Meet Lucia Cheng, MD – Online Psychiatrist


Dr. Lucia Cheng was born in Taiwan and immigrated to California at the age of seven. She completed her bachelors degree at UC Riverside and completed her medical degree at Medical College of Wisconsin in 2004. She then returned to California and completed her general psychiatry residency training at Loma Linda University Medical Center in 2008.

After residency Dr. Cheng worked as teaching faculty at Loma Linda University Medical Center providing specialized women’s mental health services, and as clinical staff at Loma Linda Veterans Affair Medical Center. She then moved to Northern California where she worked as the medical director of the outpatient Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder treatment program at the Veterans Affair Medical Center based in Livermore, where she developed experience treating patients using telepsychiatry. Dr. Cheng then worked as an inpatient staff psychiatrist at Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz. In 2012, Dr. Cheng started working exclusively as an online psychiatrist, first with InSight Telepsychiatry, then with Southern California Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Cheng continues to work with healthpiper.com providing telepsychiatry care on a subscription-based model.

During Dr. Cheng’s clinical experiences in multiple settings, it became apparent to her that there is a large population of people across the United States who are unable to access psychiatric care due to distance, transportation issues, work schedule, childcare responsibilities, and other factors. Phoenix Progressive Psychiatric Services was founded to help address those difficulties by providing high-quality psychiatric care to those who would otherwise be unable to access it. Currently, Dr. Cheng uses the AmWell.com platform for online appointments. This provides Dr. Cheng the flexibility she needs to provide the best care possible and develop long-lasting therapeutic relationships with her patients.

During her free time Dr. Cheng enjoys spending time with her family and friends, practicing Chinese wushu, playing complicated board games, and playing video games. Dr. Cheng also enjoys attending various video gaming-related conventions and volunteers with TakeThis.org at their Hope Booth and AFK Room whenever she can.