Rick E. Stallings, MD
I speak: English
My gender: Male
Where I practice
Growing up in a small town in the foothills of the North Carolina mountains gave me a strong connection to the land and to the people of our community. I learned the value of listening and relating to people. As a boy, my grandparents shared stories of their life experiences and I was not only entertained, but learned many life lessons. We lived on a small farm, and while there was always plenty of work to be done, we often took time to visit relatives and friends. It was there that I learned how important it is to be supportive for others when they are lonely, sick or suffering.
About my practice
I went to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and after receiving an undergraduate degree in public health, I decided to pursue medicine. During the course of medical school at UNC, I did a rotation in outpatient community psychiatry where I realized I had found my specialty. Now, more than 10 years after completing residency, I continue to find this field exciting and rewarding. It is a real privilege to be able to help people through some of their most challenging times in life.My position with Kaiser Permanente as a psychiatrist offers a great fit with my background and values. The principles I learned both growing up and many years ago in public health, mesh well with Kaiser Permanente’s emphasis on quality, service and affordability.
How I thrive
To keep balance in my life, I try to remember the tasks of living well – to love, work, and play. Outside of work, I enjoy traveling, gardening, movies, yoga and fitness, whitewater rafting, music (including bluegrass) and spending time with family and friends.