Integrative and Holistic Medicine is the healing-oriented and patient-centered practice of medicine which focuses on the whole person (mind, body, spirit), drawing on both the appropriate use of conventional as well as complementary and alternative medicine methods to facilitate the body's innate healing response. Functional Medicine is a specialty of Integrative Medicine, which seeks to identify and address the root causes of disease and illness using a systems-oriented approach and incorporates other aspects of medicine (traditionally thought of as separate fields of medicine rather than integrated), such as Endocrinology (Hormones), Gastroenterology (GI/Gut-Brain Axis), and Immunology (Immune System/Autoimmunity). Integrative, Holistic and Functional Medicine uses the broader concepts of promotion of health and prevention of illness, as well as the treatment of disease. Dr. Shadid uses an integrative and science-based healthcare approach for treatment of psychiatric symptoms and integrates the best medical practices of laboratory testing and other diagnostic techniques, prescribed combinations of medications and/or botanical medicines, nutritional supplements, therapeutic or anti-inflammatory diets, and lifestyle medicine with stress-management techniques.
Dr. Shadid provides evaluation and treatment for Mood Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Attention and Cognitive Disorders, Personality and Behavioral Disorders. Dr. Shadid practices Integrative Functional Medicine and evaluates and treats mental health symptoms associated with Hormone Dysregulation, Autoimmune Dysfunction, Gastrointestinal Imbalance and Nutritional Deficiencies. Because Dr. Shadid is a board certified Adult Psychiatrist, she treats patients from the ages 18-70, and does not evaluate nor treat children or adolescent patients.
Dr. Shadid does not specialize in nor treat Psychotic Disorders, Chemical Dependence/Substance Abuse Disorders, and does not provide disability evaluations nor psychiatric services for court/legal purposes. Dr. Shadid will refer a patient to a more appropriate provider if these types of evaluations or paperwork are requested and needed.
As Dr. Shadid is a board certified Integrative Psychiatrist and board certified Functional Medicine Physician, she integrates all evidence-based medicine pharmacological and nutraceutical therapies to better address and treat the root causes of mental health symptoms. Dr. Shadid uses Pharmacogenomic and Nutrigenomic Genetic Testing, Micronutrient and Gastrointestinal Health Testing, Hormone Testing, and Functional Neurotransmitter Testing to minimize the typical "trial and error" approach of prescribing psychiatric medication to patients.
Pharmacogenomic Testing: This genetic test is designed to help clinicians optimize medication treatment decisions and choose medications more likely to be safe and effective for a patient based on their particular pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic genes. Pharmacodynamic genes indicate the effect a drug has on the body, and helps to inform the selection of medications that are safer, with lower risk of side effects, and are more effective for relieving symptoms for a particular patient. Pharmacokinetic genes indicate the effect a patient's body has on the drug, determining the speed at which the body breaks down and metabolizes the medication, and provides dosing information unique to that patient.
The Professional PGx Test by Genomind identifies genetic variations in 24 key genes relevant to mental health or psychiatric medication treatments, assesses gene-drug interactions and the effects of certain environmental factors on drug metabolism, and thus indicates which type of psychiatric medications (such as antidepressants, mood stabilizers, or stimulants, etc) a patient could have a better response to in regards to treatment.
Nutrigenomic Testing: The scientific study of individualized genetics and nutrition is known as nutritional genomics or nutrigenomics. Nutrigenomic testing accurately identifies each patient's genetic protein variations to identify sites of metabolic weakness. These key proteins are involved in enzyme conversion, nutritional delivery and signaling pathways in the cell. Abnormalities in specific polymorphisms can negatively affect many physiological and metabolic processes. Overcoming these metabolic weaknesses with the right supplement allows each patient to maximize their genetic variations (SNPs) and maintain optimal health.
In working with GX Sciences, a premiere biotechnology company, Dr. Shadid has created her own NeuroPsych Genetic Panel, which analyzes 70 genes intimately involved in Neurotransmitter Synthesis and Metabolism, Inflammatory and Detoxification Pathways, Methylation and Mitochondrial Functioning, Autophagy and Hormone Regulation.
Micronutrient Testing: Micronutrient status is a reflection of one’s dietary intake, and is a very critical piece of our overall health and wellbeing. Micronutrients include vitamins, minerals, amino acids, metabolites, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids. These nutrients play important roles in energy production, maintenance of bone health, adequate immune function, protection of the body against oxidative stress and cellular damage, muscle growth and recovery, neurotransmitter synthesis, and hormone production. Micronutrient testing provides comprehensive nutrient analysis and measures functional deficiencies at the cellular level. Assessing absorption of nutrients at both the gastrointestinal barrier and cellular membrane by measuring extracellular and intracellular levels is the only way to objectively determine the root causes of malnutrition and inflammation.
The Micronutrient Testing by Vibrant Wellness Laboratory measures the direct levels of >40 extracellular (serum) and intracellular (within cells) micronutrients, giving providers the most complete and accurate picture of a patient’s micronutrient status over the last 3-6 months. This holistic view of nutrient can aid providers in differentiating between dietary, genetic, and other factors that impair nutrient metabolism or absorption.
Neurotransmitter Testing: Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers used by the nervous system to relay information from one nerve to another. Neurotransmitters influence and regulate a wide range of processes, such as mental performance, emotions, pain response, and energy levels. Optimal neurotransmitters balance is required to maintain proper health in both your brain and body. Neurotransmitter imbalances can cause the brain and the body to be over- or under- stimulated, producing neurological or psychological symptoms. Evaluating the levels of urinary neurotransmitters can provide information regarding the biochemistry (synthesis and metabolism) of particular excitatory or inhibitory neurotransmitter pathways, as well as proper enzyme functioning, and can assist in getting to the root of persistent mental health symptoms.
The Neurotransmitter Testing by ZRT Laboratory measures the urinary levels of 25 Inhibitory and Excitatory Neurotransmitters, such as Serotonin, Dopamine, GABA, Glutamate, Norepinephrine, Histamine, etc. This testing must be interpreted by an advanced functional psychiatrist and should not be interpreted as direct levels of neurotransmitters in the central nervous system/brain.
Functional Medicine Testing for Mental Health Treatment:
Dr. Shadid is passionate about using an Integrative Functional Medicine Approach to treatment, and often utilizes additional specialized Hormone Testing (Sex Hormones, Adrenal Hormones and Thyroid Hormones), in addition to evaluating the Microbiome-Gut-Brain Axis (comprehensive stool analysis with or without serum IgG and IgE Food Allergy Testing).
Dr. Shadid uses Genova Diagnostics and Vibrant Wellness Specialty Laboratories for Gastrointestinal Health and Food Allergy Testing.
Dr. Shadid uses Precision Analytical and ZRT Laboratory for Comprehensive Hormone Testing.
As part of her Integrative and Holistic Psychiatry practice, Dr. Shadid offers individual psychotherapy services to all of her patients. Dr. Shadid believes psychotherapy is such an important part of the treatment plan and will discuss with patients the most appropriate and/or effective type of psychotherapy that a patient may need or benefit from. Dr. Shadid always provides a psychotherapist referral list to any patient if they are interested or needs psychotherapy, but cannot come to Dr. Shadid for these services. She does not provide couples counseling or family therapy services but can provide a referral for these types of therapy.
Dr. Shadid is trained in multiple types of psychotherapies which include:
Please note: Due to the long list of patients waiting to see Dr. Shadid for a Functional Medicine and Integrative Psychiatry approach mental health evaluation, Dr. Shadid is NOT currently accepting psychotherapy patients at this time.
Dr. Shadid has additional training and certification in Integrative and Holistic Medicine and Functional Medicine and provides psychoeducation and recommendations to her patients in: