Meet Dr. Kimberly Cress

Photo of Dr. Kimberly Cress, Psychiatrist and owner of TMS Serenity Center which uses transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for treating severe depression and other mood disorders

In private practice in Psychiatry since January 2000, Dr. Kimberly Cress brings her extensive experience for difficult to treat mental illnesses to the TMS Serenity Center located in Sugar Land, TX and serving the Greater Houston area. A graduate from the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio Medical School, Dr. Cress’ vast experience includes treating patients with treatment refractory depression, anxiety disorders and bipolar disorders at the Mood Disorder Center at Baylor College of Medicine. She was also involved with a variety of clinical trials and a co-author in several journal articles.

After finding patients were still struggling with depression and anxiety despite numerous medication trials and/or therapies, Dr. Cress chose to incorporate TMS therapy as a treatment option to help patients regain the quality of life they deserved – without the unwanted side effects. Dr. Cress has treated patients with TMS therapy since April 2010 and has administered over 12,000 treatments. She has completed Harvard Medical School’s Intensive Course in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation, along with completing courses at Duke University in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.

Now, at the TMS Serenity Center, Dr. Cress is at the forefront of the field of TMS and neuromodulation and always seeking opportunities to grow and educate patients and colleagues on TMS.

Dr. Cress is a member of the Clinical TMS Society and has served on the Board of Directors since May 2015. She also serves on the Outreach Committee as well as the Educational. Committee. Dr. Cress has dedicated countless hours to the Society in order to facilitate advancement in the field. This includes helping patients obtain access to TMS and educating colleagues on the benefits of neuromodulation, helping to drive the knowledge and education of TMS therapy not only in the United States but also internationally.

Dr. Cress has had several posters accepted for  presentation at the American Psychiatric Association and Clinical TMS Society Annual Meetings. Dr. Cress attended   the 1st International Brain Stimulation Conference in Singapore in March 2015 and was one of few who spoke on implementation of TMS Therapy in routine clinical practice in the U.S. Dr. Cress, alongside other  TMS  pioneers, spoke about Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation  at the 169th American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, becoming the first group  to be  invited to present on TMS therapy.

Dr. Cress’ goal is to tailor each person’s care to live life without a mental illness. “Treating mental illness is an art as well as a science. It is important to listen to each person and their history to determine the most effective treatment plan, stepping away from the often used ‘one size fits all’ approach to mental illness. Why should anyone settle for just feeling ‘OK’?”