Integrative, Holistic and Functional Medicine

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.

Psychiatric Diagnostic Evaluation and Treatment

Dr. Shadid evaluates and treats adult patients from the ages of 18-70 years of age. 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.

  • Depressive Disorders
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorders
  • Attention and Cognitive Disorders
  • Insomnia and Sleep Disorders
  • Personality Disorders
  • Behavioral Disorders
  • Postpartum Depression and Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder
  • Psychoneuroendocrinology - Mental Health Symptoms due to Hormone Dysregulation (Adrenal Insufficiency, Hypothyroidism, etc)
  • Nutritional Psychiatry - Mental Health Symptoms due to Nutritional Deficiencies (Folate, Vitamin B12, etc)
  • Psychoneurogastroenterology - Mental Health Symptoms due to GI/gut dysfunction and the Gut-Brain Connection
  • Psychoneuroimmunology - Mental Health Symptoms related to chronic inflammatory conditions and immune system overactivation or Autoimmunity

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.

Psychiatric Medication Management

Dr. Shadid is passionate about educating patients on all the potential benefits and potential risks of psychiatric medications. Dr. Shadid will evaluate how psychiatric medications could potentially interact with other medications or supplements you are taking, as well as potential effects on co-occurring medical conditions. Dr. Shadid uses genetic testing, pharmacogenomics and neurotransmitter testing to minimize the typical trial and error approach of prescribing psychiatric medication to patients.

The Professional PGx is a genetic test created by Genomind, a mental health genetic company, which analyzes specific mental health genes for better evaluation, assessment and treatment of mental health and/or psychiatric symptoms. 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 safe, with low or no side effects, and that are 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 genetic test identifies 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 medication therapies are likely to work as intended and not result in unwanted side effects. By evaluating specific mental health genes involved in neurotransmitter release, receptor sensitivity, and enzyme activity, this test provides information about the type of psychiatric medications, such as antidepressants, mood stabilizers, or stimulants, a patient could have a better response to in regards to treatment. This genetic test covers a wide range of psychiatric symptoms and disorders, including Depression, Anxiety, OCD, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, PTSD, Autism, Schizophrenia, Chronic Pain and Substance Abuse.

Neurotransmitter Testing is designed to measure the levels of 30 Inhibitory and Excitatory Neurotransmitters, such as Serotonin, Dopamine, GABA, Glutamate, Norephinephrine, Acetylcholine, etc. 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.

Symptoms of neurotransmitters imbalances often overlap other conditions, and can be mistaken for sex hormone imbalances, chronic infections, gastrointestinal distress, metabolic abnormalities, neurological decline, and chronic fatigue, just to name a few. This testing is optimal for evaluation of psychiatric symptoms and should be considered as part of the evaluation and testing for any patient that suffers with ongoing mental health symptoms. Testing neurotransmitters in patients with a suspected neurochemical imbalance can help assess individual biochemistry and get to the root of persistent issues such as: mood disorders, adrenal dysfunction, addictive behaviors, sleep problems, attentive and cognitive disorders, anxiety, panic, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and psychotic symptoms.


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:

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Interpersonal Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness Therapy
  • Behavioral Activation Therapy

Complementary, Alternative, and Integrative Functional Medicine

Dr. Shadid has additional training and certification in Integrative and Holistic Medicine and Functional Medicine and provides education and recommendations to her patients in:

  • Nutritional Psychiatry
  • Herbal/Botanical Medicine
  • Hormone Regulation
  • Mindfulness and Meditation Techniques
  • Breathing and Postural Techniques
  • Yoga Therapy
  • Immune and Inflammatory Regulation
  • Gut Microbiome Modification
  • Biofeedback Techniques
  • Lifestyle and Behavioral Modification
  • Stress Management Education

Specialty Laboratory Evaluations

  • Micronutrient Testing
  • Inflammation and Autoimmune Testing
  • Hormone Testing for Adrenal, Thyroid and Sex/Steroid Hormones
  • Neurotransmitter Testing
  • Celiac/Gluten Sensitivity/Allergy Testing
  • Brain Autoimmunity/Inflammation Antibody Testing
  • Food Allergy/Sensitivity Testing
  • Gastrointestinal Health/Gut-Microbiome Testing
  • MTHFR Genotyping
  • Pharmacodynamic and Pharmacokinetic Mental Health Genetic Testing