Clinical Providers & Staff - Nashville Center for Hope & Healing

Clinical Providers & Staff - Cool Springs Center for Hope & Healing


    Michelle R.M. Cochran, MD DFAPA - Medical Director

    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. The clinics have grown to two sites with two physicians, multiple nurse practitioners, therapists, and many support staff and technicians. 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.

    Virginia Gardner, PMHNP-BC

    Virginia Gardner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner - Board Certified,  is certified as an
    adult psychiatric and mental health nurse practitioner with prescriptive privileges. Virginia is also certified as a qualified cognitive therapist through the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. 

    Before joining Dr. Cochran's practice in 2012, she served as a member of the clinical faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at Vanderbilt School of Medicine for almost seven years, with a clinical practice specializing in the treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. From 2008-2012, she taught a neuroscience course to the psychiatric nurse practitioner students at Vanderbilt School of Nursing. Currently, Virginia is a part-time faculty member at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing where she helps train psychiatric nurse practitioner students and is an instructor in their psychopharmacology course.

    Virginia graduated Cum Laude from Duke University in 2001 with a psychology major. She went on to receive her Masters of Science in Nursing from the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialty program at Vanderbilt School of Nursing in 2005

    Ellie Kenemer - PMHNP-BC

    Ellie Kenemer, PMHNP-BC, is ANCC Board Certified as a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse
    Practitioner with prescriptive privileges. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Georgia, graduating cum laude with a BA in Psychology, then continued her education at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, graduating with a Master’s of Science in Nursing. Ellie is a member of the nursing honor society Sigma Theta Tau, Iota chapter, and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. 

    She has worked as a therapist through private organizations, in the school system, and as an independent contractor. Prior to joining Dr. Cochran’s practice she worked as a Nurse Practitioner in a community health setting. Her varied roles within the mental health field have provided experience including individual therapy and counseling, telehealth services, individualized Applied Behavioral Analysis and Discrete Trial Training techniques with Autistic children, outdoor Vestibular System therapy, pediatric play therapy, and equestrian aided movement therapy. She specializes in treating Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Schizophrenia.

    Leah Bowen - PMHNP-BC 

    Leah Bowen, PMHNP-BC, is ANCC Board Certified as a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse
    Practitioner with prescriptive privileges. She completed undergraduate studies at Birmingham-Southern College and her master’s in nursing at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She is a member of the nursing honor society, Sigma Theta Tau, Iota chapter.

    Leah comes to The Nashville Center for Hope and Healing with 14 years of experience in psychiatry, the majority of the time working for the Department of Psychiatry at Vanderbilt. She has experience working with adults in private practice and children and adolescents in outpatient and school settings. Since 2003, she has helped train psychiatric nurse practitioner students at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing as a preceptor and clinical supervisor.

    Leah’s holistic approach to healing includes an emphasis on individual and family therapy, judicious use of medication and healthy self care practices. She specializes in treating symptoms of anxiety, trauma, depression, cyclic moods and ADHD.

    Lauren Valencia - LCSW Therapist & Nashville TMS Coordinator

    Lauren Valencia, LMSW graduated with her Masters of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee College Of Social Work in 2013.  During her graduate studies Lauren interned with inpatient surgery at the Veterans Health Administration Tennessee Valley Healthcare System and Alive Hospice.

    Prior to becoming an LMSW Lauren received her B.S. in Psychology and Criminology from Florida State University. For three years she worked as a Resident Assistant counseling students and implementing educational programs geared toward helping students adapt to the changes many young adults face during college. She also worked with a mentoring program for children with incarcerated parents. In therapy Lauren utilizes culturally competent, strengths-based approaches, CBT, and Motivational Interviewing. Her experiences in the hospice and hospital settings enable her to discuss delicate subject matter with the attention it deserves.

    Emelyn Meador, Clinical Practice Manager

    Emelyn is a Nashville native, born and raised. She excelled at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, where she majored in Spanish and World Business. While involved in numerous activities, she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa honor society and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences. Em began in this office as the TMS Coordinator and was promoted to Clinical Practice Manager in 2013.

    Whitney Patton, Front Office Specialist - Nashville

    Whitney is a Nashville native, born & raised. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Middle Tennessee State University, where she majored in Community and Public Health, and Nutrition Sciences. Before working in this office, she was a Dietician Assistant at Vanderbilt Hospital for 3 years, and 1 year at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital.

    Chuck Cochran, MBA, Administrator

    Chuck is our back office Administrator.  An MBA from Vanderbilt University and a University of Tennessee Alum, you might get a glimpse of him in the office. He is usually tucked away in the back working on accounting, insurance and operations. He is always available to help on any non-clinical issue when the front office staff is busy or unavailable.

    Chuck is an experienced Practice and TMS Administrator.

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