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Welcome to BMI, the Behavioral Medicine Institute

At BMI, we are dedicated to your holistic well-being. Our mission is to provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment services, guided by the Biopsychosocial Model, for individuals seeking mental health and behavioral support. We understand that every person's journey is unique, and we are here to support you every step of the way.

KEY BENEFITS

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Expert Team

Our multidisciplinary team includes psychologists, clinical social workers, psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners, and licensed professional counselors.

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Collaborative Care

We follow a collaborative care model, ensuring seamless coordination with your other medical providers for a holistic approach to your health.

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Evidence-Based Practices

Our services are rooted in empirically-validated assessments and treatment programs, ensuring the highest quality of care.

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Customised Treatment

We tailor our services to your individual needs, recognizing that every person's experience is unique.

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Compassionate Support

You can trust us to provide compassionate care, even when the journey gets tough.

30+

Years of Experience

30+

Multidisciplinary Team Members

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Empirically-Validated Assesments and Programs

5000+

Patients seen in the last 12 months

SERVICES

Your Path to Wellness

Comprehensive Care Tailored to Your Needs
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Primary Behavioral Health Services

BMI offers comprehensive primary behavioral health services, focusing on evidence-based treatments and personalized care plans to address a wide range of mental health concerns, ensuring the well-being of our patients.

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Psychiatry & Psychopharmacology Services

Our experienced psychiatrists provide expert psychiatric evaluations and personalized psychopharmacological treatments, integrating the latest advancements in medication management with compassionate care to support individuals in their mental health journey.

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Assessment Services

BMI offers comprehensive assessments to understand individual needs better. Our assessments provide valuable insights, enabling our clinicians to develop personalized treatment plans, ensuring effective and targeted care for our patients.

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Pediatric Services

Dedicated to the emotional well-being of children, our pediatric services at BMI offer specialized counseling and therapy tailored to the unique needs of young patients, fostering a nurturing environment for growth and healing.

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Adolescent Services

BMI’s adolescent services provide a safe space for teenagers to navigate the challenges of adolescence. Our skilled therapists employ age-appropriate interventions, empowering adolescents to cope with emotional difficulties and build resilience.

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Couples Counseling

Our couples counseling services offer a supportive environment for partners to address relationship challenges. BMI therapists facilitate constructive discussions, fostering understanding and intimacy, guiding couples towards healthier, more fulfilling relationships.

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Health Improvement and Stress Management Services

Our health improvement and stress management services incorporate holistic approaches, including mindfulness, relaxation techniques, and personalized stress management plans. BMI empowers individuals to manage stress effectively and improve their overall well-being.

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Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Services

Specializing in PTSD treatment, BMI offers evidence-based therapies tailored to address trauma’s lasting effects. Our dedicated team provides a supportive environment, assisting individuals in overcoming trauma and reclaiming their lives.

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Coping with Chronic Pain: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy

BMI's specialized therapy focuses on empowering individuals dealing with chronic pain. Through cognitive-behavioral techniques, patients learn adaptive coping strategies, enhancing their quality of life and managing pain-related challenges.

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Psychotherapy for Persons with Chronic Health Problems

Our psychotherapy services are designed for individuals facing chronic health issues. BMI therapists provide compassionate support, helping patients navigate the emotional aspects of their health conditions and improve their overall well-being.

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Panic and Phobia Treatment Services

BMI offers effective treatments for panic disorders and phobias. Our therapists employ evidence-based interventions, guiding individuals towards managing and overcoming panic attacks and phobias, promoting a sense of control and confidence.

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Pediatric & Adult Insomnia Services

Tailored for both pediatric and adult patients, our insomnia services at BMI address sleep disturbances through personalized therapies and sleep hygiene techniques, ensuring restful nights and improved overall health.

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C-PAP Desensitization/Adaptation

For individuals adapting to CPAP therapy, BMI provides specialized support. Our clinicians guide patients through the adaptation process, addressing challenges and ensuring comfortable usage of CPAP devices for effective sleep apnea management.

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Bariatric Psychology Services

BMI's bariatric psychology services focus on the emotional well-being of individuals undergoing bariatric surgery. Our therapists provide pre and post-surgery support, addressing psychological factors, and helping patients achieve long-term success in their weight loss journey.

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Family Therapy

We understand the importance of family dynamics in mental health. BMI's family services focus on strengthening familial relationships, offering therapy sessions that promote communication, understanding, and support among family members.

Clinicians

 Team members
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Victor W Barr, Ph.D.

Dr. Barr, a licensed psychologist, graduated from North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1989.

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Brianne Blevins, Psy.D.

Dr. Blevins is a licensed clinical psychologist. She earned her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Marshall University

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Brooke Browning, Ph.D.

Dr. Browning is a licensed psychologist. She earned her doctorate in school psychologyfrom the University of Kentucky in 2013.

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Debbie Della-Rodolfa, LPC-MHSP, M.S., Ed.S

Debbie, a Licensed Professional Counselor, earned her B.A. in Psychology from Clemson University in 1994

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Chris Elledge, Ph.D.

Dr. Elledge is a licensed psychologist at the Behavioral Medicine Institute. Earning his doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Arkansas, in August of 2010.

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Gregory W. Foreman, Ph.D.

Dr. Blevins is a licensed clinical psychologist. She earned her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from Marshall University

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Gerald Fried, LCSW, BCD

Mr. Fried, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, earned his Master of Science in Social Work from the University of Tennessee in 1979.

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C. Keith Hulse, Ph.D., MSCP, D, ABSM

Dr. Hulse, a psychologist, obtained his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Bowling Green State University, interned at Harvard Medical School.

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Wendy Hundley, LCSW

Wendy is an LCSW working in the behavioral health field since 2004. Grounded in a firm belief in self-determination and empowerment,

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Rosemary Kitts, LCSW

Rosemary Kitts is a licensed clinical social worker who earned her master of science in social work from the University of Alabama in 1975.

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Priscilla Jenkins, LCSW

Priscilla Jenkins is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who earned a Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) degree from the University of TN Knoxville in 1996.

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Jacob J. Levy, Ph.D.

Dr. Levy, a Psychologist, earned his doctorate in counseling psychology from Indiana University in 2002. He interned at the University of Maryland Counseling Center.

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Dovile Paulauskas, M.D., MSW

Dr. Paulauskas is a board certified General Psychiatrist, and is also a Fellowship-Trained Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist. She earned her MD in 1985.

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Teresa Pratt, LCSW

Teresa Pratt is a licensed clinical social worker with specialized experience in geriatrics and human-animal bond issues.

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Savanna Shepherd, PsyD

Dr. Shepherd, a Psychologist, earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Marshall University in 2018.

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Amy Scott, Psy.D.

Dr. Scott is a provisionally licensed clinical psychologist who earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from California Lutheran University in 2019.

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Edith H. Shultz, LCSW, CCTP, AMTP

Edith is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who earned a Bachelor’s degree in both Psychology and Sociology from Berea College in Berea Kentucky in 1983.

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Greta Smith, Ph.D.

Dr. Smith, a clinical psychologist, completed her undergraduate degree at the College of Williamand Mary, her Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee.

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Chris D. Watkins, Ph.D.

Dr. Watkins is a provisionally licensed clinical psychologist with over 10 years of experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families.

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Denise Tope Stillman, Ph.D

Dr. Stillman, a Psychologist, earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from Vanderbilt University in 1990 with a specialization in health psychology,

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Laura Stockdale, PH.D.

Dr. Stockdale is a licensed Counseling Psychologist with Behavioral Medicine Institute, providing on-site consultation for Pain Consultants of East Tennessee.

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Diana Brown Taylor, LCSW

Diana earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a certification in gerontology.

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TYSON PLACE OFFICE

2607 Kingston Pike, Suite 250
Knoxville, Tennessee 37919
Telephone: 865-264-2400
Fax: 865-588-6406
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HIGHLAND PLACE OFFICE

6231 Highland Place Way
Suite 101
Knoxville, TN 37919
Telephone: 865-264-2400
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OUR INTEGRATED CARE OFFICES:

At Pain Consultants of East Tennessee

1540 Member Ln, Suite 100
Knoxville, TN 37909
Telephone: 865-579-0552, x170
Fax: 865-588-6406
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At Knoxville Pediatric Association Cross Park Location

Telephone: (865) 690-1161
Fax: (865) 531-8710
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At Knoxville Pediatric Association Farragut Location

T116 Concord Road, Suite
600Knoxville, TN 37934
Telephone: (865) 671-2595
Fax: (865) 671-2598
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At Knoxville Pediatric Association Foothills Location

245 Joule StreetAlcoa,
TN 37701

Telephone: (865) 982-7396
Fax: (865) 983-0294
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