Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Staff | The Pisgah Institute

Clinicians in the office on Zillicoa Street:
Bill Barley, Ph.D

Dr. Barley is a clinical psychologist with three decades' experience using several cognitive-behavioral therapies to diagnose and treat anxiety and panic disorders, phobias, mood disorders, and obsessive-compulsive spectrum disorders (e.g. trichotillomania). He is past president and newsletter editor of the North Carolina Psychological Association and twice past president of the Western North Carolina Psychological Association. He is a 1980 graduate of Texas Tech University's clinical psychology program. He has several professional publications and has made many presentations to professional audiences in his areas of interest.

Stephen E. Buie, M.D., D.F.A.P.A

Dr. Buie attended UNC-Chapel Hill as an undergraduate on a Morehead Scholarship. He obtained his medical education at UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine. He completed a residency in internal medicine at a Columbia University training Hospital in New York and a psychiatry residency at Cornell Medical College, also in New York. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association in recognition of his contributions in several areas of psychiatry. He is past President of the North Carolina Psychiatric Association. He is adjunct assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and teaches UNC medical students at the Asheville campus of the UNC School of Medicine.  He provides medication management for all psychiatric conditions with particular interests in bipolar disorder, ADHD, depression, and anxiety disorders.

Jeff Carter, M.D.
Child Psychiatrist

Dr. Carter treats children and adolescents with a comprehensive approach that includes medications, psychotherapy and involvement with families. He provides consultation to the Asheville City Schools.

Mary Berg, M.D.

Dr. Berg obtained her undergraduate degree at Duke University and attended East Carolina University School of Medicine for medical school and psychiatry residency. She has been practicing general adult psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry at The Pisgah Institute since 1999. Her clinical interests include evaluation and medication management of a broad range of adult and geriatric mental disorders, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, dementia and psychotic disorders.  Dr. Berg is also a certified TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) practitioner for treatment of mood disorders.

Susan Hill, Ed.D.

Dr. Hill received her doctorate in counseling psychology from Rutgers University. She works with children 3 years and older, adolescents, adults and families. Her areas of interest include individual and/or family therapy as well as psycho-educational testing, personality testing, and evaluating adaptive/developmental levels. Over the years, Dr. Hill has worked with persons with Developmental Disabilities; issues surrounding abuse; family conflicts; mood disorders; and other personal issues.

Nancy McKeel, Ph.D

Dr. McKeel specializes in cognitive- behavior therapy for depression, women's issues and post-traumatic stress. Dr. McKeel is trained in neurofeedback and treats a variety of disorders with it.

Judy McKay, M.D.

Dr. McKay is a Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist who specializes in Mood disorders during pregnancy and postpartum. Additionally, she works with children age 6 and under. Before coming to Asheville, Dr. McKay ran a "Perinatal Mood Disorder Clinic" in the Department of Neuropsychiatry at the University of South Carolina, School of Medicine for women who wanted to become pregnant, were pregnant or were postpartum. Because perinatal mood disorders affect the whole family, she has developed a Perinatal Mood Disorder Team at Pisgah Institute. The team works with the mother, father, and infant relationship as well as treating the mother. Since fathers can experience postpartum depression or worsening of a current mood disorder after a baby is born, Dr. McKay also treats fathers having problems during the postpartum period. She has completed a Zero-To-Three Fellowship that focuses on working with young children.

Doug McKee, Psy.D.

Dr. McKee attended Rollins College, Sydney University, West Georgia College, and Georgia School of Professional Psychology. He specializes in relationship issues between family members, couples and blended families. He is a licensed addiction specialist. He sees adults, children, teens, couples, and families. He is trained in cognitive behavioral therapy. He also does experiential therapy and will use a family systems approach when appropriate. He has specialized training in psychomotor therapy, and in sexual addiction therapy. Dr. McKee has presented at many conferences. He is past president of the Western North Carolina Psychological Association and is a member of the American Psychological Association. He has taught graduate classes at several universities. He is creative in his approach to helping his clients develop new patterns to help them succeed in achieving their goals. Clients are appreciative of the individual attention he gives to their needs.

Brian Sealy, NP
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Mr. Sealy completed his bachelor's degree in nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Nursing, and went on to complete his Master's of Science in Nursing at Duke University, School of Nursing.   Mr. Sealy enjoys the Asheville area and serving the clients in his community.

Danielle Mitchener, M.S.N., A.N.P., P.M.H.N.P.
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Mrs. Mitchener completed her bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She worked for six years at Duke University Medical Center in neurology critical care and as a research coordinator. She joined The Pisgah Institute in 2008 and enjoys working with patients who experience depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and brain injury. Mrs. Mitchener is board certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner. 

Richard E. Johnson, Ph.D.

Dr. Johnson is a clinical psychologist with over 30 years of experience in teaching, research, and psychotherapy in inpatient, outpatient, community mental health, and private practice settings. He received his doctorate in Psychology from The University of Georgia and completed a two year post doctoral training in Clinical Psychology at Kent State University and The Eastern Virginia Medical School. Combining cognitive behavioral therapy with therapeutic story telling, he focuses on adults of all ages with anxiety, mood disorders, addictions, and relationship issues in both individual and couples formats. His office is in Hendersonville and he can be contacted directly at 828-698-6390.

Sarah Wells, M.D.

Dr. Wells completed her undergraduate work in psychology at UNC—Chapel Hill on a Morehead Scholarship. After graduating, she did medical volunteer work abroad and then worked with an Americorps Program before beginning medical school at the UNC School of Medicine. Dr. Wells completed a general psychiatry residency and a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at UNC Hospitals. She enjoys providing medication management and psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and adults.

Rita Christensen, Ph.D

Dr. Christensen received a Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology from Florida State University. In her undergraduate work, also at Florida State, she majored in psychology and minored in sociology. Her studies in both psychology and sociology reflect her awareness of the impact of a person's environment on their behavior, and the importance of taking context into consideration in the treatment of psychological matters.  

Dr. Christensen provides psychological assessment, diagnosis, and treatment to  adults for a wide range of mental health problems, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship issues, phobias, and addictions.  She combines cognitive-behavioral interventions with a humanistic, experiential emphasis in order to reduce symptoms, improve daily functioning, and maximize personal potential.                     

Elizabeth Rollins, M.D.

Joy Breckenridge, Ph.D.

Dr. Breckenridge is a licensed psychologist with 14 years experience in using cognitive-behavioral therapy to treat adults who are having problems with anxiety including panic attacks, worry, phobias, OCD, as well as trichotillomania, skin picking, relationship/adjustment issues, PTSD, and Bipolar Disorder.  Additionally, she has experience working with university students, both undergraduate and graduate, on issues such as those noted above as well as problems with studying, time management, and AD/HD. She received her doctorate in counseling psychology from the University of Houston.

Gail Kase, M.D.

Dr. Kase earned a degree in humanities from Penn State University after attending Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia. She graduated from the Penn State University College of Medicine, and she completed her residency in psychiatry at The Institute of the Pennsylvania Hospital where she served as chief resident. Before relocating to Asheville, she practiced psychiatry in the Philadelphia area for 15 years, splitting her time between a private psychodynamic psychotherapy practice and various clinical and administrative positions in the community. Her community experience ranges from clinical treatment and administrative management of residential facilities and outpatient clinics to caring for people with disabling mental illness who are homeless or incarcerated. Dr. Kase is compassionate, she understands how to listen deeply, and she is comfortable managing crises. While proficient with psychiatric medication, she is devoted to empowering each individual to develop insight, self-acceptance and a fulfilled life.

Clinicians in the office on College Place:
Ed Hamlin, Ph.D

Dr. Hamlin obtained his clinical psychology training at UNC-Chapel Hill and worked at Duke University before returning to Asheville to work at Highland Hospital. He specializes in neuropsychology, including neurofeedback, for a variety of conditions, including attention deficit disorder, traumatic brain injury and stroke. He also works with clients to develop optimum brain functioning.

Mary Ammerman, Psy.D.
Psychologist/Neurofeedback Therapist

Dr. Ammerman earned both her master's degree and doctorate in clinical psychology from Pepperdine University. She has worked in juvenile detention centers, a veteran's hospital, an adolescent outpatient substance abuse treatment program, a women's prison, and a university community counseling center. Her clinical interests include working with adolescents and adults who are chemically dependent; helping people enhance their relationships with themselves and their loved ones; and helping people create fulfilling lives that they enjoy.

Terry Sloan, M.S., LPC
Psychologist/Neurofeedback Therapist

Ms. Sloan has a master’s degree in community counseling from Western Carolina University. She has received postgraduate training in EEG neurofeedback. She integrates cognitive-behavioral, solution-focused talk therapy with neurofeedback and other forms of biofeedback. Her areas of interest include college transition, grief, anxiety, depression, and stress reduction. She sees adolescents, adults and couples.


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