Michael Pica, Psy. D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Michael Pica serves as President at Pica & Associates Psychological Services. Dr. Pica earned his doctorate in clinical psychology in 1999 from Central Michigan University and brings to the practice over fifteen years of working with adults, adolescents, and their families in outpatient, residential, and inpatient settings. For a period, he served as clinical director of a child and adolescent psychiatric unit. As a result, Dr. Pica frequently takes on adolescents with more significant emotional and behavioral disorders and families in crisis in which hospitalization may be required. Outside of working with adolescents, one of Dr. Pica’s particular interests is doing marital therapy. Additionally, Dr. Pica’s specialties with adults are anger management, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders, borderline personality disorder, pain management, and men’s issues. As we stress the concept of wholeness as a philosophy of our practice, Dr. Pica is a very well-rounded individual who is creative and humorous, enjoys walking his dogs, working on screen plays, and working out at the gym.
Tanya Gluzerman, Psy. D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Tanya Gluzerman serves as Clinical Director at Pica & Associates Psychological Services. Dr. Gluzerman earned her doctorate in clinical psychology in 2010 from Midwestern University and has extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and families in outpatient, residential, and school settings. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at New Connections Academy where she worked with children and adolescents on the Autistic Spectrum including those with sensory integration issues, co-morbid ADHD, and learning disorders. What makes Dr. Gluzerman unique is that she has also worked with children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral disorders (e.g., school / separation / social anxiety, reactive attachment disorder, depression, mood disorders, ODD, OCD, ADHD, conduct disorder, and PTSD). Coupled with excellent English, she also is fluent in Polish. In addition to providing psychotherapeutic services, she is available for school consultations, ADD screenings, and psychological testing if so desired. Outside of therapy, Dr. Gluzerman is a very energetic and active person, engaging in running, boxing, lifting, and playing with her two dogs, Nuzzle and Cosmo.
Carolyn Werneke, Ed. S., Psy. D., Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Werneke earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the Adler Institute for Professional Psychology. Dr. Werneke completed internships at Linden Oaks Child and Adolescent Unit and Mercy Behavioral Health inpatient and outpatient services. Her post-doctoral experience was spent at the Phoenix Institute in Chicago and Oakbrook offices where she completed a year of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder training. Prior to her doctoral studies, Dr. Werneke was a School Psychologist (NCSP), a special education teacher, and an elementary teacher. Her extensive background in educational services lead to positions in evaluating children for various educational experiences, including children with exceptional gifted characteristics and those with learning disabilities, including autism, ADHD, and clinical syndromes. Dr. Werneke has worked for many private schools and at Lutheran General Children's Hospital for evaluating low incidence children and children with developmental issues as a result of premature birth. She has had experience with all areas of child and adolescent developmental issues. In addition, she has interests in family issues and specialized women's treatment.
Olesia Shalayska, Psy. D., CDP, Licensed Clinical Psychologist & Certified Dementia Practitioner
Dr. Shalayska earned her M.A and Doctoral degree at Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Schaumburg. As a licensed clinical psychologist in both Illinois and Indiana, Dr. Shalayska has worked with a diverse client population ranging in ages from 6 to 100+. However, her specific interests are in adult and geriatric clients that struggle with comorbid mood disorders and medical conditions. Her training and work experiences at Timberline Knolls has prepared her to work with clients that have obstacles related to substance abuse, eating disorders, and trauma. Dr. Shalayska’s therapeutic framework is predominantly cognitive behavioral and dialectical behavioral therapy. However, based on client need, she will integrate other therapeutic approaches that better help her clients achieve their goals. Additionally, Dr. Shalayska has a strong interest and training in psychological assessment. During her externship at Dixon Correctional Center, she completed psycho-diagnostic testing for clarification of diagnosis, emotional distress, and personality characteristics. Over the past 4 years, Dr. Shalayska has developed a proficiency in neuropsychological assessments to clarify cognitive disorders and functional changes. Testing can provide the client and therapist a guideline for treatment, inform treatment planning, indicate personality traits that contribute to functional problems and establish accurate diagnosis. In her free time, Dr. Shalayska enjoys riding horses, traveling with her family and dogs, as well as learning about new cultures and world history.
Margaret Slavich, Psy. D., Licensed Eligible Psychologist
Dr. Maggie Slavich earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Schaumburg. She completed her doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Connections Academy East, a therapeutic day school, where she provided individual and group therapy for children and adolescents with emotional disorders, behavioral disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and trauma. Dr. Slavich has also worked with individuals of all ages including in intensive outpatient programs, emergency rooms, medical hospitals, dementia clinics, private practices, and a pain management clinic. Her therapeutic approach incorporates techniques from a number of evidence-based therapeutic orientations including client-centered therapy, child-centered play therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, emotion-focused therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy. She also incorporates humor in her clinical work. In addition, Dr. Slavich has performed neuropsychological, psychological, and academic testing for individuals of all ages. In her spare time, Dr. Slavich enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, playing with her dog and two cats, playing guitar, and attending comedy shows and music events.
Morgan Pappas, Psy. D., Clinical Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellow
Dr. Morgan Pappas completed her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University, Schaumburg. Her studies included an emphasis in Health Psychology which encompassed training in hypnosis, relaxation techniques, acute and chronic pain management, and stress reduction. She is passionate about women’s issues and her doctoral research consisted of developing a treatment plan for decreasing postpartum depression while increasing the mother-infant bond. Dr. Pappas completed her doctoral internship at the Kane County Diagnostic Center focusing on diagnostic testing and evaluations. Her therapeutic approach is eclectic and she utilizes several theoretical orientations, such as, interpersonal psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, feminist theory, and client centered therapy. At Pica & Associates, Dr. Pappas is in the process of completing her post-doctoral training. Outside of therapy, Dr. Pappas enjoys being outdoors along with spending time with her family and friends.
Christine Creighton, MS, LCPC, ATR-BC, ADHD-CCSP, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor & Board Certified Art Therapist, ADHD Certified Clinical Services Provider
Christine earned her Master of Science in Art Therapy from Mount Mary University in 2012. Christine comes with a range of clinical art therapy experiences with children, adolescents, and adults with behavioral or emotional challenges, ADHD, complex trauma, grief/loss, major life transitions, persistent mental illness, and neurodevelopmental disabilities. She has worked in school-based treatment settings for adolescents, day programs for adults with disabilities, in-home behavior therapy, and outpatient treatment. Christine has extensive years of experience with adults with profound to mild intellectual disabilities, and specializes in using the creative arts to build social, coping, sensory integration, and life skills. Also, she has training in behavioral techniques that help build verbal/communication skills, academic skills, and reduce problematic behaviors with children with autism spectrum disorder. In the fall of 2019, Christine received her certification as an ADHD Certified Clinical Services Provider, completing additional hours and training on ADHD assessment and treatment, Introductory Psychopharmacology, and Educational Management of ADHD. She incorporates a multisensory approach into her practice including art making, expressive play, movement, music and evidenced-based coping strategies. Additionally, she is an active person who loves to paint, draw, bake, exercise and travel.
Michelle Vargas-Herbst, MS, School Psychologist
Michelle received her graduate degree in School Psychology from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY, and her BS in Psychology from Siena College in Loudonville, NY. She has been in the school psychology field for over 20 years in New York, Atlanta, and Illinois, and has worked with preschoolers to adolescents within the school setting. Locally, Michelle has worked in the Geneva school district for 12 years and has done contract work within the Kaneville school district. Michelle is of Cuban descent and is bi-lingual in Spanish and English, and has worked with the Fox Valley Literacy Group for Spanish-Speaking Families. Michelle is married and has 3 children and 2 dogs, and enjoys yoga, tennis, and reading.