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Laura d'Angelo, MD
Dr. Laura d'Angelo is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine at Chapel Hill and received her undergraduate degree at Barnard College/Columbia University in NYC. She has enjoyed a career in public psychiatry serving on the faculties of Vanderbilt University and Oregon Health and Science University where she was the psychiatrist for Oregon's Department of Human Services providing state-wide consultation and training in Development Disorders and Mental Health. She has also had the good fortune to work overseas in New Zealand.
At the Sarasota Center of Revitalizing Psychiatry Dr. d'Angelo provides treatment as a Psychiatrist for adolescent and adult population. Additionally, she specializes in developmental disabilities.
Eduardo La Rosa, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Eduardo La Rosa was born and raised in Peru. After completing high school, he moved to the USA to learn English and to continue his education. After graduating as a registered nurse, he worked in different areas of nursing (including orthopedics, oncology and psychiatry). Early in his nursing career he realized Psychiatry was his true passion and he decided to continue his education and become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. At the Center of Revitalizing Psychiatry Eduardo is working with adults in an outpatient setting. Eduardo takes pride in developing caring and trusting relationships with his patients. He strongly believes that getting to know his patients well helps him to offer them the best possible care to improve their mental health and quality of life.
Eduardo obtained his bachelor’s degree in Nursing from State college of Florida, Master of Science in Nursing from Drexel University. Additionally, he is certified as Psychiatric Mental Health NursePractitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center ANCC.
Edwin Larson, MD
Dr. Edwin Larson brings 35 years of experience in treating a variety of psychiatric problems. His experience Includes inpatient and outpatient treatments of adults and adolescents for the larger spectrum of psychiatric disorders. After graduating from the University of Louisville School of Medicine and an internship in Philadelphia Dr. Larson completed his psychiatric residency at the University of Cincinnati. Following this, he taught as Assistant Professor of psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati for 12 years. During this time, Dr. Larson also served as Medical Director of Cincinnati Court Psychiatric Clinic and eventually opened a full time private practice in Cincinnati.
At the Sarasota Center of Revitalizing Psychiatry Edwin Larson, MD provides treatment as a Psychiatrist for adolescent, adult and geriatric population.
Marina Nesterenko, MD
Dr. Marina Nesterenko finished Medical school in Kiev, Ukraine, in 1997 and worked as a child psychiatrist in Ukraine. After relocation to USA, she completed a Psychiatry Residency program in SUNY Upstate, followed by Child Fellowship in Syracuse, NY. Dr. Nesterenko is Board Certified in General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Area of Interest: autism, aggression, developmental delay, ADHD, depression, and PTSD. Dr. Nesterenko has experience working with veterans.
At the Sarasota Center of Revitalizing Psychiatry Dr. Nesterenko provides treatment as a Psychiatrist for children and adult population. She is the medical supervisor of the Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program at CRP.
Gina Pitocchelli, ARNP-C
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, Gina brings empathy, compassion, an easygoing communication style, and a sweet sense of humor, making it easy for her to talk to patients and family members.
A typical day for Gina includes assessing and diagnosing patients on mental health issues such as anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, or those who struggle with substance abuse or the heartbreak of dementia. She specializes in sleep evaluation, insomnia, nightmares, sleep cycle and sleep anxiety. Although Gina is able to prescribe medication as a viable option, she has been very successful with the holistic approach of listening and educating the patient before resorting to medication, and many times it is a combination of all three. Gina is a firm believer that the patient really understands why they are taking medication, and discusses with them how they feel about the treatment plan.
Michele Privette, MS, ARNP-C
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Deputy Medical Director of Sarasota, FL CRP office
Michele Privette has over 25 years of experience in treating a variety of psychiatric diagnosis which includes: Major Depression, Generalized Anxiety, PTSD and Bipolar disorders. Her experience ranges from inpatient/ outpatient settings, as well as providing psychiatric consultation to Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities. She has also worked with pharmaceutical companies in clinical research drug trials. Ms. Privette enjoys working with adults as well as geriatrics. She does provide some counseling services, however she enjoys the psychopharmacology of treating disorders. Michele has strong clinical assessment and diagnostic skills. Her goals are to participate and offer the best possible care to the patient in order to improve their quality of life as well as their mental health.
Ms. Privette graduated from the University of Florida with her bachelor’s degree in Nursing. She then went on to graduate from the University of South Florida earning her Masters in Nursing and a certificate in Addictions. She is certified by the ANCC as a psychiatric nurse practitioner.
At the Sarasota, FL, Center of Revitalizing Psychiatry Ms. Privette treats adults as well as performs Psychiatric Evaluation and Psychiatric Medication Management. Ms. Privette is the Deputy Medical Director of Sarasota, FL branch of CRP as well as the Program Director of Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Program (MH IOP).
Marina Tourkova, MD
Medical Director and Owner
Dr. Marina Tourkova received her medical degree in Ukraine where she worked as a psychiatrist for 12 years. Upon coming to the US, she completed the Psychiatric Residency Program at Westchester Medical Center/Behavioral Health Center, Valhalla, NY. While in training, she was certified in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy by Psychoanalytic Institute of New York Medical College.
Dr. Tourkova received additional training as a Geriatric Psychiatrist through a Fellowship Program at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center of New York. In 2003, Dr. Tourkova founded the Center of Revitalizing Psychiatry, and has since been leading and managing it as a Medical Director. The Center provides a full spectrum of outpatient psychiatric and psychotherapeutic services for children, adults and elderly in the Bergen County area. Since 2003, the Center has been able to help more than 12,000 patients. In 2012, Dr. Tourkova opened a second branch in Sarasota, FL area. Dr. Tourkova is well-known and respected by the community and has been chosen by her patients for the Patient’s Choice Physician Award 5 years in a row.
At the Sarasota office, Dr. Tourkova serves as the Medical Director, treats adults and geriatric population performing Psychiatric Evaluation and Psychiatric Medication Management, as well as provides clinical consult to the Center's providers.
Our Specialists and Psychotherapists:
Susie Alarie, LMHC
Clinical Director of Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program (SA IOP)
Susie Alarie completed her Masters degree at the University of South Florida in 2009. She has been practicing for over 6 years. She specializes in a variety of issues ranging from depression to PTSD to substance abuse. Her unique approach of cognitive behavioral therapy and solution focused method helps each patient approach their issues in a way that supports their lifestyle. Her patients range in age from adolescents to adults and include couples.
At the Sarasota, FL Center of Revitalizing Psychiatry Ms. Alarie directs SA IOP, leads IOP groups and provides individual and group psychotherapy.
Joseph J Amato, PhD
Joseph Amato is licensed as a Psychologist in Florida, New York, Arizona and Connecticut. Before his arrival in Sarasota, he served as the Suicide Prevention Coordinator for the VA Health Care Systems in the Greater New York Metropolitan area, from 2007 until March 2015. He played a nationally recognized clinical leadership role in this groundbreaking work. For his work he was given the prestigious Federal Executive Board (FEB) “Call to Service Award" in 2010. Prior to his service at VA, he was a Psychologist within the Department of Psychiatry at Stamford Hospital in Connecticut from 1992 to 2007.
He completed his internship and residency at Mercy Hospital in San Diego California, and also a Clinical Fellowship in Child Psychology at The Newington Children’s Hospital in Connecticut (Now the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center).
He has been trained in Cognitive Behavioral therapy, Person Centered, and Psychodynamic Psychotherapy. As part of the move to evidence based treatments, VA trained him in the Institute of Medicine’s preferred treatment for PTSD called Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT). Due to his work at VA, he has extensive experience providing psychological support to the families of service members from the Guard and Reserves, during their deployments and to assist with their readjustment to their communities upon their return.
His clinical interests include Health Psychology and the Mind-Body Connection, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, and its contemporary revisions, and assisting adolescents and their parents with that developmental passage. He also has an interest in the interface between psychotherapy and spirituality. He provides psychological assessment and treatment for adults and adolescents.
He received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from NYU, in 1990. Before becoming a Psychologist, he served as a Roman Catholic Priest for 12 years from 1980 to 1992.
Dr. Amato was an Adjunct Professor at UCONN-Stamford, from 1999 to May 2015. In 2009 he was named Adjunct Professor of the Year. He has taught Clinical Assessment in the Department of Applied Psychology at NYU for a number of years and has been a clinical supervisor for various doctoral programs in psychology in the NY area. As part of his duties at Stamford Hospital and then at VA, he was appointed Assistant Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology (In Psychiatry) for Columbia University Medical School and New York Medical College. He continues to advance his knowledge and training, and is an active participant of Florida's Psychological Association trainings and seminars.
At the Sarasota, FL, Center of Revitalizing Dr. Joseph Amato performs psychotherapy and psychological testing.
Ileana Bascuas, PhD, ABPP
Ileana Báscuas, PhD, ABPP, is a Licensed Psychologist with forty years of experience in children and adult services as well as mental health training and management. “Dr. B” is also Board Certified in Clinical Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology, an achievement only a very small percentage of psychologists obtain. Since the early 1990s, Dr. B has worked exclusively with adults in skilled nursing homes, ALFs and rehab. Based on her work with older adults, Dr. B wrote Getting Older, Being Here, A Psychologist’s (practical) Guide to Rehab, Nursing Homes, Dementia, Death, and Aging Well. Her focus is on working with adults on such issues as living with depression, chronic health problems, anxiety and negative self-talk, aging, and incorporating spirituality into everyday life.
Katie Benninghove, NCC, LMHC, MS
Katie Benninghove is a licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida since 1999. In 1997, she received her Masters in Psychology and Counseling from Troy State University. Mrs. Benninghove has over 15 years of experience in a variety of settings including adult/adolescent psychiatric inpatient/outpatient, dual diagnosed day treatment center, neurological residential center and a specialized school for behavioral and autistic needs. Mrs. Benninghove has experience working with individuals/groups in areas of depression, mood disorders, psychiatric illness, autism spectrum, anxiety, relationship issues, couple and family counseling, loss and bereavement, conflict resolution and acceptance.
Mrs. Benninghove believes that everyone has inherent strengths and the goal of counseling is to establish a working plan towards emotional, mental, physical and social stability. She believes in a balance and safe working relationship that client and counselor have in recognizing the need for personal change and in creating a plan on how to achieve the life you envision. Her approach is to empower individuals to implement positive strategies for personal growth and acceptance and encourage individuals to minimize interference. Her practice is based on a Cognitive Behavioral model with an eclectic approach.
Mrs. Benninghove has experience working with children, adolescents, adults, families and couples. As a mother of two, having a child who is on the spectrum, Mrs. Benninghove can relate to the challenges that this can bring to a family, marriage, sibling and the child. She has experience educating individuals on how to overcome behavioral, social and educational challenges. She guides the family in reality based goals that achieve least restricted level of independence.
The primary goals with couple and family counseling are encouragement towards self reflection and ownership and learning tools to enable individuals choices with forgiveness, acceptance and a clean slate to evaluate the present and future needs and desires.
In addition, at the Sarasota, FL Center of Revitalizing Psychiatry, Mrs. Benninghove is currently accepting individuals, couples, and families, and provides group therapy for adults interested in the Intensive Outpatient Program.
Angela Bushell, LMHC
Angela Received her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Austin Peay State University in TN in 2008 and started working in the field as a behavioral tech. In 2015 she pursued her educational aspirations to be a counselor, and graduated with her Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health counseling in 2019. Since then she has worked with a variety of populations, including but not limited to trauma, depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder, and with adolescents through adults. Her approach in therapy includes Cognitive Behavioral, Person Centered, Solution Focused, and Humanistic existential interventions, recognizing that not one technique will work for all people. She has recently earned her license as a Mental Health Counselor, with focusing care on helping others create a change that they choose. She also holds memberships with both the American Counseling Association as well as Chi Sigma Iota. Her future aspirations include certifications in trauma focused CBT, REBT, and EMDR.
At The Center of Revitalizing Psychiatry, Angela is seeing patients 12 years old and up. Angela also leads two adolescent group therapies on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Tom Chambers, LCSW
Tom Chambers graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Social Work and has 31 years of experience in the field of social work. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with experience in inpatient and outpatient settings including working in Partial Hospital Programs and Intensive Outpatient Programs. Mr. Chambers currently enjoys providing individual and group therapy to adult and geriatric patients. His experience includes working with a wide variety of problems including Major Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, grief, and people going through life transitions.
His therapy uses a variety of techniques including cognitive behavior therapy, mindfulness, positive psychotherapy, and dialectical behavior therapy in order to help the patient reach his or her goals.
At the Sarasota, FL, Center of Revitalizing Psychiatry Mr. Chambers is currently treating adult and geriatric patients on Mondays and Thursdays.
Sylvie Jeanloz, LCSW
Sylvie Jeanloz is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, who brings 25 years of experience providing strength based individual, family, and group therapy to children, youth, and adults. Ms. Jeanloz worked in both inpatient and community based settings, including mental health clinics and schools, as a clinician as well as an administrator. Specific areas of interest and experience include anxiety and depression, marital/partnership concerns, life change adjustment (e.g. retirement), sexual orientation/gender identity related issues, adoption related issues, eating disorders, substance abuse, and PTSD/trauma, including loss and emotional/physical/sexual abuse.
Ms. Jeanloz's goal is to provide her patients with a meaningful therapeutic experience, partnering with them, to help transform negative thoughts and patterns of behavior related to themsleves and their environment into ones that will help them to experience greater self-appreciation and interpersonal success. She can help by focusing on development of more productive ways to handle life’s challenges as well as to understand and address issues from the past that may be standing in the way. She will develop a plan together with her patient, one that will allow them to address the patient's concerns at their own pace.
Ms. Jeanloz has always had a strong interest in, and commitment to, working with people who have been impacted by trauma. Her commitment has led to many years of providing counseling to individuals and families who have survived traumatic experiences, to developing and running programs aimed at preventing and treating individuals and families impacted by abuse, and also to serving on both local and state-wide committees aimed at preventing abuse and advocating on behalf of children and families who have been impacted by abuse.
Robin Richardson, LMHC, NBCCH, CCTP, RTR, Cth, H.A.P.I.
Robin Richardson is a trauma focused licensed psychotherapist in the state of FL. She is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional as well as a Certified Family Trauma Professional by the International Association of Trauma Professionals. In addition to providing traditional insight orientated talk therapy, she can provide hypnotherapy being a Board Certified Fellow in Clinical Hypnotherapy with the National Board for Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists with 14 years of experience as a hypnotherapist. Robin is a person-centered therapist who works from both the mind/body and strength based perspectives and uses a variety of therapeutic modalities to help facilitate healing for her clients. She specializes in trauma, PTSD, anxiety, phobias, fears, depression, grief, loss, OCD, energy psychology, low self-esteem, relaxation training, stress management, career issues, and anger management. She has knowledge and use of Accelerated Resolution Therapy as well as Rapid Trauma Resolution techniques. She works with all age ranges and welcomes children, adolescents, and adults providing both individual and family group counseling.
Sarah Rowe, LCSW
Sarah Rowe is a Florida Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been practicing therapy and counseling services for over 25 years. She worked many years in addiction treatment and has been a Certified Addictions Counselor in Pennsylvania and a Licensed Clinical Alcohol and Drug Counselor in addition to having been first licensed in New Jersey. She received her Masters of Social Work from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Her BA is from Lycoming College in Pennsylvania. Her MSW Internships were in a Domestic Violence Shelter and a female Halfway House for alcohol and drug recovery. She was a Field Clinical Supervisor for MSW Social Work Interns in NJ. Additionally, she completed the Landmark Education Curriculum for Living along with numerous continuing education courses.
Inpatient and outpatient facilities and halfway houses for addiction recovery have been the main types of agencies where she worked. In Florida, her experience has been in Behavioral Healthcare with over three years working with those afflicted with psychiatric diagnosis including Major Depression, Schizophrenia, Bipolar I and II Disorders, Generalized Anxiety as well as a variety of others. Addiction treatment is her specialty and she has worked extensively with family members as well as the person with the illness. She treats issues including grief, trauma, family of origin, codependence, divorce, job loss, relationship issues, aging, depression and anxiety.
Working primarily with adults, she employs a person centered approach with treatment modalities tailored to the individual. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Gestalt, Mindfulness. Family Systems, Imago Couples therapy are used in general; and Gorski and Miller, and Dennis Daley’s Relapse Prevention Strategies along with referral to community supports are added for addiction treatment.
At the Center of Revitalizing Psychiatry Sarasota office, Ms. Rowe is currently working with adults on Fridays.
Jill Schechter, MSW, LCSW
Jill T Schechter, MSW, LCSW, received a BA degree from Washington University, in St. Louis, Missouri, with a double major in education and psychology. Originally from Chicago, she received a Masters Degree in Social Work from Loyola University, Chicago, in 1995, and was accredited as an LCSW in 1997. She has maintained a private practice, while also working in variety of settings. Jill has gained experience in community mental health, residential treatment, child welfare, and crisis intervention. Jill was also Executive Producer and Host of a local access cable TV show in the Chicago area, titled "Teens Talk Back," featuring teens from area high schools in discussions of controversial issues such as sexual relationships and identity, academic and social pressures, and drug/alcohol use and abuse. She received a certificate of award for the show in 2002.
Jill moved from Chicago to Sarasota in 2002 and worked as a counselor for students of Ringling College of Art & Design for 2 years, followed by Manatee Glens Corporation for 8 years. She began working at the Center for Revitalizing Psychiatry in 2014. She offers clinical diagnostic assessment and treatment through individual and family psychotherapy. She treats adults of all ages as well as adolescents, utilizing psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques. Therapy, both long- and short-term is intended to provide relief from symptoms resulting from anxiety, stress, and depression. Therapy focuses on assisting the clients in forming realistic goals and in building and maintaining healthy coping mechanisms as a response to biological, psychological and environmental stressors. She also continues to maintain a private practice in Sarasota.
Brett Sondag, LMHC
Brett Sondag, LMHC, received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology (Counseling Practice) from Roosevelt University in Chicago, IL in 2017, and has received his LMHC license in early 2021. He has worked with substance abuse populations since 2014, and has developed an integrative model for substance use behaviors. Brett completed his graduate level training at Hartgrove Behavioral Health System in Chicago. During this time, he facilitated CBT education with acute inpatient groups, and practiced individual therapy in their outpatient clinic with children, adolescents and adults with mental health concerns. He enjoys utilizing CBT and ACT skills based approaches to help clients develop the self-efficacy to achieve behavioral wellness. While he also enjoys the use of Person-Centered and Psychodynamic approaches to help clients develop insight into their own thoughts and ways of being that contribute to their present stress. Brett moved to Sarasota in June 2018 when started with CRP. At the Center of Revitalizing Psychiatry, Brett conducts individual psychotherapy as well as helps to coordinate the adult mental health, adolescent mental health and substance abuse IOP programs. In conjunction, he assists psychiatric providers with mental health evaluations for clients seeking medication management and other therapeutic services.
Christen Thompson, MS, LMHC, NCC
Christen Thompson, LMHC, had spent over 20 years striving to grow, evolve, and understand how her past experience affects her ability to experience each current moment as it actually is. Every day she learns something new that helps her to value herself, and feel grateful for all the blessings in her life. In her past, she had struggled with addiction to cocaine; and began her long road to recovery in 1996.
Inspired by many different experiences in her own therapeutic journey, Christen decided that becoming a therapist was a natural way to continue her own journey, and help others find the same joy and freedom she had experienced in her life.
Christen began working in the Addictions field in 2004, as a Behavioral Health Technician, completed her Bachelor’s degree; and worked as a graduate assistant at Lynn University while completing her Master’s degree in Counseling. Christen had worked in several facilities in south Florida as a primary therapist; utilizing a Humanistic approach, and as many Creative-Arts therapeutic modalities as possible. She has since become an LMHC, NCC, and have certification in EMDR, Psychodrama, and Transpersonal counseling. One of Christen's career achievements that she is most proud of was the engineering and implementation of a clinical curriculum for First Responders. Through this experience Christen had gained valuable insight into the administrative and supervisory roles necessary to be successful as a clinical director.
Christen had developed a passion, and love for working with addicts and alcoholics. She remains committed to continuing to grow in her own self-awareness, and help guide others on their journeys towards self-awareness and actualization. At the Center of Revitalizing Psychiatry, Christen Thompson leads the Substance Abuse Intensive Outpatient Program, as well as works with individual clients.