Dr. Zalma received her M.D. from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1997. She completed her medical internship at Harvard Medical School in 1999 and her residency in psychiatry at Oregon Health and Sciences University in 2002. Dr. Zalma is a Board Certified Psychiatrist through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Her areas of specialty include Mind-Body Medicine and the psychoanalytic perspective on depressive and anxiety spectrum disorders, body image, and trauma. She continues to study the emotional and physical effects and benefits of guided imagery meditation .as well as other forms of meditation relevant to health and well-being. She is interested in the physiological mechanisms by which inflammatory processes promote disease states such as anxiety spectrum disorders, depression and trauma and how they impair optimal psychosocial functioning.
Dr. Zalma has been in private practice in Lake Oswego, Oregon since 2002. ( BodyImagery, LLC: bodyimagergy.org)
Dr. Zalma is the Director of The Surya Chandra Center, https://suryachandracenter.com/ A Day Retreat Center in Yamhill County Oregon that specializes in the spiritual and meditative aspects of psychiatry that offers consulting to various organizations, businesses and psychiatric care facilities interested in the empowerment of the mental health of their employee communities.
She is the co-author and co-director of Pulled By The Root https://www.pulledbytheroot.com/ , a platform that examines the interface of mental health and the adoption community, which includes adoptees, their adoptive and biological families, the foster care system, and all allied mental health professionals.
She has authored several medical articles in addition to her CD entitled BodyImageryTM,
https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/alysazalma, a comprehensive aid to achieving guided meditation-based therapy.
Dr. Zalma has given numerous local and national talks on the treatment of eating disorders and body image within the psychiatric community, as well as for the public school system in the state of Oregon
She lectures on the interface of spirituality and psychiatry and how energy medicine is relevant to psychiatry today.
Her best times are enjoyed with her husband and her two daughters. She enjoys long walks with her dog, Godiva, who also works part time as her private practice’s therapy dog. She practices yoga, meditation, and playing her traditional as well as her Native American flute.