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Michelle Cochran, DLFAPA, FCTMSS, MD

Dr, Cochran currently works as the medical director of the Nashville Center for Hope & Healing and the NeuroScience and TMS treatment centers; in addition she maintains a role as a private practice psychiatrist.  Dr Cochran has experience treating a variety of psychiatric conditions, using a comprehensive approach with therapy, counseling, pharmacogenomic testing, medication, and neuromodulation. She received her undergraduate degree at Centre College, her medical training at University of Louisville School of Medicine, and she completed her postgraduate medical education at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee. During her psychiatry residency she was Chief Resident.  Additionally, she completed the Management Program for Physicians and Senior Healthcare Administrators at Vanderbilt University, Owen School of Management.  A current diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (with active maintenance of certification), Dr. Cochran is a member of the Tennessee Psychiatric Association, Tennessee Medical Association, Nashville Academy of Medicine, Tennessee Women in Medicine, and Southern Psychiatric Association. Since her residency years, she has also been a member, Fellow (2011), and now Distinguished Fellow (2018) of the American Psychiatric Association. 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 15 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. Since 2011, Dr. Cochran has offered repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation to her patients as an option for the treatment of Major Depressive Disorder.  Dr. Cochran and her staff have trained extensively in the use of repetitive transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) including training at Berenson Allen’s Non-Invasive Brain Institute, Duke University and other specific advanced device trainings.  She has been active in the Clinical TMS Society (CTMSS) on many levels including serving on the executive committee as the VP-Elect (2016-2017), President (2017-2018), and with the Education and Annual meeting committees.  Most recently she has been helping advance the PULSES introductory course with other active CTMSS board members.

Brian Smith, MD

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.

Linda L. Carpenter, FCTMSS, MD, Brown Univeristy Dept Psychiatry and Human Behavior; Bulter Hospital

Dr. Carpenter is a Professor of Psychiatry in the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and Chief of the Mood Disorders Program at Butler Hospital. Dr. Carpenter completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan, her MD from the University of Pennsylvania, and internship in internal medicine, a residency program in psychiatry, and a clinical neuroscience research fellowship at Yale University. She joined the faculty at Brown in 1997 and has continued her path as a physician-scientist investigating the neurobiology of, and new treatments for, major depression and other mood and anxiety disorders. She led a 10-year, federally funded translational research program focusing on the development of laboratory biomarkers signaling risk for mood/anxiety disorders, and understanding the impact of early life stress on adult biology. She has also conducted a number of randomized clinical trials sponsored by industry and NIH, investigating investigational drugs and devices for treating depression, including Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS), Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS). She is the founding Director of the Butler Hospital TMS Clinic and Neuromodulation Research Facility where she treats patients with pharmacoresistant depression and works with a variety of Brown-based research faculty who incorporate noninvasive brain stimulation techniques into their clinical research. Her current research projects involve using imaging and EEG biomarkers to optimize and individually customize TMS therapy for depression.

Randy Ian Pardell, DLFAPA, FCTMSS, MD

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.

Todd Hutton, FAPA, MD

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.

Mohamed Abdelghani, FCTMSS, MBBCh, MSc, FRCPsych

Dr. Abdelghani completed his post-graduate psychiatric training at South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation trust (SLaM) which is the biggest mental health trust in the UK, a center of excellence and one of the most influential mental health organizations in the world. During his training at SLaM he worked alongside some of the most prominent professors and clinicians in the field. Dr. Abdelghani worked at the National Affective Disorders Service, which was one of six national affective disorders units in the UK. The time he spent on the National Affective Disorders Unit and outpatient clinic equipped him with clinical skills and excellent experience to manage and treat the most treatment resistant depressed and bipolar patients. After working in the National Affective Disorders service for a year he became involved in a multicenter international cutting edge research that tested the use of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) to treat treatment resistant depression. He was the primary psychiatrist at King’s College London site for this study. Neurostimulation is one of his special interests and working on this study gave him the opportunity to meet and build links with leading figures in the field around the world. Another special interest of Dr. Abdelghani is Adult ADHD.  Dr Abdelghani trained at the first Adult ADHD clinic in the UK that was opened at the Maudsley Hospital in London.

After finishing his higher psychiatry training at SLaM he worked as a consultant psychiatrist for almost a year at the same organization before moving to work in central London at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust. At the present time he is the Lead Consultant Psychiatrist for Adult ADHD at Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust besides working as a consultant psychiatrist in CDAT (Complex depression, Anxiety and Trauma) service. Dr Abdelghani continues being actively involved in research in the field of Adult ADHD and mood disorders. He has a keen interest in spreading mental health awareness and knowledge through teaching medical students, training junior doctors, giving lectures to fellow psychiatrists and media interviews.

Anthony T. Barker, B.Eng., Ph.D., FIET, FIPEM, Professor

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.

Robert A Sammons, MD, Ph.D.

Dr. Bob Sammons received a bachelor's and master's degree from Auburn University, a PhD in clinical psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He did a residency in psychiatry at the University of Virginia as well as a forensic psychiatry fellowship. While a Captain in the Air Force he helped set up and run the treatment phase of the Air Force Drug Treatment program in1971. He has practiced adult psychiatry in Grand Junction for 29 years. He received training in TMS in 2006 from Dr. Alvaro Pascual-Leone, from Dr. Mark George in 2017 and returned to Harvard for Dr. Pascual-Leone's intensive course in TMS in 2018. He is Medical Director for TMS Solutions with TMS offices in various locations in the West. He has been known to cook a little BBQ.

Suzanne E. Kerns, MD, FCTMSS

Dr. Kerns completed her undergraduate studies at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. She attended medical school at the University of Sydney, Australia, followed by psychiatry residency at Duke University. Dr. Kerns subsequently completed a year long Fellowship in Brain Stimulation at Medical University of South Carolina under the guidance of Mark S. George MD, a founding father of transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). After several years working exclusively in brain stimulation at Seattle Neuropsychiatric Treatment Center with a faculty appointment at the University of Washington, she has returned to South Carolina and is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Dr. Kerns proudly serves on the Board of Directors for the Clinical TMS Society. She is also a member of the American Psychiatric Association, South Carolina State Psychiatric Association, International Society for ECT and Neurostimulation and Society of Biological Psychiatry.

Lauren Valencia, LCSW

Lauren has been with NCHH and the Neuroscience and TMS Treatment Center since 2013 as a Therapist and TMS Coordinator. She has presented and spoken at the Clinical TMS Society Annual Meetings in 2016, 2017, and 2018. In therapy and during TMS sessions Lauren utilizes aspects of CBT, DBT, and Motivational Interviewing to work with patients strengths and develop treatment goals relevant to living a fulfilling life. 

Lauren graduated with her Masters of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee College Of Social Work in 2013. Prior to becoming an LMSW Lauren received her B.S. in Psychology and Criminology from Florida State University. Lauren's previous experiences include working with patients in the TVHS VA System, Alive Hospice, and Children's Home Society of Florida.  

Richard J. Pitch, MD, FCTMSS, M.A.

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.