Adil A Mohammed
Adil A. Mohammed, M.D., is a board-certified Psychiatrist in General Psychiatry, committed to providing the highest standards of care for a wide variety of clients with diverse needs. He received his medical degree from Saint Petersburg State Medical Academy. In 2010, he completed his internship in Internal Medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine Program, Bronx, New York. In August 2013, he completed Psychiatry Residency Training at Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was involved in teaching medical students during his residency period. He has received an award for his scholarly achievement during his residency training. Dr. Mohammed has many years of clinical experience working in Outpatient, Inpatient, and Consultation-Liaison settings. He has been the CEO and Medical Director of Harmony United Psychiatric Care since 2014. He had been on staff at several hospitals in Lake, Sumter, and Alachua County, including Leesburg Regional Hospital Center (LRMC), The Villages Regional Hospital (TVRH), and North Florida Regional Medical Center (NFRMC). He also served as the Medical Director of the Inpatient Behavioral Health Units at NFRMC and LRMC. He has extensive experience working with clients of all ages, especially the geriatric population, at outpatient clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, and assisted living facilities. Dr. Mohammed credits his strong clinical judgment to his diverse clinical experience and his excellent clinical training. He strives to balance a professional bedside manner with a compassionate, empathetic approach in a client and family-focused environment.
Alecia Cottrell, RCSWI, is a Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern (RCSWI). She is a recent graduate of Florida State University with a Master’s in Clinical Social Work. She also holds a Master’s in Criminal Justice from Saint Leo University (specializing in behavioral studies and investigations) and an undergraduate degree in Social Work from Texas A&M – Central Texas. She is an Army veteran of 14 years where she served as a Medic and Pharmacy Non-Commissioned Officer and was honored by being selected as a Cadet Basic Training Instructor at West Point, New York, in 2006 and the operations and logistics Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge for Pharmacy Services in Tikrit, Iraq in 2010. She has more than ten years of experience in working with those who experience homelessness, veterans, diverse indigent populations, those who are experiencing substance abuse and dependency, multi-generational families, and children who have been exposed to abuse and neglect. Alecia has experience in case management and investigations which has allowed her to advocate for the most vulnerable in complex systems. Alecia is a native of Alachua County, FL. She is passionate about normalizing therapy in underserved populations and connecting individuals to community resources that promote overall well-being and mental health stability. She continues to have the goal of encouraging therapeutic successes by providing a non-judgmental and empathetic environment and using client-centered therapy to empower clients to achieve long-term therapeutic goals.
Zakira Causevic, RCSWI, is a Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern (RCSWI). She obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degree in social work from the University of South Florida. Zakira is bilingual (English- Bosnian) speaking. She worked for over 20 years and possesses experience in the social field, serving individuals, families, and veterans from ethnically, culturally, and linguistically diverse backgrounds with a wide range of concerns. Zakira’s counseling style is interactive, empathetic, compassionate, and warm. She provides a safe, supportive, non-judgmental environment that encourages the development of insight and growth. She believes in a holistic approach to treating the whole person, as everyone is unique and has the experience that requires a unique journey toward achieving the most fulfilling life. Also, Zakira works from evidence and a strength-based clinical approach that utilizes a client’s strength to help guide you to achieving healing, instill hope, highlight each client’s potential, and live the life you deserve.
Yoneka Powell is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She first earned an Associate of Arts in Nursing at Santa Fe College, where she graduated in 2009. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Florida A&M University where she graduated Cum Laude in 2011. She initially wanted to be a critical care nurse, but after taking a position as a mental health nurse at UF Health Shands Psychiatric Hospital, she ended up staying in the mental health field. After a year of working in the mental health field, she pursued her Master’s of Science in Nursing degree at the University of South Alabama. She completed the clinical experience for her Master’s at UF Health Shands Springhill – Gainesville FL, Park Place Behavioral – Kissimmee FL, and Aspire Health Partners – Orlando FL. She has 10+ years of working experience in the mental health field as an RN on inpatient units as well as a traveling mental health nurse.
Victoria Johnson, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Psychologist. She holds a master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and will soon earn her Doctor of Psychology in July 2022 from the Florida School of Professional Psychology at National Louis University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Florida. She has 7 years of experience, including outpatient therapy, college counseling, assessment, and inpatient therapy. Her clinical focus involves trauma, relationship issues, and personality disorders. She currently treats clients dealing with anxiety, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, codependency, depression, grief, infidelity, life transitions, marital concerns, peer relationships, self-esteem, stress, suicidal thoughts, and trauma. Change can be scary, especially when it involves ourselves and our way of living. Seeking help can also be scary; there are tons of options, and not knowing where to turn can be intimidating. But by reaching out, we can work together to start the process of healing. She likes to compare her therapy to that of climbing a mountain, you point to a peak you want to reach, and we set off to get there together. She doesn’t have the answers to the mysteries of life, but she can help you on your chosen path by assisting you with barriers that block your way while being a positive presence when hope seems lost. She provides existential, interpersonal therapy, meaning you and she will work together to get you to where and who, you want to be. In working with her, she will build a relationship that can create lasting change by getting to the heart of the issues you are experiencing. We will climb the mountain together as equals and reach the summit where you can build your new life. She offers a completely judgment-free space where she can tackle whatever issue, concern, or feeling you have.
Thea Henry, RCSWI, is currently a Registered Clinical Social Worker Intern. Thea is a two-time graduate of Florida State University, holding a bachelor’s in Psychology and Social Work, and a master’s in social work. She has worked with an array of populations including those in gerontology, crisis stabilization, substance misuse, and more recently perinatal and postpartum mothers. Thea has a passion for supporting and helping others through many of life’s challenges.
Takojia Walters, LMHC, is a licensed mental health counselor. She graduated from Capella University with her Master’s in Mental Health Counseling in 2015. She earned a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Phoenix, Arizona. She has a strong desire to help clients heal what hurts, discover new coping techniques, build a better version of themselves, and learn how to function daily with mental illness through providing cognitive behavior techniques and other behavioral modalities that are appropriate for the client. She has more than 7 years of experience serving as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor. She has over 15 years of working with children and adolescents in various environments. She helps clients identify their strengths and triggers that affect their lives. She helps clients with learning how to effectively communicate, muscle relaxation skills, emotional regulation, manage anxiety and improve self-esteem and positive coping skills.
Amy E Zecevic, APRN, PMHNP-BC, is a Board Certified PsychiatricMental Health Nurse Practitioner. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Nursing in 1993 at Central Philippine University; and completed her Master of Science in Nursing specializing in psychiatry from Walden University in 2019. Amy has been practicing as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in the outpatient setting since March 2020, treating clients with a wide spectrum of mental health conditions. She has decades of nursing career underpinned her clinical experience, more extensively in the Emergency Department, Intensive Care Unit, Medical-Surgical, Oncology, and Pediatric units. Among the specialty areas, it was her role as the mental health registered nurse and case manager at Orlando’s Veterans Affairs Medical Center that deeply motivated her to be a psychiatric nurse practitioner. Amy’s training and clinical experience as a psychiatric nurse practitioner allow her to provide competent and compassionate psychiatric care to families across the lifespan; managing disorders as follows: anxiety, depression, mood, psychotic, personality, sleep, childhood neurodevelopmental, and late-life neurocognitive disorders. She incorporates education and health teaching with psychotherapies. She is passionate about helping individuals and families to get the proper treatment without fear of stigma. As famously known, anyone suffers from any form of mental health condition despite their level of success Amy, her husband, and her son are from Florida. As Floridians, they enjoy home chores (gardening) and other outdoor activities. Her family is actively involved in local religious organizations which directly served the local communities. Among the many nonprofit organizations, she is passionate and engaged in volunteer services where she could help reach out to the underserved population. Schedule an Appointment with Amy Zecevic, APRN, P
Susan Davis received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology after graduating Magna Cum Laude from the University of Florida. She completed her doctoral degree with a focus on diagnostic assessment. She has experience diagnosing and treating a broad spectrum of cognitive disorders, including neurodegenerative diseases, traumatic brain injury, and stroke. Dr. Davis also has extensive experience with psychoeducational assessments required by Florida schools and universities, including learning disorders and ADHD. In addition, she is experienced in treating emotional, behavioral, and cognitive disorders. She has worked in the community for over 10 years, working with all disciplines in a comprehensive approach dedicated to mental wellness and rehabilitation.
Anna Stouffer, APRN, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She graduated cum laude with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of South Florida. She continued her education at the University of South Florida earning her Master of Science in Family Nurse Practitioner, then received her Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner degree from Florida State University. Anna has over 13 years of clinical experience in diverse settings including primary care, neurosurgery, and acute psychiatric care. She has been a mentor and preceptor for other nurses/nurse practitioners and has been a speaker at several national conferences. Anna has a holistic and empathetic approach to mental health. She believes that no one should suffer in silence and no obstacle is too big to overcome. She is dedicated to reducing the stigma of mental illness and to helping her patients feel their best, every day.
Sherry Roberts is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP-BC, with 25 years of psychiatric nursing experience. She graduated with a BSN from Central Methodist University in Missouri and earned her MSN from Walden University in Minnesota. Sherry’s professional experience includes caring for inpatients in both community mental health and private mental health hospitals in Florida. Before moving to Florida, she worked at an inpatient state mental health center in Missouri. Sherry has a compassionate and caring approach to her patients and believes that the mind-body connection has a powerful impact on our overall well-being. Her specialties include treating anxiety disorders, depression, and other mood disorders, along with a wide range of psychiatric diagnoses that affect people across the lifespan. She works with children, adults, and geriatric clients.
Sherri Anglin, APRN, PMHNP-BC, is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She earned her bachelors from Northwestern State University, Louisiana. She earned her masters from the University of Wyoming Laramie. She has made it her life’s mission to guide her patients through their struggles with mental health. Throughout her life, she learned many things, including compassion, empathy, and how to listen and really hear what her patients are saying. This allows her to use all her knowledge in psychopharmacology to improve the quality of life of her patients. In fact, her career in healing and helping others began as a Registered Nurse, and after seeing all the people in need of mental health treatment, she was inspired to pursue a career in Mental Health. This inspiration led her to the University of Wyoming, where she obtained a master’s degree in Psychiatry. Since graduation, she has had the privilege of providing psychiatric care to many different ages and cultures throughout the United States and has grown with each patient encounter. Now, after more than a decade of caring for those who struggle with mental health, she is still proud to call herself a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner as this is her life’s calling and vows to help all that she encounters with their personal journey with mental health. She remains humbled by the opportunity bestowed upon her and values the privilege of providing the best psychiatric care to her patients.
Ashley Larose Murphy
Ashley Murphy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who graduated from Walla Walla University with her Master’s in Social Work in 2011. Ashley has a strong desire to help clients discover themselves, heal their hurts, and build a better future through providing client-centered counseling services through cognitive behavioral therapy, solutions-focused, motivational interviewing, attachment issues, and trauma-informed care. She has more than 10 years of experience serving as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She has been working with children, adolescents, and adults through both outpatient counseling and inpatient substance use and crisis intervention. Ashley helps clients identify their strengths and build positive coping skills including working on communication skills, emotional regulation, anger management, improving relaxation skills, and building positive self-esteem.
Scott Berg has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2016. He graduated Cum laude with a BA in psychology from Saint Leo University in Saint Leo, FL. He received his Master of Social Work in Advanced Practice from Saint Leo University in Saint Leo, FL. Scott has over a decade of experience serving residents of Lake and Sumter counties. He completed his clinical internship at Cornerstone Hospice, where he provided respite care and bereavement groups. He has many years of experience in working with the elderly population, families, caregivers, and individuals dealing with lifelong and terminal illnesses through Hospice. Scott has also worked as an independent contractor for Central Florida Counseling and Psychological Services, where he has provided psychotherapy for children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples counseling in dealing with many different mental health illnesses and navigating life’s difficulties, including depression, anxiety, mood disorders, PTSD, and grief.
Bronwyn Hershey APRN, PMHNP-BC is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She earned her bachelor’s in Nova South-Eastern University, Florida. She earned her MSN from Walden University in Minnesota. She has over 12 years of experience working in mental health in central Florida. She has qualified and certified to provide treatment for a variety of mental health diagnoses and has a medical background in critical care when there are medical considerations for providing safe, quality, & effective care for you and your loved ones. She specializes in the management of ADHD being able to prescribe stimulant medications and interpret diagnostic screenings and review computerized testing results. She also can provide guidance and medication management using genetic testing as well. She is both competent and confident in providing care for children and teens sensitive to needs throughout their development including college-age students. She has experience working with patients suffering from mood disorders who are also diagnosed with neurodevelopment and neurocognitive challenges.
Sanford Chertock, Ph. D., is a clinical psychologist. He received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Montana, Missoula, MT. He then joined North Alabama Regional Hospital, Decatur, AL, as a Psychology Service Chief and Supervised three psychologists. Developed a psychodiagnostic evaluation program. Provided individual and group therapy. Routinely reviewed hospital treatment programs with area probate judges and mental health centers. He worked as a Clinical Director at North Central Alabama Mental Health Center, Decatur, AL. He developed and recruited clinical staff positions. He clinically and administratively supervised program managers. He provided individual, couple, and family therapy. He then joined Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center as a Post-Doctoral fellow in Pediatric Psychology. He also provided psychodiagnostic evaluations of children and adolescents with medically diagnosed pathologies. He Treated psychogenic seizure and asthma disorders, enuresis, and encopresis, learning and emotional disabilities, and behavioral maladjustment. He was later an Assistant professor in Wilmington, OH, where he instructed upper-level undergraduate classes in abnormal psychology. He also got an opportunity to serve the community as a Clinical Director at Clinton County Mental Health Center, where he Clinically and administratively supervised therapists and doctoral students. Conducted therapy with couples, families, and individuals (of all ages). He also provided evaluations for involuntary hospitalizations and disability determination. Dr. Sanford Chertock carries 41 years of experience and a wealth of knowledge throughout his career. He then served as a Psychologist at American Biodyne, Inc., Indianapolis, IN, where he provided emergency evaluations for hospitalization authorization. Conducted psychotherapy for individuals (all ages) and families. He was also appointed as a Clinical Director in TriHealth Counseling and Psychological Services, Edgewood, KY, where he oversaw clinical activities, client programmatic integrity, and professional milieu. Evaluated and treated adults, couples, children, adolescents, and families. He was also a Medical Expert consultant at Social Security Administration in Cincinnati, OH, where he reviewed claimant evaluations and treatment documentation. Provided testimony in hearings before administrative law judges. Dr. Sanford Chertock was also appointed as a Child Clinical Psychologist at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, where he provided evaluations and treatment to children, adolescents, and their families. He is a member of the American Psychological Association, and he is also certified by the National Register of Health Service Psychologists.
Rubina Hemani, PMHNP-BC, ARNP-C, and MSN, is a board-certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner specializing in adult and geriatric care. She has 5 years of experience working in psychiatry clinics. She completed her diploma as a registered nurse at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi, Pakistan. She also has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in nursing from Florida Southern College. Rubina is well-versed in taking care of adult patients with mental and physical illnesses. She uses evidence base practice and is able to assess, examine, diagnose, and write focus treatment plans using various technologies such as EMR and telemedicine. She is capable of teaching patients and their families about the disease process and involving them in the plan of care. Her goal is to build a strong connection with her patients and include them in their recovery process in order to achieve the best possible outcome for them. Rubina is capable of providing excellent high-quality treatment with outstanding communication skills, and passion to serve you and your family at large.
Brooke Davis, LCSW is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) holding a degree in Psychology from Florida State University and a master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Central Florida. With over 20 years of experience, she has worked in a variety of settings and with multiple age groups. Her approach is to create a warm and welcoming environment for the clients she serves to promote a safe space for healing and empowerment. As a natural listener and communicator, she has a passion for hearing people’s stories and interacting alongside them to help make sense of their experiences and emotions. She finds joy in the unique qualities of each of her clients and is compelled to find connection points with them. She uses a variety of techniques including a strength-based and person-centered approach with a solution-focused outcome. She believes in a therapeutic process for health and wholeness with the belief that every person can benefit from therapy. Brooke’s mission is for healing to take place in a non-judgmental, empathetic, and nurturing environment. Brooke holds a certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy, an advanced certification in Hospice and Palliative Care, and a certificate in program development from the Dougy Center (The National Center for Grieving Children and Families.) She has extensive experience, but not limited to, grief, loss, trauma, anxiety, depression, and adjustment disorders. Her career spans a vast amount of age groups including children (6+), teens, young adults, older adults, and families.
Christine Kim, RMHCI is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Florida. She has experience working with adolescents and parents and adults, including college students. She uses a person-centered approach and gestalt techniques for creating a non-judgmental space and providing a better understanding of self and others and ways of responding to life stressors in helpful ways.
Renee S. Blate
Renee S. Blate is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 37+ years of experience in the field of mental health. Renee is a uniquely experienced clinician who obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Florida, where she graduated Magna Cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and then attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, obtaining her Master’s in Social Work. From there, she began her career as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, instructor, and supervisor, working in numerous positions, including inpatient and outpatient counseling, community mental health, adolescent school counseling, and more – all while simultaneously maintaining a private practice providing psychotherapy to children, adolescents, and families in Miami, Florida. Renee uses her uniquely eclectic, dynamic experience to employ holistic, spiritual, and evidence-based treatments. She works with her clients to help them make positive changes, heal, and focus on their strengths by utilizing a variety of techniques, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and mindfulness.
Christopher Leitten, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist and Neuropsychologist. He received his doctorate in Health Clinical Psychology from the University of Miami’s Department of Behavioral Medicine. He completed his internship at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia with a focus on Physical Medicine/Rehabilitation and Neuropsychology. He went on to complete a fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at Hahnemann University Hospital in Philadelphia under the direction of a diplomate in neuropsychology and past president of the National Academy of Neuropsychology. Dr. Leitten helped develop neuropsychological test instruments focusing on the assessment of dementia, as well as novel neuropsychological testing that assesses a variety of cognitive domains and/or disorders. Dr. Leitten has worked in both outpatient and inpatient settings, including community hospitals, rehabilitation/nursing centers, and assisted living facilities. He has experience diagnosing dementia, cognitive decline, stroke/cerebrovascular accidents, head trauma, learning disorders, and ADHD. Dr. Leitten has treated individuals with cognitive decline, depression, anxiety disorders (e.g., panic, generalized anxiety, and trauma-related symptoms), sleep problems, and chronic pain. He also has helped patients adjust to their illness or injury, and deal with health-related lifestyle problems. In addition to working with individuals, Dr. Leitten has provided consultation to major manufacturers, corporations, and recruiters to perform pre-employment cognitive and psychological testing. His additional skills in this role include vocational rehabilitation, career counseling, and career interest testing.
Rachel Simmons, APRN, Ph.D., DNP, PMHNP-BC, WHNP-BC, ANP-BC, IBCLC, MSN, is board certified in Psychiatric Mental Health, Women’s Health, and Adult Medicine Practitioner. Rachel graduated cum laude with an undergraduate in Sociology and two Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) degrees from the College of Mount St. Joseph. Rachel possesses a post-masters degree specializing in Adult Medicine (18+). Rachel strongly believes that patient outcomes can be improved through provider education and holds a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) and is a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) – magna cum laude. Rachel is nationally published in nursing books, is a current member of an editorial review team that provides services for the National Medical Library Association, and serves on multiple committees for the National League of Nursing. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys sports, teaching, researching, and traveling with family.
Cristina Dureza, APRN, PMHNP-BC earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Iloilo Doctor’s College, Philippines, and graduated from Walden University, Minneapolis, MN with a Master of Science in Nursing specializing in psychiatry. She has clinical training and experience in the holistic care of patients with psychiatric disorders across the lifespan at the Senior Behavioral Unit, University of Florida Health- Leesburg Hospital; LifeStream Behavioral Centers; and private psychiatric clinics. She has worked for more than 25 years as a registered nurse in various clinical areas including Psychiatric, Medical-Surgical, Oncology, Dialysis, Neurology, Critical Care, and OR. She is experienced in inpatient acute, and crisis care of psychiatric patients with alcohol and substance abuse, and chronic resistant conditions. Her practice philosophy is established around individual client therapeutic connection, personalized treatment modality, and dynamic interdisciplinary health care team support to provide a sustainable and effective patient outcome.
Melissa Tamayo is a Certified Physician Assistant who graduated with Highest Honors from Nova Southeastern University with a Master’s degree in Medical Science. Prior to attaining this degree, she worked as a Certified Nurse Assistant in Tampa, Florida, while pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology at the University of South Florida. During her medical studies at Nova Southeastern University, she was trained in various disciplines of medicine, including Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Pediatrics, and Psychiatry, to name a few. While training, she developed a passion for psychiatry, realizing that this is an important yet often underserved field of medicine. She has more than 5 years of experience serving as a physician assistant in psychiatry. Melissa is bilingual, fluent in English and Spanish, and is a member of both the Florida Association of Physician Assistants and Alpha Eta Health Professions Honor Society. In her free time, she loves outdoor activities such as hiking and participating in half marathons. She enjoys helping others through volunteering as well as serving patients in the community.
Dr. Melissa Santiago received her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at the Florida School of Professional Psychology at National Louis University in Tampa, Florida. She went on to complete a two-year postdoctoral residency focusing on neuropsychology. Dr. Santiago has experience in providing neuropsychological and psychological assessments to children, adolescents, adults, and older adults. Her clinical interest includes but is not limited to, ADHD, autism, learning disabilities, intellectual disability, traumatic brain injury, neurodegenerative diseases, anxiety, depression, trauma, and personality disorders. Additionally, she has received certified training in administering the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition (ADOS-2). Dr. Santiago also has clinical experience providing therapy to adults. Her clinical focus includes depression, anxiety, adjustment, coping skills, self-esteem, suicidal thoughts and self-harming behaviors, racial identity, interpersonal relationships, social skills, life transitions, schizophrenia spectrum disorders, and age-related changes. Dr. Santiago understands that seeking therapy can be a frightening and stressful process. Therefore, she approaches to therapy with authenticity and transparency to cultivate a safe space where you can be vulnerable, reexamine your current circumstances, develop as an individual, and create a new beginning in order to reach your full potential and become the best version of yourself.
Deborah Hewitt is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with more than 20 years of professional experience. She earned a Master’s in Counseling from John Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science from the University of Maryland. Deborah has provided counseling and psychotherapy in a multitude of settings including residential treatment centers, hospitals, and outpatient programs. She has worked with children and adolescents, families, and adults. She also has her Clinical Supervision Certificate in the state of Florida. Deborah helps her clients resolve problems and grow personally through Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Solution-Based Therapy. Her background includes developing an Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Program for at-risk youth, as well as an Intensive Outpatient Program for those struggling with addictions. She has a genuine concern for the well-being of her clients. Deborah has resided in Florida for the past 14 years. Prior to Florida, she practiced in Maryland and the Washington, D.C. area.
Melissa Bryant, LMHC, is a Licensed Mental health counselor with more than 11 years of experience. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s from the University of South Florida. She also earned a master’s degree in counseling from Webster University, Missouri. Her clinical orientation with psychotherapy is integrative, with a concentration on working with Adults, Children, and couples focusing on Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Mood Disorders, Stress Management, Anger Management, and Self Esteem. Her modalities include Trauma, Focused CBT, and Person-Centered while assisting patients to reach their full potential, it’s important to be patient with yourself as you work towards your goals. She is unbiased in her approach and will accept patients as they are. She will guide you to explore goals through a holistic approach and will remain patient.
Dr. Efrain Mendez, M.D., is a Board Eligible, Bi-Lingual (English & Spanish) Psychiatrist with over 15 years of experience in the field of General Psychiatry and 30 years of overall medical experience. He graduated from medical school in 1991 from Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. He completed his Residency Training in General Psychiatry at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, affiliated with Cornell University, in 2007. After completing his residency, he worked in Brooklyn, NY as an outpatient psychiatrist, before coming to Florida a year later, where he has been practicing since. Dr. Mendez has experience in multiple settings Inpatient, Outpatient, Emergency Psychiatry, and Correctional Psychiatry treating patients 18 years and older. He has experience in the evaluation and management of patients with mood disorders, substance abuse, psychotic disorders, and multiple other mental health conditions. He had been employed in the Correctional Mental Health System. He also has experience in working with Substance Abuse clients in a Marchman Act Facility. Dr. Mendez’s approach to practice is based on the comprehensive evaluation of the different factors that may be affecting their mental health to address any stressors that may be producing the symptoms. He has extensive knowledge and experience in medication management. Dr. Mendez is proficient in English and Spanish.
Mary Lowrey, M.D., is a Psychiatrist who is double Board Certified in General Adult and Child/Adolescent Psychiatry. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the Florida State University (FSU) Honors Program. After completing her medical degree from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine in 2002, she remained at the USF Department of Psychiatry, where she completed her General Psychiatry Residency and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship Trainings. While in Residency and Fellowship Training, she worked at Tampa General, James A Haley VA, Bay Pines VA, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospitals, and the Silver Child Development Center at USF. She is currently a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the Florida Psychiatric Society, and the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. Dr. Lowrey has many years of experience working in Outpatient and Inpatient psychiatric settings, treating children and adults of all ages. She has been on staff at several not-for-profit hospitals in Pinellas County, including Mease Dunedin and Morton Plant Hospitals. She has also served as the Medical Director for community-based services for children and young adults in Pinellas County. Dr. Lowrey has diverse clinical experience and excellent clinical training. She is compassionate, empathic, and has an excellent bedside manner.
Elaina Gray is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida who after retirement from The United States Air Force after 22 yrs moved to the Central Florida area. She received a Bachelor of Sociology, from The University of Central Florida in 2012 and a Master of Counseling, from Webster University, Orlando Campus in 2016. She has been in the Mental Health career field since 2016. She has worked with Adolescents and Adults with Substance Use concerns and worked as a teen Drug Court Counselor in Seminole County. Worked as a substance abuse counselor in Orlando and Seminole schools. Provided substance use counseling for adults and teens in a residential and outpatient setting. She has vast experience with group therapy. Experienced diverse populations, spent over a year in Alaska providing therapy in an acute care behavioral hospital and the military. Elaina provides compassionate, empathetic, caring therapy utilizing CBT, Trauma-Informed, Solution-Focused, and Motivational Therapies. She loves to see people learn about themselves and grow into a more resilient newfound self. She loves to build connections with her patients without judgment.
Marlene Wilmot is a Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern residing in Orlando, FL. She earned an Associate of Science Degree in General Studies from Manchester Community College, a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology Degree from Ashford University, and a Master of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Arizona Global Campus. Marlene is currently a doctoral candidate pursuing a doctoral degree in clinical psychology with a focus on wellness and health. She is also certified in Social and Behavioral Research. Her background includes over 14 years of experience working with diverse groups in mental health disorders, co-occurring disorders, developmental disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, behavioral disorders, and individual, family, and group counseling. Marlene believes in a person-centered/holistic approach to dealing with life’s daily stressors.
Elicia Greenspan’s passion to aid those in need led her to study Psychology at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in 2005 and continued on to complete her Master’s Degree in Social Work in 2009 at Indiana University School of Social Work. Elicia then became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in the State of Florida in 2017 and has over 12 years of experience helping people in her career by providing counseling services. I encourage my clients to identify their strengths and I want my clients to feel supported and respected. I have helped people to develop coping strategies for dealing with complex problems. I like to utilize a variety of techniques in sessions such as CBT, mindfulness, and motivational interviewing.
Marina Ross is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She earned her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from the University of South Alabama with honors. She was trained to treat people of all ages. Marina strongly believes that patients’ healthcare needs should always come first. She chose psychiatry as her specialty because it is the most interesting and compelling field in medicine. Marina joined Harmony United in 2019. She treats patients of all ages and provides compassionate, patient-centered psychiatric care. Her goal as a practitioner is to deliver the best care possible for her patients by providing a skilled, kind, compassionate, and nonjudgmental environment. In her free time, Marina travels the world.
Elizabeth Langan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Qualified Supervisor who received her bachelor’s degree from Vassar College. She completed her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania in 2003. She has specialized in women’s health for nearly fifteen years after college. She spent a decade serving low-income, uninsured women through a non-profit healthcare center in Key West, Florida. Since 2014 Elizabeth has worked specifically with clients with substance abuse disorders, in both outpatient and inpatient treatment facilities. Elizabeth uses evidence-based approaches in treatment, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT). Additionally, Elizabeth is a strong believer in the mind-body-spirit connection, and personally commits much of her personal t
Marie Linda Rabel
Marie Linda Rabel, A.P.R.N., PMHNP-BC, D.N.P., FNP-BC, is a board-certified Family and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner committed to providing compassionate, integral, and holistic patient care across the lifespan. Marie Linda Rabel implements an effortless communication style and evidence-based practice to provide quality care for improved patient outcomes. Marie Linda Rabel started her career in Healthcare as a Registered Nurse in 1998 and graduated with a Nursing Diploma from John Abbott College in Montreal, Canada. She then completed a master’s degree in Family Nurse Practitioner in 2008 at the Florida Atlantic University. Furthermore, she completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice in 2016 while working as a Primary Care Clinician at the Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, Florida. She developed a passion for the care of individuals with mental disorders. She pursued a Post Master’s degree in Psychiatric Mental Health, which she completed in December 2020 from Florida State University, Tallahassee. She has 14 years of experience caring for chronic and acute conditions, providing physical and mental health care to individuals of all ages. In addition, she has spent a year serving a pediatric population as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She now uses those Pediatric skills to relate to the children and adolescent population under her care. A proud mother of 2 young adults and a teenager, Marie Linda Rabel’s life and work experiences have molded her into the compassionate Mental Health Provider she is today. She strives to warmly welcome each patient in a professional and non-judgmental environment to build and maintain strong therapeutic relationships with them. Specialize in ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, and Insomnia: As a Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner, Marie Linda Rabel brings empathy, an easygoing communication style, integrity, and dedication to quality care for her patients. Marie Linda received a Post Master’s Certificate in Mental Health as a Nurse Practitioner from Florida State University. Before that, she obtained a master’s degree in Science as a Family Nurse Practitioner and her doctorate in nursing practice at Florida Atlantic University. From her love of the healthcare profession to her empathetic nature as a driving force, she remains steadfast in her abilities and passionate about the practice of holistic care. She is well-versed in testing and treating clients with A.D.H.D., Bipolar Disorder, Major Depression, and Insomnia. Her approach is methodical and safe to help her clients live healthier lives mentally and physically.
Elizabeth Osborn is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She has earned her bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Michigan and master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University, FL. Beth has over 10 years of experience. Her experience includes behavioral health and outpatient settings, residential treatment centers, drug and alcohol treatment centers and hospice. She is experienced in mental health and substance use disorders, grief and loss, couples and marriage counseling, teen and adolescent issues, anger, parenting issues, trauma, and Women’s issues. Treatment modalities include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Supportive Therapy, and Person-Centered Therapy. She is also a Clinical Supervisor helping other counselors to become licensed. Beth has great regard and empathy for those who seek treatment. It takes courage to make change and Beth understands this.
Maria Teresa Nieves, APRN, PMHNP-BC, is a Bi-Lingual (English & Spanish) Board Certified PsychiatricMental Health Nurse Practitioner. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Nursing in 1997 at Medical Science Campus University in Puerto Rico. She completed her Master of Science in Nursing, specializing in psychiatry from Walden University in 2022. She has over 25 years of clinical experience in various settings, including primary care, Emergency Room, Oncology, Home Health, and acute psychiatric care. Maria has cared for patients of all ages and rendered comforting measures to their families. As a nurse, she believes that patients should be treated like family, and always is her first focus and responsibility.
Elizabeth Rodriguez is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Social Work from Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. Elizabeth has more than 20 years of professional experience in mental health care. She believes in the competency-based treatment model that is sensitive to diversity and focuses on each individual’s unique strengths. Her previous work focused on children and adolescents. This included creating and implementing a mentorship program for children in Vermont who experienced childhood mental disorders. This work also included children that were underprivileged, learning challenged and/or bullied. In recent years, Elizabeth has worked extensively with the adult and aging population. Her specialties include assessment, cognitive decline, cognitive disorders, daily functioning, depression, anxiety, grief/loss, and overall well-being and quality of life. Elizabeth seeks to connect with each of her clients in a way that makes each individual feel comfortable and understood. She provides a safe and non-judgmental space for her clients to heal, discover, recover, forgive, accept and thrive.
Lucimara Falcao, CSWI, is a Clinical Social Worker Intern who graduated from Fordham University in 2019. Lucy has had professional experience in Mental Health since 2018. She loves to support patients. She uses client-centered counseling services through cognitive behavioral therapy, solutions-focused, and motivational interviewing for teenagers, adults, and the elderly population.
Ellen Altman graduated with a Master’s Degree from Barry University School of Social Work in Miami, Florida. She is licensed to practice social work in Florida and New Mexico. She has been in private practice, supervised interns, and has worked for several mental health agencies, including hospice, for the past 21 years. Ellen has extensive expertise working with a diverse population of patients of all ages, including children, adolescents, families, adult individuals, and Native Americans. She uses a variety of techniques, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), solution-focused brief therapy, narrative therapy, and crisis intervention.
Krishna Rajadhyaksha, M.D., is a Board Certified Psychiatrist in General Psychiatry with over 35 years of clinical experience. She completed her medical degree from the prestigious Grant Medical College in Mumbai, India. She completed her General Psychiatry Residency Training at the University of Massachusetts, where she also earned the distinction of Chief Resident. Dr. Rajadhyaksha has extensive clinical experience working in outpatient as well as inpatient psychiatric settings. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults of all ages. She has worked in a private practice setting, state/community hospitals as well as worked at the University of Massachusetts as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry. Dr. Rajadhyaksha is very knowledgeable and has diverse clinical experience. She has a warm and caring approach to her clients and strives to form a trusting relationship with them. She is prudent with medications to find a delicate balance when healing the body and mind. At leisure, she enjoys drawing and painting.
ment, Anxiety Disorders, Child/Adolescent Therapy, Children w/ Behavioral Problems, Chronic Depression, Family Therapy, Stress Management Therapy Modalities:Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Supportive Psychotherapy Bio Available at:Tampa, Clearwater & Telepsychiatry Eric Berman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. He received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Southern Connecticut State University and his master’s in Social Work from the University of Connecticut School of Social Work. He has spent the previous five and a half years working with children and families in Connecticut where he provided individual and family treatment in an outpatient clinic. He has also worked with adults and older adults in clinical roles previously. He firmly believes in approaching everyone in a positive manner and his approach is always strengths-based. He believes that building a rapport and getting to know patients is the first critical part of providing good treatment. He is able to listen attentively and allow patients to go at a pace that is comfortable to them. He is able to provide a safe and welcoming approach in a non-judgmental environment.
Kalesha Jones, APRN, PMHNP-BCis a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Florida International University in Miami, Florida, graduating Cum Laude. She later earned her Master of Science in Nursing from Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Prior to becoming a nurse practitioner, she worked as a psychiatric registered nurse. With over six years of mental health nursing experience in the inpatient setting, she has provided care to patients in a variety of treatment settings, including adult and adolescent acute crisis stabilization, veteran affairs, substance abuse, detox, and rehabilitation. As a nurse practitioner, she is passionate about providing comprehensive and compassionate mental health services across the lifespan. Through a warm and empathetic approach, she works to provide a safe, supportive, and collaborative environment for her clients while relying on evidence-based practice, a holistic approach, and supportive interventions to maximize treatment benefits for those she serves. She believes that through education, pharmacological, and non-pharmacological methods, every patient can be empowered to optimize their mental wellness.
Jessica Calabro, MS, is a mental health counselor intern. She earned her bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of North Florida. She earned her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Stetson University, Florida. She is currently working towards licensure in the state of Florida. She has experience working with adults, adolescents, and children in inpatient and outpatient settings. She gained experience providing psychotherapy to clients with trauma, addiction, self-harm, suicidal thoughts, depression, and anxiety. Jessica has training in Expressive arts and Sand tray therapies. Sand tray therapy operates around the belief that clients can heal themselves if they are provided with a safe, accepting, and nonjudgmental space. Clients create a world within the tray using various items, while the therapist takes on the role of the observer to understand their world and perspective. Sand tray therapy helps increase emotional expression while reducing the psychological distress that may come from discussing traumatic experiences. Additionally, she is trained in play therapy techniques and the language of children. Jessica is certified in providing Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Prepare-Enrich assessments as well. She utilizes a variety of therapeutic interventions, such as person-centered, solution-focused, and experiential therapies. As a counselor, she is genuine and collaborative in her approach to clients.
Dr. Farnaz Namin, Ph.D. is a Postdoctoral Psychologist with clinical and coaching experience spanning over 17 years. She has deep experience working with both adults as well as adolescents and children, and she is often sought after for family and couples counseling. Dr. Namin obtained her doctoral training from the California School of Professional Psychology, having completed two master’s degrees in Organizational and Counseling Psychology from Pepperdine University. She specializes in trauma and anxiety related counseling, mood and depressive disorders, high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder, phobias, dissociative disorders, personality disorders, family dynamics, relationship and/or couples counseling, and a variety of psychological evaluations. Dr. Namin has a holistic and worldly approach to counseling and utilizes a multi-cultural and diversity-oriented perspective connecting neuro-cognitive, emotion-based, and client-centered views. She utilizes an array of therapeutic techniques customized to fit the uniqueness of each patient. Examples include: psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, EMDR, Family Systems, Gottman Method, Mindfulness, Gestalt, and Adlerian. Dr. Namin specializes in counseling for life transitions, work/career related issues, and barriers to communication effectiveness. Dr. Namin is very dedicated and passionate about her role as a mental health practitioner and she helps clients feel understood and resolved, gaining a strong sense of individual empowerment.
Fatimah Alotaibi CSWI, is a Clinical Social Worker Intern. Fatima is bilingual and fluent in English and Arabic. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from King Saud University, Saudi Arabia. She graduated with Dean honors from Barry University with a master’s degree in Social Work. She has experience working with adults and adolescents in inpatient and outpatient settings. She gained experience providing psychotherapy to clients with trauma, domestic violence, depression, and anxiety. Fatimah provides professional counseling and therapeutic intervention to patients with empathy andcompassion. She provides a safe, supportive, and non-judgmental environment. She has provided mental health services to a diverse population. She has more than 2 years of experience serving as a clinical social worker. She enjoys helping others through volunteering and serving patients in the community.
Jennifer Hancock, PMHNP and ARNP, is a fully credentialed Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She received her bachelor’s degrees from Florida State University and the University of North Alabama. She received her master’s degree from Walden University. Jennifer Hancock has extensive experience working in the mental health field and is passionate about empowering patients to accomplish their goals. Beginning her career as a substance abuse nurse, she later transitioned into inpatient psychiatry, where she spent eight years working with a diverse pool of patients. This has given her a wide range of experience in meeting her patients’ needs. Over the years, she has worked in community mental health, diagnosing, and managing psychotropic medications. Outside of being a fully accredited PMHNP, her hobbies include traveling, cooking, and spending quality time with her daughter and her friends.
Heather MacLeod, APRN, PMHNP-BC, is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner since 2007. She graduated in 1989 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Florida. She worked for years as a legal assistant, victim advocate, case manager, and counselor in the Gainesville community. She again graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (2004) and a Master of Science in Nursing (2006) specializing in psychiatry, with a clinical focus in forensic psychiatry. She has practiced in the North Florida area for 15 years, working with a broad range of psychiatric disorders including Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Depressive Disorders, and Substance Use Disorders, and Personality Disorders. She is judicious in prescribing psychotropic medications, is aware of potential medical etiologies of psychiatric symptoms, and uses standards of care treatment guidelines. In terms of psychotherapy, she practices within a framework that compassion for and forgiveness of oneself is the key to acceptance and connection with others. She knows it is never too late to re-discover and embrace one’s authentic self.
ames Porter, APRN, PMHNP-BC, is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Nursing at Eastern Kentucky University. Before becoming a nurse in 2014, he worked ten years in Public Health after earning his bachelor’s degree. He is licensed to treat patients across the lifespan, including children, adolescents, adults, and geriatrics. He has experience in both medical and behavioral health. As a Nurse Practitioner, he has worked in state psychiatric hospitals treating the most severe, chronic mental illnesses. He is also comfortable in the outpatient setting seeing patients of all ages, especially children and adolescents. He is committed to providing the best possible treatment for his patients so they may live happier, healthier life.
Jennifer Goldman, Psy.D., is a clinical psychologist. She has a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, California, anda master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She moved to Florida in 2006 to complete her post-Doctoral position at the University of Florida’s Department of Clinical and Health Psychology. She has been a resident of Florida ever since. Dr. Goldman has extensive background working in outpatient and inpatient settings. She has experiencecollaborating with patients addressing complex psychiatric and medical conditions. She has served asa Mental Health Director at male and female prison reception centers. She worked as aMental Health director,overseeing and supervising the provision of psychological services throughmultiple programs, includingresidential, outpatient, inpatient,Transgender Dysphoria, disability,andmedical hospital programs. Within the past year, she has provided clinical supervision to psychology doctoral interns and assisted in developing an extensive three-year psychiatric residency training program. In addition to forensic practice, Dr. Goldman has many years of experience working with children, adolescents, and adults in private practice clinics, school systems, psychiatry departments, and children’s hospitals. She has experience conducting individual,family,and group therapy andcoordinating school-linked mental health services. Dr. Goldman carries 25 years of experiencein the field of psychology andbrings a wealth of knowledge to her practice. Her professional specialization includes the treatment of severe and persistent mental illness, specificallyschizophrenia and bipolar disorders, as well as the treatment of depression, anxiety, trauma/PTSD, and personality disorders. Sub-specializations in her work includediagnosingand treating prodromal and first-episode patients with schizophrenia and helping patients manage dual diagnosis concerns with substance abuse and mental illness. Dr. Goldman has many years of experience helping patients with crisis management and is extremely comfortable working with patients presenting with suicidality and self-injurious behaviors.Complex diagnosis and treatment concerns are her specialty. Dr. Goldman seeks to provide professional,collaborative, and individualized patient-centered care that promotes each person’s overall health and well-being. She is a champion for promoting self-advocacy and education while supporting those who are seeking mastery on their uniquemental health journey.