Dr. LaKesha Legree is on a mission to end the stigma and shame of mental health awareness and help others live their very best lives. The owner of Charlotte’s Elev8 MD Wellness Center, a facility using a holistic approach to improving client’s quality of life, Dr. Legree knows firsthand what it means to be functioning and depressed.
“We have been taught to think of mental illness as a taboo.” Explains Dr. Legree. “It goes all the way back to ancient Greece when a “stigma” was a brand used to mark slaves, criminals, and persons su ering from depression, autism, anxiety, and other mental illnesses.”
As an Anesthesiology medical resident, it was extremely common for Dr. Legree to work 70-80 hour weeks. What her family, friends and co-workers did not know is that while she came to work each day, she was su ering from depression. After a fellow resident took their own life, Dr. Legree found the strength to embrace her own truth and address the commonalities of her physician colleagues.
After research and planning, Dr. Legree opened Charlotte’s leading ketamine clinic and holistic health & wellness center. “Depression, anxiety, PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder), and chronic pain can be debilitating.” Dr. Legree notes. “Often, patients have tried everything and come to me as a last resort—which is incredibly unfortunate.”
Ketamine is a breakthrough treatment for depression, anxiety, and pain. It acts di erently from traditional antidepressants in that it increases neuroplasticity —the quantity and quality of connectivity in the brain— and creates new pathways of communication between cells within the brain known as synaptogenesis.
Rather than waiting 4 to 6 weeks for an oral anti-depressant treatment to work, Ketamine infusions are proven to e ectively relieve depressive symptoms in up to 70% of patients within hours of their first or second treatment for some. Additionally, ketamine doesn’t carry the negative side e ects of traditional antidepressants such as weight gain / loss, changes in libido, interruptions in sleep, increased irritability and sexual dysfunction.
Every step of the way Elev8 MD focuses on holistic patient wellbeing with an on-sta mental health professional, life coach, massage therapist, acupuncturist, IV hydration and nutritional repletion, Reiki healing touch therapy and mindfulness training. Elev8 MD believe in treating the whole person from beginning to end.
Dr. LaKesha reminds us that “As much as we have been taught through generations to pray over di cult situations, we must learn to acknowledge and accept that the Lord created mental health providers along with mental health pharmaceuticals that are available to help get you through the transition of a di cult yet temporary situation.”
Find out more about Elev8 MD and Dr. LaKesha Legree at www.Elev8MD.com.