Dr. Ryan is a board certified psychiatrist and psychotherapist based in Los Angeles with fellowship training in addiction psychiatry, specializing in psychedelic psychiatry and ketamine assisted psychotherapy. After researching psychedelics and ketamine in his training, he started this clinic in 2016 to be one of the first to provide ketamine with psychotherapy. In addition to clinical duties, he also is engaged in research, consulting, and expert witness work.
University of California, Davis – B.Sc. microbiology; glycobiology lab work 2002-2006
University of California, Irvine – M.D.; left M.D./Ph.D. program ‘08; 2006-2010
UCLA-Olive View – psychiatry internship and residency; research 2010-2014
University of Washington – fellowship in addiction psychiatry; research 2014-2015
Clinical experience: UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, University of Washington, Harborview Medical Center, several Veteran Affairs medical centers, Kaiser West Los Angeles, Loyola Marymount University, St. Joseph Center, The People Concern (formerly Ocean Park Community Center), and Venice Family Clinic. Outside of typical inpatient or outpatient settings, he has worked in the field on homeless outreach and full service partnership (FSP) programs, practicing “street psychiatry” as it is called.
Research experience: study physician, clinical trial design, consulting, data analysis, manuscript write up. Ketamine for treatment resistant depression (UCLA, UW, Stanford), MDMA assisted psychotherapy for PTSD (MAPS), depot naltrexone for harm reduction in alcohol use disorder (UW), feasibility study measuring ketamine’s effects on the brain (Kernel, Cybin).
Academic interests include: ketamine for treatment resistant depression, ketamine assisted psychotherapy, cannabis, psychedelics, club drugs, hallucinogens, addiction, functional neuroimaging
Through his diverse experiences and training in both pharmacology, psychotherapy, Dr. Ryan’s approach integrates individually tailored therapeutic interventions, typically including lifestyle changes and sometimes medication options, with novel treatments such as ketamine assisted psychotherapy, in an empathic, non-judgmental, safe space, helping individuals find meaning, understand themselves, and motivate to make positive changes. He has applied these principles in those suffering from PTSD, anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, psychotic disorders, and substance use disorders. In terms of psychotherapeutic alignment, he integrates knowledge and practices from psychodynamic psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and motivational interviewing, and particularly enjoys working with individuals in helping them achieve meaningful personal growth.
In his free time, Dr. Ryan enjoys listening to music, reading, seeing friends, and spending time outdoors in nature, be it at the beach, the Santa Monicas, the high sierra, or gardening. He is an avid cyclist, surfer, and rock climber.