Who We Are

Innovative Ketamine opened its Lakeview location in March of 2019. Prior to this, Dr. Khare administered ketamine for depression and pain starting in early 2018. Dr. Khare has significant experience with Ketamine,  as a board certified emergency physician, in the emergency room.

What is Ketamine?

Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, and chronic pain can be severe and debilitating. Currently, patients are being treated with various oral medications such as SSRIs, mood stabilizers, benzodiazepines, neuroleptics and narcotics. Some patients achieve success with these traditional therapies, while many do not. We offer cutting-edge Intravenous Ketamine treatments for refractory Depression, PTSD, OCD, Fibromyalgia, RSD/CRPS and other chronic pain conditions via IV infusions as well as nasal treatments. Ketamine is an anesthetic medication that has been used since the 1960s with an excellent safety profile. In the last two decades this medication has been increasingly studied for its ability in alleviating symptoms related to depression, mood disorders, and chronic pain.

Studies completed at multiple large and reputable academic institutions have shown great outcomes for patients who have not previously had good results with standard therapies. We pride ourselves in doing our best to take care of the individual needs of our patients. This treatment is about more than just the medicine. It is a positive change for your life, but those changes require quite a bit of guidance. We know how to counsel you and will take the time to guide you to prevent any of the pitfalls while recovering from mood and pain disorders.


Rahul Khare, MD is the founder of Innovative Express Care, Innovative Wellness, Innovative MedSpa, Innovative Therapy, Innovative Primary Care and now the Ketamine clinic. He was an emergency physician at Northwestern Memorial Hospital for 12 years, where he did grant-funded research looking at increasing quality of care in healthcare. He is currently an emergency physician at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center.


Rachel Norris, MD is double board certified in emergency medicine and palliative care. She has pre-scribed ketamine in both practices to improved mood and alleviate pain. Dr. Norris is very well researched and always looking for new approaches to improve the ketamine experience. She is exploring giving ketamine by different routes, including subcutaneous injections, and treating psychological implications from chronic illnesses. Her bedside manner is second to none.


Chrissa is the lead RN and manager of Innovative Ketamine. Chrissa has worked at a variety of ERs, including NorthShore Hospital and University of Illinois- Chicago (UIC), Chrissa has been at leadership positions in Emergency Departments, which involves quick decision making and complex medical issues. She can get an IV in the hardest situations.


Rachel Sontag is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who specializes in the treatment of anxiety, depression and trauma. Rachel enjoys helping people who are undergoing major life transitions, struggling in relationships or work, processing past trauma, or feeling stuck in patterns of thinking and behaving that are no longer working.


Dr. Jason LaHood, PsyD, graduated in 2009 from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. He also holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. Dr. LaHood is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in existential and psychodynamic psychotherapy, with integration of cognitive-behavioral techniques as needed.