Dr. Sepah graduated from UCLA with a BA in Political Science, magna cum laude, and went to work as a journalist, becoming the Assistant Editor of Ms. Magazine, where she wrote the health column sparking her interest in medicine.
After completing a post-baccalaureate pre-medical program, she attended Tulane School of Medicine.
She received her Doctor of Medicine degree in 2006, with a lifetime induction in the Arnold P. Gold Humanism in Medicine Foundation. Dr. Sepah completed her internship in family medicine at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center and then completed a psychiatry residency at LAC+USC Medical Center, where she served as Chief Resident in her fourth year. She received the 2012 PER Foundation’s Excellence in Research Award for original research on physician burnout syndrome among residents and faculty in the pediatric and psychiatry departments at LAC + USC. She was also the recipient of the Resident Research Award and Resident Mentorship award by her department.
Post-residency, Dr. Sepah has worked extensively in correctional medicine, including serving as the Chief Psychiatrist at the California Department of Corrections’s CIW facility in Corona, CA. She was the first female Chief Psychiatrist at that prison. As the Chief Psychiatrist, she helped launch one of the state’s first MAT programs in the history of CDCR. Dr. Sepah developed a psychiatry clerkship for Western School of Medicine students on site, which is still active and flourishing. Under her direction, CIW’s 45-bed inpatient hospital received re-accreditation by the Joint Commission.
Dr. Sepah now runs her own interventional psychiatry clinic, which focuses on deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (dTMS), esketamine, MAT, reproductive psychiatry, neuropsychiatric disorders (TBI, dementia), and early diagnosis schizophrenia. She incorporates teaching into private practice as PGY-3 FP residents from PIH Downey Hospital rotate at her clinic to complete their four-week psychiatry/substance abuse clerkships. She is an Adjunct Clinical Professor at Western School of Medicine and Assistant Clinical Professor at USC Keck School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. In 2021, she was inducted into the 74th edition of Who’s Who in America.