Center for Professional Health

Meet our Faculty & Staff

William Swiggart, M.S., L.P.C./MHSP

Mr. 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 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 and Great Britain.

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 of 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 chair of the Faculty and Physician 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 Joseph Riley, M.D., MBA, MPH, the 10th President and CEO of the Meharry Medical College.  They have two wonderful daughters, 14 year old  Erin Elizabeth (a 9th grader at USN) and 10 year old Alexis Camille Riley (a 4th grader at CIA).  The family enjoys family game nights, family movie nights, 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

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

GingerGinger Manley is a nurse psychotherapist and sex therapist with 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 her Franklin, TN practice in 2005, where she had worked with individuals, couples, and groups. She is a clinical professor of Nursing in the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and an associate in Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. 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, as well as a popular workshop presenter across the country.


Tobi Fishel, Ph.D.

Dr. Fishel is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Clinical Pediatrics at Vanderbilt.  She has been a faculty member of the departments of psychiatry, pediatrics and psychology since 1998. Her responsibilities include teaching, clinical practice, administrative, and research activities.  She is one of the founders and director of psychological services for the Vanderbilt Center for Integrative Health.  As an educator, she directs small group sessions for first year medical students during their intercession which focuses on coping with chronic illness.  In addition, she teaches integrative medicine, health psychology, and mindfulness – based practices to psychiatry and psychology residents, psychiatric child fellows, and directs a behavioral medicine practicum for pre-doctoral students focusing on health psychology.  In her very active clinic practice, she treats children, teens, and adults who are learning to cope with trauma, chronic illness, and chronic pain. In addition, a large proportion of her practice is devoted to helping physicians and their families better negotiate the stressful demands of home and the workplace.  Moreover, Dr. Fishel is very active in integrative medicine on a national level as she is the co-chair of the clinical committee of the consortium of academic health centers of integrative medicine (CAHCIM) and is the psychologist representative for the task force for developing core competencies for integrative pain medicine. To balance work and home, and to nurture her spirit, she enjoys traveling, playing guitar, painting, and dancing.

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

Dr. Worley is a psychiatrist with more than 20 years of experience in health care provider wellbeing.  She is an adjunct Professor of Medicine at the Vanderbilt School of Medicine and serves as faculty in the Vanderbilt Center for Professional Health. She is the South Central United States Veteran’s Health Administration Mental Health Chief Physician Consultant. Dr. Worley is the immediate Past President of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine and a Past President of the Association for Academic Psychiatry where she was awarded a lifetime achievement award in 2012 for her inspirational contributions to psychiatric education.


Carolyn Post Cone, MSN, APRN, BC

ConeCaroline Post Cone MSN, APRN, BC 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 Nurse’s Credentialing Center.


Douglas R. Herr, Psy.D

Dr. HerrDr. Herr is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry.  As an Integrative Health Psychologist at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, he provides integrative health consultations and mind-body therapy for patients with chronic disease and chronic pain.  Dr. Herr received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology in La Mirada, California and completed an Internship at Texas A&M University Student Counseling Services. He has been certified in Imago Relationship Therapy, EMDR Level II trauma treatment, has completed a two year training in advanced psychodynamic psychotherapy, and a two year comprehensive training in Hakomi therapy and Re-Creation of the Self therapy.  He practices a mindfulness-based, body-centered approach to psychotherapy and health coaching.


Diana Phillips, Sr. Executive Secretary

Diana's photoDiana Phillips joined the CPH staff in 1998.  She is the Senior Executive Secretary 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!

Marine Ghulyan, MA , Research Analyst III


Marine Ghulyan, a behavioral scientist with exceptional program management and organizational skills; has worked with researchers over the past 14 years. She has extensive experience working with International Organizations on various humanitarian missions: The HALO Trust, British international charity specializing in the removal of debris of war, Medicines sans Frontiers-France and Medicines sans Frontiers-Belgium. She is a graduate of University of Westminster in London, UK and Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. Marine joined the CPH team in 2008. She is a recent graduate of Vanderbilt Program for Research Administrators (VPRAD). 2012 VPRAD Graduation photos

Marine Ghulyan is a recent VPRAD graduate

Anderson Spickard, Jr., M.D.

Anderson 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 Chancellor’s 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.

 Dr. Spickard's portrait unveiling

David Dodd, MD

  David 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.


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