Biography

Sara Shah, MD
Psychiatrist

Dr. Sarah Shah is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist, a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Inc., and a member of the American Board of Medical Specialties. She was born and raised in Effingham, Illinois, however wanting to experience more of her family of origin’s culture and country, she decided to pursue medicine abroad, earning her medical degree from Rawalpindi Medical College, Pakistan.

Upon completion of her medical degree, she initially completed an internship in Internal Medicine (Southern Illinois University, School of Medicine, Springfield IL). Despite enjoying the field of internal medicine, her passion for psychiatry was much greater. Therefore, she transitioned to pursuing a career in psychiatry, completing her psychiatric residency at SIU School of Medicine, Springfield IL.

One of the main reasons she chose to become a psychiatrist was to help promote the destigmatization of mental health. From her own personal experience, she feels the stigma associated with mental health care is unfortunately also prevalent within the medical community itself, which prevents most healthcare providers from even recognizing the importance of mental well-being. This drives her to become a better psychiatrist each day, with the goal of lessening the stigma of mental health care as a whole.

Prior to joining Happier Living, Dr. Sarah Shah was an outpatient psychiatrist in Ventura County as well as the psychiatric medical director at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, CA.

Specific areas of interest include ADHD treatment, Women’s/Maternal Mental Health, Sociocultural Aspects of Psychiatry, Global Mental Health Issues.

Qualifications

Education & Training

Southern Illinois University

Dr. Shah earned her Degree in Pre-Medicine from Southern Illinois University

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

Dr. Shah completed her General Adult Psychiatry Residency, Post Graduate Years II-IV at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

Rawalpindi Medical University

Dr. Shah earned her Medical Degree from Rawalpindi Medical University

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

Dr. Shah completed her Internal Medicine Resident, Post Graduate Year I at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine