BE WELL San Diego Psychiatry

Marcella M. Wilson, M.D., DFAPA
1989 – Present  in Private Practice

Presently @ 4060 4th Avenue, Suite 445, San Diego, CA  92103

Private Practice in Adult Psychiatry with an emphasis on 1) Integrative Psychiatry, which utilizes both conventional and complementary medicine remedies for treatment and promotes an individual’s emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being  2) Women’s Issues– which includes but is not limited to hormonally challenged periods such as pre-menstrual, pregnancy,the postpartum, peri-menopause and menopause 3) the Psychiatric Aspects of Medical Disorders, inclusive of Pain Management 4) Addiction Psychiatry and 5) Forensic expert testimony, both criminal and civil.

Board Certified, Psychiatry & Neurology

Marcella M. Wilson, M.D.
January 1991 – Present

Obtained Diplomate of Psychiatry & Neurology, Board Certification in January 1991.

Forensic Psychiatrist

Marcella M. Wilson, M.D. DFAPA
June 1994 – Present @ 4060 4th Avenue, San Diego, CA  92103

Cases have been both criminal and civil in nature. I was originally on a superior court designated list for criminal cases. Presently, I continue to work on cases of both criminal and civil nature. I do not accept cases based solely on defense or prosecution, but on the ability of all parties to understand that I will examine a case in a fair and unbiased manner, and then render my psychiatric opinion. I work diligently with each firm or attorney to do only the analysis that I am asked to do, yet aid them thoroughly in any psychiatric preparation that they require.

Retired Staff

Sharp Grossmont Hospital
September 1989 – October 2016

Began in 1989 as Medical Director/Liaison to the newly established Women’s Center at Grossmont Hospital. Established key linkages between Psychiatry & Ob/Gyn, developed programs together with OB/Gyn MD’s, networked with the public, created and formalized liaison work with Women’s Center staff including Nursing and Social Work. After years of active status, decreased to consultatory status and at the end of 2016 retired from staff after 27 years of service.

Medical Director, SDCPH

County of San Diego, County Mental Health
Government Agency; 10,001+ employees; Government Administration industry
September 2011 – February 2012 (6 months) San Diego

Essential in planning, directing, and coordinating main clinical functions of the hospital involving all associated services. Monitor quality assurance and utilization review processes. Formulate, implement new policies & procedures within hospital. Identify operational problems, formulate solutions. Act as liaison with public & private health services and programs and law enforcement. Supervise medical staff.

Medical Director, CRC, Drug & Alcohol Programs, Greater San Diego

CRC Health Group
Privately Held; 1001-5000 employees; Hospital & Health Care industry
September 2006 – September 2008

Oversight, education and direction of physicians and allied mental health workers to establish new outpatient programming for 6-8 facilities in the greater San Diego area that treated dually diagnosed patients.

Medical Director, CCRC Drug, Alcohol, & HIV Programs

Community Connections Resource Center of San Diego
October 2001 – February 2006

Medical Director of Community Connections Resource Center, San Diego, CA; Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center & HIV Case Management Programs

Medical Director, Union of Pan Asian Communities  (UPAC) Addiction Treatment & Recovery Services  (Adult & Adolescents)

3288 El Cajon Blvd, Suite 13, San Diego, CA  92104

Nonprofit; 51-200 employees; Civic & Social Organization industry; 
January 2000 – June 2004;   August 2012 to the Present

UPAC provides Day Care Habilitative (DCH) and IOP (intensive outpatient) treatment to Drug Medi-Cal eligible adolescents and adults who are misusing or abusing alcohol or drugs. As Medical Director, I assume responsibility and ensure that proper medical evaluations are performed on all clients, and that medical services are provided as needed. Along with the program coordinator, weekly record review is held to ensure quality assurance and utilization review. RFP’s are also reviewed during these meetings. I hold case conferences and clinical supervision with all staff to provide consultation on difficult problems or cases, as well as provide education. It is also my responsibility to determine the need for emergency medical equipment and supplies at the facility.  Any medical emergencies and possible overdoses are to be directly handled by the Medical Director.  All medical records and laboratory results are reviewed and integrated into the patients treatment. As well, as Medical Director, I facilitate communication with the patient’s external providers for healthcare integration.


San Diego Psychiatric Society
June 1998 – June 1999

Provided oversight and leadership for our 300 plus membership in San Diego, which was a branch of the California and American Psychiatric Association.

Medical Director & Liaison for the Women’s Center

Grossmont Hospital
September 1989 – July 1995

Key in developing innovative, new programming for the recently built Women’s Center at Grossmont Hospital. Initiated an updated communication model with physicians and staff from Obstetrics/Gynecology & Mental Health designed for patient & staff well-being. Structured ongoing liaison with the Women’s Center to increase patient retention and decrease staff’s stress levels. Interventions were also aimed at decreasing staffs negative pre-conceived opinions, especially in dealing with the substance abusing patient population.

Chair, Department of Psychiatry

Grossmont Hospital
June 1994 – June 1995

First woman to lead the psychiatric department of this major San Diego County Hospital. As chair, I was responsible for ensuring bidirectional communication flow between the staff and the administration. I led departmental meetings and was psychiatry’s voice at Hospital Wide Executive Meetings. The chair’s work covered a wide range of activities, including aiding the administration with program development, department assessment and accreditation (JACHO), and other administrative tasks. Additional duties included responsibility for staff retention and scheduling, as well as problem solving staff issues. This infrequently led to the need for a higher level of conflict mediation or disciplinary action.

Skills & Expertise

  • Integrative Psychiatry
  • Herbal, Nutraceutical, Medical Foods Treatment
  • Suboxone Treatment
  • Addictions (Drug, Alcohol, Food, Sexual, Gambling)
  • Bariatric Surgery Consultations
  • Medical Staff Administration
  • Team Building, Corporate & Medical
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Mood Disorders
  • Neurotransmitter Testing
  • Genetic Testing
  • Adult ADHD
  • PMS Treatment
  • Postpartum Disorders Treatment
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Light Therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder & Depression
  • Consultation Liaison Psychiatry
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Pain Management-Integrated Treatment
  • Forensic Psychiatry