Clinical Providers & Staff - Nashville Office

Clinical Providers & Staff - Cool Springs Office


    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.

    Wm. Bryan Bell, MD Cool Springs Medical Director

    William Bryan Bell, MD is a Board Certified Psychiatrist currently working in private practice in Franklin, TN (Cool Springs). His practice is dedicated to the treatment of children, adolescents and
    adults with a variety of psychiatric conditions.  Dr. Bell and his team seek to provide an atmosphere of care where a patient’s unique mental, physical and spiritual needs are addressed simultaneously.

    Dr. Bell received his undergraduate degree from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee and completed his medical school training at the University of Kentucky College of Medicinein 1988.  After completing his formal psychiatric training with the United States Air Force at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center at Lackland AFB, Texas (San Antonio), he began his psychiatric career at Edwards Air Force Base in
    California.   Before moving to Tennessee, he worked at the Remuda Ranch Center in Wickenburg, Arizona.  In 2000 after moving to Nashville, Tennessee, he worked as a staff psychiatrist with
    Centerstone Community Mental Health Centers, Inc. (2000-2002) where he helped implement tele-psychiatry to remote Middle Tennessee locations. Dr. Bell was the medical director of LifeCare Family Services, Inc, Nashville (2012-2017) where he provided psychiatric supervision to
    well over 20 psychiatric nurse practitioners.  Dr. Bell has been in private practice since 2001 and joined the Nashville Center for Hope and Healing team in the fall of 2017.  He is now offering transcranial magnetic stimulation in his office to existing and new patients.  He and his wife, Jody, live in Franklin and have raised four children. 

    Jody Bell - Cool Springs RN/TMS Coordinator

    Jody A. Bell, RN, grew up in Illinois and attended Wheaton College. Upon transferring to Carson-Newman College in TN sophomore year, she earned a BA in Health and Physical Education and married her high school sweetheart. After earning a Master’s degree as a graduate teaching assistant in Health Education from Illinois State University, she taught K-12 physical education. Jody then enjoyed her favorite career raising her four children and being active in homeschooling. After teaching high school biology and substitute teaching for several years, Jody received her RN degree from Columbia State Community College. Jody has worked as an OBGYN nurse as well as being involved in psychiatric care and office administration. She and Dr. Bell have been married since 1981 and enjoy spending time with their family, children and grandchildren as well as hiking and church activities.

    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.

    Julianna Anderson, Front Office Specialist - Cool Springs

    Julianna has lived in the Nashville area for the past 18 years and she has been working with Dr. Bell for the past 5 years as an administrative assistant.  Julianna is a TN State Board licensed Aesthetician and has been working as a manager or supervisor in customer service and patient care for the past 10 years.  Her eagerness to help and serve others sets her apart as a valued member of our team.

    Ashley Williams, Front Office Specialist - Cool Springs

    Ashley is a Nashville Native, born and raised in East Nashville. Ashley has worked in the healthcare field for over 10 years. 4 years as an office manager, 6 years in front and back office coordinating. Working in primary care, cardiology, and psychiatry. Ashley is also medical assistant and CPR certified. She is currently working to get her masters at the University of Pheonix for business management. 

    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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