Our Team

Here at Viking Clinical Research, we conduct Clinical Research studies with the help of volunteers like you. Our highly trained, dedicated, and friendly staff will be here to assist you in every step of the research process. By registering with us, we hope that we can find a suitable study for you now, or in the future.

Jay Collins Rendahl

CCRC, BA, Director of Research Operations, CEO

Jay is one of the founders of Viking Clinical Research, Ltd., and has been active in the medical and research communities for more than 25 years. He served honorably in the US Navy, both active and reserve, for 14 years in various medical and psychological capacities. He is a member of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from San Diego State University. 

Sana Johnson-Quijada

MD, Psychiatry

Dr. Johnson-Quijada has been our Principal Investigator on a number of CNS protocols since 2003. Dr. Johnson-Quijada (Dr. “Q”) has received accolades from sponsor companies for expedited enrollment, and more importantly, for having a high completion rate in studies that she has overseen at Viking Clinical Research Center. She recently completed studies in the area of generalized anxiety disorder, major depressive disorder, schizophrenia, schizoaaffective disorder, and social phobia.

David Schwartz

MD, Family Practice and Geriatric Medicine

David Schwartz, MD, Family Practice and Geriatric Medicine. Dr. Schwartz has been the Principal Investigator and Medical Director of Viking Clinical Research Center since 2002. Dr. Schwartz has been something of a “fixture” here in the Temecula Valley for more than 20 years. With experience in Emergency Medicine, and board certification in Family Practice and Geriatric Medicine, Dr. Schwartz has been both principal and sub-investigator in cardiology, urology, and affective-disorder protocols. He has an extremely diverse and large patient population base. Because of this patient population, Dr. Schwartz has been instrumental in ensuring that enrollment is quick and accurate. As the Medical Director or Viking Clinical Research Center, Dr. Schwartz is available for consultation at any time.

Edward Cherlin

MD, Psychiatry

  • Diplomat American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Past Chief of Staff, Mesa Vista Hospital, San Diego, California
  • Past Chief of Staff, Harborview Hospital, San Diego, California
  • American Medical Association
  • California Medical Association
  • San Diego County Medical Association
  • San Diego Society of Psychiatric Physicians
  • Strattera National Advisory Board
  • HIRE Advisory Board

Ryan Woodaman

COO, Regulatory

Ryan is our Regulatory Affairs Officer. He has been with Viking Clinical Research since 2011. With a BS in Business, Ryan also assists with study-feasibility and contracting decisions.

He also ensures constant and consistent communication between the coordinator, sponsor, and investigator with regards to study amendments, changes and updates.

Sharon Eaton

Director of Finance

Sharon has been with Viking Clinical Research since 2009. With a background in human-resources and accounting; Sharon is our Financial Director who is responsible for contracts, advertising, and study budgeting. She is also our point-person for creating and maintaining contracts with as-needed ancillary diagnostic sites.

Maria C. Rodriquez

CRC, BA, Director of Clinical Operations

Carmen has been with Viking Clinical Research since 2012. She is the lead study coordinator. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Social Science with a concentration in medical anthropology. She has over 14 years of experience coordinating clinical research trials in the area of CNS; Urology, Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Alzheimer’s and MDD.   

Faviola Cruz

MA, Phlebotomist

Faviola is a MA and Licensed Phlebotomist she is an assistant  coordinator responsible for lab draws, lab sample preparation; patient scheduling, obtaining vital signs, and EDC entry. She  is IATA Certified

Shannon Matteson

MS, Study Coordinator

Shannon has been a study coordinator since 2016. She has a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology, Bachelors of Science in Education and a Masters of Science in Mental Health Counseling.  We are grateful to have her on our team. 

Pamela Alvarez

MD, Neurology

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