Originally from the Midwest, Dr. Balt has lived in the Bay Area for many years. He is a graduate of Stanford University, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, and Rockefeller University. Dr. Balt received residency training in adult psychiatry at Stanford Hospital and UCLA-Kern Medical Center. Dr. Balt is experienced in psychopharmacology, cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, and public mental health. Dr. Balt has previously served as medical director in a residential addiction treatment program in the Bay Area, as well as a psychiatrist at the Schuman-Liles Clinic in Oakland, CA. Dr. Balt has experience working with the Center for Health Care Evaluation at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where he helped to develop more effective ways of prescribing opioids for chronic pain, and at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco, studying the antidepressant effect of non-medical ketamine use. Dr. Balt has taught at Stanford University, Stanford Medical School, UCLA, and the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. His presentations include talks at the 2012 American Psychiatric Association (APA) Annual Meeting and the 2012 California Psychological Association/Advanced Training in Psychopharmacology workshop. In his free time, Dr. Balt is an avid runner and reader, and has a vital interest in health care policy and the evolution of modern psychiatry.