Sandra Weeks , MS, ARNP-BC
I completed a B.A. in Psychology (cum laude)
at Cleveland State (Ohio) University in 1975. My first position that was directly related to my education was as a Residential
staff member at Boley Centers in St. Petersburg, Florida. At Boley, I worked with clients who had serious mental illness.
Some of them had been released from the state mental hospital.
several years at Boley, I went to work as a psychiatric tech at Tampa General Hospital. It was while I was there that
I made the decision to go to nursing school. Following graduation from St. Petersburg College (with honors) in 1993,
I worked as an oncology nurse for a little more than a year, before returning to psychiatric nursing.
I worked as a staff nurse and a charge nurse on adolescent, crisis, general psychiatric,
geriatric, and dual diagnosis units in St. Petersburg and Clearwater, as well as being night supervisor of Charter Behavioral
Health in Largo. Following the closing of Charter, I entered the M.S. program in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing at
the University of South Florida in Tampa.
I completed my degree in
December 2001, with special areas of study including Feminist Psychology, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Psychology,
and the Psychology of Trauma. I am licensed as a Psychiatric-Mental Health ARNP in Florida and have board certification
as an Adult Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. I have practiced at the Hillsborough County Jail, at Suncoast
Center, Inc. (Community Mental Health) in St. Petersburg, and have taught psychiatric-mental health nursing in an LPN to RN
educational bridge program in Brandon.
Currently, I am very excited
to be employed as a Nurse Practitioner with Dr. Bonnie Saks and Associates in Tampa.
Colussi Franco, MSW, LCSW, ACHP-SW, PhD
Laura Colussi Franco PhD, is a psychotherapist
and a clinical sexologist with over 12 years of experience in different clinical settings, both in the US and Europe.
Dr. Franco holds
a Doctorate Degree in Clinical Sexology, a unique field that allowed her to specialize in the treatment of sexual trauma,
female sexual dysfunctions, and gender identity disorder.
Dr. Franco has extensive experience with PTSD and trauma work
and she is trained in the Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). Furthermore, she holds an advanced Certification
in Hospice and Palliative Care and has worked extensively in the field of grief therapy creating, among other things,
one of the first suicide loss support groups in Hillsborough County.
Dr. Franco treats individual, couples, and families.
She treats people age 18 and older. Additional areas of expertise include mood disorders, schizophrenic
disorders; work with the LGBT population and group dynamics. She is also an approved supervisor for clinical social workers in the state of Florida and is available to
work with interns towards their licensure.
A message from Dr. Franco:
One of my favorite quotes, written in
the ancient Apollo’s temple in Delphy, Greece, is “gnosi seauton” (know yourself). I believe people need
to know themselves, where they are coming from, what shaped them before they can positively change. Knowledge about oneself
I believe that people can change, improve themselves, their
relationships, and learn how to overcome the traumas that wounded them and affect them today. I do not believe in “being
strong” but rather in actively working on yourself to shape the person that you want to be.
Jacqueline Warner Garman, LCSW
Jacqueline Warner Garman is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Jacqueline graduated from
the University of South Florida with both her graduate and undergraduate degrees in Social Work. Jacqueline has worked with
individuals thru the lifespan. In her practice, she utilizes a client-centered and strengths-based therapeutic approach. Jacqueline
draws from CBT, solution-focused therapy and family systems therapy while working with the client to achieve their goals.
Jacqueline has extensive experience in grief and loss that began in her early work as an adoption social worker and later
as a clinician in a bereavement setting with children and their families. She is also knowledgable in working with individuals
and couples who have experienced perinatal loss.
In addition to grief and loss, Jacqueline
has experience in the following areas: mood disorders, end-of-life, relationship, parenting, adoption, infertility, and work/life