is a board-certified anesthesiologist and active founder of Spring Center of Hope in Houston, TX. She has over 13 years of experience providing hands on anesthesia care in multiple settings, including partnership in Southern Arizona Anesthesia Services in Tucson, AZ. In Texas, she found her own business and actively provides anesthesia services for office-based and outpatient surgeries. For the past two years Dr. Van Praag has immersed herself in her ketamine practice providing care for mood disorders and chronic pain. She strives to educate the community about the benefits of ketamine through publishing researched articles and blogs in local papers and social media. She is sought out for advice on how to safely implement ketamine services in new practices.

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.