Bill Barley, Ph.D.
Dr. Barley is a clinical psychologist with four decades of experience in cognitive-behavior therapy for diagnosis and treatment of anxiety disorders, panic attacks, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder, body-centered repetitive behavior disorders, and mood and depressive disorders. He graduated from Texas Tech University’s doctoral program in clinical psychology in 1980. He was a staff psychologist at Highland Hospital in Asheville till 1993. Dr. Barley is a founding member of The Pisgah Institute, shareholder and president of the practice. He is twice past president of the Western North Carolina Psychological Association and is past president, long-time editor of the association’s newsletter, and member of the board of directors of the North Carolina Psychological Association. Dr. Barley has several publications and has made many presentations to professional audiences in his areas of practice. Occasionally he is told he resembles Stephen Spielberg, which his wife says he does, “vaguely.”
Stephen E. Buie, M.D., D.L.F.A.P.A
Dr. Buie provides medication management for adults with all psychiatric conditions and has a particular interest in bipolar disorder, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, depression, and anxiety disorders. He is trained in transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), a treatment for depression. Dr. Buie attended the University of North Carolina — Chapel Hill as an undergraduate on a Morehead Scholarship. He obtained his medical education at the University of the North Carolina — Chapel Hill School of Medicine. He completed a residency in internal medicine at Columbia University training hospital in New York and a psychiatry residency at Cornell Medical College, also in New York. Dr. Buie is an adjunct assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He is also the psychiatry course director at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Asheville campus as well as program director of the new Psychiatry Residency program at Mountain Areas Health Education Center (MAHEC). He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association in recognition of his contributions in several areas of psychiatry. He is the past president of the North Carolina Psychiatric Association. Dr. Buie is a founder and shareholder of The Pisgah Institute.
Jeff Carter, M.D.
John Jefferson Carter, Jr., is a psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of children and adolescents. He utilizes a comprehensive approach that includes medications, psychotherapy, and involvement with families. He is board certified in general psychiatry as well as child and adolescent psychiatry. He graduated from the University of Alabama Medical School in Birmingham, Alabama. He completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of Alabama and participated in the Child Fellowship program at Maudsley Hospital in London, England. Dr. Carter practiced at Children’s Hospital, Birmingham, Alabama. He then served as the medical clinical director at the Rutherford — Polk Mental Health Program for approximately 15 years. He has been with the Pisgah Institute since 1999. He is a shareholder at The Pisgah Institute, participating in fiscal oversight as well as policy development. In his spare time, he enjoys outdoor activities that are available in the mountains.
Susan Hill, Ed.D.
Dr. Hill is a psychologist who began her practice in the public-school system and college counseling centers. She continues to work with children, age six years and older, and has added adults to her therapy and testing practice. Individual and family therapy along with psychological and psycho-educational testing are Dr. Hill’s areas of interest. Her focus is psycho-dynamic theory with an eye towards development throughout the life span. Mindfulness, hypnosis, and spirituality also inform her work. She completed her training at Rutgers University in New Jersey in counseling psychology and moved to Western North Carolina. Dr. Hill is a shareholder at The Pisgah Institute. In her spare time, Dr. Hill enjoys long walks out in nature, live musical and theatrical performances, and playing with her spoiled cats.
Mary Berg, M.D.
Dr. Berg is a psychiatrist who has been practicing general adult and geriatric psychiatry at The Pisgah Institute since 1999. Her clinical interests include evaluation and medication management of a broad range of adult mental-health disorders. She also administers transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy for major depressive disorder. 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 worked at the Copestone Psychiatric unit and administered ECT treatments in the past. Dr. Berg is a shareholder at The Pisgah Institute, serving in a leadership and practice-management role. Her personal areas of interest include medical missions, travel, and ballroom dancing.
Sarah Wells, M.D.
Dr. Wells is a psychiatrist who enjoys working with children, adolescents, and young adults. Primarily, she provides medication management, and she believes it is important to focus on healthy lifestyle habits and other ways to maximize one’s mental health, as part of treatment. Dr. Wells sees patients at The Pisgah Institute but also works in a variety of other settings. She is a consulting psychiatrist at the University of North Carolina — Asheville Student Health and Counseling Services, Asheville Academy for Girls, and SUWS of the Carolinas. Her passion is teaching medical students and residents. She is on the faculty at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. She serves as the associate program director for the new Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) Psychiatry Residency program. Dr. Wells completed her training at University of North Carolina Hospitals. She is board certified in adult psychiatry as well as child and adolescent psychiatry. Dr. Wells is also a shareholder for The Pisgah Institute. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking in our beautiful mountains, as well as traveling to and experiencing new places.
Danielle Mitchener, M.S.N., A.N.P., P.M.H.N.P
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Mrs. Mitchener is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who joined The Pisgah Institute in 2008. Mrs. Mitchener enjoys working in multiple settings including a psychiatric crisis center as well as a substance-abuse and eating disorder inpatient and outpatient facility. She also sees adult patients at The Pisgah Institute. She treats a variety of psychiatric conditions including depression, anxiety, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, trauma, bipolar disorder, substance-use disorders, psychotic disorders, and personality disorders. Mrs. Mitchener attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for undergraduate and graduate education. Prior to moving to Asheville, she worked at Duke University Medical Center in the Neurological Intensive Care Unit and as a Neurology Research Coordinator. Mrs. Mitchener has become a shareholder at The Pisgah Institute in 2018, serving in a leadership and practice management role. When not working, she enjoys many of the great Asheville restaurants, yoga, hip hop dance, and spending time with friends and family.
Nancy McKeel, Ph.D.
As a psychologist, Dr. McKeel works with adult men and women ages 45 and older using a variety of perspectives and interventions as appropriate for the client’s needs and goals. She strives to maintain a whole-person perspective, understanding that body, mind, emotions, and spirit all interact in the healing process. Dr. McKeel came into psychology by way of nursing. She earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing from the University of North Carolina — Chapel Hill and the University of Virginia. She worked as a registered nurse in public health, neonatology, and psychiatry/mental health. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Georgia State University and completed an internship at George Washington University Medical Center and a post-doctoral program in behavioral medicine at the University of Utah Medical Center. She has worked in group private practice as a psychotherapist since 1983. She moved to the North Carolina mountains in fulfillment of a lifelong dream in 1994 and joined The Pisgah Institute at that time.
Doug McKee, Psy.D.
Dr. McKee is a psychologist who is dedicated to helping his clients work through their issues. He sees adults of all ages and children over the age of six years. Dr. McKee sees each of his clients as a unique individual and therefore tailor makes his treatment plan accordingly. He is a Master Addiction Counselor and treats people with depression, anxiety, grief, post-traumatic stress disorder, and relationship issues that include romantic relationship problems and child-rearing problems. His style of therapy involves coaching techniques, cognitive-behavioral therapy, experiential therapy, gestalt therapy, and family-systems approaches. He has worked in a variety of settings and has taught at two universities. He has been licensed as a psychologist in three states and is past president of the Western North Carolina Psychological Association. Dr. McKee is dedicated to his profession and wants to bring out the best in his clients. He has worked in the field of psychology for over 30 years.
Elizabeth Rollins, M.D.
Dr. Rollins is a psychiatrist who completed residency training at the University of North Carolina — Chapel Hill. She treats all ages of adults (over 18 years) for problems including anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and mood disorders including bipolar disorder. Additionally, she treats depression, schizophrenia, and schizoaffective disorders. She has a special interest in dual-diagnosed clients (combinations of mental illness along with substance-use disorders). While her focus is pharmacological treatment (medication management), her practice is informed by her background study in psychoanalysis and cognitive-behavioral therapeutic modalities. When Dr. Rollins is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her family, running, biking, and gardening.
Adam Hutchins, M.S.N., P.M.H.N.P.
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Mr. Hutchins works with adolescent and adult patients with an array of mental-health and substance-abuse problems. He sees patients in multiple settings including acute inpatient psychiatric crisis center, therapeutic boarding school for adolescents with autism, as well as residential and outpatient eating-disorder programs. Mr. Hutchins also sees patients at The Pisgah Institute. Areas of particular interest include substance abuse, neuro-developmental disorders, thought disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and eating disorders. He completed his Bachelor’s of Science degree in nursing at Winston-Salem State University and his Master’s of Science degree in psychiatric nursing at the University of South Alabama. He has worked in a variety of settings in the past as a case manager, psychiatric registered nurse, and nurse manager prior to coming to The Pisgah Institute. Mr. Hutchins came to western North Carolina in 1999 after living previously in Louisiana and Florida. He currently lives in a rural setting with his family. Mr. Hutchins enjoys spending time with his children, gardening, hiking, raising goats and poultry, as well as cooking and foraging for wild foods.
Brian Sealy, M.S.N., F.N.P., P.M.H.N.P
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
Mr. Sealy is a nurse practitioner who sees adolescents and adults for the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric and substance-use disorders. His practice focuses on outpatient medication management and residential crisis stabilization and substance detoxification. He received his Master’s of Science in nursing from Duke University and subsequently gained board certification in family practice. He also studied at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for a post-master’s certificate and obtained board certification as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. In the distant past, Mr. Sealy earned a Master’s degree in theology and continues to be interested in spiritual life. Currently, he enjoys reading classic British and American novels and getting outside to run.
Rita Christensen, Ph.D.
Dr. Christensen is a psychologist who began her career in the mountains of eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina. She works with adults and older adults, providing individual and couples therapy to address issues related to anxiety, depression, trauma, obsessive-compulsive disorders, and relationship issues. An area of interest is the impact of addictive behavior on family members as well as the individual. Dr. Christensen brings knowledge of family systems, cognitive-behavioral techniques, twelve-step principles, non-violent communication, and existentialism to people suffering with and affected by a wide range of addictive behaviors, such as alcohol, drugs, gambling, and pornography. She completed her training at Florida State University in Tallahassee and completed her internship at the James H. Quillen Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Mountain Home, Tennessee. Following internship, she began private practice in Asheville. In her spare time, she enjoys homemaking, cooking, crocheting, golf, and driving enthusiastically.
John Donkervoet, Ph.D.
Dr. Donkervoet brings 25 years of experience working with adolescents, adults, and families with complex challenges in his psychology practice. His currently specializes in work with individuals with personality disorders as part of a comprehensive Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) program. Dr. Donkervoet received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Rhode Island and interned at the Medical University of South Carolina. His professional education and training were heavily grounded in strong clinical practice work with children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Donkervoet began his career working with families utilizing the Multi-Systemic Therapy model. He was recruited to Hawaii in 1996 to serve as the clinical director for the Hawaii Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division. Subsequently, in addition to teaching at the graduate level, he became director of Psychology and Clinical Therapies, during which time Dr. Donkervoet provided treatment to youth with delinquency issues and their families, geriatric populations, individuals with substance-abuse issues, as well as a variety of inpatient psychiatric child, adolescent, adult, and forensic populations.
Adena Altschul, Ph.D.
Dr. Altschul is a psychologist who adopts a strengths-based, whole-body approach to mental-health treatment and believes that the mind and body have an amazing capacity to heal with the right support and guidance. Dr. Altschul combines psycho-education, mindfulness training, as well as creative and narrative therapies to support adolescents, adults, and couples struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma, addictive behaviors, communication, and codependency issues. In addition, Dr. Altschul co-leads Dialectal Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills-training groups offered at The Pisgah Institute. She completed her training in Charlottesville, Virginia at the University of Virginia’s Curry programs in clinical and school psychology. She began her practice in the County of Los Angeles providing crisis intervention and intensive outpatient mental-health services to high-risk adolescents. Since then she has worked in a variety of settings treating diagnostically complicated adolescents and adults who have experienced significant trauma histories and have also struggled with addictions, self-harming behaviors, depression, and dissociation. In her spare time, Dr. Altschul loves exploring various creative endeavors, reading, and planning new adventures.
Dorcas "Cassie" Miller, Ph.D.
In her private practice, Dr. Miller specializes in treating individuals with issues of medical and intellectual needs, sexual identity, end-of-life concerns, substance abuse, and trauma. Dr. Miller is a psychologist who retired from 30 years at the Department of Public Safety working with female offenders and correctional staff. She has served as a mental-health Red Cross volunteer and has provided critical incident debriefings for first responders and correctional personnel. She started her undergraduate studies at Indiana University and completed her graduate work at North Carolina State University. Dr. Miller uses cognitive-behavioral interventions and believes that individuals cope best by having physical, mental, and spiritual strategies to balance their lives. In her spare time she enjoys nature walks, attending live theater performances, learning piano, and singing in community chorus.
Keith Cox, Ph.D.
Dr. Cox is a psychologist who received his doctorate in clinical and personality psychology from Northwestern University. He works with adults with mood disorders, anxiety, chronic pain, and trauma-related injuries. Dr. Cox also works with couples on relationship distress and dysfunction. He uses a broad range of approaches including behavioral therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness, values-based approaches, and emotion-focused therapy. He is also an active researcher who publishes and presents on multiple topics including post-traumatic stress disorder treatment, difficult periods in the life story, and personality. Dr. Cox is also an educator and a professor at a local university.
Kelly R. Hermann, M.B.A.
Kelly R. Hermann, M.B.A., is the practice manager for The Pisgah Institute for Psychotherapy and Education, P.A., in Asheville, N.C. She works alongside the shareholders using her leadership and entrepreneurial skills to promote a business model that supports longevity and patient-centric care for the practice. Mrs. Hermann is responsible for business operations, public relations, human resources, and patient satisfaction. Her expertise, perspective, and patience allow her to help guide the largest behavioral health practice in Western North Carolina through the ever-changing landscape of modern healthcare. Mrs. Hermann holds a master’s degree in business administration with an emphasis on healthcare administration from Western Carolina University and is a member of the Medical Group Management Association and the Western North Carolina Medical Managers Association. She enjoys helping others realize their potential and spending her free time with her family and enjoys science fiction and fantasy pop culture.
Haelee was born and raised on the island of Oahu, in Hawaii. She was professionally trained as a therapy dog by Assistance Dogs of Hawaii. She is a five-year-old golden retriever. While in Hawaii, she worked in both inpatient and outpatient settings with people of all ages. Haelee regularly attends our DBT therapy groups. When not relaxing in the woods, she is often a calming presence in Dr. Donkervoet’s office.
The Pisgah Institute joins with the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) in offering a new psychiatry residency program in Asheville, NC. Starting July of 2018, Ronald Magee, M.D., Sheritta Carmichael, M.D., Steven Khoubian, M.D., and…
We are seeking volunteers who are 18-65 years of age for a research study of EEG-guided medication treatment for depression. Participants must be a patient at a participating study site or a new patient interested in establishing care with one…
We are happy to share that our child and adolescent psychiatry services continue to grow. In September of 2018, we will be joined by Dr. Nicholas Ladd, D.O., who specializes in pediatric psychiatry. Dr. Ladd received his doctorate at the…
Our practice is honored to be a teaching center for a variety of other learners. In addition to our affiliation with the Residency program at Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC), we partner with UNC’s School of Medicine Asheville…