About Alternative Psychology
Alternative Psychiatry has highly qualified psychiatrists, advanced registered nurse practitioners, psychotherapists and clinical resource liaisons. We care about providing the best quality mental health care to our Patients.
We know that our patients are entitled to the most convenient, affordable, and accessible psychiatric and psychotherapeutic services and strive to live up to that goal. Alternative Psychiatry offers a full range of services, including medication management. We help under or uninsured individuals, under-served populations, and the general public.
Mark Sylvester, MD ABAM
Dr. Sylvester is an adjunct faculty member at Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) where he lectures and clinically trains medical students. He is active in research and is published in the Journal of Biomechanics, Journal of Global Drug Policy, and American Journal of Psychiatry, on topics related to biomechanics, obesity/food addiction, professionalism, addiction in clinical practice, and psychiatric symptoms in end-of-life care.
Richard G. Schulman, PhD
Dr. Schulman is a trauma specialist with experience treating chronic pain, eating disorders, and substance use disorders. He has wide experience in psychosomatic medicine. He has worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings, with adults and adolescents. He is also well versed in individual, family, couples, and group therapy.
Abigail Butterfield, APRN
Sandra Hatfield, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC
Sandra was born and raised in eastern Kentucky. Her nursing career began in 2000, and she received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Western Governor’s University. She completed her Master of Science in Nursing degree specializing in psychiatry from Frontier Nursing University in Kentucky.
Sandra is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner and licensed in FL, NC, SC, and IL.
In her spare time, Sandra enjoys playing her guitar or taking walks with her 15-year-old schnauzer, Daisy. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.
Carolyn Harkness, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC
Carolyn is licensed as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse in FL and SC and is a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She is also an active member in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the Sarasota Council for Advanced Practice Nursing.
Carolyn currently resides in Lakewood Ranch, FL with her husband and two children.