Sheila Patel, MD

Hello, I’m
Dr. Sheila Patel

Chief Medical Officer

Sheila Patel, M.D. is the Chief Medical Officer for Chopra Global and a board-certified family physician who is passionate about bringing holistic healing practices into the Western medical system. She earned her M.D. at the University of Wisconsin Medical School and completed her residency in family medicine at the Ventura County Medical Center in Southern California. For more than a decade, she practiced full-spectrum family medicine, from prenatal care and deliveries to ER coverage and primary care for all ages.

As an integrative medical provider, Sheila currently offers medical consultations that combine the best in conventional medicine with the wisdom of Ayurveda. Her special interests include preventive medicine and mind-body medicine, with an emphasis on Ayurveda. Her experience in treating a full range of medical conditions gives her the ability to effectively incorporate lifestyle practices into a patient’s treatment plan.

Sheila also teaches at the Chopra Center’s Perfect Health programs, and is certified as an instructor of Ayurveda, yoga, and meditation. In addition, she serves as the Clinical Director for Chopra Global’s research team and is an Advisory Board member for Chopra Certifications. She enjoys the opportunity to bring light to the mechanisms of action of mind-body practices, giving them scientific validation, and sharing this knowledge with others. Her hope is that by confirming the benefits of the practices, more patients will gain access to these life-enhancing techniques.

She is a Volunteer Faculty Member for the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine, where she participates in their Ambulatory Care Apprenticeship Program for first-year and second-year medical students at an outpatient family medicine office. Sheila is an engaging speaker who enjoys bringing the principles of Ayurveda, yoga, and meditation to the public as well as to other health care providers. She is a featured lecturer at the Chopra Center’s signature events and has served as a guest lecturer at several integrative medical conferences, as well as at Bastyr University in San Diego and UCSD School of Medicine. Sheila's medical writings on a variety of topics have been featured in many integrative and holistic publications.

Articles

The person who embraces nature
Mind-Body Health

Ask Dr. Sheila: Ayurveda and Menstrual Health

Every month, Dr, Sheila, Chopra’s Chief Medical Officer will be answering questions from our followers. If you have a general question for her around health and wellness, please send us an email to askdrsheila@chopra.com, and your question may be the one she answers next month. This month, Dr. Sheila answers a question about Ayurveda for people who have periods.

Dr. Sheila Patel
Silhouette of a woman contemplating nature at sunset
Personal Growth

Embodying the Divine Feminine Archetypes In Your Life

I grew up in a home where we learned a lot about Hindu mythology. It seemed there were an endless number of gods and goddesses and it was easy to get caught up in a literal interpretation of their stories. In all honesty, it never really resonated with me. In my analytical mind, I never connected to the idea that worshipping a particular form would somehow bring things into my life. And the representations seemed flat and simplistic. Were these actual beings? What did it mean that Saraswati was the goddess of knowledge? And couldn’t I have knowledge without making an offering to her? I didn’t know how this all fit into my life.

Dr. Sheila Patel