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Dr. Lee is a Medical Director of Optimum Ketamine Center.

Dr. Lee is Board Certified in Anesthesiology by the American Board of Anesthesiology and has been practicing anesthesiology for nearly 15 years. She has expertly and successfully administered Ketamine to her patients since she entered her residency in 1999. Dr. Lee is passionate about helping her patients break the vicious cycle of treatment resistant depression and other difficult to treat mood disorders.

Prior to founding Optimum Ketamine Center, Dr. Lee served as the Vice Chairperson of the Department of Anesthesiology at Alexian Brother’s Medical Center. Dr. Lee’s many professional achievements include appointment by the Governor to the Illinois State Board of Health, selection as the Vice President of the Medical Staff at Alexian Brother’s Medical Center, and service as a medical board member of a Chicago public health clinic.

Dr. Lee has been a lifelong Chicagoan. She completed her undergraduate education at The University of Chicago and obtained her Medical Doctorate at Rush Medical College in Chicago. After obtaining her M.D., Dr. Lee completed an internship in Obstetrics and Gynecology and a residency in Anesthesiology at Rush Presbyterian St. Luke’s Medical Center. Dr. Lee also has a Master’s of Business Administration degree from the University of Notre Dame.

Outside of her professional career, Dr. Lee enjoys running long distances, hiking (especially in our National Parks), and gardening. She is passionate about volunteering and has traveled to Colombia on numerous occasions to provide free corrective surgery to children with birth defects and has donated countless hours to other local charities. She lives in the northwest suburbs of Chicago with her husband, two children, and her 2 dogs.



Dr. Belmonte is a Medical Director and Co-Founder of Optimum Ketamine Center. Dr. Belmonte is Board Certified in both Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine by the American Board of Anesthesiology. Dr. Belmonte has been practicing Anesthesiology and Interventional Pain Medicine for 5 years. Prior to founding Optimum Ketamine Center, Dr. Belmonte was a partner in the department of anesthesiology at Alexian Brothers Medical Center, and he also served as the Medical Director of Pain Management for Alexian Brothers.

Dr. Belmonte was born and raised in Elmhurst, IL where he attended high school at Immaculate Conception serving as the President of the National Honor’s Society. He then attended the University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign earning a degree in finance and Spanish with a concentration in pre-medicine, along with the recognition of The Dean’s List. Following his undergraduate education at The University of Illinois, Dr. Belmonte earned a degree of Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at Midwestern University’s Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, continuing a family tradition of many prior CCOM graduates. Dr. Belmonte completed training in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine at Rush University Medical Center, where he earned the highest recognition and honor bestowed upon his graduating class, The Robert D. Dripps M.D. Memorial Award.

In addition to a demanding career in pain management and wellness, Dr. Belmonte serves as a Board Member for the Will B Foundation, a charity that honors his nephew who has Cystic Fibrosis and has raised over $200,000.00 to help find a cure for CF. Dr. Belmonte also enjoys travelling, cooking, music, and sports. He resides in Chicago with his two Bulldogs, Zara and Zoey.


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