Meet the Staff!

From left to right: Cynthia Cutshall, Roni Kholomyansky, Leah Khaghani, Jennifer Panish, Joey the therapy dog, and Abid Niazi. Not pictured: Heidi Tend, Dai To, Roman Rodriguez, and Thomas Jones.

Dai To, Ph.D., Executive Director of Wellness, Director of CAPS

Dr. To is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and received her doctorate from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, CA.  As Director, she is available for consultation to Faculty, Staff and family members  to address any concerns or questions about how to intervene and help a student.  She also provides individual and group psychotherapy with an emphasis on First Generation College Students.  Whether in her own clinical work or supervising the work of trainees, Dr. To is informed by her understanding of people both psychologically and socioculturally.  She has a deep appreciation for the developmental challenges of college students and understands that these challenges are often complicated by familial, cultural demands and expectations as well as internal conflicts.  Dr. To works with students to navigate this important time of transition and growth through providing support and insight oriented therapy that will allow students to understand the connections between their emotions, behavior and academic success.

Cynthia Cutshall, Ph.D., Associate Director of Clinical Services and Operations / Outreach Coordinator

Dr. Cutshall received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Iowa. She provides assessment, crisis intervention, case management, and psychotherapy to Saint Mary’s students as well as consultation to faculty, staff, and concerned others. In collaboration with the Director, Dr. Cutshall oversees clinical services and operations at CAPS. She is interested in researching alternative methods of service delivery and potential obstacles to treatment seeking in order to better meet the diverse needs of all students. Dr. Cutshall also works with the Training Coordinator to provide clinical supervision to postdoctoral therapists at CAPS, and she manages a comprehensive psychoeducational program designed to serve the multicultural student population at Saint Mary’s. Please feel free to contact Dr. Cutshall at x8328 or cac13 for any outreach needs.

Dr. Cutshall believes that a person's psychology is impacted by a number of factors, including but not limited to heredity, culture, and early relationships. Ideally, therapy allows students to feel understood and less alone so that they can better navigate challenges in their personal and academic lives. Dr. Cutshall enjoys working with college and graduate students, and she has a particular interest in supporting student veterans.

Jennifer Panish, Psy.D., Training Coordinator / Staff Psychologist

Dr. Panish is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco. For the past 15+ years she has focused primarily on working with college students from a psychodynamic, multicultural and relational approach. Dr. Panish has worked with students dealing with a range of issues with a particular understanding of the pressures of higher education, as well as young adult development. Her special interests include crisis intervention, anxiety, depression, identity
related issues (e.g. gender, sexual orientation, race), and life transitions. In addition to her work with college students, Dr. Panish also has a private practice in Oakland.

Brother Thomas Jones, FSC, Ed.D., Staff Psychologist

Dr. Jones is a Christian Brother who holds California state licenses as both a Clinical Psychologist and an Educational Psychologist.  He received his doctorate from the University of San Francisco.  With experience in educational, correctional and medical settings, Dr. Jones brings considerable experience in supporting the development of individuals who struggle to take care of their personal needs as they respond to institutional expectations.  As a staff psychologist in CAPS, he is available to students regarding issues pertaining to the social, emotional and academic challenges of collegiate life.  He is also available to faculty and staff for consultation.  Drawing on a number of paradigms, Dr. Jones incorporates elements of learning, muticultural and psychodynamic theories into his practice.  He has worked with a wide range of issues that impact the well-being and development of students, including addressing learning differences; facing transition; managing family and peer relationships; building self-esteem; setting and attaining goals; coping with stress; and managing depression, mood swings and anxiety.

Leah Khaghani, Psy.D., Postdoctoral Resident

Dr. Leah Khaghani received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from California School of Professional Psychology/Alliant International University, San Francisco. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Kaiser Oakland Medical Center. Leah is currently fulfilling requirements for her post-doctoral training under the supervisions of Drs. Cutshall, Panish and To. She provides individual and group psychotherapy, crisis intervention, and outreach services to undergraduate and graduate students. Her therapeutic intervention is primarily psychodynamic. She has experience working with depression, anxiety, grief, and a deep appreciation for the pressures of college and graduate school. Dr. Khaghani also has special interest in issues of trauma, gender, sexuality, identity, race/ethnicity, culture and spirituality. In her free time, Leah enjoys reading, spending time outdoors, music and poetry.

Roni Kholomyansky, Psy. D., Postdoctoral Resident

Dr. Roni Kholomyansky received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at Santa Clara University - Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). He is training under the supervision of Drs. To, Panish, and Cutshall. Dr. Kholomyansky’s primary therapeutic orientation is psychodynamic, with a particular focus on time-limited dynamic psychotherapy to suit the needs of the college student population. He has special interests in mindfulness, complex trauma, social anxiety, and working with international students. He provides individual and group psychotherapy, crisis intervention, and outreach services to undergraduate and graduate students.

Abid Niazi, Psy. D., Postdoctoral Resident

Dr. Abid Niazi received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University in San Francisco, California. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the Ann Martin Center in Emeryville, California. He is training under the supervision of Drs. To, Panish, and Cutshall.  Dr. Niazi's primary clinical interests include multicultural issues, facing transition, managing family and peer relationships, building self-esteem, exploring identity concerns, managing depression and anxiety, coping with stress, and building mindfulness practices.  In his spare time, Dr. Niazi enjoys playing basketball and reading poetry by Rumi.

Heidi Tend, Office Manager

Heidi brings more than 25 years of logistics, managerial and administrative experience. Prior to joining Saint Mary's, she served as Logistics Manager for EPC, where she managed such projects as courseware curriculum development, training certification and training coordination.  When you come to CAPS, Heidi will be your first point of contact. She will help to navigate you through the process of filling out a questionnaire and setting up an appointment to see a therapist.  In her free time, Heidi LOVES DOGS, volunteers at a local animal shelter and has two pet therapy dogs of her own - Oscar and Joey whom you can follow on Instagram @oscarjoeycaps.  She is also responsible for coordinating the pet therapy events on the SMC campus.