Dr. Kuhle grew up in San Diego and will always consider California to be “home”. He enjoys the diversity of the population and the diversity of available experiences., as well as the sheer beauty of the state. With three elementary-aged children, most of his time outside work is devoted to child-rearing. Outside of family, he is passionate about the arts (classical music, literature, film), and also loves physical activity, such as biking, running, swimming, and lifting weights. He is an avid learner and his favorite place in the world is probably the library, which he generally can’t leave without grabbing five books to consume.
Andrew Kuhle, DO
Dr. Kuhle is an Adolescent and Adult Psychiatrist who specializes in treating mood and anxiety disorders. Within Adolescent Psychiatry, he is particularly interested in ADHD and behavioral disorders. He is influenced by the “positive psychiatry” concept of focusing on promoting overall wellbeing (resiliency, coping self-efficiency, family dynamics, social support, life goals) and not just diagnosis and treatment of mental illness.
More about Andrew Kuhle, DO
He has always been the friend that people have been able to turn to and consider a good listener. He loves hearing people’s stories. While initially interested in psychology- and receiving his undergraduate degree in it- he initially resisted the inclination to go into psychiatry during medical school. However, during his clinical rotations, his psychiatry rotation was the one that left him feeling the most excited, engaged, and “alive”. He recognized this was his calling and continues to feel humbled and grateful for his work with patients.
Dr. Kuhle is very collaborative and views the patient/doctor relationship as a partnership. He is interested in getting to know his patient beyond just their symptoms. He wants to understand their background and their values. During the first appointment, he will spend time learning about childhood history, relationships, strengths, weaknesses, passions and interests, and short-term and long-term lifetime goals, all of which influence not just his diagnosis but also treatment goals. He highly values honesty and is straightforward about the pros and cons of any treatment. He wants his patients to feel confident that they have enough information to decide their treatment course.
While being very positive about medications and psychopharmacology, he recognizes for many patients, antidepressants may not be enough to improve overall well-being. He is pleased to offer Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and esketamine nasal spray in this practice and as part of his arsenal of treatments. He considers both to be cutting-edge treatments that show great promise in helping patients find relief and recovery.
Education & Experience
Dr. Kuhle completed his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with a Minor in Psychology from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
He received his medical degree from Touro University in Vallejo, CA. The degree emphasized a whole-person approach to treatment and care, and physicians listening and partnering with their patients to help them get healthy and stay well.
Following a General Psychiatry Internship at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, he completed his Psychiatry Residency at Walter Reed. He also completed his fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Walter Reed. During this time, he received the Artiss Award for Best Fellow/Resident at Walter Reed Medical Center for a presentation of High Risks for Psychosis: Background, Progress, Interventions, and Ethical Issues.
After residency and his fellowship, he was stationed in Seoul, South Korea, where he served as Staff Psychiatrist at the Brian Allgood Medical Center. He provided psychiatry services for over 8,500 beneficiaries enrolled in the United States Army Garrison, Yongsan, Korea, and served as the only Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. He also provided tele-behavioral health services to three regions on the Korean Peninsula, promoted multi-disciplinary collaboration through participation in the Pharmacy Committee working group, and provided education to Primary Care providers on antidepressant medication management.
He next served as Deputy Chief, Behavioral Health at the U.S. Army Health Clinic (USAHC) Grafenwoehr, Grafenwoehr, Germany. As the primary Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist for this location, he provided psychiatry services for over 35,000 beneficiaries enrolled in the United States Army Health Clinic
Grafenwoehr. He supervised twelve employees in the Multi-Disciplinary Clinic, focusing on the supervision of School-Based Behavioral Health Services. He collaborated between Primary Care and Behavioral Health providers, resulting in improved referral processes and medication management at the Primary Care level.
Most recently, he was Deputy Chief, Department of Behavioral Health, MEDDAC-Bavaria in Vilseck, Germany. He provided Child and Adolescent consultation and subject matter expertise to MEDDAC-Bavaria command group for five US Army Health Clinics and collaborated with Army community organizations to develop wellness and resiliency programs for Active-Duty Service Members and their families. He also transitioned the entire department to tele-behavioral health services at rapid speed in response to COVID-19.
During his eight years with the Army, he received many military awards, including Joint Service Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Korean Defense Service Medal, and Army Service Ribbon.
Certifications & Memberships
- Member, American Psychiatric Association
- Member, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry