About Dr. Nishi Bhopal MD
Dr. Bhopal is triple board certified in Psychiatry, Sleep Medicine, and Integrative Holistic Medicine.
She graduated from the University College Cork School of Medicine, completed her Psychiatric residency training at Henry Ford Health System, and her fellowship in Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School.
Having grown up in an Indian family in Canada and lived in several different countries, she understands what it means to be multicultural and is attuned to the unique challenges faced by immigrants and expats.
She is also a meditator and brings her experiences with yoga and meditation into her clinical practice. Dr. Bhopal believes in the innate healing power of the body, mind, and spirit and strives to help each patient harness their unique strengths throughout the course of the treatment process.
She is passionate about learning and dedicated to ongoing education through various training programs including the Maharishi Ayurveda Institute and the Integrative Psychiatry Institute, and is a founding member of the SameHere Psych Alliance.
Integrative Psychiatry is a holistic approach to psychiatry that takes into account the whole person and their lifestyle. The focus is not only on the absence of disease, but also on prevention, optimizing health and wellness, and facilitating the body’s natural healing response. The approach is based in scientific evidence, blending the best of modern medicine with the wisdom of ancient practices. Treatment may include psychotherapy, nutrition and supplements, yoga, exercise, and meditation practices. Medications may be considered when appropriate but are not the focus of treatment.
Sleep Medicine is the field of medicine devoted to the diagnosis and treatment of sleep disorders including insomnia, circadian rhythm disorders, hypersomnia, and sleep related breathing disorders like obstructive sleep apnea. Physicians who specialize in sleep medicine have completed additional subspecialty training. Because poor quality sleep affects so many different aspects of health, sleep specialists come from a variety of backgrounds including Psychiatry, Neurology, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Anesthesiology, and ENT. This clinic is not equipped to perform sleep studies, but we specialize in the interface between mental health and sleep and will refer patients to a sleep clinic for additional testing when needed.
Originating in India thousands of years ago, Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest whole-body systems of medicine. In Sanskrit, “Ayur” means life and “Veda” means science – Ayurveda is the science of life. The goal of Ayurveda is not only the absence of disease but also to promote a balanced state of health and wellbeing. There is an understanding that the body, mind, and spirit are connected and that imbalances in one system will affect the other. The Ayurvedic approach to treatment is personalized and involves a detailed assessment of one’s current lifestyle, diet, digestion, daily habits, and health status, and treatment may include nutrition, herbs and supplements, lifestyle modifications, and specific yoga, meditation, and exercise practices depending on the nature of the imbalance.
Dr. Bhopal is a careful listener and collaborates with her patients to formulate a treatment plan that addresses each person’s unique needs and leverages their strengths and capabilities. The treatment process will include a comprehensive review of questionnaires and rating scales, laboratory tests, clinical interview, Ayurvedic assessment, sleep assessment, and a review of medical records.