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Our Team

Our Team

Meet the Team at The Ridge

Medical Staff

David Shraberg, MD

David Shraberg, MD

Dr. David Shraberg is is the Medical Director of The Ridge Behavioral Health System. He 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 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.

Michael Rieser, MD

Michael Rieser, MD

Dr. Michael Rieser 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 He received his first board certification in emergency medicine in 1988 and practiced for 10 years, but is no longer active in this field.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

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

Tamela Gilbert, MD

Dr Tamela Gilbert is part of The Ridge Medical Staff on a part-time basis to assist with weekend on-call coverage for youth treatment services. 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.

Andre Fernandez, MD

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.

Brian Greenlee

Brian Greenlee, MD

Dr. Brian Greenlee joined our medical staff at The Ridge Behavioral Health System in March 2020. Dr. Greenlee is board-certified in psychiatry/neurology psychosomatic medicine by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Prior to joining The Ridge, Dr. Greenlee was Medical Director of My Turning Point in Paris, KY. Dr. Greenlee has also worked as a Private Practitioner in Lexington, KY and Psychiatrist on Acute Psychiatric Unit at Eastern State Hospital/University of Kentucky. Dr. Greenlee received his Doctorate Degree in Medicine from Marshall University, and completed his Psychiatry Residency at University of Kentucky and Neuropsychiatry Fellowship at Dartmouth College.

Management Staff

Nina Eisner, Chief Executive Officer

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, 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.

Julie Cropper, Director of Risk Management

Julie Cropper, Director of Risk Management

Julie is a board-certified psychiatric nurse. She began her career at The Ridge in 1999 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 Davis, Director of Clinical Services

Brenda began her career at The Ridge in 1999 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 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 tenure 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 Durbin, Director of Outpatient Services

Jessica began working at the Ridge in 2015 as a Satellite Outreach Coordinator. She moved from our Satellite offices to Director of Intake and Admissions in 2017, and most recently, as Director of Outpatient Services in late 2019. 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.

Sonia Joyner, Director of Human Resources

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.

Jack Gettelfinger, Director of Performance Improvement

Jack began his career at The Ridge in 2016 as a mental health technician on the adolescent psychiatric inpatient unit. During his tenure at The Ridge, he has held a variety of roles including Program Supervisor, Case Manager, HR Generalist, Executive Assistant, and most recently, Director of Performance Improvement. Jack has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Kentucky.

Business Development Staff

Lucy Gentry, LCSW

Lucy joined the Business Development team in 2018. She attended Transylvania University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Communications. Lucy receive her Master’s degree in Social Work at The University of Kentucky. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified School Social Worker. Lucy serves as President of The Ridge’s Employee Council and is a Service Excellence Facilitator for all new staff. Her territories include the Bluegrass Region and Central Kentucky counties.

Jerian Shaw Petry

Jerian joined the Business Development team at The Ridge in 2015. She attended Eastern Kentucky University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations and a Master of Arts in Human Services. She has worked in public and community relations for over 17 years. Jerian serves on advisory boards for Leadership Madison County and the Southern Kentucky Area Health Education Center (AHEC). She is a graduate of Leadership Central Kentucky. Jerian’s territory includes counties in the Bluegrass and Southeast Kentucky Regions.

Amanda Helmbrecht

Amanda joined The Ridge in 2009 as a Registered Nurse on the Adolescent Unit. She later served for over seven years as the Charge Nurse on the Adult Chemical Dependency Unit. Amanda joined the Business Development Team in February 2021. Amanda attended Transylvania University and graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. After working in research for a couple years, Amanda returned to school and received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Amanda became a Certified Addictions RN in 2021. Amanda has been a member of Junior League of Lexington for ten years, serving in a variety of leadership positions. Amanda most currently serves on the Community, Education & Research board. Amanda also volunteers with Honor Flight Kentucky as a member of the Outreach Team. Amanda’s territory includes counties in the Northeast Kentucky Region, as well as all Substance Use/Abuse facilities across the State.

We're Here for You

The Ridge Behavioral Health System offers treatment and services for children, adolescents and 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.