Selena Chan, DO
- Interim Director of Clinical Programs, UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Health
- Associate Director of Clinical Programs, UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Health
- Integrative Psychiatrist, UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Health
- Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, UCSF School of Medicine
Clinical Specialties at the Osher Center
Dr. Selena Chan is a psychiatrist whose approach to care integrates therapies from conventional medicine with proven complementary treatments in order to enhance her patients' well-being and self-awareness. With close attention to the many factors that may lead to either disconnection or harmony of mind, body and spirit, she specializes in values-based psychotherapy, exploring what patients find uniquely challenging, healing or meaningful. Her expertise in biological and genetic testing allows her to make a comprehensive assessment of interactions among medications, supplements, herbal remedies and foods. Her practice also utilizes expressive therapies – guided creative activities that affect mind-body wellness, promote relaxation and involve multiple senses. She seeks to match healing modalities to each patient's lifestyle, culture and goals.
At UCSF, Chan serves on the Integrative Medicine Grand Rounds committee, teaches interprofessional courses and chairs a wellness series for the Osher Mini Medical School for the Public. She leads a Mount Zion Health Fund UCSF Campus-Community Partnership project called Sharing Humanity through the Arts, Reflection, and Expression (SHARE), a partnership with Shanti, a nonprofit organization that builds human connections to reduce isolation and improve quality of life in underserved and marginalized communities. She strongly believes in the collective power of work by a team of integrative health practitioners who are mutually invested in the well-being of patients, each other and the community.
Education and Training
- Clinical Fellowship, Integrative Medicine, UCSF
- Psychiatry Residency, University of Hawaii
- DO, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine
- BS, Exercise Science, University of Pittsburgh
Personal Statement and Approach
One of my deepest joys is learning how a person's constellation of life experiences shape what is most meaningful in their healing process. Whether you are experiencing a stressful life transition, a medically complex or unexplained mind-body illness, a difficult relationship, a problematic health behavior, or simply need a space to reflect on overwhelming facets of daily life and better understand your sense of self, I invite you to see if I can be of help to you. At the heart of my clinical approach is an interactive, collaborative partnership, focused on exploring your perspective of health and illness and what is most important to you.