Christine Jacobs, M.D.
Interim Vice President for Medical Affairs and Interim Dean of the School of Medicine
Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine
Christine Jacobs M.D., FAAFP is Professor and Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine since 2017. She is a graduate of Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and Brown University Family Medicine Residency. She was founding Program Director of the SLU Family Medicine Residency from 2011 through 2018. Dr. Jacobs has over 30 years of experience in medical education and is Board-certified in Family Medicine and Geriatrics. She is passionate about training future family physicians and working to achieve health equity in our region. She is an avid bicyclist and gardener.
Elizabeth Keegan-Garrett, M.D.
Elizabeth Keegan Garrett, M.D., M.P.H. is the Program Director of St. Louis University Family Medicine Residency and Assistant Professor of Family & Community Medicine. Dr. Keegan Garrett earned an BA in Biology from Mount Holyoke College (1998). She completed a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Harvard University (2003), earned her medical degree from Oregon Health & Science University (2005) and completed her family medicine residency at the University of Missouri, Columbia (2008). Before joining SLU Family Medicine Residency in 2017, she worked for eight years at Family Care Health Center in St. Louis, MO, where she continues to maintain a full scope clinical practice, including maternity care. She is passionate about women’s health, maternity care, working with underserved patients and loves teaching. She is happiest when spending time with her husband, Kelly and sons, Silas and Sam. She loves time outdoors, cooking, travel, reading and digging in the dirt (even when only weeds grow).
Jay Brieler, M.D.
Associate Program Director
Jay Brieler, M.D., FAAFP serves as the Associate Program Director and Associate Professor of Family & Community Medicine. Dr. Brieler received his bachelor's degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (1994) and his Doctor of Medicine from Southern Illinois University (1999). He completed residency at Ramsey Family and Community Medicine in St. Paul, Minnesota (2003) with an emphasis on counseling and mental health. His research interests center on the delivery of behavioral health by primary care physicians and integrated behavioral health. He spends most of his free time with his wife Michele and daughters Isabel and Sophie, who will both be away at college in the fall. He recently retired from a long run as a scholastic chess coach but still plays guitar in several local bands. He loves the water, kayaking, and is adding bicycling to his fitness routine.
Theresa Drallmeier, M.D.
Director of Curriculum
Theresa Drallmeier, M.D., is the Director of Curriculum and Scholarship for the SLU Family Medicine Residency and Assistant Professor of Family & Community Medicine. She received a medical degree from University of Missouri (2014) and completed her Family Medicine residency at the University of New Mexico (2017). After a year providing primary care through the St. Louis County Health Department, she joined the SLU Family Medicine Residency in 2018. Her passions include providing healthcare to transgender and gender non-conforming persons, using medication-assisted treatment to manage opioid use disorder, and working with the Latinx population. She can’t believe her luck at finding a place (Family Care Health Center!) where she gets to work with these disparate populations daily. She happily spends her free time with her wife Julie, their golden retriever Maple, and baby Theodore, the newest addition to their family. Her favorite pastimes include reading, exploring the fifty states and beyond, and anything that takes her outdoors, including hiking, jogging, and stroller walks through the neighborhood.
Ashley Meyr, M.D.
Ashley Meyr, M.D., is the Clinical Director of the SLU Family Medicine Residency and Assistant Professor of Family & Community Medicine. She earned her medical degree from Saint Louis University (2016). She went on to complete her Family Medicine Residency at our very own program here at SLU, where she was chief resident. After graduating, she joined SLU Family Medicine as core faculty in 2019. She is originally from the St. Louis area and is so happy to be serving this community. Her passions include women’s health, pediatrics, and teaching. She loves spending time with her husband, Alex, and baby, Madelyn, who was born just after Ashley completed residency. In her free time, she enjoys introducing Madelyn to some of her favorite things to do in St. Louis, including exploring Forest Park and the zoo, and she can’t wait to turn her into a Cardinals and Blues fan.
Darryl Zinck, M.D.
Jennifer Gafford, Ph.D.
Director of Behavioral Health
Jennifer Gafford, Ph.D., is the co-director of the behavioral medicine curriculum for the SLU Family Medicine Residency. She received her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Saint Louis University and completed her internship in pediatric psychology at Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington, Vermont (2000). She has been a part-time faculty with the SLU Family Medicine Residency since its establishment in 2011, along with her work as a behavioral health consultant for pediatrics at Family Care Health Centers. Her professional interests include primary care integration, especially in the area of pediatrics, Balint leadership, and refugee and immigrant health. She loves traveling and hiking with her husband and their Vizsla, and they are all happiest when their two adult sons and their partners can join!
Jenna Putzel, M.D.
Director of Pediatrics
Jenna Michaels Putzel, M.D., M.P.H., teaches pediatrics to residents as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Community and Family Medicine at Saint Louis University. She earned her medical degree and a Master's in Public Health in epidemiology from Saint Louis University in 2004, following which she completed her medical residency in pediatrics also through Saint Louis University's program at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center. It was during her medical school training that she first came to Family Care Health Center and she has been there as an MS3, a pediatric continuity clinic resident and, most recently, as a pediatric clinician for over 12 years. She has a strong collaborative relationship with the behavioral health team at Family Care and especially enjoys co-teaching with these colleagues. Watching children, families, and residents grow and develop is the most joyful part of her work. Dr. Putzel is happy to reside in Saint Louis City with her husband, daughters, son and terrier, Milo, and loves exploring new places with them.
Jackie Cattage, Ph.D.
Behavioral Health Faculty
Jacquelyn Cattage, Ph.D., is adjunct behavioral science faculty for the SLU Family Medicine Residency. She received a doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Saint Louis University (2012) and completed her postdoctoral training at Family Care Health Centers (2014). After completion of postdoctoral fellowship, she accepted a full-time position at Family Care Health Centers and continues as a valued member of the integrated behavioral health team with a clinical focus in pediatric behavioral health disorders and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Dr. Cattage joined the SLU Family Medicine Residency as part-time faculty in July 2018. The assessment and diagnosis of Autism Spectrum disorders piques her intellectual interests as does team-based primary care and work force development. Dr. Cattage is a wife and mother of 3 young children. She enjoys reading, listening to music and singing, and game night with her family!