Clinical Providers & Staff - Nashville 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.

Kelly Anderson, PMHNP-BC

Kelly Anderson, PMHNP-BC is a Board Certified Lifespan Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with prescriptive privileges. She has devoted her professional career to mental health and healing, growing both in education and experience along the way. Kelly graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and went on to earn her master’s degree from Loyola College in Maryland in Clinical Psychology. With the intention of having a more direct impact on the lives of patients, Kelly pursued a career in Nursing. She received her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Belmont University in Nashville and her Masters in Nursing from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Kelly has worked in mental health for over twenty years, with diverse experience caring for adults, children and adolescents. She focuses her practice on building relationships with the fundamental desire to understand her patient’s experience, perspective and unique goals. Kelly encourages her patients to take an active role in their journey to wellness, with an emphasis on personal growth, self-care and healthy relationship boundaries.

Susan Swanson-Moore, PMHNP-BC

Susan Swanson-Moore, MSN, APRN-BC has been a Psychiatric nurse practitioner for 25 years. She treats children, adolescence, and adults having specialized in child and adolescent nursing.  She grew up in Nashville and received her Masters Degree from Vanderbilt University and her ANCC certification in adult Psychiatric nursing enabling her to treat all age ranges. Susan loves encouraging others and has a holistic approach believing the mind, body and spirit are all inclusive.  Susan is our In Network provider with Blue Cross Blue Shield (visit Neuroscience and TMS Treatment Center at to schedule your In Network session with Susan)

Lauren Valencia - LCSW Therapist & TMS Coordinator

Lauren Valencia, LCSW has been with NCHH and the Neuroscience and TMS Treamtent 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.

Emelyn Meador, Billing/Clinic 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, Practice Manager - 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.

Ashley Williams, Practice Manager - Brentwood

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

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.