Staff Biographies

Kathleen “Kat” Fernandez, Drug and Alcohol Specialist
Kat Fernandez is a Certified Alcoholism and Other Drug Addictions Recovery Specialist who works closely with Dr. Pizitz to provide treatment to those struggling with addiction. She has worked in the field of chemical dependency for ten years.

Her career history includes working as a DUI Counselor for Accord, and as a Substance Abuse Counselor at the McAlister Institute Detoxification program. Other employment has included working as a recovery specialist with the P3 Parolee Program, SARMS Program (Substance Abuse Recovery Management Systems) and as a drug and alcohol counselor for the East County Drug Court. Presently, she works as a Co-occurring Disorders Counselor and Prop 36 Case Manager, Mental Health Systems, Inc., Pegasus East. She currently heads up the Drug and Alcohol Treatment Program offered at Dr. Pizitz’s offices.

 

Shay Groenewold, MA, Registered Psychological Assistant
Shay Groenewold, M.A., is a registered psychological assistant (PSB94021429) under the supervision of Todd D. Pizitz, Ph.D. She earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University in San Diego, CA, and is currently completing her doctorate in the same field. She has experience working in outpatient, short-term residential, and hospital treatment settings.  She has treated an array of adult clientele, including at-risk, severely mentally ill, dual diagnosis, and criminal offenders.  Currently, she provides the following services under the supervision of Dr. Pizitz: individual therapy, group therapy, mental health evaluations, psychological testing, and coordination of care within the community. She facilitates the Domestic Violence and Anger Management Treatment Programs offered at our office. Shay is also holds an Apprentice Level Certification with the California State Sexual Offender Management Board (CASOMB).

 

Ca-Lie Cheng-Wang, Psy.D., Registered Psychological Assistant

Ca-Lie Cheng-Wang, Psy.D., is a registered psychological assistant (PSB94022678) under the supervision of Todd D. Pizitz, Ph.D. She earned her Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology from California School of Psychology, Alliant International University in San Diego, CA. She also earned her psychoanalytic fellowship from San Diego Psychoanalytic Center, San Diego, CA. She has experience working in the forensic field, outpatient clinics, long-term residential, school, and hospital treatment settings. Her clinical experiences have been focused on diverse clientele, ranging from toddlers to seniors. She has experience providing individual, family, and group therapy. Her specialty areas including the treatment of addiction, depression, anxiety, trauma-related disorders, attachment disorders, autism spectrum, anger management, personality disorders, and substance related issues. Currently, Dr. Ca-Lie Cheng-Wang provides the following services under the supervision of Dr. Todd D. Pizitz: Individual therapy, mental health evaluations, psychological testing, and coordination of care within the community.

 

Erika Ramos, Psy.D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist 

Erika Ramos, Psy.D. is a licensed Clinical Psychologist in California (PSY27971). She earned her Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Family and Children at the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) of Alliant International University, San Diego.  Her bachelor’s degree in Organizational Psychology is from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey, Guadalajara, Mexico. Dr. Ramos’s clinical training includes Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse (Guadalajara), the Vista Balboa Crisis House, the Winston School, CSPP’s Center for Applied Psychology Services, and Mount Saint Mary’s University Counseling and Psychological Services (predoctoral and postdoctoral internships). Dr. Ramos has experience providing short-term and long-term psychotherapy and psychological evaluations in English and Spanish. She has worked with a diverse range of adolescents and adults, including those with anxiety disorders, mood disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse, relationship problems, and acculturation difficulties. Dr. Ramos’s research interests also include depression and acculturation in the Latino population.  She currently provides Spanish-Speaking assessments and treatment to forensic populations at the office of Todd D. Pizitz, Ph.D.