Our Team

Mark Sylvester, MD ABAM

Mark Sylvester, MD, ABAM, was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida. He received his medical education at the University of Miami and training at the University of Florida College of Medicine. Dr. Sylvester received graduate education in Neuropsychopharmacology and Psychobiology. He is board certified in Psychiatry & Neurology as well as Addiction Medicine. In addition to caring for his patients with Alternative Psychiatry, where he practices Functional Psychiatry and Integrative Health, he also currently serves as medical director of Centerpointe Counseling and Recovery, Sarasota Addiction Specialists, and the Suncoast Harm Reduction Project aimed at reducing opioid related overdose deaths. 

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

Richard G. Schulman, PhD is a licensed psychologist in the state of Florida. He was granted a license to practice psychology in 1987. He received a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of South Florida in 1986. His dissertation topic was a test to measure cognitive distortions in bulimia nervosa. He completed an internship in clinical psychology at the Palo Alto VA Medical Center. While there he worked on an inpatient psychiatric setting and the Family Studies Unit.

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.

Dr. Schulman is the author of “The Labyrinth of Healing: The Emotional Shifting Process.” The book documents his technique of mind-body-spirit healing that involves the psychotherapist simultaneously working with a body therapist. He is a musician and songwriter. He founded the “Dreamwalkers” band and was executive producer on the band’s first album. He is the father of two grown sons, one a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, the other a filmmaker.

Abigail Butterfield,


Abigail Butterfield was born and raised in Massillon, Ohio and relocated to Florida in 2017. She is an Adult and Geriatric Nurse Practitioner certified to practice by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. She completed her undergraduate degree earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Walsh University in 2010. She worked as a registered nurse for several years on a surgery and trauma floor and gained additional experience while covering on medical/surgical, physical rehabilitation and urology units as well. She completed her graduate degree at Walden University in 2010 earning a Master of Science in Nursing. She has been practicing since 2014 as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse and gained experience in Behavioral health and Addiction Recovery, Hospice and Palliative care, transitional care, home care, extended care facilities and independent living in addition to working in the primary care setting, walk in clinic and via telemedicine.

Abigail takes pride in working closely with her patients to determine their unique needs. She is passionate about providing high quality, compassionate and comprehensive mental health services to her patients. Her mission is to work closely with patients to assist in giving them the support, tools, and proper education needed to reach their wellness goals. She is a member of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, The Florida Nurse Practitioner Network, The National Society of Leadership and Success and The Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association.

Carolyn Harkness,


Carolyn was born and raised in southern West Virginia. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from King University in Bristol, TN. She went on to complete her Master of Science in Nursing degree from Simmons University in Boston.

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.

Megan Earles,


Megan is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over 15 years of experience as a psychotherapist. She provides individual, couple, and family therapy in her private practice. She is also a Qualified Supervisor providing clinical supervision for Registered Clinical Social Work Interns seeking licensure in Florida. She received her Master of Social Work degree from The Ohio State University in 2007 and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Wright State University in 2005.

She has experience working with clients of all ages, with a current focus on adolescents and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, OCD, dissociation, and unhealthy coping patterns. Megan is a trauma specialist and believes in the importance of integrating the mind and body during the healing process. Her approach to therapy is eclectic and she tailors therapy to each client’s individual and unique needs. She uses several therapeutic modalities in therapy including: Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), mind-body therapies, mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) all of which she uses to support her clients in their personal growth and healing.

Prior to establishing her own private practice, she worked in various mental health settings including: The Ohio State University’s student counseling center, Nationwide Children’s Hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, partial-hospitalization and residential centers for children and adolescents, and various outpatient therapy clinics both in Ohio and Florida.


A native to Ohio, Megan and her family moved to Florida in 2011. She is married and has three children and a rambunctious dog. In her spare time, Megan enjoys kayaking, hiking, writing, cooking, and spending time with her family.

Austin Cain,

Practice Manager

Austin is the Practice Manager at Alternative Psychiatry. She has worked in various management roles and is a skilled administrative professional. Her job at Alternative Psychiatry is to help our patients access the care they need. She also manages the day to day operations of the practice and the other staff. She is excited about integrating all her combined experience into her role as Practice Manager. Austin considers herself a visionary who is passionate, enthusiastic and driven to inspire growth and positive change in whatever environment she is in.

Lyndsay Bell,

Patient Care Specialist

Bio Coming Soon!

Allison Sieloff-Pratcher, LMT, RYT

Born and raised in Florida, Allison Sieloff-Pratcher was certified by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage Therapy and Bodywork in August 2009 and licensed by the State of Florida and American Massage Association.

With a passion for expanding knowledge and expertise regarding natural holistic health, Allison has received certifications in a variety of advanced massage techniques, global healing systems, complementary and alternative medicine, nutritional health and she is a registered yoga teacher through Heartwood Retreat Center.

With a variety of knowledge and experience in the industry over more than eleven years, Allison’s passion and gratitude for the connection of mental and physical health have led to her newly-launched Apprenticeship Program for aspiring massage therapists to train and prepare for the Florida State Board of Massage License Testing through her business, Body Knowledge Spa. Allison has a whole-body whole-life approach and believes in healing and nurturing through touch. Known for approaching her sessions, clients and life with empathy, helpfulness and knowledge, she takes pride in being professional, soulful and intuitive. When she isn’t working, Allison enjoys being in nature and spending time with her family and friends.

Cara Levitt,

M.S., ERYT500, ATR-BC, Vedic Thai

Cara started her journey using the process of art making to feel better, to express herself and find her spirit. She has worked in the field of art therapy since 2005, helping others express and heal themselves through art making. In 2013, her path took a turn towards yoga and meditation.

She dove deep into yoga and teacher training. She studied vinyasa, aerial yoga and acro yoga. She then immersed herself in not just asanas, but the spiritual, energetics, and yoga philosophy. She studied Vedic Thai yoga, Yin yoga, Restorative yoga, anatomy and physiology, energy anatomy, the chakras, and even took a retreat to India.

As her practice evolved, she became more and more drawn to Vedic Thai Yoga. It is a combination of meditation, assisted stretching and myofascial release. It was the true balance of movement, mindfulness and healing. It’s an art that leavers her feeling energized and her clients feeling better. She is passionate about the healing arts and is dedicated to creating a safe space for others to find creativity, inner peace and healing!

Jackie Stover,


Jackie absolutely loves having the honor of being able to help people with their overall wellbeing.  She customize each massage by using various modalities (Swedish, deep tissue, trigger point, lymphatic drainage, energy work) in order to get the best results for each individual.

She also provides a deeply restorative, essential oil protocol (30-45 minutes) that can be added to any session.

Stress can cause a myriad of health problems and is something we all deal with today.  For this reason, she can also either integrate breathwork into any massage session or simply provide instructions so the techniques can be used daily to help manage stress.

Helping others feel their best so they can thrive.