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 USFSP Safe Zone Allies and are trained in Mental Health First Aid.
Counseling Services Staff
Dr. Anita Sahgal, a licensed clinical psychologist, has worked at USFSP 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 USFSP Leadership and Management and the NCBI Leadership for Diversity Institute.
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 joined the USFSP Wellness Center in 2014 after working as a staff Psychologist at Eckerd College Counseling Services. She completed her pre-doctoral 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, family and relationship concerns, women’s issues, eating disorders, group therapy, and training and supervision. Dr. Stambaugh works from an integrative and interpersonal theoretical orientation, incorporating feminist and dialectical behavior therapy informed approaches.
Miguel Rivera completed his graduate studies in mental health counseling from Nova Southeastern University. After working in community mental health for 13 years, he went on to counseling students and teaching several courses in psychology. Miguel is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), is a Certified Criminal Justice Specialist and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). He is also a Suicide Prevention Gate Keeper trainer, focusing on students and veterans. He works from a cognitive-behavioral approach to treatment, which focuses on identifying dysfunctional thought patterns that are causing distress. His areas of interest and experience include: mental health disorders, substance abuse, depression, anger management, crisis intervention, trauma, gender identity, relationship issues, anxiety, and grief and loss. His approach involves a caring, acceptance, non-judgmental and holistic approach, which emphasizes the physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional person as a whole.
Josephine Almanzar, M.A. Practicum Therapist
Josephine Almanzar is a doctoral candidate at the Florida School of Professional Psychology in Tampa. She earned a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Bachelor’s in Sociology with a Minor in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences from the University of Florida. Josephine works from an interpersonal theory approach, while integrating motivational interviewing and mindfulness techniques. Josephine’s clinical interests include increasing self-awareness, trauma, interpersonal difficulties, diversity factors, depression, and anxiety.
Health Services Staff
Aimee Dougherty 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.
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 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.
Health Promotion and Education Staff
Victoria M. Beltran, MPH, CHES 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 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 USFSP: Health for Life and Human Sexuality. Victoria is a lead Safe Zone Trainer.
Jessica O. Cerrato is a USF Tampa Master of Public Health student with a concentration in behavioral health. She graduated from the University of Tampa in 2014 with a B.S. in Public Health, a concentration in behavioral health, and minors in psychology as well as criminology. Jessica’s areas of interest include: mental health, alcohol and drug abuse, eating disorders, women’s issues, comorbidity of mental and physical disorders, adverse childhood experiences/trauma, LGBTQIA+ health issues, and sexual health among college students. She will be assisting with the overall health promotion program as well as her Field Experience Placement project during the Spring and Fall semesters of 2018.
Victim Advocacy and Violence Prevention Services
Sara Spowart, MPA, PhD, Victim Advocate
Sara A. Spowart joined the Wellness Center in June 2018. She received her B.A. in Global Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, her Master of Public Administration degree from Middlebury, and her PhD in Public Health from the University of South Florida. She is a certified Victim Services Practitioner through the Office of the Attorney General and the Florida Crime Prevention Training Institute. Her areas of interest include abuse, domestic and relationship violence and prevention, rape crisis and sexual violence concerns, victim and survivor advocacy, and holistic health, yoga and mindfulness. As a victim advocate she is available to provide student support, information, community referrals, and crisis response to all USFSP students who may be survivors of crime (i.e., date rape, assault, domestic violence).
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 USFSP’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.
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.
Karen Briskin, LMT
(Bio to come)