"I look at medicine as not all just black and white, or being about health or illness," Dr. Shafai says. "It’s more like a journey to me. Along this journey, I really like to get to know my patients and see what their lifestyle is like, their environment, their diet, exercise, stressors in their lives, and even financial barriers. I think all of that translates into how well a patient takes care of themselves."
With more than 20 years of experience practicing holistic medicine, Dr. Shafai has helped patients with a wide range of issues, including weight loss, diet, stress/anxiety, and sleep.
"As a physician, I know the importance of considering the whole person," she says. "What goes on outside the body can often be just as important as what's happening inside the body and understanding that can often help lead to the correct diagnosis for a patient."
She frequently helps women navigate perimenopause and post-menopause, and her functional medicine expertise includes things like hormonal imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, leaky gut, toxin exposure, bioidentical hormones, thyroid disorders, and chronic fatigue.
"Getting to the root cause is so important, and it takes time," she says. "I don’t want to just treat your symptoms. I want to find the root cause and help you fix it so you can live a healthier life."
In many ways, Dr. Shafai sees her role as a gatekeeper of her patients’ health, giving them the tools and guidance necessary to resolve any health concerns in a practical manner.
"The most important thing is communication," she says. "This is a partnership. And communication is the foundation of the success that comes after."