Psychiatrist Abby Irwin opens practice in La Jolla Village


Abby M. Irwin, M.D., a board-certified adult psychiatrist, has moved her private psychiatric practice to the La Jolla Village and will be seeing patients at 888 Prospect St., Suite 200.

Dr. Irwin received her Medical Degree from Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. Having completed her residency at UCSD’s psychiatry residency program in La Jolla, she additionally finished a surgical and medical internship at the University of Pennsylvania’s Presbyterian Hospital in Philadelphia.

A year abroad was spent as a clinical writer and editor working for the British Medical Journal at Tavistock Square in London, allowing for discussion with worldwide experts on all areas of medicine, to complete an online collaboration with Epocrates, Inc., a resource by medical professionals. Prior to her graduate training, she received a Bachelor of Science degree in molecular biology at Haverford College, located outside of Philadelphia, a small liberal arts college part of the community including Swarthmore, Bryn Mawr colleges and the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Irwin said her approach can be described as both empathetic and open-minded to enable a non-judgmental setting for ease of communication. Each patient’s care is individually tailored seeking creative pathways to improvement. While providing an expert opinion, Dr. Irwin is interested in working together with her patients, seeking ways to provide a multifaceted, holistic approach to wellness. Medication is just one piece of the process, she says.

In the end, the goal is for individuals to leave the office more educated and empowered to become active decision-makers in their own care, she said. While available for treatment of any emotional ailment, specific areas of interest are adult A.D.D., mood disorders and anxiety, life transitions, men’s and women’s issues, multicultural issues, PTSD and stress management.

Local reviews have expressed the following sentiments:

■ “It was rejuvenating. She listened very well. She was asking the right questions that helped piece our crazy puzzle together. It was overall a very productive visit! I only have high hopes in getting better in time. Thank you!”

■ “I found Dr. Irwin to be an excellent listener. It was easy to talk to her and she asked incisive questions. Definitely recommend.”

■ “I found Dr. Irwin very knowledgeable and helpful.”

■ “I sensed that Dr. Irwin had genuine interest in me and the purpose of my visit. It was an extremely satisfying appointment.”

■ “Dr. Irwin is intelligent and compassionate.”

Dr. Irwin is available as a sole provider for mental health issues or as a complement to existing psychotherapy or counseling. She is also available as a corporate consultant to provide in-house assessments and advice as to management of interpersonal or other work- related complexities as well as a consultant for forensics cases.

— For more information about the practice or to schedule an appointment, call (858) 822-8880, e-mail and visit

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