Jitendra S. Desai, MD

I have lived in Roanoke for over 40 years. In addition to my love of psychiatric medicine, I love playing golf and drumming in my spare time and I am the founder of both Walnut Avenue Associates and Avenues to Recovery.  Not only have I dedicated my helping hands to people, I also have a green thumb and enjoy gardening . I am board certified in addiction psychiatry as well as adult and geriatric psychiatry. I enjoy helping people help themselves.


Sarah Rodes, PA-C

I earned my Physician Assistant degree from Mountain State University in 1996. I have lived in the Roanoke area for  over 10 years and I have been working as a psychiatric PA since 2006. I like to travel and spend time with family, friends, and my dogs, Hippie and Belle. I also enjoy reading, cooking, and enjoying a good shot of espresso.


Jessica Gillispie, PA-C

I am from Franklin County, VA.  I completed my Bachelors in Health Science with a minor in Psychology from Ferrum College in 2009 and my Master of Science in Physician Assistant from Jefferson College of Health Sciences in 2012.  I have been working in Psychiatry since becoming a Physician Assistant.  In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and traveling.  

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Michelle Whittaker, PMHNP-BC

I have the attitude of being the best I can be whether at work or play, and have the medals and certifications to prove it. I love to run and eat chocolate. I'm a team player and have a down to earth presence the patients find comforting.


Amy Stone

I am the Medical Practice Manager and have been working in the psychiatric field since 2006.  I believe in the team concept and being your best self.  My creativity is my driving force and thrive on problem solving.  Change doesn’t frighten me, however things not changing and evolving could be frightening, as change is necessary to grow.  I'm a "just do it" kind of person and my motto is feel the fear and do it anyway.

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Lisa Parker

My name is Lisa and I am the Admin Support Manager. I come with many years  of medical experience ranging from Pediatrics to Mental health. I feel this practice fits with my personality and makes me great at my job. I received my education at Hollins University, majoring in English/Writing and Theater. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my grandson, Roman, watching crime TV, writing short stories, eating potato chips and dancing. 

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Lanetta Eaves

My name is Lanetta Eaves and I am the biller for this amazing medical practice.  I have been in the medical field for over 17 years specializing in billing.  When I'm not working, I enjoy spending time with my loving husband, four beautiful children & my daughter-in-law.  I get my biggest joy cheering on the Northside High School Football team where my husband is the Defensive Coordinator.  GO VIKINGS!!

As a team, we're always looking forward and exploring new treatment possibilities.
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Rita Davis

I am the Patient Care Coordinator and have lived in Roanoke since 1999.  I got my BS in Business Administration from Bluefield State College. I have spent over ten years in psychiatric office administration. In my spare time I teach in the children's  ministry at my church, spend time with family and friends,  and I also enjoy crafting.