Meet our Faculty & Staff

William Swiggart, M.S.

BillMr. Swiggart was involved in the practice of psychotherapy for 40 years.  He retired from private practice in 2012. He is currently an Assistant in Medicine in the Department of Medicine and the Co- Director of The Center for Professional Health at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. Mr. Swiggart was the primary therapist for The Vanderbilt Institute for the Treatment of Addiction, and the first Registered Art Therapist in the state of Tennessee.  He received his bachelor’s degree in special education, his master’s degree in educational psychology from the University of Tennessee, and is a licensed professional counselor.  He is the past president of Nashville’s Psychotherapy Institute.  He is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Society for Advancement of Sexual Health (SASH).  He serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for the Application and Scholarship in Theater (CAST) in Medicine at George Washington University. Mr. Swiggart has conducted workshops in the Commonwealth of Independent States (Russia), Australia, Canada, Norway, Great Britain and Uruguay.

Charlene M. Dewey, M.D., M.Ed., F.A.C.P.

DeweyCharlene M. Dewey, M.D., M.Ed., FACP, received her M.D. from the Morehouse School of Medicine (1990) where she also received the Ciba Geigy Award for Academic and Community Leadership and the Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry Achievement Awards. Dr. Dewey completed training and Chief Residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center in the Residency Program in Social Internal Medicine in 1993 and was awarded the Daniel Leitch Excellence in Social Medicine Award. Dr. Dewey spent 15 years on faculty at the Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, serving the underserved and uninsured population of Houston. While there, she received numerous teaching awards and recognitions including three Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. Faculty Excellence Awards, runner up for Physician of the Year, the Inaugural Chair of the Academy of Distinguished Educators, and the Dean of Medical Education Service Award. Dr. Dewey received her Master's in Medical Education (emphasis on curriculum design and instruction) in 2004 from the University of Houston College of Education. Dr. Dewey joined the faculty at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine with joint appointments in the Department of Medical Education and Administration Division of the Office of Teaching and Learning in Medicine and the Department of Medicine-Division of General Internal Medicine and Public Health in September 2007. She was appointed to the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine's Academy of Teaching Excellence in 2008. Dr. Dewey is Assistant Dean for Educator Development, chair of the Faculty Wellness Committee, Co-Director of the Center for Professional Health, and director of the Educator Development Program. Dr. Dewey serves on several non-profit boards and is an active member of the Nashville Chapter, The Links Incorporated. Dr. Dewey is married to Wayne J. Riley, M.D., M.P.H., MBA, FACP, current President-elect of the American College of Physicians and immediate past-President and CEO of Meharry Medical College. Charlene and Wayne are the proud parents of Erin Elizabeth, and Alexis Camille. The Riley-s are active parishioners of St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church in Nashville and are members of the Pontifical Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem.  The family enjoys family game and movie nights, Skiing, WWE, holiday gatherings with family and friends and their annual family vacation.

Our Dr. Dewey is named Nashville 2013 ATHENA Awards winner!

Dr. Dewey is nominated for the 2013 Nashville ATHENA Award!

Dr. Dewey visits Marshall University to discuss professionalism

Diana Phillips, Lead Administrative Assistant

Diana's photoDiana Phillips joined the CPH staff in 1998.  She is the Lead Administrative Assistant for Co-Directors, Dr. Charlene M. Dewey and Mr. William Swiggart. Except for a four month period in 1987, she has been an employee of Vanderbilt University Medical Center since 1977.  She is a graduate of Aquinas College in Nashville, TN. She was a recipient of the Vanderbilt CREDO AWARD in June 2012. Click here for photos. 

 Diana Phillips is a CREDO AWARD WINNER!

James L. (Jim) Bills, Ed.D., M.S.

Jim is the newest addition to the CPH team.  He has been at Vanderbilt since 1998 and has been involved with graduate and medical students as a member of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, the Office for Teaching and Learning in Medicine, the Medical Scientist Training Program, and the Center for Experiential Learning and Assessment. His educational and research interests include medical education, curriculum development, instructional programs, and cultural competency and diversity. Jim earned an Ed.D. in higher education Curriculum and Instruction and his dissertation research focused on perceptions of bias in medical school curriculum. He earned an M.Ed. from Vanderbilt University (Curriculum Development and Instructional Leadership), an M.S. from Southern Mississippi (emphasis on Public Administration), and a B.S. degree (Politics and Government) from Maryland. 

Ronald E. Neufeld, B.S.W., L.A.D.A.C.

Mr. Neufeld is a licensed addictions counselor who began working in mental health and addictions in 1979. The Vanderbilt Institute for Treatment of Addiction (VITA) employed him from its inception in 1984 until 2002. Mr. Neufeld is currently the program director of the Vanderbilt Comprehensive Assessment Program, for professionals in high accountability positions.  Ron received  the 2011 Credo Award at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Ginger Manley, MSN, APRN, PMHCNS-BC


Ginger Manley is a nurse psychotherapist and sex therapist who has over 25 years experience practicing and teaching in the field of sexual health.  Her specialties include sexual addiction, sexual trauma, sexual dysfunction, and sexual boundary issues in health care practitioners. She retired from private practice in 2005, where she had worked with individuals, couples, and groups in her practice in Franklin, TN. She retired as an Associate in Psychiatry, Division of Addiction Psychiatry, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and Clinical Professor of Nursing, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in June 2015. She is professionally certified as a Psychiatric / Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist by the American Nurse Credentialing Center and as a Certified Diplomate of Sex Therapy and Certified Supervisor by the American Association of Sex Educators, Counselors, and Therapists.  She has published numerous articles in professional journals and is a frequent media guest, both regionally and nationally, and a popular workshop presenter across the country.

Linda L.M. Worley, M.D., FAPM

Linda L.M. Worley MD is the North West Arkansas Regional Associate Dean of the UAMS College of Medicine.

Dr. Worley is a native of Seattle, Washington and earned her B.S. in Biology at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA. She completed her medical education at Oklahoma University College of Medicine and was an A.O.A. graduate. She went on to complete her residency in psychiatry at O.U. including a year of child psychiatry before being recruited to join academic faculty at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. She rose through the ranks to become a tenured Professor of Psychiatry with a secondary appointment in Obstetrics and Gynecology for her contributions in Women’s Mental Health in 2007. She is most known for her role in creating the UAMS Student and Faculty Wellness programs, for leading the UAMS General Hospital Psychiatry Consultation Service and for creating the ANGELS Women’s Mental Health Consultation Service. Dr. Worley received an American Psychiatric Association Gold Award for leading a model program for the nation in treating dually diagnosed pregnant and parenting women in a residential setting with their children. Following several tragic physician suicides in Little Rock, Dr. Worley was instrumental in leading the modification of Arkansas medical licensure questions to promote physician self-care. She is on Vanderbilt faculty as an Adjunct Professor of Medicine and teaches the Center for Professional Health’s Distressed Physicians Course.

Dr. Worley is an accomplished educator and has been recognized by receiving 10 red sash awards from graduating medical students, the UAMS College of Medicine Parent’s Club Award for demonstrating compassion, empathy, integrity, encouragement and character, the UAMS Outstanding Woman Faculty Award for excellence in leadership, mentoring, scholarship and professional achievement, the Robert Shannon MD Award for making outstanding contributions to psychiatric education in the state of Arkansas, and received the Association for Academic Psychiatry Lifetime Achievement Award for her long-term sustained educational leadership. Nationally, Dr. Worley served as President of the Association for Academic Psychiatry and as President of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine (Consultation Liaison Psychiatry). She is the 2018 Chair of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Scientific Program Committee and a member of the APA Workgroup on Psychiatrist Wellbeing and Burnout.

Dr. Worley migrated to NW Arkansas to join her husband who became Chief of Staff of the Veterans Healthcare System of the Ozarks in 2012. Their son, Russell and daughter in law, Anne graduated from the University of Arkansas Fay Jones School of Architecture and work for Polk, Stanley, Wilcox Architects in Fayetteville. Russell is the on-site architect for the Frank Broyles Razorback Stadium Project. Their daughter, Jessica and son in law Paul live in Indianapolis where she is a physician in her second year of residency training in Pediatrics, Child and Adult Psychiatry. Jessica attended the U of A Honors College and the UAMS College of Medicine completing her 3rd and 4th year of medical training in NW Arkansas.

Caroline Post Cone, MSN, APRN, BC

ConeCaroline Post Cone is a nurse psychotherapist who has worked in the field of mental health for over 20 years. She taught psychiatric nursing at both the graduate and undergraduate levels for 14 years. At one time, she was the Program Director in a psychiatric hospital providing care to children with psychiatric disorders and their families. She currently maintains a private practice in the Nashville area working with individuals, couples and families around issues related to sexual health, sexual abuse and sexual addiction as well as issues related to depression, anxiety, attention, eating, and substance abuse. A major portion of her practice involves marital work with couples around communication, conflict and sexual health. She holds a Registered Nursing License and an Advanced Practice Nursing License, and she is professionally certified as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatric and Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Douglas R. Herr, Psy.D

Dr. HerrDr. Herr is a Health Psychologist in private practice in Nashville, TN.  He coaches people to improve self-care and important health behaviors, such as effective relating under stress, moving from habitual to healthy eating, smoking reduction and cessation, and moving from burnout to balance, growth and change.  Dr. Herr also uses guided mindfulness, EMDR and hypnosis to reduce trauma symptoms of PTSD. Dr. Herr was previously an Assistant Professor with appointments in VUMC Departments of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.  During his clinical appointment at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, he provided integrative health consultations, mind-body therapy and led groups for patients with chronic disease and chronic pain.  Dr. Herr received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology and an internship at Texas A&M.  He has an undergraduate degree in Engineering Physics from Cornell University.  He has post-doctoral certifications in Imago Relationship Therapy, EMDR Level II trauma treatment, two year training in Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, and a two year comprehensive training in Hakomi mind-body therapy. 

Michael Baron, MD

Dr. Michael Baron

Dr. Michael Baron attained his Medical Degree, Masters in Public Health and completed an internal medicine internship at Tulane University, School of Medicine. He completed his first residency in Anesthesiology at Washington University, School of Medicine and his Psychiatry training at Vanderbilt University, School of Medicine.  He has maintained his certifications in Anesthesiology, Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. He has practiced in the Nashville area since 1998 in a variety of settings including private practice, teaching hospitals and residential treatment centers.  Dr. Baron specialized in treating chronic pain and addiction. In 2006, he published original research showing that chronic opioid use increased chronic pain scores.  Dr. Baron was appointed to the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners (BME) in 2010 and reappointed in 2015 as well he served as Chair of the Controlled Substance Monitoring Database committee from 2014 where he helped write the Tennessee Chronic Pain Guidelines as well as many different Department of Health rules. He resigned from the Board of Medical Examiners and the Controlled Substance Monitoring Database committee in January 2017 to accept the Medical Director of the Tennessee Medical Foundation – Physician Health Program.

Alex Scarbrough Fisher, JD

AlexAlex Scarbrough Fisher, J.D. is an senior associate at Frost Brown Todd, LLC, in Nashville, Tennessee.  Alex's practice has an emphasis in health care related boards, including the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners and the Tennessee Board of Nursing. Prior to joining Frost Brown Todd, Alex created the administrative law practice at Thompson Burton, a boutique business law firm in Franklin, Tennessee. Alex's background as a former law clerk to the administrative law judges of Tennessee gives her a unique perspective into the administrative law process, which helps her better serve her clients. She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable William J. Haynes, Jr., Chief Judge for U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee.  Alex is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School, where she was a Dean’s Scholar recipient and served as the vice president of the Vanderbilt Bar Association and president of the Native American Law Student Association. During her time at Vanderbilt, Alex took part in mock trial and moot court. She previously served as an intern to both former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean and the Metropolitan Nashville District Attorney’s Office.

Anderson Spickard, Jr., M.D.

AndyAnderson Spickard, Jr., M.D., has more than 40 years of experience in active treatment of patients with substance abuse problems. Most recently his focus is on physician health and behavior. He is Professor of Medicine Emeritus at Vanderbilt Medical Center and is the past medical director of The Center for Professional Health (CPH). In June 2003, he was awarded the Chancellors Chair in Medicine for his contributions to research and addiction related to physician wellness. Dr. Spickard is a nationally recognized expert in the area of substance abuse. He is the co-author of the book, Dying for a Drink: What You and Your Family Should Know about Alcoholism, which was translated into seven languages and Braille. The revised edition was released in November 2005. He is also the author of Stay with Me: Stories of a Black Bag Doctor (2011) and The Craving Brain: Science, Spirituality and the Road to Recovery (2016).

Dr. Spickard continues his involvement in addiction education and treatment, particularly in the homeless population. His main focus of teaching is the 12-Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous. He has a 12-week course for local homeless addicted men.

Dr. Spickard's portrait unveiling

David Dodd, MD

doddDavid T. Dodd, MD IN MEMORIUM M.D
Article in the REPORTER Jan 28, 2011

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of David T. Dodd, M.D. Dr. Dodd died suddenly December 18, 2010 at Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro, TN. Dr. Dodd was involved in the development of the Center for Professional Health and our continuing medical education programs for physicians. Dr. Dodd was an instructor in our courses for many years. He was an Associate Professor in Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University Medical School.