Roy Deal, MD, Medical Director, Director of Military Services

Dr. Deal was born in Kansas and raised in Florida. He says he will always call Panama City, FL his home because his parents have always maintained a residence in our community. He attended the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS for his undergraduate degree, where he was awarded his Bachelor of Arts in Chemistry, Zoology and Psychology. He continued his graduate studies at the University of Mississippi, where he also received his Medical Degree.

Dr. Deal then went on to complete his Psychiatry residency at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, where he became the Chief Resident. Following his residency, Dr. Deal opened a private practice in Nashville in 1989. He was quickly approached by the State of Tennessee Department of Corrections to serve as a consultant to assist them with incarcerated individuals suffering with mental illness. He formed Correctional Psychiatric Consultants, Inc. and had the privilege to work with the Tennessee Legislature and Government on a team who designed and opened a 288-bed Psychiatric Specialty Prison in Nashville (Lois M. Deberry Special Needs Facility).

Before leaving Nashville, Dr. Deal’s company provided contract psychiatric services to 14 prisons and over 17,000 inmates; a model still followed state-wide in Tennessee. Dr. Deal has been practicing psychiatry for over 28 years. He specializes in the treatment of general, adult and active military/Veteran’s psychiatry. He has a specific focus using diagnostic assessments and patient treatment with psychotherapy and psychopharmacological medication management. In addition to his duties as Medical Director, Dr. Deal serves as Director of Military Services and exclusively champions our Military Resiliency Program for active and retired service members. Dr. Deal is also certified to perform TMS.

Bianca Harbison, MD

Dr. Harbison was born and raised in San Antonio, TX. She attended the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio and graduated Summa Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. She continued her graduate studies at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston, where she received her Medical Degree.

Dr. Harbison completed her residency in both Pathology and Psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Following her residency, Dr. Harbison worked at Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula, MS, where she was the Director of Psychiatry, Director of Geriatric Psychiatry, and the developer and Director of the hospital’s ECT Program. During this same time, Dr. Harbison also worked at Ocean Springs Hospital in nearby Ocean Springs, MS, where she was the Director of their Structured Outpatient Program.

Dr. Harbison then served as the Chair of Psychiatry at Gulfport Memorial Hospital in Gulfport, MS, from 2007-2013, where she also performed ECT and emergency department consultation.

Dr. Harbison relocated to Panama City, FL in 2013 to join our team and has been practicing psychiatry for over 13 years. She specializes in crisis intervention psychiatry and has extensive emergency room experience. Her psychiatric approach is rooted in behavioral neuroscience, or biological psychiatry, with a focus on interventional brain stimulation. Dr. Harbison treats adult patients at Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital, including active duty and retired military service members in our Military Resiliency Program.

In addition to treating patients on our inpatient units, Dr. Harbison is a certified acupuncture practitioner and champions our TMS Practice at ECBH’s main campus in Panama City. She is also a clinical staff member at The Florida State University College of Medicine.

Yana Kirova-Pancheva, MD

Dr. Pancheva was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. She attended the Medical University of Sofia Bulgaria where she received her undergraduate degree as well as her Medical Degree. She became a practicing physician and Chief Assistant Professor at the Medical University of Sofia Bulgaria upon graduation.

In 2002, Dr. Pancheva immigrated to Canada where she became a citizen. It was after her immigration that she began her residency in psychiatry in the United States at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, NY. Dr. Pancheva finished her psychiatric residency at Cornell University’s Weill Medical School in New York, NY.

Dr. Pancheva has been practicing medicine for over 33 years. She specializes in the areas of general, adult, and outpatient psychiatry. Dr. Pancheva treats adult patients on Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital’s multiple Adult Services Units. Dr. Pancheva is also certified to perform TMS.

James Brown, MD

Dr. Brown was born in Texas via the military, but considers Northeast Alabama his home. He attended Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL for his undergraduate degree, where he was awarded his Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. He later went on to study at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD, where he received his Medical Degree.

Dr. Brown completed his family practice internship at Eglin Air Force Base in Ft. Walton Beach, FL. Following his first residency/internship, Dr. Brown reported to his first duty station as a primary care physician at Los Angeles Air Force Base in California. He then transferred to Shemya Air Force Base in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, where he was the Director of Base Medical Services. Dr. Brown then transferred back to Eglin Air Force Base and worked as a primary care physician. While at Eglin, Dr. Brown also opened a civilian family practice in nearby Bonifay, FL. After serving at Eglin Air Force Base for a second stint, Dr. Brown then relocated to Columbus Air Force Base in Columbus, MS, where he practiced flight medicine.

It was after Dr. Brown served at Columbus Air Force Base that he decided to take a different medical track and went on to his psychiatry residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Upon finalizing his residency in psychiatry, he then became the Chief of Mental Health at Tyndall Air Force Base in Panama City, FL. Dr. Brown retired from the Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel.

Dr. Brown has been practicing medicine for over 31 years and psychiatry for 16 years. He specializes in the treatment of general, adult, and active military/Veteran’s psychiatry with a specific focus on psychopharmacological medication management. Dr. Brown exclusively champions our Outpatient Center at Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital’s main campus.

Diana Melazzo, DO, ABPN

Dr. Melazzo is a Pennsylvania native. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. She then attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she was awarded her Medical Degree.

Dr. Melazzo completed her Internal Medicine internship at Parkview Hospital in Philadelphia. Following her internship, Dr. Melazzo moved to Arizona to complete her residencies. She finished her Internal Medicine residency at Tucson General Hospital in Tucson, AZ and then her Psychiatry residency at Maricopa Integrated Health System in Phoenix, AZ.  Dr. Melazzo remained in Phoenix, working as an inpatient psychiatrist for the med/psych unit and emergency psychiatry department at Maricopa Medical Center, as well as the addictions medicine and detoxification unit at Phoenix LARC Meta Center until 2004. During this time, she also volunteered at St. Vincent de Paul Society Medical Clinic providing psychiatric and medication management services.

In 2004, Dr. Melazzo relocated to Florida, working at West Florida Hospital in Pensacola for several years. She moved to the Ft. Walton Beach, FL area in 2006, where she joined a private practice and also worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Dr. Melazzo became part of the Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital team in 2014, where she is the chief psychiatrist at the Okaloosa Outpatient Center in Ft. Walton Beach. She is also certified in TMS and champions our TMS practice at the Okaloosa Outpatient Center.

Nelson Pichardo, MD

Dr. Pichardo was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He attended the Universidad Technologica de Santiago in the Dominican Republic on a basketball and volleyball scholarship. Upon completion of his undergraduate degree and his Doctorate of Medicine he went to Bronx-Lebanon Hospital in Bronx, New York to complete his residency in Adult Psychiatry as well as Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

After completing his residency Dr. Pichardo joined the United States Air Force and was the Medical Director of Eglin Air Force Base’s Mental Health Clinic. At Eglin he was responsible for not only treating the Active Duty service men and women but also the dependents on base as well. After retiring from the Air Force in 2011 Dr Pichardo joined Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital.

He has wanted to be a doctor his whole life, and has a caretaker’s mentality in everything he does. For Dr. Pichardo it started at a very young age when he was in the scouts as well as cadets, and that has continued on to this day. He has been practicing medicine for 15 years and treats Adults as well as children at Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital. [/two_third]He is married to his wonderful wife who is also a nurse. They have 2 daughters ages 9 and 10. He is the oldest of 10 kids which helped him develop his caretakers’ mentality. He truly believes that “everybody is battling their own issues and that our mission is to help guide them, and that there is always hope no matter how dire a situation may seem.”

Diane Walker MD

Dr. Walker was born and raised in downtown Chicago, Illinois. She received her Bachelor of Science from Western Kentucky University and graduated from the University of Kentucky’s College of Medicine. She began her Medical career as the Chief Resident at the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington Kentucky. Dr Walker has always wanted to be a doctor and has a passion for helping people in need.

Her professional career started at Pine Grove Behavioral Hospital and Addiction Services in Hattiesburg, Mississippi as their Medical Director, Psychiatrist and Addictionologist. She has the distinct honor of winning several awards for her work in Psychiatry, received the Merrill Dow Award for Research in Attention-Deficit and Central Auditory Processing Disorders as well as the Cornelia B. Wilbur Award for Excellence in Psychiatry.

Dr. Walker has been practicing medicine for 25 years. She is a triple board certified Psychiatrist in Adult Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry as well as an Additionologist. Dr Walker oversees and is the primary physician for the Child and Adolescent Unit at Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital. [/two_third]She is married to the love of her life and has 2 children a son and daughter, and one grand baby. When Dr Walker isn’t working she enjoys scuba diving and is very close to receiving her Dive Master Certificate, loves horses and Rock and Roll. She is also a huge fan of the Chicago White Sox and Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Kelechi Ogbuji, MD

Dr Kelechi Ogbuji joined Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital in September of 2017. Dr Ogbuji was raised in Nigeria on the West Coast of Africa. After completing his schooling at the University Of Nigeria College Of Medicine in Nigeria, he moved to London, England to begin Medical school at East Ham Plabtrainer School. He completed his Residency at Harlem Hospital Center in Harlem, New York. Dr Ogbuji has always had a strong calling to work in healthcare and the sciences. He was lead to Health Care specifically working in Mental Health because of his strong desire to help people when they need it most. He always had strong influences in his life that helped guide him to stay positive and working towards his goals and he wanted to be able to offer that same guidance to people in need. He has 3 siblings who are all professionals in different fields. When he isn’t working he enjoys catching up on sports and taking in Nature. Dr Ogbuji has really enjoyed being able to take in our World’s Most Beautiful Beaches. This is one of the many reasons he chose to move to Panama City and start working at Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital.