About Our Medical Staff

Richard Deamer

Medical Director

Dr. Richard Deamer studied pre-medicine at Purdue University and graduated from medical school at Ohio State College of Medicine. A rotating medical/surgical internship followed at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Maricopa County in Phoenix, Arizona. He continued with his residency training in psychiatry and fellowship in child psychiatry at UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, followed by two years in the Navy at Camp Pendleton. He retired from the Navy as a Lt. Commander in 1973.

After departing from Vista del Mar in 1985, he elected to work in underserved areas in Ridgecrest, Trona, Wasco and Taft, flying to these areas by taking advantage of flight training in general aviation obtained during his service in the Navy. For the last 10 years, he has been working for Kaiser Permanente as a child psychiatrist. He is a Distinguished Life Fellow with the American Psychiatric Association. He is board certified in both adult and child psychiatry.

He and his wife Ann and two daughters, Kelly and Julie, arrived in Ventura in 1974 when he established a private practice. Like VDMH’s devastation from the Thomas Fire, the Deamer family lost their Ventura home. After two years of rebuilding, they are happy to be back in their home.

Manju Beatty, M.D.

Psychiatrist

Dr. Manju Sharma-Beatty received her medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine in the Commonwealth of Dominica, West Indies in 2001. In 2005, she went on to study psychiatry at the State University of New York at Buffalo Medical Center. Dr. Beatty has given presentations highlighting topics such as personality disorders in hospitalized patients, the role of genetics in Psychiatry, sexual side-effects of antidepressants and has contributed to the publication “Role of Antidepressants and Psychotropics in Sex Therapy”. Dr. Beatty worked as Assistant Clinical Instructor for 3 years teaching and supervising medical students and interns all while developing communication skills protocol. Dr. Beatty has a special interest in Pharmacotherapy during perinatal and postnatal period of pregnancy.

Certifications

  • Board Certified ABPN-General Psychiatry

Specialties

  • General Psychiatry
  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Eating Disorders

Steven Ruths, M.D.

1304 E. Main St. D
Ventura, CA 93003
(805) 653-1060

Psychiatrist

Steven Ruths, M.D. is the Medical Director of Aurora Vista del Mar Hospital in Ventura, California. Dr. Ruths completed his residency at the University of Maryland/Sheppard Pratt Program in General Psychiatry and his fellowship at The UCSD Children’s Hospital in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry where he served as chief fellow. Dr. Ruths coauthored a review article on the treatment of aggression in adolescents in the May 2004 Pediatric Annals. He was a Janssen Scholar for his research in dissociative disorders in adolescents while at Sheppard Pratt and was a member-in-training representative to the Maryland Psychiatric Society. Dr. Ruths also has a private practice in Ventura.

Certifications

  • Board Certified ABPN-General Psychiatry

Specialties

  • General Psychiatry
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Heidi Dahl

Psychiatrist

Daniel Coulter

Psychiatrist