Psychiatrist in San Francisco, California Sara Puening, Psychiatrist

License: MD

Provider Gender: Female

Ages Served: 18-65+

Appointments: In-office only. Telehealth not available

Manages Medications: Yes

Psychiatrist in San Francisco, California Sara Puening, MD

Sara Puening, MD

I incorporate medicine, psychology, exercise, nutrition, and sleep into my treatment plans. I believe that the patient and physician should partner together in treating health problems. My goal is to work in collaboration with patients to understand the underlying causes of distress. I take a practical approach to psychiatric treatment. I utilize evidence-based pharmacology in concert with skills-based therapies such as mindfulness and cognitive behavioral therapy.

I earned my Bachelor’s degree in medical dietetics at the Ohio State University. It was there that I first saw the profound link between mental and physical health. I received my M.D. at Wright State University. I completed my psychiatric residency and fellowship at the University of Colorado. I served as chief resident and earned the psychiatry residency leadership award. My fellowship is in consult liaison psychiatry, the intersection of medical and physical health. My areas of interest in psychiatry include anxiety disorders, women’s mental health, and integrated care.

Insurances Accepted

  • Aetna
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Elevance Health (Anthem BC)
  • Evernorth (Cigna)
  • Magellan
  • Managed Health Network (HealthNet)
  • MultiPlan (PHCS)
  • Optum (UnitedHealthcare)
  • Partners Direct Health
  • Provider Network of America (PNOA)
  • Sana Benefits


  • CBT for Insomnia
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Gender-Affirmative Medical Readiness Evaluations
  • Medical Procedure Evaluations


  • Women


  • English



Please use our online form to schedule an appointment with Sara Puening. You can also call 925-282-1778 to have someone assist you.

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