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Beth Jenkins was born and raised in Woodland Hills, California. Her innate desire to help and care for others lead to a passion for medicine that began in early childhood. Becoming a doctor was a dream that she looked forward to for as long as she can remember.
At age 18, Beth was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, and for the first time in her life, she experienced what it feels like to be a patient. She remembers seeing doctors in a different light at that time; there were those who she felt did nothing more than frustrate her for their lack of empathy, and others who were incredibly motivating and inspirational. She vowed to become one of the latter. She completed her pre-medical education at UCLA, where she graduated with a B.S. in Physiological Science. She then attended medical school at the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara in Mexico where she graduated at the top of her class and received the Medico Cirujano degree. She completed a Fifth Pathway Program at New York Medical College where she received her MD and then completed a residency in pediatrics at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Manhattan. Beth returned home to Los Angeles in 2006 and is now a pediatrician at Tarzana Pediatrics, affiliated with Providence Tarzana Medical Center in Tarzana, Tysch Pediatrics in Thousand Oaks, and Karpus Medical Group in Woodland Hills. She serves as an independent contractor and certified product trainer for Medtronic Diabetes, and she is a Yoga Alliance 500 hour certified yoga instructor.
Beth first became interested in yoga as a college student at UCLA and realized through first-hand experience how beneficial yoga was to helping manage her diabetes, reduce the stress she faced throughout her many years of school, and how it consistently elevated her energy levels and her mood. Beth has also battled a number of other health challenges since 2000, including a total of 8 separate surgeries on her eyes. She has witnessed limitations in relying solely on Western medicine and continues to be excited, encouraged, and inspired by the simplicity and abundance of alternative medical techniques. She initially decided to take the 200-hour yoga teacher training through Yogaworks, not with an intention of teaching, but rather to deepen her practice and to learn more about the philosophy and origins of yoga and ayurveda. After completing the 200-hour program, her passion for yoga grew and she was given the opportunity to teach a kids yoga class at an elementary school, as well as an adult yoga class at Bodies in Motion Health and Fitness club. She found that she loved teaching yoga just as much, if not more than practicing yoga and soon decided to continue her training. She completed the 300-hour teacher training program in January 2012. Beth has also completed the Mini Yogis teacher training program, Yoga Playgrounds teacher training Program, CardioFlow teacher training program and Level 1 of the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program. She continues to teach both kids and adult yoga classes at Yogaworks and Amgen and is available for private or small group instruction. Her intention is to combine her passion for yoga with her medical knowledge and her devotion to healthcare to practice more preventative medicine and provide patients with holistic health.