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Dr. Ron Lopez

Dr Ron Lopez is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology as well as certified as a Diplomat in the subspecialty of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He completed his training in adult and child Psychiatry at Jackson Memorial Hospital, University of Miami and has been in private practice in the Pinellas County area for more than 20 years. Dr Lopez plays a vital role in the Public Mental Health System of our community by heading the Child and adolescent "Crisis" unit at PEMHS, receiving and treating facility of Children suffering from a mental or substance abuse crisis. Thousands of children and their families are effectively treated on a yearly basis.

Dr Lopez founded "The Brain Enhancement Institute" an outpatient multi-specialty behavioral health center with the purpose of evaluating and treating psychiatric and substance abuse disorders that affect children, teenagers, adults and their families. His treatment approach is "comprehensive", meaning that in addition to being up to date with cutting edge medication therapies, he works closely with his colleague therapists who specialize in an array of Psychotherapeutic Interventions including individual, group, marital, family and substance abuse counseling. Education and wellness are also a priority when prescribing treatment.

Dr Lopez lives in the north Pinellas area, he is happily married and the proud father of Victoria Lopez age 19 who attends Florida State University, double majoring in psychology and criminology, and Ronald T. Lopez age 21 who is currently serving in the United States Air Force.

Brenda Vellance, MS, LMHC

Brenda is a Licensed Clinical Psychiatry beginning her career with Family Service Centers in 1991 providing individual and group therapy in the treatment of issues ranging from chronic mental illness to personal growth, facilitating court ordered Anger Management Groups and providing psychotherapy for chronically ill children and their families. She researched and developed educational material for classes, seminars, and workshops on a myriad of psycho-educational topics such as gender differences, personality typing, conflict resolution communication skills, and more presenting to businesses, professional organizations, and Pinellas County School teachers and Guidance Counselors. Brenda was an Adjunct Facility Member with St. Petersburg College and Nova University teaching undergraduate Psychology classes. She also worked with Northpointe Psychiatric Hospital providing individual and group psychotherapy for chronic mentally ill population in a partial hospitalization program and in an acute inpatient setting.

Currently Brenda is in private practice and enjoys working with adults, teens, and families struggling with depression, anxiety, OCD, relationship issues such as marital discord, divorce adjustment, blending families, acting out teens, life transitions, grieving losses, and rebuilding. With Cognitive Behavioral Psychotherapy, she helps clients open their minds to the possibility of hope, optimism, trust, resilience, and intimacy to improve mental, physical and spiritual wellness. On a personal note, Brenda is a proud wife, mother and recently became a proud grandmother.
Sharon Krieger

Sharon Krieger is Board Certified as a Psychiatric Adult Clinical Specialist and as A Family Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor's Degree in Nursing and from the University of South Florida, Tampa with a Master's Degree in Nursing. Ms. Krieger has also completed the course work for an Ed.D. In Counseling Psychology. She has been providing Psychiatric Care to people of all ages since 1989 in Pinellas County. Ms. Krieger is the founder and owner of Building New Horizons, Inc., a health care organization that provides comprehensive psychiatric care to people of all ages. She provides traditional Medication Management and Psychotherapy for children, adolescents and adults in both Inpatient and Private Practice Settings. Ms. Krieger is very interested in helping individuals across the lifespan who are experiencing psychiatric problems such as anxiety disorders, depression, mood disorders, schizophrenia and substance abuse.

Ms. Krieger was raised in a Military Family, and has lived in a variety of places in and out of The United States. Eventually, she and her husband settled in North Pinellas County in the mid-1970's and raised their two daughters here. Among other things, she enjoys golf, snow-skiing and jogging and travel as often as possible.

Mike McAnaney, PhD, LMHC

Dr. McAnaney has a Ph.D. in Counselor Education from the University of Florida and is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Florida. His professional background includes clinical and administrative positions with the USOE Drug Abuse Education Training Center at the University of Miami, Director of the Sex Offender Unit, North Florida Evaluation and Treatment Center, Program Director and Clinical Director for three psychiatric hospitals and drug treatment centers. He was adolescent Clinical Services Consultant with HCA Psychiatric Company and President of Occupational Consultants of America. He served as First Health Services Florida Account Director for all Medicaid Behavior Health Programs and spent five years on the faculty of College of Medicine , Psychiatry Department at the University of Florida.

He has taught Substance Abuse Counseling, Psychopathology, Human Development, Human Sexuality on the graduate level at two universities. He also provided outpatient counseling and psychotherapy at UF Psychiatry Department, Gainesville , Occupational Health Consultants of America, Nashville Tennessee , Ten Broeck Psychiatric Hospital in Ocala , Florida Life Skills of South Florida , Boca Raton Florida , NFETC's sex offender unit and in private practice at the Gestalt Center in Gainesville Florida.

Dr. McAnaney provides general psychotherapy for adolescents, young adults and adults as well as addictions counseling for these populations. He also provides Executive Coaching for the public and private sectors.

Glenda Davenport

Glenda is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been in private practice for over 15 years. She received her MSW Degree from the University Of Kentucky and her Post-Masters Degree in Family Therapy from the University Of Louisville.

In her early career, Glenda worked for the Department of Family and Children?s Services in Kentucky. She has also worked for Community Mental Health Centers and Drug / Alcohol Rehabilitation Centers. Glenda specializes in working with adolescents who are experiencing behavioral difficulties, drug addiction, and identity issues. She provides psychotherapy to those individuals who are experiencing grief / loss, anxiety, depression, and bi-polar disorder. She utilizes her extensive training in Marriage & Family Therapy working with couples and families who are struggling with relationship, marital, and blended family issues. She also works with Women?s issues. Glenda utilizes a Strength-Based Therapy Model in working with her patients to help them see their own resiliency while dealing with difficult life experiences

Irv Hoffman

Irv Hoffman has been a mental health professional for over twenty five years. Irv is from Chicago where he worked in inner city community mental health centers for many years. Upon moving to Florida he completed his master's degree in Counseling from the University of South Florida. He also completed several internships and has managed and created groups in several of the local hospitals in the area for children and adolescents. Irv specializes in working with children, adolescents and families. He has worked with many of the pediatricians in the Palm Harbor area in the continuing work needed for children with ADHD, behavior difficulties and drug addiction. Irv works with facilities, families and individual client to support them as they navigate change, create inclusive and dynamic systems and leverage strategic strengths for growth, learning and using positive psychology concepts in everyday life.

Irv recently lost his beautiful daughter Rachel and was instrumental in the creation of Rachel's Law. This is the first law in the country to help young adults who get into trouble for drug use and who are endangered by law enforcement's use of them as informants. Irv is an advocate for families who are struggling with a members drug use and is very dedicated to anyone dealing with a loved one's addiction. He offers hope and guidance to families in dealing with loss and also teaches coping strategies and how to stop enabling behaviors.

Stephen C. McGinley MS, LMHC

Mr. McGinley is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the State of Florida. He attended the University of Massachusetts from 1983 to 1987 obtaining a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. He moved to Florida with his wife in 1990 and began working as a Mental Health Overlay counselor for Gulf Coast Jewish Family services. Stephen attended Nova Southeastern University from 1993 to 1996 and obtained a Master's degree in Mental Health counseling. Shortly after obtaining his degree Stephen began working with terminally ill people and their families for Suncoast Hospice. Additionally he worked at two private practice locations; Life and Health Psychology Associates in Seminole and Walter Griffith MD in St. Petersburg. Stephen has been working with people through counseling in Pinellas County since 1990. He has assisted people with addictions, anger, anxiety, Christian counseling, depression, grief, parenting, relationship issues, and trauma.

Stephen has been a member of the Network of Christian Counselors.

He is also certified as a practitioner of Rapid Resolution Therapy with Clinical Hypnosis.

He is certified for EMDR and has been getting successful results with it for 10 years.

Stephen's license is MH#5866, State of Florida, Department of Health, Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling.


  • 2000 Licensed Mental Health Counselor MH#5866
  • 2002 Member of the Network of Christian Counselors
  • 2002 Certified for EMDR
  • 2003 - 2005 Appointed elder of First Christian church of Seminole
  • 2010 Certified for Rapid Resolution Therapy with Clinical Hypnosis

In Stephen's own words...
"The initial attraction I had for Psychology was a fascination with people and relationships. I always enjoyed listening to my father converse with other people. That experience was the foundation for listening skills I would hone through training as a Psychotherapist. When I began working with people I felt a great sense of personal fulfillment and purpose. I believe that God has given me certain gifts to be more than a good listener, to be a skilled therapist who can help people attain the growth they so desire. I have a wonderful wife of twenty years and two great teenage sons. I enjoy taking walks on the beach, traveling, exercise, music, reading and worship."

"I am grateful for such a diverse range of experience in the field of mental health counseling. I started out in 1990 as a counselor for GCJFS and I began working with people diagnosed with acute depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and AIDS. Later on I was able to facilitate groups and was exposed to a wide range of psychotherapeutic styles. I worked as an HIV coordinator for TLC nursing home and ran groups in conjunction with Boley Centers for dually diagnosed people who had a loss. I also supervised other counselors through Suncoast Hospice. Each of these experiences has served to broaden my areas of expertise and I am grateful for each of these opportunities to help others in this great community."


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The Brain Enhancement Institute has over 20 years utilizing a team approach in the treatment of children, adolescents and adults with emotional and behavior issues and psychiatric conditions such as: Bipolar Disorder, Depression, Anxiety Disorders, Substance Abuse and Dependency, Attention Deficit Disorder, Trauma, Marital and Family Conflict, Career Adjustment Issues, Weight management Issues. © 2010 Brain Enhancement Institute