What Dr. Shah's Patients Are Saying

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Alice Peck, Author and Editor

"Dr. Pooja Amy Shah is a marvel! A remarkable doctor, a lively intellect, and a thoughtful listener. I came to her for chronic hip, knee, and arm pain and she treated it with a synthesis of Japanese acupuncture, nutrition, herbs, exercise, and meditation balanced with a thorough knowledge of Western (allopathic) medicine and common sense. I feel better, sleep better, have more energy, and am empowered to heal myself through all I’ve learned from her.  After years of seeking treatment from too many doctors I’ve found one I can rely on, who sees meand who has guided me onto a path of genuine wellbeing."

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Laila K Lott, Jewelry Designer and Artist

“Dr. Shah is one of the most amazing doctors / healers I’ve had the pleasure of seeing. I’d struggled with crippling digestive issues and anxiety for over a decade and been to every kind of doctor or naturopath in the city without ever making much headway. 

When I finally met Dr. Shah last year it was such an immense relief. It’s so rare to meet a doctor who cares so genuinely about their patients and actually listens. She focused on connecting mental and bodily issues and from there worked on identifying patterns that have given me such a different idea of how to approach my everyday health. 

Using simple natural soothing supplements and acupuncture (which I had never liked before), and providing me with a calming new awareness of how my body reacts to stress, she has completely changed my day to day life. I’m so grateful to have found her and know she will be the person I trust with my health for a very long time.”

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Oanh-Nhi Nguyen, NoVo Foundation Initiative Associate

“I have been on a healing journey these past five years --- practicing to be more in tune with my mind, body, and spirit. I was looking for a doctor who also viewed their work as a healer and I feel so grateful to have met Dr. Shah when I did. It is such a blessing to have a doctor who sees you as a whole person (and also one who knows how to do acupuncture!! ;)).

Dr. Shah has not only helped me to determine the root causes of my illnesses and pain but she has shared so much knowledge to help me be more present in my body and to deepen my Buddhist roots and meditation practice. It has been transformative for me to have met her when I did. As a result of the amazing resource and presence she has, my mind, body and spirit have shifted in a beautiful way. She has indirectly impacted my relationships with my family and friends as well as helped me gain clarity of my passion. Dr Shah's work is transformative, spiritual, and powerful. Thank you for all that you do, Dr. Shah!”


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“In addition to being an amazing listener, healer, and generally wonderful human, Dr. Shah’s holistic approach to my overall health and well being has impacted me more than words can say. It’s such a rare gift to meet a doctor that offers you such quality time and to make you feel so heard. It’s not an overstatement to say that her specific combination of Eastern and Western medicine has changed my life.

She has offered me healing wisdom along with advice from her heart. Be it through acupuncture, herbal supplements, or insightful words of encouragement, my journey with Dr. Shah has been one of incredible healing, intuition, and inspiration. I am so incredibly grateful to have met her and to have had the opportunity to work with her this past year - and I hope to know her for years to come.”


Ani Simon-Kennedy, Writer and Director

“Seeing Dr. Pooja Amy Shah has really shifted my personal stance on health and wellbeing. She's a tremendous listener, and I felt like I was finally able to discuss any health issue, big or small, with no judgment. Her combination of Eastern and Western medicine, coupled with acupuncture has been transformative for me. She's a natural empath, and takes a truly holistic approach to healing. Every time I've met with her, I've felt feeling calmer, lighter and more in touch with myself.”

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Ksenia Avdulova, Founder of Breakfast Criminals and podcast Woke & Wired

"Dr. Pooja Amy Shah is such a gift! I'd never experienced SO many healing gifts in one room, all at my service, at once! We started with an overall health and nutrition talk (based on ancient wisdom and intuition instead of rigidity), followed by Japanese acupuncture and myofascial release to address stress-related tension in my neck. It was life-changing! I slept like a baby that first night (and every time we met from then on), and am so grateful that I was left with auricular acupuncture microneedles in my ears for a few days to prolong the magic of the session. Every time I press them, I'm back to feeling grounded and centered."

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Rachel Hammerman, Mindful Communication & Career Coach

"I know that I wouldn't be in the place I'm at with my health without Dr. Shah's care. Dr. Shah treated me as a human being, not a disorder. I came in for a serious and chronic issue. After thoroughly analyzing my health from a Western and Eastern medical perspective, she created a space and path for me to heal better. She made me feel understood, well cared for and at ease during my medical acupuncture treatments. Her treatment plan gave me the clear and kind energetic boost I needed to stabilize my health and awaken my well-being in mind, heart and body. With Dr. Shah, you are in good hands - the hands of a modern, mindful healer."


Sally Kaplan, Insider Picks Editor, Business Insider

"Dr. Shah is without a doubt the most compassionate and knowledgeable doctor I’ve ever been treated by. I came to her for medical acupuncture to deal with my chronic back and shoulder pain, and after only a few treatments, I experienced what it was like to be pain-free for the first time. It literally brought me to tears, as I had spent so many years resigned to the fact that I’d never be able to feel “normal” again.

Dr. Shah has so much empathy for her patients, and puts so much effort into creating a comfortable, safe environment for healing. In a world where the medical industry seems to put profit over human life, Dr. Shah puts her values of dignity, respect, and compassion first - which is beyond evident in the way she practices medicine."


Holly White, Certified Nurse Midwife

"When I injured my neck so badly that I had to leave in the middle of a shift delivering babies at the hospital where I work as a midwife, I went directly to Urgent Care, leaving with steroids, an x-ray, and an unsurprising diagnosis of cervical radiculopathy. After weeks without relief from the pain, excruciating days at work, and poor sleep, an old friend of mine who is a Nurse Practitioner recommended going to Dr Shah.

My two visits with her changed everything. She was incredibly respectful, positive, thorough and a fantastic listener. I was put at ease by the fact that she is a MD and well versed in standard medicine, but it was her acuity with acupuncture that saved me. After one session my pain was gone, leaving only a small amount of numbness and achiness which was relieved by our second session.

My 20 years in health care has shown me how rare it is to find a provider who is such an exceptional communicator as well as being remarkably skilled. I would recommend Dr Shah highly to anyone."

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Sah D' Simone, Transformational Coach & Meditation Teacher

"Dr. Shah is what I consider a high vision healer. I came in to see Dr. Shah because I was having spells of light-headedness and I was feeling not quite right, not as balanced, energized and clear as I normally do when I returned from teaching in Mexico. During our session, she did a full history, comprehensive physical exam, medical acupuncture, and myofascial release in my neck. She also made some recommendations about my diet, labs, and a vitamin I should start taking. I followed her advice, and it has helped immensely. By the end of our session together I already felt better, and over the following weeks, I felt completely restored and back to my healthy, vibrant self. She is a gifted healer and I cannot recommend her highly enough."


Anna Morgenstern, Dating Coach & Online Matchmaker

"I went to Dr. Shah for a holistic view on my overall health. I wanted to understand why I was feeling the way I was rather than just covering up systems. The acupuncture, herbs and supplements have really helped and we came up with a new morning routine for me that has increased my overall productiveness each day. It felt great to see a doctor who actually listened and asked questions and really got to know me and my health concerns."


Shelley Orenstein, Business Consultant and Mentor

"Dr. Shah is a smart, intuitive healer for people who are looking for alternatives yet want to know their doctor is well-educated. She considers the whole body because she knows that is how we should be observed so the best care can be provided.” 

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Monica Mehta, PharmD, MPH, Clinical Pharmacist, Infectious Diseases

"Dr. Shah has a unique gift and I wish everyone could benefit from her thoughtfully integrated approach.

She is part of the solution of what ails the healthcare system in the U.S.  From my perspective, Western medicine is excellent at certain things: surgery, treating infections with anti-infective agents, oncology, and organ transplantation. However, with many chronic conditions such as: aches and pains, chronic musculoskeletal pain, and physical manifestations of stress (often abdominal for me!), Western medicine rarely has the answer. 

On the other hand, Eastern medicine and herbal/dietary supplementation may be effective for some diseases. However, it is not clear how they interact with other medications, if they are effective without certain lifestyle modifications, or long-term safety. I always say, anything with an effect can have a side effect. 

All this to say, Dr. Shah is formally trained in Western (allopathic) medicine and specially trained in integrative and Eastern medicine practices. And therefore, she knows how to combine these approaches thoughtfully, taking the best of both. And also she is a good listener and an empathetic and patient human being. 

I don’t know how she did it, but the first time I saw her, she identified some abdominal tenderness and TMJ pain that were relieved by medical acupuncture, myofascial release, heat, and pressure points. The next day, I woke up feeling so unencumbered. I would do treatments like this over taking pain medications any day!"


Christopher Rosales, Professional Photographer

“Dr. Shah listens and that’s what sold me. I was experiencing back pain for the first time in my adult life, and it was interfering with my work. Through conversation, we examined issues I had previously considered irrelevant. Her intelligent and considerate use of medical acupuncture gave me immediate relief. Today I live differently because of Dr. Shah’s understanding of the body-mind connection.

There are very few individuals like Dr. Shah in the world. I highly recommend her to anyone in need of medical care.”


Nell Tivnan, Production Designer

"I initially went to Dr. Shah to treat some stress/gastric issues, but I loved how comprehensive her care was. She was such an attentive listener, I ended up listing every tiny problem I could think of. Dr. Shah took each of my concerns seriously, regardless of how unimportant they seemed to me.

She did medical acupuncture to treat my main issues, but also helped me with a monster knot in my back, neck tension and minor sinus pain. Every other doctor I’ve ever seen has made me believe that these were the normal aches and pains of life and not worth discussing. How refreshing for someone to care!"


Virginia Inés Vergara, Artist and Photographer

"I was a first timer to medical acupuncture and even after my first appointment with Dr. Shah, I can not recommend her highly enough.

I did not come in for any specific pain, but I generally carry heavy equipment and experience anxiety and tension on a day-to-day basis, like most New Yorkers. I did not know that medical acupuncture could alleviate that so well.

I have had a long fear of needles so was very hesitant to try acupuncture at first. Dr. Shah was very respectful of my fear, she explained everything she was doing and why without wasting any time, and her demeanor and the atmosphere she creates made me feel very comfortable. I thought medical acupuncture would hurt, but instead I felt a feeling of intense calm, and that’s a lot coming from me.

I left feeling an amazing sense of peace and calm unlike anything I have experienced in the past, say in meditation or yoga. It was a different sort of peace and stability, balance a sense of emotional and physical connectedness. I behaved differently after as well feeling more anchored to my body, I stood straighter (I have a problem with slouching) and dealt with difficult situations better. 

It was very important for me to try this, as now I feel I have a new tool at my disposal I can tap into in times of anxiety, stress, or medical need. I immediately started recommending her to friends and family members as I think it is important more people know about the array of medical and healing options offered by Dr. Shah."

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Tina Sindwani, MD, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Mount Sinai

"Dr. Shah provides the type of care and treatments you need that you didn’t know you needed... 

She is an empathetic and thoughtful practitioner who makes patients feel heard and cared for. Her background and expertise allow her to provide multiple therapeutic approaches for treatment that are tailored to each patient."


Maureen P., Designer

"I was treated by Dr. Shah with medical acupuncture and accupressue treatments over the course of several sessions. I received treatment for mental health issues as well as physical symptoms of wrist and shoulder pain from years of computer editing and making jewelry.

Even after just one session with Dr. Shah, I felt an extreme sense of calm, as well as some relief from my mental health symptoms. In combination with therapy over the course of several treatments, I noticed a significant improvement in my mental state. Along with this relief, I experienced major relief from the symptoms of physical pain in my wrist and shoulder.

Medical acupuncture treatment with Dr. Shah was the only treatment I received for this pain, and I no longer experience any symptoms after treatment, even to this day, years later. Amazingly, the chronic eczema that I've had for years cleared up too and has never returned. I appreciated Dr. Shah’s ability to treat me holistically, taking into account both my mental and physical health. I would highly recommend her as a healer to all."


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