Our Team

Meet the Team

Passionate experts in our field who have collected years of empathy, compassion, experiential treatment, education, and science-backed research to form consulting services with a therapeutic approach. Our clinicians offer personalized interventions, psychoeducational resources, and support systems for all individuals. 

Daema Pina Delgado, Psy.D

Clinical Neuropsychologist

Dr. Pina Delgado earned her PsyD in clinical psychology with a concentration in neuropsychology from Albizu University. She was the chief intern at Jackson Memorial Hospital in the Ryder Trauma Center Neurorehabilitation Unit. She accepted a postdoctoral fellowship with the Center of Cognitive Neuroscience and Aging at the University of Miami - Miller School of Medicine.

Following residency, she accepted a faculty position with the University of Miami, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center as an Assistant Professor, Clinical Neuropsychologist. Dr. Pina Delgado primarily worked with cancer patients conducting neuropsychological evaluations as well as providing individual psychotherapy and cognitive remediation/rehabilitation.

Currently Dr. Pina Delgado is a full time Clinical Scientist with Medvante-Prophase and a part time Clinician with her private practice Vita-Cog Consulting, LLC.  

Specialties:

  • Neuropsychological Evaluations and Testing
  • Health Psychology i.e. Depression and Anxiety secondary to a medical condition
  • Cognitive Remediation/Rehabilitation
  • Grief and Loss

Melissa Garcia Martinez, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Hi, My name is Melissa, and I am a cognitive-based, solution-oriented therapist that can help you take charge of your day. What does that mean? You have more power than you know! Together, we will recreate opportunities, overcome obstacles, and help you through the forks in the road with gentle ease. Thoughts are powerful! We are what we think and what we tell ourselves.

My goal is to help all of my clients adapt to respectfully observing their thoughts rather than identifying with their thoughts. I am a graduate from Florida International University with over 25 years of experience, I am confident in my abilities to help you overcome the struggles with compassion.

I am currently offering sessions for individual therapy with a specialization in women's issues, depression, anxiety, and stress management. Don't hesitate to call. Together, we can help develop your self-awareness so that depression, anxiety, and all of life's challenges seem like minor steppingstones towards the greatest you.

Jessica McDonald Psy.D

Health Psychologist

Hi! I’m Dr. Jessica McDonald, a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Florida. I earned bachelor’s degrees in both Psychology and Sociology as well as my master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Central Florida. I then went on to earn my doctorate (Psy.D.) in Clinical Health Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. I completed a predoctoral internship with the Orlando VA Healthcare System which gave me really strong skills in treating distress following acute medical changes as well as treating distress related to chronic pain. I then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Tampa General Hospital where I specialized in Rehabilitation and Health Psychology and focused on assessing and treating predominantly brain injury survivors and oncology patients.

Primarily, I work with individuals ages 16+ who are experiencing a range of difficulties surrounding their health. My approach to therapy focuses on the whole person; my goal is to understand how biological, social, and psychological factors come together to impact overall wellness. I use that understanding to then collaborate with clients to create meaningful and specific goals that ultimately reduce suffering and improve quality of life. I use evidence-based treatments and I firmly believe that all interventions should be tailored to fit clients’ needs and their unique circumstances/lived experiences. Therapy is about making sure you have the tools to live the life you have been hoping for- I’d love to have the chance to help get you there!  

My specialties include:

- Adaptation to chronic illness

- Adjustment to disability- i.e. brain injury, stroke, spinal cord injury, limb loss

- Chronic pain management

- Health psychology- i.e. behavior and lifestyle changes, adherence to medical treatment plans, mood changes following new diagnosis and/or treatments

Andrea Castaldi, DNP, FNP, PMHNP

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Biography

Andrea Castaldi is a board-certified family health nurse practitioner (FNP) and specialized in psychiatric mental health, with a Doctorate in Nursing Practice (DNP). She is passionate about providing quality, compassionate, and comprehensive mental health services to children, adolescents, and adults/geriatrics, using a patient centered approach.  She has a vast clinical experience and natural ability to build rapport with patients and their families and counts with strong clinical skills as she was a pediatric intensive care unit RN/ARNP for 13 years, critical care RN in the transplant unit, and for the past 11 years had worked as a surgical ARNP with neuro-oncology/neurosurgery clinic.

Education and training

·       B.S.N.,1999, Florida International University

·       M.S.N.,2008, University of Phoenix

·       Post MSN Certificate- FNP, 2010, Florida International University

·       D.N.P.,2017, Wilkes University

·       Post Graduate Certificate - PMHNP, 2022, Wilkes University

·       Board certified family health nurse practitioner by the ANCC and eligible to be certified as PMHNP

Areas of interest

·       Inpatient Psychiatry

·       Substance Abuse

·       Integrated Behavioral Health

·       Intimate Partner Violence

Annemarie Morales, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Where do you find your heart hurts the most? When was the last time you looked in the mirror and said, I see you, I hear you, and I accept you! You’re going through a difficult time in your life. Were you recently diagnosed with a chronic illness or coping with that of a loved one? Many people face depression and anxiety when faced with these challenges. I’m Annemarie Morales, I am a Florida International University graduate with over 10 years of experience. My goal is to help radically change the way you view your mental health struggles through positive psychology and compassionate care. Healing has a ripple effect. So, let's dive in!

My therapeutic style can be described as collaborative, compassionate, nurturing, nonjudgmental, and genuine. I commonly use cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based stress reduction, and motivational enhancement to improve an individual’s ability to cope and adjust to life stressors.

Psychotherapy is a calm and safe space for clients to process any challenges they may bring in. I encourage a supportive and empathetic environment, empowering patients to share feelings causing them distress. In psychotherapy, we can work through the challenges that lie ahead and learn new coping skills to help you work toward a healthier you!

Claudia Paez, LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

If you are here, you are looking for someone to talk to about how you are feeling and what is happening in your life that is overwhelming. Are you feeling down, unmotivated, anxious or having difficulties in your interpersonal relationships? You do not know exactly what is going on with you but do not want to continue down the same path.

I am therapist that understands the daily struggles a person can experience; my approach to therapy is trauma informed and goal oriented; I utilize EMDR, CBT and SFBT to help you achieve your goals. This means that I help you explore how the past can affect our present and how you can heal and grow in all areas of your file. I am compassionate, warm, and flexible.

My past work experience includes 12 years of outpatient therapy in community mental health and private practice with adults, adolescents, and children. I also have experience in administrative roles of non-profit organization. My education continues as I am always learning about evidence based approaches for treatment.

I look forward to working with you in therapy.

It is normal, natural, and courageous to ask for help.

Vita-Cog is confident and proud of its client-centered approach and matches each of our clinicians with patients they can best help, soothe, and guide. There is no better time than the present to seize the day, honor your hurt, and look within. We would be honored to help you begin your healing process.

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We will soon also take Florida Blue, New Directions, Humana, and Tricare. 

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