Biography

Richa Kalra, MD
Psychiatrist

Dr. Kalra is a licensed psychiatrist. Consistent with the philosophy of Happier Living, Dr. Kalra believes that while not every client may require or benefit from psychotropic medication, every client benefits from therapy. This perspective influences her practice style.

She completed her psychiatry residency at Maimonides Medical Center in New York, where she treated a broad patient population in emergency, community, inpatient and outpatient settings. In addition, Dr. Kalra holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology and biology, from the University of Alberta in Canada and a Medical Doctorate from St. George’s University.

As part of a Global Scholars Program, she lived in 3 countries through medical school and has aimed to adopt a global and culturally diverse understanding of mental health. She has worked at health care centers in the Dominican Republic, Grenada, India and Kenya. While in Kenya, she worked on a mental health initiative tackling Gender Based Violence with Harvard/MGH and is the creator of an award winning mental health advocacy film, which she shot and directed in India with Mount Sinai and the MINDS Foundation. She has blended her passion for media and mental health, by working as a medical journalist at the ABC News Medical Unit, writing articles for their digital platform and medical scripts for Good Morning America. She was a featured psychiatrist in the UNICEF campaign for International Day of the Girl and is an advisor at a California based mental health start up.

Dr. Kalra believes that empathy and the physician-patient relationship are central to treatment. She understands that each patient has unique needs and believes in a collaborative approach, where the physician and patient work together to develop individualized treatment goals.

Qualifications

Education & Training

University of Alberta

Dr. Kalra earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Biology from the University of Alberta

St. George’s University

Dr. Kalra earned her Medical Doctorate from St. George’s University