Dr. Stella May Chia-Tan

Dr. Stella Chia-Tan is a consultant psychiatrist and eating disorder specialist at In Touch Community Services. She also belongs to the consultant staff of Makati Medical Center section of psychiatry and the MMC Weight Wellness Center. She obtained her residency training at the Makati Medical Center and her post-graduate training in eating disorders at the National Center for Eating Disorders, UK and the Institute of Psychiatry at the Maudsley, King’s College, London, UK.

Dr.  Chia-Tan joined In Touch in 2005 and has since anchored her practice of psychiatry both in psychotherapy and/or psychopharmacology. She believes psychotherapy plays a crucial role in any form of psychiatric treatment, done alone or in conjunction with medications. It is in touching other people’s lives through psychotherapy that she finds the beauty of practicing psychiatry. Psychopharmacology is the heart of psychiatry, psychotherapy is the soul. She  has developed a keen interest in a subspecialty least advocated in our society--the eating disorders.  Engaging a patient with an eating disorder into treatment can be difficult. But the real challenge lies in transcending the eating problem and resolving the core issues that trigger and perpetuate it.