RMV Episode 8: Dr. Ellen Vora on Holistic Psychiatry

Today we’re so grateful to introduce you to Dr. Ellen Vora, a psychiatrist who prefers NOT to prescribe drugs. Instead, she really looks at the whole picture from sleep, nutrition, relationships, diet, and spirituality, in order to help people repair, heal, and optimize their lives in the least risky way possible.

Dr. Vora studied English at Yale University, attended Columbia University for medical school, and completed her residency at Mount Sinai. Currently, she practices at the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York City. She's boarded in Psychiatry and Integrative and Holistic Medicine, and is also a licensed medical acupuncturist and certified yoga teacher. She specializes in depression, anxiety, insomnia, adult ADHD, bipolar and digestive issues.

To Tracy and I, she represents the new face of mental health practitioners — rather than uniformly treating symptoms, Dr. Vora designs solutions based on the root causes for each individual she cares for.

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Meridian Psychiatry is Dr. Vora's collection of resources and information about her unique, holistic approach to mental health.

Eleven Eleven Wellness Center offers patient-centered care to help people get healthy and keep them healthy. Their treatment strategies take an integrative approach by combining Western Medicine with what are considered "alternative therapies."

Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest medical systems, originating in India more than 3,000 years ago, and still practiced today. Its concepts about health and disease promote the use of herbal compounds, special diets, and other unique health practices.

Chris Kresser runs one of the top 25 natural health sites in the world and is a leader in the fields of ancestral health, Paleo nutrition, and functional and integrative medicine. He is the author of the New York Times best seller, Your Personal Paleo Code.

Jon Kabat-Zinn is the creator of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical school and wrote Full Catastrophe Living, a book about using the wisdom of your body and mind to face stress, pain, and illness.

Thích Nhất Hạnh is a Zen Master, global spiritual leader, poet and peace activist, revered around the world for his powerful teachings and bestselling writings on mindfulness and peace, including Peace Is Every Step about the path of mindfulness in everyday life.

The New Health Rules by Dr. Frank Lipman and Danielle Claro wades through the often contradictory information that bombards us daily and delivers more than 100 actionable tips that will improve every aspect of our health—body, mind, and soul.

The Autoimmune Solution by Amy Myers offers her medically proven approach to prevent a wide range of inflammatory-related symptoms and diseases, including allergies, obesity, asthma, cardiovascular disease, fibromyalgia, lupus, IBS, chronic headaches, and Hashimoto's thyroiditis.

Kelly Brogan, MD is a Holistic Women's Health Psychiatrist in NYC, caring for the whole woman naturally.

Kat Toups, MD is a Functional Medicine Psychiatrist at Bay Area Wellness in Walnut Creek, CA, and is the organizer/administrator for Bay Area Functional Medicine group since 2012.