Dr. Jason Beck of Waco Surgical Arts believes his path to becoming a dual-degree doctor and dentist was mapped out early in life.
“The idea may have been planted in my mind at a very young age,” he said. “When I was born, my grandmother made a plaque to hang in my bedroom that talked about the origins of my name, which meant ‘the one who heals’. So I always had a desire to help others in need and I guess I always had a vision that it would be about treating patients specifically.
“Then, during my studies, I always liked science lessons more than anyone else. A career in surgery allows lifelong immersion in science while providing patient care.
He said the rewarding part of his business is having a satisfied patient for whom he has exceeded expectations.
“Whether it’s a fear of the doctors or the pain waiting afterwards, we love it when they’re surprised at how easy and comfortable we’ve made them,” Beck said.
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Waco Surgical Arts, 7917 Woodway Drive, has an entire team that makes the process simple and as painless as possible for the patient, he said.
“Professionally, I’d say our team has spent a decade perfecting what we call ‘the patient experience,'” Beck said. “Everyone on our team knows how important each step of the process is so that patients can refer a loved one or return as a patient in the future.”
Beck said being a doctor and a dentist has been beneficial in his practice.
“The medical degree gave me the additional knowledge base and critical thinking to be more comfortable performing surgery on medically compromised people,” he explained. “Our patient population is aging all the time, but with that comes more medications and more health issues that can affect surgical outcomes.
“In medicine, you can’t know everything, but neither can you know too much.”
He is certified in Tactical Medicine after completing one of the nation’s top programs for training SWAT doctors, where he graduated at the top of the class earning the “Specialist Award.”
“Most of my life I tried to improve myself personally in all areas,” he said. “One way I’ve found to do this is to do hard things. The more difficulties or hardships you overcome, the harder you become.
“For me, I saw SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) training as a challenge that may not help me in my practice, but rather makes me a better version of myself. I felt already comfortable treating trauma patients from a surgical perspective, but being so well trained that I can do it in an active shooter or hostage situation where you’re also physically exhausted is the next level.
SWAT training taught him to maintain his normal heart rate and stay calm in stressful situations, he said, which allows him to use his mind to its highest capacity at the time.
Since Beck moved to Waco in 2010, he has been involved with Mission Waco, served on the board of the Waco Symphony, and is a supporter of the Care Net Pregnancy Center of Central Texas.
He has performed medical and dental assignments for nearly 20 years in Spanish-speaking countries where his rudimentary Spanish came in handy, he said. ￼