About Dreamscape Ketamine and Wellness


Why Choose Dreamscape?

Dreamscape Ketamine and Wellness is a ketamine treatment center located in San Diego, California. We specialize in safe and effective ketamine treatments for people who experience symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD, acute and chronic pain, alcohol and opioid dependence, and other related conditions. Our ketamine treatments are performed in a calm, relaxing environment and are the most affordable in San Diego County.

At Dreamscape Ketamine and Wellness, we understand the transformative power of ketamine therapy, because our co-founder, Lindsey, has personally experienced its benefits. After battling Lyme disease and enduring debilitating pain and mood symptoms, Lindsey found relief through ketamine treatments. Her own journey with ketamine informs every aspect of our clinic’s approach, ensuring that we provide the highest level of care and understanding for our patients. We pay attention to every detail of your experience to ensure that it is relaxing and enjoyable.

Dr. Ben has used his extensive experience with ketamine administration to develop advanced protocols to effectively treat depression, anxiety, PTSD, acute and chronic pain, substance dependence, and other related conditions while minimizing unwanted side effects. He will meet with you before and during treatment to discuss your symptoms and design a personalized treatment plan to achieve your goals.

At Dreamscape, your safety is paramount to us. Our medical director is a board-certified anesthesiologist and intensive care physician. He is an expert at cardiac and respiratory resuscitation and has personally designed our emergency care protocols. He has made sure that we have appropriate emergency equipment and medications, including a cardiac defibrillator, advanced airway tools, and epinephrine, on-site at all times and that our staff are trained to use them.

Our nurses all have experience in emergency and/or intensive care medicine. Additionally, all our medical staff are trained and hold active certification in advanced cardiac life support (ACLS). Fortunately, truly life-threatening events during ketamine therapy are extremely rare. However, in the unlikely event that one should occur, we are trained and ready to act quickly to save your life while other ketamine providers without this experience would simply call 911 and wait for the paramedics to arrive.

At Dreamscape Ketamine and Wellness, one of our central missions is to make life-changing ketamine treatments available to as many people as possible. We know that the cost of ketamine therapy is often prohibitive for patients who experience symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD, acute and chronic pain, substance dependence and other related conditions.

To alleviate the financial strain of beginning ketamine therapy, we offer a variety of specials, discounts, and flexible payment options. Our current limited time offers include a $50 discount on each induction infusion. We also offer lower cost options including intramuscular injections or monitored sublingual treatments to patients who enter the maintenance phase of ketamine treatment.

Furthermore, we accept other payment methods including Care Credit, Advanced Care Card, and HSA and MSA accounts. Patients may also be eligible for in-office payment plans. Finally, we offer generous promotional discounts to healthcare workers, first responders, veterans, and patients who receive frequent treatments to show our appreciation that they have put their mental health second and, in many cases, have suffered psychological stresses and traumas while serving our community.

Lindsey Garrett

Lindsey Garrett, M.B.A, RN, CCRN


Lindsey’s personal experience with ketamine therapy inspired her to open Dreamscape Ketamine and Wellness so she could help people who experience symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD, acute and chronic pain, alcohol and opioid dependence, and other related conditions. One of Lindsey’s main goals is to ensure that her patients feel seen and heard.

For years, Lindsey battled crippling fatigue, migraines, severe body pains, and depression that resulted from her diagnosis of Lyme disease. She reached a point where she could no longer work or take care of herself. She became functionally disabled and had to move home to northwest Arkansas where she grew up. As a registered nurse with almost twenty years of experience in emergency and intensive care nursing, Lindsey exhausted all available conventional approaches for treating these debilitating symptoms without relief.

In 2018, Lindsey received her first ketamine treatment. She experienced nearly complete improvement of her pain and mood symptoms after only three ketamine infusions. After further ketamine treatments, Lindsey was eventually able to return to her career as a nurse and rebuild her life. She continues to receive regular ketamine maintenance treatments, which allows her to live a happy and productive life. Lindsey’s personal experience helps her understand and empathize with patients who suffer from mood, pain, and other related conditions.

Benjamin Illum, MD

Dr. Ben, MD

Medical Director and Co-Founder

Dr. Ben grew up in southern Missouri. He moved to San Diego, California after medical school to complete residency training in anesthesiology and advanced training in intensive care medicine. He has always had a passion for helping people and enjoys using the knowledge and experience gained during his years of training and practice of medicine to help people live happier, healthier, and more productive lives.

Dr. Ben has been administering ketamine therapy to patients for over ten years and is an expert in the use of ketamine in the operating room, intensive care unit, and outpatient clinic. He has found that ketamine therapy is often the answer for his patients when other conventional methods fail or are inadequate. He has used ketamine in the operating room to treat patients’ pain before, during, and after major surgical
procedures. He has also used ketamine in the intensive care unit to treat patients with pain due to major surgery and trauma, chronic pain conditions, migraine headaches, opioid and alcohol dependence, and severe symptoms of mental health conditions. Dr. Ben is enthusiastic about bringing life-changing ketamine therapy to the outpatient
setting. He meets personally with every patient before and during treatment and uses his extensive experience to create patient-specific ketamine treatment plans tailored to each patient’s unique needs. Dr. Ben’s expert protocols have achieved meaningful benefit for nearly all our patients who experience symptoms of depression, anxiety, PTSD, acute and chronic pain, alcohol and opioid dependence, and other related conditions.

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