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Medical Director Roy Deal | EmeraldCoastBehavioral.com

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, Florida, his home because his parents have always maintained a residence in our community. He attended the University of Mississippi in Oxford, Mississippi, during his undergraduate studies, 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, Tennessee, 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 from 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/veterans’ 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.

Doctor Bianca Harbison, MD | EmeraldCoastBehavioral.com

Bianca Harbison, MD

Dr. Harbison was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. 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, Missouri. Following her residency, Dr. Harbison worked at Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula, Mississippi, 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, Mississippi, 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, Florida, 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.

Hina Smith, M.D.  (Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist)

Dr. Hina Smith is Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital’s child and adolescent psychiatrist. Treating our community’s kids and adolescents in both an inpatient and outpatient setting. Dr. Smith was born in India and grew up there until moving to the U.S. to attend college at the University of Florida. She completed her medical school training at the University of Florida’s Department Of Psychiatry. She has been working as a licensed Psychiatrist for 7 years now and has always believed in being actively engaged in which the communities she lives. Dr. Smith has always felt like she has had a calling to work in mental health and has always been passionate about mental wellness since she was a child. When she isn’t working she enjoys spending time with her 4 babies that includes her golden retriever Molly, gardening, cooking Indian food and exploring new places.

Charles Bongiorno, M.D. (Adult, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist)

Dr. Bongiorno grew up in Moorestown NJ, a suburb of Philadelphia, PA, and has an undergraduate degree in Psychology Cum Laude from Villanova University, and a degree in Medicine from Virginia Commonwealth University – Medical College of Virginia. Dr. Bongiorno started out doing Internal Medicine with an initial curiosity for Gastroenterology (as he has family practicing in that field), but quickly became interested in Psychiatry during his Intern Year. Because of his interest in mental health and psychopharmacology and because he wanted to spend more time with his patients, he made the move into Psychiatry and it’s been a great decision for him. He also greatly values his prior Medicine training which he relies on frequently in the hospital setting.

He trained at Jefferson University Hospital for both his General Psychiatry Residency and his Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship. During his residency years he won the top Resident Teaching Award and he was honored to be inducted into AOA (Alpha Omega Alpha), a prestigious Medical Honor Society. He was later selected to be the Co-Chief Fellow for the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship program and co-authored a textbook chapter on genetic influences in Psychiatry.

After graduating from training, he helped to build a Department of Behavioral Health from the ground up in Southwestern Wyoming at Memorial Hospital of Sweetwater County and served as both the Medical Director of Behavioral Health and the Chairman of the Department of Medicine there. He provided expert lectures on suicide to the County Commissioners and testified on involuntary commitment procedures for the State Legislature. He then served as the Medical Director at Indian River Medical Center (now associated with the Cleveland Clinic) in Vero Beach, FL, and also went on to become the GS15 Medical Director of the Mental Health Clinic at Eglin Air Force Base in Northern Florida. During his time working for the USAF Dr. Bongiorno also served as the Chief Liaison to the “AMRO” Fitness for Duty Board. Dr. Bongiorno has extensive university-level medical training, administrative and leadership experience, as well as military medicine and military occupational medicine expertise. He is experienced in teaching trainees and serving on core hospital committees to promote institutional and customer success.

Dr. Bongiorno is a Double Board-Certified physician who has been working at ECBH full-time since August of 2022 when he was also voted in as the President of the Medical Staff. Dr. Bongiorno loves working at ECBH and has remarked that: “Honestly the people and the culture are the core reason why it is such a fantastic place to work.. I believe in the philosophy of people, process, and product.”

He is keenly aware that “invisible” emotional wounds exist for our patients, particularly in our military members, and he shares the Hospital’s Mission to make a difference in the lives we serve here. One of his core goals is excellent customer service and he recognizes that this begins with early rapport-building with as well as transparency and honesty in the doctor-patient relationship.

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Justin Chou, M.D. (Adult, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist)

Dr. Chou was born and raised in Pennsylvania. He attended the University of Pennsylvania and graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Economics. Dr Chou continued his graduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine where he received his Medical Degree.

Dr. Chou completed his residency training at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, and went on to complete his fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital as well. Since completing his post-graduate training, Dr. Chou has worked in a number of settings treating a wide range of populations, including consulting at the Philadelphia Prison System, outpatient general psychiatric care in Wyoming, inpatient and consult liaison psychiatry in Vero Beach, Florida, and outpatient child psychiatry in Central Pennsylvania before moving to Panama City, Florida in 2021.

Dr. Chou is a Double Board-certified psychiatrist and has worked at Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital since November 2021 where he currently works in the inpatient setting, seeing both adults and children. He has no particular areas of clinical focus at this time, preferring to continue seeing a diverse range of individuals and mental health conditions. Although pharmacological treatment will always be one of his core responsibilities in the clinical setting, Dr. Chou does place emphasis on the emotional and behavioral development of children and young adults, in particular the profound effects of different parenting approaches and changing family structures on the development of the younger generations, something that will likely need to be a greater focus for society as a whole in the face of growing mental health concerns in our communities.

Dr. David Smith, M.D. (Adult, Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist)

Dr. David Smith works with Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital’s children, adolescent, and adult patients in an inpatient setting. As well as working with both our adolescent and adult client at Emerald Coast Outpatient in Panama City. Dr. Smith grew up in Jackson, Mississippi, and attained his bachelor’s in Chemistry from Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. Dr. Smith graduated from the University of Mississippi’s Medical School. Dr. Smith was lead to work in psychiatry because of his enjoyment of working with children, adolescents, and veterans in need of psychiatric services when he was in medical school and doing his rotation. When Dr. Smith isn’t working he enjoys coding, hosting small parties, gardening, bird watching, swimming, and playing disc golf, and has 3 young children with Dr. Hina Smith.

Doctor Diana Melazzo, DO | EmeraldCoastBehavioral.com

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, Arizona, and then her Psychiatry residency at Maricopa Integrated Health System in Phoenix, Arizona. 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, Florida 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.

Jessica Petch

Jessica Petch, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Jessica Petch works in all the inpatient unit’s as well as our outpatient center in Panama City and does ER consultation for ECBH. She Graduated from Gulf Coast State College (GCSC) with an Associates in Science in the Registered Nurse program. Jessica received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of West Florida and a Master of Science in Nursing, Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner from the University of South Alabama. Sher was born in Louisiana, raised in Mississippi but Florida has been her home for 16 years now.

Jessica was drawn to nursing because she enjoys helping others in their time of need. After working in the intensive care unit, she decided to explore nursing care in psychiatry where she began to truly appreciate the connection between the mind and body and the challenge many face when seeking help which then led to her desire to advance her role in helping others in their recovery to wellness and advancing her knowledge in psychopharmacology. She started working as a Registered Nurse at ECBH in 2011 then as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse as a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in 2016.

Kevin Thompson

Kevin Thompson, APRN

Kevin Thompson started working at Emerald Coast Behavioral 2 years ago after finishing a long career in the United States Military. Because of Kevin’s experience working in the military and alongside of our military service members he understands their unique challenges. Kevin has been a huge benefit to our Military Resiliency Unit for Active Duty service members. He grew up in LaGrange, Georgia and attended Valdosta State before enlisting in the Navy. When he isn’t working he enjoys watching his Georgia Bulldogs, playing guitar, singing and enjoying time at the beach with his friends and family.

Jeff Zumarraga

Jeff Zumarraga, APRN

Jeff Zumarraga moved to the Panama City area when he was just 6 years old. Before then he lived in Boston and New Jersey, but he considers Panama City his hometown. He received his undergraduate from the University of Florida and his Masters as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from the University of Alabama Birmingham. He has worked at Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital since 2003. Jeff has always wanted to work in healthcare but what specifically led him to work in Mental Health is his passion to help break the stigma of reaching out for help in times of crisis. When Jeff isn’t working he enjoys spending time with his friends and family. He is an avid ball room dancer. But his biggest passion is watching University of Florida sporting events.

Claire Joy Tiglao MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC

Claire finished her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Central Luzon Doctor’s Hospital-Educational Institution in Tarlac City, Philippines in 2005 and received her Master of Science in Nursing, Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner degree from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama. She is a Golden Key International Honor Society Awardee and also a Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Awardee. She completed the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association Medication Assisted Treatment and Buprenorphine Waiver Training and is advancing her nursing career and pursuing the highest level of my nursing education by obtaining a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. Claire has 15 years of nursing experience in different areas such as medical-surgical, obstetrics, post-intensive care unit, rehabilitation, private duty nursing, and behavioral health nursing. Claire has more than 5 years’ experience in psychiatric-mental health nursing.

Claire was born and raised in Mabalacat City, Pampanga, Philippines before immigrating to the United States. She has lived in Panama City, Florida, and Oakland, California, and has fallen in love with Florida weather and our beautiful beaches and is very proud to be a “Floridian.”

Claire has always dreamed of becoming a true and dedicated instrument of healing and in making an outstanding influence on people through rendering mental healthcare services for the total well-being of individuals, families, and communities regardless of age, gender, race, and ethnicity. Providing tender love, care, and compassion for humanity because of physical and mental health matters.  I truly believe that there is always hope for mentally-ill patients. Her greatest aspiration is to give joy to everyone.