Meet Dr. Karen Beck

meet dr karen beck

Commitment to My Patients

As a dentist, it is my responsibility to ensure that each person who comes to me for their dental care receives the best treatment possible. Each person has individual needs and concerns, and over the years I have learned that by listening to and talking with them, we can build a respectful, trusting relationship where we work together to improve their dental health.

I find it particularly rewarding to care for patients who have dental anxiety due to past experiences. Today’s technologies and procedures allow us to provide truly painless dental care. I encourage my patients who are feeling worried about a visit to talk with me about their fears. Often, by helping an individual understand what’s going to happen, step-by-step, and by proceeding with treatment at a comfortable pace, I’m able to help a person leave their fears behind.  We also offer the option of oral conscious sedation for those with extensive needs.

I enjoy spending my days caring for and interacting with a diverse group of people. Each person has a lifetime of experiences and stories to share; I love when we can learn from each other. It’s those connections that I find most fulfilling.

Education and Continuing Education

  • Bachelor degree in Biochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Doctorate of Dental Surgery, University of the Pacific
  • Master of Business Administration (in-progress), University of California, Irvine

I am never satisfied with the status quo: my patients deserve top-quality dentistry, and access to the latest, proven treatment options. By pursuing continuing education opportunities, I am able to ensure my patients receive exceptional care at every visit. I’ve studied at the prestigious Spear Institute, participate in ongoing CEREC® single-visit crowns training, and my staff has taken part in Inspired Hygiene training, as well.

Professional Memberships

  • American Dental Association
  • California Dental Association
  • Humboldt-Del Norte Dental Society

Personal Life

The first ten years of my life were spent in Dayton, OH.  My father was a test pilot in the US Air Force, and my mother worked hard raising their six children. We lived in Southern California for many years. After graduating from dental school in 2001, I moved to McKinleyville. I've lived here since with my husband, who was my high school sweetheart, and our two sons, as well as our two dogs.

Spending time with my boys is my priority when I’m not caring for my patients. I’m also kept busy studying for my MBA.