Dr. Yuen is a Psychiatrist who specializes in depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders. She believes that psychiatric treatment is multifaceted and that there is no single-approach-fits-all. She appreciates the idea of patients having not only access to medication management and psychotherapy but also the latest interventional psychiatric treatments such as Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and Esketamine nasal spray for treatment-resistant depression.
She has always been interested in the human brain and what makes people feel, think, and behave the way they do. During her undergraduate years, she majored in Neurobiology with a focus on Mind, Brain, and Behavior. Psychology courses and a course on the study of human emotions were among her favorites. She also had a physician mentor, a geriatric psychiatrist, during this time that she was able to shadow as her interest in psychiatry grew. She applied to medical school with strong intentions towards a path to psychiatry.
Dr. Yuen has a warm and empathetic approach to her patient care. She is highly approachable, and her patients feel their concerns are truly heard. She feels privileged to have a career where she can make a difference in people’s lives. She works with the patient to create the best care plan that takes the patient’s priorities, goals, and wishes into consideration. She hopes her patients feel motivated, open to new ideas and approaches, and come with the realistic expectation that psychiatric treatment often takes a lot of time and trial of various medications and/or therapies before results can be appreciated.
Dr. Yuen sees TMS and Esketamine as great options for patients to consider when medication management and therapy alone do not provide adequate relief for depression. Patient testimonials speak to the efficacy of these interventional approaches, and she is excited to see how these treatments evolve and develop over time as accessibility to these modalities improves.
She joins Mindful Health Solutions in the Summer of 2021.
Dr. Yuen loves living in Sacramento. For her, it has everything that she would want in a city without the downsides that tend to come with bigger metropolitan areas such as high parking costs, housing costs, and gridlock traffic. Much of her free time is spent playing with her three cats, baking cookies and bread, trying new restaurants, or traveling. She has a personal passion for food, animals, and experiencing new things.
Dr. Yuen completed her Bachelor of Arts in Neurobiology from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, graduating Cum Laude.
She received her medical degree from the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine in Honolulu, Hawaii. During this time, she honed in on her research skills working at the Marikawa Lab at John A. Burns School of Medicine, where she participated in a research project looking at the effects of different drug exposure, focused on the effects of the antidepressant mianserin, on mouse embryoid bodies at different stages of development.
She completed her residency in psychiatry at the University of California, Davis. During her residency, she provided individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy (CBT), functional family therapy, outpatient medication management, emergency psychiatric services, and inpatient psychiatric treatment in a variety of sites. She treated a wide array of patients in locations and clinics including the UC Davis Medical Center (ER and Consult Liaison Services), UC Davis Behavioral Health Clinic, MIND Institute, Northern California VA Medical Center, Sacramento County Jail Inpatient Psychiatric unit, Sacramento County Adult Psychiatric Support Services, Sacramento County Mental Health Treatment Center, and Sutter Medical Center.
Most recently, she served as a Psychiatrist at the Sacramento County Mental Health Treatment Center in Sacramento, performing psychiatric evaluations, and treating treatment of psychiatric patients in both the intake stabilization unit and inpatient psychiatric units.
Warkus EL, Yuen AA, Lau CG, Marikawa Y. Use of In Vitro Morphogenesis of Mouse Embryoid Bodies to Assess Developmental Toxicity of Therapeutic Drugs Contraindicated in Pregnancy. 2015. Toxicological Sciences 149(1), 15–30
Angela Yuen, Caroline C.G. Lau, Yusuke Marikawa. Antidepressant Mianserin Alters Morphology and Gene Expression Patterns in Mouse Stem Cell Embryoid Bodies. Biomedical Sciences Symposium. John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii. April 3-4, 2014