Stephanie Brown, MD

Psychiatrist

Dr. Brown is a Board-Certified Adult Psychiatrist who specializes in treating mood and depression. While enjoying all aspects of psychiatry, she has developed a special interest in patients with bipolar disorder.

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More about Stephanie Brown, MD

After spending fifteen years as a pediatrician, she has now been practicing psychiatry for over ten years. She feels blessed to have had this rich experience, from being in the delivery room with a 24-week premature infant and in the hospital room with a 92-year-old woman with mania.

Dr. Brown initially practiced pediatrics in a clinic which served farmworker families and then with an insured population of patients from all walks of life. She developed a special interest in child mental health and left her pediatric practice to complete a second residency in Psychiatry.

To Dr. Brown, mental illness is personal because it runs in her family. This experience gives her special compassion both for those with the illness and for their family. She also has optimism that her patients will recover and flourish. Dr. Brown’s approach with patients is grounded in collaboration and education. She listens to her patients, asks questions, and then offers choices about their treatment. She also pays attention to their entire health picture so that mental health treatment can be integrated with any other health issues.

Having treated many patients with mental health struggles, she recognizes that 40% of patients may not benefit from the traditional medications for depression. Some of them improve with psychotherapy. To Dr. Brown, TMS and esketamine offer alternatives for people who are not improving. Her patients who have experienced these treatments have improved and found the treatment was relatively symptom-free.

Personal Interests

Dr. Brown appreciates the city feel of Sacramento while still having easy access to mountains and the coast. She is a mother of two and a grandmother to four and spends time outside work with her family, including her husband and two active dogs. She enjoys gardening, especially growing fruits and vegetables. She grows many types of citruses along with persimmons, figs, apples, and pears. She enjoys growing tomatoes and this year grew her first butternut squash and cantaloupe. She is passionate about the education of young people and started a scholarship for First-Generation Pre-Med and Pre-Nursing students at Cal State University.

Education & Experience

Dr. Brown completed her Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from California State University in Hayward, California, following an initial two years at Stanford University in Palo Alto, CA.

She received her medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.

She completed her Pediatric Residency at Kaiser Foundation Hospital in Oakland, CA then worked as the Staff Pediatrician and Clinic Director at the Golden Valley Health Center in Modesto, CA. She managed an acute inpatient pediatric practice and a large outpatient practice with over 90% Spanish-speaking families.

She worked as a Staff Pediatrician and physician leader at The Permanente Medical Group in Manteca and Modesto, CA. Here she provided primary care and participated in Central Valley Kaiser’s multi-disciplinary ADHD evaluation team. She led weekly groups in English and Spanish for parents of children with oppositional behaviors and ADHD.

When Dr. Brown’s children graduated from high school, she went east, completing her post-graduate studies in General Psychiatry at George Washington University in Washington, DC, and Child Adolescent Psychiatry studies at the University of Maryland in Baltimore.

She joined the Kaiser Permanente Medical Group in Sacramento as an Adult Psychiatrist where she provided general psychiatry care for patients from eighteen to 90 years old. She developed an active interest in bipolar and other affective disorders. Her duties included patient intakes with a range of psychiatric needs as well as providing on-call psychiatric consultation to a busy general hospital, and Intensive Outpatient Program.

Most recently, she served as an Adult Psychiatrist for the County of Yolo Health and Human Services Agency in Woodland, CA, where she managed outpatient care for patients with serious mental illness. Her treatment plans included the use of anti-psychotics, management, and administration of injectable anti-psychotics and clozapine. She also was a Staff Psychiatrist for the Safe Harbor Crisis residential facility.

Certifications & Memberships

  • Member, American Psychiatric Association

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