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Our Team

Meet the Team at The Ridge

Medical Staff

Michael Rieser, MD

Dr. Michael Rieser is the Medical Director of The Ridge Behavioral Health System. He has been associated with The Ridge since 1994. He received his first board certification in emergency medicine in 1988 and practiced for 10 years, but is no longer active in this field. He also received board certifications in psychiatry as well as child and adolescent psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in 1996. Dr. Rieser received his medical degree from University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1981. He completed his residency/fellowship in psychiatry/child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of California at San Diego. Dr. Rieser has served in administrative positions with our hospital as well as Samaritan Hospital, (opening their child and adolescent inpatient psychiatric unit in 1994); Arizona Western College; and Yuma Regional Medical Center. He has also conducted over 40 psychopharmacology clinical trials in his private practice in the past 10 years. He has lectured extensively on various topics in the field of psychiatry and was selected by Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders (CHADD) to address the 13th and 14th International Conferences on ADHD in the areas of medication management.

Maya Devi, MD

Dr. Maya Devi has been a member of the medical staff of The Ridge Behavioral Health System since 2005. Dr. Devi is board-certified in psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Prior to relocating to Lexington, Dr. Devi was Chief of Psychiatry at Appalachian Regional Hospital and Psychiatric Center in Hazard, Kentucky; as well as attending psychiatrist at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg, Kentucky. Dr. Devi received her Medical Degree from Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Belgaum, India, and completed her Psychiatry Residency Training at St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York, New York in 2000.

Tamela Gilbert, MD

Dr. Tamela Gilbert is Medical Director of Youth Services at The Ridge Behavioral Health System. She has been affiliated with The Ridge since 2006. Dr. Gilbert is board-certified in adult, adolescent and child psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Prior to coming to The Ridge, Dr. Gilbert served as Medical Director of the psychiatry program at Samaritan Hospital in Lexington. Dr. Gilbert received her medical degree from the University of Kentucky in 1990. She completed her internship in family practice at the University of Louisville in 1991 and worked in this field until 1996. Dr. Gilbert completed both her residency in adult psychiatry and fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Kentucky.

Andre Fernandez, MD

Dr. Andre Fernandez has been a member of the medical staff of The Ridge Behavioral Health System since 1996. Dr. Fernandez is board-certified in psychiatry, as well as child and adolescent psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Fernandez received his medical degree from Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India in 1987 and completed his Psychiatry Residency at Connecticut Hospital (Yale University Affiliate) in 1994. He completed a fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of Texas, where he also held a teaching position in general psychiatry for residents and medical students. Dr. Fernandez has also provided care for patients at Bourbon County Hospital and Samaritan Hospital, as well as maintaining a private practice in Lexington.

David Shraberg, MD

Dr. David Shraberg received his M.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Following which, he completed residencies in psychiatry and in neurology and completed a fellowship in each at the Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Shraberg is currently a psychiatrist/neurologist in geriatric psychiatry and ECT at The Ridge Behavioral Health System. His primary areas of interest are in studying higher cortical functions and psychiatric manifestations of neurological disease, as well as the interface of psychiatry and neurology as applied neuropsychiatry.

Cletus Carvalho, MD

Dr. Cletus Carvalho has joined The Ridge Medical Staff on a part time basis to assist with weekend on-call coverage for adult treatment services. Dr. Carvalho is board-certified in psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and psychosomatic medicine. Over the past 15 years, he has worked as a psychiatrist in an inpatient mental health center, private practice and academic psychiatry.

Management Staff

Nina Eisner, Chief Executive Officer

Nina Eisner received a Bachelors of Social Work from the UK and a Master of Social Work from the University of Illinois. Nina has over 44 years in Behavioral Health Services in a variety of positions, including over 30 years as Administrator/CEO of not for profit and for profit freestanding psychiatric hospitals. She has been CEO of The Ridge Behavioral Health System since 2002. Nina is also very active in Community and Professional organizations including current leadership appointments such as Legislative Chair and Chair of the Behavioral Health Forum for the Kentucky Hospital Association.

Richard McDowell, Chief Financial Officer

Richard McDowell began his career at The Ridge in 2003 as our Chief Financial Officer. He has many years of experience in healthcare financial management in a variety of settings, and is a graduate of The University of Kentucky, with a B.S. in Accounting.

Kellie Holland, Chief Nursing Officer

Kellie has 25 years of progressive experience in Psychiatric Services as a charge nurse and nurse manager at the Psychiatric Hospital at Vanderbilt in Nashville for 4 years; a Nurse Manager and then Director of Nursing for ARH Psychiatric Hospital in Hazard, a 100 bed program for 13 years; a Hospital Administrator for Eastern State Hospital; and since joining The Ridge in June 2015 as a nurse, Director of Performance Improvement and Staff Development, Associate Administrator, and, most
recently, as Chief Operating Officer.

Julie Cropper, Director of Risk Management

Julie is a board-certified psychiatric nurse. She began her career at The Ridge 19 years ago and has worked as a unit nurse, charge nurse, nurse manager and Director of Risk Management. She’s been the Director of Risk Management for the past nine years.

Brenda Davis, Director of Clinical Services

Brenda began her career with The Ridge 19 years ago as a therapist on the adolescent unit. Brenda worked 10 years as a therapist and then became our Director of Clinical Services nine years ago. Brenda has a bachelors and masters degree in social work.

Michelle Bowling, Director of Business Development

Michelle began her career at The Ridge in 2005 as a therapist on the adolescent inpatient psychiatric unit. During her 13 years at The Ridge, she has worked as a therapist, intake counselor, mobile assessor, business development representative and Director of Business Development, a position she has held since 2015. She holds an undergraduate degree in social work from Morehead State University and a masters degree in social work from the University of Kentucky.

Jessica Durbin, Director of Intake and Admissions

Jessica has worked for The Ridge for four years. She started her career here as a Satellite Outreach Coordinator. She has been the Director of Intake and Admissions for two years. Jessica obtained her bachelors and masters degrees from the University of Kentucky. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and she is trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT); Trauma Systems Theory; Gottman Method Couples Training Level One; and Seven Challenges. She has worked in the Behavioral Health field for eight years.

Robert Hooper, Director of Performance Improvement

Robert has been with The Ridge Behavioral Health System since June 2017. In 2013, he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Resource Leadership from Sullivan University. Robert has worked in healthcare for seven years with a primary focus of quality analytics, population health and performance improvement.

Sonia Joyner, Director of Human Resources

Sonia began her career at The Ridge in 2017. She has over 10 years of Human Resources experience working in healthcare, government contracting, and non-profit. Sonia holds a masters degree in industrial-organizational psychology and a bachelors degree in psychology.

Business Development Staff

Lucy Gentry, LCSW

Lucy first came to The Ridge in 1998 as a child and adolescent social worker. She served as a therapist on our extended care unit, and later as a mobile assessor. Lucy operated a private clinical practice and other business ventures before returning to The Ridge in 2018. She worked as a utilization review coordinator and then moved to business development full-time in August 2018. She has a Master’s Degree in social work and is a certified school social worker.

Jerian Shaw Petry

Jerian has been a business development representative for The Ridge for four years. Jerian has worked in public and community relations for over 16 years. Jerian attended Eastern Kentucky University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations and a Master of Arts in Human Services. She serves on advisory boards for Leadership Madison County and Southern Kentucky Area Health Education Center (AHEC). She currently serves on the board of the Madison County Agency for Substance Abuse Policy (ASAP). She is a graduate of Leadership Central Kentucky and has the honorable distinction of being a Kentucky Colonel.

Heather Hampton

Heather began her career in Business Development with The Ridge from 2001 until 2005. She spent the next five years focusing on sales and marketing with two large pharmaceutical companies, specializing in cardiovascular and diabetes. Heather returned to the Business Development Department at The Ridge in 2010. Heather is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a bachelors degree in business administration.

Brittany Thompson

Brittany started her career at The Ridge in 2016 as a clinician in the Intake and Assessment Department. She moved to the Business Development Department almost one year ago. Brittany completed undergraduate studies in psychology as well as communication and media studies at Georgetown College in 2013. She obtained her Master of Science degree in Clinical Psychology from Eastern Kentucky University in 2015.

We're Here for You

The Ridge Behavioral Health System offers treatment and services for children, adolescents, adults and senior adults. We have professionals ready to help you explore the best treatment options for you or a loved one 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call us toll-free at 800-753-4673 (HOPE) or 859-269-2325 for a no-cost, confidential assessment. All information is held in the strictest of confidence. If you are currently experiencing an emergency, please dial 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.