Dr. Megan Toufexis PA , Adult and Child Psychiatry


Dr. Toufexis was trained in adult psychiatry at the University of Rochester and then completed child psychiatry fellowship at University of South Florida where she served as chieff.  After graduation she continued to work at USF as an Assistant Professor in Pediatrics and worked primarily at Rothman Center of Neuropsychiatry.  There she participated in multiple research studies, publications, medication consultation phone line for pediatricians, and supervised resident doctors. She also has worked at multiple treatment centers for eating disorders in the Tampa Bay area.  Her areas of expertise include OCD, anxiety disorders, Tic disorders, PANS, eating disorders and women’s mental health.  As mother of 3 she understands the day to day challenges for children and families and provides personalized care to each situation.  She has begun to offer Transmagnetic Stimulation to adults with depression.  

Book chapter : Murphy TK, Toufexis MD. PANDAS: Immune Related OCD. In Handbook of Assessing Variants and Complications in Anxiety Disorders. D. McKay & E. Storch (Eds), New York, NY: Springer, 2013; p 193-199.

Rahman O, Toufexis M, Storch EA, Murphy TK. Behavioral Treatment of Trichotillomania and Trichophagia in a 29-month-old Girl. Clinical Pediatrics. 2009; 48: 951-3.

Toufexis M. Could It Be OCD or PTSD? Comments and Controversies. Current Psychiatry. 2009; 8: 55.

Toufexis M, Gieron-Korthals M. Early Testing for Huntington Disease in Children: Pros and Cons. Journal of Child Neurology. 2010; 25: 482-4.

Toufexis M, Lewin AB, De Oleo C, Murphy TK. A Possible Link Between Tic Disorders Associated with Beta Thalassemia Minor and Sickle Cell Disease. Journal of Clinical Case Reports. 2013; 3: 244.

Toufexis M, De Oleo C, Elia J, Murphy TK. A Link Between Perianal Strep and Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcal Infection (PANDAS). The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences. 2014; 26: 164-8.

Murphy TK, Patel PD, McGuire JF, Kennel A, Mutch PJ, Parker-Athill EC, Hanks CE, Lewin AB, Storch EA, Toufexis MD, Dadlani GH, Rodriguez CA. Characterization of the Pediatric Acute-Onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome (PANS) Phenotype. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology. 2014 October 17. 

Toufexis MD, Hommer R, Gerardi DM, Grant P, Rothschild L, d’Souza P, Williams K, Leckman J, Swedo SE, Murphy TK. Disordered Eating and Food Restrictions in Children with PANDAS. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology. 2014 October 20. 

Gerardi DM, Toufexis M, Hanks CE, Murphy TK. Serotonergic or Anticholinergic Toxidrome: Case Report of a 9-year-old Girl. Pediatric Emergency Care. 

Allison Kennel-Besselieu is a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner who joined Dr. Toufexis in 2020.

She completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Virginia, a Master of Science in Nursing as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from the University of South Florida, and a Post-Master’s Certificate as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Florida State University.  She worked at the University of South Florida for the Rothman Center of Neuropsychiatry for 11 years, where she participated in and coordinated many clinical trials, and cared for the pediatric and adolescent population performing psychiatric medication management.  She served as a preceptor for nurse practitioner students and medical students.

She has experience treating anxiety disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Tourette’s Disorder, ADHD, Depression, Autism, mood disorders, and oppositional behavior.  She also has experience in telepsychiatry.

Andrew Esch is a palliative medicine specialist, internal medicine physician, and consultant focusing on improving the quality of life for patients and their families. Dr. Esch earned his medical degree from the University of Buffalo, where he also earned a combined Bachelor of Science and Masters of Business Administration degree. Dr. Esch is licensed in both New York and Florida. In addition to his clinical practice, he serves as Vice President of Education at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine’s Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC). Dr. Esch’s clinical areas of focus include mental health, symptom management, and men’s health.