Ellen Vora, M.D.Holistic Psychiatrist
Ellen Vora, M.D., is a holistic psychiatrist practicing with Frank Lipman, M.D., at the Eleven Eleven Wellness Center in New York City. She's board-certified in psychiatry and integrative and holistic medicine. She's also a licensed medical acupuncturist and certified yoga teacher.
Dr. Vora's approach to mental health takes the whole person into consideration, and she targets the root cause of the problem rather than reflexively prescribing medication. She specializes in depression, anxiety, insomnia, adult ADHD, and bipolar and digestive issues, and she uses a variety of tools to help patients, from conventional psychiatry and psychotherapy to acupuncture, yoga, meditation, and nutrition. Dr. Vora studied English at Yale University, attended Columbia University for medical school, and completed training at Columbia, Saint Vincent's, and Mount Sinai hospitals.
What is your wellness philosophy?
Wellness is something that goes on in the background to allow you to live your most fulfilling life. I don't think wellness itself should be the focus (sometimes we get carried away and focus on wellness for the sake of wellness). If you feel well without much effort, keep doing what you're doing. One can live a full life without an aromatherapy diffuser! But if something is feeling off in your body, mind or spirit, it's time to incorporate certain wellness practices until you feel back in balance
What brought you into wellness?
When I was in medical school, I loved learning about the human body, but I thought the ways I was being taught to heal the human body (i.e., meds, meds, meds) was utterly absurd. I felt drawn to study Chinese medicine, acupuncture, nutrition, Ayurveda, and yoga so I could learn other approaches to healing. Meanwhile, my own health was spiraling out of balance in med school, so I embarked upon a journey of learning the wellness tools that were necessary to heal my body.
What does You. We. All. mean to you?
We're in this together. When it comes to answering the bigger questions of life—like how can we feel well and live a fulfilling life—there's no separation between doctor and patient, expert and novice, journalist and reader. We're all seeking and simply along for the ride
What renews you?
I'm a cliche, but I'm renewed when I walk alone in nature at sunset. That's usually all I need to feel thoroughly reset.