Welcome! Bienvenue! Namaskaar!
My name is Dr. Shailla Vaidya and it is my goal to guide you to lead a life of health and well-being.
By combining the Science of Western Medicine with the Eastern Mind-Body practice of Yoga, I work to help you understand your physiology, your natural responses, and how you can best build resilience to the effects of stress. The good news is Science is proving what the ancient yogis have known for centuries!
For over 10 years, I practiced Family and Emergency Medicine. From Canada's isolated First Nation communities to working with street involved youth in the inner city of Toronto, I saw first hand the effects of stress, poor nutrition, and lifestyle factors on my patients' health. Working in a dysfunctional system, I too experienced the effects of stress on myself!
Hoping to improve how we practice medicine, I pursued a Master's in Public Health at Harvard University. I learned from many world leaders innovating change. Inspired, I returned home to lead health care teams to improve safety, access, and deliver more effective, patient-centred care. We also established medical group visits to increase social connection and peer support. But leading change was not easy. I learned a lot about people, politics and power. As the stress built up, I strengthened my own yoga practice. I also began to teach my stressed out patients the same techniques I was employing in my life - to their benefit!
Despite my hard work, life handed me a few lemons and I knew it was time to make
lemonade. After slogging away in my medical career, I was completely burned out. Thankfully, my yoga practice was helping me to restore.
Wanting to go deeper into my practice, I took the opportunity to further my studies. I travelled to India to study with the Mohans of Svastha Yoga and Ayurveda, in the tradition of Krishnamacharya. I re-learned many of the traditions I had been taught in my younger days, healing myself, so I could get back to healing others.
Now, my focus is to help you regain your energy and vitality. I hope that I can help you develop clarity, compassion, and courage. Connecting with your true self, I hope you will live a life of contentment.
Dr. Shailla Vaidya practices Mind-Body Medicine for Stress Resilience in Toronto, Canada. She has provided Primary and Emergency Medical care in isolated First Nations communities, suburban immigrant communities, and with homeless, street involved youth. Gaining insights into what plagues our health and wanting to affect change, she decided to study Health Management at Harvard. Since then, Dr. Vaidya has worked to innovate Primary Health Care delivery, access, and safety. She has also served as an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Family and Community Medicine at McMaster University, and the University of Toronto.
Dr. Vaidya is also trained as a Yoga teacher and therapist. Combining her knowledge of Western Medicine with Eastern Practices, she applies an integrative, culturally sensitive, and
compassionate approach to help her patients recover from stress, restore health and build resilience. She has a particularly interest in working with her fellow helping professionals, recognizing the importance of caring for the caregiver.
Living life with much gratitude, she envisions a world where we each take responsibility for our own well-being, that of our communities, and the environment which sustains us.
Dr. Vaidya is a member in good standing of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO), the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), and the Medical Psychotherapy Association of Canada (MDPAC). She is also a Certificant of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (C-IAYT) and a Trained Teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) and Mindful Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT).