Dr. Shalini Chawla, MD

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry  |  
Female  |  
Age 43
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Dr. Shalini Chawla, MD
I see all patients as unique in their own way, and I value the privilege of giving the best care that my private practice in psychiatric medicine can provide. This is why patients love coming to Midwest Wellness Center. Individualized care is as important to me as it is to you because successful treatment depends on understanding your needs and circumstances. I collaborate with you, your therapist, your primary care provider, and your child's school when necessary, to develop a treatment plan that fits your needs and achieves your goals.Not everyone needs or wants psychiatric medication. I advise what I see would be best – I work to resolve as much as possible without meds. I encourage you to make your own decisions regarding medication, with my input.I have a good working relationship with my patients because I care and I listen. I do spend a lot of time with my patients Because I believe in being patient, understanding and truly listening to my patients in order to truly understand them and to decipher exactly what is going on with them so we can come up with the best possible treatment plan. My specific qualifications to provide you with the best possible care include: Rush University Medical Center graduate Medical Director, Inpatient Psychiatry Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry Director of Medical Education Assistant Clinical Professor, Rosalind Franklin University Fellowship residential and specialized school settings.

519 N Cass Ave Ste 204

Westmont, IL 60559

Contact Information

(630) 206-4224

Dr. Shalini Chawla, MD

Dr. Shalini Chawla, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Accepts most major Health Plans. Please contact our office for details.
  • Aetna
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
  • Cigna
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • HealthLink
  • Humana
  • MultiPlan
  • Private HealthCare Systems

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Care Philosophy

At Midwest Wellness Center Associates  we work with adults, teens, and children as individuals, couples, or families to provide the best psychiatric and psychotherapeutic services in the Chicagoland area. 
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Dr. Chawla's Experience

Dr. Chawla's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Board certified in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and Psychiatry
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found


  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Adult & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Adult & Pediatric Psychiatry
  • Adult Psychiatry
  • Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology
  • Counseling
  • Eating Disorders
  • Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Pediatric Psychiatry
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychology
  • Psychotherapy
  • Reproductive Psychiatry

Board Certifications

  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
    Accredited by: American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology*
  • Psychiatry
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*

Conditions Treated

  • ADHD and-or ADD
  • Abnormal Female Sexual Function
  • Acute Stress Disorder (ASD)
  • Addiction
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Adolescent Depression
  • Adult Panic Anxiety Syndrome
  • Agitated Depression
  • Alcohol Related Disorders
  • Alcohol-Induced Mental Disorders
  • Alcoholic Paranoia
  • Alcoholism (Alcohol Dependence)
  • Amphetamine and Other Psychostimulant Dependence
  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety
  • Anxiety Attack
  • Asperger Syndrome
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Attention Problems
  • Atypical Depression
  • Autism
  • Avoidant Personality Disorder
  • Bedwetting
  • Behavioral Disorders
  • Binge Eating Disorder
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Bipolar I Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Brief Psychotic Disorder
  • Bulimia
  • Catatonic Depression
  • Childhood Depression
  • Childhood Disintegrative Disorder
  • Childhood-Onset Bipolar Disorder
  • Childhood-Onset Schizophrenia
  • Chronic Depression
  • Chronic Motor or Vocal Tic Disorders
  • Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorder
  • Cocaine Addiction
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Conversion Disorder
  • Cyclothymia (Chronic Mood Disorder)
  • Dementia
  • Depression
  • Depressive Disorders
  • Depressive Episode
  • Developmental and Learning Disorders
  • Disordered Eating
  • Disruptive Behavior Disorders
  • Dissociative Disorder
  • Dissociative, Conversion, and Factitious Disorders
  • Drug and Alcohol Dependence
  • Drug-Induced Mental Disorders
  • Dysthymia (Chronic Depression)
  • Dysthymia and Cyclothymia (Mood Disorders)
  • Eating Disorders
  • Emotional Disturbances of Childhood and Adolescence
  • Episodic Concentration Difficulty
  • Factitious Disorders
  • Fear of Open Places
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Grief
  • Homicidal Ideation
  • Hypomania
  • Impulse Control Disorders
  • Intermittent Explosive Disorder
  • Major Affective Disorder 1
  • Major Affective Disorder 2
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Major Depressive Disorder-Related Fibromyalgia
  • Major Depressive Episode
  • Mania
  • Marijuana Addiction
  • Marriage Break-Up
  • Melancholic Depression
  • Memory Disorders
  • Mental Disorders Related to Alzheimers
  • Mood Disorder Due to a General Medical Condition
  • Mood Disorders
  • Nicotine Addiction
  • Night Eating Syndrome
  • Night Terror
  • Nightmare Disorder
  • Non-Affective Psychosis
  • Nondependent Alcohol Abuse
  • Nondependent Amphetamine or Related Acting Sympathomimetic Abuse
  • Nondependent Cocaine Abuse
  • Nondependent Drug and Alcohol Abuse
  • Nondependent Hallucinogen Abuse
  • Nondependent Marijuana Abuse
  • Nondependent Opioid Abuse
  • Nondependent Sedative, Hypnotic, or Anxiolytic Abuse
  • Normal Baby Development
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Opioid Dependence
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Palpitations
  • Panic Attack
  • Panic Disorder
  • Panic Disorder With Agorapobia
  • Panic Disorder Without Agorapobia
  • Paroxysmal Nocturnal Dyspnea
  • Pediatric Attention Deficit (ADD)
  • Pediatric Behavior Disorders
  • Pediatric Diseases
  • Pediatric Trauma
  • Personality Disorders
  • Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD)
  • Phobia
  • Pica
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy-Related Disorders
  • Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorders
  • Premenstrual Syndrome
  • Psychiatric Diseases
  • Psycho-Reactive Insomnia
  • Psychological Disorders
  • Psychophysiological Insomnia
  • Psychosis
  • Psychosis Due to Mental Illness
  • Psychotic Depression
  • Psychotic Disorders
  • Reactive Attachment Disorder
  • Reactive Depression
  • Relationship Issues
  • Rumination Disorder
  • Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Schizophreniform Disorder
  • Schizophreniform and Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Seasonal Concentration Difficulty
  • Selective Mutism
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Severe Depression
  • Shared Psychotic Disorder
  • Shift Work Sleep Disorder
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Social Phobia
  • Somatoform Disorders
  • Stress
  • Substance Abuse
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Substance-Induced Disorders
  • Substance-Induced Mood Disorders
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Tic Disorders
  • Tobacco Use Disorder
  • Tourette's Syndrome
  • Trichotillomania
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia
  • Undifferentiated Somatoform Disorder
  • Workplace Depression


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  • Adolescent Counseling
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Counseling Services
  • Couples Therapy
  • Family Psychotherapy
  • Marital Counseling
  • Marital Therapy
  • Medication Management
  • Outpatient Psychiatry
  • Psychiatric Evaluation
  • Psychiatric Medication Therapy
  • Psychotherapy Services
  • Psychotherapy and Psychophysiological Therapy (incl. Biofeedback)
  • Well Baby Care

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Illinois.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Loyola University Of Chicago / Stritch School Of Medicine
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1996
  • Ms Ramaiah Medical College
    Medical School | Graduated 2002
  • Jackson Park Hospital
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2004
  • Rosalind Franklin University Of Medicine and Science / Chicago Medical School
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2008
  • Rush University
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2010

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Chawla has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Hindi
  • Punjabi
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Chawla's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Chawla to family and friends
based on 21 total reviews (7 with comments)
Dr. Chawla Says:

I value everyone's feedback and I admit that I have ran late in the past and admit I have had some staffing issues in the past as well.  I believe my staff is a reflection of my practice and this is something we are consistently working on to improve and address the concerns of past and future Patients.  We take your feedback very seriously and will strive to do better as we understand how...

Dr. Chawla's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (7)
Chicago, IL |
I saw Dr. Chawla for 6 months. In that time she ran between 40 minutes to an hour late for each appointment. Her staff never call ahead to let me know that she was running late, and they never apologized for the wait. She does not give out a direct phone number, only the number to her office locations, neither of which have answering services set up when the office is closed. So, if you have an emergency, or would like to leave any message outside of office hours you are not able to.
Woodridge, IL |
I 100% agree with those who spoke of her awful bedside manner. She does not stand up, greet you, and barely looks at you. She basically told me my previous doctors were medicating me wrong, when I feel the best I have ever felt on what they prescribed. I wish there was someone else I could notify, but I really wanted to leave a review for the next person to be aware.
Chicago, IL |
Dr. Chawla is talented. If you feel intimidated by her steely personality, that's normal. I've been seeing her for 3 years, and I was a little intimidated by her demeanor at first. But she's a psychiatrist, not a therapist - big difference. While manifesting a no-nonsense, all-business style may seem cold, she's sharp, intuitive, reliable, and has impeccable foresight. Where she may lack in warmth, she's the rare breed of competency you want in your corner when the chips are down. Guaranteed.
Chicago, IL |
Dr.Chawlas office is unorganized. It's typical to wait 30min to an hour past your scheduled appointment. Then when your with her it's a rushed appointment with very few questions or engagement. If you need a refill it takes awhile plus they charge you. If your in need of medical records or anything else good luck.
Frankfort, IL |
My overall impression was that Dr Chawla did not much care about getting to know me or my issues and was very cold, non-informative, almost condescending. She seemed almost bothered that I was there and did not take any time to explain the process. Her overall attitude was one of what's wrong with you, why don't you just try X. I went specifically because she mentions dealing with chronic pain and she was clueless about the issue. I do not believe the list of her specialties is accurate.
Willowbrook, IL |
I was a patient of Dr.Chawla for almost 2 years. Overall, my experience with her and her counseling staff was not satisfactory. Her affect was very flat, she didn't show much interest in me, or any emotion and always looked like she was about to fall asleep. In addition, after having been a patient for about 1 and 1/2 years and her having prescribed 2 anti-depressants for me, during one of our sessions she asked me Do you think you're depressed? Duh!! Really? Maybe she's better with children.
Terrible bedside manner. She barely looks up from her laptop during appointments, rarely smiles. First appointment, she did not even stand up, shake hands or introduce herself. As I described daughters behavior, she seemed shocked and confused. What kind of psychiatrist reacts this way?? In front of my child??!!
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Dr. Chawla accepts 13 insurance carriers
  • Accepts most major Health Plans. Please contact our office for details.
  • Aetna
    Aetna PPO
    Behavioral Health
    Choice Plus POS II
    Choice POS
    Choice PPO
    Golden Choice PPO
    Health Fund PPO
    Managed Choice PPO
    Medicare Advantage PPO
    National Advantage PPO
    Open Choice PPO
    Traditional Choice PPO
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
    Blue Access PPO
    Blue Advantage HMO
    Blue Advantage Plus HMO
    Blue Advantage PPO
    Blue Choice PPO
    Blue Cross
    Blue Preferred PPO
    Blue Traditional PPO
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
    Blue Choice
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois HMO
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois POS
    Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO
  • Cigna
    Behavioral Health
    Choice Fund PPO
    Cigna Healthcare of Illinois HMO
    Cigna Healthcare of Illinois PPO
    Cigna PPO
    Commercial HMO
    Commercial PPO
    Open Access Plus PPO
    Select Network PPO
  • Commercial Insurance Company
  • Coventry Health Care
    Medicare Advantage PFFS
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • HealthLink
  • Humana
    Care Plus
    Choice Care PPO
    Choice PPO
    Freedom PPO
    Gold Plus Choice PPO
    Humana PPO
  • MultiPlan
    Integrated Health Plan (IHP) PPO
  • Private HealthCare Systems

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