Ocean Psychiatric Group
770 Lynnhaven Pkwy, Suite 240
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
(757) 802-4500



Thomas K. Tsao, M.D., DLFAPA
Child Psychiatrist

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 Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation Therapy (TMS) an FDA-cleared and effective therapy for treatment resistant depression.  To learn more about TMS therapy click here https://www.greenbrooktms.com.  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 Therapy (TMS), an FDA-cleared and effective therapy for treatment resistant depression.  Dr. Heatwole serves as the Medical Director for Greenbrook TMS NeuroHealth Centers in Virginia Beach and Newport News locations.  To learn more about TMS therapy click here http://www.greenbrooktms.com.   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.

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.

Pamela Zane, Ph. D.

Dr. Zane has over thirty years of experience in individual child (children age 4 and older), adolescent and adult psychotherapy.  She has extensive experience with couples and families.  She has expertise in substance abuse, eating disorders and gender dysphoria.  Dr. Zane did a six month internship at the Gender Dysphoria Clinic in Palo Alto, CA.  Experienced working with gay and transgender clients.  She has over ten years experience with geriatric patients.  Dr. Zane work with attorneys for guardianships; forensic evaluations and immigration issues.  She is certified expert witness in Virginia Beach and Norfolk courts.  Dr. Zane has extensive experience training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy; Ericksonian Hypnosis techniques, EMDR, as well as continuing education in Forensic Psychology, PTSD, ADHD, and substance abuse.


Trisha Parker, PMHNP-BC

Is a board-certified Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC).  She began her healthcare career in Intensive Care and Trauma.  She has worked inpatient settings before transitioning to community mental health.  Her roles include treating and evaluating children, adolescent and adult ages with mental health conditions to include depression, anxiety, mood disorders, autism, ADHD, insomnia, eating disorders, OCD and other issues.  In addition to her clinical experience, Trisha’s academic background includes completing her Bachelor degree at the Pacific Union College and her Masters of Science degree at Walden University.  She is a member of APNA, ANCC and currently serves as a Reservist in the US Army.

In her free time, Trisha enjoys spending time with her husband, her son and her French bulldog.  She loves traveling with her family.


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.


Michael S. Prince, L.C.S.W.

Michael Prince is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (L.C.S.W).  He received his undergraduate from George Mason University and his MSW from Norfolk State University.  He has over 26 years of post-graduate experience working with children (5 and over), adolescents, adults and families.  Mr. Prince has extensive experience helping individuals exposed to trauma reduce the incidence of PTSD.  He enjoys working with children that have ADHD, ODD, OCD and challenging family dynamics.  He has been certified as a professional witness in Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Chesapeake Juvenile and Domestic courts.  He frequently is consulted by Guardian Ad Litems to mediate family custody issues.  He currently holds advance certifications in EMDR with over 20 years experience using the technique to help trauma, anxiety and other stressful experiences.  Mr. Prince is an avid outdoor enthusiast, he enjoys boating, fishing, kayaking, hiking and camping.



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.


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.