The BayView Team

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Leadership Team

Olivia Nettles, LPC, NCC
Director

Olivia Nettles, LPC, NCC, joined AltaPointe Health in 1993 as a therapist in child and adolescent outpatient services. Nettles steadily moved into management roles, first with a promotion to assistant director of child and adolescent outpatient services in 1996 and in August 2002 to director of performance improvement. She was the first director of BayPointe Hospital and Residential Services when the facility opened in 2002. Since 2008, Nettles has served as clinical director of AltaPointe’s children’s outpatient services where she oversees the clinical programming of the outpatient clinics, intensive outreach services, the transitional age residential services and BayView Professional Services.

A proven mental health counselor and leader, she is a member of the Alabama Council Clinical Directors Association and has held the positions of vice president and president. Nettles also has been an active member of the National Alliance for Mental Illness-Mobile Board of Directors and received the NAMI- Alabama “Mental Health Professional of the Year” award in August 2016.

Nettles graduated with honors from the University of Alabama earning a bachelor’s degree in commerce and business administration with a major in marketing as well as a master’s degree in counselor education. She is a National Certified Counselor, a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Counseling Supervisor in Alabama. Nettles is an active member of the American Counseling Association, Alabama Mental Health Counselors Association and NAMI Mobile.

John Conrad, LICSW
Assistant Director

John M. Conrad, LICSW, is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker and a Substance Abuse Professional with more than 25 years of experience as a psychotherapist. He earned his undergraduate degrees in psychology and behavioral science from Athens State College and his master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.

Conrad has extensive experience in marital and family systems, addictive disorders, and general psychiatric disorders. He is trained in cognitive behavioral therapy, family systems theory and addictive medicine. Conrad is the Assistant Director for BayView Professional Associates. He has extensive experience in the areas of program development, supervision and direct client services.

Sandra Parker, MD
Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Parker graduated from the University of Alabama in 1982 with an honors degree in biology. She attended medical school and completed residency training in psychiatry at the University of Alabama-School of Medicine in Birmingham. Parker completed her fellowship in child/adolescent psychiatry at the University of Arkansas for the Health Sciences in Little Rock. As a second year resident, she was awarded her department’s Most Outstanding Resident Award, and as a fellow, she was awarded her department’s Most Outstanding Child Fellow Award. Parker is dual certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in adult psychiatry and child/adolescent psychiatry. During her tenure at AltaPointe, the organization has grown from 300 employees to more than 1,450 employees. In addition to her role as AltaPointe’s medical director, she is vice-chair and associate professor for the University of South Alabama College of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. Parker has received numerous honors and awards throughout her career. She is the president of the Alabama Hospital Psychiatric Association and past president of the Mobile Bay Psychiatric Association, a local chapter of the American Psychiatric Association. In 2007, she was named an Alabama Health Care Hero by the Alabama Hospital Association. She was appointed by Alabama Governor Bob Riley to serve as a member of the Alabama Interagency Autism Coordinating Council, a position she still holds. She serves as an adjunct faculty member in the USA College of Allied Health Professions, Department of Physician Assistant Studies, and the USA College of Nursing. Parker has served as a member of the USA Center for Healthy Communities Advisory Committee. Past appointments include the Mercy Medical Advisory Board, the Mayor’s Transitional Task Force on Healthcare, and the Mobile Ballet Board of Directors. Her major psychiatric interests are in the fields of autism-related disorders, healthcare disparities and telepsychiatry.

Medical Team

Psychiatrists

Jessica Grimes, DO

Jessica Grimes, D.O., joined AltaPointe as a child and adolescent psychiatrist in March 2021. She earned a bachelor’s degree in religion and minored in biology at The University of the South in Sewanee, TN. She graduated cum laude and was inducted into order of the gownsmen, an honor society. She earned her doctorate from the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine in Lewisburg, WV. Dr. Grimes completed a traditional rotating internship through WVSOM at Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Ashland, KY and completed residency training in psychiatry at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Erie, Pennsylvania. While in residency, she earned a master’s degree in medical education from LECOM. She completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Greenville.

Kevin Putinta, MD

Kevin Putinta, MD, graduated from the University of Alabama in Birmingham Summa Cum Laude with a degree in psychology. Following this, he attended medical school at the University of South Alabama. Dr. Putinta completed residency training at the University of Florida, where he served as both an administrative chief resident and moonlighting chief resident. During his residency training, he received the Outstanding Resident Instructor Award as well as the John E. Adams Memorial Academic Achievement Award for the highest PRITE score all four years of residency. Following completion of his residency training in 2021, Dr. Putinta completed a neuromodulation fellowship at the University of Florida, where he specialized in transcranial magnetic stimulation, intranasal esketamine, and electroconvulsive therapy as well as deep brain stimulation. Dr. Putinta joined BayView Professional Associates in 2022 to provide outpatient medication management and neuromodulation services. He also serves as the University of South Alabama's Medical Student Clerkship Director. His interests include electroconvulsive therapy, transcranial magnetic stimulation, esketamine, psychosis, and treatment-resistant depression. Dr. Putinta is board certified in general psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Sean Sinclair, MD

Sean Sinclair, MD, joined AltaPointe as a child and adolescent psychiatrist in July 2018. He earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry and cell biology from Huntingdon College in Montgomery, and graduated summa cum laude and was named valedictorian. He earned his doctorate from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine and received the Excellence in Psychiatry Award, given to one graduating medical student who through scholarship, patient care, motivation and interaction with faculty and house staff, has demonstrated excellence in psychiatry. Sinclair completed residency training and a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the USA Department of Psychiatry. He has worked at AltaPointe since 2016 in inpatient care with both children and adults, and most recently in telehealth services helping to provide coverage to underserved surrounding community health centers.

Caleb Wilson, MD

W. Caleb Wilson, MD, joined Altapointe as an outpatient adult psychiatrist at the BayView – Fairhope clinic in July 2022. He graduated magna cum laude from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Sciences before attending and completing medical school at the University of South Alabama College of Medicine. Dr. Wilson underwent residency training in psychiatry at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, OK, where he received awards for the most outstanding intern, outstanding teaching of medical students, and attaining the highest score on the Psychiatry Resident-In-Training Exam (PRITE). As an outpatient general adult psychiatrist at the BayView – Fairhope clinic, Dr. Wilson treats a broad range of adult mental illness with an extra focus on treatment-resistant and refractory depression.

CRNPs

Beverly Ales, PMHNP

Beverly Ales, PMHNP, has joined AltaPointe Health as a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. She earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of South Alabama, and her master’s in nursing with a specialization in psychiatric mental health from Walden University. While at Walden University, she was a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. Ales is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) and is an active member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. She has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings with patients of all ages from child to geriatric.

Maggie Kellar, CRNP

Maggie Kellar, CRNP, joined AltaPointe in 2017 as a registered nurse at EastPointe Hospital, where she served as staff nurse and fill-in/weekend nurse coordinator.  Since then, she has earned a master’s in nursing from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa and received her board-certification by the American Nurses Credentialing Center in June 2020 as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC).  Kellar received her bachelor’s in nursing from the University of South Alabama, and also holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of South Carolina, Columbia.  She is a member of the Bay Area Nurse Practitioner Association.

Patricia Meier Tyler, CRNP

Patricia Meier Tyler, CRNP, joined AltaPointe Health in 2020. She is a 1994 graduate of The University of Alabama’s Capstone College of Nursing with a bachelor’s degree in nursing, and a 1999 graduate of The University of Alabama at Birmingham with a master’s degree in Nursing.   She is a board-certified Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and has over 20 years of experience treating adults and children with psychiatric illnesses.  She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, and the Bay Area Nurse Practitioner Association.

Wanda Whiddon, PMHNP

Wanda Whiddon, PMHNP, joins BayView Professional Associates as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Mobile, and her master’s in nursing at Walden University based in Minneapolis, MN. Whiddon is a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success as well as the American Nurses Association.

Whiddon has 18 years of experience as cardiology and mental health care nurse. She will provide comprehensive psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and supportive therapy for patients experiencing depression, anxiety, ADHD, schizophrenia, bipolar, and other mood disorders.

BayView is the private practice division of AltaPointe Health.

Counseling Team

Assessment Team

Megan Traffanstedt, LPT

Megan Traffanstedt, L.P.T., joined AltaPointe as a licensed psychological technician in September 2020 and works at BayView Professional Associates. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Auburn University and a master’s degree in psychology from Auburn University at Montgomery(AUM). Traffanstedt received specialty training in autism assessment at the Vanderbilt Treatment and Research Institute for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Her special interests include the psychological assessment of children, adolescents, and adults.

 

Psychologists

Chris Murphree, PsyD

Chris Murphree, PsyD, joined AltaPointe as a licensed psychologist in May of 2017. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in counseling psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi. Murphree earned a doctorate in clinical psychology at Argosy University in Atlanta, Georgia. He completed his pre-doctoral internship at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences - Child Study Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. Murphree's special interests include the psychological assessment of children, adolescents, and adults, and the assessment and treatment of trauma victims.

Therapists

Topie Cassady

Topie Cassady joined BayView Professional Associates in 2022. She earned a bachelor's from LSU in psychology and a master's from Tulane School of Social Work with a certificate in Gerontology. Cassidy brings decades of experience to BayView. She has worked in community-based programs for people living with HIV+/AIDS, an inpatient psychiatric unit, an inpatient medical center focused on pregnancy/pregnancy-related issues, premature and medically fragile infants and newborns, and in-home behavioral and primary and primary health care services.

Current practice includes integrative therapy, empowerment therapy, CBT, MCBT, Motivational Interviewing, Client-centered therapy, and other modalities, with an underlying focus on systems theory.

Tina Baker, LICSW, PIP
Tina Baker

Tina Baker, LICSW, PIP is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with more than 20 years of experience. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Mobile and a master of social work degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. In addition, she holds a private independent practice license in the State of Alabama. Baker is experienced in providing therapy for teenagers, adults, couples and families. She specializes in cognitive behavioral therapy, brief solution-focused therapy, trauma-focused therapies used in treatment of individuals diagnosed with anxiety and mood disorders, eating and psychotic disorders, codependency issues, and grief and trauma-related issues.

Laurie-Anne Walton Crespo, LICSW, LCSW, MSW

Laurie-Anne Walton Crespo, LICSW, LCSW, MSW is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. She holds a bachelor’s in social work from Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, Florida graduating Magna Cum Laude. She earned a master’s in social work from Barry University, Miami Shores, Florida.

Before coming to BayView, Crespo worked with the Hollywood Florida police department’s homeless outreach program and served on the Broward County Homeless Continuum of Care Board from 2014-2016. She has both Crisis Intervention Team certification and Homeless Outreach specialist certification.

 

Debbie Gleason, LICSW

Debbie Gleason, LICSW, earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work with a mental health specialization from Loyola University in Chicago, IL.  Gleason is a licensed therapist in Alabama and Illinois. After interning with the YMCA Youth Safety and Violence Prevention Program in Chicago, she became an AmeriCorps Volunteer working at an institution for persons with mild to profound developmental disabilities, many of whom were also physically challenged. Gleason worked as a social worker in a residential care facility for mature persons and later became Social Service Director at Warren Barr Lincoln Park, overseeing the health and well-being of 85 residents.

Before joining BayView Associates, Gleason worked as a therapist for AltaPointe’s Adolescent Independency Program. In this role, Gleason focused on helping teenagers and young adults strengthen their life management skills to prepare them for independent living.  Her professional goal is to help her clients identify and overcome obstacles to achieving their full potential.

Heather Harcourt, PhD, LICSW

Heather Harcourt, PhD, LICSW, is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in both psychology and English literature from the State University of New York, Geneseo.  She completed her masters in social work and doctor of philosophy in social work at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick. Harcourt has worked with patients both in a private counseling setting as well as through government agencies and contracts. Before coming to BayView, she worked in Colorado as a lecturer, private therapist, and telehealth consultant.

Harcourt’s research interests include adolescent mental health, trauma-informed care, child welfare best practices, antisocial behavior, and moral development as well as juvenile justice. She served on the HeadsUp Colorado Youth Mentoring Board of Directors as well as the Juvenile Services Planning Commission for the 18th Judicial District oversight board for Senate Bill 94 juvenile pre-trial services.

Barbara Leigh, LPC-S, NCC, CCTP, BC-TMH
Barbara Leigh

Barbara Leigh, LPC-S, NCC, CCTP, BC-TMH, is a Licensed Professional Counselor with 30 years of experience in mental health treatment. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hollins University and a master’s degree in education in counseling and counselor education from Indiana University. She has been a member of the American Counseling Association since 1988 and is active in the Alabama Counseling Association. Leigh is a Nationally Board Certified Counselor, a Board Certified Telemental Health Provider and holds credentials as a Supervising Counselor and a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional.

Leigh has worked in a variety of settings including clinical outpatient, inpatient, residential, day treatment, crisis response, forensic evaluation, in-home, online, private practice and in the broadcasting industry. She treats patients of all ages and has been an instructor in psychology, child development, and human sexuality. In addition, she has been a presenter at various conferences around the country in the areas of art therapy, online counseling, play therapy and the effects of media. Leigh provides individual, family, couples and group therapy and specializes in cognitive-behavior therapy, creative arts therapy, applied behavior analysis for special needs children and sand tray/play therapy.

 

Julius M. “Jay” Ritchie, MEd, LPC
Jay Ritchie

Julius M. “Jay” Ritchie, MEd, LPC, is a Licensed Professional Counselor with more than 20 years’ private practice experience in adult, child, adolescent, group, couples, and family therapy systems. His primary area of service provision is in cognitive behavioral therapies (CBT) and CBT skills development.  He holds bachelor and master degrees from The University of Montevallo.

Ritchie's areas of expertise and interest include teaching personal life management skills in depressive and anxiety disorders, cluster B personality disorders, in learning to cope with posttraumatic stress disorder, the ending of lifelong issues, and the implementation of forgiveness, acceptance, mindfulness, and personal well-being. He enjoys conducting adult, couples, family, and individual therapies with all age populations.

Ritchie worked 13 years with Alabama Psychiatric Services, PC, in its adult group psychotherapy Mental Health Partial Hospitalization Program before joining BayView in February 2015.

Dreama Schofield, LICSW

Dreama Schofield, LICSW, PIP is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker with more than 20 years of experience. She earned a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. She holds a private independent practice license in the State of Alabama. Prior to working with BayView, Schofield worked in a variety of settings including an inpatient acute care hospital, outpatient healthcare, women’s health, and non-profits. She has experience providing therapy to children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. Her methods include cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma-focused therapy, solution-focused therapy, and motivational interviewing. She has extensive experience working with individuals diagnosed with mood disorders, anxiety, ADHD, and PTSD.

Ellen Walker, LPC, NCC, CCTP

Ellen Walker, LPC, NCC, CCTP is a licensed professional counselor, certified clinical trauma professional, and nationally certified counselor. She holds a bachelor’s degree in both psychology and social work along with a master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from the University of Montevallo. As an undergraduate, she presented her research study work at two national research conventions. Walker also completed field work at Glenwood Autism and Behavioral Health Center where she worked with children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders and emotional disorders. During her pursuit of a master’s in counseling, she completed two years at Hillcrest behavioral health working with male adolescents with sexual behavioral issues and adults with SMI, SA and other mental health disorders.

Walker served children and adolescents in the most intensive level of care in a residential setting where she began specializing in the new trauma treatment paradigms integrating neurobiological research and sensorimotor psychotherapies. She uses the most up-to-date treatment modalities coupled with a person-centered, solution-focused framework to help children, adolescents, adults, families, and groups to achieve their goals. She is fully EDMR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) trained and specializes in PTSD and CPTSD.

Elizabeth Wood, PhD, LPC-S, NCC, BC-TMH, CDMHS
Elizabeth Wood

Elizabeth Wood, PhD, LPC-S, NCC, BC-TMH, CDMHS, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas and a master’s degree from the University of South Alabama. She completed her doctoral degree from Capella University in 2015. Wood has also received her credentials from the American Mental Health Counseling Association recognizing her as a Board Certified TeleMental Health Provider, and has been named a Diplomate and Clinical Mental Health Specialist in Child and Adolescent Counseling. She is also a Licensed Professional Counseling Supervisor and EMDR certified.

Wood provides outpatient counseling for adults, groups, families, adolescents, and children. Wood utilizes person-centered, solution-focused, cognitive behavioral, interpersonal psychodynamic, and play therapy techniques to assist patients in meeting their goals. She has worked on residential units with adolescents and has experience working with both mental health and substance abuse issues. Wood is a member of the American Counseling Association, the American Mental Health Counselors Association, Chi Sigma Iota, and Phi Kappa Phi.

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