Tim Bedford, Chief Executive Officer
Tim Bedford began his 31-year healthcare career as Plant Operations Director for Florida Camelot Residential Treatment Center in Tampa, Florida. His expertise includes a wide scope of behavioral administration, including plant operations, environmental services, food services, purchasing, information technology, security, communications and all clinical department areas. In 1988, he built new hospitals for Charter Medical and became Director of Operations at Charter Pasco in Land O’ Lakes, Florida, advancing his career to include Charter Tampa Bay in Tampa, Florida, and Charter Medfield Hospitals in Clearwater, Florida.
For 12 years, he served as Director of Operations at Peachford Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia, before becoming Chief Operating Officer at Willow Springs Residential Treatment Center in Reno, Nevada. In 2010, Tim joined Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital in Panama City, Florida as Chief Executive Officer, where he has worked diligently to upgrade the facility and it’s programming to appropriately meet the community’s growing needs.
Tim is also responsible for the development and addition of our substance abuse program at the hospital, as well as our military-specific Patriot Support Program, the Military Resiliency Program. Additionally, Tim implemented a new treatment modality, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), facility-wide, which is the first time this therapy has been introduced in the acute care setting.
Tim is continually looking for ways to grow and improve in order to better serve our community. In a response to needs expressed by area providers, Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital expanded their services to Ft. Walton Beach, Florida, with the addition of the Okaloosa Outpatient Center in 2013. Shortly after, we opened Blue Springs Outpatient Center in Marianna, Florida, in 2014.
Adding to our expanding outpatient service line, we introduced Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) in late 2014 at our main campus in Panama City, and in late 2016 at the Okaloosa Outpatient Center in Ft. Walton Beach. We are the only TMS providers from Pensacola to Tallahassee and are proud to offer this service to the community. Other plans on the horizon include the expansion of our main campus to add additional inpatient and outpatient services to meet the growing needs of our community.
Michael Zenone, Chief Financial Officer
Michael Zenone began his 21-year healthcare career as a Budget and Reimbursement Analyst for Bon Secours-Holy Family Regional Health System in Altoona, Pennsylvania. He served for 12 years in Altoona, Pennsylvania, as Assistant Controller and later as Controller at Healthsouth Rehabilitation Hospital.
Michael moved into the Chief Financial Officer position at a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital in Tyrone, Pennsylvania, where he was an integral part in steering the hospital out of bankruptcy. In June of 2011, Michael joined the team of a 107-bed psychiatric hospital as the Chief Financial Officer (Meadows Psychiatric Hospital) in Centre Hall, Pennsylvania, where he continually worked on improving financial reporting.
In May of 2013, Michael transferred to Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital, where he works diligently to find new and improved ways to provide cost-effective healthcare to the members of our community.
Loyal Ownes, COO
Loyal Ownes is Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital’s COO and is currently in UHS CEO in training program. Mr. Ownes has been a huge asset to Emerald Coast since coming here in January of 2018. He was born and raised in New Jersey, and received his Master Degree in Clinical Counseling from Eastern University in St. David, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Ownes has over 20 years in the Mental Health Field, and 10 of those years working in Crisis Psychiatric Services. He helped develop the first psychiatric mobile response center in New Jersey. He was also implemental in starting one of the first Behavioral Health Home programs in New Jersey.
We are extremely excited about having Mr. Ownes join the Emerald Coast Behavioral Family, and the expertise he brings to our great organization.
Michael Barbour, RN, MSN, Assistant Administrator/Chief Nursing Officer
Mike Barbour attended Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky, where he earned his Baccalaureate and Master’s degrees in Nursing. He has over 38 years of nursing experience in clinical, education and leadership roles. Mike’s broad range of experience includes inpatient care, critical care, long-term care, outpatient care and mental health.
Prior to joining the team at Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital, Mike was a professor in the RN to BSN Program at Florida State University, Panama City Campus. After the closure of that program, Mike made the decision to switch focus and return to what he is most passionate about: working with children and adolescents.
Mike became part of the Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital family in the spring of 2012, where he serves as Assistant Administrator and Chief Nursing Officer. Mike has been hugely influential in the implementation of improved programming, processes and training opportunities at our hospital.
Jodi Lee, LMHC, CAC, Director of Clinical Services
Jodi Lee has over 21 years of experience in the field of mental health and addictions treatment. She has worked as a counselor in community agencies, residential settings and private practice; providing individual, group and family therapy to a variety of patient populations.
Jodi received her undergraduate degree in Psychology at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and her Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling at the University of South Florida, where she graduated Phi Kappa Phi with high honors.
Jodi has held a Florida License in Mental Health Counseling since 1999 and practiced as a Florida Certified Addictions Counselor.
For over 13 years, Jodi has been a Director of Clinical Services in both nonprofit agencies and for-profit organizations. During this time, Jodi has continued to work as a direct care provider in a partial hospitalization program and acute psychiatric facility. Jodi and her team of qualified therapists, counselors and interns are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care for our patients at Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital.
Tiffani Evans, RN, BSN, Director of Nursing
Tiffani Evans attended Indiana University where she was awarded her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Her experience includes community education and outreach programming at Indiana University Health and working with a physician to gain knowledge of disease processes and medications. She also spent nine years as the Director of Nursing at Paoli Health and Living in Paoli, Indiana before moving to Florida.
Tiffani joined the Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital team in 2012, where she worked as an adolescent nurse and the Assistant Director of Nursing before assuming the Director of Nursing role in 2015. She has over 21 years of nursing experience, 15 of which are in nursing administration. Tiffani brings an extensive knowledge of geriatric patient care to our team and works diligently to deliver effective, timely and innovative nursing services to our patients.
Tabitha World, RN, BSN, Director of Admissions
Tabitha World, RN, BSN Director of Admissions, graduated from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) with a degree in Nursing and was magna cum laude. She has been an RN for almost 20 years and has always had a passion for helping people in need. After graduating from FAMU she spent four years working in a med-surgical hospital before switching to psychiatric health in 2002, and has been the Director of Admissions at Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital since 2010.
Robert Reuille, CAP (Ret. MSgt USAF), Director of Outpatient Services
Rob Reuille was born and raised in LaPorte, Indiana until enlisting in the United States Air Force in 1996. Rob began his military and mental health career as a mental health technician, gaining experience in both the inpatient and outpatient settings.
Rob then transitioned from mental health to the substance abuse clinic where he earned his substance abuse counselor certification through the International Certification Reciprocity Consortium, achieving a perfect oral board score. While working special duty at the Naval Consolidated Brig in Charleston, South Carolina, Rob also attended Park University. He graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management with a minor in Psychology and was recognized as the outstanding graduate from his class.
Rob retired from the Air Force in 2016 and immediately joined the Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital team. Rob oversees the management and operations of our outpatient clinics: Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital Outpatient Center, Blue Springs Outpatient Center and Okaloosa Outpatient Center.
Larry Kirkland, LMHC, Assistant Director of Outpatient Services
Larry Kirkland attended Florida State University where he was awarded his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Communications. Larry continued his post-graduate studies and received both his Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Troy State University, as well as his Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University.
Larry has over 18 years in the mental health field and has held a Florida License in Mental Health Counseling for 11 years. His wide range of experience includes individual, group and family counseling services in the outpatient and residential setting, psychological evaluations and IQ testing, clinical supervision of other Master’s Level Practitioners, and extensive management experience. Prior to joining the Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital family, Larry was the Program Director and Clinical Director of a 60-bed residential youth facility.
Larry was instrumental in the expansion of Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital’s outpatient services. First, in early 2014, he helped open and manage our satellite clinic in Marianna, Blue Springs Outpatient Center.
In addition to his management and operational duties, Larry also utilizes his clinical expertise, providing individual and group therapy as needed, often filling in at our four outpatient centers when needed. In 2016, Larry became the Assistant Director of Outpatient Services. He is a huge asset to Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital and truly loves being able to provide quality services to Panhandle residents in need.
Shelly McNaron, RN, Manager of Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital Outpatient Center
Shelly McNaron is a native of Panama City, Florida, and her family is from this area as well. The Panama City community really has a special place in Shelly’s heart. She has always wanted to work in healthcare going all the way back to when she was a teenager and is a graduate of Gulf Coast State College nursing program. She has been in the Healthcare field since 2010 and has worked in various nursing roles within Medical Surgical Hospitals and Outpatient services. Shelly has been passionate about Mental Health since attending nursing school. She joined Emerald Coast Behavioral when a friend told her about an open position here back in 2011, and felt that it was truly a calling and a perfect fit to join ECBH and begin her career in Mental Health.
Christina Zeisler, RN, Manager of Okaloosa Outpatient Center
Christina Zeisler attended the University of West Florida where she was awarded her Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Her experience includes Medical/Surgical nursing, Labor and delivery, and psychiatric nursing. Christina joined the Emerald Coast Behavioral Hospital team in 2016 where she assisted in the planning, preparation and managing of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) at Okaloosa Outpatient Center. Christina accepted the Office Manager position at Okaloosa Outpatient Center in 2017.