Debbie, a License Professional Counselor, earned her B.A. in Psychology from Clemson University in 1994 and her Master’s of Science degree in Counseling and her Education Specialist degree in Mental Health Counseling from Florida State University in 1996. Debbie has a broad range of experience and has worked in college student counseling centers, counseled those with severe and persistent mental health disorders, and has counseled people dealing with depression and anxiety in all age groups. Debbie is a P.R.E.P certified marriage counselor. P.R.E.P. counseling offers couples tools to work through tough and persistent marital issues. Debbie also works with adoptive families, both domestic and international adoption, through Harmony Adoptions of Tennessee. She educates and counsels adoptive parents on attachment disorders and issues related to adoption.
Mr. Fried, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, earned his Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee in 1979. He has been a Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work since 1987. He worked for ten years as director of outpatient services at Holston Mental Health Center in Kingsport, TN. He also served as family therapist for the Oaks of St. Mary’s in Knoxville, TN in the early 1990’s. He has been in full time private practice of psychotherapy since 1992. His specialized areas of treatment include Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Panic Disorder, and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. He is a clinical member of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation (Advanced Behavior Therapy Training Institute Graduate), and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies.
Dr. Hulse, a psychologist, obtained his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Bowling Green State University, interned at Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital, and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in behavioral medicine at Dartmouth Medical School. He has also completed a postdoctoral masters degree in clinical psychopharmacology, has served as a member of APA’s Expert Working Group In Psychopharmacology developing a national psychopharmacology licensing exam for psychologists, and has Co-Chaired APA Division 55’s national conference. He has served as director of behavioral medicine at Patricia Neal Rehabilitation Center, as clinical director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center, and as an adjunct faculty member in the UTK clinical psychology program. Since 1990, Dr. Hulse has been in practice at the Behavioral Medicine Institute in Knoxville, which he founded. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine and of the American Academy of Pain Management. He is the recipient of a Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association and of Outstanding Contribution to Psychology awards from both APA Division 55 and the Tennessee Psychological Association. He also has served as president and legislative affairs director of the Tennessee Psychological Association.
Dr. Hummel is a licensed psychologist at BMI. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Mississippi in 1999. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at Charleston Area Medical Center. Since completing her training, Dr. Hummel has worked in medical and outpatient settings with children and adolescents. She specializes in treating children, adolescents and young adults with anxiety, depression, adjustment disorders and chronic health conditions. She also specializes in parent training and assisting with parent-child relationship difficulties. She is also skilled in the behavioral treatment of toileting and sleep difficulties in children. Dr. Hummel is also on staff at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Neece, a Psychologist, earned her doctorate in counseling psychology from Texas A&M University in 1994. She interned at Georgia State University. She worked for several years at Utah State University’s Counseling Center, specializing in work with persons with anxiety disorders. After moving to Tennessee in 2002, she completed a post-doctoral internship at Cherokee Health Systems where she gained expertise in autism spectrum disorders and behavioral problems in children. She was employed as a psychologist there from 2004 until beginning private practice in 2008. At BMI, she also provides pediatric sleep and OCD services. She also consults at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital.
Teresa Pratt is a licensed clinical social worker with specialized experience in geriatrics and human-animal bond issues (pet loss, compassion fatigue, treatment for animal abuse). She earned her master of science in social work from the University of Tennessee in 2007 and also completed a graduate certificate in gerontology during that time.
She has worked in a variety of settings including a partial hospitalization program for older adults experiencing mental health issues and/or mild cognitive decline, veterinary social work through the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, and community mental health outpatient clinics. While having experience with all age ranges, she currently sees individuals 16 years and older, couples and older adults.
Dr. Stillman, a Psychologist, earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Vanderbilt University in 1990 with a specialization in health psychology, then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in behavioral medicine at Dartmouth Medical School. Following a year as staff psychologist at University of Nebraska Medical Center, she returned to Dartmouth Medical School as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and as a clinician in the Behavioral Medicine Section and the Anxiety Disorders Service. She has been with BMI since 1994. Dr. Stillman specializes in time-limited, cognitive-behavioral treatment of medically-oriented problems, chronic pain and headache, and women’s health issues. She also has particular expertise in the cognitive-behavioral treatment of depression and anxiety disorders.