Doctors & Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

The Buckeye Ranch provides strong clinical care to children and their families through the leadership and assessment skills of the following professionals.

James Christopher, M.D., Child Psychiatrist |

Dr. James Christopher graduated from Wayne State University Medical School and has served the clients of The Buckeye Ranch for nearly ten years. Dr. Christopher is a Board certified psychiatrist and maintains a private practice in addition to his work for The Ranch.

Dr. Salvatore DiCarlo, Medical Director |

Dr. Salvatore DiCarlo attended medical school at The Autonomous University of Guadalajara and The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He currently serves as the Medical Director for The Buckeye Ranch and is part of the Mt. Carmel Medical Group in Grove City. His special  interests include pediatrics and pediatric behavioral health.

Patricia Gentile, M.D., Staff Psychiatrist |

Doctor Patricia Gentile earned a Bachelor's degree in biology from Taylor University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Dr. Gentile earned her Doctor of Medicine degree from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed her residency program in general psychiatry. Upon completion of her residency, Dr. Gentile completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry. In addition to serving as The Ranch's primary psychiatrist, she maintains a private practice in Central Ohio. She is Board certified in general psychiatry as well as child and adolescent psychiatry and is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and American Psychiatric Association.

Douglas Pawlarczyk, Ph.D., Psychological Consultant |

Dr. Douglas Pawlarczyk received a Bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Illinois and a Master's degree in psychology from Eastern Illinois University. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of North Dakota. Dr. Pawlarczyk is a licensed psychologist who has worked as a psychological consultant for The Buckeye Ranch as well as numerous other Central Ohio child serving agencies for nearly 20 years.

Pam Scott, PhD, MSW, LISW-S, LICDC | Director of Clinical Development |

Doctors & Advanced Practice Registered Nurses

Dr. Pam Scott is the Director of Clinical Development for The Buckeye Ranch. She earned both her MSW and PH.D. in Social Work from Arizona State University. Prior to entering the social work profession she worked in early childhood education, focusing on the impact of poverty on early childhood development. She has worked with children and families in community mental health both in Arizona and Ohio. At The Buckeye Ranch she works across the agency training supervisors, clinicians and students in clinical work as well as participating in program development and oversight of the ongoing quality of the services we offer our children and families. In addition to her work at The Ranch, Dr. Scott also teaches at The Ohio State University and previously at Capital University in their social work programs.

Sally Hough, PMHCNS-BC, Child-Adolescent Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist |

Sally Hough graduated in nursing from The Ohio State University with a Master of Science. She is board certified as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Child and Adolescent Mental Health and a member of the Ohio Association of Advanced Practice Nurses.  She received specialized clinical training for children with disabilities at the advanced graduate interdisciplinary Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program of The OSU Nisonger Center, with its core tenet of family-centered care. Prior to becoming a Clinical Nurse Specialist, Ms. Hough worked for 25 years as a psychiatric clinician, music therapist, and research nurse with children, adolescents and their families in private practice in central Ohio through contracts or employment at Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, OSU-Harding Behavioral Health Hospital and Netcare. 

Crystal Mckenzie, LMFT, CPNP, PMHS |

Crystal completed her Master of Science in Nursing at The Ohio State University granting her the ability to practice as a Pediatric Nurse practitioner. Prior to her nursing career, she earned a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy at Pacific Lutheran University and worked as a Child and Family Therapist in inpatient and outpatient settings. During her career as a therapist, she became more interested in the interconnectedness of mental and physical health leading her to an interest in nursing. Crystal is also certified as a Pediatric Mental Health Specialist. In addition to her role at The Buckeye Ranch, Crystal works as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Adena Hospital in their Pediatric Urgent Care Center in Chillicothe managing acute physical illnesses. Crystal has always had a passion for child mental health; she holds particular interests in the impact of mental and physical illness on the family unit, the prevention and management of childhood obesity, and the treatment of depression in children and adolescents.