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Cedar Crest Hospital - Our Team

Belton, TX Behavioral Health Professionals

Cedar Crest Hospital & RTC

Experience and Compassion When You Need it Most

When you are seeking dependable, effective mental health care for a loved one, you want to be sure that the care is provided by caring, experienced professionals. At Cedar Crest Hospital & RTC, you'll receive exactly that. Our staff is dedicated to making sure each patient's recovery is handled in a professional and considerate manner.

Our patient care is managed by a comprehensive treatment team – a psychiatrist or a psychologist, a social worker, and a staff of direct patient caregivers – to make sure you receive all the care and attention you need.

Our staff strives to provide the highest level of care:

Edmund Cavazos III, M.D.
Medical Director

Edmund Cavazos III, M.D. is the Medical Director at Cedar Crest Hospital. Dr. Cavazos received his Medical Degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, Texas. A member of various medical associations, he pursues being a vocal advocate for patient care and patient rights.

A national, state, and local guest lecturer on child, adolescent and adult psychiatric topics, Dr. Cavazos came to Cedar Crest Hospital as a native Texan, after serving as the Medical Director for a large Behavioral Health Organization for the past 20 years.

Dr. Cavazos has an extensive background. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corp, as he was a recipient of a military Health Professional Scholarship Program. He was the former Medical Consultant, Medical Review Officer for the Army Drug & Alcohol Prevention Control Program, as well as the Chief of Inpatient Psychiatry at Ireland Community Hospital at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

In addition, he was the first physician in the nation to complete his Certification in Juvenile Sex Offender Counseling and is also a Certified Criminal Justice Addiction Specialist for Adolescents. He is a member of the National Task Force for Juvenile Youth Offender Treatment, and as a psychiatrist, he serves as a preceptor of Psychiatric Advanced Register Nurse Practitioners for Vanderbilt School of Nursing and the University of Louisville.

Ramil Baratang, M.D.

Dr. Ramil Baratang joined Cedar Crest Clinic in 2005. Medical School: University of the East-Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Medical Center, Philippines, 1991 Internship: Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Philippines, 1992 Residency: General Psychiatry, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas 1996 Fellowship: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas 1998 Dr. Baratang has a special interest in ADHD, pervasive developmental disorders/autism spectrum disorders, mental retardation, and psychopharmacology in children.

Taghi Shafie, M.D.

Dr. Taghi Shafie received his medical degree in 1973 from the University of Isfahan, Iran, followed by completion of a one-year psychiatry residency through the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and a second year of residency in neurology through Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. After 28 years of professional experience in Houston, he has joined Cedar Crest Clinic in Killeen, Texas, to provide outpatient services to the Central Texas community.

Everett Lynn Warthan, M.D.

Dr. Everett Warthan joined Cedar Crest in 2003. He received his MD from the University of Texas Medical School at Houston. He completed training and certified in family practice in Austin, Texas. He has past experience in emergency medicine, chemical dependency and primary care. Since joining Cedar Crest, Dr. Warthan has been providing primary care and physical evaluations on all the hospital & RTC admissions. He and his wife live just outside of Belton, Texas.

As a patient at our facility, your privacy is paramount. We are required by both federal and state law to maintain the privacy of your protected health information.

We will not release any confidential health information about you or your treatment without your explicit consent. Learn more about our patient privacy agreement

If you or someone you love is experiencing a crisis,contact Cedar Crest Hospital & RTC at any time at 866-543-7779.

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