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Meet our Team

Francisco L. Dofeliz, M.D.

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Dr. Francisco L. Dofeliz, M.D. is currently the Chief of Staff at Mt. Grant General Hospital in Hawthorne, Nevada. He is board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM). He is also board-certified in Anti-Aging and Aesthetics by the American Academy of Procedural Medicine (AAOPM). He is a member of the American Medical Association (AMA), the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (AAAAM) and the American Society of Ketamine Physicians (ASKP).

Dr. Dofeliz’ story started in Dagupan City, Pangasinan, Philippines. As a child, he had a fear of needles and injections. This made every doctor’s visit difficult but he was in awe of the medical staff who were always able to soothe his fears and calm him down. They were his inspiration in pursuing a medical degree. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from De La Salle University and completed his Doctor of Medicine degree at St. Luke’s College of Medicine. Later on, his interests led him to pursue post-graduate studies in Biomedical Science at Kingston University London, where he majored in Medical Microbiology. He then completed his Family Medicine residency training at The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, Texas. After graduation, he practiced primary care at Mt. Grant General Hospital in Hawthorne, Nevada and at Chinese Hospital Outpatient Center in Daly City, California.

Dr. Dofeliz’ interest in ketamine was brought about by his desire to help his patients suffering from mental health disorders and chronic nerve pain. Current mainstream medications didn’t seem to help many of his patients, so he began to research other treatment options. He was impressed by the clinical success of ketamine treatments and once again decided to follow his inspiration and co-founded RADIANCE KETAMINE CLINIC.

His story continues with you.

Gregory S. Jones, CRNA, MS, BSN

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Greg is a board-certified registered nurse anesthetist by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA). He also graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a second specialty as a Family Nurse Practitioner. He is board-certified in Anti-Aging and Aesthetics by the American Academy of Procedural Medicine (AAOPM). Greg enjoys giving back to his community by serving as a board member for both the Nevada Association of Nurse Anesthetists and the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Advisory Committee for the Nevada State Board of Nursing.

Prior to specializing in anesthesia, Greg worked as a pediatric nurse at Primary Children’s Medical Center and an emergency room nurse at Intermountain Medical Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. He also served as the clinical director of Maliheh Free Clinic, providing free medical services to those without insurance. While at the clinic, he saw the crippling effects that mental health disorders and chronic nerve pain can have on people’s lives. His compassion for those suffering from these debilitating conditions grew as he heard their stories and saw their pain.

Greg was first introduced to ketamine over 10 years ago as an anesthesia student. He was amazed by its ability to help patients endure extremely painful procedures with minimal discomfort. As a result, he began regularly incorporating ketamine into his anesthetic practice and saw incredible results. The most impressive of which was for major spine surgery. He found that those that received ketamine during surgery woke up with less pain and required less medication during the postoperative period.

One day while working at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), he went to interview his patient prior to surgery. During the conversation, the patient asked Greg if he would give him some ketamine while he was asleep. Surprised by this, he asked the man the purpose of his unique request. The patient said that he was a psychiatrist and had suffered from major depression since he was a young boy. He then mentioned that he had read a number of studies describing ketamine’s impressive anti-depressant effects. He was intrigued and wanted to see if ketamine would work for him. Greg obliged to the request and was excited to talk with the man when he woke up. To Greg’s delight, the man said that he felt remarkably better and was sure that it was a result of the ketamine. That night, Greg went home and began researching ketamine’s effect on depression and other mental health and chronic nerve pain disorders. His fascination grew and eventually inspired him to co-found RADIANCE KETAMINE CLINIC. Greg finds great satisfaction in talking with his patients and hearing how ketamine has truly changed their lives.

When not at the clinic, Greg provides independent anesthesia services at a variety of medical offices in the greater Reno area. He also enjoys cooking, gardening, spending time outdoors, attending cultural and artistic events and singing in the Nevada Gay Men’s Chorus.

Faraaz Merchant, DO

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Dr. Faraaz Merchant attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine and is dual board-certified by The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both General Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. He completed his adult psychiatry internship and residency at The University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine and completed his Fellowship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at Creighton University Arizona Health Education Alliance in Phoenix, Arizona. He has worked as a psychiatrist at The University of Nevada Reno Student Health Center and Northern Nevada HOPES to name a few. He is also the founder of his own private psychiatric practice, Peace Love Sloths, named after his favorite animal.

Dr. Merchant performs psychiatric consultations and monitoring for patients interested in treatment at RADIANCE KETAMINE CLINIC.

Deacon Shoenberger, PhD

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Dr. Deacon Shoenberger attended the clinical psychology doctoral program at the University of Nevada, Reno and completed a PhD with an emphasis on cognitive-behavioral treatments for anxiety disorders and addictions. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the Portland VA Medical Center and received specialized training in psychological assessment, behavioral medicine and health psychology, eating disorders treatment, and chronic disease management. He completed post-doctoral training with an emphasis on behavioral pediatrics and adolescent psychology and became a Nevada Licensed Psychologist in 2009. Deacon has been the consulting psychologist for several different local agencies. Deacon is a co-founder of Health Psychology Associates and is the Clinical and Integrated Care Director of Health Psychology Associates.

Deacon and his team at Health Psychology Associates provide a number of counseling services here at RADIANCE KETAMINE CLINIC. Find out more about the types of services that they offer and how you may benefit from them on your exciting journey to improved mental health by clicking here.

Graeson Howland, B.A.

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Graeson is wildly passionate about helping people tap into a deep source of radical unconditional self-compassion to heal their emotional pain. He is in school at the University of Nevada Reno to become a therapist. In his free time he loves to spend time with his girlfriend, play Dungeons and Dragons, and eat good food. Graeson is our Masters of Social Work Intern at RADIANCE KETAMINE CLINIC and would love to connect with you on one of our social media platforms!

Raquel Rivas, B.S.

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Raquel is a medical receptionist here at RADIANCE KETAMINE CLINIC. Raquel was born and raised in Mexico. When she was 12 year old, she moved to Las Vegas. After earning her high school diploma, she moved to Reno to attend the University of Nevada, Reno. Raquel graduated from UNR with a bachelor’s of science in biology. She also commissioned into the United States National Guard in May of 2021. She enjoys learning new things, she is compassionate about others, and loves the outdoors.

Allegra Epstein, B.A.

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Allegra graduated from the University of San Francisco with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. While attending college, she studied alternative treatments for mental health disorders. She is passionate about helping others achieve their full potential through compassionate and holistic healing approaches. In her free time, Allegra enjoys making herbal medicine, gardening, and hiking with her husky.

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