By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Other | Issue: November 2014
Dr. Jeff McIlroy, founder of Strength of Mind Behavioral Health.
Dr. Jeff McIlroy is the founder and chief of psychiatry for Strength of Mind Behavioral Health. He has been in practice for 24 years and is board certified in both general and geriatric psychiatry. Dr. McIlroy obtained his undergraduate degrees in biology and chemistry from Oklahoma Christian University, and his medical degree and psychiatry residency through the University of Oklahoma. After venturing into private practice, Dr. McIlroy recognized the need for a more comprehensive and multi-disciplinary organization that would better meet community needs in mental health. This led to his founding of Strength of Mind in 2004. The Christian-based practice has grown from an organization of two providers and a secretary to one of 27 providers with a support and administrative team of over 15.
Dr. McIlroy is the medical director of psychiatry at the geriatric inpatient hospital units in Claremore, Henryetta, Cushing and Idabel, OK. He is also the medical director for the outpatient and crisis stabilization programs with Green Country Behavioral Health Services in Muskogee. His private practices are at the Claremore and Tulsa/Broken Arrow/Pryor office complexes.
Strength of Mind has patients ranging from 5 to 105 years of age and is dedicated to making psychiatry innovative, effective and accessible throughout our area. “By using diverse, personalized and comprehensive treatment methods, we aim to meet a variety of patients’ needs regardless of their age,” said Dr. McIlroy. “We were the first in Tulsa to provide TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation).”
TMS therapy is an FDA approved, non-invasive medical treatment for major depression. The treatment gives direct MRI strength magnetic pulse stimulation to the frontal lobe of the brain compelling neurons to start firing, leading to restoring the brain to normal functioning levels while lifting moods and encouraging ambition.
Research shows that while physical activity is a powerful tool in treating depression, it is usually the last thing a depressed brain wants a person to do. This leads to listlessness, inactivity, and staying out of shape. “Our one-on-one therapeutic fitness gets the body moving and boosts the recovery process,” said Dr. McIlroy.
TMS therapy has many advantages including no medical side effects, the patient is fully awake during treatments, and results are known definitely within four to six weeks. “Our team strives to partner with you in your journey to regain your quality of life, restore your health and rediscover a life that is free from depression,” says Dr. McIlroy. “The goal is to wake up the brain, wake up the body, and change behavior.” The program also includes one-on-one counseling therapy to work towards building life skills and habits that are vital to a meaningful recovery.
“TMS therapy is now covered by insurance companies including Medicare,” added Dr. McIlroy. Visit the website to get more information about Strength of Mind, and when you do, be sure to watch the video featuring Dr. McIlroy. He explains how he, too, was once reluctant to call for information on available treatments. Through the short video, you’ll appreciate the doctor’s caring personality and soothing manner.
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Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.