1555 Naperville Wheaton Rd. Suite 209G
Naperville, IL 60563
Kathy received her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Concordia University Chicago in 2019. She completed her internships at Ramos & Associates Behavioral Health and Maryville Academy. Kathy has clinical experience working with diverse individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, ADHD, substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, life transitions, LGBTQ+ issues, and relationship challenges. Her priority is to create a collaborative, empathic space where clients feel validated and supported in their journey towards their goals. Kathy also has experience providing therapy in Polish.
Kathy loves staying active by engaging in yoga, playing tennis, and rollerblading. She also enjoys reading the latest contemporary fiction and spending quality time with her pet, friends, and family.
Kelly Santoyo, M.A.
Denise is currently the Director of Behavioral Health at a non-profit children’s clinic. She oversees a staff of social workers and interns and is the lead in crisis teams coordinating the needs of the client with services available to them. Denise works closely with therapists, social workers, and parents/guardians to determining the situation and need for help. Then she directly connects with the State Offices of Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS), Screening, Assessment and Support Services (SASS), Behavioral Health Hospitals (BHHs) and others to ensure the best support is given. She has volunteered and completed her Practicum with organizations such as the National Runaway Switchboard, YWCA, Children’s Hunger Fund, and Community Projects CCCA. Concurrently, she is an adjunct professor at Chicago’s Concordia University teaching Micro Intervention in Social Work and Social work in Abusive and Addicting System. For the past thirteen years Denise has gained a wide range of experience from children to older adults working in different settings within Behavioral Health Hospitals, Crisis Hotlines, Schools, Home Visits, and Medical Clinics. She is passionate about conducting more long-term solutions for people who need help adjusting through life challenges.
Denise is bilingual in Spanish and English. Her degrees are in Social Work and include a Master's Degree from Loyola University, Chicago, 2013 and Bachelor's Degree from Northeastern Illinois University, 2010. In her down time, she relaxes with fishing, running, and learning new craft skills and being active in the community.
Meet our Staff!
Lee Woods, M.A. LPC NCC
Director of Operations
Dr. Edgar A. Ramos is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with over 17 years of varied clinical experience. In 2004, he received his Master's Degree in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. In 2006, he received his Psy. D., from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology. He received his clinical training pre and post doctoral at Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital. Dr. Ramos has extensive experience working with children, adolescent and adults. He has worked in various residential settings, Behavioral Health Hospitals, Nursing homes, and Community Mental Health Centers throughout Chicago. In addition, Dr. Ramos is a full time faculty at Concordia University Chicago in the Human Services department graduate programs . His primary focus is teaching in the Psychology department. Dr. Ramos supervises and trains Masters and Doctoral level students at several sites. He is fluent in Spanish and provides clinical care in both Spanish and English. Dr. Ramos is an expert in the area of adolescent gangs. He has presented extensively on the topic.
Dr. Ramos is an avid comic book collector and has merged his passion and love for psychology and comics by intertwining them both in the way he works with children and adolescents as well as presenting on the integration of comic book superheroes on mental health.
Kelly received her Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Adler University in 2016 and is currently working towards her doctorate with an emphasis in children and adolescents. She recently received her certification as a Certified Positive Discipline Parent Educator (CPDPE) and has worked in various settings including community mental health, inpatient facilities, therapeutic day schools, and crisis hotlines. Kelly has experience working with individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, panic disorder, trauma, OCD, ADHD, behavioral disorders and other issues. She also has experience doing therapy in Spanish.
Kelly loves playing soccer, going to the gym, and doing various other physical activities. She is also a huge lover of animals. Kelly frequents reptile expos and spends time with the pets she has at home. When she's not running around, she also likes to spend her time playing video games.
Lee received a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology, with a specialization in Sport and Health Psychology from Adler University in 2015. His clinical interests revolve around mental skills training to balance energy management and mental focus for everyday life performances. He also focuses on the characteristics of effective leadership and team dynamics/building.Lee has clinical experience in working with exercisers to achieve weight loss and addressing negative thoughts and body image issues to reach personal and performance goals. In addition, he has experience working with the military for mental skills training to improve resilience and enhance a growth mindset for optimal performance. Lee has also assisted mixed martial arts and boxing athletes in mental training circuits to enhance training for peak performance and personal goals.
Lee is an avid comic book movie fan and comic book reader. He also enjoys weightlifting, training in mixed martial arts (MMA), and watching combat sports such as MMA and boxing.
Samantha earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling Psychology at Roosevelt University in 2017. She completed her Bachelors of Arts in Clinical Psychology at Saint Xavier University in the Fall of 2014. There she began volunteering at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital as a Child Life volunteer. She continued to volunteer there for three years in the Hematology & Oncology outpatient center. Samantha has extensive knowledge and accreditation working with children and adolescents. She completed her clinical practicum at the Family Behavioral Health Clinic in Des Plaines IL. Samantha also has experience working with geriatrics. She worked as a Life Enrichment Specialist providing support services in an Alzheimer’s and Dementia care unit. Samantha has clinical experience treating Trauma, Depression, ADHD, Anxiety, Grief, Physical and Mental Disabilities, and other presenting problems. She enjoys incorporating art, play, and other child friendly approaches into her practice.
Samantha is a comic book and Disney fanatic. She enjoys spending time outdoors, and traveling around the country to find the best pizza.
Kathy Pukszta M.A., LPC
Samantha Chavez, M.A. LPC
CFO/Licensed Professional Counselor
Janet earned her Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling Psychology from North Park University in May 2018. Has worked as a case manager, family support worker, facilitated groups and health access for the last 10 years providing care coordination and continuity of care. Has worked in a psychiatric setting, gerontology setting, nursing home, hospital setting and has experience working with adults, adolescents including teen pregnancies, children and infant’s early development. Janet is a certified as a care coordinator, has experience in completing developmental screenings for early intervention and has experience with home visitations and DCFS involvement. Completed her clinical practicum at Erie Family Health Centers.
Currently works and has experience as a mental health clinician providing psychotherapy to the marginalized community, immigrant population and African American population, providing services in English and Spanish. Janet provides mental health evaluations in facilitation to U-Visas and waiver letters. Janet is dedicated to supporting individuals, families and couples by offering psychotherapy to facilitate and support mental and emotional health. Janet supports in providing diagnostic evaluations, has experience in treating Trauma, Depression, Anxiety, Grief and other presenting mental health problems. Janet enjoys implementing play therapy for her adolescents and children to help regulate their emotions.
Janet finds passion in helping others, traveling and dancing. More than a profession this is Janet’s project in life, her mission is to continue her journey as a clinician preparing herself to then be able to give more to this world.
Edgar A. Ramos, Psy. D
CEO/Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Mount Prospect Location:
500 W Central Rd
Mt. Prospect IL 60056
Ramos & Associates Behavioral Health Clinic