Meet Jamie Winderbaum Fernandez, MD

Psychiatrist, Primary Investigator and Founder


Dr. Jamie Winderbaum Fernandez received her undergraduate education at Emory University, graduating summa cum laude in Biology. She attended medical school at Cornell University and during that time, participated in the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)-National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Scholars Program. After graduating, she completed an internship in internal medicine in New York, and residency in adult psychiatry at Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Winderbaum Fernandez joined the University of South Florida (USF), Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences in 2008 and is currently an Associate Professor, educator, and researcher. Her research has focused on the role of estrogen receptor signaling in postpartum depression. She has served as the Medical Director and Chief of Inpatient Psychiatric Services at Tampa General Hospital where she established the Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Service in 2010 and, more recently, at Memorial Hospital of Tampa/Tampa Community Hospital. In November 2021, she started her own practice to better offer our community her patient-centered approach to mental healthcare.

Dr. Winderbaum Fernandez’ clinical practice focuses on Treatment Resistant Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Peripartum Mood Disorders, and Mood Disorders in the setting of neurocognitive illness for which she offers cutting-edge interventions including esketamine nasal spray (Spravato) and Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT), as well as second opinions and general psychiatric care. Additionally, her practice offers patients the opportunity to participate in outpatient clinical research should they qualify for an appropriate study. She is Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry, a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, the Past President of the Tampa Bay Foundation for Mental Health, a member of the Hillsborough County Behavioral Health Task Force, and Vice Chair of the Tampa Museum of Art Board of Trustees. Among other honors, she was voted a Top Doctor by Tampa Magazine 2015-2018 and was ranked #1 in Psychiatry for 2019.

Meet Alisha Ainsworth, RN

Lead Clinical Research Coordinator and Infusion Therapist


Alisha, the Clinical Trials Coordinator, is a dedicated registered nurse with over 20 years of experience, comprehensive health care training, superb organizational skills, excellent communication skills, and self-directed prioritization. Alisha has an extensive knowledge of multidisciplinary collaboration, safety reporting, policies and protocols, informed consent processes, as well as a diverse knowledge of the various treatment modalities now available throughout the industry. Additionally, she is a disciplined energetic employee who quickly establishes rapport with patients and colleagues. Alisha practices sound ethical and independent decision-making consistent with current standards. Any questions regarding clinical trials, feel free to contact Alisha via email at, call 813-251-1800, or text 813-562-9744.

meet Zariyah Green

Clinical Research Coordinator


Zariyah Green has been a Medic in the United States Air Force since 2017. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and is currently working toward her Masters in Physiology and Pharmacology. She is a Clinical Research Coordinator at IPTB and plays a critical role in managing clinical trials which involves educating patients, keeping track of their progress during a study, and ensuring that all data is collected in a timely and accurate manner. Zariyah is an essential member of our team, ensuring that we maintain the highest safety standards and that all subjects are treated with care and respect. Please feel free to contact Zariyah via email at or call 813-666-5243 with any questions.

meet Jennifer Santiago, MA

Clinic Manager and Clinical Research Assistant


Jennifer Santiago, MA has been in the medical field for over 20 years with expertise in both front and back-office operations. Aside from her practical skills, Jennifer has a genuine and compassionate approach to patient care. She provides medical assistance in the Spravato clinic and works with subjects enrolled in clinical research studies. She is available to answer questions and schedule appointments daily Monday through Friday.
She can be reached at 813-251-1800 or at

Meet Kenneth Pages, MD

Sub-Investigator and TMS Affiliate


Drs. Kenneth Pages and Winderbaum Fernandez have been seamlessly co-managing the care of treatment resistant depression and mood disorder patients for over 10 years. At IPTB, Dr. Pages serves as a sub-investigator on multiple clinical trials focusing on Major Depressive Disorder. In affiliation with TMS of South Tampa we are able to offer patients the full complement of state of the art interventional psychiatric therapies. As one of the most experienced TMS doctors in the country, Dr. Pages was not only one of the first to provide TMS Therapy in Florida but he has devoted his practice to advancing the technology. He is a nationally recognized TMS provider and is actively involved in pushing the boundaries of how TMS can assist patients in their recovery and achieving remission. Our novel protocols such as combined esketamine/TMS therapy for treatment resistant depression have resulted in full recovery with sustained benefits and enabled patients to minimize oral medication use or avoid more burdensome treatment options.

Learn more about TMS of South Tampa at:

meet Faizi Ahmed, MD



Faizi Ahmed, MD is an Affiliate Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at the University of South Florida. He is board-certified in Psychiatry through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and also board-certified in Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Neurology through the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties. Dr. Ahmed attended Temple University for his undergraduate studies. He earned his medical degree from Xavier University School of Medicine and then returned to Philadelphia where he completed his residency training at Temple University Hospital in psychiatry. After residency he spent one year treating patients with severe mental illness in an Assertive Community Treatment program in Swarthmore, PA. Dr. Ahmed then joined Johns Hopkins School of Medicine where he completed fellowship in Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Neurology. He moved to Tampa in 2016 to start his private Neuropsychiatry practice, Tampa Neuropsychiatry LLC which has multiple locations throughout the Tampa Bay area. At IPTB, he serves as a sub-investigator on multiple clinical trials including those focusing on Major Depressive Disorder and Schizophrenia.



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