Our TeamMeet the professionals responsible for your care.
Family Nurse Practitioner
Merlinn Jean obtained her graduate nursing degree from Nova Southeastern University. Prior to that, Merlinn attended Florida Atlantic University where she obtained her Bachelors of Science in Nursing and Palm Beach State College where she obtained her Associates of Science in Nursing. Merlinn is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society. With over a decade long career in healthcare, Merlinn has extensive experience in Oncology, Telemetry, Psych/Addiction and Acute Care rehab settings. Merlinn also teaches at a local South Florida College as an adjunct professor to upcoming nursing students.
As a Daisy Award Honoree, from the international Daisy Foundation, Merlinn exemplifies the definition of an extraordinary nurse. As a practitioner, Merlinn understands that being able to serve the people who live in our communities, is the greatest benefit to being in the medical field. She serves as a founding board member for the 2020-2021 Haitian American Nurses Association, Palm Beach County Chapter. She is also a member and volunteers with Black Nurse Practitioners of Palm Beach County, The Women’s Breast & Heart Initiative, Medical Missionary and Healthcare Professionals Just Giving Back.
Merlinn enjoys spending time with her family and friends trying new foods. As a South Florida native, she is not a stranger to diverse cultures and loves being exposed to new experiences. She is an avid traveler and is always planning for her next bucket list destination. Just like dreams & goals, Merlinn does not believe that we are limited to our current location and the world is at our fingertips if we just put in the work.
Octania Therazin, MHA
Practice Administrator / CPTMs. Octania Therazin received a B.S. in Business Management from Florida State University and a Master’s in Health Administration from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is a certified Phlebotomist and is currently completing her Bachelors in Nursing at West Coast University. Ms. Therazin currently serves as the Practice Administrator at Coupet Quality Clinic (CQC) where she supports patients to realize the best healthcare outcomes possible. She effectively manages the CQC patient experience. As a true patient advocate, Ms. Therazin creates possibilities for patients to realize the highest quality of healthcare services while maintaining affordable cost for patients.
Jacqueline OjedaJacqueline Ojeda has over 40 years of experience in customer service and held several administrative positions in both community and corporate organizations. She has worked for many companies such as General Electric, SYSCO Food Services, as well as the University of Miami where she helped grow the Educational and Psychological Studies department at the School of Education and Human Development. Her public relations and leadership skills have impacted communities throughout. She brings a high level of professionalism and excellence to the work environment. Mrs. Ojeda is fluent in both English and Spanish and is committed to assuring that all healthcare services are delivered in a culturally appropriate way. She is standing for the possibility that our patients have an amazing and fulfilling healthcare experience while maintaining the highest quality.
Behavioral Health Team
Dr. Guerda Nicolas
Behavioral Health Program DirectorDr. Guerda Nicolas, Professor in the Educational and Psychological Studies department at University of Miami, School of Education and Human Development; Secretary General of the Caribbean Alliance of National Psychological Association; and Co-Founder of Ayiti Community Trust. She obtained her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Boston University. She completed her predoctoral training at Columbia University Medical Center and her postdoctoral training the New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University, Department of Child Psychiatry.
As a multicultural (Haitian American) and multilingual psychologist (Spanish, French, and Haitian Creole), her research is reflective of her background and interests. Her current research focus on the integration of race and culture and well-being for ethnically diverse and immigrant communities. Some of the projects that she is currently working on includes: promoting academic excellence among ethnically diverse youth, identify development of Black youths, and empowering ethnically diverse parents to be effective parents. In addition, she conducts research on social support networks of Caribbean populations with a specific focus on Haitians.
She has published several articles and book chapters and delivered numerous invited presentations at the national and international conferences in the areas of women issues, depression and intervention among Haitians, social support networks of ethnic minorities, and spirituality. She is the recipient of the 2018 Humanitarian Award of the American Psychological Association. She is also the Co-Editor of the Book Series, Pan-African Psychologies with Palgrave Publisher.
Dr. Christine Sainvil
Behavioral Health CounselorDr. Christine Sainvil earned her doctorate in Counseling Psychology at the University of Georgia. She holds dual master’s degrees (Ed.M. and M.A.) in Psychological Counseling from Teacher’s College, Columbia University and a Bachelor’s of Science in Human Development from Cornell University. Dr. Sainvil’s career thus far has reflected her commitment to working with diverse populations providing competent and culturally appropriate psychological counseling. Her areas of clinical interests have largely focused on mood disorders, anxiety related disorders, men’s issues, accultrative stress and trauma. Dr. Sainvil currently provides individual and group therapy. Dr. Sainvil utilizes an integrative therapy approach that often incorporates insight-oriented, relational, and skills based interventions to empower clients to create the lives they envision.