Specializing In Autism, ADHD, and Pre-surgical Evaluations

Meet The Team

Dr. Michelle Rinella - CPST Texas
Chief Clinical Psychologist, President, & Founder

Dr. Michelle Rinella

Dr. Rinella founded CPST Texas in 2013. She received her undergraduate degree from Saint Mary’s College in California and her doctorate from Argosy University in Dallas. At CPST Texas, Dr. Rinella works as a clinical psychologist who specializes in the psychology of weight problems. During her time working at CPST Texas, Dr. Rinella has taken great pleasure in connecting with her patients during their weight loss journey, helping them understand that weight gain is nothing to be ashamed of.

Dr. Rinella is the mother of two college students: her son is a senior at Colorado State and her daughter is a Freshman at BAMA. Dr. Rinella is also newly remarried and enjoys spending time walking and working out with her husband.  When she’s not in the office or working out, Dr. Rinella is an avid cook who loves cooking for her family and friends.

Jeffery Pope - CPST Texas
Chief Financial, Operations, & Compliance Officer

Jeffery Pope

Mr. Pope has been a part of the CPST Texas team for two and a half years. Jeff received his education from Baylor University and spent 18 years in the Financial Services Industry as a FINRA Principal and Partner. Ten years prior to joining CPST, he was also the former CEO of HEALing sea turtle LLC, a company that specialized in complex brain disorders. Currently, Mr. Pope is working on his doctoral degree in NeuroPsychology. During his time working at CPST Texas, he has taken great pleasure in being able to work with a team of talented individuals who genuinely want the best possible outcome for every patient they serve. 

Outside of the office, Mr. Pope and his wife, a real estate developer. enjoys remodeling homes. They also have two daughters. One of their daughters is about to enter law school and the other is in Junior High. In his spare time, he is also a master scuba diver and an avid snow skier.

Melissa Parle - CPST Texas
Practice Administrator

Melissa Parle

Ms. Parle has been a part of the CPST Texas team since February 2015. During her time working at CPST Texas, Ms. Parle has taken great pleasure in being able to help others around her community. She loves going to work every day since she gets to work with a great team of people who are encouraging and hard working. 

When she’s not in the office, Ms. Parle loves to spend time with her husband, children, and granddaughter. Ms. Parle and her husband have been married for 30 years and enjoy riding motorcycles together. 

Chief Adolescent and Child Psychologist

Dr. Florencezell Whitfield-Miles

Dr. Whitfield-Miles has been a part of the CPST Texas team since September of 2017. She received her doctorate from Argosy University and is also certified as a Health Service Psychologist. At CPST Texas, Dr Whitfield-Miles specializes in complex diagnostic cases and dual diagnoses (persons with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and mental health diagnoses). Her work also focuses on educating caregivers and parents on positive behavior support methods. During her time working at CPST Texas, Dr. Whitfield-Miles has taken great pleasure in providing quality psychological services that lead to treatment recommendations and intervention resources appropriate for the individual and their diagnosis. 

When she’s not in the office, Dr. Whitfield-Miles enjoys reading, appreciating delicious foods, traveling, and spending time with family and friends. She is also a Member of the National Association for Dually Diagnosed (NADD) and a proud and active member of the Zeta Delta Sigma Chapter of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

Director of Therapy Services

Brenda Shipley

Ms. Shipley is the Director of Therapy Services for Comprehensive Psychological Services.  She has been with company for three years, providing therapy for adults and children, conducting CANS assessments, and overseeing the clinical staff.  Ms. Shipley has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 1996, and has been working as a therapist and/or treatment director for the last 25 years, focusing on individual and family therapy for children and adolescents in foster care and adoptive placements.  She has a BASW from Texas Tech University and an MSSW from UT Arlington.  Her primary focus has been treating children and adolescents experiencing trauma, abuse and neglect, grief and loss.

Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Ciondria Hughes

Dr. Ciondria Hughes, PsyD, ASOTP is a Licensed Psychologist as well as an Affiliate Sex Offender Treatment Provider. She earned her B.A. from Hampton University in Virginia. She then earned a M.S. in Juvenile Forensic Psychology from Prairie View A&M University. Dr. Hughes went on to earn a M.A. and a Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Texas School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. She completed her Pre-Doctoral Internship at Harris County Juvenile in Houston, Texas. Upon completion of her doctoral degree, Dr. Hughes worked at MetroCare Services as a Psychology Fellow working with individuals diagnosed with IDD and Autism. From there, Dr. Hughes became the Clinical Coordinator of the Dr. Jerome McNeil Jr. Detention Center and the Marzelle Hill Transition Center within Dallas County Juvenile Department, where she was responsible for crisis intervention, assessment coordination, and therapy coordination for seven years. Dr. Hughes’ duties included training practicum students on crisis management and assessment, conducting higher-level assessments including certification as an adult and competency evaluations, individual therapy, and group therapy for youth with sexual behavior problems. While employed at Dallas County Juvenile, she served as a UT Southwestern Volunteer Faculty as a part of the Juvenile Department’s practicum and internship training programs. Dr. Hughes has a well-rounded perspective on the juvenile justice population as she worked full-time as a Juvenile Supervision Officer for Dallas County while pursuing her doctorate. Dr. Hughes worked for Comprehensive Psychological Services of Texas as a part-time clinician from 2017 to 2020. She recently returned in a full-time capacity. Dr. Hughes has experience working with children and adolescents presenting with intellectual, emotional, and behavioral difficulties, as well as adolescents with sexual behavior problems. 

Dr. Terry Mullins - CPST Texas
Licensed Professional Counselor

Dr. Terry Mullins

Dr. Mullins is a licensed professional counselor practicing in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area. He has twenty-four years of experience working with men, women, couples, adolescents, and children. He specializes in psychological assessment, abuse, trauma, and attachment. Specifically, Dr. Mullins likes to engage with people, thinking together about how different issues have affected their ability to form and enjoy meaningful relationships.

Dr. Mullins completed graduate school in 1997 at Colorado Christian University where he earned his Master of Arts in Professional Counseling.  He earned his doctorate in Clinical Psychology in 2015 from Texas School of Professional Psychology of Argosy University, Dallas.

Dr. Mullins has helped thousands of patients/clients obtain access to therapy, psychological evaluation, and weight loss surgery through pre-surgical psychological evaluation. Per his own words and testimony…

“I have found that the deepest learning comes through suffering and the loss of hope. Most of us find it hard to be still, rest, look within, and ask for help to calm the storm that rages. My desire is to offer a “safe harbor” for people to heal as they take personal inventory and feel the breeze of grace. Frederick Buechner put it this way: “Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell, your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.”

“I have been married to my wife since 1978. I have five adult children, two amazing daughters-in-laws, and four grandchildren. I love reading, running with my wife/friends, family dinner parties, traveling, and retreating for times of prayer, contemplation, silence, and solitude.”

Dr. Sherri Burney - CPST Texas
Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Sherrie Burney

Dr. Burney began working for CPST Texas in 2014 as a pre-doctoral intern in Clinical Psychology. Dr. Burney has a love for children and is specialized in Adolescent Evaluations in Complex Patients. Prior to returning to school to obtain her Doctorate, Dr. Burney worked successfully as a Licensed Professional Counselor for many years in psychiatric hospitals as well as in private practice providing clinical therapy to adult, adolescent, and child therapy clients. Dr. Burney has also worked as an adjunct psychology professor teaching psychology, sociology, and criminal justice classes.

Licensed Psychologist

Dr. Kayla Nichols

Dr. Nichols is a Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Specialist in School Psychology in Texas, who specializes in assessment with children and adolescents. After earning her Doctoral Degree from Duquesne University, she completed an APPIC-Approved internship with the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) with a focus in mental & behavioral health, crisis intervention, and child abuse. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in Arlington, TX at the Center for Psychological Services, where she received advanced training in the assessment of mood disorders, behavioral disorders, ADHD, foster and child protective service (CPS) evaluations.

Licensed Psychological Associate

Dr. Karen L. Fox

Dr. Karen Fox is received her Master’s in Clinical Psychology in 2009, LPA license in 2010, and Doctorate of Clinical Psychology in 2015 Dr. Fox specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Dr. Fox has been with CPST Texas since 2015. She is so grateful to do what she loves every day!

In her free time, she enjoys tending to her five acres with her husband, spending time with their children and grandchildren, and traveling.

licensed professional counselor

Cindy McCartney

Ms. McCartney is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Registered Play Therapist, and an EMDR Certified Therapist. Ms. McCartney received her Bachelor’s Degree from The State University of New York at Brockport. She furthered her education as she received her Master’s Degree in Counseling at the University of North Texas. While at the University of North Texas Cindy had a focus on play therapy where she worked with some of the pioneers for child-centered play therapy. She continued her training to become a Registered Play Therapist through the Association of Play Therapy. Ms. McCartney has worked with both children and adults in various settings over the last 14 years. She specifically has worked with children in the area of foster care and post-adoption for the past 10 years. In addition to this, she has worked with adults with a focus on healing from past trauma. Seeing the need for further certification in the realm of trauma Ms. McCartney recently became certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy) a modality to help reprocess activating feelings and events that get stored in the nervous system.

Jodi Gibson - CPST Texas
Medical Care Administrator

Jodie Gibson

Ms. Gibson has over 20 years of medical expertise working with surgical patients. For the last 14 years, Ms. Gibson has focused on working with weight loss patients. Ms. Gibson recently joined CPST Texas after working for many years with a top weight loss surgeon in the DFW area. In Ms. Gibson’s free time she enjoys being with family, traveling and being outdoors.

Child / Adolescent Practice Administrator

Alisha Heller

Ms. Heller joined the Comprehensive Psychological Services of Texas team in April of 2015. As the foster care referral coordinator and relations Administrator. Ms. Heller finds great joy in assisting families and agencies in providing their children with psychological & developmental evaluations, CAN’s assessments, play therapy, autism testing, ADD & ADHD testing and testing for learning differences. Ms. Heller works very closely with all our case managers, keeping in constant communication with them concerning their children’s progress. Ms. Heller and her husband of 15 years have 4 children.

Report Writer Manager

Amanda Hamill

Ms. Hamill oversees our report writers and oversees a team of 4 other writers who compile patient information into an evaluation that is in a readable format.This allows for the patient to have a written evaluation of the testing they have experienced as well as all of the findings. Ms. Hamill has been with CPST Texas since 2018.  Ms. Hamill, states “my heart for helping children is what drives me to do my best every day. For me, this is not just a job, it is a passion for making an impact on a child’s life.” Ms. Hamill has three wonderful children, one of which is autistic, and two amazing step-children.

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