Welcome to www.SolsticeNYC.com, the private practice website of Vatsal Thakkar, M.D.—board certified in psychiatry and licensed to practice medicine in the states of New York and Connecticut. Please click on a category below for more information.
Comprehensive Medical Evaluation
“Being an excellent psychiatrist means being an excellent physician and diagnostician. Throughout my career, I have diagnosed patients with thyroid disease, vitamin deficiencies, diabetes, hydrocephalus (excess water pressure in the brain), sleep disorders like apnea and narcolepsy, and other conditions which can masquerade as psychiatric disorders. Every new patient that I see gets screened for many of these medical conditions to get a clear picture of what may be causing their psychiatric symptoms. When needed, additional tests or specialist referrals are ordered.”
“Medications are often necessary in the treatment of psychiatric disorders. It takes patience and skill to be able to recommend the gentlest medication at the lowest dosage to serve a specific purpose. In addition, some patients have come in to review medications they already take and might be trying to reduce. There is nothing more gratifying than being able to successfully streamline or wean a patient’s medication regimen. I have had great success stories in both prescribing and stopping medications.”
Depression & Anxiety Disorders
“Adult ADHD is one of the more misunderstood and often hidden disorders wreaking havoc on otherwise high-functioning adults. Having trained with top-notch researchers on this at the NYU School of Medicine since 2006, I have amassed the requisite 10,000 hours of practice in this field to be considered an adult ADHD specialist.”
Treatment Team Approach
“I have had the good fortune to learn from some of the best physicians while doing research on depression at Vanderbilt University, 2002 through 2006. This includes not only medication expertise but also treatments including psychotherapy, light therapy, herbal supplements, aerobic exercise, and other more naturalistic treatments.”
Physician & Professional Wellness
“We cannot practice medicine in a vacuum. Top-quality treatment means that health care providers must communicate with each other to develop a 360-degree view of the patient. Regular communication with therapists, psychologists, internists and other specialists is essential to practice good medicine and I consult with other clinicians on a regular basis.”
Disenchantment, disease, divorce, and even death—the rigors of medical, legal and other professional training can take a devastating toll on individuals and their families. Dr. Thakkar has been involved in physician health since 2002 as an EAP consultant at Vanderbilt University, followed by the position of Director of the GME Wellness Team at the NYU Langone Medical Center until 2011, where he provided confidential assessments and treatment for physicians-in-training at NYU.
“I believe in transparency in medicine. I am proud to state that I have no significant ties, contracts, or consulting agreements with any pharmaceutical companies. In my work as a clinician (and speaker), I do not want any perception of conflicts of interest to cloud my message.”
–Vatsal Thakkar, M.D.