Why we started this company

Salima and Katrina chose to start the Wellness Institute of Florida for many reasons:

  • We are two individuals who have a combined 35 years of experience in the helping profession.

  • The opportunity to share our wisdom, both personal and professional, has been a true blessing.

  • We have enjoyed much success from the fruits of our labor, and yes it is validating when you share your story with us!


J. Salima Patel, PhD

J. Salima Patel, PhD is one of the founders of the Wellness Institute of Florida where she and her business partner are committed to providing a comprehensive concierge line of care. This model includes an array of innovative clinical and holistic services designed for lifelong wellness. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling and a PhD in Psychology.


Katrina A. Ventola, CAC, E-RYT 200

Katrina Ventola is a Certified Addiction Counselor and a proud founder of the Wellness Institute of Florida where she has committed herself to helping clients overcome personal and professional obstacles in their quest for happiness. Katrina’s experience in the helping profession is vast and diverse. Her passion for helping others has been a gift from her own journey in recovery that has spanned 12 years.