Introducing: Geriatric Psychiatry Direct, Beverly Chang
Geriatric Psychiatry Direct
Beverly Chang, MD
5701 Lonetree Boulevard, Suite 323, Rocklin, 916-303-4353, geropsychdirect.com
Describe your business. Did you find it, or did it find you?
I opened my practice because I’ve always loved working with older adults. As the population ages, families need advocates who understand cognitive and emotional changes in their loved ones. It can be difficult to face the transitions that come with retirement, loss of physical function, memory decline, loss of independence, and other stresses. It’s rewarding to help families navigate these changes through treatment planning that incorporates biological, psychological, and social approaches.
What was the first job you ever had, and what did you learn from the experience?
My first job out of college was a clerical position at the Over 60 Health Center in Berkeley. Working there, I decided I wanted to do more for the aging community, so I applied for medical school and was accepted to UC Irvine.
How are you involved with both the community and your customer?
I recently participated in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's and the Seniors First event in Loomis. I’ve also spoken at caregiver support groups and surround myself with others who share the same passion for making a difference in the lives of older adults.
Where do you go when the going gets tough?
To the gym! Disneyland is too far.
What’s your hidden talent?
I used to tap dance competitively. I’ve also developed a love for body combat and recently became a certified instructor.
What’s your favorite local event that you go to?
My second Friday of the month wine-sharing group.
And finally, customer service is…?
Meeting my patients and families where they are while acting as an educator and advocate; treating them as individuals and not chart numbers.