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Mark Sylvester, MD, ABAM

Mark Sylvester, MD, ABAM, was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida. He received his medical education at the University of Miami and training at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Sylvester received graduate education in Neuropsychopharmacology and Psychobiology. He is board certified in Psychiatry & Neurology and Addiction Medicine.  In addition to caring for his patients with FCITT, Dr. Sylvester practices outpatient care in Lakewood Ranch and Sarasota, Florida.


Dr. Sylvester is an adjunct faculty member at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) where he lectures and clinically trains medical students. He is active in research and is published in the Journal of Biomechanics, Journal of Global Drug Policy, and American Journal of Psychiatry, on topics related to biomechanics, obesity/food addiction, professionalism, addiction in clinical practice, and psychiatric symptoms in end-of-life care.

Harris Friedman, PhD

Dr. Friedman is a licensed clinician, but currently serves only on the Board of FCITT, while periodically providing supervision to other FCITT providers. 

 

Dr. Friedman was born and raised in Florida.  He moved to Atlanta, Georgia to attend Emory University, where he received his bachelor's degree in psychology and master's degree in sociology, and then his doctorate in clinical psychology from Georgia State University.  He did post-graduate work at Duke University and University of California Berkeley, and completed his pre-doctoral internship at Emory University’s Grady Hospital.  After completing this training, he returned to Florida, where he has lived since.  He completed a post-doctoral internship at University of Florida, where he has remained affiliated for many years, recently retiring as a Research Full Professor but remaining on the faculty as a Courtesy Full Professor.  He has also been on the faculty of a number of other colleges and universities, retiring as Professor Emeritus at Saybrook University and now teaching part-time at Goddard College, both schools that allow him to live in Florida and teach remotely.

 

As an active academic, Dr. Friedman is internationally known as a researcher and author of over 200 papers, many in top-rated psychology and general science journals.  He has also published many books, the most recent being The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Transpersonal Psychology (2013), The Praeger Handbook of Social Justice and Psychology, Volumes 1-3 (2014), and Transcultural Competence (2015, American Psychological Association Books).  He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and in 2015 received its Humanistic Psychology Division's prestigious Abraham Maslow Award for "exploring the farther reaches of human spirit."

 

Throughout most of his academic career, Dr. Friedman has also been in the private practice of both clinical and consulting psychology, and is board certified in both areas through the American Board of Professional Psychology.  He has focused much of his applied work on creating and managing nonprofits bringing clinical psychology services to underserved populations, as well as has consulted globally in many cultures to corporations and governments. In 2003, he received Florida Psychological Association’s annual award for “Outstanding Contributions in the Public Interest.”  As a practicing clinical psychologist, he is known for his work in providing innovative psychotherapies, and in using new technologies, such as virtual reality applications and telehealth, for making psychological services more accessible for everyone.


 

​Sarasota Addiction Specialists offers a group environment for clients to become informed about addiction. We provide proven, evidence-based instruction for relapse prevention and strategies for maintaining a drug-free lifestyle. Our program can be utilized as a first attempt at treatment, or as a step-down in care from inpatient treatment, allowing a safe, gradual reintegration into the community. Through empathy, experience, and information, we strive to inspire hope and confidence in anyone seeking freedom from addiction

 

www.sarasotaaddictionspecialists.com

DAVID FORESTIER

NCIP, NCRC-I,CAC
Director of Support Services

DaveForestier@gmail.com

 

David was raised in the Bronx, New York by a family who wouldn’t put up with his addiction and all the chaos and heartbreak that came with it. Their healthy boundaries were a big part of catapulting David into recovery. David brings an outstanding 35 years of personal recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, ten years of professional experience in recovery support services, and eight years experience as director of a residential school for troubled teenagers. Today, David is a Nationally Certified Intervention Practitioner (NCIP), a Nationally Certified Recovery Coach (NCRC-I), a Certified Addiction Counselor by the State of Florida, and a trained professional who truly cares.

 

Eli Kolp, MD

Eli Kolp, MD, was born and educated in the former Soviet Union. His parents, both physicians, practiced medicine throughout Central Asia, and the family lived in several different republics before settling in Moscow in 1970. Dr. Kolp completed medical school in 1973, a surgical internship in 1974 and residency training in psychiatry in 1978. He practiced psychiatry in Moscow until 1981, when he immigrated to the United States.

 

Dr. Kolp spent two years studying English, learning American culture and preparing for licensure in the United States. After passing the ECFMG and FLEX, he completed a second residency training in psychiatry in 1987 at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. While there, he accepted the position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, where he was selected for the 1987 - 1988 Dean's Teaching Excellence List and was also presented the Inpatient Teaching Award.

 

In 1988, Dr. Kolp moved to Tampa to continue his education at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, where he completed a fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry in 1989. During the same year, Dr. Kolp joined the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry as Clinical Assistant Professor at the USF College of Medicine and became a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Since that time, Dr. Kolp maintains his interests in both academic and clinical psychiatry. In addition, he established and maintained a private practice, and has served in the position of Medical Director in several mental health facilities in the Tampa Bay area, directing various inpatient, residential and outpatient treatment programs.

 

Using a variety of methods to treat his patients, Dr. Kolp specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of people with a spectrum of psychiatric health problems, including anxiety/panic disorder, depression/mood disorders,  addictive illnesses and eating disorders.

 

Carolyn Harkness, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC

Carolyn was born and raised in southern West Virginia. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from King University in Bristol, TN. She went on to complete her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Simmons University in Boston, MA.

Carolyn is licensed as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in the state of Florida and is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She is also an active member in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the Sarasota Council for Advanced Practice Nursing.

Carolyn has more than nine years of nursing experience in various specialties including mental health nursing and psychiatry. She is a compassionate, experienced provider who has cared for and treated various problems and disorders in patients of all ages. She is an adjunct faculty member at Keiser University in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. Carolyn is also a provider in various assisted living and skilled nursing facilities in Sarasota providing primary care and dermatological care.

Carolyn currently resides in Lakewood Ranch, FL with her husband and two children.

Laura Lyn Zane M.A., L.M.H.C

laura@sagesynergy.net

I am a licensed therapist in the State of Florida and owner of Sage Synergy. If you’re willing to dive deep and do some personal work to get through to a better you, you have found the right place in Sage Synergy! I will help you heal, feel happier and enjoy life again. I’ll bring the tea, you bring a willing heart, mind and soul.

Oh, and here is the technical stuff:

My Education and Experience

I graduated from the University of South Florida in 2002 with a Master’s Degree in Mental Health and School Guidance Counseling. Following graduation, I worked at several non-profits, spent 10 years with Sarasota County Schools as a Guidance Counselor and have over 13 years experiences providing 1:1 counseling with adults and children. As a Qualified Mental Health Supervisor from the state of Florida and having previously done professional team building, I serve as a leader in the among my peers. I am a life-long learner, attending continuing education courses to stay current on the latest research of the various issues. I have been trained and am knowledgeable in various treatment and modalities including, but not limited to: Perinatal Mood Disorders, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique, Solution-Focused Therapy, Play Therapy, Art Therapy, and many others. My experience has given me specialties in anxiety, depression, Highly Sensitive People and women’s issues.

DR. KIMBERLY SMITH BENSON

LMHC, CAP
Clinical Director and Supervisor

KSBenson@yahoo.com

 

Dr. Benson is a highly respected professional, and a compassionate, skilled psychotherapist who oversees and directs our recovery support services. Her extensive credentials are as follows: Licensed Mental Health Counselor (License # MH9970), qualified supervisor in the state of Florida, Certified Addictions Professional, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Doctor in Education in Counselor Education and Supervision.

COLE YOUNG

CAC
Director of Operations

ColeYoung217@gmail.com

 

Cole Young is an empathetic counselor who specializes in empowering individuals to overcome their personal struggles with addictions in all forms. He has been active in the therapeutic community since 2005 when he worked as a adolescent counselor at a boarding school for troubled teenagers. In years since, he has worked as a sober companion and recovery coach for teenagers and adults struggling with substance abuse. His years of experience in recovery, personally and professionally, inform an effective approach to treatment. His professional credentials include a Certification in Addictions Counseling by the Florida Certification Board.

Our Practice

 

At FCITT, we pride ourselves on having the highest qualified psychiatrists, advanced registered nurse practitioners, psychotherapists, social workers, and clinical resource liaisons, who provide the highest quality mental health care to our patients and clients. 

 

Our services are conveniently provided via the use of secure video conferencing, making it easy to see any of our clinicians in the privacy and comfort of a home, office, community medical facility, rural health clinic, or any other location with access to a computer, secure internet connection, web camera, and microphone.

FCITT is dedicated to providing convenient, affordable, accessible psychiatric and psycho-therapeutic services, including medication management, to under or uninsured individuals, under-served populations, and the general public, via secure video conferencing.

 

If you are in crisis situation, dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room or crisis stabilization unit immediately.

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August 1, 2019:
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June 10, 2016:

Dr. Mark Sylvester on WSRQ Radio

Dr. Mark Sylvester spoke on HealthCheck radio on the topics of anxiety, depression, and the burgeoning field of telepsychiatry!

 

June 8, 2016:

SHRP Bring OD Prevention Training to Sarasota

Working under the guidance of Dr. Mark Sylvester, SHRP trained community members in how to use naloxone, an opioid antagonist that reverses the effects of overdose from substances like heroin, fentanyl and prescription pain pills. Read the article here!

February 10, 2016

Dr. Sylvester on WSLR Radio

Our own Dr. Mark Sylvester  is interviewed by Stratosphere hosts Nancy and Andrea about the exciting new practice of telepsychiatry and telepsychotherapy. Listen to the interview here!

 

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