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Why did you decide to be a physician in this particular area of medicine?
I realized that there was a huge gap between both the conventional medicine world and the natural medicine world. I wanted to find a way to bridge that gap in a way that would be safe and effective and allow my patients to be supported holistically—mind, body and spirit.
What makes your role unique?
I emphasize the following three principals that are evidence-based, safe and effective for my patients:
- Integrative Nutrition: Allows me to discuss nutritional counseling strategies, complete botanical and supplement consultations and improve heart health, diabetes, digestive and immune disorders, among many others
- Mind Body Therapies: Tools like guided meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, breathing techniques and hypnosis are used to promote mental and emotional wellness, improve sleep and even prepare for surgeries and other procedures
- Non-Opioid Pain Management: A variety of healing techniques are implemented to heal your body and improve the quality of your life including trigger point injections, acupuncture and stretching exercises. Conditions treated include fibromyalgia, muscle strain, arthritis, headache, concussion, cancer and more.
These are things many providers aren't taught in medical school.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
I love collaborating with and supporting my patients. My work has allowed me to witness my patients in their most vulnerable moments. It's an honor to be a part of their healing process, through the good times and the bad times.
Dr. Shabazz is an integrative medicine physician and a consultation with her does not replace a primary care visit.
Specialties & Expertise
- Integrative Medicine
Clinical & Academic Positions
Assistant Attending Physician
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
Education & Training
- M.D., Howard University College of Medicine, 2011
- B.S., Xavier University of Louisiana, 2007
Dr. Shakeilla Shabazz is a family medicine board certified physician. She completed medical school at Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and completed family and social medicine residency at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, New York. She then went on to complete a fellowship in Integrative Medicine at Stamford Hospital, in Stamford, Connecticut, and the University of Arizona. Her philosophy in providing care uses a comprehensive and customized care plan with both natural and conventional medical interventions to promote wellness and healing. She emphasizes principles that are evidence-based, safe and effective for her patients.