Shirin Badrtalei-Shah, DO
I speak: English
My gender: Female
Where I practice
I am a native Southern Californian who grew up knowing that practicing medicine is something I have always wanted to do. Growing up as an athlete, I wound up in the emergency room quite a bit, and I can recall my childhood fascination with healing. I still remember being seven years old with a horrible arm fracture, in the operating room, trying to stay awake to be able to watch what the doctors were doing. The next thing I remember is waking up with a cast on my arm!
Welcome to my Web page. I am happy to have this chance to introduce myself to you and tell you about my practice. I feel very fortunate to work at Kaiser Permanente because of my wonderful colleagues and our members, and I look forward to working with you to care for your health. It is very important that you feel comfortable with your personal physician, and I hope this page will help you start to get to know me.
About my practice
Emergency medicine is such a unique field. Every day, I meet people with life-threatening illnesses along with their families. We are strangers, and they are often scared and vulnerable. Very quickly, we bond as we move toward recovery. Medicine as a career is a very special opportunity to connect and help people in a meaningful way, utilizing medical skills and knowledge, but also listening and responding to what people need. Being a doctor allows people to share with me their innermost secrets, fears, and hopes. It is a privilege to help them understand what concerns them, translate what they may not grasp, facilitate getting them the appropriate evaluations, and communicate with them and their families. I feel very honored that our members have entrusted me with their care and strive to treat them as I would my own family.
How I thrive
I firmly believe in Kaiser Permanente’s philosophy of health in mind, body, and spirit and I try to live it in my life every day. I surround myself with wonderful friends and family. Every day is a new day, and I try to eat well, sleep enough, exercise, and play as often as possible. Life is the journey.