Officer Biographies

Anoop Karippot, M.D., FAPA, FAASM, President

Dr. Anoop Karippot is a practicing Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in San Diego, CA. He received his medical degree from the Armed Forces Medical College. He completed his residency in Psychiatry at University of Louisville School of Medicine in Kentucky and fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Bingham Child Guidance Center, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY. . He is Board Certified in General Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Karippot is also certified in Behavioral Sleep Medicine and a Registered Polysomnographer.

Dr. Anoop Karippot is the Medical Director of AKANE Institute of Behavioral Medicine ( ). He is the Vice-Chief of Psychiatry at Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego and Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, CA. He serves as Medical Director for the Palomar Medical Center Sleep Disorders program at Palomar Pomerado Health, Escondido, CA. He is the current chair of San Diego Psychiatric Society Child and Adolescent section. He is also an elected Board member to the California Sleep Society. He is one of the founding members and the Past- President of the Pennsylvania Sleep Society. Most recently, Dr. Karippot has held faculty appointments in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Sleep Medicine and Adult Psychiatry and at Penn State University Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA and University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY. He now has medical staff privileges at Scripps Mercy Hospital, Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla, Palomar Pomerado Health, Sharp Mesa Vista Hospital, and Sharp Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Karippot started practicing Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Adult Psychiatry and Sleep Medicine in the San Diego County since 2010. Dr. Karippot has focused his research and clinical practice on the integration of psychiatry and sleep medicine with emphasis on early detection, prevention and management of chronic illness like depression, ADHD, obstructive sleep apnea, restless leg syndrome and their association with academic dysfunction, obesity and poor quality of life.

Dr. Karippot is a fellow of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the American Psychiatric Association. He has been an active member of Standards of Practice Committee of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine with contributions to several current practice parameters in sleep medicine. He has numerous publications, abstracts, book chapters and oral presentations to his credit on various topics in psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry and sleep disorders. Dr. Karippot is an avid speaker and has given presentation on various topics of psychiatric illness and sleep medicine for local organizations in San Diego and has chaired educational seminars at national and international conferences.

Manuel Garcia, M.D., President Elect

Dr. Manuel "Manny" Garcia earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, MO and his medical degree from Case Western Reserve School of Medicine in Cleveland, OH.  He did a flexible internship at the Cleveland Clinic, then went on to complete his residency in psychiatry and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of California in San Diego.   Dr. Garcia has past work experience as a Medical Director on the Neuroscience Medical Liaison teams of Sunovion Pharmaceuticals and Pfizer Pharmaceuticals.  He has also served as a Councilor for SDPS Council.  Currently, Dr. Garcia is a Medical Science Liason for Mylan Pharmaceuticals.

Jessica Thackaberry, M.D., Secretary

Jessica Thackaberry, M.D. After receiving her B.A. in Psychology from Central Washington University, Dr. Thackaberry entered the University of Washington Medical School.  She was a member of Omega Delta Kappa Honor Society from 2005-11 and received the SPARKX/CHAP award in 2009-10 for her activities serving the underserved.  Dr. Thackaberry is on the faculty of UCSD.  Her interests outside of work include music (piano and guitar), movies, playing board games and hanging out with family.

Jason Keri, M.D., Treasurer

Jason Keri, M.D. completed a combined B.S/M.D. degree from Northeast Ohio Medical University in 2001 before matriculating to UC San Diego for Adult, Geriatric and research psychiatry training and fellowships, culminating in 2006.  Presently, Dr. Keri divides his time between clinical, administrative and teaching pursuits.  Clinically, as a double- boarded Adult and Geriatric psychiatrist, Dr. Keri focuses on his clinical passion for geriatric psychiatry.  He won awards at Palomar Health in 2008-2009 as Doctor of the Year on measures of Press Ganey patient satisfaction and a separate award selected by hospital staff.  Administrative roles include those as medical director for several memory care and skilled nursing communities as well as Medical Director for Mental Health Systems, which operates San Diego County funded mental health clinics and programs throughout California.  As President of Senior Medical Associates, a multi-specialty healthcare company, Dr. Keri leads a mission to bridge gaps in healthcare through integration of mental health providers within the rest of medicine.   Dr. Keri is a regular community speaker and serves as Associate Clinical Professor, UC San Diego Health Sciences, non-salaried, primarily focused on topics relating to Geriatric Psychiatry.

Dr. Keri experienced the amplified impact we can have to help our peers, patients and society through organized medicine in medical school with fellowship roles at the American Psychiatric Association and American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, While starting his post-residency career and raising three children, Dr. Keri briefly stepped away from organized medicine.  Dr. Keri is grateful to be appointed as a Councilor at SDPS and looks forward to the opportunity to enact solutions that broaden mental wellbeing in our community.