Shubi Mukatira, MD
Mental illness is prevalent and disabling. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, approximately one in four adults experience a mental illness on an annual basis; furthermore, the World Health Organization cited that four of the ten leading causes of disability in developing countries are mental illness. According to the World Health Organization, by 2020 Major Depression will be the leading cause of disability for women and children.
As a psychiatrist, I am dedicated to treating mental illness. Mental illness is neurobiological and impacts every facet of life: relationships, employment, and physical health. If left untreated, this can be devastating. My philosophy is to work closely with you, my patient, to find a treatment option that works for your lifestyle and your needs. It is my hope that treatment will restore you to a state of wellbeing where you can again engage fully in life.
It is important to find a mental health provider who is both knowledgeable and can relate to you. Finding the right psychiatrist can be a very personal decision. Naturally, part of this decision is based on finding someone with adequate training and education. Allow me to share my background with you. I received my Bachelors in Science in Computer Science from Purdue University in Indiana. Subsequently, I attended medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine. I then did an internship year in Internal Medicine with University of Tennessee College of Medicine, and finally, I completed a three year residency in Psychiatry with University of Tennessee College of Medicine.
Following the completion of residency, I worked for Jackson Pathways system in the inpatient psychiatric unit. More recently, I have worked at the Veterans Administration Hospital where I was the supervising Psychiatrist for a Post-traumatic Stress Disorder program. My work within the VA hospital also entailed having an outpatient clinic and emergency room coverage responsibilities. Additionally, I have worked as a Staff Psychiatrist for Southeast Mental Health Center treating primarily women and adolescents. Currently, I have admitting privileges at Lakeside Hospital where I see patients who are hospitalized, and as you know, I have forayed into starting my private outpatient practice.
I would like to leave you with an anecdote. I began seriously considering opening an outpatient practice in the fall of 2009. Six months after I had this thought, I was approached by Dr. Harris to accept his patients as he transitions away from his outpatient psychiatric practice. I feel honored that Dr. Harris has considered me to provide outpatient care for his patients. I feel privileged to be able to start my outpatient practice and welcome you to consider receiving your care with me.