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 Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre (MAPrc). He is a qualified psychiatrist, has a Masters of Psychological Medicine and research PhD.  Professor Fitzgerald is currently the Medical Director for TMS Australia and overseas the safety and treatment protocols across their clinics.

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’.

Professor Fitzgerald 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. His 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, where he has published over 350 journal articles and book chapters. He set up and ran the first training program in Australia 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”.

 

paul1
paul2
paulandted1
paulandted21

Ted Cassidy

Dr Ted Cassidy is a medical graduate from Sydney University and a Fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. He is a registered psychiatrist with over a decade of experience working with patients with complex needs.

Dr Cassidy is the founder and CEO of TMS Australia. He has been TMS credentialed through the extensive training with Professor Fitzgerald and his experience with brain stimulation treatment. With his extensive experience as a Psychiatrist and his interest in innovative non-medication treatment modalities, Dr Cassidy can create broader treatment plans for patients. In particular, he can assist patients who have previously failed to respond to other treatments such as anti-depressant medication.

Dr Cassidy previously founded The Hills Clinic group and hospital in 2004 and remains its’ Medical Director. In addition to this, he continues to support mental health initiatives within the community through his longstanding support of Lifeline.

Dr Cassidy works, in particular, with groups such as the elderly, women with pre-natal or post-natal depression, veterans, emergency workers and where medico-legal issues are present such as Workcover and motor accidents.  Dr Cassidy continues to educate, train and mentor medical and mental health professionals on new research and peer-reviewed treatment options for patients in need.

1
2
Hills Clinic-291
3

Jess Baxter

Jess is registered psychologist who holds a Bachelor of Psychology (Western Sydney University) and Postgraduate Diploma of Professional Psychology (Macquarie University). Jess Baxter is a qualified TMS Clinician, who underwent her training Professor Paul Fitzgerald at the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre.

Jess also has worked closely with individuals and as a group facilitator for patients with a vast range of psychiatric concerns. She has previous experience with conducting psychometric assessments and patient management for clients in WorkCover, Department of Veteran Affairs, ex-police personnel and Australian Defence Members.

Jess has previously managed allied health departments within psychiatric hospitals and clinics. She has a keen interest in organisational psychology, new innovative treatment and evidence based treatment for chronic psychiatric conditions. She currently manages TMS Australia Operations and Care Team.

Hills Clinic-7

Deborah Triatmodjo Hinz

Deborah is a Registered Psychologist under the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and holds a Bachelor of Psychology and a Master of Professional Psychology. She is a Member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and a registered Medicare Provider, Department of Veterans Affairs service provider and is Work Cover accredited, authorised to deliver treatment under the worker’s compensation system.

She has experience working with patients across a broad range of psychiatric conditions including; Depression, Anxiety, Self-Harm, Complex Trauma, Personality Disorders, Attachment, Eating Disorders, Developmental Disabilities and significant challenging behaviours across both individual and larger group therapy settings. She has seen a broad range of patients with significant treatment-resistant conditions, using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Mindfulness-based approaches.

Deborah has worked in various settings including psychiatric hospitals and private practice. Currently, she is a Consultant Psychologist at TMS Australia and Team Leader of the Kellyville clinic. Deborah has an interest in neuropsychology and other evidence based therapies aiming to assist patients with chronic mental health conditions.

Outside of TMS, Deborah facilitates group therapies at a psychiatric hospital and runs her own private practice, where she has a strong interest in working with Personality Disorders, such as Borderline Personality Disorder, as well as mood disorders.

Deborah is passionate about improving the wellbeing of her patients and believes in a person-centred approach. She believes the most important aspect of therapy is exploring the patient holistically and creating an effective therapeutic alliance. Deborah welcomes patients to TMS Australia.

Hills Clinic-78

Lisa Wilson

Lisa is a registered psychologist (provisional), with an Honours Degree in Psychology (Distinction) from University of Wollongong and is an Associate member of the Australian Psychology Society (Assoc MAPS). Lisa has just completed her Master’s Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy (Australian College of Applied Psychology) and is about to undertake clinical training in Neuropsychotherapy. Her role at TMS Australia reflects her passion for interventions that target neural plasticity and the neurological underpinnings of mental ill health.

Outside of her role as TMS clinician at our Pymble location, Lisa works within the private sector providing individual and group counselling, empowering individuals who have experienced anxiety, depression, relationship conflict, boundary and communication barriers, grief and loss and self-esteem issues. In the past Lisa has worked for Lifeline as a telephone Crisis supporter and has trained as a Doula in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

Hills Clinic-112

Jessica Koch

Jessica is a registered psychologist (provisional) holds a Bachelor of Science- Psychology (Honours) and a Masters of Professional Psychology from Macquarie University. Jessica completed her TMS Certification through the BlackDog Institute under Dr Colleen Loo. She is currently a TMS Trainer and Care Team Leader.

Jessica has experience working with patients with chronic psychiatric conditions, using CBT and TMS as a treatment modality. Jessica is involved in the training and assists in developing protocols within TMS Australia.

Jessica currently assists in the intake of patients and provides them with key information about our services. She has an interest in neuropsychology, mindfulness and relationships.

Hills Clinic-146

Janeen Jeske

Janeen has completed her Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) Honours from Western Sydney University. She gained her TMS Clinician certification at the Monash Alfred Psychiatry Research Centre, a pioneering and leading TMS and neuroscience research facility.

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

Janeen TMS Clinics Australia

Christine Leonards

Christine is a registered psychologist (provisional) has completed a Bachelor of Arts Psychology(Honours) and a Masters of Research (Psychology) and is currently completing the Masters of Professional Psychology from Christine completed her TMS training with the Blackdog Institute under the guidance of Dr Colleen Loo.

Christine has experience working with clients in a variety of mental health settings including Lifeline, group therapy programs, aged care treatment, and counselling patients during TMS treatment. Christine also facilitates group therapy programs within a private psychiatric hospital setting. Christine has a keen interest in neuroscience, research, relationships, emotions, psychopathology overall general wellbeing.

Sarah Leihn

Sarah manages the accounts department of TMS 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.

Sarah TMS Clinics Australia