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Anthony T. Barker, B.Eng., Ph.D., FIET, FIPEM, Retired Consultant Clinical Scientist

Dr. Barker recently retired from the U.K. National Health Service after 38 years in the Sheffield Department of Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering.  An engineer by training, Dr. Barker’s Ph.D. was on the study of peripheral nerve conduction velocities. During this period he started to investigate nerve stimulation using magnetically induced currents. He continued this work after his Ph.D. and led the group which invented the technique of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), now widely used throughout the world for basic research, diagnosis and therapy. Dr. Barker has an active interest in the public understanding of science and has given many named and public lectures including the Faraday lecture series, the Silvanus P Thomson series, and a Royal Institution Discourse. He is an honorary Professor Associate of the University of Sheffield, a Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine. He received the inaugural International Brain Stimulation Award in 2017 for the development of TMS.

Michelle Cochran, M.D., Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Cochran received her undergraduate degree from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, and completed her medical training at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. She received postgraduate medical education at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN, where she completed a residency in Psychiatry. During this residency she was Chief Resident. Additionally, she completed the Management Program for Physicians and Senior Healthcare Administrators at Vanderbilt University's Owen School of Management. A diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Dr. Cochran is a member of the Tennessee Psychiatric Association, Tennessee Medical Association, Nashville Academy of Medicine, the Clinical TMS Society and Tennessee Women in Medicine. Since her residency years, she has been a member of the American Psychiatric Association, and in early 2011, she was inducted as a Fellow in this organization. Dr. Cochran has been on the Clinical Faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University Medical Center since 1996 and has lectured to undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate students as well as private practitioners. For over 20 years, she has been active on numerous advisory boards professionally and personally. Before retiring from inpatient psychiatric care and establishing her outpatient private practice, she was the medical director for many psychiatric units and programs in the Middle Tennessee area. Dr Cochran currently works in a private practice in Nashville. She has experience treating a variety of psychiatric conditions, using therapy, counseling, medicines, neuro-modulation, and integrative care options. Dr. Cochran and her staff have trained extensively in the use of repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) including training at Harvard (Berenson Allen), Duke and other training. Dr Cochran has spoken nationally on the use of rTMS in a clinical setting in both industry and continuing education venues. Dr. Cochran has been a integral part of the Clinical TMS Society.

Kimberly K Cress, M.D.

In private practice in Psychiatry since January 2000, Dr. Kimberly Cress brings her extensive experience for difficult to treat mental illnesses to Greenbrook TMS located in Sugar Land, TX and serving the Greater Houston area. A graduate from the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio Medical School, Dr. Cress’ vast experience includes treating patients with treatment refractory depression, anxiety disorders and bipolar disorders at the Mood Disorder Center at Baylor College of Medicine. She was also involved with a variety of clinical trials and a co-author in several journal articles.  

After finding patients were still struggling with depression and anxiety despite numerous medication trials and/or therapies, Dr. Cress chose to incorporate TMS therapy as a treatment option to help patients regain the quality of life they deserved – without the unwanted side effects. Dr. Cress has treated patients with TMS therapy since April 2010 and has administered over 15,000 treatments. She has completed Harvard Medical School’s Intensive Course in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation and Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation, along with completing courses at Duke University in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. Dr Cress has presented her results utilizing TMS both at the Clinical TMS Society as well as at the American Psychiatric Association. In addition, she teaches at the Clinical TMS Society's Pulses course about best practices for providing TMS.

Todd Hutton, M.D.

Dr Todd Hutton is the founder and Medical Director of Southern California TMS Center and has been practicing TMS since 2009. He is a Board Certified psychiatrist and an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the USC Keck School of Medicine. He did his residency in psychiatry at the LA County/USC Medical Center and served as Chief Resident his final year. He subsequently did a fellowship in TMS at Duke University. He serves on the Board of Directors and is President-elect of the Clinical TMS Society.

Richard J. PITCH, M.D.

Dr. Pitch is a board-certified psychiatrist specializing in treatment-resistant depression. He graduated from Wesleyan University and SUNY-Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn and completed his residency training and was chief resident at Hillside Hospital/Long Island Jewish Medical Center. He was honored by NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) with the Exemplary Psychiatrist Award. In 2009 he was also certified, with distinction, as a Master Psychopharmacologist by the Neuroscience Education Institute. He has maintained a private practice in outpatient psychiatry since 1995, and currently in full-time private practice at the Family Psychology of Long Island in Oakdale, NY where he also the Medical Director of Oakdale TMS.

Brian Smith, M.D.

Dr. Smith is a neurologist and sleep specialist. He received his medical degree from Albany Medical College. He completed his medical internship at Roger Williams Medical Center and his neurology training at Dartmouth Medical Center. He has been a national speaker on topics of sleep medicine and neurology along with multiple journal article and text book chapter publications. He is a member of the International and North American Neuromodulation Societies.

Saydra R Wilson, M.D.

Dr, Saydra Wilson is an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities where she combines her clinical interventional psychiatry work in ECT and TMS with her research interests in TMS mechanisms and biomarkers for TMS response. She has been a member of the Clinical TMS Society since 2018 and is currently serving on the Board of Directors and enjoy's her role as Outreach committee co-chair and  member of the Education Committee.

Debra Jane Stultz, M.D.

Dr. Debra J. Stultz is the Director and Owner of Stultz Sleep and Behavioral Health in Barboursville, West Virginia. Dr. Stultz earned her medical degree from Marshall University School of Medicine in Huntington, West Virginia. She completed a residency in psychiatry and a fellowship in child/adolescent psychiatry through West Virginia University at their Charleston Division through Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, West Virginia. She is board certified in psychiatry, sleep medicine, and behavioral sleep medicine.  With a special interest in Narcolepsy, she treats a variety of sleep disorders and psychiatric issues.  Her specialty in psychiatry is treatment-resistant depression. She is also the editor for the Clinical TMS Society Newsletter, on their Board of Directors, Co-Chair of the Education Committee, and the chairman of the TMS and Sleep Disorders Affinity Group.

Randy Ian Pardell, M.D., DFAPA

Randy Ian Pardell, MD, DFAPA established TMS Center of the Hudson Valley and Riverview Psychiatric Medicine, PC with the goal of providing innovative, compassionate and scientifically based psychiatric care for residents of the Hudson Valley, NY.

Dr. Pardell emphasizes, “We address both the physiological and psychological aspects of each patient to create the optimal individualized treatment plan including medication management, genetic testing, psychotherapy, nutritional and bioidentical hormone supplementation and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). Dr. Pardell, a board-certified psychiatrist and Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association, graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, and the New York University School of Medicine with honors. He completed psychiatric training at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center where he served as chief resident and was a post-doctoral fellow at Columbia University School of Medicine. He completed, with distinction, The Master in Pharmacology Program sponsored by Neuroscience Educational Institute. Dr. Pardell completed a Mini-Fellowship in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation from Harvard Medical School at the Berenson-Allen Brain Stimulation Center at Beth Israel-Deaconess Hospital Center in Boston and Visiting Fellowship in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation at Duke University School of Medicine. Dr. Pardell is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at Eastern Virginia Medical School and lectures to medical students and residents to further their education in psychiatry. As a highly regarded lecturer, Dr. Pardell has educated fellow physicians and mental health clinicians on the latest pharmacologic and innovative treatments of psychiatric disorders. He was recognized by Castle Connolly as a Top Doctor in the Hudson Valley in the Hudson Valley Magazine and Top Doctor in Castle-Connolly/ US and News and World Report. Dr. Pardell was acknowleged by his patients with the Patient Choice Award and Compassionate Doctor Recognition. Dr. Pardell is an active member of the Clinical TMS Society and is serving on the Board of Directors, Excecutive Committee as Officer at Large. Dr. Pardell also serves on the Outreach and Education Committees and is a lecturer for the Society’s Pulses Course educating fellow clinicians in the science and practice of Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation.