Being born and raised in the midwest, and living and studying abroad gave Dr. Shah the desire to have a little bit of the best of both worlds. She found this in Southern California with its rich diversity of culture, languages, food, and nature. Dr. Shah continues to have a love of travel. She relishes exploring new places and cultures. She also finds nature rejuvenating, and outside of work likes a good hike with scenic views. For inside activities, she enjoys documentaries.
Sarah Shah, MD
Dr. Shah is a Board-Certified Adult Psychiatrist with an interest and experience in helping individuals suffering from a wide range of mental conditions, including ADHD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD), and Major Depressive Disorders (MDD).
More about Sarah Shah, MD
When originally pursuing medicine, she was drawn to internal medicine and began a residency in it, though psychiatry had always captured her interest and intrigue. For Dr. Shah, psychiatry is a field of medicine that is unique in the sense it combines science and art. This was a driving reason to consider pursuing psychiatry. What truly finalized her decision, however, was her own personal experience witnessing the ongoing stigma still present in terms of mental health care treatment. And while there are many reasons she enjoys the field of psychiatric care today, her continued advocacy for promoting the “destigmatization” of mental health care remains close to her heart.
Dr. Shah has a very individualized working style, based on the person or patient she is treating and their needs and style. Working together with the patient, as opposed to the sometimes “patriarchal” method of medicine, is her prime goal. For example, two patients with the same diagnosis don’t necessarily indicate approaching treatment goals in the same manner. She finds this highly collaborative approach leads to better patient treatment outcomes overall.
While Dr. Shah often helps her patients with a psychopharmacological approach, she sees psychiatry as a field of study that continues to grow and evolve with new advances and new treatments. This includes Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and esketamine nasal spray, both FDA-approved treatments for depression. For her, it is of utmost importance to be able to offer patients alternative treatments when medication and talk therapy haven’t been enough. She is pleased to provide new and up-to-date treatment options to her patients and help them find relief.
She joined Mindful Health Solutions in early 2021.
Education & Experience
Dr. Shah received her pre-med degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois.
She attended Rawalpindi Medical College in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, where she received her Doctorate of Medicine.
She began a Residency in Internal Medicine at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. During this time, she worked on a project to improve outpatient care at Southern Illinois University Healthcare, and assessed the quality of preventive medicine measures for common medical ailments as a Quality Improvement team member at SIU Internal Medicine clinics as well as investigating methods to improve the process of preventive patient care. Following one year, she found her calling to Psychiatry and switched to a Psychiatry Residency program.
Dr. Shah completed her Psychiatry Residency at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. During this time, she conducted individual mentoring of medical students completing their psychiatric clerkship. She served as Chief Inpatient Resident and supervised psychiatric interns. She also handled care for patients as the Junior Attending Physician.
She was Adult Psychiatrist at the Center for Family Health, affiliated with Community Memorial Hospital, in Ventura, California. In this role, she was the Adult Psychiatrist at the Center for Family Health and treated a wide variety of patients suffering from various mental health disorders, including anxiety, depression, addiction, and other disorders. She performed the initial assessment of people seeking help, beginning with a case history and mental status examination. She created treatment plans including medication management. She was also the Medical Director of Psychiatry at Community Memorial Hospital where she treated and consulted on inpatient mental health needs.
She was Adult Psychiatrist at Happier Living in Los Angeles, a mental health practice with a team approach to wellness. In addition to psychiatric care, diagnostic evaluations, psychiatric evaluation, and psychotropic medication management, Dr. Shah provided psychotherapy to patients and consultation services to psychologists to aid with recommendations and treatment plans. She worked with patients with a wide variety of needs and struggles, including anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, and stress-related episodes.
Most recently, she served as Adult Psychiatrist at Pacific Coast Psychiatry Associates in Los Angeles. She provided psychiatric care for outpatient mental health needs and treated a diverse population of patients. Common areas of treatment included ADHD, bipolar disorder, depression, generalized anxiety disorder, and others. Her comprehensive care included diagnostic evaluations, psychiatric consultations, medication management, psychotherapy and consultation, and collaborative services with fellow psychiatrists as well as psychologists.
Certifications & Memberships
- Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology
- Member, American Psychiatric Association
- Member, Southern California Psychiatric Association (SCPA)
Dementia? 2014 American Neuropsychiatric Association Annual Meeting Abstracts. P73. “Sudden Onset of Aphasia: Is it Topiramate or Dementia? 2014 Mar; 26(2): 22
Evaluation of the Study of the Variations of Finger motor speed using the Finger Tapping Test in the Pediatric and Adolescent patients diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder: Developing a clinic tool to find a correlation between Major Depressive Disorder and Finger Tapping Test.
“Is there a place for ECT in pain management?” – Poster presentation at Association of Medicine and Psychiatry meeting (Chicago, 2014)
“Assessing the Media’s Influence on the Stigma of Mental Illness” – Experimental Research Study
“An Unusual Case of Infective Endocarditis” – Poster presented at American College of Physicians’ annual meeting at Peoria, IL. (2011)
CMHS Seminar to Focus on Physician and Patient Boundaries – Presentation 10/28/2015
J.W. Moore Conference – Presentation – Adult ADHD 10/11/2016