Meet the Staff
The Wellness Center is staffed with credentialed, licensed professionals and graduate student trainees providing Counseling & Psychological Services, Health Services, and Health Promotion & Education Services. All of our staff are Certified USF St. Petersburg Safe Zone Allies and are trained in Mental Health First Aid.
Anita Sahgal, Psy.D., Director & Psychologist
Dr. Anita Sahgal, a licensed clinical psychologist, has worked at USF St. Petersburg since January 2008. She currently serves as the Director of the Wellness Center and Student Disability Services. Dr. Sahgal received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Florida Institute of Technology. She has trained and worked with people of all backgrounds and in many different settings throughout her career. Dr. Sahgal approaches her clinical work from an integrative and holistic perspective, emphasizing developmental and cultural dynamics. Her areas of interest include: mind-body wellness, social justice, group psychotherapy, clinical training/supervision, educational outreach/consultation, positive psychology and advocacy/leadership. Additionally, Dr. Sahgal is a certified QPR trainer, a Safe Zone Trainer, and Gallup Strengths coach. She has completed training in USF St. Petersburg Leadership and Management and the NCBI Leadership for Diversity Institute.
Jonathan Mitchell, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Counseling Services & Psychologist
Dr. Jonathan Mitchell, a licensed clinical psychologist, has worked at USF St. Petersburg since September 2019. A native of the northeast, Dr. Mitchell attended the University of Miami, where he double-majored in Music Education and Psychology. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Central Florida (UCF) in 2016 and completed a predoctoral residency in Health Psychology/Behavioral Medicine at Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He returned to UCF as a dually appointed Visiting Professor in the Department of Psychology and Postdoctoral Fellow in Primary Care Psychology at the College of Medicine before joining the USF community. Dr. Mitchell works from an integrative cognitive-behavioral orientation and his areas of interest include, primary care behavioral health, motivational interviewing, self-management support, clinical training/supervision, values-oriented interventions and multiple health behavior change.
Suzanne Stambaugh, Ph.D., Psychologist
Dr. Suzanne Stambaugh, a licensed psychologist, earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Stambaugh is a native of St. Petersburg, and she joined the USF St. Petersburg Wellness Center in 2014 after working as a Staff Psychologist at Eckerd College Counseling Services. She completed her predoctoral internship at the University of Illinois at Chicago Counseling Center and her postdoctoral fellowship in the Multidisciplinary Eating Recovery Intensive Treatment (MERIT) Program at Insight Behavioral Health Centers in Chicago, Illinois. Her interests include interpersonal process psychotherapy, narcissistic abuse recovery, family and relationship concerns, trauma recovery, body image wellness, and training and supervision. Dr. Stambaugh works from an integrative and interpersonal theoretical orientation, incorporating feminist and mindfulness-informed approaches.
Karen Seales, LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Karen Seales is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has worked at USF St. Petersburg since September 2019. Since graduating from New York University’s School of Social Work, she has worked in various settings including healthcare, higher education and mental health. Karen has training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and holds a Post Master’s Diploma in Social Work Supervision and Training. She has experience supervising social work and mental health graduate student interns. Her interests include peer mentorship, trauma recovery, advocacy and empowerment, mind-body wellness and multicultural awareness. She is most connected to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused CBT, Motivational Interviewing and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy techniques.
Will Lyne, LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Will Lyne is Clinical Social Worker with 20 years experience providing psychotherapy to adults in a variety of settings: community mental health and HIV medical care clinics, LGBTQ community service organizations and private practice. He specializes in helping people experience and harness their emotions more fully, allowing them to address problems and reach goals more effectively. In the process, he helps people recognize and change habits that are getting in their way. He has taught social work classes on several campuses and is happy to be working with students again. He sees students Wednesday and Fridays.
Aldra Forrester, M.A., Practicum Therapist
Aldra Forrester is a fourth year doctoral practicum therapist from the Florida School of Professional Psychology. Aldra has experience working with a variety of individuals with diverse backgrounds ranging from children to adults and she has a keen interest in the young adults/college population. She has worked in settings such as college counseling, outpatient clinics, and substance rehabilitation centers. Her areas of interests include: family and relationship concerns, trauma and abuse, diversity inclusion, mindfulness-techniques, and advocacy & empowerment support. Aldra strives to help her clients towards becoming their authentic self and living life true to who they want to be.
Diana Bandes, Practicum Therapist
Diana Bandes is a third year doctoral student at the Florida School of Professional Psychology at National Louis University. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at California State University Northridge. She has experience working with LatinX communities and provided Spanish psychological evaluations during her diagnostic year of training. Her interests include LGBTQ issues and advocacy, social justice advocacy, interpersonal psychotherapy, cognitive and behavioral therapy, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, gender identity issues, and trauma recovery. Diana emphasizes the importance of the therapeutic relationship between the client and the therapist and how the alliance can guide the journey to recovery.
Aimee Dougherty-Gallegos, M.S.N, A.R.N.P.- C
Aimee Dougherty-Gallegos joined the Wellness Center in March 2017 as the Certified Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner. In 1999, she received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Nursing from USF. She obtained her Master’s of Science degree in Nursing from USF in 2010 and is an Adult Board Certified Nurse Practitioner. Her nursing career background includes primary care, women’s health, and oncology. She enjoys educating students and has a special interest in women’s health.
Megan Roller, A.P.R.N.- BC
Megan Roller joined the Wellness Center in October 2018 as a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner. She obtained her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing in 2007, and Masters of Science in Nursing in 2008 from the University of Florida. Her prior nursing experience includes adult primary care and women’s health. She previously worked at the University of Miami student health clinic for seven years before relocating to Tampa Bay. She sees students on Tuesdays and Fridays.
Julia Hilderbrand, L.P.N.
Julia Hilderbrand is a Licensed Practical Nurse who joined the staff at the USF St. Petersburg’s Wellness Center in April 2013, although she has been working with USF Tampa since August 2009. She received her licensure from Columbia Health Public Schools in Columbia, Missouri. Julia worked at the University of Missouri Student Health Center until 2004 and has also worked in a Dermatology clinic. She has experience with family practice and general health, dermatology, sports medicine, and women’s health. Julia also speaks Spanish and Portuguese.
Barbara Chacon, M.A.
Barbara Chacon is a certified Medical Assistant who joined the staff at the USF St Petersburg’s Wellness Center in March 2014. She received her certification from Concorde Career Institute. Barbara has experience working with family practice, critical care, pulmonology, and sleep disorders. Barbara also speaks Spanish.
Victoria Beltran, M.P.H., C.H.E.S., Assistant Director, Prevention Services
Victoria joined the Wellness Center in 2013. She received her B.A. in Psychology from New York University, her Master of Public Health degree from Emory University, is a Certified Health Education Specialist, and received a certificate of completion in Sexuality Education from the University of Michigan in 2015. She is also a DrPH student at USF Tampa. She believes that health promotion enhances the college experience by helping young adults become better students through overall better health and wellness. She is also the advisor for P.E.E.R.S. (Promoting Education, Empowerment, Education, and Support). Her areas of interest include sexual health, alcohol and other drugs, LGBTQIA+ health issues, healthy relationships, domestic and relationship violence prevention, nutrition and healthy cooking, program planning, and evaluation. She teaches 2 classes at USF St. Petersburg: Health for Life and Human Sexuality. Victoria is a lead Safe Zone Trainer.
TBD, MPH Field Placement Intern
TBD, Psychology Graduate Summer Intern
TBD, Victim Advocate
Melanie McCabe, Client Services Assistant
Melanie joined the Wellness Center in August 2012. She has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management degree from Wichita State University. She is planning on pursuing a Master’s degree at the University of South Florida. She will be your first contact here, either by phone or in person. She helps schedule students for all appointments, processes paperwork for insurances, collects payment for any out of pocket fees, and various administrative duties for the Clinical team.
Kadife Koyuncu, Administrative Specialist
Kadife received her B.A. in teaching English from abroad and had ten years teaching experience before moving to the U.S. She worked at USF in College of Education for four years before joining USF St. Petersburg’s Wellness Center in 2010. Kadife is responsible for the daily operations of the Wellness Center office including: web-site editing, travel, purchasing, budgeting, client scheduling, correspondence, special projects, and supervising support personnel.
Erin Humphrey, Federal Work Study Student Assistant
Erin Humphrey is the Wellness Center Student Assistant for the 2019-20 year. Erin is a first year student at USF St. Petersburg looking to major in finance. She assists with all communication and marketing, as well as promoting events and programs hosted by the Wellness Center.
Phyllis Feldman, M.D., Psychiatrist
Dr. Phyllis Feldman has been with the Wellness Center since 2014. She received her medical degree from Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. She completed a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University Of South Florida and is certified in Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatry and Neurology in Psychiatry. She is an Assistant Professor and a USF Safe Zone Ally.
Katie Jones, M.P.H., R.D., Registered Dietitian
Katie is a registered and licensed dietitian. She has been working at USF Tampa since 2010 and joined the staff at the Wellness Center in 2015. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition and Food Science from Georgia Southern University and Master of Public Health degree from the University of South Florida. Her areas of interest include sports nutrition, weight management and eating disorders.
Adam Miller, Ph.D., BHC Postdoctoral Fellow
Dr. Adam Miller is a postdoctoral scholar completing a fellowship experience with USF St. Petersburg and USF Tampa and currently serves as the Behavioral Health Consultant (BHC) at the Wellness Center. Dr. Miller obtained his doctoral degree at Florida State University and completed his doctoral internship at the USF Tampa Counseling Center. Additionally, he has experience conducting psychiatric and neuropsychological assessment and evaluation from his time working at Tallahassee Memorial Behavioral Health Center and Tampa General Hospital. Dr. Miller’s clinical interests include working with students to learn practical strategies for improving physical health and well-being. He has experience working with concerns related to anxiety, depression, sleep, stress management, behavior change, relationships and conflict, career and future uncertainty, and trauma.
Karen Briskin, LMT
Karen has been licensed in Massage Therapy for over 10 years since she earned her certificate from the Connecticut Center for Massage Therapy. She has practiced in a variety of settings with an underlying mission of holding a space and partnering with clients on their path to wellness. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Women’s Studies from the University of Delaware and a Master of Arts degree in Counseling and Personnel Services from The College of New Jersey. She currently teaches at the Cortiva Institute of Massage Therapy and is a certified health coach.