Gerald M. (“Jay”) Baltz, has been practicing as a board certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner for nearly seven years, blending education, psychotherapy, and biochemistry to develop a wellness plan for each client.
Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Jay moved to New York City after high school, where he studied creative writing, secondary education, and psychology, completed a BFA in Creative Writing, and briefly taught English Literature at the high school level. In the mid-1990’s, he left teaching to design and develop web pages, write copy, and administrate computer networks for companies such as Accenture, Dell, and Liz Claiborne.
Jay soon found that he wanted a more meaningful career, and his interests in the brain, psychology, and biology led him to pursue a profession in psychiatry. He preferred a holistic and education-based approach to care, and so decided to pursue nursing rather than medicine. He returned to his hometown and completed a second Bachelor’s degree, this time a BSN, at Saint Louis University.
After working as an RN in psychiatry for a year, Jay completed a Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in Psychiatry and Mental Health, graduating Magna Cum Laude in late 2008. He passed his Board Certification exam in early 2009 and since that time has practiced in a wide variety of settings, including inpatient, outpatient, substance abuse clinics, skilled nursing facilities, and assisted living facilities.
For the past three years, Jay has specialized in adult and geriatric psychiatry. Prior to forming his own practice, Ideal Psychiatry, Jay was Vericare’s clinical advisor for Southern California. He was responsible for hiring, training, and evaluating all new Nurse Practitioners, and also covered 14 skilled nursing and assisted living facilities. In his own practice, he currently visits 4 different skilled nursing facilities in the greater Los Angeles area.
Jay also acts as a preceptor for Kaiser Permanente’s Geriatric Fellows. Each year, he educates physicians during their psychiatry rotation in appropriate interventions and treatment modalities.
Finally, acting as an impartial third party, Jay conducts comprehensive Fitness for Duty evaluations of struggling UCLA medical students at the request of the David Geffen School of Medicine. He writes a detailed report of his findings and recommends to the Regents whether the student is fit to proceed with his or her medical education.
Currently a little over two years from completing his Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, Jay embraces alternative and complementary therapies, including acupuncture, and is looking forward to seeing you in the office.