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Mar 1, 2022

In today’s episode, I have the pleasure and privilege of speaking with Dr. Anisha Patel-Dunn, who serves as Chief Medical Officer at LifeStance Health where she helps people lead healthier, more fulfilling lives by improving access to trusted, affordable, and personalized mental healthcare.  

Dr. Anisha has nearly 20 years of experience as a practicing psychiatrist and managing a large group practice, having co-founded Pacific Coast Psychiatric Associates, Inc. (PCPA) in 2006, now part of LifeStance Health, in San Francisco. At LifeStance Health, Anisha is responsible for overseeing all clinical services delivered ensuring that care quality meets and exceeds professional standards.


Anisha holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Emory University and received her medical degree from The College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific at Western University of Health Sciences. She completed her adult psychiatry residency training at California Pacific Medical Center and is a Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist.


There are so many great takeaways from my conversation with Anisha, but here are some of my favorites:

  • The mind-body connection is deep, so it’s important to care for both your mental and physical well-being;
  • Mental health should be accessible to all and should cater to the varying therapy needs people have;
  • Caregiving is a selfless act which is often underappreciated; if you’re a caregiver, make sure to make time to care for yourself;
  • The pandemic has caused a lot of anxiety and depression in children and parents alike, so it’s important that parents support their own mental health while caring for their children;
  • As you work towards achieving something, set small goals for yourself so that you set yourself up for success;
  • Healthy living is caring for your mental and physical well-being.


Want to learn more about Dr. Anisha Patel-Dunn and the services offered by LifeStance Health? You can check out the LifeStance Health website (, Instagram (, Facebook (, and Twitter (