Dr. Chhatlani is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist with extensive experience including treating patients with major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
She has a collaborative and empathetic approach based on mindfulness principles in her work with patients. She is a good listener and takes time to actively hear her patient’s needs and goals, seeking to understand their perspective. She uses this information to create individualized treatment plans that address the patient’s mental and physical conditions, and she thoroughly explains her treatment plan to the patient, answering any questions or concerns. Each program is designed to provide her patients with evidence-based treatment options so that they can be actively engaged in their treatment and recovery.
Dr. Chhatlani offers telepsychiatry services to her patients. She sees these video appointments as the modern equivalent to a home visit, where a patient can have their meeting in a familiar environment such as their home or office using secure software on their laptop, desktop, or tablet. She finds this gives her patients more flexibility with their schedule, plus the patient doesn’t have to commute or take time off to see her, while still being able to communicate confidentially to her, helping her provide the best care possible.
Having worked with severely depressed patients, Dr. Chhatlani has seen Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) give patients a second chance and a renewed outlook on life. She has witnessed astonishing results where patients have had a 180-degree improvement in their severe depression and anxiety. TMS is an effective treatment for refractory depression that has not responded to multiple medications, is well tolerated by most people, and does not have long term or ongoing side effects. Plus, the potential for TMS application in other disorders provides new research and treatment opportunities for this therapy.
She joins TMS Health Solutions in early 2020.
Dr. Chhatlani enjoys traveling, yoga, and trying new types of cuisine. First and foremost for her is family. She also practices what she preaches and believes strongly in self-care. She uses a few minutes each day to be mindful, making sure she takes a step back from daily life and takes a moment to be grateful. She currently lives in the suburbs of Austin, TX, with her husband.
Dr. Chhatlani received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Florida International University in Miami, Florida. While pursuing her undergraduate in psychology, she became interested in psychiatry, fascinated by the power and complexity of the human mind. As she progressed further into learning about psychiatry, she became aware of the intricate mind/body connection.
She obtained her medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine, St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles. In medical school, she recognized that by becoming a psychiatrist, she would get an in-depth knowledge of how the body and the mind work in conjunction with one another. During her psychiatry rotation in medical school, she saw first hand how a psychiatrist positively impacted people that were dealing with very chronic mental health conditions by advocating for the patients. She realized that she could make a massive difference in people’s lives. That feeling of helping someone improve the quality of their life is what fueled her to practice psychiatry.
Following medical school, she performed research at Columbia University in New York in the Neuro ICU. This allowed her to work with patients who had experienced a stroke, and she observed firsthand how this impacted their mental health and recovery. After this fantastic experience, she sought out other research opportunities and went back to the Caribbean to conduct research involving diabetic patients at Princess Margaret Hospital.
She then began her psychiatry residency at Case Western Reserve University MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, OH. While at MetroHealth, a community hospital that serves primarily an underprivileged patient population who are chronically ill with multiple comorbid problems, she was exposed to a wide variety of mental health conditions that varied in severity and presented unique challenges. She further honed her appreciation for all aspects of her patients‘ lives. Her experience at MetroHealth prepared her to handle a vast array of psychiatric conditions.
After completing her residency, she moved to Redondo Beach, CA, to work at Savant Care. She was interested in the focus on technology and how it could enable an improved patient and physician experience during the practice of psychiatry. This allowed her to learn and practice outpatient telepsychiatry, and offer convenient, confidential access to care with video appointments.
Tampi RR, Chhatlani A, Ahmad H, Balaram K, Dey J, Escobar R, Lingamchetty T. Substance use disorders among older adults: A review of randomized controlled pharmacotherapy trials. World J Psychiatry, September 2019; 9(5): 78-82.
Dasarathy J, Young J, Chhatlani A, Raddock M, Tampi RR, Alcohol use disorder: How best to screen and intervene, J Fam Pract. January-February 2019; 68(1): 35-39.
Chhatlani A, DeOreo E, Farheen SA, Manikkara G, Setty MJ, Tampi RR, Anticonvulsants as monotherapy or adjuncts to treat alcohol withdrawal: a systematic review, Annals of Clinical Psychiatry, November 2018; 30(4): 312-325.
Chhatlani A, Farheen SA, Manikkara G, Setty MJ, Tampi RR, Use of Cariprazine in Psy-
psychiatric Disorders: Systematic Review, Annals of Clinical Psychiatry, November 2018;
Dangayach NS, Grewal HS, De Marchis GM, Sefcik RK, Bruce R, Chhatlani A, Falo
MC, Connolly ES, Agarwal S, Claassen J, Schmidt JM, and Mayer SA, Does the Obesity Paradox predict Functional Outcome in Intracerebral Hemorrhage?, Journal of Neurosurgery, 2018; 129(5): 1125–1129.