Post Author: Torie S. Sepah, MD

torie sepah, md

Torie Sepah is a psychiatrist and can be reached at her self-titled site, Torie Sepah, MD,  and on Twitter @toriesepahmd. She is also founder, Physician to Physician: Healing the Practice of Medicine

Dr. Sepah straddles two worlds: primary care and psychiatry. She completed her internship in family medicine at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, then went on to complete a psychiatry residency at LAC+USC Medical Center.

She has worked extensively in correctional medicine, including having served as the chief psychiatrist, California Institution for Women. She was the first female chief psychiatrist at that prison and, at the time, one of only 12 in the state.

Since 2018, Dr. Sepah is a community psychiatrist once again. A portion of her time is spent seeing HIV patients as part of an integrated HIV care clinic. The rest, she runs her own interventional psychiatry clinic, which focuses on deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (dTMS) but also reproductive psychiatry, patients with neuropsychiatric disorders, and early diagnosis patients with schizophrenia.

She also writes about the experience of being a physician, health care, and her own struggles trying to make sense of it all, along with providing mentorship and support to her colleagues through an online forum.

She has two goals: first, for psychiatry to co-exist with the medical specialties where it belongs, so that patients can finally feel “OK” getting help. Second, she hopes the practice of medicine can maintain the standards that truly place patients first, and that doctors do not become extinct.

Dr. Sepah is an assistant clinical professor, department of psychiatry, Keck School of Medicine of USC. Prior to becoming a physician, she was a journalist and assistant editor of Ms. Magazine, writing the health column which prompted her interest in medicine.