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An Innovative Treatment for Depression: NeuroStar® TMS Therapy, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
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Published on June 25, 2012
After having a few short bouts of depression during her life, Joanne Malia suffered a massive depressive breakdown after her three sons were killed in a boating accident on Memorial Day 2002.  “I would go to my room and just stay there for days and cry,” relates Joanne. 

Dr. Leslie Madrak will speak on Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation at the Camden County 2012 Women's Health Conference on Saturday, September 29th at Eastern Regional High School in Voorhees. Click here for conference registration and details.

“It’s a miracle. I’m now living my life.”–   Joanne Malia

After having a few short bouts of depression during her life, Joanne Malia suffered a massive depressive breakdown after her three sons were killed in a boating accident on Memorial Day 2002. 

“I would go to my room and just stay there for days and cry,” relates Joanne. 

Joanne persevered through multiple psychiatric medications in combinations, over many years, in an attempt to keep her depression at bay. She functioned at a low baseline level, no longer severely depressed but never quite feeling good, like her old self. Her condition worsened in May 2011 when her psychiatrist, Dr. Edward Baruch, and her nurse, June Sweeney, had delivered to their office a “NeuroStar® TMS Therapy System” to treat depression. “It was still in the crates in the conference room when we talked to her about it,” said Dr. Baruch. “I told her we had never treated anyone before. She would be our first patient, but we believed this was going to work.” She said, “My doctor is recommending this…and I’m going to do it!”

Joanne had a remarkable recovery over the next few weeks. Her medications were dramatically reduced, her thinking cleared up, and her mood improved.  “Not only did I begin to feel better, I felt something I hadn’t felt in years… happy. I was able to go back to work again,” reported Joanne, owner of Malia Auto Body-Collision Experts in Williamstown, NJ. “It is really a miracle!”

TMS stands for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. NeuroStar TMS Therapy is approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for those who did not achieve satisfactory improvement from at least one antidepressant medication treatment. It is safe, effective, and well-tolerated. Through a treatment coil, the NeuroStar TMS Therapy System generates magnetic fields, similar to those produced by a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) machine. The treatment coil rests on the head above the area of the brain specifically involved with mood regulation. The magnetic fields activate the brain cells to function properly by releasing neurotransmitters like serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine – the brain chemicals which improve mood.

TMS Therapy is performed in our office under a Board Certified Psychiatrist’s supervision.  NeuroStar TMS does not involve surgery; it does not require any anesthesia or sedation. During treatment, the person remains awake and alert. It does not circulate in the blood stream, so there are no side effects. The person may leave treatment, drive their car and complete their day at school, work, or leisure.

The typical treatment course consists of at least 5 treatments per week over a 5-7 week period, for an average of 25-35 treatments. Each treatment session lasts approximately one hour.

Joanne’s last treatment was August, 2011. She continues to improve, feeling, “Better than ever.”   While she stays busy running Malia Auto Body, she can be found doing public speaking engagements for Dr. Baruch and TMS Centers of Southern New Jersey (, educating the public about her personal experience with TMS and serving as an advocate for this effective depression treatment. “I’m happy to talk about this with anyone,” says Joanne. “This really saved my life.”

At TMS Centers of Southern New Jersey, we have now arrived at our One Year Anniversary with NeuroStar TMS Therapy and have successfully completed hundreds of treatments.
Visit our office. We offer free educational seminars monthly about our treatments for depression. TMS Centers of Southern New Jersey, 813 East Gate Drive, Suite D, Mount Laurel, New Jersey 08054. 

Call our Office at 856-273-8000 or our Instant Help Line 856-287-0135 to speak with June Sweeney, RN, our Treatment Care Specialist, to schedule a consultation or just come in and see what we do.

Visit our website at (double s) to learn more about TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation).

Joanne Malia graciously offers up her story and her heart to those who would like to hear about her personal experience and her thoughts on TMS.  She can be found at Malia Auto Body-Collision Experts, 1717 N. Tuckahoe Road, Williamstown, NJ 08094,, 856-629-8809, or 1-800-20-FIX-IT if you would like to talk to her about her personal experience with TMS,  or of course... if you need some auto body work.  Joanne is a real person, not a medical professional, and cannot offer medical advice. Call TMS Centers of Southern New Jersey or your doctor if you need further information. 

Dr. Leslie Madrak is a psychiatrist at TMS Centers of Southern New Jersey (TMSSNJ) and Psychiatric and Addiction Services of Southern New Jersey (PASSNJ).  She graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and residency at UMDNJ- School of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Madrak  is Board Certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Neurology and Psychiatry.  She received Certification in Psychiatric Administration and Management.  She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Addiction Medicine.  She is certified from NeuroStar University for TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) Therapy. She was Assistant Professor at UMDNJ-SOM and Medical Director at Camden County Health Services Center-Behavioral Healthcare Services.  She was voted one of the “Top Docs of South Jersey”, September 2005 in SJ Magazine.

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