We believe good health starts with good emotional health.

About WellQor

Our History

It came from seeing a need.

WellQor developed its expertise through partnering with senior living communities. Historically, these communities have done their best to provide medical and physical care for their residents. 

Yet we saw a way to do something more, to provide ongoing emotional care that would directly help older adults manage life transitions and address grief, anxiety, depression, fulfillment issues, even fraught family dynamics. 

Everything families face through the aging process.

To achieve that, we assembled teams of Life Coaches, Psychologists, Neuropsychologists and Licensed Clinical Social Workers. Together, they provide exceptional care for their individual clients and improve the lives of those who care about them.

In 2020, the Covid-19 Pandemic created emotional health challenges that no one could foresee.  Isolation, anxiety, fear and depression have wreaked havoc on all segments of the population, but in particular, our Seniors.  To address this situation, WellQor began offering services through an innovative Telehealth program that has been transformative for seniors and their families.  By connecting with our highly trained specialists from the comfort of home, WellQor is providing Seniors & their families the emotional support they need in a safe, secure, and confidential environment.  

With Telehealth,  WellQor can now support older adults through many of their challenges later in life: A newly empty nest, retirement, loss of friends and loved ones, changes in family dynamics, and the medical issues that inevitably arise.   WellQor is a partner that can be turned to when life gets complicated.

Our Approach

The WellQor team consists of licensed mental health professionals from across the country, all of whom specialize in gerontological issues. Our collaborative approach ensures that patients benefit from the collective experience of a large provider network in order to problem solve and prevent misdiagnosis.

At WellQor, our practitioners use senior specific methodology to better address their clients emotional, psychological and cognitive needs.  They work closely and with family members and other healthcare providers to compassionately bring the very best ideas, resources, and options to our senior clients to deliver fully integrated behavioral health care.

… This is the WellQor Way™

Portfolio

Core Elements of
The WellQor Way:

  • Highly qualified specialists trained in the unique challenges facing seniors
  • Sophisticated reporting on client status and needs, with progress available to family members and caregivers
  • Cutting edge tools and techniques for treatment
  • Close coordination with family members, caregivers and other healthcare providers 

Our Clinical Leadership

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Dr. Wendy McCray, PhD

Lead Psychologist, NorthWest

Dr.McCray is a seasoned clinical psychologist with 20 years of experience working with specialized populations. After earning her Ph.D. from the California School of Professional Psychology, she did post-graduate work at the McAuley Institute where she developed extensive skills in psychological testing and evidenced-based care in order to diagnose and develop specialized treatment plans for individuals with unique needs.   

At WellQor, Dr. McCray oversees a team of Psychologists and Licensed Clinical Social Workers in Northern California. She and her team are responsible for the evaluation, care planning, and treatment of hundreds of older adults with mental health issues ranging from mild depression and anxiety to more serious diagnoses like schizophrenia & Alzheimer’s disease.  By utilizing her experience with psychological assessments, Dr. McCray has a unique ability to get to the root cause of age-specific issues that are often misunderstood or misdiagnosed by other healthcare professionals.  By considering both the emotional and cognitive functioning of seniors, Dr. McCray is able to work with her clinical team to significantly improve the quality of life for her patients and their families. 

Dr. McCray works closely with the senior living communities her team supports and is extremely passionate about educating senior care professionals on how to proactively identify emotional difficulties and emphasize the importance of mental health in providing comprehensive care. 

When away from the office, Dr. McCray loves to stay active and take advantage of Northern California’s natural beauty. On weekends, you might find Dr. McCray hiking in the gold country, paddleboarding or skiing in Lake Tahoe. Most importantly, she enjoys spending as much time as she can with her three children!

Candace Williams, LCSW, ASW-G, FDC, CMS, FDC, MCPM

Director of Clinician Development

Ms. Williams is the Director of Clinician Development for WellQor, the nation’s leading provider of behavioral health services for Seniors. Candace received her MSW from Columbia University and has spent over 20 years in the field developing unique interventions to better the lives of her clients. Throughout her time in the field, Candace has worked as a certified geriatric social worker, certified mediator, crisis management specialist, and family development specialist. She received the UnSung Heroes Award for her work during September 11th, where she supervised the disaster welfare inquiry center. For the last 10 years, she has specialized in working with older adults and their families, establishing herself as an industry expert with multiple published works, and regular public appearances speaking on the emotional and cognitive health of seniors.  At WellQor, Candace has created an extensive clinical training program and continues to oversee the professional development and training of new clinicians. She also moderates their unique Clinician Connect platform, where psychologists and social workers collaborate to identify the appropriate interventions for older adults who are in need of support.

 

Dr. Amanda Smith, PsyD

Lead Psychologist, South

Dr.Smith is a clinical psychologist with 15 years of experience working with specialized populations. She earned her Doctor of Psychology degree in 2005 from Forest Institute of Professional Psychology in Springfield, MO. She completed post-graduate training at Metrocare Services in Dallas, TX where she developed skills working with individuals of all ages with pervasive developmental disorders. During her time at Metrocare, Dr. Smith rose to the position of Chief Psychologist. In that role, she oversaw the development of multiple new programs, conducted community trainings on Autism and developmental disabilities, and helped her team develop a new and more efficient EHR system. She also served on multiple treatment teams, held a position on the Behavioral Intervention Committee, and conducted countless developmental assessments for a wide variety of programs.  

Currently, Dr. Smith serves as the Lead Psychologist for WellQor’s southern region including Texas. She and her team of psychologists and clinical social workers are responsible for the evaluation, care planning, and treatment of older adults with mental health issues ranging from mild depression and anxiety to more serious diagnoses like schizophrenia & Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Smith feels it is important to involve the whole system when working with this population in order to provide comprehensive care and support to the individual, their family members, and their caregivers. Dr. Smith specializes in encouraging patients to find purpose and meaning in their lives and uses a strengths-based approach to treatment.

 During her free time, Dr. Smith enjoys spending time with her husband and three children. You can often find her in the gym cheering on her children in their various sports and activities.  

Dr. David Giella, Psy.D.

Lead Psychologist, SouthWest

Dr. Giella, PsyD.  is a clinical psychologist with over 15 years of clinical and management experience.  Dr. Giella masters in Applied Clinical Psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Ryokan College.  He is extensively trained in Psychoanalytic psychotherapy, specializing in long-term, in-depth, insight-oriented work.  Dr. Giella has served as clinical director of multiple mental health programs including leading the clinical team for Inpatient Crisis for 4 years, and multiple other programs that provided treatment in individual and group formats, treating a variety of diagnoses and levels of functionality. He has also served as quality management specialist where he focused on increasing compliance, clinical/policy training and mentoring staff, policy development, and procedure/protocol streamlining. 

At WellQor, Dr. Giella oversees clinical operations for his team of Psychologists and Licensed Clinical Social Workers who support seniors and their families in the Western United States.  In this capacity, Dr. Giella conducts extensive psychological evaluations, creates treatment plans for and monitors the progress of each of the clients in his team’s care.   He and his team have significantly improved the quality of the living for hundreds of seniors, their families and communities.  

Dr. Latisha Fowler, PhD.

Lead Psychologist, Ohio

Latisha Fowler, Ph.D., is the Lead Psychologist for Ohio and has been with WellQor since  2017.  Her work responsibilities include the provision of counseling services via telehealth and in-person, strengthening partnerships with the communities she serves, and the oversight of Licensed Independent Social Workers (LISW’s) with whom she manages. In her previous employments, she has worked in community mental health for 14 years and has practiced as a generalist with children, teens, and adults. Dr. Fowler takes on an integrative approach therapeutically and focuses on strengths, natural supports, and an individual’s inherent capacity for growth. She utilizes evidenced-based practices such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy. Dr. Fowler holds a Master of Arts in Psychology degree and a Doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Walden University. She enjoys working with the senior population and strives to enhance their quality of living through addressing their unique experiences and challenges. She has experience in working with seniors who have experienced loss, bereavement, physical and cognitive decline, and transitioning through various life phases. Dr. Fowler also enjoys working with the families of those she serves and believes that such collaboration not only serves in the best interest of the seniors but also their families. She is committed to providing seniors with compassionate, caring, and person-centered treatment.

Dr. Kimberly Miller, PhD

Lead Psychologist, Northeast

Dr. Kim Miller, PhD is a licensed clinical neuropsychologist with more than 20 years of experience leveraging assessment tools to diagnose and treat her patients. With a dual focus on clinical psychology and neuropsychology, she has administered psychodiagnostic and neuropsychological assessments in both hospital and private practice settings and has provided psychotherapy to an adult population.

Dr. Miller earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Hofstra University, a master’s degree in counseling and community psychology from Marist College, and a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from St. John’s University, with a specialization in Neuropsychological Assessment.  She teaches introductory and abnormal psychology courses at the undergraduate level at Farmingdale State College and has taught similar courses at St. John’s University. Dr. Miller maintains a small private practice in neuropsychological assessment in New York City.

In her role with WellQor, Dr. Miller is the Lead Psychologist for the Northeast Region where she is responsible for administering and interpreting psychological test data, treatment planning, and providing psychotherapy to a geriatric population. She manages her team of clinicians in the region, providing supervision and support when necessary in order to ensure positive outcomes for the patients under her care.

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