Meet The Team

Richard L. Bowen, M.D.

Dr. Bowen received his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of South Carolina in 1980. He graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston in 1985. He completed his residency in Family Medicine at Spartanburg Regional Medical center in 1988 and continues to maintain his Board Certification. After completing his residency he worked as an Emergency Department physician for several years and then went into private hospital based Family Medicine.

Observations made while caring for his patients fueled his interest in medical research. He has published over 25 papers in peer reviewed journals. For example, the Food and Drug Administration credited Dr. Bowen’s research as the primary basis for their decision to have the diet drug fen-phen taken off the market in 1997. After that his research interests focused on Alzheimer’s disease and aging.  Findings in a particular patient led Dr. Bowen to co-author a new theory on aging, which was published in the scientific journal Gerontology.  He was then the lead investigator in a phase II study testing a new treatment for Alzheimer’s disease based on this theory.  The promising results of this study were published in the January 2015 issue of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. Prior to their publication, Dr. Bowen presented these results at the 2014 Annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology.  While there he learned of the remarkable advances being made using ketamine in the treatment of refractory depression.  Dr. Bowen treats depression in many of his patients and is well aware of the limitations of currently available medications.  He is excited to offer this new therapy to those whose depression does not respond adequately to traditional treatments. At this time Dr. Bowen has performed over 2,500 ketamine infusions.  He emphatically states, “providing ketamine treatment for depression is by far the most rewarding thing I have done during my thirty year career.”

Laird Bowen

Office Manager

“Doctor Bowen’s second son has been working at Charleston Ketamine Center for nearly four years. From running the financial end of the practice to office technical support, his role as office manager is all encompassing. If anything needs to be done Laird can figure out a way to make it happen! Laird also is a talented comedian and enjoys using his talent while performing market research. In his spare time, Laird enjoys cooking and gardening with his dog, Mowgli, and amateur competitive gaming under the Twitch handle, “Moist Lard”.

“Give me ambiguity or give me something else.” – Author Unknown

Ashley Holmes

Medical Assistant

Ashley graduated from Miller Motte Technical College in 2007 with an Associates Degree in Science focusing on Medical Assisting. After graduating, she worked at 2 local hospitals for the span of 9 years until joining Dr. Bowen in 2016. From the moment Dr. Bowen met Ashley he was struck by her loving spirit. Ashley has been a part of the team’s growth and impact on healing the community for 4 years now.  Ashley states, “It has been a pleasure to work here and be allowed to see the many ways that Ketamine can help people live healthier lives! My small contribution of getting them
prepared for that journey is one that I will always value.”

“Everyone has a happy ending. If you’re not happy, it’s not the end.” – D.C.

Michael Ries

Clinical Patient Care Specialist

Michael comes to the Charleston Ketamine center with18 years of healthcare experience. He spent 10 years working on an ambulance as an EMT and eventually as a Paramedic. Michael spent the last 8 years in Healthcare Management, most recently managing multiple cost centers at MUSC.

Michael has battled with depression for most of his adult life and found that Ketamine was a game changer for him. Previous to Ketamine, Michael had tried many antidepressants and mood stabilizers that just weren’t doing the job.  After getting much better from treatments, Michael decided that he had a real desire to help others with similar issues and made it his goal to work with patients at the center that
ultimately helped save his life.

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” – Gandhi

Rebecca Smith

Administrative Coordinator

Rebecca joined the Charleston Ketamine Center in the fall of 2019 with over 10 years’ experience in healthcare, having previously worked with Dr. Bowen in urgent care and as a medical assistant in dermatology.

Rebecca has a special empathy for people dealing with depression & anxiety since she has been afflicted with both since childhood. She is grateful to be working with a genuinely compassionate and loving group of people who are making a significant impact on people’s lives.

When she’s not working at the office, Rebecca can be found teaching dance, working with clients as a personal trainer, and staying active in the
community.

I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.” – Louisa May Alcott

Skip to content