Pediatric and Family Behavioral Health, PLLC | Our Team
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Our Experienced Providers

Luis Emilio Betancourt, MD

Dr. Betancourt moved to Charlotte after training & working at Duke University Medical Center as a child and adolescent psychiatrist. He is deeply committed to providing high-quality and compassionate care. He has particular interest in the interface between religion-spirituality and psychiatry. He is is fluent in English and Spanish.

 

Qualifications

  • Medical School: Universidad Autonoma de Santo Domingo – Graduated in 2004
  • Residency: Nassau University Medical Center; Stonybrook affiliate – Graduated in 2012
  • Fellowship: Duke University Medical Center/Child & Adolescent Fellowship – Graduated in 2014.
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Adult Psychiatry – Certified 2014.
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Child & Adolescent Psychiatry – Certified 2015.

Javier Santos-Cubiñá, MD

Dr. Santos-Cubiñá is committed to caring for children, adults and families with mental health issues. Areas of expertise include the care of mental health in children and adults with complex medical and neurological problems, women during pregnancy and postpartum, psycho-dynamic oriented psychotherapy and attachment oriented psychotherapy. He is fluent in Spanish and English.

 

Qualifications

Medical School: Universidad Central del Caribe – 1998

General Psychiatry Residency: Ponce School of Medicine/VA – 2013

Psychosomatic Medicine Fellowship – Montefiore Medical Center – 2014

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship – Duke University Medical Center – 2016

  • Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology since 2013
  • Diplomate of the the American Board of Psychosomatic Medicine since 2015
  • Diplomate of the the American Board of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry since 2016
  • Certified Circle of Security Attachment Parenting Group Facilitator

Madhav Muppa, MD

Dr. Muppa moved to Charlotte after working for 4 years in PA in an inpatient psychiatric hospital and outpatient clinic. His outpatient experience was taking care of children, adolescents and adult patients with Autism Spectrum disorder, ADHD, Oppositional defiant disorder and mood disorders. His particular interests are Mood disorders, ADHD and Autism Spectrum disorder.

 

Qualifications

  • Medical School: Shri B.M.Patil Medical College, India- Graduated 2001
  • Residency: Louisiana State University – Graduated in 2010.
  • Fellowship: Louisiana State University/Child & Adolescent Fellowship  – Graduated in 2012.
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Adult Psychiatry – Certified 2012

Diana Remenar, PA-C

Diana Remenar is originally from Wheeling, West Virginia and she moved to Charlotte in 2017. She obtained her Master of Science in Physician Assistant studies from West Liberty University. Diana is passionate about treating adults who suffer from a range of psychiatric illnesses such as, but not limited to, depression, anxiety, ADHD, PTSD, OCD, schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and personality disorders in a psychiatric outpatient setting. She is dedicated to treating all of her patients with respect and compassion.

 

Qualifications

      • Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, West Liberty University – 2017
      • Bachelor of Science in Human Nutrition and Food, West Virginia University – 2004

 

Certifications

      • National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants Certification, 2017

Phil O Johns Jr., PA-C

Phil Johns moved to Charlotte in 2013. He has worked in Psychiatry since 2009 working in a variety of settings including outpatient offices, inpatient behavioral centers, retirement centers and substance abuse centers. Phil has also worked other settings as a physician assistant including urgent care and physical medicine and rehabilitation. He is committed to providing superior care.

 

Qualifications

  • Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science from Radford University—Graduated in 2005
  • Nursing: Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital- School of Practical Nursing—Graduated 2006
  • Physician Assistant: Master of Science (Biomedical Sciences) from the University of Toledo—Graduated December 2008
  • Graduate Certificate: Contemporary Gerontological Practice from the University of Toledo—Graduated December 2010
  • Masters in Public Health (Nutrition) from Liberty University —Graduated December 2017
  • Doctor of Medical Sciences from the University of Lynchburg—Expected May 2019

 

Certifications

  • National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants—Certified 2009
  • Certificate of Added Qualifications in Psychiatry—Certified 2015
  • Certified Circle of Security Attachment Parenting Group Facilitator

Kaisha Byers, PA-C

Kaisha Byers moved to Charlotte in 2007. She practiced as a Chiropractor for 5 years before returning to school to pursue her Master of Medical Science Degree at Wake Forest University.  Since graduating from Wake Forest, she has worked primarily as a Physician Assistant specializing in Psychiatry in an Emergency Department seeing adult and pediatric patients.  She also has experience working on the adult and pediatric inpatient Behavioral Health Units, as well as working on the Psychiatric consult service, providing care to hospital patients admitted for medical reasons.  Kaisha aspires to provide every patient and their family with compassionate and evidence-based care.

 

Qualifications

  • Undergraduate:  B.S. in Biology, Saint Joseph’s College — Graduated 2004
  • Doctor of Chiropractic: D.C. New York Chiropractic College – Graduated 2007
  • Physician Assistant:  M.M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies.  Wake Forest University — Graduated 2015

 

Certifications

  • National Commission of Certification of Physician Assistants — Certified 2015

Bilal Ghandour, Ph.D.

Bilal has many years of experience working with teens and adults who have emotional disorders that manifest physically (e.g., self-harm behaviors such as cutting, eating disorders, and compulsive hair-pulling – i.e. Trichotillomania).
Bilal also works with teens and adults with personality disorders (e.g., ‘borderline’ traits); addiction; and body image issues. He also sees individuals who struggle with depression, anxiety, and romantic relationships.

 

Qualifications

Undergraduate: BA in Communication Arts & MA in Philosophy at American Universities in Beirut, Lebanon
Masters: MS in Personality and Social Psychology
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology: from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Internship: at Connecticut Valley Hospital
Post-doc Residency: at Yale University/VA Connecticut Health Care System
Fluently speaks French & Arabic and is proficient in Swedish

Wanda Carrington, MSN, PMHNP-BC

Wanda Carrington is psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who assesses clients’ mental health while focusing on health promotion and disease prevention. She specializes in patients of all age groups and if fluent in Spanish. She has been a registered nurse since 2013 and has experience in acute mental health and substance abuse detoxification settings. Wanda also has experience in caring for patients with Major Depression, Bipolar, Autism Spectrum, Generalized Anxiety, Substance Abuse, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation, Post-Traumatic Stress and Psychotic disorders. She was raised in Brooklyn, New York and recently moved to Concord, NC. She loves to spend time with family and friends. All of her nursing experience has been in mental health and she is passionate about providing the best quality care to all her clients.

 

Qualifications

Undergraduate: Bachelor of Nursing from Sentara College of Health Science—Graduated in

Masters Science: Walden University —Graduated

 

Certifications

She holds two national board certifications with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a psychiatric nurse practitioner as well as a psychiatric registered nurse.

Ladeana W. Gambill, NP-C

Ladeana is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and also holds a certification as a Family Nurse Practitioner. A native of East Tennessee, she has lived in the Charlotte area since 2002. She has almost 20 years of nursing experience including advanced practice experience in hospital medicine, pediatric and adult psychiatry as well as radiation oncology. Her passion lies in assessment and treatment of mental health conditions such as ADHD, depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, PTSD, bipolar disorder, autism, neurodevelopmental challenges, and grief-related sequelae.
She extends a compassionate and holistic approach to the mental health needs of the patients that she serves. She provides conservative medication management and brief psychotherapy services with a focus on whole body wellness.

 

Qualifications

      • AAS-Nursing, Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute- Graduated 1999.
      • BSN-Nursing, University of North Carolina at Charlotte- Graduated 2006.
      • Dual MSN Nursing degrees with concentrations in Family Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Research Management, Duke University- Graduated 2009.
      • Post-MSN, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill- Graduated 2018.

 

Certifications

      • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners- Family Nurse Practitioner- Certified 2010.
      • American Nurses Credentialing Center- Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner-Certified 2018.

Vanessa A. Arenas, LPC, LMHC

Vanessa enjoys helping others who are facing challenges in their lives and could use some support. Whether the challenges are at home, school or work; she is capable of offering assistance to strive towards positive change.  She offers a safe non-judgmental place; where you can vent and focus on your mental health needs. She is experienced in supporting adults and adolescents with diverse needs and complexities. Her particular interests are helping children/adolescents (ages 5-15) and their families, as well as Spanish speaking individuals and families. Expertise includes trauma-informed therapy, depression, relationships, acculturation, anxiety, self-esteem and much more. She looks forward to collaborating with you and your needs.

 

Qualifications

      • Undergraduate: B.S in Psychology, Boston University – Graduated  2009
      • Graduate: M.S. in Counseling Adolescent and Child Psychology, Northeastern University – Graduated  2011

 

Additional Credentials

      • Licensed Mental Health Clinician
      • National Certified Counselor
      • Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor

Brenda LaGrange-Lowery, LPCS, NCC

Brenda enjoys working with individuals, families and groups who are seeking relief from emotional and behavioral difficulties that are impairing their functioning in the home, work or school setting.  She has worked extensively with individuals regarding situations involving sexual abuse, domestic violence, behavioral issues, trauma related issues and post adoption issues. She also works with clients on everyday sources of stress; such as relationship problems, depression, grief and loss, school and work issues as well as other issues that might arise in the counseling sessions.   She has over 14 years of experience working with clients in multiple settings including outpatient practice, at school and in the home. She especially likes to collaborate with your other providers or teachers to help enhance the therapy experience.

 

Qualifications

      • School: University of North Carolina at Charlotte
      • CACREP Accredited Program
      • Year Graduated: 2004

 

Additional Credentials

      • Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor
      • National Certified Counselor

Priscilla Fermin, LCSW

Priscilla has a passion for working with children, adolescents, and young adults, as well as their families. She strives to help them develop the tools they need to live meaningful lives, build self-confidence, and develop trust to grow strong together. For over ten years, she has provided care in multiple settings including homes, outpatient practices, residential treatment facilities, and schools. She enjoys working specifically with children and adolescents with interpersonal and/or behavioral issues. Her experience also includes longtime work with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. There can be a complexity that ASD has on psychological symptoms and the impact this has on their lives.

 

Qualifications

      • School: Loyola University Chicago
      • Year Graduated: 2009

 

Additional Credentials

      • Degree: Erikson Institute Chicago/M.S. Child Development
      • Year graduated: 2009