6804 Porto Fino Cir #1 Fort Myers, FL 33912

6804 Porto Fino Cir #1 Fort Myers, FL 33912


Welcome to PASWFL Psychiatry

Psychiatric Associates of Southwest Florida (PASWFL) is a private solely owned psychiatric medical practice located in Fort Myers, Florida. The practice was founded on the principle of providing the highest caliber of care for patients in an atmosphere of compassion, professionalism, and humanity. While we embrace the most up-to-date science, we never lose sight that we have been entrusted by our patients with their lives and their futures.

PASWFL’s current practice is representative of contemporary medicine. In appreciation of the working public, PASWFL accepts most commercial insurances  including Medicare and Tricare. Patients receive the necessary care provided by multiple types of professionals. All records and accounting are done electronically, and there are no longer any paper files. As a result, all information is readily available and legible.

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PASWFL Psychiatrists and Staff

The Medical Professionals at PASWFL Who Bring Hope and Healing to Our Patients Everyday.

HILARY SOJDAK, MSN, APRN, PMHNP                                                                     

Position: CEO

Hilary Sojdak is an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, with American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC) board certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She is a joint-owner of Psychiatric Associates of Southwest Florida with Robert Pollack, MD. She graduated with distinction in 2011 with her Master’s of Science in Nursing from the State University of New York Upstate Medical University in Syracuse New York. She began her career in psychiatric nursing as a registered nurse in 2001, and has been in practice as an ARNP since 2011; originally in New York State and transferring to Florida in 2015. Her memberships include American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) and Omicron Alpha Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing: Region 11, Chapter #359. https://www.linkedin.com/in/hilary-sojdak-msn-aprn-pmhnp-822124a1



Position: Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Julie K. Kuhns, our on-staff Licensed Clinical Social Worker, received her Masters of Social Work degree from Syracuse University in 1994. Ms. Kuhns specializes in working with individuals groups, couples and families affected by depression, anxiety, grief and loss, and dementia-related conditions. Ms. Kuhns spent the first fourteen years of her career specializing in working with children and adults affected by domestic and sexual violence. Ms. Kuhns is a Qualified Supervisor with the state of Florida to provide Clinical supervision to graduates seeking licensure and also serves as adjunct faculty for the Department of Social Work at Florida Gulf Coast University.



Position: Patient Account Liaison

Brenda Sluder is PASWFL’s clinic manager and provides excellent leadership and coordination of the practice’s administrative and financial/billing operations.  She strives to maintain the highest level of client satisfaction and staff morale by serving as a liaison between the client and provider. She is usually the first point of contact with outside referral sources, insurance networks, and potential clients.  She plays and integral and positive role in the client experience by making everyone feel welcome from the moment they first contact the office.

Brenda is originally from Minnesota and has been serving the psychiatric community of SWFL for the past 10 years.  She was previously the Office Manager with Brenda L. Keefer, MD of Psychiatric Center of Florida until Dr. Keefer’s retirement in 2016.


Position: Practice Manager

Sonya is originally from Maine and has lived in the Fort Myers area with her family for 26 years.  She has many years’ experience as a practice manager for small to medium size practices and had heavy involvement with organizational growth, accounting, physician outreach programs, customization of practice management and electronic health records software and served as internal IT person. As Practice Manager at PASWFL, Sonya is responsible for accounting, physician outreach, office management and is regularly involved in marketing strategy as well. 

Shelley Butler, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, NP-C

Shelley is double board certified in psychiatric/mental health and family practice with over 30 years in the medical profession. She received her Master of Science as a Family Nurse Practitioner from South University in Tampa, graduating with honors. She completed her Post Master’s Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner fellowship at Anderson University in South Carolina, graduating with high honors. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

Shelley is a compassionate provider that practices by the Golden Rule, treating everyone as she would her own family. She provides a safe, trusting, caring environment where patients feel comfortable being themselves and sharing their experiences without judgement. She works collaboratively with patients and families in developing their treatment plans and providing them with the skills they need to build successful lives.

Her personal interests include spending time with her children, family and friends. Her hobbies include the beach, sports, traveling and local events.

Board Certifications:

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, American Nurses Credentialing Center

Family Nurse Practitioner, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners


Laura W. Yancey, MSN, FNP-BC.

Laura has her Baccalaureate Degree in the Science of Nursing from 2005, as well as, her Master’s of the Science of Nursing, 2009, from Tennessee State University. She also attended Belmont and Vanderbilt University during that time. She enjoys playing softball, classical piano, going to the beach, and spending time with her children and her dogs. Laura Yancey has a strong background in family practice, but much more so in pain management and opioid use disorder. She taught psych nursing during her nursing career for many years, at APSU, as well as, started on a Medical/Surgical floor. She quickly advanced to start a new cardiac observation unit in the ER at Vanderbilt University. That then lead her to the EP and Cardiac Cath labs, all the while perusing her Master’s degree in Family Nurse Practitioner. Her passion to expand her knowledge led her into the field of psychology. Laura W. Yancey brings us 16 years of nursing experience.


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