Lakeview Center 
Meet the Lakeview Center's Medical Staff.

Medical Staff

Backed by training and experience, Lakeview Center's physicians, psychologists and mid-level practitioners are skilled in assessing, diagnosing and treating mental illnesses and addiction disorders. Here are the details about these caring and compassionate professionals.

Psychiatrists
 
photo: Myron Almond, M.D.

Myron Almond, M.D.
Dr. Almond is a psychiatrist for adults with Lakeview Center. Because he's an employed physician, Dr. Almond is also a proud part of the Baptist Medical Group network of quality, caring physicians in the Pensacola area.

  • Medical Education: Uniformed Services, University of Health Sciences at Bethesda, MD
  • Residency: Naval Hospital, Portsmouth, VA
  • Board Certifications: Psychiatry; Aerospace Medicine; Occupational Medicine
  • Clinical Interests: Adult Psychiatry

photo: Lokaranjit Chalasani, M.D.

Lokaranjit Chalasani, M.D.
Dr. Chalasani is a psychiatrist for both children and adults, practicing at the Lakeview Center. Because he's an employed physician with Baptist Health Care, Dr. Chalasani is also a proud part of the Baptist Medical Group network of quality, caring physicians in the Pensacola area.

  • Medical Education: University of Karnataka in Dhaward, India
  • Residency: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic; Bailey-Seton Hospital / Saint Vincent's Catholic Medical Center in New York
  • Fellowship: Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami
  • Clinical Interests: Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Current Society Memberships: American Psychiatric Association

photo: Annie Cherian, M.D.

Annie Cherian, M.D.
Dr. Cherian is a psychiatrist for adults with Lakeview Center. Because she's an employed physician, Dr. Cherian is also a proud part of the Baptist Medical Group network of quality, caring physicians in the Pensacola area.

  • Medical Education: Madras Medical College, Madras, India
  • Residency: Creedmore Psychiatry Center
  • Clinical Interests: Adult Psychiatry

Douglas H. Fraser, M.D.

Douglas H. Fraser, M.D.
Dr. Fraser is an adult psychiatrist with Lakeview Center's Summit Group, which is located in the Jefferson Park complex on the corner of Summit Boulevard and Spanish Trail Road. As a physician employed by Lakeview Center, he also is a member of the Baptist Medical Group network of skilled, caring medical professionals.

  • Medical Education:Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Residency: General Psychiatry, University of South Florida College of Medicine; Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Tampa, Fla
  • Board Certifications: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology; American Board of Forensic Medicine;
    National Board of Medical Examiners
  • Clinical Interests: Adult Psychiatry

photo: Cynthia Javellana, M.D.

Cynthia Javellana, M.D.
Dr. Cynthia Javellana is a psychiatrist for adults with Lakeview Center, an affiliate of Baptist Health Care. Because she's an employed physician with Baptist Health Care, Dr. Javellana is also a proud part of the Baptist Medical Group network of quality, caring physicians in the Pensacola area.

  • Medical Education: University of Santo Tomas, Philippines
  • Residency: Lincoln Hospital, New York Medical College
  • Clinical Interests: Adult Psychiatry

photo: Luis Lemus, M.D.

Luis Lemus, M.D.
Dr. Luis Lemus is a psychiatrist for children and adults with Lakeview Center, an affiliate of Baptist Health Care. Because he's an employed physician with Baptist Health Care, Dr. Lemus is also a proud part of the Baptist Medical Group network of quality, caring physicians in the Pensacola area.

  • Medical Education: University of El Salvador, School of Medicine
  • Residency: Adult Psychiatry - Bergen Regional Medical Center, NJ
  • Fellowship: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry - University of Medicine and Dentistry of NJ
  • Board Certifications: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Clinical Interests: Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Current Society Memberships: American Academy of Children and Adolescent Psychiatry

photo: Dr. Guido Ludergnani - Psychiatrist

Guido Ludergnani, M.D.
Dr. Guido Ludergnani is a psychiatrist for children and adolescents with Lakeview Center, an affiliate of Baptist Health Care. Because he's an employed physician with Baptist Health Care, Dr. Ludergnani is also a proud part of the Baptist Medical Group network of quality, caring physicians in the Pensacola area.

  • Medical Education: University of Modena, Italy
  • Residency: St. Luke`s-Roosevelt Hospital, University Hospital of Columbia University, NYC, NY
  • Fellowship: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowships at the University of Michigan, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Board Certifications: Adult and Child Board Certified
  • Clinical Interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

photo: Jose Montes, M.D.

Jose Montes, M.D.
Dr. Jose Montes is a psychiatrist for adults with Lakeview Center, an affiliate of Baptist Health Care. Because he's an employed physician with Baptist Health Care, Dr. Montes is also a proud part of the Baptist Medical Group network of quality, caring physicians in the Pensacola area.

  • Medical Education: Far Eastern University School of Medicine, Manila, Philippines
  • Internship: Missouri Baptist Hospital, University of Missouri, St. Louis, MO
  • Residency: General Surgery - Missouri Pacific Hospital in St. Louis, General Psychiatry - Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
  • Board Certifications: American Board of Addiction Medicine
  • Current Society Memberships: American Psychiatry Association, Florida Psychiatric Society

photo: Heather Rohrer, M.D.

Heather Rohrer, M.D.
Dr. Rohrer is a psychiatrist with West Florida Community Care Center. Because she's an employed physician, Dr. Rohrer is also a proud part of the Baptist Medical Group network of quality, caring physicians in the Pensacola area.

  • Medical Education: University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill
  • Residency: General Psychiatry, William S. Hall Psychiatric Institute, Columbia, SC
  • Fellowship: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at William S. Hall Psychiatric Institute, Columbia, SC
  • Board Certifications: Board Certified in Psychiatry (1994); Board Certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (1995)
  • Clinical Interests: Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Current Society Memberships: American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

photo: Fadel Salib, M.D.

Fadel Salib, M.D.
Dr. Salib is a psychiatrist for adults with Lakeview Center. Because he's an employed physician, Dr. Salib is also a proud part of the Baptist Medical Group network of quality, caring physicians in the Pensacola area.

  • Medical Education: Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt
  • Residency: Trenton Psychiatric Hospital, Trenton, NJ
  • Board Certifications: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult Psychiatry
  • Clinical Interests: Adult Psychiatry

photo: Kaberi Samanta, M.D.

Kaberi Samanta, M.D.
Dr. Samanta is a psychiatrist for adults with Lakeview Center. Because she's an employed physician, Dr. Samanta is also a proud part of the Baptist Medical Group network of quality, caring physicians in the Pensacola area.

  • Medical Education: Calcutta Medical College, Calcutta, India
  • Residency: University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL
  • Clinical Interests: Adult Psychiatry
  • Current Society Memberships: Escambia County Medical Association

photo: R. John Sarazin, M.D.

R. John Sarazin, M.D.
Dr. Sarazin is a psychiatrist for adults and children with Lakeview Center. Because he's an employed physician, Dr. Sarazin is also a proud part of the Baptist Medical Group network of quality, caring physicians in the Pensacola area.

  • Medical Education: University of Zagreb, Croatia
  • Residency: University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL
  • Fellowship: New York Medical College in Valhalla, NY
  • Clinical Interests: Adult and Child Psychiatry

photo: Venkata Sompalli, M.D.

Venkata Sompalli, M.D.
Dr. Sompalli is a psychiatrist for adults with Lakeview Center. Because he's an employed physician, Dr. Sompalli is also a proud part of the Baptist Medical Group network of quality, caring physicians in the Pensacola area.

  • Medical Education: Guntur Medical College, Guntur City, India
  • Residency: Mt. Sinai Services at City Hospital Center at Elmhurst, NY
  • Fellowship: Beth Israel Medical Center, Mt. Sinai Medical School, New York, NY
  • Board Certifications: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult and General Psychiatry, Additional Board Certification - Geriatric and Forensic
  • Clinical Interests: Adult and Geriatric Psychiatry, Addictions Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry
photo: Tanya Theriault, D.O.

Tanya Theriault, D.O.
Dr. Tanya Theriault is a psychiatrist specializing in the treatment of children and adolescents at Lakeview Center. Because she is an employed physician with Baptist Health Care, Dr. Theriault is a part of Baptist Medical Group, a network of quality, caring physicians serving the Pensacola area.

  • Medical Education: Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Fort Lauderdale, FL
  • Residency: Adult Psychiatry – University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas
  • Fellowship: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry – University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center/Children's Medical Center, Dallas
  • Board Certification: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Clinical Interests: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Professional Memberships: American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, American Osteopathic Association
Addictionologist
 
photo: Terry Ptacek, M.D.

Terry Ptacek, M.D.
Dr. Terry Ptacek is the medical director of substance abuse services for Lakeview Center Inc. A certified addictionologist, Dr. Ptacek treats clients at The Friary, Summit Group, the Lakeview Center Methadone Clinic and the Acute Stabilization Unit on the main Lakeview Center campus. He is board certified in family practice.

  • Medical Education: University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, KS
  • Residency: Charleston Naval Regional Medical Center, Charleston, SC
  • Board Certification: Family Practice
  • Additional Credentials: Certification in Addictionology by the American Society of Addiction Medicine
  • Professional Memberships: American Medical Association; Florida Medical Association; American Academy of Family Practice; American Society of Addiction Medicine
  • Clinical Interests: Addiction disorders, medication-assisted treatment of opiate addictions
  • Additional Information: Dr. Ptacek is licensed to prescribe buprenorphine, a medication marketed under the brand name, Suboxone, and proven to be effective in treating addiction to prescription pain medicines and other opium-derived drugs.
Suboxone Licensed
 
Robert A. Althar, M.D.

Robert A. Althar, M.D.
Dr. Althar is a retired surgeon who also is experienced in wound care, hyperbaric oxygen treatment and pain management. Having longstanding ties with the medical communities in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, Dr. Althar provides Suboxone therapy to people who are dependent on prescription pain pills and other opiates.

  • Medical Education: University of the Northeast School of Medicine, Tampico, Mexico
  • Post-doctoral Training: Case Western Reserve, North Eastern Ohio University College of Medicine
  • Residency: Western Reserve Care System, Youngstown, Ohio
  • Board Certifications: American Board of Surgery, American College of Surgeons (F.A.C.S.),American Society for Bariatric Surgery (Preceptorship Program)
  • Clinical Interests: Medical treatment of opioid dependencies
  • Professional Memberships: American College of Surgeons, Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons, Florida Medical Association, Florida Physician Association, Florida Surgical Society, American Society of General Surgeons, Pensacola Surgical Society, Santa Rosa County Medical Society, American Society for Bariatric Surgery

photo: Terry Ptacek, M.D.

Terry Ptacek, M.D.
Dr. Terry Ptacek is the medical director of substance abuse services for Lakeview Center Inc. A certified addictionologist, Dr. Ptacek treats clients at The Friary, Summit Group, the Lakeview Center Methadone Clinic and the Acute Stabilization Unit on the main Lakeview Center campus. He is board certified in family practice.

  • Medical Education: University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, KS
  • Residency: Charleston Naval Regional Medical Center, Charleston, SC
  • Board Certification: Family Practice
  • Additional Credentials: Certification in Addictionology by the American Society of Addiction Medicine
  • Professional Memberships: American Medical Association; Florida Medical Association; American Academy of Family Practice; American Society of Addiction Medicine
  • Clinical Interests: Addiction disorders, medication-assisted treatment of opiate addictions
  • Additional Information: Dr. Ptacek is licensed to prescribe buprenorphine, a medication marketed under the brand name, Suboxone, and proven to be effective in treating addiction to prescription pain medicines and other opium-derived drugs.
Physician Assistants
 
Christina Medrano, P.A.-C. - Physician Assistants

Christina Medrano, P.A.-C.
As a certified physician assistant, Christina Medrano is licensed to perform evaluations, devise treatment plans, prescribe medications and monitor the effects of treatment in patients. She treats clients at Lakeview Center.

  • Professional Education: Master of Science - Physician Assistant Studies, University of Nebraska, Omaha
  • Bachelor of Science: Physician Assistant Studies, University of Nebraska, Omaha
  • Professional Training: Interservice Physician Assistant Program Phase I, Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, TX
  • Interservice Physician Assistant Program Phase II: San Diego, CA
  • U.S. Army Flight Surgeon Primary Course: Aeromedical Physician Assistant, Fort Rucker, AL
  • Certifications: National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants, National commission on Re-certification of Physician Assistants
  • Professional Memberships: American Academy of Physician Assistants, Florida Academy of Physician Assistants, U.S. Army Society of Flight Surgeons, Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers' Association
Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
 
Nancy Hart, A.R.N.P.

Nancy Hart, A.R.N.P.
As an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner specializing in psychiatry, Nancy Hart is licensed to perform psychiatric evaluations, devise treatment plans, prescribe psychotropic medications and monitor the effects of treatment in patients. She sees clients on the main Lakeview Center campus.

  • Professional Education: Post Master's Study - University of South Alabama, Mobile, Program: Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science: University of South Alabama, Mobile, Program: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Master of Science: Nova Southeastern University, Sunrise, FL, Major: Counseling Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science: Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Major: Nursing/Health Care Administration
  • Additional Education: Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, KY, Program: Pastoral Counseling
  • Certifications: Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, Certified Family Nurse Practitioner

photo:Cheryl Pawloski, P.M.H.N.P.

Cheryl Pawloski, P.M.H.N.P.
As a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, Cheryl Pawloski is licensed to perform psychiatric evaluations, devise treatment plans, prescribe psychotropic medications and monitor the effects of treatment in patients. She sees clients on the main Lakeview Center campus.

  • Professional Education: Master of Science degree in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from University of Southern Maine; Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from University of Southern Maine
  • Certifications: Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certification from the American Nurses Certification Center
photo: Poet Tongdee, F.N.P.

Poet Tongdee, F.N.P.
As a board-certified family nurse practitioner, Poet Tongdee is licensed to perform evaluations, devise treatment plans, prescribe medications and monitor the effects of treatment in patients. She treats adult clients at Lakeview Center.

  • Professional Education: Master of Science in Nursing, Phoenix University, Tampa; Post-Master's FNP Certification Program, University of Massachusetts, Boston; Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration, Saint Joseph College, Windham, Maine; Associate of Arts in Human Services, Psychology and Substance Abuse, Saint Petersburg College, Clearwater
  • Diploma in Nursing: Royal Thai Air Force Nursing Academy, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Certifications: Family Nurse Practitioner, American Nurses Credentialing Center

Erik Sternung, A.R.N.P.

Erik Sternung, A.R.N.P.
As an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, Erik Sternung is licensed to perform psychiatric evaluations, devise treatment plans, prescribe medications and monitor the effects of treatment in patients. He sees clients at Avalon Center in Milton.

  • Professional Education: Master of Science in Nursing - University of South Alabama, Mobile; Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Wake Forest University, Winston Salem, NC; Associate Degree in Nursing - Pensacola Junior College
  • Certifications: Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP); Family Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP–BC)

Mary Jane Valbracht, A.R.N.P.

Mary Jane Valbracht, A.R.N.P.
As an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, Mary-Jane Valbracht is licensed to perform evaluations, devise treatment plans, prescribe medications and monitor the effects of treatment in patients. She treats patients at West Florida Community Care Center, a state-owned psychiatric hospital operated by Lakeview Center.

  • Professional Education: Master of Science in Nursing, Florida State University, Tallahassee ; Bachelor of Science in Nursing, California State University, Carson, CA
  • Diploma in Nursing: Fanshawe College, London, Ontario, Canada
  • Certifications: Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, Certified Occupational Health Nurse
  • Professional Memberships: Florida Nurses Association, American Association of Occupational Health Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

Darlene Williams, A.R.N.P.

Darlene Williams, A.R.N.P.
As a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, Darlene Williams, R.N., is licensed to perform psychiatric evaluations, devise treatment plans, prescribe medications and monitor the effects of treatment in patients.

  • Professional Education: Master of Science in Nursing, University of South Alabama, Mobile
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT
  • Associate of Science in Nursing: Pensacola Junior College, Pensacola, FL
  • Certification: Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

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