Ryan Vidrine, MD

Director of OCD Program

Dr. Vidrine is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist who specializes in treating patients with OCD, Body Dysmorphia, and related Anxiety Disorders. He has always found himself fascinated by the neuroscience of how experience and relationship attachment lead people to become who they are, living how they live, as a product of both their biology and the multitude of experiences (good and bad) that they have accumulated. This passion for understanding both the science and the human experience is what led him to psychiatry, with a particular interest in the field of Interventional Psychiatry and Neuromodulation.

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More about Ryan Vidrine, MD

Dr. Ryan Vidrine sees the field of Interventional Psychiatry (including treatments like ECT, TMS, esketamine nasal spray, and deep brain stimulation) as an important sub-specialty offering novel approaches to treating a variety of psychological disorders. He was initially intrigued by TMS because it is one of the most accessible forms of precision, circuit-based clinical treatment that can be offered in psychiatry. Similarly, he has an interest in the future use of psychedelic and plant medicines as aids in coping with the human experience and increasing cognitive flexibility in a number of mental health conditions.

He provides consultations, medication management, and neuromodulation treatments including Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and esketamine nasal spray for patients whose symptoms have not completely resolved with therapy and medication. He is particularly experienced with using TMS to treat OCD and a strong proponent for using this intervention to augment Exposure-Response Prevention therapy. Dr. Vidrine approaches all of his patient encounters from the perspective of providing treatment in the interest of getting people to connect with and move closer to their values and incorporates various disciplines including ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy), CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), ERP (Exposure and Response Therapy), Mindfulness, and the latest evidence in pharmacology, neuroscience, and neuromodulation.

Ryan Vidrine joined Mindful Health Solutions in August of 2017.

Personal Interests

Dr. Vidrine loves soaking up the Bay Area culture and outdoors. Whether it’s training for a half-marathon, hiking to a new beach spot, SCUBA diving, biking, rooting for the Warriors, checking out a new restaurant, or simply a night on the couch binging on tv and pizza, he believes in making the most out of life experiences.

Education & Experience

Dr. Vidrine graduated from Medical school at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. He completed his residency at the University of California- San Francisco (UCSF), with distinction in the field of Interventional Psychiatry.

He has trained and worked at a variety of sites and practice models within the San Francisco mental health system, including Inpatient Psychiatry, Outpatient Psychiatry, Emergency Psychiatry, Psychiatric Urgent Care, and Imbedded Consultation Psychiatry via the following sites: UCSF Health, Zuckerberg San Francisco General, the San Francisco VA, and Westside Crisis Clinic.

During his residency at UCSF, he was active in the residency curriculum development and resident education. He developed the Interventional Psychiatry Area of Distinction training track and was Chief Resident of the Intensive Services which included Adult Inpatient Psychiatry, Consult-Liaison psychiatry, and managing issues with the resident call service. He piloted multiple clinical rotations, brought in new faculty mentorship, and helped to develop a more extensive neuroscience curriculum as well as more extensive clinical exposures to novel treatment modalities such as ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy), DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation), TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation), and Ketamine.

He spent four years in the UCSF OCD & Anxiety Specialty Clinic, developing expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of the full range of anxiety disorders, with a particular interest in OCD. He also received training in Acceptance-Commitment Therapy (ACT), which has a focus on patient values as the anchor and impetus for behavioral changes.

He is currently an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF School of Medicine, having received the appointment in October of 2017.

Certifications & Memberships

  • Board Certified, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Member, Clinical TMS Society
  • Member, International OCD Foundation
  • Member, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter for Contextual Behavioral Science (SFBA-ACBS)

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