Dr. Shilpi Bhadra Mehta, OD is a practicing TPA Certified Optometrist in the greater Boston area with interests in health, nutrition, archaeology, anthropology, and traditional foods. She has charitable and research interests including Board Trustee of the Archaeological Institute of America and Organizer of the one of the largest Paleo Meetup groups: Living Paleo in Boston.
She was born Shilpi Bhadra in India but raised in Houston. Her passion for the arts and sciences led to an undergraduate honors thesis through the Classics (Greek & Latin) and Humanities department while obtaining a minor in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin. Bhadra spent a summer at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens and presented research at the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia. She earned her MA in Classical Art and Archaeology at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor.
After Michigan, she met and married her husband, Amit Mehta, a theoretical physics PhD (now an entrepreneur). Both settled in Boston as Shilpi attended New England College of Optometry for her doctorate. Dr. Mehta’s clinical training included 6 months at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute – ranked #1 in Ophthalmology for the past 9 years by US News and World Report.
Paleo bridged many of Dr. Mehta’s interests in health, nutrition, archaeology, anthropology, and traditional foods. The Mehtas’ health improved dramatically after Primal/Paleo led to recommending ancestral health principles to friends, family, colleagues, and patients. Dr. Shilpi Mehta wrote 2 guest blogposts for Paul Jaminet, PhD regarding the health benefits of fish and a delicious traditional Indian fish recipe. She has spoken at panels at Paleo FX 2012, presented a poster at Ancestral Health Symposium 2012 held at Harvard, written a book chapter on ancient Indian ocular medicine and disease (forthcoming Amsterdam summer 2013), and is currently pursuing a Fellowship in Ocular Nutrition by the Ocular Nutrition Society while writing her own book on health and nutrition. Dr. Mehta enjoys learning ancestral principles while finding practical ways of integrating them into daily life. She truly believes everyone can benefit from eating real, unprocessed whole foods ideally sourced from local, pesticide-free, non-GMO, and/or pastured farms.