Sheenie Ambardar, M.D. is a Physician specializing in Adult Psychiatry, with expertise in psychopharmacologic medication management as well as psychotherapy. Dr. Ambardar graduated with Honors in Biological Sciences from Stanford University where she served as Managing Editor of The Stanford Biologist, the university’s premier undergraduate journal of biomedical research. She completed medical school at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, a top-ranked institution for Psychiatry training, and home of the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest medical complex. Dr. Ambardar then did a clinical postdoctoral research fellowship at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, NY and completed her Adult Psychiatry residency training at St. Vincent’s Hospital Manhattan/New York Medical College where she was nominated for both the IAPA Outstanding Psychiatry Resident Award and the PRITE Fellowship.
Dr. Ambardar has worked for Kaiser Permanente Southern California as a full-time Attending Physician (where she consistently received near perfect MAPPS scores on Patient Satisfaction Surveys), is an active member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and has several publications to her credit. Dr. Ambardar is also a lifetime member of the Stanford Alumni Association.
Dr. Ambardar was awarded the Compassionate Doctor Award five years in a row, based on patient ratings and reviews and was identified as one of America’s Most Compassionate Doctors. In 2011, she was also awarded the prestigious Patients’ Choice Award. Of the nation’s 830,000 active physicians, only 5% are accorded these honors by their patients each year.
Dr. Ambardar is also a writer and contributor to The Huffington Post, where she writes about a variety of topics related to happiness, mental health, psychology, and psychiatry. You can read Dr. Ambardar’s article on The Huffington Post entitled “10 Ways to Improve Depression and Anxiety without Meds” here!
In addition, Dr. Ambardar is a practitioner of Kundalini Yoga and Meditation and blends Eastern and Western treatment philosophies in her psychiatry practice. She has traveled to India on numerous occasions; during one of her trips, she spent almost 3 months exploring the country, learning about Hindu spirituality and holistic medicine. One of Dr. Ambardar’s most memorable experiences in India was spending time in the northern Indian city of Dharamsala, where she studied Hinduism and Buddhism.
In line with her deep interest in India and Hinduism, Dr. Ambardar is a vocal Hindu-American activist who regularly speaks out against Hinduphobia and anti-India bias and hate. As a member of Kashmir’s minority Hindu community whose family was driven out of Kashmir by extremists in the 1990s, this work is deeply meaningful to her.
Dr. Ambardar’s public advocacy work on Kashmir, Hinduism, and India has garnered her many supportive social media followers as well as some angry detractors–some of whom leave fraudulent, 1 star reviews online. For more about Dr. Ambardar’s family story, please read this New York Times Letter to the Editor (2nd letter on page).
Dr. Ambardar is also a donor and active supporter of Akshaya, a charitable organization founded by Narayanan Krishnan based in Madurai, India which feeds helpless, mentally-ill street people. Akshaya was featured in CNN Heroes in 2010 and more information about this award-winning charity can be found here.
Dr. Ambardar is also a donor and active supporter of Sandy Hook Promise, a national non-profit organization dedicated to preventing the gun-related deaths of innocent children. Sandy Hook Promise strives to stop senseless gun violence and promote peace for all.
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