16620 E. Riverside Dr.

Saint Paul, VA 24283

276-376-1099

©2019 Appalachian Telemental Health Network

Privacy Statement

BOARD MEMBERS

Dr. Victoria Bierman, Ph. D, FNP, PMHNP

 

Dr. Bierman is an associate professor of nursing and mental health clinician. She has board certifications as a family nurse practitioner and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner. She continues to maintain a licensed clinical social work certification. Her current role at Radford University as the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program Coordinator involves teaching students mental health skills and delivery of behavioral health.

 

Sharon Buckman, LPC

 

Sharon Buckman’s current title is Director of Clinical Services at Piedmont Community Services—she has been in this position since July 2013. Sharon is responsible for mental health and SUD services. She has been in the Community Service Board system for most of her career, starting in 1985, and most of her experience is with the SUD population. She is also a Licensed Practical Counselor and a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor in Virginia.

 

Dr. Sue Cantrell, MD

 

Dr. Sue Cantrell is the District Director of the LENOWISCO and Cumberland Plateau Health Districts, of the Virginia Department of Health (VDH).  Her interests in public health have related to chronic disease prevention and management including an interest in access to care and addiction medicine.  She also works with PD1 Community Service Board in providing an MAT clinic at Wise County Behavioral Health services weekly.  Prior to beginning work with VDH, she practiced Internal Medicine in Norton, Virginia.  She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University Medical College of Virginia Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine and holds active licenses as a pharmacist and physician in Virginia.

Dr. M. Anthony Graham, M.D.

Dr. Graham is the psychiatrist for the Mt. Rogers Community Services Board PACT (Program of Assertive Community Treatment) program which serves individuals in Smyth and Wythe counties.   He completed medical school at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, and trained in psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD.  He previously served as the medical director of Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute in Marion, Virginia.  During that time, he helped establish the first telepsychiatry program in Virginia in 1994- APPAL-LINK, the Southwestern Virginia Telepsychiatry Project which became the largest project of its kind in the nation.  He then served as the first national Chief of Telemedicine for the Veterans Health Administration (VA) from 1997-1999.  He is a member of the American Telemedicine Association, American Psychiatric Association and is clinical associate professor of psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at Quillen Dishner College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University.

Dr. Steven Kessler, MD

Dr. Kessler received his MD at the University of Rochester and did his Residency at the Univ. Of Connecticut where he was also awarded the APA/Mead-Johnson Fellowship for Public Psychiatry. He has worked in various settings including large and small hospitals, private practice and as lead Psychiatrist at the Veterans Hospital in Central/Western Massachusetts. He was there for 10 years before coming to VA to join the staff at Valley Community Service Board (in Staunton VA) where He is currently the Medical Director. He taught medical students and residents through most of those years (UMass and Tufts) and is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Valerie Leake, Ph D.

 

Dr. Valerie Leake is a Professor of Psychology at Radford University and the director of the Psy. D. in Counseling Psychology doctoral program.  She has been a licensed psychologist for 11 years. Between 2014 and 2016, she left Radford University to work in the Lexington KY Veterans Affairs Medical Center in the PTSD Clinical Team and as the Evidence-Based Practices Coordinator. While there, she earned the VA Certificate in Telemental Health. In 2016, she returned to Radford University. Dr. Leake’s areas of expertise include post-traumatic stress disorder treatments, veterans’ issues, rural health delivery, and couples and family therapy. Dr. Leake’s background includes service provision in community mental health in rural Kentucky and at the VAMC in Lexington, KY, and in Virginia, she has provided on-site supervision for students and several years of pro bono services to low-income rural clients through the former Pulaski Wellness Center, Community Health Center of the New River Valley, and the departmental clinic, the Center for Assessment and Psychological Services at Radford University.

Cheryl Robinette, LCSW

 

Cheryl Robinette is a licensed clinical social worker and has had 35+ years of experience working with a community service board before her retirement. She was the SA director at the Cumberland Mountain CSB while she practiced. While there, she spent most of her time working with the field of substance abuse and treatment services.