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Optimal brain health is vital to everyone’s mental wellness journey. At the NeuroScience & TMS Treatment Centers we developed a unique, personalized approach in treating all aspects of behavioral health. Our practice is founded on three fundamental beliefs: (1) We DO NOT give up on our patients, there is always hope; (2) individuals should not settle, if you are not feeling your mental best, there are personalized solutions available; and (3) evidenced-based treatment options, genetic testing, and a stellar team of advanced mental health professionals can acheive positive mental wellness.

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Meet your team.

Our team of behavioral health experts has more than 125 years of combined experience. We treat the full spectrum of mental health conditions with clinical expertise in areas such as neuromodulation, LGBTQ+ issues, cancer support, treatment-resistant mental health conditions, thoughtful pharmacology, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), nasal Esketamine (Spravato®) treatment, Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS), Electroconvulsive Treatment (ECT), traditional behavioral health treatment, and much more.

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Michelle Cochran, MD,
DLFAPA, FCTMSS

Founder & Chief Medical Officer
Medical Director, Nashville Locations

Dr. Cochran made Nashville her home over 25 years ago. A graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine, she chose Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville to complete both her residency (Chief Resident) and fellowship. Dr. Cochran’s early passion for advancing the treatment and awareness of brain health led her to establishing the NeuroScience & TMS Treatment Center.

As a renowned TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation) leader both nationally and internationally, she remains dedicated to the advancement of care for Treatment-Resistant Depression. As she often says, “Sometimes mood disorders are difficult to treat, but there is always hope to achieve wellness.” Additionally, Dr. Cochran developed the curriculum used in the Clinical TMS Society’s acclaimed PULSES courses through her work as Course Director. She has been honored to be inducted as a Fellow in the Clinical TMS Society (FCTMSS) for her leadership and work in the society, and also was awarded the Distinguished Lifetime Fellow designation (DLFAPA), the highest honor bestowed by the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Cochran is married with two adult sons and a rescue dog. In her spare time, she enjoys returning to her artistic roots by painting and drawing.

Jonathan Becker, DO

Medical Director, Brentwood Locations

Dr. Becker is a native of Tennessee, born in Memphis. He completed his undergraduate and master’s degrees in Developmental Psychology at Tulane University in New Orleans before attending Des Moines University for Medical School. He completed his psychiatry residency program at Vanderbilt University and served as a faculty member there for seven years before transitioning to our office. While at Vanderbilt, Dr. Becker served as the medical director of the neuromodulation service from 2017-2020. Dr. Becker has also published many psychiatric articles.

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Brent Necaise, MD

After completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Southern Mississippi, and medical school at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in 2018, Dr. Necaise moved to Nashville to complete his psychiatric training at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. During the past four years in Nashville, he has decided to make Middle Tennessee home.

Dr. Necaise has specialized training in treating multiple treatment-resistant mental health conditions through medication management and neuromodulation, as well as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, and Esketamine. Additionally, he has a passion about offering hope and an improved quality of life to a diverse patient population including Nashville's LGBTQ+ population with acceptance, compassion, and celebration. He received additional training on providing specialized treatment and evaluation for gender dysphoria, including gender affirming hormone treatments.

Dr. Necaise is seeing patients at the East Nashville location.

Ryan Oakley, MD

After moving to Tennessee for training in 2018, Dr. Oakley is now a permanent Nashvillian transplant. He completed his undergraduate degree in the intensive Program of Liberal Studies at the University of Notre Dame and received his medical degree from the Texas A&M College of Medicine. He completed his psychiatry residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, he accumulated four years of experience with thoughtful pharmacotherapy and was certified in both ECT neuromodulation at Vanderbilt Behavioral Health and Professional Mindfulness Facilitation at Vanderbilt's OSHER center.

He is trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Acceptance & Commitment Therapy. He has experience in–and continues to be interested in– TMS, as well as improving the quality of esketamine/Spravato® treatment by being thoughtful about setting and preparation, as well as augmenting the treatment with psychotherapy. He is excited to provide recovery-focused, collaborative, and personal agency-driven mental healthcare to patients at our East Nashville location.

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Eveleigh Wagner, MD

Board-certified psychiatrist, Dr. Eveleigh Wagner, received both her undergraduate degree and Doctor of Medicine from Emory University in Atlanta, GA. She then moved to Nashville, and completed a psychiatry residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Following residency she became board certified and joined the Mount Auburn Psychiatric Group in Cambridge, Massachusetts specializing in psychopharmacology, as well as, Women-Focused and Geriatric Psychiatry. In 2022, Dr. Wagner returned to Middle Tennessee, and joined the NeuroScience & TMS Treatment Center team in the Franklin Road, Brentwood location. Doctor Wagner's professional interests include helping patients with treatment-resistant depression and anxiety disorders, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and using interventional treatments to help treatment resistant patients (TMS and Esketamine). She enjoys working with patients to help create treatment plans that meet their individual goals.

Mary Strayhorn-Phillips, PMHNP-BC

Mary Phillips is a skilled ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Adult). She graduated from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill with a BSN and worked for more than 20 years as a registered nurse in general medicine, surgery, hospice care, and psychiatry before returning to graduate school at Vanderbilt in 2006 to obtain a master’s degree in psychiatric nursing. She has worked in varied roles including community mental health, long-term residential substance use treatment center for women and their children, and college mental health at Vanderbilt University before joining the NeuroScience & TMS Treatment Center. She works in the Maryland Way Brentwood location.

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Rose Vick, PhD, PHMHP-BC

Rose Vick is a skilled ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (Lifespan). Rose received her MSN from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in 2007 and her Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Arizona in 2018. She has worked within large interdisciplinary oncology teams at Norton Cancer Institute in Louisville, KY, and Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville.

She has extensive experience providing psychiatric services to cancer patients as they navigate diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship. She has a passion for supporting individuals through the psychological, physical, and existential issues that arise as a result of a cancer diagnosis and treatment. She is an Assistant Professor at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and teaches in the PMHNP and DNP programs and is a peer reviewer for Neuroscience Education Institute.

Kim Jones, PMHNP-BC

Kim Jones is an experienced ANCC Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). She received her Post Master’s Certificate as a PMHNP from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in 2013 and has practiced in both community mental health and private practice settings since that time. Prior to becoming a PMHNP, Kim graduated from the University of Illinois with a Master of Science in Nursing and practiced as ANCC Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner for over twenty years in a variety of settings including pediatrics, family practice, and community health.

Kim has enjoyed mentoring the future generation of nurses and has precepted Advanced Practice Nursing students from the University of Tennessee, Belmont University, and Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She also teaches the Professional Boundaries course at the Center for Professional Health at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Kim has a passion for mental health, people, and serving the community's need for more psychiatric healthcare providers. She feels a holistic approach (body, mind, and spirit) is important on the journey to mental health and well-being. Kim has experience working with clients with Anxiety, Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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Ali Self, LCSW

After graduating from Belmont University, Ali Self obtained a master's degree at the University of New England and obtained the necessary supervision to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. A native of the Nashville area, Ali has a background in addiction therapy, family work, adoption, and foster, as well as trauma and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). Her certifications include eating disorder treatment, CBT-i (Cognitive Behavior Therapy for insomnia), and attachment and trauma play work. Ali’s goal for therapy is to provide a nurturing yet challenging support system, so you feel cared for and seen, while also helping you move away from the place in which you are stuck.

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Physician Recommended.
Patient Preferred.

Dr. Cochran at The Neuroscience and TMS center has served as my psychiatric care physician for the past 5 years. I have made tremendous progress while seeing her. She is attentive, thorough, and professional. I refer her to everyone I know in need of psychiatric care because I trust her and her staff completely. I am very thankful to be a patient of the Neuroscience and TMS center.

-CL

This hands down is the BEST doctor’s office I've ever been to. Not just on a psychiatric level, but just a medical setting in general. I love Dr. Becker and I'm beyond grateful that I found him. He is very personable and just one of the easiest people to talk to. And the front desk is great too and that goes a long way! So yes, 5 stars! I recommend this to anyone who needs to find a good and relaxed environment for psychiatry.

-MM

Mary is wonderful. She understands my medical condition and truly cares. She listens and comforts you in time of need. She is a true human being and doesn’t treat you like a number. She is very professional and knows her stuff.

-AC

Ali was amazing. We have searched for help for years for our son. It was nice for her to listen but then give great advice!! We are in the process of implementing her parenting plan and It is not easy but we can already see a difference!!

-ER

This was a great treatment for me. I have completed TMS therapy numerous times b/c I keep getting better and better. I suffered a traumatic brain injury and was steered towards TMS and it has helped me tremendously…This team knows what they are doing and I’m happy I had the opportunity to do this.

-JP

The staff are 100% committed to the clients’ health and well-being. They find solutions tailored to the individual’s needs and goals. If I could leave 10 stars, I would. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

-HH

Everyone from Dr. Becker on down has done an outstanding job. Professional and caring that is hard to find in medicine today and you guys provide both!! And, Emily is a real gem as the TMS tech.

-EPC, MD [VUMC]

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