Save the Date!

Our next PHA Educational Luncheon is January 30th

Substance Abuse Issues in the Perinatal Woman

Please join us in an informative presentation about substance abuse during reproductive transition with presentors Krista Roybal, M.D. and Kristy Lamb, M.D. of the True Life Center for Wellbeing. Presentation objectives more and details to follow!

Elijah's Restaurant & Delicatessen

Friday, Jan. 30th, 12-1:30pm

8861 Villa La Jolla Dr, La Jolla, CA 92037

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Dr. Krista Roybal

Originally trained to be a Family Practice doctor at UC San Francisco, Dr. Roybal realized in her internship year that her talents went beyond diagnosing patient’s physical ailments – she had a real gift for listening to them and helping them change. She went on to specialize in psychiatry at the University of New Mexico, and was trained by one of Harvard’s top addiction psychiatrists. She also developed expertise in psychodynamic psychotherapy, attachment theory, women’s mental health, mindfulness meditation and the treatment of anxiety and depression.

Dr. Roybal is a nationally recognized addiction medicine expert and has helped thousands of patients through acute medical detox as well as long-term sobriety. She is a highly regarded psychiatrist in the La Jolla community who provides in-depth psychotherapy as well as cutting-edge psychopharmacologic evaluations and medication management. She is also sought after to provide in-depth psychiatric consultations for patients whose physical health is confounded by a psychiatric condition, for example, patients with cancer, infertility or other medical condition.

Dr. Roybal has trained at Los Angeles County High School for the Arts and later came to UC San Diego to graduate with a literature degree. It was during this time that she was encouraged by a surgeon to consider a career path in medicine. Before going to medical school at New York Medical College, she had assisted as a doula in over 100 deliveries at a birthing center here in San Diego. During medical school, she co-authored research from Albert Einstein College of Medicine that was published on women’s reproductive health. Dr. Roybal is part of the renowned Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla staff. She was the Co-Medical Director of the Scripps Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program for the past 5 years. She has the title of Physician Champion and has overseen the implementation of alcohol withdrawal protocols in all five Scripps Hospitals.

Dr. Kristy Lamb

Board certified in both Family Medicine and Psychiatry, Dr. Lamb trained at UC San Diego and is well versed in the most cutting edge, evidence based, psychopharmacology, but as importantly, she pursued further training in psychodynamic psychotherapy, with a belief that for many, psychotherapy is an integral part of personal transformation and healing.

Dr. Lamb started her training as an undergraduate at Vanderbilt University, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience. She went on to obtain a master’s degree in humanities with a focus on philosophy and social theory from the University of Colorado, further exploring the human condition. However it was in medical school at Georgetown University that the inseparable connection between mind and body became clear to Dr. Lamb and she realized that to fully treat her patients she would need to be adept at understanding not only their physical needs but their emotional, social and spiritual needs as well. She pursued combined residency training in both family medicine and psychiatry in order to care for her patients from a “whole person” perspective. She subsequently completed a fellowship in community and public psychiatry at UC San Diego as well as the fellowship in psychodynamic psychotherapy at the San Diego Psychoanalytic Society and Institute.

Dr. Lamb is an Associate Clinical Professor at UC San Diego, a published researcher who specializes in an integrative and comprehensive approach to wellbeing. She has an expertise in psychopharmacology, psychotherapy, preventive healthcare, complementary and integrative medicine, women’s health, maternal mental health, physician wellness, addiction treatment, as well as primary care and mental health integration.