Jennifer Beck, MD

Dr. Beck graduated from University of California, San Diego Medical School in 1992. She completed her medical internship at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco and then returned to San Diego for her residency in General Psychiatry and Chief Residency at the Outpatient Psychiatric Services at UC San Diego. As Chief Resident, she supervised and taught psychiatry and psychopharmacology to Psychiatry residents, Family Medicine residents, psychology interns and medical students. Following Chief Residency, she completed a fellowship at the VA Medical Center in San Diego where she worked in a multidisciplinary team of geriatric health professionals and served as an Assistant Clinical Instructor of Psychiatry at UCSD.

Dr. Beck has been in private practice in Petaluma since 1999. While she specializes in geriatric psychiatry, treating patients with neurodegenerative cognitive disorders or late-life mood and anxiety disorders, she also enjoys working with her younger adults who suffer from a variety of psychiatric illnesses. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Beck works as a consulting psychiatrist at St. Joseph Outpatient Behavioral Health Services in Santa Rosa, leading a team of behavioral health care providers to treat more acute psychiatric patients.

Dr. Beck believes that each patient is unique and, realizing that all patients respond differently to treatment, she tailors their care based on a variety of treatment options incorporating psychotherapy, diet and exercise, TMS therapy, and medication management. She believes that an integrative and comprehensive approach to mental well being is critical and strives to achieve this by working as a team with patients, family members, psychotherapists, primary care physicians and other health care providers.

Dr. Beck has been following the progress of TMS since 2002 when it was being studied in research protocols at Stanford University. She attended a TMS conference in Canada in 2007 and anxiously awaited approval from the FDA. Dr. Beck is excited to be one the first psychiatrist in the "Wine Country" (Napa, Sonoma, and Mendocino Counties) to offer this cutting edge treatment of depression.

While keeping up with her busy professional life, Dr. Beck does take time to relax and enjoy herself in activities such as traveling, SCUBA diving with her partner, Anthony and riding and showing dressage with her horse, Lucy. She also enjoys long trail rides, reading, and spending time with her family.