Who We Are

Our team of doctors brings more than 50 years' combined experience in treating even the most difficult cases. Read all about the team at our St. Louis ketamine clinic below.

Charles, MD


Dr. Charles has been in practice since 1994. He is currently an internist at Tadros Medical, LLC. He also serves as the Associate Medical Director for Seaons Hospice, Saint Louis. Previously, Dr. Charles was the founder of Smoking Cessation Clinics of America. Over the past three decades, he has developed extensive experience in treating patients with the most difficult mental health conditions.

Vafa, MD


Dr. Vafa is the co-founder of the Midwest Institute for Hearts and Minds. He attended St. Louis University School of Medicine and completed a residency in Anesthesiology at St. Louis University Hospital. He has a wide range of experience in managing patients undergoing various procedures. Patient safety and comfort serve as the two guiding principles for Dr. Vafa.


Patient Services Nurse

Erin has a Bachelors degree in nursing as well as a Bachelors degree in Communication. Erin joined MWIHAM in early 2018 with a desire to help the persistently depressed and those with chronic pain. She has worked in healthcare since 2006, and has a multifaceted background in healthcare marketing, communication and home health services. She also has a background in Critical Care and Perioperative nursing. Having seen the mental health needs in her own family, Erin is passionate about providing the best clinical care to those whose pain and mental health needs are not well met. She brings a sense of hope, healing and compassion to our patients and thinks of them as family.

Erin is originally from the St. Louis area, although she has lived for some years in Colorado and Texas with her husband and children. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, baking treats, making jewelry and outdoor and athletic activities.


Patient Coordinator

Brooke has worked with the Midwest Hearts and Minds Team for 2 years. She grew up in St. Louis before going to college at Colorado State University for Human Development and Family Studies with a specific interest in Prevention and Interventional services. She loves working with people and doing work that truly helps others. Working with this team has given her new insight into how to really listen and be there for people that have had a rough road with treatments in the past. Outside of work, she enjoys doing yoga, hiking, or just finding ways to be social outside.

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