California

Dr. Andrew Allen, MD

Psychiatrist

Dr. Andrew Allen, MD

Dr. Allen is a licensed and board eligible psychiatrist. He was born in Ohio and has lived at various times in Texas, North Carolina and Pennsylvania. He completed his psychiatric residency at the University of California San Diego where he served as chief resident at the VA-San Diego his final year of training.

Education

  • Bachelors of Science - Biological Sciences- North Carolina State University
  • Doctor of Medicine - Temple University School of Medicine
  • Residency, Psychiatry - University of California, San Diego

Awards & Certificates

  • Overall Best Clinician - Residency Wide - UCSD 2020
  • Valedictorian - North Carolina State University 2011
  • Phi Beta Kappa - 2010

Clinical Interests

Language(s)

English

What can patients expect from you as a provider? I always want my patients to feel like I am on their team and am here to help them navigate life and the various difficulties and complexities that arise from it. I work with my patients to help them identify their goals as well as problem areas in their lives and then we come up with a comprehensive plan to target these. This can include using medications, therapy, procedures like TMS or a combination of any of these. At the end of the day, my goal is to help patients feel confident and content with their direction in life.

What do you specialize in? I am a general psychiatrist, so I have experience in treating a full range of psychiatric conditions. With an extensive training in working with adults with psychotic disorders (schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and bipolar disorder). I also have extensive experience in working with patients with addiction disorders, especially opioid use and the use of buprenorphine to help patients suffering from opioid addiction. Finally, I have worked extensively with individuals with HIV and co-occurring psychiatric illnesses and greatly enjoy working with this population.

What makes you different as a provider? I enjoy working with a wide range of patients from diverse backgrounds and who struggle with an equally wide range of mental health concerns. I currently see patients at an inpatient psychiatric hospital as well as an intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization program as well as my patient panel with achieve medical center. Through all these various avenues, I have the pleasure of working with individuals ages 13 to 100+. I enjoy the challenge of working in these various locations and have extensive experience in helping patients navigate the complex world of mental health treatment and helping them and their families find the right treatment options for them.

How long have you lived in Southern California? I have lived in Southern California since 2016. Initially, I thought I was just going to stay in the area for residency but the constant sunshine, warm (but not too hot) temperatures, and friendly people convinced me to stay!

What sort of interests or hobbies do you have? I love cooking even if not all of my creations turn out like it says it should look in the cookbook! Several years ago, I got into taking spin classes and find this to be an excellent activity for both one’s physical and mental well-being. You can probably find me several times a week taking my dog in the dog park.

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