Staff

Clinical Supervisor – Jelyn Young, PhD 

Dr. Jelyn Young is a Licensed Psychologist. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of California in San Diego.  She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego.   Dr. Young has extensive experience working with adults, children, adolescents and families, serving populations within inpatient and outpatient, juvenile rehabilitative programs along with other multidisciplinary programs.   Additionally, she also has experience working within school systems to address educational challenges, including adjustment, learning disabilities, and ADHD.

Dr. Young’s personal statement: My work is based on the belief that people want to have balanced and fulfilled lives and that they have within themselves the resources to achieve these goals. I believe that psychotherapy can help individuals effectively use resources within themselves to increase self-understanding, to improve decision-making, to resolve problems, and to create new paths to the lives they want.  I strive to collaborate with clients to understand their unique situations in a culturally sensitive and competent manner.  Whether it’s with the individual or entire support systems, we can all work together to make things better.

Major theoretical approaches I utilize include Cognitive Behavioral, Behavior Modification, Solution Focused, Emotion-Focused, Person-Centered, Motivational Interviewing and Existential.

These approaches are used to address: Depression, Anxiety, Children and Adolescents, Chronic Impulsivity, Coping Skills, Social Skills, Developmental Disorders, Family Conflict, Grief, Learning Disabilities, Parenting, Peer Relationships, Relationship Issues, Self Esteem, Adjustment, Acculturation Conflict, and Testing and Evaluation.

Reviews –

“I want to personally thank you [Dr. Young] for your help during our time of grieving. May the lord bless you and your family.” – Anonymous

Accepted Insurances:

  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UMR

 

Crystal Blair, DNP, APRN, PMHNP 

Dr. Crystal Blair is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and an Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner. She received her Master’s in Nursing at the University of Florida and completed her Postmasters at Florida International University.  A majority of Dr. Blair’s professional nursing career has been within the VA Healthcare system. Dr. Blair’s practice philosophy is that of holistic care. She believes in order to keep one well, attention must be given to the interconnection of the physical, mental and spiritual beings. Crystal is continuing her Doctoral studies at the University of Florida, where her capstone is a policy analysis on Florida’s new Controlled Substance Act.

Reviews – 

“Dr. Crystal Blair has been the most understanding and helpful compared to many other health resources experienced. The team is caring and resourceful with improving and solving your healthcare needs.” – Anonymous

 

Accepted Insurances:

  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UMR

 

 

Maryam Behdarvandi, PhD        Accepting new patients!

Dr. Maryam Behdarvandi, PhD, is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of Florida with over 25 years of experience in India, Iran, and the United States. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pune, one of the most prestigious universities in India, and has completed additional training in behavioral medicine, psychotherapy, and counseling at the University of South Florida and Tampa General Hospital. She has considerable experience in international and multicultural issues, particularly with college students, having served as the Liaison between the Counseling Center at USF and International Student and Scholar Services. Dr. Behdarvandi has strong communication and interpersonal skills and is fluent in both English and Farsi, offering therapy sessions in both languages.

Dr. Behdarvandi’s areas of specialty include depression, stress, mood disorders, anxiety, grief, relationship concerns, parenting issues, PTSD, and OCD. She welcomes individuals of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds and works with a wide range of patients, offering therapy to individuals, couples, and families through the entire age spectrum including children, adolescents, adults, and elders. Her approach to therapy involves principles from CBT, behavioral therapy, rational-emotive therapy, and acceptance-commitment therapy. Her style is collaborative, using a personalized approach tailored to the needs of each patient to help them to become more mindful, insightful, and harmonious. Dr. Behdarvandi provides a safe and supportive environment for her patients and their families with the highest standards of confidentiality and privacy. She provides a warm, supportive, and non-judgmental space so you can feel respected and comfortable discussing your concerns to achieve your goals and move forward.

Dr. Behdarvandi thinks of her work as a way of helping patients make friends with themselves. She believes that we torture ourselves by holding onto our painful memories. We play endless “recordings” in our minds that create anxiety, depression, or compulsive and destructive behaviors. She views mental health as an approach to promoting wellness, not just relieving mental illness. Dr. Behdarvandi believes that living well has to do with developing the skills and tools needed to face life’s challenges. Happiness is not the absence of problems. Rather, it is the ability to deal with them effectively. If you want to feel better, Dr. Behdarvandi would love to work with you to develop greater resilience, bring healing to painful wounds, and help you create a healthy and meaningful life in an atmosphere of respect and trust.

Accepted Insurances:

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UMR

 

 

James “Jamie” Jones, LMHC

Jamie Jones is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. He received his Master’s degree from Troy State University in Tampa, Florida. He is also a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor through the National Board of Clinical Counselors. He is pursuing his PsyD., doctoral degree, through California Southern University. Jamie has experience with several groups, including children, adolescents, and young adults and couples. He has focused in the area of complex trauma along with ADHD and ASD. He has provided multiple level mental health services including work with at-risk youth and border line personalities. He completed his post-graduate training through the Polk school system, Hillsborough school system- at risk schools, Pepin Schools to name a few where he provided psychological services and case management. Jamie is also a 31-year retired Officer of the U.S. Army, Special Forces with multiple world wide and combat deployments.

Jamie’s areas of expertise including difficulties with adjustment, mood disorders, grief and loss, anxiety, complex trauma, and behavioral work with neurobiological disorders. He utilizes techniques and strategies from cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, dialectic, play, attachment and bonding anxiety associated therapy, and Adlerian therapy.

When not working, Jamie is the owner and operator of a Martial Arts School and enjoys engaging in activities with his students. Jamie is also an avid “closet” chief and enjoys cooking for his family.

“In today’s times our youth are in need of services that are designed and provided directly for and to them. The youthful client has a barrage of complex problems in front of them that was not a factor in the past.” -Jamie

Accepted Insurances:

  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UMR

 

 

Virginia Fundora, Ph D        Accepting new patients!

Dr. Virginia Fundora is new to the Tampa area and recently moved with her family from Miami. She is a graduate of the University of Miami Counseling Psychology program where she received her doctorate. As a clinician whose professional focus centers on children, adolescents and families she strives to deliver interventions that will empower and improve the lives of her patients. Dr. Fundora completed her internship at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital where she specialized in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents diagnosed with chronic and serious medical illnesses. After internship she continued her training at a residential program providing intensive family and group therapy for adolescent girls recovering from eating disorders. She is committed to delivering empirically-based interventions to treat children, adolescents, and young adults who have anxiety disorders, mood disorders, behavior disorders, eating disorders, relationship problems, and difficulty adjusting to major life events and transitions. Dr. Fundora provides both individual and family therapy and is able to conduct therapy in both English and Spanish. She is currently an adjunct professor at South University.

In her spare time Dr. Fundora enjoys spending time with her husband and three young children. She is an avid reader of memoirs and loves long car rides where she can explore all the beautiful scenery that Tampa Bay has to offer.

Accepted Insurances for Evaluations:

  • Aetna
  • Humana
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UMR

*Please note – Dr. Fundora only accepts self paying clients for therapy.

 

Alanna Dalessio, LMHC        Accepting new patients!

Alanna Dalessio is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor that likes to take an eclectic approach in working with her clients. She has worked with individuals of all ages and backgrounds ranging from 5 years old to later adulthood. Many of the individuals she has worked with have struggled with complicated issues and emotions, which can often leave us feeling stuck or hopeless at times.

For the past 10 years, Dalessio has dedicated herself to helping others struggling with addiction, trauma, loss, grief, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, life changes as well as school and work stress. She has also worked with clients suffering from personality disorders as well as developmental disabilities, helping them to overcome obstacles and implement healthy coping skills that best fit into their lifestyle.
She believes the most important part of therapy is to form a trusting relationship in a non-judgmental, safe, respectful, and warm environment. Her goal is to both support and guide clients to ultimately achieve a healthier and happier outlook and quality of life.

 

Accepted Insurances:

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UMR

 

 

 

Lynn Corella, LMHC                      Accepting new patients!

Lynn Corella is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, and a Nationally Certified Counselor who received her Master of Arts in Counseling from University of Guam. Her undergraduate degree is in Dietetics, where Lynn worked as a Registered Dietitian earlier in her career. Lynn’s most recent clinical experiences have been working with children, adolescents and young adults in an outpatient setting. Prior to this, Lynn provided interventions to high-risk families with child welfare involvement due to substance use and behavioral health issues.

Before her work in Florida, Lynn worked within the island community of Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands. Her experiences there included work as a Behavior Specialist in the public-school system, serving high-risk students on three different islands within a very culturally diverse, rural community, performing functional behavioral assessments, preparing behavior intervention plans, and providing counseling for children, adolescents and their families, both at school and in their homes. Additionally, as an agency counselor, Lynn provided disaster mental health services for the local government and volunteered with the American Red Cross.

Lynn’s areas of clinical focus include anxiety, depression, self-esteem building, SI/self-harming behaviors, crisis interventions, grief and loss, anger management, nutrition/exercise guidance, ADHD, social skill development and visual strategies for ASD, trauma/abuse, PTSD, LBGTQ issues, emancipation issues, existential issues, conflict resolution, behavior management techniques, positive parenting practices and family therapy.

Lynn utilizes strategies from CBT, dialectic, interpersonal, solution-focused, positive psychology, motivational interviewing, mindfulness (MBSR certified), trauma-focused CBT and accelerated resolution therapy (CCTP & ART certified). Lynn highlights the importance of the therapeutic alliance and rapport building from first contact and throughout therapy, in meeting the client exactly where they are at and allowing their goals to guide the treatment process, and which is regarded as the most important factor affecting positive treatment outcome regardless of treatment modality.

Lynn lives with her husband, daughter and granddaughter in an extended family home, savoring the benefits this arrangement offers for all. She enjoys “anything outdoors and in nature”, especially kayaking, yoga and international travel.

Accepted Insurances:

  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UMR

 

 

 

Brittany Smiley, LMHC                 Accepting new patients!

Brittany Smiley is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida. Brittany received a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, and master’s degree in Applied Social Science with a concentration in Criminal Justice from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU). Brittany also received a master’s degree in human services with a concentration in mental health counseling from Springfield College. Brittany has obtained an abundance of certifications to enhance patient satisfaction. Certifications achieved include, but not limited to a certification in ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment, Compassion Satisfaction and Compassion Fatigue, Trauma Informed Parenting, Trauma Informed Care for Adolescents, and many more. 

 

Brittany has many years of experience helping others with depression, stress, anxiety, parenting, self-esteem, family conflict, career counseling, children and adolescent behavioral concerns, child-parent conflict, and difficulty adjusting to life changes.  Prior to this, Brittany provided counseling to individuals, families, couples, children, adolescents, and siblings. Brittany has worked with clients with ADHD, who have experienced many types of concerns including abuse and trauma, postpartum issues, women, and young adult issues.  

 

Brittany knows that life is not always easy, and we sometimes face challenges without the tools we need. Brittany assists patients with developing the tools needed to help when times are hard. Brittany’s goal is to improve patient’s mental health by providing counseling in a manner that gives healing, hope, and help to those who desire change. Brittany’s counseling style is reflective. She has been described as supportive and compassionate. Her benevolent and thoughtful prospective are centered around her clinical and theoretical approaches which include person-centered therapy, reflective practice, existential therapy, narrative therapy, solution-focused therapy, play therapy and cognitive behavior therapy. Brittany is confident that there are many ways to help people sort through the things that are difficult and she identifies with the person’s strengths to maximize their skills to overcome the obstacle and situations they are experiencing. She offers a safe place to explore one’s thoughts and feelings and a safe place to be open and honest without fear of judgment.  

Accepted Insurances:

  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UMR

 

 

 

Latisha “Tisha” Blanchard, PMHNP Accepting new patients!

Tisha Blanchard is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner who obtained her dual Master’s Degrees from Walden University. Her first Master’s degree majored in Adult Acute Care, while her second Master’s Degree is in Psychiatric Mental Health.

Latisha’s mental health care experience has varied in everything from child-adolescent care, to dual diagnosis, as well as treating veterans with PTSD. She has been immersed in working with behavioral health patients in ages ranging from 6 to 86 years of age.

Her philosophy in practice is to collaborate with her patients to achieve the desired treatment goals .

In her free time she is a huge movie buff: “Nothing makes me happier than lounging on the couch and binge watching a great movie or series – it’s my jam! (Insert happy dance). Whenever I decide to leave the house, my second love is traveling. I have seen 47 states in the continental US and have traveled to see a lot of Europe. Little known fact, because I am a military brat, I was born in Amsterdam!”

Accepted Insurances:

  • Aetna
  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare

 

Ernest “Tassos” Pappas, APRN, PMHNP                                 Accepting new patients!

Ernest Pappas, familiarly known as Tassos, is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. He received his Masters in Nursing from the University of South Alabama. Ernest is originally from New York. After serving in a Behavioral Health Unit at in Miami, he relocated to Central Florida and currently works with Veterans challenged with PTSD, MST, SUD, unemployment, and homelessness. Ernest has worked with individuals across the lifespan, including children and adults. His healthcare philosophy focuses on helping individuals use their personal story as a foundation towards recovering their lives. He is also fluent in Spanish and Greek.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accepted Insurances:

  • Humana
  • Aetna
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare

 

 

 

 



Office Staff
Shavel Sistrunk, Office Manager

Shavel Sistrunk was appointed office manager in Early 2018.
She is passionate about finding ways to improve efficiency, productivity, & overall patient satisfaction. She manages both the Tampa & Lutz locations. Coordinates interviews, staff meetings, events, schedule changes. She is also the direct point of contact for testing services, payment plans. She enjoys listening to podcasts and audiobooks during her daily commute or anytime!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melissa Rogers, Billing Manager

Melissa Rogers is our billing manager and a member of our front desk staff. Her 13 years of experience in customer service has shaped her passion for having a positive impact on everyone she meets. Melissa attended Pasco Hernando State College’s phlebotomy program, contributing to her interest in nursing and providing compassionate care and support. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family and tackling DIY projects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Marissa Kinsler, Marketing Director

Marissa Kinsler has been a part of our office staff since 2013. She recently graduated with her BS in marketing from USFs Muma College of Business. Branding and creative directing are among her many passions; also, her career goal is to own her own business. Fun fact she speaks conversational Italian!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Macie Roberts, Office Assistant

Macie Roberts is a member of our front desk staff. She has a Bachelors Degree, from USF, in psychology with a minor in Deaf Studies. Currently, she is in pursuit of obtaining her PhD/PsyD in clinical psychology.

Macie has a passion for helping others and a commitment to excellent customer service. She has been providing excellent customer service for over 4 years. She often conducts our initial phone screenings for our Lutz Office. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, practicing American Sign Language (ASL) and going to Universal Studios.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miranda Burke, Office Assistant

Miranda Burke is a member of the front office staff. She graduated from Saint Leo University in early 2019 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. She has work experience in office administration and customer service. Miranda is passionate about working with others and making a difference in the field of Psychology. In the future, she plans on pursuing graduate studies to become a  Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Additionally, she dreams of one day becoming a  published fiction author. In her free time she enjoys reading, listening to music and podcasts, and hanging out with her pets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allassandra “Allie” Slate, Office Assistant

Allie Slate is a member of our front office staff. She has a passion for being an advocate for mental health care, and is committed to serving and supporting others in need. Slate has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a concentration in aging studies. In the future, she aims to accomplish her goal of becoming a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. In her free time, Slate enjoys spending time with family, hiking or kayaking in the great outdoors and even playing piano.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Denise Estevez, Office Assistant

Denise Estevez graduated from University of South Florida in summer 2020 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. She is Passionate about helping and advocating for those who are in need. In the future, she plans to pursue graduate studies. She’s passionate about Forensic psychology, and n her free time she enjoys reading, baking, and listening to music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Khyala Perdue, Office Assistant

Khyala Perdue is a  USF graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology and a criminology minor. In the future, she plans to go to graduate school to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and one day also obtain a PhD/PsyD in clinical psychology. She loves being a service to others and lending a helping hand when needed. In her free time, Khyala enjoys binge watching television shows and spending time with loved ones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kristofer Gonzalez, Psychology Intern

Kristofer Gonzalez is our office intern and a member of our front office staff. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at USF, and plans on pursuing graduate studies in the near future. His passions are human behavior and philosophy of the mind from both a theoretical and practical perspective. His hobbies include basketball, video games, drawing, and writing. He loves a good story in any form, and he hates pickles.