Dorit Ben-Ami, M.D., ABPN, ABHIM
Dr. Dorit Linsk Ben-Ami was born (as Dorit Avital) and raised in Jerusalem, Israel, where she earned her medical degree at the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School.
She completed a 5-year Adult Psychiatry residency program at Eitanim Hospital (currently part of Jerusalem Center for Mental Health). She trained in inpatient and outpatient psychiatry for severe mental illness, focusing on her interest in the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder.
She was trained in Long- and Short-term Psychodynamic Psychotherapy; group psychotherapy, and mental health rehabilitation.
Dr. Ben-Ami was a Chief Resident at the program and won the Hadassah Medical School Faculty Award for Clinical Excellence in 1993; She published a research paper regarding Cognitive Functioning in Schizophrenic patients and earned her board certification by the Israeli Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 1997.
More importantly, under the mentorship of the program director, the late Dr. Shmuel Meisel she learned a humane and understanding approach to the mentally ill, as well as accurate psychopathology and diagnostic interviewing.
Dr. Ben-Ami came to the US in 1997 and completed a PG Seminar in Family Systems Theory in Pittsburgh, PA. She was part of a research study of integrative approaches with Dr. Mehl-Madrona, at Pittsburgh's Shadyside Hospital Center for Complementary Medicine.
In Pittsburgh, she also trained in a number of holistic approaches, including Reflexology, Reiki, and Therapeutic Touch.
Moving to Michigan in 1999, Dr. Ben-Ami worked at a University of Michigan/VA research lab that studied biological markers for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, with Dr. Israel Liberzon as the PI.
In 2006 she completed the University of Michigan Adult Psychiatry program and earned board certification by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 2008.
At the U of M, she co-wrote a chapter with Dr. Silk on Zanarini's book of Borderline Personality Disorder and trained in DBT.
She has been certified by the American Board of Integrative & Holistic Medicine in 2012.
She founded Shalva (Previously named Ben-Ami Psychiatry and Psychotherapy) in 2010, to follow her vision of finding biomarkers that would improve the accuracy of psychiatric diagnosis, utilizing neurotransmitter panels, saliva and blood tests for hormones and nutritional markers, and pharmacogenomic (e.g. MTHFR gene mutation and cytochrome enzymatic activity) and Quantitative EEG,
also combining standard psychiatric treatments with traditional healing modalities in order to improve patients' engagement in their recovery.
Dr. Ben-Ami has a faculty appointment at Michigan State University as a Clinical Assistant Professor. She has been a lecturer, clinical and individual supervisor to psychiatry residents at Authority Health Community Based GME Consortium, Psychiatry Residency in Detroit, which is affiliated with MSU. She is appointed there as Assistant Program Director, responsible for curriculum development of the residency program.