Hisla Bates, M.D., is a board-certified, Harvard-trained pediatric and adult psychiatrist with over 20 years of experience in the diagnosis and treatment of severe mental illness and managed care. She is one of the rare mental health clinicians offering a holistic model and incorporating creativity as an intervention in the treatment of emotional disorders. Her most recent podcast is Healer, Heal Yourself, Reduce Burnout, Discover Your Creativity While You Heal Others.


She is in fact an artist and designer who became a physician. “I figured out how to use the arts in healing.” She did psychopharmacology and inpatient psychiatry for decades before realizing she—and many other mental-health clinicians—needed to incorporate the arts into her practice. Now she works to “infuse people with positivity.”