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Dr. Pamela Pappas

Scottsdale, AZ
42 years experience female


Pamela A. Pappas MD, MD(H)

Scottsdale, AZ


Optimal You, 8114 E. Cactus Rd., Suite #240, Scottsdale, AZ

My office hours

Wednesday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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(602) 626-3695



Emphasizing mindfulness, self-awareness, and compassion, I'm a board-certified psychiatrist and executive coach in Scottsdale, AZ. My private medical practice provides natural healing options for adults dealing with depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress. In addition to many years as an academic psychiatrist, I've also formally studied and practiced Classical Homeopathy since 1999. A graduate of Dr. Andrew Weil's Fellowship in Integrative Medicine, I'm board certified in Integrative and Holistic Medicine. As a certified Executive Coach, I help physicians prevent burnout on individual, team, organizational, and national levels. Burnout can be a transformation point where physicians reconfigure their lives in healthy, wholehearted ways -- leading to better health for all.

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A member asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Burnout: Agree with Dr. Fowler on personal stress management practices. You also need to review the specific issues of your workplace, and see how your work aligns with your personal needs. Also, some employers do not support their front-line workers with resources or staffing to do their jobs effectively, which leads to ongoing stress & burnout. Toxic leadership causes a lot of burnout too.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Orthomolecular Meds: Working with a physician skilled in Functional Medicine would be helpful, if interested in orthomolecular approaches. Functional medicine physicians care for people through addressing root causes. Treatments are often diet and nutritional supplements, as indicated. The Institute for Functional Medicine (https://www.ifm.org/) has a search engine for qualified professionals in your area. Good luck!
A 62-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Symptoms: Hello -- I understand that your symptoms are uncomfortable, and I suggest a good evaluation with your primary care physician to figure out their cause. Especially when you have rectal bleeding for any reason. This can be from hemorrhoids, but you need an exam to tell. Cancer cannot be ruled in or out from what you've shared so far. I hope you feel better soon!

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Jul 23, 2013
Dr. Pappas is kindhearted, intelligent, practical and an achieved psychiatrist who possesses a broad yet solid knowledge of medicine. Her perpetual support of patients and colleagues is the ultimate s...Read More
Nov 24, 2012
Dr. Pappas is a compassionate, sensible, knowledgeable psychiatrist who uses her broad training in medicine and complimentary modalities to give easily-understood answers to complex questions. I espe...Read More
Dr. Donald Jacobson
Sep 18, 2013
I can recommend Dr. Pappas without hesitation. Her clinical acumen, resourcefulness, empathy, tact, ethics, and broad base of knowledge are to be emulated. I have learned much from her and I greatly a...Read More
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Hello Dr Pappas, I just got this as I don't visit this site much. I have decided to tolerate the eating disorder until I can get off the cancer meds that are causing such a hormone shift that I can't...Read More
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Thank you, Dr. Pappas!! Your reply was very helpful! Helped so much to see that this is normal, and to stop judging myself! I would be interested in trying classical homeopathy, definitely, however, ...Read More
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Thanks Pamela. I just see really crazy that people kill themselves with alchool and heavy drugs and those go quickly while the natural plant, not good for sure but 100% less harmful than those like al...Read More

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Wake Forest University School of Medicine, NC
Graduated 1979MD


East Carolina University School of Medicine


Phoenix Super Doctors, 2012
Fellow of American Psychiatric Association, 2010 - present
HealthTap Top Doctor in Arizona, Summer 2013


Optimal You
American Psychiatric Association
American Institute of Homeopathy
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