Our Team

Our Team

Joan Brugman, Psy.D.

Dr. Brugman received her doctoral degree in psychology from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale. She brings more than 30 years of experience to FryeCare Behavioral Health.


Master of Science, Clinical Psychology: Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology: Nova Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL


  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Acceptance and commitment therapy
  • Interpersonal psychotherapy
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Motivational enhancement
  • Neurocognitive testing


  • Weight management
  • Diabetes
  • Sleep disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • Smoking cessation
  • Seizure disorders
  • Depression 
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic pain
  • Cardiac disease
  • Adult ADHD


  • Pre-surgical risk assessments – Including bariatric psychosocial evaluations
  • Capacity to make medical decisions
  • Cognitive and personality testing 

Goals of treatment

  • Increase quality of life
  • Health promotion and prevention
  • Assist with adjustment to medical illness, diagnoses, and treatment
  • Increase skill development and adaptive coping; distress management
  • Optimizing medical treatment through inclusion of psychosocial and behavioral interventions
  • Post-traumatic growth within medically compromised patients