Peace River Center Welcomes Dr. Jean Tropnas and Briane Olson, APRN

Lakeland, FL – Peace River Center, a non-profit behavioral health and victim services organization that serves more than 22,000 individuals every year, is pleased to announce Dr. Jean Tropnas and Briane Olson, APRN have joined the organization.

Dr. Jean Baptiste Tropnas is a Board Certified Psychiatrist, with extensive experience working in outpatient, inpatient and community mental health settings. Prior to joining Peace River Center, Dr. Tropnas was clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York, and founder of the Haitian-American Psychiatric Association.  Dr. Tropnas is a native of Haiti and came to the United States in 1971.  He received the Profile of Courage Award from the American Psychiatric Association (APA) in 2011 in honor of his efforts to bring mental health services to the people of Haiti following the devastating earthquake that struck that impoverished island and took the life of his sister.

Dr. Tropnas received his medical degree from State University Medical School and Hospital in Haiti. He completed his Pediatric Residency at Eliazar Germain Medical Center in Haiti and his Psychiatric Residency Training Program at Kings County Hospital/Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York.

Briane Olson is a Psychiatric Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) providing psychiatric services to children, adolescents and adults at PRC’s Outpatient Psychiatric Services based in Bartow and through the use of telehealth at PRC’s Avon Park and Wauchula locations. Prior to joining PRC Olson worked as an APRN/Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Cloud Peak Counseling Center and Wyoming Boys’ School in Wyoming. Her preceptorship was completed in rural community mental health settings, juvenile correctional facilities and long term mental health care facilities across the state of Wyoming.

About Peace River Center

Peace River Center is a licensed and accredited, non-profit provider of mental health, substance use and integrated medical services serving Polk, Highlands and Hardee counties. Peace River Center provides options for people struggling with mental health and addiction, for children and adults coping with the trauma of abuse and violence, crisis intervention for people in acute need, and housing and community support and integration for people affected by domestic violence or whose recovery requires more support and time. Peace River Center offers inpatient, outpatient, home-, school- and community-based services, telehealth and mobile programs to individuals, groups and families. Peace River Center’s dedicated and compassionate staff of more than 400 operate 36 programs out of 27 locations and provide 24/7 emergency psychiatric response services to the community through our mobile psychiatric Crisis Response Team. In FY2019, Peace River Center had contact with and provided services to more than 22,000 children, adolescents, adults and seniors. For more information visit