Ara Chackerian Goes Beyond TMS to Handle Mental Health Issues

Ara Chackerian is a successful businessman and philanthropist who has spent most of his career years in the healthcare field bridging the gap between technology and healthcare services. He sits in a couple of boards in the Bay Area. Mr. Chackerian focuses on environmental and youth development causes in his philanthropic endeavors. He has focused on Limonapa Teak farm in Nicaragua for a while now. At the onset of latest venture, Ara Chackerian wanted to extent their experience to another area of healthcare from building outpatient diagnostic radiology. As a result, the entrepreneur and his partners decided to focus on transcranial magnetic stimulation, a new treatment option for depression, to start a new venture.

From the beginning, Ara Chackerian knew that transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) has the potential to evolve to a third pillar of psychiatric care, together with talk and medication therapy. At the time they started the venture, there was little access to the treatment despite the fact it was efficient in treating major depressive disorder. Mr. Chackerian and his partner called Rich saw the potential to help many people with medication-resistant depression with the treatment. They decided to leverage their extensive experience in building outpatient facilities to create something special. They designed a care delivery model to help patients and physicians to achieve the outcome they desire incorporating a ‘patient first’ methodology.

In the same breathe of transforming care delivery, Ara Chackerian continues to promote mental health awareness through other channels. Through his medium, he talks about many topics related to mental health and healthcare as a whole. One of his latest article is on the problem of employees at startups not discussing mental health issues enough. He said that tech entrepreneurs are affected the most by mental health conditions because they lack work-life balance. He is particularly concerned about startups who are solely focused on making profits ignoring the importance of looking into the mental health of their employees.