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Your Recovery Team - Monisha Vasa, M.D.
Dr. Vasa currently serves as a volunteer clinical faculty member at UC Irvine School of Medicine, within the department of Family Medicine. In this capacity, Dr. Vasa helps train first, third, and fourth year medical students. She is an active member of the Medical Humanities program, where she participates in electives that utilize literature and narrative to support medical education.
Dr. Vasa extends her work with physicians-in-training to her practice. She works with physicians who struggle with mental health issues, substance abuse, work and family balance difficulties, or burnout. Dr. Vasa is especially passionate about supporting physicians in developing a mindfulness based approach to their work, which she believes can help physicians continue to find meaning and sustainability in the practice of medicine. She is also a member of the California Society of Addiction Medicine Physician Well Being Committee.
Some of her other specialties are insomnia, ADD/ADHD, clinical depression, bipolar, mood, personality disorders and schizophrenia
Dr. Vasa treats a variety of mental health disorders, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, and eating disorders. Some of her other specialties are insomnia, ADD/ADHD, clinical depression, bipolar and schizophrenia
Addiction Psychiatrists have additional training and expertise in the evaluation and treatment of substance use disorders and other compulsive behaviors, as well as the complex intersection between mental illness and substance abuse. Addiction Psychiatrists are also well versed in the potentially complicated medical management of patients struggling with addiction, including detoxification, the use of medications for managing cravings and withdrawal, and the various considerations required in the use of potentially addictive medications in a vulnerable population. Dr. Monisha Vasa's treatment philosophy is based on the belief that a thorough and comprehensive understanding of each individual takes time, empathy, and attention.
Dr. Vasa will gain a deep sense of the inner and outer difficulties that her patients face. The next steps are to recommend and help implement a treatment plan that may include medications, psychotherapy, lifestyle modification (including nutrition, exercise, stress management, and minimizing toxic influences), and various levels of care as appropriate. Dr. Monisha Vasa also believes in the importance of a strong alliance with each patient, and supporting the patient to eventually achieve their treatment goals with increasing strength and independence. She values communication and open feedback from her patients, and often believe that they have as much to gain from their work with patients, as the patients do from their physicians.