Roxanne grew up as an adopted, only child in Squantum, Massachusetts – a small peninsula 12 miles south of Boston. It was a storybook place for jumping through marshes and exploring the island until the toll of dinner bells rang. Swimming and sailing and studying were balanced by a strong involvement with dance which culminated in a period with The Boston Ballet Company during her early years.
Roxanne met her husband of 43 years, Scott, at a Sunday mixer at the Harvard Club in Boston. So began their storybook romance, a life of shared work, interests, and deep devotion. After several years of both hospital and outpatient practice in Boston, Scott and Roxanne headed to Princeton where Scott served as the Princeton University psychiatrist and she worked in the admissions office and as advisor at the student health services for peer-led counseling and sexual issues. At this time, Roxanne began a private practice working with students and their families as they addressed both in-school and at-home issues.
Life was enriched by numerous trips to New York City for music and dance while summers were spent on their sailboat in Newport and on the Chesapeake. Their son, Breton, was born in Princeton.
The couple and young son moved to Clearwater to get back to the Florida lifestyle which Dr. Permesly had known growing up. They soon welcomed a daughter, Diana, to the family. Roxanne served as educational director of the in-patient school at Medfield Center for Adolescents and established Psychotherapy Associates with her husband and a series of professionals.
Their family relocated to Sarasota in 1988 to transition into a small and private office and an opportunity for each to work with their own referrals and serve as couples’ co-therapists. They believed this was the community which could provide rich educational and cultural experiences for their two children. As avid sailors, they enjoyed that this community also provided options for weekend retreats and a home port for a variety of adventures.
Both Roxanne and Dr. Permesly provided instruction to a number of local organizations. Scott remained devoted to his medical practice when he was stricken with glioblastoma in 2018. Scott died peacefully in June 2019.
During her time in Sarasota, Roxanne has participated in a variety of cultural committees, including serving on the board of the Sarasota Opera and on the selection committee for a director of the Sarasota Ballet. She is a founding member of Sarasota Collaborative Divorce Professionals and a current member of numerous local, state, and international organizations.