EP 38: Valerie Groth – Stellate Ganglion Block Part 2

by | Mar 29, 2023 | PODCAST

In this Beyond the 1st Response episode, Christy and Steve talk with Valerie Groth, Director of Partnerships at Stella Center. Part 2 of the Stellate Ganglion Block (SGB)

SGB- What is different now

Christy decided to have the SGB after struggling with PTSD for over 30 years. The results have been amazing. After the first episode on the SGB, and researching it, she was ready to take the leap.


Continuing the regimen of Talk Therapy, or counseling of your choice, is important. The SGB is not a miracle fix. It is, however, an important tool, to help move you past the traumatic events that you have been through. People that do couple therapy and the SGB are more likely to not have to have a follow-up treatment. 

Stella Center

At Stella Center, Dr. Lipov has discovered the use of anesthesia to help reset your fight or flight response. Effectively providing relief almost immediately. Valerie is working on partnering with not only VA hospitals but also with First Responders and their families. Currently, insurance does not cover the treatment, but some partnerships that Stella Center has can assist. 

Advocating for Stellate Ganglion

Chicago Police department is recognizing the need for mental health needs in the department. A City Council committee has been formed to review how SGB can be accepted and covered for the police force, their family, and all city workers. You can find the speaking engagement on the resource tab of Stella Center’s website.

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