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Outpatient Behavioral Health & Wellness Center (East Memphis, TN)

Mental health & substance use care in East Memphis, TN


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High-quality and effective treatment comes from working with quality professionals. At Vertava Health East Memphis, we have a team of dedicated and caring behavioral health professionals who provide guidance and support throughout a patient’s journey to heal. With a wide range of knowledge, our addiction specialists and mental health professionals in East Memphis are able to provide every patient with individualized care to facilitate long-term success in recovery and healing.

Meet the Vertava Health East Memphis, TN Team

Brooke Stewart

Brooke Stewart

Executive Director

Brooke is a Memphis native who has worked in the mental health field for almost 20 years. She graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville with an undergraduate degree in psychology and completed a Master of Education in school guidance counseling from Cambridge College.

In the past, Brooke has worked at Youth Villages to answer a crisis line as well as in the Shelby County School System. She has spent time working in the admissions department at Lakeside where she performed a variety of duties including performing assessments, speaking with insurance companies, and reviewing cases with other members of the department. Alongside her work in the mental health field, she also has experience in addiction services including with medication-assisted treatment.

In her free time, Brooke enjoys spending time with her two children, two cats, and golden retriever. She believes in finding joy in the small moments and helping others do the same.

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Chelsey Smith

LCSW, Lead Therapist

Chelsey received a Bachelor of Science in psychology and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Memphis. She is a licensed clinical social worker that specializes in treating major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, Asperger’s/autism spectrum disorder, and borderline personality disorder. She utilizes a variety of modalities like cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, interpersonal psychotherapy, and motivational interviewing with her patients. Chelsey enjoys working with motivated adolescents, young adults, and adults.

When she’s not facilitating change with her patients, she enjoys spending time with her two pugs.

Elicia Mathis

Elicia Mathis

Therapist

Throughout her professional career, Elicia has not only worked with individuals struggling with substance use but has also helped people suffering from mental health concerns like depression and anxiety. She frequently uses dialectical behavioral therapy with her patients but also has experience with various methods of counseling and other modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy. She also has experience working with the Veteran population.

As a therapist at Vertava Health East Memphis, Elicia strives to help facilitate changes in her patients to assist them in getting their lives back on track and letting them live out their best futures.

Josi Jerrolds

Josi Jerrolds

Clinic Solution Coordinator

Josi Jerrolds received her associate degree from West Kentucky Community and Technical College. She has worked in the healthcare community for 12 years and has a varied background that spans from advocating for new mothers in labor and delivery to general case management. Josi strives to encourage people and make them feel welcome.

In her free time, Josi enjoys spending time with her two grandchildren, crafting, and cooking recipes from scratch

Leon Edwards

Leon Edwards

DSW, LCSW, Therapist/Clinician

Leon received a Bachelor of Social Work from The Mississippi Valley State University for his undergrad as well as a Master of Science in Social Work and a Doctor of Social Work from the University of Tennessee. He is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) in the medical and mental health community.

With over 12 years of experience in the industry, Leon has provided counseling services for adults who are emotionally ill, chronically ill, chemically dependent, or experiencing psychotic disorders. He utilizes a variety of counseling modalities such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and motivational interviewing to help patients learn how to handle their challenges in a healthier manner. He also uses visual imagery, writing exercises, stop/distraction techniques, and more to provide mental health services for all types of learners.

Je’Lisa Thompson

Je’Lisa Thompson

M.Ed, Therapist

Je’Lisa Thompson received her M.Ed in Counseling and Human Development from Lindsey Wilson College in Kentucky. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Memphis. She is currently pursuing licensure in the state of Tennessee and working toward becoming a licensed professional counselor mental health service provider (LPC-MHSP). Je’Lisa has experience working with both adults and adolescents. She also works with mood disorders, grief, emotional and behavioral problems, anger issues, communication/family relational problems, and LGBTQ+ concerns.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with family, listening to music, and curling up with a good book.

Alex Brasher

Alex Brasher

MSW, Community Outreach Coordinator

Alex Brasher received a Bachelor of Psychology with a minor in African American Studies from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2011. She also has a Master of Social Work from Union University.

Throughout her professional career, Alex has been actively involved in the local behavioral health community. She was the Clinical Supervisor of Community-Based Programming at Youth Villages as well as the Director of Admissions at two acute behavioral health hospitals in Memphis, Tennessee. With her experience, Alex works to continue to build relationships in the mental health and substance use community.

In her free time, Alex enjoys visiting the area’s coffee shops, perusing local bookstores, and spending time with her family.

Ben Dickey

Ben Dickey

Community Outreach Coordinator

Ben is originally from Tipton County but moved to Memphis several years ago. He graduated from Memphis Theological Seminary with a master’s certificate in addiction counseling and has worked in the behavioral health field for over eight years. Ben himself is in long-term recovery from substance use and has a passion for helping those who need it the most. He explains, “I’ll never stop fighting for those who don’t even know they are worth fighting for.”

Outside of work, Ben is a long-time member of Hope Church where he volunteers with the Recovery and Support Ministry, Kitchen Ministry, and Global Ministry. He has also been able to share his recovery story in Uganda and Kenya.

John Redmond

John Redmond

MSN PMHNP-BC

John Redmond is from Oxford, Mississippi and attended the University of Mississippi for his first undergraduate degree in political science. After graduation, he served several years in the United States Army as an infantry officer in the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell in Kentucky. During his time with the 1st Brigade, he was deployed several times.

John later returned to school and earned a nursing degree from Southwest Tennessee Community College as well as a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  John also has a degree as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner from Walden University and earned a master’s in nursing. He serves all ages and mental health modalities. When not at work, John enjoys spending time with his family, cycling, gardening, and reading.