Dr. Sheila Patel

Dr. Sheila Patel

A board-certified family physician and Ayurvedic practitioner who is passionate about bringing holistic healing practices into the Western medical system. She earned her MD and then completed her residency in family medicine. 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. She currently maintains an outpatient primary care practice in Southern California where she combines the wisdom of Ayurveda and other traditional healing systems with the tools of modern medicine.

Dr. Patel serves as Chief Medical Officer for Chopra Global and has been an educator and leader at Chopra since 2010. At the Chopra Center for Wellbeing she was Medical Director of the Mind-Body Medical Group, providing integrative and Ayurvedic consultations to participants of the Perfect Health program, a 6-day Ayurvedic immersion program. She is a content developer and lead educator for Chopra certifications and retreats. She has offered integrative medical consultations, developed signature Ayurvedic programs and products, and leads health training at Chopra partnership properties. She is a regular contributor on the Chopra website and provides articles on all aspects of mind-body health. Through her work with Chopra Global, she has trained physicians at partnership properties to perform Ayurvedic consultations and integrate the wisdom of Ayurvedic teachings into the modern context.

Dr. Patel is certified as an instructor of Ayurvedic lifestyle, yoga, and meditation and as Medical Advisor at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, she is a lead educator for the Chopra certification programs in meditation, Ayurvedic lifestyle, yoga, and health and wellbeing coaching. In addition, Dr. Patel serves as the clinical research director and medical advisor for the Chopra Foundation. 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. She has co-authored multiple published research papers on meditation and Ayurveda.

Dr. Patel also serves as a volunteer clinical faculty member at the University of California-San Diego School of Family Medicine and Public Health where she has lectured for the community as well as students and physicians in multiple disciplines. She has mentored medical students in primary care and integrative health, including Ayurveda, to help train the next generation of physicians to bring true holistic healing into medicine. 

Dr. Patel has spoken nationally and internationally on various mind-body health topics. She has also recorded meditations and Ayurvedic programs for the Chopra Meditation and Wellbeing app and contributes articles to the Chopra website. She is passionate about teaching people how to use the knowledge of Ayurveda to shift the paradigm of health and wellbeing and allow people to thrive and reach their full potential.

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