Dr. Harsimrat Sandhu, MD

Harsimrat Sandhu, MD

About Dr. Sandhu

Dr. Sandhu’s extensive experience in medicine and psychiatry is coupled by her excellent writing and editing skills which she has perfected over the years.  She was a regular contributor to her college newspaper and aced in her liberal arts papers, which made her consider a career in Journalism before finally deciding on medicine.

She continues to hone her editorial gift by preparing presentations on various medical issues, including depression, anxiety, dementia and mindfulness.

She was a medical director of a geropsychiatric unit and also of an outpatient unit that treated patients with severe mental illnesses.

Since her last clinical role, Dr. Sandhu has focused on reviewing medical journal studies and at researching medical topics in the past few years.

Her interests include mindfulness-based alternative treatments for depression and anxiety natural/ herbal treatments for psychiatric and medical disorders, yoga benefits for mental health, qi gong.


Professional Highlights

  • Staff Psychiatrist at Monterey County Mental Health
  • Staff Psychiatrist at Santa Cruz County Mental Health
  • Psychiatrist at Dominican Behavioral Health unit, Santa Cruz, CA
  • Staff Psychiatrist at St. Joseph’s Hospital Bellingham, Washington
  • Locum Tenums Psychiatrist at Steven’s Hospital, Edmonds, Washington
  • Gero-Psychiatry Unit Chief at Toppenish Community Hospital Toppenish, Washington
  • Psychiatrist at Cascade Psychiatric Services Washington
  • Ran a Private Practice of Psychiatry
  • Locum Tenums Psychiatrist at Stanislaus Behavioral Health Modesto, California
  • Locum Tenens Psychiatrist, Bellingham, Washington
  • Staff Psychiatrist at Monterey County Mental Health
  • Contract Psychiatrist at St. Joseph’s Hospital Bellingham, Washington
  • Staff Psychiatrist at Marin Community Mental Health Medical Director, Partial Hospitalization Program and Geriatric Psychiatry Inpatient Program Petaluma Valley Hospital
  • Medical Director, Center for Special Programs and Staff Psychiatrist for Community Mental Health Services, San Francisco, California
  • Clinical Instructor of Psychiatry/Assistant Professor of Psychiatry/ Forensic Focus Acting Unit Chief/ Forensic Focus Unit Team Leader/ Multi-Diagnosis Psychiatric Detox Unit Chief/ Psychiatric Emergency Services/Attending Physician at the University of California, San Francisco General Hospital, San Francisco, California


License and Certification

  • Sandhu is board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology



  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science from Yale University, New Haven, CT – 1985
  • Received her Medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco, CA – 1990
  • Pursued her Medical Internship at the University of Vermont, Burlington, Vermont – 1991
  • Completed her Psychiatric Residency from the University of Washington, Seattle, WA – 1994