Meet Dr. Chandra

SCMD_FillerDr. Suruchi Chandra is a board-certified psychiatrist who specializes in integrative and holistic approaches for challenging emotional, behavioral, and medical conditions. After graduating from Harvard College with honors, she obtained her medical degree from Yale School of Medicine. She then completed a psychiatry residency at the MGH/McLean psychiatry program at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Chandra’s integrative approach is evidence-based, supported by research, and the result of her clinical training at Harvard and Yale and on-going mentoring and studying with leaders in integrative medicine. Prior to moving to the Bay Area, she worked  at a clinic in the Chicago area that focuses on integrative treatment for children with psychological issues and developmental delays. Dr. Chandra also spent 4 years studying and working in a clinic focused on integrative approaches for chronic, complex illnesses, including chronic fatigue and autoimmune illnesses. It was during this time that she realized the importance of epigenetics and seeking to understand the individual factors that contribute to a patient’s condition.

In her current work, she attempts to identify and address the root causes of her patient’s conditions and then uses gentle and natural approaches, whenever possible, to help them obtain true wellness. She has special interests in food as medicine, environmental issues, and the gut-brain connection.

Dr. Chandra has board certification in adult and general psychiatry and did additional clinical training in child and adolescent psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Chandra has been selected to attend the Autism Research Institute think tank, where she meets with other clinicians and researchers to learn about the latest developments in autism and other developmental delays. Beyond her clinical work, she lectures nationally on topics related to integrative medicine and psychiatry, has taught other clinicians through the Autism Research Institute (ARI) and Integrative Medicine for Mental Health (IMMH), and sits on the board of the non-profit organization “Documenting Hope“.  In an effort to better understand and document how integrative approaches work, she is collaborating with Open Medicine Institute to create methods to support practice based research.