Medicine was never the plan for Dr. Shahana Alibhai. She discovered her passion at age 15 when she went to her first fitness class. She became a BCRPA certified fitness instructor at age 17 and has enjoyed teaching a variety of group exercise classes ever since. Coupled by her love for cooking, by the age of 16, Dr. Shahana had also appeared on a number of cooking shows, demonstrating her ability to create innovative nutritious meals that highlighted her cultural background.
With the determination that an integrative approach to medicine is truly the future, Dr. Shahana went on to complete her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology followed by her medical degree, both from the University of British Columbia. She completed a 2 year residency in Family Medicine which took her back home to Abbotsford BC.
Now as a family physician and the mother of three young boys (aged 4, 2 and 2 months), Shahana is a staff physician at the Abbotsford Youth Health Clinic where she works with youth between the ages of 12-24 as well as the Abbotsford Breath Health Clinic located in the Abbotsford Regional Hospital. She was a member of the UBC Family Medicine Residency Faculty for the last 3 years, has served on the BC College of Family Physicians Board and works as an accreditor for the National College of Family Physicians.
With training in cognitive behavioural therapy and mindfulness meditation, Dr. Shahana endeavours to bring elements of total mind and body health through her interaction with her patients. She will be delivering a TED talk in Abbotsford on the subject of creating emotional literacy as a way to combat anxiety and depression in our youth.
She is married to Dr.Khalid Alibhai, chiropractor and owner of Stuart Chiropractic in Guildford BC.