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 Since 2019. Mr. Pope received his education from Baylor University and spent 18 years in the Financial Services Industry as a FINRA Principal and Partner. Prior to joining CPST Texas, Mr. Pope was the 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 have two daughters that keep them busy.  In his spare time, Mr. Pope is master scuba diver and an avid snow skier.

Melissa Parle - CPST Texas
Chief 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 CPST Texas since 2018, 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 She has a BASW from Texas Tech University and an MSSW from UT Arlington.  Ms. Shipley has a long history of treating Trauma and Bariatric Surgical Patients.

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 Neuropsychologist

Dr. Natasha Lowery

Dr. Natasha Lowery completed her undergraduate degree in psychology from Oklahoma State University and her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Tulsa. She completed a neuropsychology internship at the Department of Veteran’s Affairs, New Orleans and a NIH Research postdoctoral fellowship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in research and neuropsychology. Dr. Lowery is a certified ADHD clinician who has conducted neuropsychological assessments for ADHD as well as for autism, learning disabilities, and dementia. She is also a cognitive-behavioral therapist specializing in depression and anxiety. Her recent career interests include assessments involving bariatric and foster care evaluations.

Dr. Lowery married her college sweetheart, and they have four teenagers, one of whom is a second year Aggie!  She enjoys watching her sons’ baseball and football games and her daughter accomplish higher and higher heights in the high jump event. When not working or watching sports, she is walking the dog, herding the cats, mastering laundry arts, and spending time with family and friends.

Licensed Psychological Associate – Independent

Todd Osborn

Mr. Osborn is a Licensed Psychological Associate with Independent Practice. Mr. Osborn received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Missouri – Columbia. He received his master’s degree in clinical psychology from Stephen F. Austin State University. He has worked with children as young as three years old with Head Start of Greater Dallas and children in foster care settings to the geriatric population in nursing homes. Mr. Osborn has worked in a psychiatric hospital, outpatient practices and with juveniles (Denton County and Dallas County Juvenile Departments, as well as the State of Texas Juvenile Department). Mr. Osborn’s primary focus has been testing and diagnosing since receiving his license in 2001. He has conducted individual and group psychotherapy with adolescents and adults since 2004.

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.

Director of Report Writing

Camdyn Wood

Mr. Wood is a recent graduate of Colorado State University with a BS in Psychology. Mr. Wood has responsibility for a team of 8 other report writers and scorers in assisting our doctors deliver patient reports. Mr. Wood started with CPST Texas as an intern in 2021 before coming aboard fulltime in 2022. Mr. Wood is currently pursuing his doctorate in Organizational Psychology. When not working Mr. Wood enjoys playing hockey in an adult recreational league.