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 and Psychological 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.
Kelly is a doctoral candidate studying Clinical Psychology at the Florida School of Professional Psychology (FSPP) in Tampa. Kelly has a B.A in Psychology from Argosy University and an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from FSPP. Her interests include working with the LGBTQ population, gender identity, mindfulness, trauma, substance abuse, and is a certified Reiki Master Practitioner. Kelly approaches her clinical work from an integrative perspective while emphasizing mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral, and interpersonal interventions.
Chacy is currently in her fourth year of the doctoral program in Clinical Psychology at Florida School of Professional Psychology. Her primary focus is complex and developmental trauma. Chacy also has a particular interest in women’s issues and obtained a Minor in Women’s Studies in her undergraduate program. She has been trained and certified as both a Domestic Violence Advocate and Sexual Assault Crisis Counselor.
Mandy Hines is a licensed mental health clinician in the state of Florida. She began working with the Wellness Center in 2005 as the on-call Victim Advocate. Since then, Mandy has also provided consultation and training services for staff. In addition to her work with USFSP, Mandy also works as the clinical supervisor for “The Family Reunification Team” of PEMHS. FRT is an intensive outpatient program that provides an array of services to families involved in Dependency Court. Mandy has extensive experience in the areas of crisis management, trauma, and grief. Mandy also provides individual, family, and group counseling at The Life Center of Tampa. She is trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR); Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT); and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
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.
Svetlana (Lana) Nagle is in her last semester of the Adult Nurse Practitioner program at USF. She graduated with her AS in Nursing in 2011 from the State College of Florida and BA in Psychology in 2013 from USF. Her background includes infusion, home health, geriatric, psych, and wound care nursing. She enjoys working with all age groups and especially young adults. She emphasizes health promotion, education, and a holistic approach to health care
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.
Kathryn is a second year graduate student pursuing her M.P.H. degree in Environmental and Occupational Health at USF Tampa. She will graduate in May 2018 and plans to continue her education at USF Tampa in order to receive a Ph.D in Public Health. She received a B.S. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from FGCU in May 2015. Her areas of interest include toxicology, risk assessment, environmental health, and human health impacted by nutrition and food chemicals. Her position includes the responsibilities of assisting with the overall health promotion program as well as her Field Experience Placement project. She will be at the Wellness Center from Spring – Summer 2018.
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.
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 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.
Jimmy is a University of Florida alumnus and is currently applying to medical school. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Applied Physiology & Kinesiology, with a specialization in Exercise Physiology. He works part-time at the Wellness Center and is responsible for scheduling student appointments, receiving insurance information, and maintaining clinical flow.
Christine is a first year student majoring in Finance. She plans on getting her Bachelor’s degree at USFSP and then her Master in Health Administration degree at USF Tampa. Her areas of interest are alcohol and other drugs, depression, and stress relief. This position is responsible for restocking/keeping track of the condom bag output, decorating the bulletin boards around the office corresponding to important health-related news, data entry, marketing, and any other duties needed at the Wellness Center.