Choosing a TMS Provider is a big step and it is important that you know what to look for when selecting the best TMS provider. Below we have prepared some questions that may be helpful for you to ask during your selection process. The most important thing when selecting a TMS provider, is choosing someone that you feel comfortable with and someone who has the necessary resources and experience to make your treatment successful.

1. Does the TMS provider specialize in TMS?

Southern California TMS Center, as our name implies, specializes in TMS.

2. Is the doctor recognized as a TMS expert?

SoCal TMS’ Medical Director, Dr. Todd Hutton, is a board certified Psychiatrist and a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the USC Keck School of Medicine where he teaches residents in Psychiatry, and is on staff at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, CA. Dr. Hutton completed his advanced TMS Therapy Fellowship at Duke University Medical Center. Additionally, Dr. Hutton has been featured TMS expert on The Doctors, Dr. Oz, Dr. Drew, among other media outlets.

3. How experienced is the treatment team?

Dr. Todd Hutton was one of the first Psychiatrists to use TMS therapy as a treatment for depression. The medical staff at SoCal TMS collective have decades of experience, you can learn more about the team at

4. Are they using the best state-of-the-art equipment?

SoCal TMS uses Neuronetics’ NeuroStar® Advanced Therapy System. Dr. Todd Hutton has been featured as one of the leading TMS therapy providers by Neuronetics. You can learn more about the equipment at

5. Is your TMS provider in-network?

You can visit to find out if SoCal TMS is in-network for your insurance provider or contact us at 866-322-7776.

6. Do they work with your regular doctor to coordinate your care?

SoCal TMS has close relationships with doctors across Southern California and works hard to keep your doctor fully in-sync with your TMS therapy progress.

7. Can your provider provide patient outcome data?

SoCal TMS’ patient outcome data is available at

8. Do they know how to handle special cases?

SoCal TMS handles special cases both in terms of drug-resistant depression as one of other medical issues, as well as additional alternate, non-depression TMS uses. The episode on The Doctors, “Man Who Lost Legs to Heroin Returns With New Mission”, exemplifies our ability to navigate complex care situations. Additional information regarding alternate TMS uses is available at


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