Ask Dr. Manali Shendrikar who her greatest role model is, and she will tell you it is her late mother. A foreign medical graduate from India, Dr. Shendrikar’s mother was a family physician. She remembers her mother coming home from seeing patients all day, and still cooking fresh, homemade Indian food every night. She taught her daughter that she could do anything in life and still balance career and family. With three young children of her own, Dr. Shendrikar is doing just that.

Family is important to her—all families, in fact. She loves taking care of generations of families and often counts multiple family members as patients. Away from the office, she enjoys working out. She has also snorkeled some of the most picturesque beaches in Thailand and Mexico, where she enjoys practicing her Spanish. Dr. Shendrikar hopes to someday climb Machu Picchu in Peru, a dream she shared with her late mother.

Dr. Shendrikar’s patients should not be surprised if they find her on a stage somewhere in Los Angeles, doing stand-up comedy. In high school and college, she was part of Bloomers, an all-female comedy troupe. She had to forego her comedic aspirations to focus on attending medical school, but recently began performing again. So on stage and off, she hopes to keep all her patients smiling.

Medical School
  • University of Texas, Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
  • Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, CA
  • Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, CA
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Marathi


Santa Monica Family Physicians
2021 Santa Monica Boulevard
Suite 625E
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(310) 829-8948
(424) 212-5937


  • Family Medicine (Board Certified)
Clinical Interests
  • Primary Care Physician
  • Allergies
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Asthma
  • Chronic Pain
  • Annual Physical Examination
  • Diabetes Management
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Headaches
  • Holistic Medicine
  • Menopause
  • Nutrition
  • Osteoporosis
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Weight Management
  • Chemical Dependency


Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Medicare Adv PPO
  • Aetna PPO/POS/EPO
  • Anthem Blue Cross PPO/POS/EPO
  • Blue Shield Access + HMO Plan
  • Blue Shield HMO Plan
  • Blue Shield HMO Plus POS
  • Blue Shield PPO/POS/EPO
  • Cigna HMO Plan
  • Cigna PPO/POS/EPO
  • Coventry Integrated Network PPO
  • Covered CA Anthem BC PPO/EPO
  • Covered CA Blue Shield PPO/EPO
  • Health Net PPO/EPO/POS
  • Interplan PPO/ EPO
  • Medicare
  • Medi-Medi (Medicare-Medi-Cal)
  • MultiPlan LTD PPO
  • Oscar Health Plan EPO
  • Scan Senior Health Plan HMO
  • United Healthcare HMO Plan
  • United Healthcare PPO
Insurance Medical Groups
  • Saint John's Health Clinic

Medical Groups

Affiliated Medical Groups
  • Santa Monica Family Physicians