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.
Khandie Waugh, MD
Dr. Khandie Waugh joined Emerald Coast after finishing her career as a physician in the Air Force. Dr. Waugh served for 5 years helping our brave service member’s work through different mental health issues. She is originally from California and attended Oakwood University for her undergraduate and UCLA for Medical School. Dr. Waugh always new she wanted to be a physician but wasn’t sure what specialty so wanted to focus on. As she completed her rotations during Medical School she fell in love with psychiatry, and the different challenges it brought. When she isn’t working at ECBH Dr. Waugh enjoys relaxing with a good book or a good long run. Dr. Waugh is a valuable member of our physician team her and treats Adult patients at Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital.
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.
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.
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, 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.
Rita Rose, PA-C, CAQ Psychiatry
Rita Rose grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas and graduated high school there. Texas will always be home and the majority of her family still lives there. Rita received her Bachelor of Science in Microbiology with Minors in Chemistry and Psychology from Texas Tech University and her Masters of Physician Assistant Studies from Marietta College.
Rita has always had an interest in psychology but didn’t think of it as a career path until right after school. While working at ECBH in the medical capacity she became more interested in psychiatry. I worked for the Air Force for about 2 years in Oklahoma City and then started a psychiatry job to help out with the provider shortage in the area.
Rita is a military spouse. So the military holds a special place in her heart. Additionally she loves working with kids and is one of her favorite parts of her job. When she isn’t working she enjoys being outside at the water park and the beach. She enjoys exercising, spending time with her kids and her dog and loves to travel.
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.
Nadra Chaudhary, MD
Dr. Nadra Chaudhary joined the Emerald Coast Behavioral team in January of 2020 and has been an interval part of making our community as healthy as possible. Dr. Chaudhary is a board certified psychiatrist that works with our adolescent clients at Okaloosa Outpatient Center in Ft Walton Beach and our adult clients at Blue Springs Outpatient Center in Marianna. She has been in the mental health field for over 25 years and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our wonderful community. When Dr. Chaudhary isn’t working she enjoys spending time with her family, being at the beach and traveling.
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.
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.
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.