Dr. Shafi is a Board-Certified Adult Psychiatrist with a second Board Certification in Geriatric Psychiatry. She is focused on treating Mood disorders, depression, Anxiety disorders, late-life depression and anxiety, aging issues, cognitive changes, and ADHD.
Growing up in rural Pakistan, where there was little access to mental health care, she witnessed people near her with untreated depression and saw a need to help those struggling. In later life, she completed a psychiatric rotation and believed this was a good opportunity to serve and assist people with depression. She liked listening to stories and this specialty gave her the greatest opportunity to talk with her patients and spend time with them, working together to help them find relief from their suffering.
Dr. Shafi works collaboratively with each of her patients and any of their other medical providers to provide individualized, evidence-based care. She believes medication is just one part of the puzzle, and therapy, ruling out organic causes and lifestyle modifications are also important for wellness. The therapy modalities she may utilize include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mindfulness-based therapy, and Psychodynamic therapy.
Dr. Shafi has witnessed the ability of esketamine nasal spray to provide fast relief to her patients. While often helping her patients with psychopharmacology and antidepressants, she believes that other treatments such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), esketamine nasal spray, and Electro-Convulsive Therapy (ECT), all FDA-approved treatments for depression, may work faster than some medications, and reduce the misery that people may go thru waiting for relief to kick in or from experiencing side effects. She is pleased to offer TMS and esketamine treatments to her patients.
She joins TMS Health Solutions in early 2021.
Having recently relocated to the Bay Area, Dr. Shafi looks forward to the many hiking and outdoor adventures that beckon. She also enjoys crochet, which she learned years ago, and finds a great way to practice mindfulness and be present in the moment. She is committed to learning at least two non-medical things each year.
Geriatric Board Certified
She attended Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan, where she received her Doctorate of Medicine.
Following medical school, she attended the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota for a Master’s in Public Health to further prepare herself for a career in healthcare and community health advocacy as well as obtaining further research training.
She completed her General Psychiatry Residency at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. In addition to receiving a balanced, holistic education, integrating theoretical and scientific understandings of psychiatry, the program offered her through clinical experiences at various training sites in a range of healthcare delivery settings, and through lecture-based and interactive learning experiences. Her clinical rotations included work at Duke University Hospital and Duke Regional Hospital as well as Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VA) and Central Regional Hospital, a state psychiatric hospital.
She completed her Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. This one-year program provided her with invaluable experience in medical, neurological, and psychiatry evaluation and management of a varied geriatric population. Her work included consultations with inpatient, outpatient, and emergency services and the diagnosis, assessment, treatment, and management of geriatric patients.
Most recently, she served as an Adult Psychiatrist at the Georgia Behavioral Health Professionals Brookhaven office in Atlanta, Georgia, where she delivered comprehensive mental health care for outpatient mental health needs and treated a wide range of behavioral disorders. Common areas of treatment included depression, ADHD, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, and others. Her integrated care included diagnostic evaluations, psychiatric consultations, medication management, psychotherapy and consultation, and collaborative services with fellow psychiatrists, addiction medicine doctors, psychologists, interventional psychiatrists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and therapists.