Ross Palmer, M.D.

Private Practice Psychiatrist in San Diego, CA.

“If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of being.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Now accepting new patients. Online video appointments available now – no waiting – click here to schedule an appointment.

Please call (619) 900 – 9750 with questions, or fill out the form below to let us know how we can help you.

Dr. Palmer

I attended the University of Arizona, Tucson for medical school (MD), with distinction in commitment to underserved populations.

In psychiatry residency at the University of California, San Diego, I trained under some of the best psychiatrists in the country. In my last year of training, I ranked #1 of 58 residents by exam scores.

I have extensive experience working with active-duty military and military veterans. I deployed to Iraq for 1 year as a private contractor for the US Army and US Marine Corps. I have worked at the VA with military veterans suffering from PTSD.

I also have advanced training in Psychodynamic psychotherapy, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Peripartum and Women’s Mental Health.

More About Dr. Palmer


I opened my private practice clinic because I wanted to create a safe, comfortable space where my patients are always valued and respected, where your most private concerns can be expressed without judgment or stigma.

Although I practice evidence-based medical treatments for a wide variety of mental health problems, I believe the foundation of good mental health is adequate sleep, healthy diet, regular exercise, sobriety from alcohol and recreational drugs, and supportive social interactions. As a specialist in psychopharmacology, I prescribe medication to most of my patients, but all of my appointments have a focus on a proactive, holistic model of mental health.


I respect your time. My clinic model is designed to keep waiting room time to a minimum. I respond to all patient phone calls and messages within 1 business day.

I respect your privacy and confidentiality. I never share your private health information without your written permission, except as required by law, billing requirements, or emergent safety considerations. My medical record and communication systems conform to HIPAA privacy standards.

I respect your values and goals. I approach the practice of medicine via the collaborative or “teamwork” model – under which the patient contributes his or her own values and goals for treatment, and I provide the medical knowledge, experience, and guidance to help you achieve your desired outcome. Together, we formulate a treatment plan to provide relief from the burden of mental health problems, without a paternalistic or impersonal feel.

Conditions Treated

Please be aware I do not treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) or prescribe medications for it, unless you have a clinical evaluation from a psychologist (PhD, PsyD). I can provide psychology referrals.

I treat patients over the age of 18 suffering from:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Women’s Mental Health (including pregnancy and lactation questions)
  • Interpersonal conflicts and difficulties
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Personality disorders
  • Drug and Alcohol Abuse
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Eating disorders

I accept the following insurance plans / methods of payment:

  • Cigna
  • Medicare
  • Magellan
  • Aetna
  • Optum
  • United Behavioral Health
  • United Health Care
  • Other insurance plans through your “out of network” benefits
  • Self-pay by check or credit card

I do not accept any type of state Medi-Cal insurance. I cannot see Medi-Cal insured patients who have another insurance policy (ie no Medicare+Medi-cal).

Please contact me for self-pay rates. The charge on your credit card statement will read “Congruity Healthcare.”

  • Medication Management
  • Psychotherapy (talk therapy)
  • Telepsychiatry (video appointment)

Contact Dr. Palmer
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Phone: (619) 900-9750

Fax: (720) 710-2223


San Diego, CA

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all appointments are now by video visit only.

Ross Palmer, MD