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Our Staff

William Morse, M.D.

William Morse, M.D.

Elliot Richelson
Medical Director

Elliot Benson, MS, RD, LDN

Brenda Velissaris
Vice President of Eating Disorder Operations/Executive Director

Brenda Velissaris

Stephanie Hardcastle
Clinical director

Stephanie Hardcastle

Karen Chason, D.O.
Psychiatrist

Karen Chason, D.O.

Sally Blackmon

Sally Blackmon, LPN

Elizabeth Haney
HR and Accreditation Coordinator

Elizabeth Haney

Whitney Owens
Eagala Certified Equine Therapist and Director of PHP

Whitney Owens

Karen Freeman
Therapist

Karen Freeman

Annalisa Sookdeo
Utilization Review Director

Annalisa Sookdeo

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Nutrition Director

Ashley Morsey

William Morse, M.D.

William Morse, M.D.

Dr. Morse is the medical director at Canopy Cove. He has been working for Canopy Cove for over 18 years and is recognized in Tallahassee as a successful leader for the treatment of eating disorders. He is a board certified physician, and he is also certified in Family Medicine by the American Board of Family Medicine. Outside of Canopy Cove, he treats a large number of mental health patients in his private practice.

He completed his undergraduate education at Florida State University, medical school at Uniformed Services University, and his residency at the Naval Hospital in Pensacola, FL. He is a former member of the United States Navy.

In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his four daughters and seven grandchildren, distance running, and being a weather enthusiast.

Elliot Richelson

Medical Director

Elliot Benson, MS, RD, LDN

Dr. Richelson received his M.D. degree at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed his residency training in psychiatry at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD.  He has treated many patients with eating disorders and co-morbid disorders. He has performed research on drugs affecting eating behaviors while at the Mayo Clinic. At Canopy Cove, Dr. Richelson focuses on research around pharmacologic treatments for eating disorders.

He is a board-certified psychiatrist with expertise in clinical and basic neuropsychopharmacology. In 2014 he retired from Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research as the Donald and Lucy Dayton Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology and in the Department of Pharmacology. Dr. Richelson has published over 200 original research articles and more than 130 review articles in basic science and in clinical medical journals.

He has received numerous awards and professional recognitions, including being listed in Best Doctors in America since 2003; and being a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He is past president and past treasurer of the Society of Biological Psychiatry. Presently, Dr. Richelson applies his expertise in neuropsychopharmacology exclusively to patient care, with a focus on patients with mood, anxiety, and thought disorders.

  • Florida Licensed Physician
  • Board Certification: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Distinguished Life Fellow, American Psychiatric Association
  • Fellow, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
Brenda Velissaris

Vice President of Eating Disorder Operations/Executive Director

Brenda Velissaris

Brenda is the Vice President of Eating Disorder Operations at Refresh Mental Health as well as the Founder and Executive Director of Evolve, located in Wisconsin. As a licensed professional counselor, she brings 14 years of clinical practice serving people with anxiety, trauma and eating disorders as well as 10 years of leadership experience, guiding a team of counselors, physicians, and dietitians through the important work of treating individuals with eating disorders.

Brenda’s contribution to the eating disorder community reflects her passion for advocacy, treatment, and education.  She founded Evolve, the first eating disorder treatment center in Northeast Wisconsin, which has 5 locations and offers outpatient, intensive outpatient, and partial hospitalization. Creating and developing all the treatment programs that Evolve has to offer.  She is a member of the Emily Klopotek Angel Foundation which raises money to provide scholarships for individuals who have financial hardships and/or barriers to receiving eating disorder treatment along with holding a representative seat on REDC for Refresh Mental Health. Lastly, Brenda supervises counseling interns, counselors in training and IADEP CEDS candidates who are working towards their certification for eating disorder professional.

A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh counseling program, Brenda has a Masters in Counseling, a Bachelors in Psychology and is certified in EMDR, Brainspotting and is a certified Trauma Specialist and Eating Disorder Specialist-Supervisor.

Stephanie Hardcastle

Clinical director

Stephanie Hardcastle

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Karen Chason, D.O.

Psychiatrist

Karen Chason, D.O.

Dr. Chason serves as the psychiatrist treating patients at Canopy Cove. She has been seeing adults and adolescents at Canopy Cove for over five years. She has been successful in helping to treat complex patients that have co-occurring OCD, PTSD, bipolar, and major depressive disorders.

She feels lucky to have the opportunity to work with the Canopy Cove staff who are very talented and devoted therapists committed to serving the unique needs of each patient.

Dr. Chason studied at the Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and she completed her psychiatry residency and child fellowship training at the Cleveland Clinic. She also has a PhD in marriage and family therapy from Florida State University.

Sally Blackmon

Sally Blackmon, LPN

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Elizabeth Haney

HR and Accreditation Coordinator

Elizabeth Haney

Bio Coming Soon

Whitney Owens

Eagala Certified Equine Therapist and Director of PHP

Whitney Owens

Bio Coming Soon

Karen Freeman

Therapist

Karen Freeman

Therapist

Bio Coming Soon

Annalisa Sookdeo

Utilization Review Director

Annalisa Sookdeo

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Nutrition Director

Ashley Morsey

Bio coming soon.