Ptaszek named director of behavioral health

Dr. Emily Ptaszek

The Healthcare Network is pleased to announce that Dr. Emily Ptaszek has accepted the position of Director of Behavior Health.

In her new duties, Dr. Ptaszek will direct expansion of the integrated behavioral health program and develop behavioral health policies and procedures, as well as provide clinical and administrative supervision of the behavioral health providers and staff.  

With over 10 years of clinical experience, Dr. Ptaszek came to the Healthcare Network from the US Department of Veterans Affairs in Cape Coral, FL, where she specialized in treating posttraumatic stress disorder. Prior to that, she was in private practice and worked with both children and adults. 

The Healthcare Network works in partnership with Florida State University to maintain a strong postdoctoral psychology program that allows FSU psychology fellows to treat patients at various clinics within the Healthcare Network. 

“Dr. Ptaszek has the vision, the energy, and the leadership capacity necessary to develop the Healthcare Network’s behavioral health program and further our mission to provide quality healthcare accessible to everyone in our community,” said Healthcare Network CEO Mike Ellis.

Annually, the Healthcare Network of Southwest Florida provides primary care for 36,000 people in Southwest Florida (25,000 are children) at 13 medical and dental service locations in East Naples, Golden Gate, North Naples, Marco Island and Immokalee. The Healthcare Network also provides pediatric, medical and dental services, including screenings for autism, through the Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®.

For more information on the Healthcare Network, contact Kaydee Tuff (239) 658-3113 or