A Breakthrough In Treating PTSD Symptoms
Mental trauma can push one’s fight or flight into “high gear”. Stellate Ganglion Block may calm this involuntary neurological reaction.
Who We Are
What We Do
Dr. Lipov’s adapted SGB outpatient procedure helps restore normal psychological function and addresses symptoms associated with trauma. According to our Chief Psychologist, Dr. Springer, SGB can also help accelerate the positive impact of other therapies. Stella Center pairs accessible, effective treatment with high quality follow up care throughout your road to recovery.
What to Expect
Stella Center is located in Oakbrook IL, a suburb of Chicago. The first step is to take our free online exam to help understand the extent of your symptoms. Our patient coordinators guide you through a consultation and help to understand if SGB is right for you. If you are a candidate, we schedule an appointment. You will then come in for your outpatient procedure – a single day visit.
Dr. Lipov uses image-guidance (like an ultrasound) and performs his adaptation of the Stellate Ganglion Block, targeting a bundle of nerves near the base of the neck. After the procedure, Dr. Lipov will speak to you to understand the impact of the procedure. Patients usually feel a difference immediately. From there, we encourage you to maximize the benefits of the procedure through therapy with either Dr. Shauna Springer or your existing support system.
Who We’ve Helped
Everybody’s trauma is unique, but the symptoms that come from it are often similar. Here are what many of our patients have reported feeling before treatment:
- Struggle sleeping
- Panic attacks
- Surges of anger or irritability
Domestic abuse, sexual assault, childhood neglect, and many other traumatic events have harmed the lives of countless victims–male, female, young and elderly. Stella Center uses an adaptation of the Stellate Ganglion Block to treat trauma-related symptoms, offering victims an opportunity to heal.
Veterans and First Responders
Veterans, first responders, and law enforcement continually risk their lives for the safety and freedom of others. Stella Center uses an adaptation of the Stellate Ganglion Block to bring relief to those who are suffering from the lasting trauma.
Dr. Lipov, Dr. Springer, Stella Center and the patients we’ve worked with have been covered throughout the nation. We hope these stories put the power of SGB on the radar of those struggling today, so we can help them tomorrow.
Dr. Lipov Featured on WGN July 2019
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The Stella Treatment Benefits
The Center for Compassionate Innovation within the Department of Veterans Affairs, describes SGB as a “safe” and “ethical” option for patients with symptoms of trauma.
The results of a successful SGB procedure typically occur within 30 minutes of the procedure
We believe in transparency of treatment outcomes. We’ve tracked Dr. Lipov’s results from 2017-2019. In a sample of 330+ patients, 79% reported a drop of at least 10 points on the PCL, which is considered a clinically significant improvement.
Over 50 years of combined medical expertise treating PTSD
Dr. Lipov and Dr. Springer’s combined work is dedicated to treating both the military community, which has a concentrated population of trauma sufferers, and the general population. Dr. Lipov is credited with pioneering the SGB procedure for the treatment of patients who suffer from symptoms of trauma and has been featured in CBS News, the Wall Street Journal, and The Doctors, among others. Throughout her career, Dr. Springer has specialized in trauma recovery and relationship health. Her work has been featured in NPR, NBC, Military Times, and Psychology Today.
Dr. Eugene Lipov
Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Eugene Lipov is a board-certified physician in Anesthesiology and Pain. He has been practicing in the field of pain medicine since 1990. Dr. Lipov completed Northwestern Medical School in 1984, Anesthesia Residency at the University of Illinois in 1989, and Advanced Pain Training in 1990. Dr. Lipov pioneered the adaptation of a well-known procedure called Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB) for treating trauma-related symptoms. Dr. Lipov has treated over 1,000 patients, including those through Healing Hero, as well as treated several hundred civilian patients with the diagnosis of PTSD from all over the world. Dr. Lipov has treated military-related PTSD, Military Sexual Trauma (MST), PTSD due to first responder trauma exposure, non-military sexual trauma, pediatric sexual trauma, and PTSD from other traumatic events.
Dr. Shauna Springer
Dr. Shauna Springer is a licensed psychologist and nationally recognized expert on close relationships and trauma. Known as “Doc Springer”, she is a trusted advisor for a vast network of veterans, military families and fellow thought leaders. Her uniquely perceptive insights have helped thousands of patients reconnect to hope, strengthen their relationships, and build lives driven by their values. Dr. Springer’s work has been featured on NPR, NBC, CBS Radio, Forbes, Psychology Today, and Military Times. She is co-author of the best-selling book, Beyond the Military, which explores the psychological, cultural and relational aspects of military transition. Her next book, WARRIOR: How to Support Those Who Protect Us brings the worlds of the warrior and those they protect together to shine new light on things that many of us thought we understood: Trust, Stigma, Firearms, The Imploding Mind, and Connection.