Healing Arts Team

Dr. Thelma Tennie

Certified Clinical Sexologist, LMFT

Dr. Tennie holds a Masters of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy, she is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and holds a PhD in Clinical Sexology and a PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy (ABD).

As founder, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and chairman of Healing Arts Institute of South Florida International, Inc. Dr. Tennie strives to deliver on Healing Arts mission of “Inspiring Hope, Health, & Mental Well-Being”.

Dr. Tennie has over ten years of experience providing trauma therapy, she is a Broward County certified school teacher in the area of social science, and has over 9 years experience in research on the early diagnosis, treatment, and importance of psycho-education regarding autism.

Dr. Tennie’s wide-ranging interests have led to studies in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Early Childhood Sexual Education. In 2016 and 2017 she was nominated by Nova Southern University as alumni of the year.

She has presented internationally at The Normal University in Beijing, China, in 2015 on the prevalence of autism in the US and China; The National Sex Conference in Munich Germany, in 2016, on Polyamorous systems; and Nationally at The Association of Black Sexologists and Clinicians and Columbia College Chicago, in 2018 and 2021.

She is co-author of “our marriage business plan: A complete workbook to learn yourself and your partner, available on Amazon.

Dr. Debra Harris


Dr. Harris has more than 40-years of experience in church, community, education, and corporate interfacing. She has inspired thousands, nationally and internationally, with her inclusive approach to relationships, classroom instruction, community-building, and leadership training.

She founded the How-to-Love Movement and created The Transformative Relationship Training Curriculum, to help individuals, groups, and business organizations transform their relationship with themselves and their colleagues. 

Dr. Harris has appeared on CNBC, FOX, and other local, regional and national media (e.g., BET, VHS) showcasing her expertise as a relationship professional and/or diversity and inclusion expert.

As an inclusion and diversity researcher, instructor, curriculum developer, and inclusion trainer, Dr. Debra aspires not only to making a difference in the organizations she serves; she seeks to transform the world using her innovative therapeutic curriculum ‘How-to-love’. 

To connect with Dr. Harris, email: drdebra@howtolove.us, visit website: www.howtolove.us,  or phone: (800) 361 9068

Giancarlo Simpson


Giancarlo Simpson is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and is in his last year of his Ph.D. program in Marriage and Family Therapy. Giancarlo’s therapeutic focus is with non-monogamous relationships. He holds a master’s degree in Applied Psychology – Counseling Program at Lynn University.

He has taught courses in psychology and sociology at The Sigma Institute of Health Careers and is currently a full-time faculty member at Lynn University. His experience working with adolescent teens and their families comes from a therapeutic and academic background while serving as a psychology teacher. He is an ally who has experience working with the LGBTQ+ population.

Intern Therapists

Kristen Sooklal

Lead Intern Therapist

Kristen is a Master of Marriage and Family Therapy student who is working towards a PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy from Nova Southeastern University. She holds an MBA and is certified in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training.

She has been with Healing Arts for two years, adding to her work experience from Promise (Broward County schools) and NSU Brief Therapy Institute.

Sabrina Cadet

Intern Therapist

Sabrina is a Florida Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern and a student member of the American Counseling Association (ACA) who has trained under Dr. Tennie for two years and has over five years experience working with children, adolescents, and adults.

She believes that it is vital to provide a safe space where clients can be vulnerable and transparent, where they can participate in real dialog to grow and overcome the challenges they face.

Sabrina holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology, and Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling.

Gabrielle “Gabby” Carey-Johnson

Intern Therapist

Gabrielle is a license candidate for both Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy, with a specialization in Infant and Maternal Mental Health. She has earned a bachelor’s degree in Family Youth and Community Sciences, a master’s degree in Human Services with a specialty in Juvenile Justice System and is on track to complete her PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy (ABD).

For close to 10 years, she has worked as a family therapist in the South Florida area. Gabrielle is trained in various disciplines including Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT). Gabrielle presented at the International Family Therapy Association’s 25th World Congress on exploring adolescent relationships and their systemic influence on decisions made.

Gabby volunteers ten hours of therapeutic services per week at Healing Arts Institute, and has a private practice – Gabby Cares of South Florida.

Tishiro Hanley

Intern Therapist

Tishiro holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy/Counseling and has 5 years of experience in Social Work working for the Department of Human Services Division of Juvenile Justice Services in The United States Virgin Islands Superior Court Family Division.

She is a member of the Counseling National Honor Society and Chi Sigma Iota (CSI). She has been president of the Psychology Student Association, member of the environmental club, a research assistant at Temple University in Philadelphia, and has presented at U.S. Virgin Islands University, St. Thomas Campus’ thirteenth Annual Fall Research Symposium in 2011.

Safiyah Singleton

Intern Therapist

Safiyah Singleton is an intern and student therapist at Nova Southeastern University where she is completing a Masters in Couples and Family Therapy. Safiyah has a Bachelor of Science in Social Work and is proficient in case management and counseling.

She has worked with the Department of Juvenile Justice for over five years as a youth counselor and mentor. Safiyah has experience as a biblical counselor and is a member of Delta Kappa, the International Marriage and Family Therapy Honor Society.

Makerria Stroud

Intern Therapist

Makerria holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and is working towards earning a Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is an MFT-School Intern at Healing Arts Institute of South Florida.

She has been on active duty in the United States Navy for over 12 years serving in the United States, Middle East, and Europe. She has been a Department of Defense Sexual Assault Victim Advocate for the past 8 years, assisting Marines and Sailors who have been victims of assault, as well as providing education on sexual assault prevention.

Makerria is creating a platform called Uncomfortable Conversations, a roundtable format that allows people from different backgrounds to discuss racial topics that otherwise would be difficult to have.

Jerry Ulysse

Intern Therapist

Jerry specializes in marriage and family therapy and has provided counseling and therapeutic services for children, teens, and adults.

He has worked with a diverse range of clients helping to remove the stigma affiliated with receiving mental health therapy and showing his clients how effective therapeutic treatment can be.

Jerry provides his clients with goal-directed therapy, focusing the conversation towards developing effective solutions to help his clients make a brighter future for themselves.

Juanita Williams

Executive Assistant / Office Manager

Juanity spent two and a half years in Thailand working as a teacher, cultural instructor, and an editorial assistant at an English language newspaper. Because of her studies and life experiences, Juanita understands that there are subtle nuances inherent in every culture and how important cultural knowledge is when interacting with others.

She has 15 years’ experience in logistics, project management, compliance, and graphic design. Her diverse work experience gives Juanita the skills needed to manage and maintain the administrative and compliance aspects of the office.

David Davenport M.S., M.B.A.

Business Development

David brings an eclectic range of experience to Healing Arts Institute, from television production to medicine. He earned his B.S. in Biological Sciences graduating Summa Cum Laude with honors and is published in the field of molecular genetics for his work in gene mapping. His graduate education includes a Master of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications, a Master of Business Administration, and a graduate certificate in Project Management.

He matriculated into medical school in 2015, and he left after completion of his second year to pursue his passion in starting his own company.

He is currently a consultant and founder of Aurora Blue, specializing in business development, brand strategy, technology development, and content creation for businesses in the healthcare and allied health industries.

He is proud and excited to work with Healing Arts Institute as they grow to become one of South Florida’s most trusted practices in mental health therapy.

Healing Arts Institute Board of Directors

President & CEO: Dr. Thelma Tennie, LMFT
Vice President: [OPEN]
Treasurer: Eddie Tennie Jr.​
Secretary: Dr. Kevin Johnson 
Member: Sherri- Ann Grant