Our team of mental health professionals features Florida licensed psychologists, licensed clinical social workers, and licensed mental health counselors. Each member is highly experienced and very capable of connecting with you and understanding/treating your issues and concerns.

Dr. Cortman & Associates | Psychologist Venice, Florida

Dr. Christopher Cortman has created a safe haven for emotional healing in Sarasota County, facilitating more than 70,000 hours of psychotherapy in his private practice.  He specializes in treating emotional trauma, relationship issues, personality disorders, depression, and anxiety disorders.

Dr. Cortman & Associates | Psychologist Venice, Florida

Dr. Laurie-Ann O’Connor is specialized in anxiety disorders, PTSD, sexuality and intellectual disability, eating disorders, medical psychology/behavioral medicine and psychological assessment.


Dr. Cortman & Associates | Psychologist Venice, Florida

Dr. Roger Davis received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Miami in 1996. Much of his career has been spent teaching other psychologists in issues related to assessment, diagnosis, and psychotherapy.

Dr. Cortman & Associates | Psychologist Venice, Florida

Lora Aviles is a licensed therapist who provides individual, couples, and family counseling to teenagers, adults, and geriatrics. Lora believes in the importance of overall health: emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

Melissa “Lou” Koerner has worked in the field for 25 years with families, veterans experiencing severe mental health issues, older adults struggling with transition and loss, as well as children who have experienced trauma.

Jerry Kuhn earned his Master’s degree in Counseling and Psychology from Troy University and holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix. He is a Nationally Certified Counselor and a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Florida.

Alissa Anaya is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in the state of Florida. She has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Marshall University in Huntington, and graduated from Ohio University where she studied Clinical Counseling and School Counseling for a dual Masters in Education Degree, graduating in 2004.

Shea Cruel is a client-centered therapist with an empathetic, accepting and supportive approach to life and therapy. Shea’s focus is first building a trusting relationship with his clients so they can feel safe and comfortable opening up to him about their struggles.


David Koerner received his undergraduate degree from Boston University and his Masters in Social Work and Public Health from the University of South Carolina. He draws upon a wide variety of lived experiences, from being a Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic to serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.