About Hisla Bates, MD
Dr. Bates is Harvard and Yale trained, double board certified physician pediatric and adult psychiatry. Dr. Bates has 20 years of experience treating and diagnosing pediatric and adult patients throughout Boston and New York. Her early background includes an internship at Yale University in Primary Care Internal Medicine and Ophthalmology. Followed by general psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. She completed her Fellowship in Child and Adolescent psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital/McLean Hospital Department of Psychiatry.
In 2016, she was certified in Positive Psychology and Positive Psychology Coaching by the WholeBeing Institute taught by Tal Ben Shahar. She has developed an integrative psychiatry practice incorporating positive psychology and the creative visual arts. In treatment, Dr. Bates uses art when working with children and adults to foster creativity and healing. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design and was a fashion designer prior to medical school. She has been a painter, and printmaker over the past 12 years and dabbles in photography and filmmaking. Dr. Bates brings her design thinking and innovation into her work as a psychiatrist and positive psychology coach. Dr. Bates also runs workshops for clinicians who want to use art in their work with patients and in their personal life.
Dr. Bates has a special interest in cardiac psychiatry to help those who have experiences cardiac events get back to their new normal. She treats the associated depression and anxiety with minimal medications and mindfulness interventions. If you have had a heart attack, she is here to coach you through the period of adjustment that follows and bring you on a path of resilience, optimism and hope. The associated anxiety and depression with cardiac disease can be debilitating. Most psychiatrists are not trained in the areas of cardiac psychiatry and tend to treat the associated symptoms of depression and anxiety conventionally. However, Dr. Bates is of the opinion that people who have suffered a cardiac event, have an atypical depression and atypical anxiety that is primarily due to their life changing cardiac event and requires a different approach. The treatment will focus on mindfulness and lifestyle interventions such as nutrition, exercise and meditation.