In 2015, after 11 years of family practice, Dr. Ashley Keays ventured into subspecialty care focusing on fibromyalgia management and the treatment of resistant depression. Dr. Keays made the shift because she was looking for a more rewarding and fulfilling career. She found it… and it absolutely changed her life.
Over the next four years, Dr. Keays and her team molded Keays Medical Group into a practice of multidisciplinary care, which uses different modalities of treatment to customize and individualize care plans for patients with a diagnosis of fibromyalgia and/or chronic resistant depression. When treating fibromyalgia patients, Dr. Keays and her team use a holistic approach, looking at their emotional health, sleep patterns, and their nutritional and dietary history. The Keays team utilizes physical rehabilitation, pain management with trigger point injections and osteopathic manipulations. In addition, they perform genetic testing to identify appropriate medications and supplements which assist in creating patient-driven goals, and the identification of triggers that create fibromyalgia flares. Keays Medical’s ultimate goal is the development of a functional flare plan that helps break the pain and associated symptoms when they present as well as to provide overall knowledge and awareness to our patients.
Chronic resistant depression is a diagnosis in patients that have failed one antidepressant medication. In 2017, Keays Medical Group adopted Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) to treat resistant depression and has seen amazing results since its adoption. TMS was approved by the FDA in 2008 as a non-drug/non-invasive method of treating depression. Keays Medical has partnered with NeuroStar Advanced Therapy to bring care to this population. TMS uses a targeted pulsed magnetic field, which utilizes the same technology as an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging). While the patient is awake and alert, TMS Therapy stimulates areas of the brain that are underactive in depressed patients.
As a doctor, one of the most important aspects of delivering care is creating the right physician–patient relationship. It is vital to the success of an individual’s care plan. Dr. Keays has worked hard to develop an environment where patients feel that they are heard and involved in shared decisions that drive their own healing. After years of searching, it wasn’t until developing Keays Medical Group that Dr. Keays finally found a rewarding and fulfilling career.