Thomas K. Tsao, M.D., DLFAPA
Dr. Tsao has been in the practice of Medicine & Psychiatry since 1967. He is Board Certified in Psychiatry & Neurology and also is a Distinguished, Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He was acting Chief of Psychiatry Naval Regional Medical Center Portsmouth during the early 70’s and was honored to treat our hero POW’s from the Hanoi Hilton. A founding faculty member of the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Science at the Eastern Virginia Medical School (1973), he was also the founding President of the Tidewater Chapter of the American Psychiatric Association.
Historically, he has been the Executive Medical Director of the Children’s program at the Portsmouth Psychiatric Center, the overall Executive Medical Director of Tidewater Psychiatric Institutes, the Colonial Hospital & Recovery Center, and the Virginia Beach Psychiatric Center. For decades Dr. Tsao has focused on & championed the most accurate diagnosis and effective treatment (therapy, with or without medication) for children, adolescents, and young adults. He is the author of the peer reviewed (Weil Cornell Medical College, Johns Hopkins Medical School, Cleveland Clinic) book, “Tsaoism” which basically looks at the normal and abnormal psychological development of children & teenagers in addition to other human behavioral insights. Dr. Tsao continues to practice fulltime, proud to be a member of the professional team at the Ocean Psychiatric Group.
Mark T. Schreiber, M.D., D.L.F.A.P.A, F.A.S.A.M
Originally from Nebraska, Mark T. Schreiber, M.D. did his medical school and residency training at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. He is double board certified in Psychiatry, and also in Addiction Medicine. He is past president of the Norfolk Academy of Medicine, and also the Tidewater Academy of Psychiatry. He has served as a delegate to the Medical Society of Virginia. He is a Distinguished Life Fellow in the American Psychiatric Association, and a Fellow in the American Society of Addiction Medicine. Dr. Schreiber has been practicing psychiatry for the past thirty nine years and has diagnosed and treated over nineteen thousand patients.
He currently specializes in Adult Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine, from ages eighteen and above. He treats depression, anxiety and panic disorders, bipolar illness, schizoaffective disorder, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder. He does medication management, psychotherapy, and runs addiction recovery groups. He is trained in administering Trans-cranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy (TMS) for clinical depression, bipolar, and schizoaffective disorders. Dr. Schreiber is truly passionate about what he does. His experience, knowledge, and caring and insightful approach make him one of the premier psychiatrists in the area.
Leonard Dileo, M.D., L.F.A.P.A
Dr. Dileo graduated from Rutgers University, served two years in the Peace Corps in Iran, and then received his medical degree from the University of Bologna, Italy. He completed his residency training program in Psychiatry at Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. He is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology and is a Life Fellow in the American Psychiatric Association. He has served as the Medical Director of the Geriatric Psychiatric programs both at Chesapeake General and Sentara Norfolk General Hospitals.
Katharine W. Heatwole, M.D.
Dr. Heatwole is a native Virginian and graduated from The College of William and Mary with a B.S. in Chemistry. She subsequently attended medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA. After completing an internship in Internal Medicine at EVMS, she completed her residency in Neurology at Vanderbilt University in 1991, and was elected to be Chief Resident during her final year. Upon completing her training, she returned to Virginia and joined the faculty at EVMS, as an Assistant Professor of Neurology. After teaching and practicing in neurology for six year at EVMS, Dr. Heatwole moved to Virginia Beach to join a busy private practice, practicing both inpatient and outpatient neurology, as well as being a neurological consultant at Virginia Beach Psychiatric Center. She was later hired by Sentara Medical group and worked solely as a Neurohospitalist, however her interest in neuropsychiatry later took her to work with a busy psychiatric practice, and she has been practicing with Ocean Psychiatric Group, P.C. (OPG) since it’s inception. Dr. Heatwole is board certified by The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in the specialty of Neurology. Dr. Heatwole is an active member of the American Academy of Neurology, Medical Society of Virginia, Virginia Neurological Society and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.
Her passion for most of her career has been in the practice of general adult neurology, providing care for many patients in this community wit headache disorders, epilepsy, stroke, neuromuscular disease, Parkinson’s Disease and other movement disorders, dementia, Multiple Sclerosis and traumatic brain injury. During the last decade, Dr. Heatwole has become increasingly interested in the interconnections between mind and body, and is now equally passionate about the psychiatric and psychological issues that not only impact the course of patient’s neurological illnesses, but their abilities or inabilities to live as full a life as possible. Dr. Heatwole’s interest in neuropsychiatry has further lead her to be trained in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), a nonpharmacologic treatment for Major Depressive Disorder, and she is now the Medical Director for Greenbrook TMS NeuroHealth Centers in Virginia Beach, located within OPG’s suite. You will find that Dr. Heatwole’s thoroughness, attention to the wholeness of her patients, and her overall passion for what she does, make her an outstanding physician in this community.
Click here to watch a recent interview that Dr. Heatwole did for WTKR Channel 3 News at Ocean Psychiatric Group.
Joy P.Kannarkat, Ph.D.
Clinical Child Psychologist
Dr. Kannarkat had his undergraduate education at Sacred Heart College and Union Christian College of the University of Kerala, India. He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in Psychology from Howard University, Washington, D.C. Completed clinical training in Pediatric Psychology at U. of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore, and in Clinical Child Psychology at Children’s Hospital National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He joined the faculty of Norfolk State University in 1975. Became a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in 1978 and had the dual career as a tenured professor and a practicing clinical psychologist ever since, until retired from the professorship in 2012 after 37 years. During his tenure at NSU, “Dr. K” taught thousands of undergraduates as well as hundreds of Clinical Psychology graduate students. His administrative positions included being the Director of Master’s Program in Community/Clinical Psychology (1981-1985), and Director from NSU (1980-2001) for the Virginia Consortium (College of William &Mary, EVMS, NSU, and ODU) for Professional Psychology that trained doctoral clinical psychologists (PSY.D.).
He is a Life Status Member of the American Psychological Association and a Member of the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology. “Dr. K” specializes in the treatment of children, infants and up, with developmental delays, fears & anxiety, ADHD, oppositional defiant & angry behaviors, depression, self-esteem & identity issues, mild to moderate autism, adjustment difficulties due to family conflicts & divorce, abandonment & grief reactions, peer & social difficulties, coping difficulties to medical illnesses, and underachievement or poor academic motivation. Treatment methods include individual therapy, family therapy, and consultation with teachers, school counselors, physicians, lawyers, and other health care providers. Singular goal is to work toward happy, well-mannered, confident, and achieving children for our society.
Ella Pecsok, Ph.D.
Dr. Pecsok graduated from University of Virginia with a B.A. in Psychology and a M.Ed. in Health Education and Public Health. Dr. Pecsok then attended West Virginia University where she completed a M.A. in Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. While attending Medical University of South Carolina, she completed a Clinical Internship in Neuropsychology. Upon returning to University of West Virginia, she completed a Post Doctoral Fellowship in Neuropsychology. Dr. Pecsok is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and focuses her practice on Neuropsychological Testing and Evaluation, serving in this role at Neurology Specialists for 21 years. She now administers assessment and testing in several outpatient and hospital settings and is available for consultation to Ocean Psychiatric Group patients.
Amy Carter, Ph.D.
Dr. Amy Carter completed her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Illinois. She has a general private practice providing individual therapy for adults. Her areas of clinical interest include family of orgin concerns, the treatment of trauma, mood disorders, the connection between spirituality and psychology and the use of creativity and art to promote psychological health and well-being. Dr. Carter completed post graduate training in the treatment of trauma at the University of Maryland. She completed a certificate in Spiritual Direction from the Haden Institute, a two year program with an emphasis on Jungian psychology, spiritual discernment, and the use of mythology, poetry and dreams in healing. Her approach to treatment employs a strengths-based perspective using cognitive, dynamic and behavioral interventions. Treatment focuses on understanding the meaning of symptomatic behaviors as well making behavioral change.
Dr. Carter has previously worked in private practice and residential care facilities. She has providing training, consultation and clinical services in group homes for adolscents. She has extensive experience providing psychological evaluations in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She currently provides psychological testing for children and adolescents ages 6 to 16.
Arlene L. Brown, Psy. D.
Dr. Brown is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who treats a wide variety of issues; including anxiety and mood disorders, relationship difficulties, childhood concerns, adjustment issues and life transitions. Dr. Brown entered the mental health field after working for several years with juvenile delinquents. She realized that each of the youngsters encountered along with their families needed assistance in order to heal from their individual traumas and life stresses. Dr. Brown decided to help individuals develop more satisfying relationships, assist with the obstacles they faced in life, and guide them toward making the changes they desired to accomplish their goals. Over the years since earning her terminal degree, she has developed a diversified experience, working with people of all ages, from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Currently, she treats a broad population of clients, including children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples. Her experience also includes conducting psychological assessments for children & adolescents.
Dr. Brown utilizes a client-centered treatment approach that is positive and strength-based rather than focusing on one’s weaknesses and failures. A unique treatment approach is developed by assisting a client to determine his/her motivation for change in their lives. Her treatment style incorporates a supportive and encouraging environment, skill building, prioritization, and the development of insight.
Ages Treated: Children Psychological Testing ages 6-17; Therapy for children starting from age 6 and up, Adolescents, and Adults
Session Format: Individual, Family, Couples
Treatment Approaches: Adlerian, Cognitive Behavioral, Family systems, Play therapy, Supportive.
Education: Regent University, Psy D in Psychology; Regent University, MA in Clinical Psychology; Norfolk State University, MA in Urban Affairs/Criminal Justice
Linda Pham, PMHNP-BC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Linda Pham is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University. Most recently, Linda has earned her Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Psychiatry and Mental Health from Virginia Commonwealth University. Linda previously worked as a Registered Nurse working with children and adolescents in the inpatient setting. She enjoys working with patients across the lifespan and specializes in a variety of mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, PTSD and Schizophrenia. Linda is fluent in both English and Vietnamese.
Russell Lantz, PA-C
Certified Physician Assistant
Russel Lantz, who is a Physician Assistant of 39 years, was first introduced to medicine in the U.S. Army. He worked as a Medic and Neuropsychiatric Technician in Japan caring for Vietnam causalities. Russell completed a B.S. in Psychology and additional education in counseling. He trained as a Physician Assistant at Wake Forest University / Bowman Gray School of Medicine. He has experience in many disciplines of medicine including Cardiology, Internal Medicine, and Neurology, as well as Occupational Medicine. For the past 15 years Russell has worked in a variety of Psychiatric setting including Adult Psychiatry, Substance Abuse and Hospital / Crisis Stabilization. He enjoys applying principles of Holistic Medicine to try to minimize the use of unnecessary medication and the adverse effects of multiple medications.
Sharon H. Rhodes, FNP
Family Nurse Practitioner
Sharon graduated with a Masters in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University. She worked in family practice for 12 years before starting at OPG. She enjoys working with children, teenagers and adults in treating anxiety, depression, ADHD and bipolar disorders. She believes in an holistic approach to treatment.
Anne Stubbs, FNP
Family Nurse Practitioner
Anne Stubbs received her Master’s degree of Science and Nursing in 2012 at Old Dominion University. She earned her Bachelor’s degree of Science in Nursing in 2007 at East Carolina University. As a skilled family nurse practitioner, Mrs. Stubbs provides primary care to patients of all ages. She is experienced in family, internal, and psychiatric medicine and worked as a registered nurse on a progressive care unit at Sentara Virginia beach General Hospital for six years prior to receiving her nurse practitioner degree. She has worked as a full time family practice nurse practitioner since 2013 with Sentara Medical Group in Virginia Beach. In 2014 she began working part time at Ocean Psychiatric Group.
At Ocean Psychiatric Group Mrs. Stubbs works with new and established patients ages 12 and above in managing multiple mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, attention deficit disorder, eating disorders, substance abuse, and schizophrenia. Mrs. Stubbs is board-certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and is a member of the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She is active with the ALS association as well as the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
Deborah Beth Reese, LCSW
She has 25 years post graduate experience as a therapist working with a variety of individuals experiencing major depression, bipolar, anxiety disorders, ADHD; including severe mental illnesses and alcohol or substance use disorder. She provides treatment for individuals ages 16 and older including seniors. She attended Virginia Wesleyan College and graduated Magnum Cum Laude with a B.A Degree in Psychology. She holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Social-work from Norfolk State University where she graduated with honors, Magnum Cum Laude.
She has experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings conducting crisis assessments, ADHD evaluations and treatment, grief counseling; as wells as issues pertaining to interpersonal relationship conflicts, codependency, ACOA, men and women issues, parenting / co-parenting and work with military families.
Her treatment approach is eclectic incorporating a variety of methods including Brief Solution Focus, Reality Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Conflict Resolution and Anger Management.
Goals for treatment are designed with the individual to empower and effect positive change in managing problems in daily living and life’s challenges.
Tiffany N. Sinceno, LCSW
Originally from New York, Ms. Sinceno completed her undergraduate studies at West Virginia State University and Masters in Social Work at New York University. Ms. Sinceno is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York and Virginia. In addition, she received Seminar in Field Instruction training at Hunter College where she has provided clinical guidance to MSW candidates from various institutions, served as adjunct faculty at Touro College in the Psychology department, loves to teach and has allowed her the opportunity to train parent and staff in foster care settings, youth and family advocates, and staff development. Her experience in human services has included direct care, clinical experience, consulting, and administrative experience in Mental Health and Workforce Development programs. Ms. Sinceno has training in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused CBT, and Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Trauma in Schools (CBITS), and Problem Solving Therapy (depression modality). In addition, she has training that includes Girls Circle Facilitators training, Psychological First Aid, Mental Health First Aid, Motivational Interviewing, and Co-occurring disorders in Adolescents and Adults.
Ms. Sinceno is a well-rounded clinician who works with individuals from a holistic approach taking into consideration medical, mental health, spiritual, and nutritional needs in order to attain optimal functioning. Her dedication to her profession includes working with youth and adults who are challenged by anxiety, depression, mood disorder, oppositional defiance, life cycle changes, parenting issues, relationship concerns (individual and couple’s counseling, family conflict (family therapy), adjustment issues, trauma and PTSD, LGBTQ concerns, and other life challenges. Ms. Sinceno’s broad range of experience allows her to work with a multitude of individuals, however Ms. Sinceno has a special interest in working with girls and women who are challenged with life changes, low self-esteem and confidence, poor relationships, difficulty managing emotions, plagued with challenging health concerns, finding a spiritual balance, adjusting to new situations, and balancing one’s life, family, work, and finances.
Ms. Sinceno’s aim is to provide services for girls and women who are unaware of who they are, their values, goals, and ways to flourish and lead them in the right direction. In the near future, Ms. Sinceno will host the following groups: Gurlz Empowered: ages 11-13; Ladies Empowered: ages 14-17; Six Steps to a Fierce and Fabulous Life; ages 18 and up. Ms. Sinceno continues to engage in professional development and collaboration with other providers to ensure an individualized approach to helping overcome life’s challenges. Let’s learn to build confidence and reach goals to improve your life!
Paul Cole, L.C.S.W.
Mr. Cole received his master’s degree in social work from Virginia Commonwealth University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Virginia. He has worked extensively in both the public and private sectors as a therapist providing individual, marital and family therapy and group therapy, previously with Atlantic Psychiatric Services, and now with Ocean Psychiatric Group in Virginia Beach. Mr. Cole has over 35 years of experience, and currently works with children age 10 and above, adolescents, adults and older adults.
He also has particular expertise providing marital and family therapy. Past experience includes work with; Catholic Charities, the Virginia Beach Community Services Board, as a therapist and program administrator, and in the managed healthcare field with Options Healthcare, Inc. (later becoming Value Options). In addition, for 10 years, Mr. Cole served children and families receiving Therapeutic Foster Care and Adoption services, as the Assistant Director of The Family Center of Hope, the Director of Child & Family Services for Lutheran Family Services of VA, and the Program Director of Therapeutic Foster Care services with Children’s Services of Hampton Roads/Carpe Diem of Virginia.
Joyce Tsao, L.C.S.W.
Mrs.. Tsao has over 30 years of clinical experience as a psychotherapist, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She has specialized training and experience in evaluating and treating women’s issues having been the Clinical Director of the Women’s Program of the Tidewater Psychiatric Institute (TPI). Patient populations include pre-teens, adolescents, adult utilizing individual, family and couple’s counseling. Her specialty areas are eating disorders, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, panic disorder, life transitions and divorce. Her clinical orientation is eclectic, Combining cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy and mindfulness therapy. She continues to practice full time collaboration with psychiatrist, psychologist, LCSW’s, LPC’s, NP’s and PA’s at Ocean Psychiatric Group.
Laurel Llobell, L.P.C.
Laurel Llobell, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, who has been working as both a therapist and psychometrist in Hampton Roads since 1998. Laurel earned her Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology at Eastern Michigan University in 1995, and completed Post-Graduate coursework at Old Dominion University. Laurel also completed two practicums in psychological assessment at Huron Services for Youth, in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
In addition to psychological testing services, Laurel provides Individual, Couples, and Family Counseling services to patients from age 6 through adult. Areas of focus include Mood Disorders, ADHD, Trauma, Personality Disorders, and high-functioning Autism. Laurel also has a special interest and proficiency in incorporating stress management training, including meditation and relaxation techniques. Laurel has participated in many community organizations as well as support and service groups throughout the Hampton Roads area.
Sharon P. Lantz, LPC
Sharon Lantz is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) who received her degrees from the University of Virginia and the College of William and Mary. She has almost 30 years of experiencing counseling and assessing children, adolescents, adults, and families in a variety of settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics, residential settings, and the court system. She has provided training for sexual assault counselors, officials of the legal system, clinicians in the community, and graduate students at several universities. She holds special interest in the areas of trauma, attachment/relationships, mindfulness, and cognitive behavioral therapy.
Ken L. Wells, L.P.C.
Mr.. Ken Wells is a Licensed Professional Counselor who graduated from Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Ohio with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, and attended Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA where he received his Master of Arts in Counseling. He has been a Licensed Professional Counselor since 2001. He has been providing individual therapy to children, adolescents, families and adults in various settings such as outpatient private practices, inpatient hospitals, group homes, residential treatment centers and has been serving the Hampton Roads area for over 18 years. He specializes in ADHD, O.D.D., anxiety disorder, marriage therapy, family therapy, group therapy, mood disorders, addiction, and much more. He is a cognitive behavioral, reality-based, behavioral, and solution focused therapist.
He has been leading an adult anger management group therapy on Thursday’s for the past 11 years. He also leads a children anger management group which is held on Saturdays for boys/girls ages 7 to age 13 . He has been doing this group for over twelve years with great results. Mr. Wells treats a wide variety of age groups from age 4 to 99 years old. Mr. Wells accepts most health insurances. He will set up a fee agreement for those who do not have health insurance. Mr. Wells is an energetic licensed therapist who is passionate about helping patients discover peace, healing, recovery, and hope.