Our Staff

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Katherine R. Rizzo

Katherine R. Rizzo, DO, has graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Microbiology and Cell Science and from the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Rizzo served as Chief Resident of the University of South Florida Psychiatry Residency Program. She has a particular interest in Integrative Psychiatry (a holistic approach that utilizes both conventional and complementary therapies in the treatment of psychiatric disorders) and completed a distance education program with the University of Arizona on Integrative Medicine in Psychiatry.
At the University of South Florida, Dr. Rizzo served on the following professional committees: USF Psychiatry Resident and Medical Student Education Committee, University Psychiatry Center Benzodiazepine Review Committee, USF Grand Rounds Subcommittee, and the USF Recruitment Committee.
Dr. Rizzo has worked at Gracepoint Wellness Center as well as volunteered at USF Bridge Clinic. Her professional affiliations include the American Psychiatric Association, American Medical Association, and the American Osteopathic Association.
Dr. Rizzo has been certified in NeuroStar Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) since August 2019.

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Hirely Martinez – LCSW

Hirely Martinez (she/her), LCSW, educator, advocate, and activist, graduated with a Bachelor in Psychology and a minor in Sociology from the University of South Florida prior to pursuing her Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California. She has worked as a therapist for several years in various settings including in an inpatient psychiatric hospital, addiction rehabilitation facility, and outpatient clinic.

Hirely is excited to head up TMS Advantage’s Integrative TMS Program which combines Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation with behavioral and cognitive therapy only a licensed counselor can provide. Her focus is on direct TMS patient care as well as continued research in this rapidly evolving field. In conjunction with Dr. Rizzo, Hirely leads a qualified team of compassionate, professional TMS treaters here to help you. Support, guidance, goal setting, and encouragement, along with an individualized treatment plan, are provided to each patient on their TMS journey at TMS Advantage.

Hirely specializes in cultural competency for the LGBTQ+ community and has provided training to various facilities within the Tampa Bay area. She presented at the 2019 Florida Behavioral Health Conference on working with LGBTQ+ clients, the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association in 2020 on substance use among college students and young adults, and the 2022 Florida Behavioral Health Conference on utilizing DBT when working with special populations.

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Nikki Hervey – CFO / TMS Treater

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Suzi Hervey – CIO / TMS Treater

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Ashley Newman – TMS Treater / Coordinator

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Racine Alequin, LMHC, MCAP, NCC

Racine Alequin is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, a Masters-Certified Addiction Professional, and holds the National Certified Counselor designation. She has been a counselor for over 12 years and has worked in outpatient, inpatient, hospital and community settings.

Highlights about Racine:

  • Her therapeutic approaches including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, Positive Psychology, and Reality Therapy
  • Experience working with the following clients:
    • depression, anxiety, relationship/co-dependency, general mental health concerns
    • substance use disorders (including dual diagnosis)
    • post-traumatic stress and other trauma-related disorders
    • conduct disorders
    • LGBTQI
    • legal involvement

Racine has a Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from St. John’s University, is a credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminology with a minor in Psychology from the University of South Florida. Additionally, Racine also has a graduate certification in Forensic Criminology from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Racine works closely with Advantage’s psychiatrist, Dr. Rizzo, our nurse practitioners and our TMS providers to provide a full continuum of care, including medication for all mental health issues and medication assisted treatment for those with substance use disorders (Vivitrol, buprenorphine, naltrexone).