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Stacy Carmichael PhD ABPP

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Clinical Supervisor


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Dr. Carmichael is a licensed clinical psychologist who is one of the only psychologists in private practice in the Central Florida area who is Board Certified in Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology. This means rigorous review of her applied work by a board of her peers. She performs evaluations for autism, ADHD, and learning disabilities. She received her bachelors degree in biology from Buena Vista University and attended the University of Florida's program in Clinical Health Psychology with a concentration in Pediatric Psychology. She has focused on neurodevelopmental disabilities and autism in particular, especially when more subtle, such as in those assigned female at birth.

Prices are listed at the bottom of the page. We are OON with insurance. 

Therapist Maria "Gaby" Zerpa, LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

Clinical Supervisor


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Mrs. Zerpa continually seeks to set a standard and best practice in the Mental Health field. She uniquely combines her education, training and practical experiences to encourage other professionals and teach the passion and commitment towards people in need. Mrs. Zerpa completed her Bachelor’s degree at the University Of Central Florida in 2002. Later in 2010 she completed her certification in HealthCare management at the University of Miami. Mrs. Zerpa continued her education with her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health & Psychology at Troy University in 2013 and received her Licensee as Mental Health Clinician in 2015.

During the past 10 years Mrs. Zerpa has worked at the management level for the University of Miami, Department of Psychiatry, the Department of Juvenile Justice in Orlando, Florida. and the Orange County Public School system. Her experiences have enhanced her knowledge and expertise to work with diverse populations and cultural backgrounds.

Along with strong management and counseling skills, Mrs. Zerpa has built a strong expertise for all components of the Mental Health Practice. Mrs. Zerpa provides comprehensive individual and family therapy for children, adolescents, and adults with a wide variety of challenges. Her passion is helping individuals enhance their relationships and discover their strengths. She is strongly committed to helping individuals accomplish goals and live in a positive state of mind, leading to a more fulfilling life! She absolutely loves her work, which fuels her with enthusiasm for helping people reach their personal and professional goals. Additionally, she helps motivate professionals in the field to apply best practices and provide their services with heart and dedication, she leads, train and supervise individuals in the field, and therefore the community can receive the help needed at an outstanding level.

Her work in the community is well recognized and appreciated by those who have received her services. Her strong vocation, dedication and commitment has made the difference in many lives.

Trained and Certified in: Florida Baker Act Law. Children’s Functional Assessment Rating Scale (CFARS), Functional Adult Rating Scale (FARS), Suicide Prevention through Jason Foundation, and HIPPA and Security training through the Department of Children and Families

· Trained as a Certified Qualified Clinical Supervisor 

· Trained and certified on PAT (Prevention Assessment Tool) by DJJ-Department of Juvenile Justice

· Trained and certified on MI (Motivational Interviewing)

· Certified CPR/AED/First Aid (Infant-Child-Adult)

· Trained and Certified on JJIS/DJJ data system

· Trained on Substance abuse and crisis intervention

· Trained on Child abuse, neglect and domestic violence

· Trained on “Love and Logic” parenting program designed to families who struggle with children with behavioral difficulties

- Trained and certified in "Disruptive Event Management" 

Vista Parison-McSkulin, PhD "Dr. V"

Licensed Clinical Counselor 



Vista Parisoe-McSkulin PhD, CCDVC, is a Christian Clinical Counselor who has been in practice for over 18 years. She is a 2005 graduate from Florida Christian University in Orlando Florida. Dr. V is a Licensed Clinical Counselor and Certified Temperament Counselor since 2004 by the National Christian Counselors Association. She became a Clinically Certified Domestic Violence Counselor in 2004 by the National Association of Forensic Counselors. She received her Advanced Certification in QEEG and Neurofeedback in 2016 by BrainCore Systems. She received her Certification as an Accelerated Resolution Therapist in March of 2019 by the Rosenzweig Center for Rapid Recovery.

She has held many positions in her field from Owner/Director, Program Director and most recently served as Clinical Director and still consulting as Family Liaison for Providence Pass, an elite therapeutic boarding school in Orlando. She specializes in family and adolescent therapy including but not limited to; Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Eating Disorders, ADD/ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Borderline Disorder, Self-Harm, Adjustment Disorder and High Functioning ASD. She is proficient in several modalities; DBT, CBT, Emotional-Focused Therapy or EFT, Attachment Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy. A.R.T. (Accelerated Resolution Therapy) and Neurofeedback. She works at both the Winter Garden and Dr. Phillips locations.

She is married with 5 children and 9 grandchildren, her interests are music, travel, boating and spending time with family and friends. 

Lila Carder, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech and Language Therapist 


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Miss Lila is a compassionate, creative and experienced Speech-Language Pathologist accomplished in building Receptive and Expressive Communication skills, remediating articulation and fluency difficulties, developing social and pragmatic skills and strengthening literacy and reading comprehension in individuals with communication delays, learning difficulties and social skills challenges. She received her BA and MA in Communicative Disorders at the University of Central Florida. She has an extensive, personal library of fun and engaging therapy materials that she gathered over the past twenty plus years of serving Speech/Language Impaired individuals that target areas of weakness, develop attainable skills and achieve projected goals while instilling confidence! Miss Lila has provided Speech Therapy services to individuals ages 2-20 in central Florida's public schools, private schools, private speech therapy group setting and home visit setting for 22 years. Often, she can go to local preschools or private schools during school hours to provide speech therapy lessons to your child on-site, if bringing your child to the office for a visit is inconvenient for you. She provides quality assessments and will develop a "Plan of Action" to meet your child's communication needs, which she will carry out with individualize, engaging and fun therapy lessons aimed at building strong and confident communicators! Miss Lila will provide parent education and enlist parental support, which will allow your child to successfully meet his/her therapy goals.  Miss Lila is experienced in working with children with autism spectrum disorders.

Populations Served: Language Delays, Articulation Disorders, Apraxia of Speech, Autism/ASD, Fluency, Auditory Processing Disorders, Dyslexia,  Intellectual Disability, Traumatic Brain Injury, Chromosomal anomalies, Lip/Cleft Palate, Selective Mutism, Dysarthria, Hearing-Impaired and Voice Disorders.

 Lila is a Certified member of ASHA, CCC-SLP, Florida State license #SA 14400. She is based at the Dr. Phillips office location but can do home or school visits as well.    

Abby Wirick, LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor 

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Abby Wirick LMHC    

Flora Tora, EdS, ABSNP, SEP-Advanced

 School Psychologist 


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Flora integrates the fields of education, school psychology, neuropsychology and psychotherapy to serve children and families in Central Florida. She practiced for 25 years as a school psychologist serving the needs of children and adolescents with problems with learning disabilities, autism spectrum, developmental delays, and giftedness.

As a school psychologist, she began specializing in the therapeutic side of helping children and studied various forms of play and brain-based therapies. Her playful, curious and empathic approach provides therapy for situations involving lack of self control and behavior problems, anxiety, divorce & grief/loss, attachment issues, and issues related to attention and organization.

Flora holds a Bachelor’s degree in Exceptional Student Education from the University of South Florida, and she taught students with learning disabilities for 5 years. She has an Education Specialist degree from UCF and served K-12th grade students in Osceola and Orange County. Her interest in spirituality led her to obtain a second Master’s degree in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University. She holds a Diplomate with the American Board of School Neuropsychology (ABSNP). Flora began a private practice over 15 years ago. She holds a certificate in Sandplay therapy and a specialization in Somatic Experiencing, a therapeutic method for treating anxiety and trauma.

Flora is bilingual and speaks Spanish fluently. 

McKenzie Bowen-Tart, RMHCI

Registered Mental Health Counseling  Intern 

Supervisor: Gaby Zerpa, LMHC

McKenzie is a Registered Mental Health Intern who earned her Master’s of Arts in Psychology degree from Brandman University in Summer 2021. Originally from a small town in West Virginia, McKenzie moved to Florida in 2014 to explore the endless opportunities. She interned through the Disney College Program and quickly realized this was where she wanted to pursue her dreams. After a few years at Disney, she completed her Bachelor of Sciences in Psychology degree at the University of Central Florida in 2018. Over the years, she has been working with children in school and clinical settings, assisting them with their cognitive, behavioral, and academic struggles. Her professional and educational experiences have allowed her to become versed in a variety of therapeutic methods and interventions, working with populations such as individuals, children, LGBTQ+, and families.

McKenzie believes that therapy is the essence of self care, and strives to create a safe space where her clients feel heard, comfortable, and understood. Her empathetic and positive disposition gives clients a sense of peace and empowerment in their therapeutic experience. She provides an eclectic theoretical approach that enables her to embody different techniques, giving careful consideration the needs of her clients for a personal and authentic process. McKenzie is always eager to learn and loves working closely with others to gain knowledge and insight. In the future, she hopes to pursue her Doctorate to strengthen scope of practices. Besides providing therapy, McKenzie is fully invested in her family, friends, and her dog Opal. Her interests include nature, yoga, music, reading books, and creative writing. She is supervised by Clinical Supervisor Gaby Zerpa, LMHC.  You can contact McKenzie for an appointment at 304-308-0396 or email her directly at [email protected]

Meagan Ward, Art Therapist


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Meagan received a Master’s of Professional Study in Art Therapy and Creative Development from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York.  She completed practicums working in both the school system and homeless shelter environments with adolescent and adult survivors of complex trauma. She have worked with active-duty military service members in both inpatient and outpatient settings as a Primary Therapist and Art Therapist. Serving as a Therapist at a Mental Health Hospital, Meagan continues to work with adults, children, and adolescents at the inpatient crisis stabilization level and in a 28 day Addiction Treatment Program for Veterans. She truly believes in the power of art as a medium for healing and enjoy utilizing creative approaches to help guide clients through their individual healing journeys. As a process-oriented therapist, Meagan practices on the belief that art provides us with a type of communication that we cannot always achieve with verbal language. At our very core, we each have an innate desire for self-expression; we want to be seen and feel heard. Whether working with active imagination, Gestalt, or exploring self-regulatory coping skills, we begin to find a new understanding for ourselves and others. We begin to speak through our art. Art Therapy provides an outlet for visceral and emotional experiences in a way that promotes mindfulness, healing, and personal growth. Through the expressive process, Meagan assists as clients manage anxieties and emotional distress, increase self-awareness, gain insight, and tap into inner thoughts and feelings in a cathartic way that feels safe and empowering. She has witnessed firsthand the power or art therapy in the healing process and value the work she is privileged to do every day. Sessions include medium and are 90 minutes in length. She can do in-office, in-home (for additional fee) or tele-health sessions. 

Harold "Ace" Cooper

Certified Life Coach

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Retired from the military, after his son was in a bad car accident in 2009, Ace began to study and psychology to get a better understanding of how the human mind works and what motivates people to act the way we do. He found peace with the teachings of Eckhart Tolle and Wayne Dyer, becoming inspired to coach others. In 2014, Ace moved to Germany to further his studies under the tutelage of Praxis Lebensfreude Life Coaching institute. He was required first to spend 3 months in a monastery furthering my education in many religions as well as doing a month of silence to get in touch with his inner being. He researched child, adolescent and adult psychology and how each mind can interpret any event differently which effects the response or emotion to said event. He learned to relinquish judgement, ego and fear, as these are the manipulators of a peaceful, joyous life and help others find their purpose. 

 In 2016, he opened Casa Ninos, a home for refugee boys from Syria and other third world countries, while operating an online Life Coach service to those in need. He has counseled people on relationships, dealing with adolescent children, job security, meditation and finding their true path in life. Ace returned to the U.S. August 2017 and then sailed with a friend to Guatemala and Honduras giving free eye exams and helping renovating homes in the community. After 6 months of sailing, he decided to put his sea legs to rest in 2018 and live in Orlando together with his fiancé .

Ace has been busy working with both Children and Adults in various fashions: Mentoring, Life Coaching, Relationship Counseling, Marriage Counseling, Parent Coach certifications and Meditation. Ace says his goal now is to help others go from their “Now” condition to their “Best” condition. Let him help you make the Rest of your life the Best of your life! He offers individual coaching, parent coaching, mentoring and relationship counseling. He can work virtually or in-person. Contact him directly to schedule at [email protected]

Psychological Assessment:


Gifted Testing

Pre-K readiness evaluation 

ADHD Evaluation-adults or children

Developmental Delays

Learning Disabilities (Dyslexia, Dyscalculia,

Disorder of Written Expression)

Independent Educational Evaluations (IEE)

Placement testing for educational consultants

Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorders

Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder

Selective Mutism

Asperger's Syndrome

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Intellectual Disability

Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Social Investigation Evaluation

Neuropsychologial  Evaluation

Social Security Disability Evaluation 

Pre-Employment Testing  

(security officers, FAA applicants, Border Patrol)

Immigration Asylum Evaluations

Immigration Hardship or DV evaluations

Relaxed, Affordable, Convenient

Includes IQ and ADOS-2, broad emotional, social, executive, behavioral and adaptive functioning.Includes IQ and ADOS-2, broad emotional, social, executive, behavioral and adaptive functioning.Insurance is not accepted, although you may use a FSA or HSA card. We will provide you with a superbill to submit to your insurance company should you have OON benefits. Cash, credit cards, debit cards, cashiers checks accepted. I can also take payment plans through Square Installments or PayPal Credit.

We now take payments with The Gardiner Scholarship! I am also a vendor with Orange County Public Schools for Independent Educational Evaluations.

I will give you a flat fee for the evaluation after discussing your needs. Here are my typical rates which can vary according to the situation:

Gifted eval with report $400

Academic testing only with report $400

Dyslexia screener only with report $400

Developmental/Autism Evaluation for ages 14 months-29 months $900 (Takes about 2 hours in person) Includes IQ and ADOS-2, broad emotional, social, executive, behavioral and adaptive functioning.

Developmental/Autism Evaluation for age 30 months through 3 years $1125 (Takes 2-3 hours in person). Includes IQ and ADOS-2, broad emotional, social, executive, behavioral and adaptive functioning.

Developmental/Autism Evaluation for ages 3-5 $1595 (Takes about 3 hours in person). Includes IQ and ADOS-2, broad emotional, social, executive, behavioral and adaptive functioning.

Developmental/Autism Evaluation for ages 6-11 $1995 (Takes about 3-4 hours in person) with academics. Without academics is $1800. Includes IQ and ADOS-2, broad emotional, social, executive, behavioral and adaptive functioning.

Clinical/Autism Evaluation for ages 12-65 $2195. (Takes about 4 hours in person, maybe 5) This includes IQ, broad academics (reading foundational skills, reading comprehension, math calculation, math reasoning, written expression, oral expression, listening comprehension). This is recommended  to  be sure we assess all aspects which are contributing to any learning concerns.  If for some reason you do not need academics, then it is $1995 and 3 hours. It also includes executive functioning, social communication and social interaction skills and broad emotional and behavioral functioning, and often adaptive functioning. If you are an adult and do not need the report for a doctor, SSDI, or school, then it is $1300 for the  evaluation with a letter confirming your diagnoses with recommendations. Most children will need the whole report with academics. If there is an additional learning disability to examine, such as dyslexia or dyscalculia, it will be $300 additional and takes about 5 hours.

ADHD Eval with IQ and emotional/behavioral and executive functioning but no academics and no autism eval for ages 4-65 $995

ADHD Eval with IQ and academics, emotional/behaviors and executive functioning, no autism eval, for ages 4-65 $1350 with our school psychologist.

Learning Disability evaluation with IQ, broad achievement, ADHD/executive functioning  eval, and more extensive learning assessment is $1995. We do include a broad social/emotional assessment.  This eval may be with the school psychologist.

Neuropsychological evaluation can  range from $2200-4500 depending on needs and the length of time of the testing. Please call to discuss. All testing is completed at the Winter Garden office.


Did you know that all of your health and mental health information, including diagnoses, is reported by your insurance company to the Medical Information Bureau? 

The MIB is consulted by insurance companies when you apply for life, health or disability insurance that needs to be individually underwritten. If there is a diagnosis listed, you, or your child, are very likely to be denied insurance. Unfortunately, I learned this information firsthand and was shocked. I had no idea my health insurance information could be used against me even fifteen years later. 

Paying privately allows YOU to control who has access to your or your child's mental health information. 

Contact us at 407.415.1450 or email [email protected]


7450 Dr. Phillips Blvd. Suite 312

Orlando, FL 32819
310 South Dillard St. Suite 305

Winter Garden, FL 34787


phone 407.415.1450
fax        321.234.5587


Mon:9:00am - 6:00pm

Tues: 9:00am - 6:00pm

Wed: 9:00pm-6:00pm

Thurs: 9:00am-6:00pm

Fri: 9:00am-1:00pm

Sat: closed

Sun: closed