Meet Our Team

Sydney’s Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Treatment For Depression

Meet The Team

Professor Paul Fitzgerald

Professor Paul Fitzgerald is Professor of Psychiatry at Epworth Healthcare / The Epworth Clinic and Deputy Director of Moans Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc). He is a qualified psychiatrist, has a Masters of Psychological Medicine and research PhD.

Prof Paul Fitzgerald’s primary research focus has been on the development of brain stimulation techniques and clinical trials evaluating these in a variety of disorders, most prominently depression. He is a world leading expert in transcranial magnetic stimulation: he has conducted research with TMS for 18 years and has run the largest clinical TMS program in Australia for over 14 years. He has conducted more than 15 clinical trials evaluating brain stimulation treatment methods and has published over 350 journal articles and book chapters. He set up and ran the first training program in Australia providing clinicians with the knowledge they require to provide TMS treatment and this program has trained over 250 people since its inception.

Paul’s view on TMS is:

“We are currently seeing a shift in the way depression is being treated in Australia and around the world. The development of TMS provides us access to a very well tolerated, safe and very effective treatment for a substantial proportion of patients with depression. TMS is especially useful in the large group of patients who have not responded to, or can’t tolerate, medication therapies. TMS can make a real difference to the lives of many patients with depression and their family and friends”.

Professor Fitzgerald was an elected board Member of the International Society for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (ISTS) and was an invited member of the World Federation of Biological Psychiatry Taskforce on Brain Stimulation (2006-2009). He is currently a committee member for the Electroconvulsive Therapy and Neurostimulation Special Interest Group with The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, and serves on the board of directors for Neurosciences Victoria. He is Psychiatric deputy editor for the journal ‘Brain Stimulation’ and is on the Editorial Boards of ‘Psychiatry Research’ and the ‘Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry’.

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Ted Cassidy

Dr Ted Cassidy became a psychiatrist because he loves helping people and their families. This drive has made Dr Ted Cassidy an innovator, pioneer and founder of services for the mentally ill. Dr Ted Cassidy founded The Hills Clinic group and hospital in 2004 and remains its’ Medical Director. Not only does Dr Ted Cassidy provide psychiatric help to patients but he gives back to the community through his longstanding support of Lifeline. Dr Ted Cassidy shares Lifeline’s mission to make effective treatments accessible for the mentally ill and their families.

Dr Ted Cassidy consults adults with Treatment Resistant Depression. He has an interest in treatment of depression in groups such the elderly, women with peri-natal depression (including pre-conception treatment planning), veterans, emergency workers and where medico-legal issues are present such as Workcover and motor accidents. Dr Ted Cassidy is a Lecturer with the University of Western Sydney Medical School. Dr Ted Cassidy is an Independent Medical Assessor for both the Workcover and Motor accident Authorities.

He prepares reports for the Prosecution and defendants in criminal matters. In 2015, Dr Ted Cassidy introduced outpatient Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, a unique effective technology treatment for Depression where 2 or more antidepressants have failed or where people are experiencing unacceptable side effects. Dr Ted Cassidy and his friendly TMS Care Team offer this treatment at the Kellyville Hospital and at the Pymble Medical and Dental centre next to Pymble train station. Please call 1300 867 888 for more information

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Jessica Baxter

Jessica isregistered psychologist and trained Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation clinician. Jess currently holds a Bachelor of Psychology (Western Sydney University) and Postgraduate Diploma of Professional Psychology (Macquarie University). Jessica has worked in different settings including private practice with children, school therapy and working with adult patients within an inpatient psychiatric setting. Jessica also has worked closely with individuals with a vast range of psychiatric concerns, including mood and anxiety disorders, adjustment disorders, pain disorders and personality disorders, as well as conducting psychometric assessments and child-behaviour assessments. Jess has worked closely with clients who were managed through WorkCover, Department of Veteran Affairs, ex-police members and Australian Defence Members. Jess also is an experienced group therapy facilitator, running Acceptance and Commitment Group Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Group Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Group Therapy, and Mindfulness- CBT therapy.

Jess has experience managing psychiatric departments within private hospitals as well as managing private practices. Jess is experienced in program development of hospital programs currently running in private hospitals. Jess is experienced in managing the operations of hosptials and clinics and is heavily involved in developing policies, procedures and operations within clinics. Jess also has trained and mentored provisional psychologists and counselling students within a psychiatric setting. Jess is currently the Clinical Manager of TMS Care Team with TMS Clinics Australia and manages screening and intake with patients interested in TMS treatment as well as the management of the operations across Australia.

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Deborah Triatmodjo

Deborah is primarily located at TMS Clinics Australia, Kellyville. Deborah is a registered psychologist with provisional registration. Deborah is a trained TMS clinician and has also had experience working with patients individually and in group therapy across a variety of mental health diagnoses. She has an interest in neuropsychology and personality disorders. Deborah welcomes patients to TMS Clinics Australia.

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Lisa Wilson

TMS Clinics Australia welcomes Lisa to our new Pymble location. Lisa is a registered psychologist with provisional registration, and is completing her Masters in Counselling and Psychotherapy. Lisa is a trained TMS clinician and will be conducting rTMS with clients on Tuesdays. Lisa welcomes our clients to Pymble Medical and Dental Centre.

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Aimee Santos

Aimee holds a B.S. Psychology (Honours) graduate of Western Sydney University and a post graduate diploma from the Australian College of Applied Psychology. She also completed a certificate in Anxiety Disorders for Health Professionals from the University of Sydney. Aimee works in the mental health NGO sector in policy and has had several years experience in clinical research in both pharmaceutical and university settings from New Zealand and Australia.

Before migrating to Australia from Manila, Philippines, she was a medical doctor with interests in psychiatry. She has seen a range of clients with major depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar, sleep disorders and PTSD. Her neurocognitive and clinical interests involve transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), counselling, and cognitive behavioural therapy. Aimee is committed to providing genuine care and support towards your TMS needs.

Jessica Koch

Jessica is primarily located at TMS Clinics Australia, Pymble. Jessica is a registered psychologist with provisional registration. Jessica is a trained TMS clinician and has also had experience working with patients individually and in group therapy across a variety of mental health diagnoses and settings. She has an interest in neuropsychology, mindfulness and relationships. Jessica welcomes patients to TMS Clinics Australia.

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Janeen Jeske

Janeen gained her TMS Clinician certification at the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre, a pioneering and leading TMS and neuroscience research facility. Janeen holds a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) Honours degree and is eligible for provisional registration as a psychologist. She has a keen interest in neuroscience and is trained and accomplished in EEG neurofeedback. She is also an accredited Lifeline Crisis Supporter, and has worked with the Way Ahead Mental Health Association NSW facilitating an anxiety management and support group. Janeen is committed to helping people become well.

She has a keen interest in neuroscience and is trained and accomplished in EEG neurofeedback. She is also an accredited Lifeline Crisis Supporter, and has worked with the Way Ahead Mental Health Association NSW facilitating an anxiety management and support group. Janeen is committed to helping people become well.

Christine Leonards

Christine is pleased to be joining TMS Clinics Australia at the Kellyville location. Christine is a registered provisional psychologist and is currently completing her Masters in Professional Psychology at Macquarie University. Christine also holds a B.A. Psychology(with honours) and a Masters of Research (psychology). Christine has experience working with clients in a variety of mental health placements including Lifeline, group therapy programs (for clients with social anxiety at the Centre for Emotional Health, Macquarie University), retirement homes, and as part of her research. Christine has a keen interest in neuroscience, relationships, emotions, psychopathology overall general wellbeing.

Christine welcomes clients for rTMS treatments on Mondays.Christine has experience working with clients in a variety of mental health placements including Lifeline, group therapy programs (for clients with social anxiety at the Centre for Emotional Health, Macquarie University), retirement homes, and as part of her research. Christine has a keen interest in neuroscience, relationships, emotions, psychopathology overall general wellbeing. Christine welcomes clients for rTMS treatments on Mondays.

Sarah Leihn

Sarah manages the accounts department of TMS Clinics Australia. She has an extensive background in medical and hospital account coordination and management. Sarah has worked across Mental health settings in both inpatient and outpatient clinics. Sarah has a keen interest in the mental health field and has brought her corporate accounts knowledge to the team.