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Dr. Sarabjit Sandhu, MD

Psychiatry ·  Male · Age 60

Dr. Sandhu

Harbor Medical Associates

3 Corporate Plaza Dr Ste 140 Newport Beach, CA 92660

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Dr. Sarabjit Sandhu, MD is a psychiatry specialist in Newport Beach, CA and has been practicing for 26 years. He graduated from Govt Medical College in 1981 and specializes in psychiatry and forensic psychiatry.


Dr. Sandhu's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Sandhu

3.2

Based on 41 reviews

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Staff cancelled my appointment and rescheduled it for a week later. During the waiting period I needed my refills which were supposed to be done the day of my cancelled appointment. Absurdly they denied my refills arguing Dr. hasn't seen me yet. That I needed to wait a week for my meds. They could care less that they were the ones cancelling my scheduled appointment. I suffered tremendously because of them. This was the second time I was denied a refill at only a week close to my appointment. The first time the Dr. admitted to me he did not know anything about me being denied the refill and that he was going to have a pet talk with his staff, although not apologetic at least he was aware that he definitely has two problems named Stephanie and Summer in the office. These people do not listen, do not have any empathy for the patients and play with their vulnerability and health. Shame of them! If you value your health, do yourself a favor and stay away from this place.
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The receptionist will never pick up her phone, after calling every day for a week (during normal business hours) and being sent straight to voicemail I realized she must have a problem with simply answering her phone seeing as she could not possibly be so busy as a receptionist for just one doctor every minute of the day. She told me multiple times (after calling me back) that she would check with my insurance (which I had already done) to make sure they were in network so she could make me an appointment. After a week, I was finally able to make an appointment and I got there early so I could complete the new patient paperwork. I was also told at this time that their credit card reader wasn’t working so I would have to pay my co-pay in cash. 20 minutes after my appointment was supposed to begin, his current patient walked out and the receptionist motioned for the man sitting next to me that he could go in. In short, I waited an hour just to have to leave because he didn’t have time.
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I think Dr. Sandhu was kind and listened compassionately to my concerns. He gave honest feedback, which isn't always easy to hear, but necessary. Dr. Sandhu is great and I would highly recommend. I like that he isn't too conservative, does not wait a long time to change medication if one is not working.
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This review is not for Dr. Sandhu, who is genuinely wonderful. Rather, it's for the staff. A few months ago, I arrived for an appointment to find out I owed $600. Apparently someone had forgot to copy my insurance information, so my insurance was never billed. They claimed they called me to attempt to settle the matter. This is a lie, because while I received calls reminding me of my appointments, never once did anyone ask me about my insurance or let me know there was a problem. STAY AWAY!
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I had a terrible experience with this doctor. When I was unsure about the medication he wanted to prescribe he began yelling..."because I am the doctor and you are the patient."
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I was sent to Doctor Sandhu from my Cardioligist, after telling him my psychiatrist I was seeing was not helping me. I made the decision to see Sandhu and never looked back. he read me like a book and knew just how to help me. From day one i came out of my condition and understood how to help myself and take my medication in the correct dosage. His office staff could improve both back and front office about being a little more professional and on top of business.
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I think Dr Sandhu is excellent. I came in suffering a MAJOR anxiety attack that completely debilitated me, and he worked with me for several months until the right combination of medicines restored me to my normal self. I was able to return to work and continue my life afterwards.
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Such a careless and unprofessional psychiatrist. He doesnt care about his patients and it takes around 45-50 minutes on average to see him when you have an appointment. If you care about your health please go find a different doctor for your own sake. I hope anyone else who needs help sees this and doesnt make the same mistake i did.
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I waited in this "Psychiatrist" office as a new patient for 1 hour. In front of me were 1 patient in his office, 2 in the waiting room and 2 pharmaceutical reps ( I'm presuming). I got to my appointment on time with my paperwork ready and in hand. I waited 15 minutes after the last patient came out who thanked them for "squeezing" him in. I was brought back to his office where Dr never said hello nor apologized for keeping me waiting. His manner was not for me and I left. He did not care.
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Saw this Dr. for 4 years. Of course tried to change my meds which sent me into a tailspin. Never talked about my condition, just bs. Then he decides to blast me on my last visit with his opinion of me. Put me on disability and when there was a glitch, refused to help. Told me he was "up to here" with me and then sat and stared at me. Creepy. His staff is rude also and not there to help. Other than prescribing meds, he did nothing to help. And always some strange intern present, why? RUN!
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About Me

Care Philosophy

We understand the need for consistent care and we treat each patient like family. Our compassionate, professional staff is dedicated to providing the highest level of care possible. We are not tied to any large medical corporation. We provide effective care that is responsive to the needs of the community in Orange County.

Specialties

  • Psychiatry
  • Forensic Psychiatry

Board Certifications

Education

1993
Lac+Usc Medical Center
Fellowship Hospital
1992
Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital
Residency Hospital
1981
Govt Medical College
Medical School
1993
1992
1981

Languages

  • Hindi
  • Punjabi
  • Urdu
  • English

Awards

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(949) 642-7757

Dr. Sandhu accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
Aetna HMO
Anthem Blue Cross
Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Card PPO
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
Cigna
Cigna HMO
Cigna PPO
Great West Healthcare-Cigna PPO
Open Access
First Health (Coventry Health Care)
First Health (Coventry Health Care) PPO
Health Net of California
Large Group HMO
Large Group PPO
Medical Mutual of Ohio
Medicare
Special Needs Plan SNP
MultiPlan
MultiPlan PPO
PHCS Network PPO
UnitedHealthCare
PacifiCare
PacifiCare HMO
United Healthcare
WellPoint

Background Check

No malpractice claims found for California
No disciplinary actions found for the years we collect data
No board actions found for the years we collect data
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Dr. Sandhu's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Psychiatric Evaluation
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Sandhu performs Psychiatric Evaluation more than 99% of his peers

Dr. Sandhu performs this procedure more than 99% of his peers

Anxiety
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Sandhu treats Anxiety more than 97% of his peers

Dr. Sandhu treats this condition more than 97% of his peers

Psychiatric Diseases
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Treatment Frequency

Dr. Sandhu treats Psychiatric Diseases more than 91% of his peers

Dr. Sandhu treats this condition more than 91% of his peers

Dr. Sandhu's conditions and procedures:

  • ADHD and-or ADD
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Confusion
  • Depressive Disorders
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychiatric Diseases
  • Psychiatric Evaluation
  • Psychosis
  • Psychosis Due to Mental Illness
  • Psychotherapy and Psychophysiological Therapy (incl. Biofeedback)
  • Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Schizophreniform and Schizoaffective Disorder

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62% Patient experience rating, 7% lower than the national average

  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2019, 2018)

83% Patient experience rating, 14% higher than the national average

  • America's 250 Best Hospitals Award™ (2019, 2018, 2017)
  • America's 50 Best Hospitals Award™ (2019, 2018, 2017)
  • Outstanding Patient Experience Award™ (2019, 2018, 2017)

71% Patient experience rating, 2% higher than the national average

  • Patient Safety Excellence Award™ (2017)