Meet Our Team of Therapists
at Ricci Psychology of the Palm Beaches
Our Palm Beach psychologists are here to help you and your family live healthier, happier lives.
We believe in taking a multi-disciplinary approach to our patients' mental health by frequently consulting with general practitioners, pediatricians, psychiatrists, oncologists, nutritionists and other health professionals.
Holly LaSalle-Ricci, Ph.D.
Dr. LaSalle-Ricci is a New York native, now serving the psychological needs of patients in Palm Beach County. She completed specialized training at Georgetown University, Georgetown University Medical Center, Catholic University and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
She has worked in a variety of clinical settings including counseling centers, inpatient psychiatric hospitals, medical centers, and community mental health clinics. Dr. LaSalle-Ricci worked as a researcher for many years and published several papers on health psychology, psychiatric comorbidity, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), and hoarding. Her specialties include OCD, trichotillomania, phobias, mood disorders, expert witness testimony and anxiety. She also taught courses in statistics and psychology at the undergraduate level.
Dr. LaSalle-Ricci is dedicated to giving back to the community. She allots 8 appointments per month for pro bono patients who are unable to afford the specialized treatments she provides. She also serves on Georgetown University's Academic Career Panel, providing undergraduate students support for continuing education in psychology.
Kristie DeBlasio, Ph.D.
Dr. DeBlasio is a native of South Florida and is the Vice President of Ricci Psychology. She completed her training at Elon University and Loyola University, where she worked for the National Institutes for Health (NIH) and Johns Hopkins Hospital. She returned home to complete her Ph.D. at Nova Southeastern University.
Dr. DeBlasio has provided therapy, assessment, and research in a variety of clinical settings, including mental health clinics, counseling centers, psychiatric hospitals, drug and alcohol treatment centers and medical centers. She was also the Clinical Director of a dual-diagnosis facility. She has been appointed to the Florida Bar’s Committee on the Mental Health & Wellness of Florida Lawyers. In addition to seeing clinical patients, she provides gifted, learning disability, ADHD, bariatric surgery, and emotional support animal evaluations.
Dr. DeBlasio utilizes a combination of therapeutic techniques, including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Exposure Response Prevention (ERP) and Pet Therapy. She helps children, adolescents, and adults suffering from Anxiety, Depression, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Phobias and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), as well as abandonment, codependency, behavior disorders, dysfunctional relationship dynamics, and employment stress. She is most often accompanied by her trained therapy dog, Sienna, in her sessions.
Ana Luz R. Rashad, L.C.S.W.
Ana Luz R. Rashad is Ricci Psychology’s couples and family therapist. She provides customized solution centered counseling to patients and families who are seeking to alleviate familial issues. Ana Luz works with the whole family as well as with subsystems in the family. She specializes in supporting patients to develop coping mechanisms through self-awareness and improved communication.
Some of Ana Luz’s subspecialties include Gottman centered couples therapy, sex therapy, systemic family therapy, solution-focused therapy, and play therapy with children as young as four years old.
Ana Luz approaches work as a therapist the same way she approaches life, choosing to emphasize strengths over weaknesses and using positive reinforcement to endorse change. She provides services in both English and Spanish, making her an invaluable resource to our community. Ana Luz completed her undergraduate degree at Boston University and her master’s degree at New York University. She is currently completing her Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy.
Laura Ellick, Ph.D.
Dr. Laura Ellick is a recent transplant to Florida from New York, where she has been licensed since 2001. She graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa from The College of William and Mary, where she double majored in Psychology and Spanish. Dr. Ellick earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from St. John’s University and completed her dissertation on the role of cultural factors in the development of disordered eating.
Dr. Ellick has worked in a variety of inpatient and outpatient settings and most recently was the Program Director for the Center for Discovery, a residential eating disorder facility in the Hamptons. She has maintained a thriving private practice since 2001 and specializes in working with patients with eating disorders, trauma and medical illnesses, as well as depression and anxiety. She is currently pursuing additional training in trauma treatment including Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR). She authored the book Total Wellness for Mommies and works with patients who are interested in learning how to achieve work/life balance. She is also certified in Reiki and is a Zumba instructor.
Roanna Black, M.A.
Ms. Roanna Black is a registered mental health counselor intern who completed her master’s degree from Grand Canyon University. Prior to joining the Ricci Psychology team, she spent over two years at the Center for Child Counseling conducting individual, group, and family therapy. In addition to treating adults, she has years of experience working with children of all ages. Ms. Black holds multiple certifications including infant mental health, sexual abuse, play therapy, and trauma. She has experience in treating patients with many psychological conditions, such as post-traumatic stress, mood, and anxiety disorders.
Ms. Black is skilled in various therapy techniques, including non-directive child centered play therapy, sand-tray, art therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy, anger management, skills building, and psychoeducation. In addition to her clinical training, Ms. Black has a lifetime history of volunteerism.