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.
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.
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, Alabama, 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, Maryland, where he received his Medical Degree.
Dr. Brown completed his family practice internship at Eglin Air Force Base in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. 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, Florida. After serving at Eglin Air Force Base for a second stint, Dr. Brown then relocated to Columbus Air Force Base in Columbus, Mississippi, 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, Florida. 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/veterans’ 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, 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.
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.