Mental Health Programs

Operation Rubix provides guidance to help veterans find programs that aid in mental health awareness and mental healing. Our program providers offer therapeutic services and counseling via individual and group therapy sessions.

Robyn LaPorta, MA

Robyn LaPorta (Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern: RMHCI) provides therapeutic services and counseling via individual and group therapy sessions. She believes together, we can work on a mutual path to develop the tools to resolve your conflicts and experience greater joy in living. Robyn has extensive experience working with diverse populations in various settings including outpatient and residential treatment centers, schools, treatment courts, agencies who help children and their families as well as private practice. Some of the therapies she employs in the foundation of her counseling practice are: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Family Systems and Adlerian Therapy. Robyn treats patients who suffer from bereavement related issues, trauma, anxiety and PTSD. She is honored to work with Veteran’s and their families.

Areas of specialization include:

  • Addiction
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement/Grief
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Drug Abuse
  • DUIs
  • Family Conflict
  • Life Transitions
  • PTSD
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Relationship Issues
  • Substance Abuse
  • Stress
  • Trauma

Treatment Approach:

  • Adlerian Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)

Certifications & Trainings:

  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy
  • Adlerian Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome & Opiate Addiction & Treating Women During Pregnancy
  • Psychiatric Drugs and Better Approaches: What Have We Learned?
  • An Overview of Psychiatric Drugs and Psychiatry Today
  • Certified Level 1 and Level 2 DUI Class Instructor, State of Florida


  • Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling from Webster University, Graduated with Highest Honors (4.0 GPA)
  • Bachelor of Science in Journalism from University of Florida’s Journalism and Communications School

The Remedy Room


Jean-Luc Casano was born in Provence, South of France.
As a young boy he had an obversion to traditional medicine after witnessing illness in his family.
His natural instinct was to tap into his body's innate ability for self healing. Tapping into his own breath and rhythm to create a sense of serenity, balance.
Jean-Luc found his connection to energy work as a teenager practicing Aikido, a Japanese Martial Art. He soon discovered this practice combined with self healing was compatible. He shared this with family members to help alleviate pain and discomfort.

In 2000, Jean-Luc's journey continued to Rome,Italy where he studied traditional Chinese Medicine. Once again learning more about chi & applying these principles daily.

In 2010, Jean-Luc relocated to New York City to be with his wife Paula. This like minded couple created their own holistic life approach & began helping others.

Inspired to share his knowledge, Jean-Luc returned to school and received his certification in Reiki.
Currently Jean-Luc is an International Reiki Master & Teacher. His program expands from the U.S.A to Europe. Jean-Luc works with dialysis patients, autism, athletes and more. His most recent heartfelt program is helping Veterans with PTSD.

Paula Casano is a native New Yorker. Celebrating thirty six years in the beauty and wellness industry. She began studying aromatherapy when she was nineteen in France, incorporated meditation in her early twenty's and received her Certification in Reiki at the age of thirty. She owned and operated a holistic minded salon in NYC for ten years. Paula hosted wellness practitioners from around the world to expand her knowledge and share this with her loyal clientele. Her personal life experiences guided her to explore and deepen her connection to Bach  Flower Remedies. Her own powerful healing experience encouraged her passion to become certified in these incredible remedies, so she may help others. Fusing her practice of Reiki & Remedies together has a powerful positive impact on clients . Helping those suffering from PTSD, grief, anxiety, depression, shock, trauma, mental/ physical exhaustion , life transition, stress and so much more. Bach Remedies are gentle and do not interact with or replace meditation .They are a natural additional support for your lifestyle and to your medical care.

Group Therapy

Group therapy provides veterans an understanding that they are not alone. This facilitates both giving and receiving support from group members. Our group therapy providers offer a place where veterans can feel safe when sharing their ideas and making new friends.

Massage Therapy by Leona

Serving Tampa, Bradenton, Sarasota, and North Port

Leona A. Hauer, LMT and owner of Professional Mobile Massage Therapy by Leona. Enjoy a therapeutic massage in the comfort of your own home. I provide therapeutic, deep tissue/trigger point, reflexology and many more modalities to help with PTSD, chronic pain and stress relief thru massage therapy. Contact me today at (814) 233-4363/ Look forward to improving your quality of life.

Sarasota Adaptive Rowing


Veterans, we are a veteran run rowing program that provides fun exercise opportunities for able bodied and disabled veterans and civilians on the beautiful Gulf Intracoastal Waterway at Blackburn Point Park, Osprey FL. Do you want to try it and join other vets who have found esprit d corps, improved morale and fitness? Contact me, Joe Dobson CRD USN (ret) Director Sarasota Adaptive Rowing Program at 941-266-7173, email, Web site contact area at or check us out on Facebook, Sarasota Adaptive Rowing. Look forward to hearing from you and seeing you down on the water.

Vivie Bishop - Light Therapy and Life Coaching

Vivie Bishop Vivie Bishop’s mission is to assist you to create optimal results in emotional and physical well- being and move from survival into thriving. She brings compassion, knowledge, wisdom, and joy into her work which has evolved over 35 years.


Through coaching you learn to retrain your brain and rewire it. You learn to focus on what you want, not what you don’t want and manage stress to become functional, creating a new future with new possibilities. It is a supportive and safe place where you can “let it go!” and have more energy and better relationships. You are worth it

Vivie uses EFT tapping (Emotional Freedom Technique) to release traumas, grief, fears, phobias, anger, guilt, and old patterns of looping thoughts that continue to bring up unwanted challenges from the past. EFT is an effective tool in combination with life coaching to step out of the past into a present/future of more joy and freedom.


Vivie’s Light Therapy sessions are non-invasive and studies have shown to be effective for PTSD cases, neuropathy, sleep issues, muscle/tendon issues, wounds, detoxifying tissues and organs, and more. The beauty of these sessions is that the body is jump-started to be empowered.

In Light Medical systems emit pulsed near-infrared, red, and blue wavelengths of light energy, through pads that are placed on sites and areas of chronic pain. The system is a Type II Medical Device, FDA cleared for increasing circulation and decreasing pain.

The pulsed light energy stimulates more blood flow and oxygen in the area of pad placement. Specifically, studies have shown this positive result in brain scans resulting in better learning and memory abilities, helping with the PTSD and traumas endured by vets.

  • Life Coaching Certification in life coaching and relationships, Tony Robbins/Cloe Mandanes, 2012-2017
  • EFT Certification, Level 2, Lori Leyden 2017
  • Reiki Certification, Level 2, 1984


Hans Hoogeveen Hans has completed the training in CranioSacral Therapy as a specialty, thru the Upledger Institute. Previous Masters education in Physiotherapy a wide depth of experience and knowledge is brought to each therapy sessions, within the bounds of my training as a CranioSacral Therapist and Licensed Massage Therapist.

CranioSacral Therapy (CST) is a light-touch approach releasing tensions deep in the body to relieve pain and dysfunction and improve whole-body health and balance. The Central Nervous System (CNS) plays a key role in body function and well-being. In this Therapy we focus on the CNS to optimize the flow of Cranial Sacral fluid, flowing through the spinal cord and bathing the brain. Flow optimization means that all the nerve and brain tissue can function at its highest possible level. CST has been shown to naturally reduce pain, stress, and boost the immune system. Specifically, studies have shown to reduce symptoms of PTSD and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Tinnitus as well as other health conditions.

Siesta Healing

  • 1 Hour Massage $80 discounted to $56
  • 1 Hour Acupuncture Treatment $80 discounted to $64
  • Salt Room Therapy session $10 discounted to $5

Goddess Shoppe

Goddess Shoppe is a warm and welcoming retail space that offers unique and beautiful merchandise including hand crafted jewelry, incense, candles, books, crystals, crystal singing bowls, all natural personal care products and more

Hours of Operation: Tuesday thru Saturday 11:00am to 7:00pm

MOVE Methodology

Motion Oriented Vital Exercises. It's not getting older that makes us move less... it's moving less that makes us get older!

Coded Critters

Bible verses illustrated in the shape of animals.


Heather Welch

Please reach out to Heather for a customized wellness protocol and pricing. Thank you and call or text 941-224-2057 with any questions.

941-224-2057 |

Rapid Resolution Therapy

Linda Ann Remley, C.A.P.

Certified Addictions Professional / Rapid Resolution Therapy (RRT) Practitioner. |

Since 1982, Linda has worked in the Addiction Community helping those affected by alcoholism and drug addiction whether in the family, business, justice system, or community. She has taught psycho-educational classes on adult mental wellness skills to the community in a variety of settings on a multitude of topics. This community outreach has provided a springboard for her all-day and five-day workshops as well as for consultation on an individual and group basis.
Linda holds a BA and graduates credits in Psychology from George Mason University. Linda trained in psychodrama from 1991 through 2009 and incorporated the principles into her experiential workshops and classes. In the last year, Linda completed 72 hours of training in Rapid Resolution Therapy mostly as a response to her desire to prevent veteran suicide. Since completing that training, she has worked with clients on clearing grief, anxiety, smoking cessation, and improved quality of life in abstinence from both food and substance addictions. Linda is a founding board member of Operation: Warrior Resolution, a non-profit foundation, whose mission is to provide veterans with affordable treatment for service-related issues.
Linda will be offering classes on Grief, Stress Management, Assertive Communication Skills, Healthy Relationships, Meditation, and other topics in response to class requests. She is also available for Rapid Resolution Therapy Consults. Linda can be contacted directly at or 941-228-1995.


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