Dr. M. A. (Al)  Shamie completed his Psychiatric Residency training at Wayne State University’s Detroit Psychiatric Institute in 1969. Throughout his more than 30 year career Dr. Shamie has had a very successful clinical practice in Southern California. He has also been very active in the community as well as in academic circles. He is the founder and the president of the Lithium Awareness Club, a support group for patients suffering from bipolar disorders. He has also hosted an educational cable television program on psychiatric issues for 6 years. He is currently the Dual-Diagnosis program medical director at Las Encinas Hospital.  Dr. Shamie’s expertise and professional interests spans a vast number of psychiatric disorders and related services. He also has extensive experience in Diagnostic Assessment and the Treatment of Psychiatric Injures of Worker’s Compensation and Personal Injury Patients. He is certified by the National Board of Addiction Examiners, the American College of Forensic Examiners (ACFX), and Qualified Medical Evaluator (QME) by the State of California.