About Us

Meet the Staff

The Wellness Center is staffed with credentialed, licensed professionals and graduate student trainees who provide Psychological Services, Medical Services, Prevention Services, and Victim Advocacy. Many of our staff are Certified Safe Zone Allies and are trained in Mental Health First Aid.


Psychological Services Staff

Anita Sahgal, PsyD, Director & Psychologist (she/her/hers)

Anita Sahgal

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 Accessibility 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, PhD, Assistant Director, Counseling Services & Psychologist (he/him/his)

Jonathan Mitchell

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, PhD, Psychologist (she/her/hers)

Suzanne Stambaugh

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 (she/her/hers)

Rocky the Bull

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.

Practicum Therapist, TBD

Practicum Therapist, TBD

Medical Services Staff

Aimee Dougherty-Gallegos, MSN, ARNP-C (she/her/hers)
Aimee Dougherty-Gallegos

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, APRN-BC (she/her/hers) 

Megan Roller

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, LPN (she/her/hers)

Julia Hilderbrand

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 (she/her/hers)

Barbara Chacon

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.

Prevention Services Staff

Victoria M. Beltran, MPH, CHES, CSE, Assistant Director, Prevention Services (she/her/hers)

Victoria Beltran

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 and she's the only AASECT Certified Sexuality Educator in Tampa Bay. 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.

Dylan Precourt, Summer/Fall 2021 MPH Intern (he/him/his) 

Dylan Precourt

Dylan Precourt is a second year MPH student at the USF Tampa campus with a concentration in Behavioral Health. He is a native Floridian and attended USF Tampa for his undergraduate degree with a major in Public Health and a minor in Psychology. Dylan has experience working with the Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg addressing food insecurity as well as working in USF Campus Recreation to help students attain their fitness and health related goals. He has an interest in health education and holistic health and wants to work to promote equitable health for all persons. In his free time Dylan likes to go biking or on hikes, go to the gym, or play video games. 

Meghan Mapes, 2021-22 MPH Intern (she/her/hers)

Meghan Mapes

Meghan is a third year MPH Behavioral Health student at the USF Tampa campus. She earned her B.S. in Food Science and Human Nutrition from the University of Florida in 2017 and is excited to be graduating from USF in the Spring of 2022. Meghan’s lived experience with family members with behavioral health needs is what ultimately drove her to choose the behavioral health track of the MPH program. Her academic interests span a wide range of topics including holistic health; population health; the relationship between food, mental/physical health, and overall wellbeing; the effects of substance use/abuse on individuals, families, and societies; and more. Outside of school and work, Meghan is inspired by her love for travelling, live music, the great outdoors, sunshine, and dancing.

Shekinah Wiggins, 2021-22 MPH Intern (she/her/hers)

Shekinah Wiggins

Shekinah joined the team in Fall 2021. She has B.S. from East Carolina University in public health concentrating in community health. During her undergrad, she participated in PEP (Preconception Educating Pirates) Squad and worked as a March of Dimes Ambassador. Shekinah moved from North Carolina to South Florida in May 2020 to continue her education at USF Tampa. She is currently working towards her Master of Public Health, concentrating in Healthcare Organization and Management. She is also working for the local county health department in COVID-19 response.  

Victim Advocacy and Violence Prevention Services

Aubrey Hall, MA, Victim Advocate (she/her/hers)

Aubrey Hall

Aubrey received her B.A. (2012) and M.A. (2014) in Women’s & Gender Studies from USF. Her studies included community health, higher education and student affairs, gender-based violence, and campus climate for LGBTQ+ students. Prior to joining the Wellness Center, Aubrey worked at a dual-certified domestic and sexual violence facility implementing violence prevention programs and taught classes centered on wellness and social issues. Her interests include social justice, intersectionality, advocacy, restorative justice, and empowering others to be a catalyst for change. In her free time, she loves exploring independent coffee shops, taking her pack to the dog park, traveling, and practicing photography.

Support Staff

Gena Lapinski, Client Services Assistant (she/her/hers)

Gena Lapinski

Gena Lapinski joined the team May 2020 as our new Client Services Assistant. She has had many positions in health care offices that focused on customer service and provider support. She will be your first contact, either by phone, email, or in person. She helps schedule students for all appointments, process paperwork and payments, and performs various other administrative duties for the clinical team.

 

Kadife Koyuncu, Administrative Specialist (she/her/hers)

Kadife Koyuncu

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.

Skylar Christensen, Federal Work Study Student (He/Him/His They/Them/Theirs)

Skylar is currently working on completing the prerequisites in order to get into the Graphic Arts program at USF St. Petersburg and joined the Wellness Center team in September 2021. Skylar is responsible for designing flyers, newsletters, and other media promoting Wellness Center events. In his free time, Skylar takes interest in practicing violin, playing video games, and going to escape rooms.

Chiara Lopez, Federal Work Study Student (she/her/hers)

Chiara Lopez

Chiara is a Pre-Graphic Arts major at USF St. Petersburg. She joined the Wellness Center team in late September 2021. Chiara is responsible for patient and client screenings for the Wellness Center, as well as other front office duties. She likes to spend her free time drawing, watching movies and shows, or playing video games. She is very inspired by the outdoors and loves helping people.

 

Specialty Services

PSYCHIATRY

Phyllis Feldman, MD, Psychiatrist (she/her/hers)
Phyllis Feldman

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.

NUTRITION

Katie Jones Webster, MPH, RD, Registered Dietitian (she/her/hers)
Katie Jones Webster

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.

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH

Todd Ryser-Oatman, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow (he/him/his) 

Todd Ryser-Oatman

Dr. Todd Ryser-Oatman is a postdoctoral fellow and Behavioral Health Consultant (BHC) as USF St. Petersburg after completing his doctoral internship at the USF Tampa Counseling Center. He is a California native, where he attended the University of California, Davis and majored in Psychology. He then received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kentucky in 2021. Dr. Ryser-Oatman’s empirical research pursuits focused on LGBTQ+ well-being, psychological consultation, intimate partner violence, social justice, and educational program evaluation. Dr. Ryser-Oatman works from an integrative interpersonal process therapy (IPT) orientation and integrates Solution-Focused Therapy and Trauma-Informed Practice. His clinical areas of interest include LGBTQ+ well-being, social justice, body image, trauma, intimate partner violence, clinical supervision, and emotion regulation skill-building.  

MASSAGE THERAPY

Karen Briskin, LMT (she/her/hers)

Karen Briskin

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.