Alysa Zalma, M.D.


 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.  

Clinical Expertise

 Her areas of specialty include Mind-Body Medicine and the psychoanalytic perspective on eating disorders, body image, trauma, as well as depressive and anxiety spectrum disorders.   

She continues to study the emotional and physical effects of guided imagery meditation in combination with music. She has explored the benefits of various 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.

Professional Activities

Dr. Zalma is in private practice in Lake Oswego, Oregon ( BodyImagery, LLC:

Dr. Zalma is also the Psychiatrist for The Center For Discovery in Portland Oregon where she sees patients at the Eating Disorder and Recovery program.

She has authored several medical articles in addition to her CD entitled BodyImageryTM,, a comprehensive aid to achieving guided mediation-based therapy.  

Community Outreach

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.  

Personal Interests

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.