At Pittman Psychiatry & Recovery, we are proud to have some of the most caring, talented professionals in the industry on our team. Each of us is dedicated to helping patients get the compassionate, individualized medical care they need to improve their health and quality of life. We invite you to take a moment to get to know the individual team members at our Arlington, TX practice.
Meet Katie Brandon
Katie Brandon is an experienced nurse practitioner board certified in family practice, psychiatry and mental health, and obesity medicine. After earning a Bachelor of Business Administration at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX, Katie went on to attend the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston where she completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She then pursued a Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Texas in Arlington. Katie's healthcare experience as a registered nurse includes four years in the cardiovascular intensive care unit and two years in the emergency department at Texas Health Resources in Fort Worth.
As a nurse practitioner, Katie has treated patients at inpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation facilities, providing medical and psychiatric care for men and women recovering from addiction. She is dedicated to pursuing a holistic approach to mental health and obesity with a focus on conservative prescribing. Katie is an integral part of the Pittman Psychiatry & Recovery team and is proud to offer outpatient specialty addiction, dual-diagnosis, and weight loss care for patients ages 18 and up.
Katie is available for your telemedicine visit needs.
Meet Stephanie Lamantia
Stephanie Lamantia is a nurse practitioner board certified in family practice. Raised in East Texas, she completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX, and then went on to earn a Master of Science in Nursing at the University of Texas in Tyler. Stephanie's healthcare experience as a registered nurse includes five years of practice in postpartum recovery and newborn care at the women's center at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, TX. Before joining our team, Stephanie completed numerous training hours as a student with Dr. Pittman and our other providers.
In addition to treating adult patients at Pittman Psychiatry & Recovery, Stephanie also works as a nurse practitioner at an inpatient drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility where she provides medical and psychiatric care for women and adolescents recovering from addiction and co-occurring mental health disorders. She is well-regarded as being a caring, personable, and easy to talk to professional and is known for her down-to-earth, outgoing nature. When she is away from the office, Stephanie can be found spending quality time with her husband, children, and their friends. She also enjoys hunting and being outdoors.
Meet Laurie Smith
Laurie Smith is a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner. Originally from Iowa, Laurie moved to the Dallas-Fort Worth, TX area in 1984. She attended the University of Texas in Arlington where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a Master of Science in Nursing Administration, and a post-master certificate for psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. As a registered nurse, Laurie's professional experience is vast. She has provided care in a pediatric intensive care unit, an inpatient burn unit, a pediatric emergency department, home healthcare, and hospice and palliative care for children and adults. Laurie also served at Cook Children's Health Care System in Fort Worth in advocacy and injury prevention and as a clinical liaison and project manager at Children's Health in Dallas.
At Pittman Psychiatry & Recovery, Laurie provides experienced care for patients ages 13 and up. Her special interests include trauma, depression, anxiety, grief and loss, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), weight management, and alcohol and other substance use disorders. Along with treating patients at our practice, Laurie holds a part-time position at Children's Health in Dallas. She also volunteers as a grief facilitator at the Warm Place in Fort Worth and works in the Victim Assistance Program in Mansfield, TX. Laurie is the proud mother of three adult children and two dogs. During her free time, she enjoys cycling, hiking, and volunteering in the community.
Meet Roderick McDonald
Roderick McDonald is the office manager at Pittman Psychiatry & Recovery and executive assistant to Dr. Julie Pittman. After earning an associate of occupational studies degree in medical assisting and a Bachelor of Arts, he went on to complete a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in hospitality management at Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL. Roderick has served as a professor of hospitality management/human resources and pastry arts. He is a nationally recognized medical assistant and has a strong background in bringing psychiatric facilities up to code and in compliance with state rules and regulations.
Dedicated to patient care, Roderick has worked in the mental health and chemical addiction healthcare field since 2001. In addition to serving in a number of inpatient facilities and upscale outpatient treatment centers, he has utilized his skills and expertise as an outpatient director and a director of nursing assistant. Roderick applies his extensive education and experience to ensure our office runs smoothly on a day-to-day basis. Known for his charismatic personality and exuberant energy, he flawlessly blends his background in medical assisting and hospitality management to help patients feel welcomed, well-cared for, and at ease when visiting our practice.
Meet Judith Robledo
Judith Robledo is a nationally registered certified medical assistant and an integral member of our team at Pittman Psychiatry & Recovery. Whether she is performing lab work, taking vital signs, administering injections, or carrying out other clinical duties, her dedication to providing personalized patient care is readily apparent. Judith proudly employs her training, knowledge, and caring personality to help adults and adolescents get the medical and counseling services they need in a positive, patient-focused environment.
In addition to providing quality care as a medical assistant, Judith applies her talents in an administrative role as our office assistant. She maintains detailed knowledge of medical terminology, along with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and patient privacy standards, and is meticulous in record-keeping for patient charts and follow-up care. From scheduling appointments to answering patient calls and collecting payment, Judith helps keep the daily operations of our practice flowing with high-level proficiency and confidentiality.