Heritage Oaks Hospital’s esteemed staff includes:
Dr. Sison is also a child psychiatrist and finished his child psychiatry training at the University of Maryland Medical Systems. He is a longtime active community member in Sacramento and had previously served as medical director for Sacramento County Child and Family Mental Health for 11 years. He has served on various boards of directors in Sacramento, including the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Sacramento and the Head Trauma Support Project. He is a previous president of the Central California Psychiatric Society, a district branch of the American Psychiatric Association.
Although Dr. Sison specializes in the treatment of mood disorders in children and adolescents as well as being an expert in treating children with ADHD, his psychopharmacology expertise also serves him well in the treatment of various adult psychiatric illnesses, such as bipolar disorder, depression and schizophrenia.
Melanie previously worked for Providence Health Services for 12-years as the Director of Providence Kodiak Island Community Mental Health Center in Kodiak, AK. During her time there, the Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers were merged into a single facility and began a whole-person approach for patients struggling with a dual diagnosis.
In 2010, Melanie moved to Anchorage and began her career with UHS at North Star Behavioral Health, an inpatient behavioral health psychiatric facility. The facility served children, preteens, and adolescents across Alaska. She became the Administrator for the main campus in 2015.
In 2017, Melanie moved to Sacramento, CA to become the Chief Operating Officer at Heritage Oaks Hospital.
Earlier in her career, Cathawyne was the Nurse Administrator of the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse for the government of Guam. In addition, she served in American Samoa as the Coordinator for the Alcohol/Drug Program in the Department of Public Health. As well as serving on the psychiatric nursing staff as a manager for the Alcohol and Drug Unit at the Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC.
Cathawyne earned her Master of Science in Nursing Leadership and Administration from Western Governor’s University, Salt Lake City, UT. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Hampton University, Hampton, VA, with a national certification in Psychiatric Nursing. She is a member of the American Nursing Association, as well as the American Psychiatric Nursing Association.