Oncology Social Work Services

Cancer can involve significant psychological, social, and economic challenges for patients and their families. Care for the whole person, not just the diagnosis, is an important aspect of the patient’s plan of care.  For this reason, the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center employs clinical social workers who provide emotional and practical support for patients, their families, and their friends. Oncology Social Workers can provide advocacy and referrals as well as individual and family counseling services.  

Our Oncology Social Work staff is available at no cost, to help meet your needs. These services are available to anyone in our community, regardless of where they are receiving medical care. 

Services Available

Services are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

  • Counseling
  • Home Visits
  • Relaxation/Stress Management
  • Visitors Programs
  • Advocacy
  • Wigs & Hats - available free of charge

Assistance and Referrals for:

  • Advance Healthcare Directives
  • Beauty Consultation: call Beth Higgins at (805) 298-2552
  • Childcare
  • Disability Benefits
  • Financial Assistance
  • Home Health
  • Individual and Family Therapy
  • Insurance
  • Lodging/Housing
  • Long-Term Care
  • Medical Equipment
  • Prescription Aid
  • Respite Care
  • Transportation
  • Welcome Back Program – haircuts: call Emily Perez at (805) 252-6495

Support Groups and Programs

Please call (805) 563-5852 for dates, times and location. Also, please check the calendar for an up-to-date schedule of groups and classes.

  • Brain Tumor Support Group
  • Breast Cancer - Beginning the Journey to Wellness
  • Caring for the Caregiver Program
  • Community Palliative Care Program
  • Gynecological Cancers Support and Education Program
  • Head and Neck Support Group
  • Helping Children Cope When a Parent Has Cancer
  • Life after Cancer Group
  • Living with Lung Cancer
  • Sobreviviendo el Cancer (Spanish Language Support Group)
  • Prostate Cancer Discussion Group
  • Young Adult Group

For information about our programs and services please call the location nearest to you:

300 West Pueblo Street
Mary Solis, MSW, LCSW (805) 569-2412

317 West Pueblo Street
Amy Shapton, MSW (805) 898-3457

540 West Pueblo Street 
Katie Hughes, MSW (805) 563-5851

540 West Pueblo Street
Rosario Campuzano (805) 563-5852
Laura Gonzalez (805) 563-5853
Sherry Massey (805) 682-7060

Solvang Office, 2040 Viborg Road #140
Shabnam Deriani, MSW (805) 737-8676

Health Care Providers