Sheila Patel, MD

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Dr. Sheila Patel, M.D.

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

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Mind-Body Health

Sound Sense: Nurturing Healing Through Our Sensory Connections

According to ancient Vedic wisdom, the known universe began with sound, and out of sound came movement, energy, and matter. Today we know that sound is a sequence of vibrating waves that travel through air or water, and modern science tells us that all the particles that make up the matter in the universe are in a state of vibration. I find these two facts compelling and connected to the idea described in Vedic philosophy that the vibrations of sound can change molecular structure and create form.

Dr. Sheila Patel, M.D.
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Mind-Body Health

A Modern Glimpse into Ancient Relaxation Practices

Relaxation techniques such as yoga and meditation have been around for thousands of years. Countless generations have shown us that engaging in these practices can help us live healthier, more balanced lives. But, the question arises: How? How do these activities – as simple as breathing or even thinking – affect our bodies in such profoundly positive ways? By what internal processes does this occur? As modern science marches steadily ahead, paving the way to understanding the physiologic underpinnings of the mind–body connection, we are beginning to see glimpses of the extraordinary and beautifully complex mechanisms behind the changes our bodies undergo when we meditate, practice yoga, or simply. . . breathe. As a physician and clinician, it is exciting for me to see these unfolding answers to age-old questions.

Dr. Sheila Patel, M.D.
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Mind-Body Health

An Integrative Healing Approach to Chronic Pain

This month we had an opportunity to sit down with Medical Director of Mind-Body Medical Group, Dr. Sheila Patel, to discuss chronic pain – a complex health issue that affects hundreds of millions of people through the world. As Dr. Patel describes, there is a lot of misunderstanding in both the mainstream medical community as well as the general public about what chronic pain is and the most effective ways for treating it. Read the interview to learn more about an integrative approach to chronic pain that addresses the mind, body, and spirit.

Dr. Sheila Patel, M.D.
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Mind-Body Health

9 Practices for Seasonal Detoxification

As we transition into springtime in the Northern Hemisphere (and autumn in the southern half of the planet), it is an ideal time to sit back and reflect on what may be out of balance in our lives, then take steps to restore our equilibrium. Ayurveda recommends a seasonal cleansing, purification, and renewal process in which we eliminate whatever physical and emotional toxicities we have accumulated, allowing our mind-body to return to a natural state of balance and health. After we’ve released the stored toxins that prevent the free flow of energy and information throughout our entire physiology, we can engage in practices of rejuvenation that nurture our vitality and wellbeing.

Dr. Sheila Patel, M.D.