Ketamine Infusions

If several different medications or therapies have been unsuccessful in treating your condition, it's natural to feel frustrated or anxious. It might seem like you've crossed off every choice on the list without getting relief. Fortunately, ketamine infusions are increasingly recognized as an effective option for pain and depression that haven't responded to traditional treatment.

What is Ketamine Therapy?

As a medication that can work where many others have failed, ketamine is complex. It was originally developed for surgical settings in the 1960s, but researchers have since discovered that it's much more useful at sub-anesthetic levels. Even at these lower doses, though, it's capable of taking on many roles in the brain at the same time.

The most prominent of these roles is blocking the brain's NMDA receptors. This kickstarts a process that helps neurons create new communication channels in the brain, making new thought patterns easier to pick up. At the same time, blocking the NMDA receptors is how numerous other pain medications function. Ketamine also reduces inflammation and, at higher doses, can interact with dopamine and opioid receptors. These multiple effects combine to be highly effective for many patients.

What Conditions does Ketamine Therapy Treat?

Ketamine therapy is applicable to a variety of mental health, substance use, and pain concerns. If you're struggling with one of these conditions, ketamine is a worthwhile option to consider.

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What are the Benefits of Ketamine Infusions?

Ketamine infusions act quickly.

Oral medications like antidepressants can take a month to help in noticeable ways, and talk therapy is a time-intensive process. A patient who is responsive to ketamine infusions may notice relief in just a few hours.

Ketamine works on both depression and pain.

Chronic pain that resists treatment can worsen depression, and depression can make it more difficult to follow your treatment plan for pain. To reverse this cycle, ketamine responds to both angles at once.

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Ketamine is a treatment that lasts.

According to studies reported in Frontiers of Pharmacology, significant effects on pain reduction last an average of four weeks. After the initial infusions, you will likely only need to return for occasional booster treatments. This means you can spend less time at the doctor and more time living your life.

Are Ketamine Infusions Available to Me?

Here at The Pain Clinic in Boise, Idaho, we provide ketamine infusions for patients with a referral from their doctor or mental health provider. We also schedule pre-treatment wellness assessments for those who do not have a referral.

Whichever way you begin, we are excited to offer this treatment option as a highly successful solution for pain and distress. Contact us for more information or to set up your appointment.

Meet The Team

Sandra Thompson - The Pain Center, INC.

Sandra Thompson, MD, MBA Pain Management Specialist

  • Board Certified Anesthesiologist
  • 28+ Years of Experience in Pain Management
  • 2011 Patient Choice Award Recipient.

Dr. Thompson believes that life is to be enjoyed and that every effort should be made to minimize or eliminate pain. She offers a wide range of pain management alternatives.


Dr. Sandra Thompson graduated with high honors in chemistry in pursuit of her undergraduate degree. She then attended the University of California, San Diego for Medical School. She then furthered her education at Oregon Health Sciences University earning a Board Certification as a physician specializing in anesthesiology and pain management.

Dr. Thompson is on staff at both St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center and Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise.

She is a fellow of the American Academy of Anti- Aging Medicine and is board certified in this field. She is also a diplomate of the American Board of Anesthesiology and is board certified by the Academy of Pain Medicine.

Lillian Perkins - The Pain Center, INC.

Lillian Perkins, MSN, CRNA Pain Management Specialist


Lillian is a 20 year Army Veteran and has been a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist since 2008. She has practiced around the world and settled in the Treasure Valley to be near family. 

Christy Wiesenhahn - The Pain Center, INC.

Christy Wiesenhahn, RN Pain Management Specialist


Christy has been a Registered Nurse for 25 years. 15 years in Cincinnati, OH and the past 10 years in the Treasure Valley. She is excited to contribute to the innovative pain management therapies that The Pain Center provides.


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900 N Liberty St. Suite 300, Boise ID 83704




Our entire practice revolves around helping patients feel better. Pain is a fact of life, until it interferes with the joys of living. Sandra Thompson, MD and The Pain Center have innovative and comprehensive solutions to all forms of discomfort.

All insurances accepted.

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Boise Phone: (208) 342-9800
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Boise Phone: (208) 342-9800

Boise Fax: (208) 342-4223

Caldwell Phone: (208) 455-3535

Caldwell Fax: (208) 455-5190

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  • Boise: 633 N. 4th St. Boise, ID 83702
  • Caldwell: 1825 S Kimball Ave, Caldwell, ID 83605