- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Prehlad Singh Vachher, a psychiatrist and president of Anxiety and Stress Center in Prince William County died of cancer April 16 at his home in Ashburn, Va. He was 73.

Dr. Vachher practiced psychiatry in Ann Arbor, Mich., from 1966 to 1991. He then moved to Virginia, where he practiced psychiatry in Stafford, Woodbridge and Woodstock until retiring in 1998. He served as medical director of the Mental Health Unit at Shenandoah Memorial Hospital in Woodstock and was president of the Anxiety and Stress Center in Woodbridge from 1994 until retiring in 1998. He had been a diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry since 1967.

Dr. Vachher was a member of the American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association and the Virginia Psychiatric Association.

Born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, he graduated from Khalsa College in India in 1950 and received his medical degree from Punjab University Medical School in Pakistan in 1956. He emigrated to the United States in 1960 and completed a one-year internship at Worcester City Hospital in Worcester, Mass. He continued his training by doing one year of internal medicine training at Fairview Park Hospital in Cleveland. He began his residency training in psychiatry at Rochester State Hospital in Rochester, N.Y., and completed his residency training at Philadelphia General Hospital in 1965.

Dr. Vachher believed there was a strong connection of the mind, body and spirit that was important in maintaining good mental health. He thought that if someone could learn to handle everyday stress and anxiety, they would be much less prone to depression. Concerned with helping patients avoid severe depression and learn to deal effectively with anxiety, he presented many lectures and seminars in Virginia and Michigan on ways of reducing stress such as biofeedback.

Dr. Vachher was a donor to the Smithsonian Natural History Sikh exhibit and the Sikh Human Development Foundation in Potomac. He was co-founder and president of the Canton Chamber of Commerce in Canton, Mich., and a member of the Rotary Club in Plymouth, Mich., and Woodstock, Va.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Margaret Vachher of Ashburn, a registered nurse he met while training in Rochester; two sons, Paul Vachher of Maple Shade, N.J., and Mark Vachher of Ashburn; three daughters, Sheila Vachher of Ashburn, Mary Ann Elbert of Everett, Wash., and Eileen Vachher of Falls Church; three grandchildren; and a sister Manjit Chadha. He was the brother of the late Gursharan and Balbir Vachher.

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