Special Care Clinic

Hamilton Healthcare System's Special Care Clinic (SCC) has expanded their counseling services.  In addition to quality group and individual counseling for senior adult population, the SCC now offers comprehensive and effective group and individual counseling for adolescents, adults and families.  Our highly trained and caring team of professionals is dedicated to changing lives and working to provide behavioral health services tailored to meet the needs of each patient and our community.

After you are referred by your physician, feel free to call or come by our facility. You will be greeted by our caring staff and provided personalized information.  We will schedule and provide a prompt assessment to determine the most appropriate level of counseling and care.  From there, we will work with you and your primary physician, to provide a professional care plan that works for you or your loved ones.

For additional information, or to schedule a confidential appointment please call 254-386-1800.

Meet Our Team


Julia Paige Fernandez, MD
Medical Director- Special Care Clinic

Dr. Fernandez received her Doctorate of Medicine from Texas Tech Health Sciences Center, School of Medicine in Lubbock, TX. She completed her residency at University of South Florida Department of Psychiatry and Neurosciences.  Her work experience as a Geriatric Psychiatrist at the Senior Behavioral Health Unit, at Weatherford Regional Medical Center as well as the Medical Director of Behavioral Health, West Florida Hospital prove to be a valuable asset to our Special Care Clinic and our patients.


Cathy Kolodziej, M.Ed, LPC, CSC, LCDC
Licensed Professional Counselor

Cathy Kolodziej received her Masters degree in counseling from Tarelton State University in 2011. She is a member of the Alpha Chi Honor Society. Her work experience includes 30+ years as a teacher and counselor in public schools and three years working with incarcerated men in the Texas Department of Corrections. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and the Clinical Director at the Special Care Clinic. She enjoys working with all ages, but her passions are for senior care, and grief and loss.


Elizabeth Bays, MS
Licensed Professional Counselor

Elizabeth Bays received her Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Tarleton State University in May, 2015. She is a member of Alpha Chi Honor Society and Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology. During graduate school, her passion involved working with the geriatric population. She gained experience with group and individual counseling at nursing facilities in her area. She is excited to join the Special Care Clinic Team and looks forward to providing hope and healing for a healthy future.

Kayelen Helton
Licensed Professional Counselor

Kayelen Helton lives in Stephenville, Texas and received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Masters of Education (Counseling) from Tarleton State University.  She previously worked in private practice with children in Granbury, Texas focusing on behavioral issues, anxiety, depression, and stress.  Kayelen’s passion is focusing on how to help others achieve better mental health and is excited to be working in the Special Care Clinic.


Derrick Bullard
Psych Tech

Derrick has worked in the Hamilton Healthcare System for approximately ten years. He has been with the Special Care Clinic since 2013. He considers this to be his dream job because of the rewards he finds in making a difference in the lives of clients. He finds it very rewarding to see the smiles on faces as they go through the daily gatherings at the SCC. His goal is to continue to assist those, that require services at the Special Care Clinic, as much as possible.

Christa Gillis
Office Manager

Christa has an associate of arts degree in Healthcare Administration. She brings hard work and determination to the team. She has experience working within the geriatric community and brings that love for older citizens with her. She provides care and a listening ear to our patients whenever she can.