Dr. Helmer received his BA in Psychology from UCLA and his M.D. from Chicago Medical School. He completed a Family Medicine residency at Salinas and a fellowship in Geriatrics at UCSF. He joined the faculty in Salinas and then completed his fellowship in Faculty Development at UCSF. In 2008, Dr. Helmer joined Ventura and received his boards in Hospice & Palliative Medicine. He enjoys cultivating his interests in Geriatrics, Bioethics, and the Inpatient Palliative Care Consult Service.