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MindPath Care Centers Leadership Team

MindPath’s dedicated leadership team works hard to ensure compassionate and effective patient care for therapy, medication management and all of our mindcare services. Each member of the leadership teams upholds and models MindPath’s core values of Integrity, Community, Accountability, Results and Enthusiasm. Below you can learn more about each of these talented individuals and their role here at MindPath Care Centers.

Clinical Leadership

  • W. Scott Griffies

    Medical Director

    W. Scott Griffies

    MD, DFAPA

    Medical Director

    W. Scott Griffies

    MD, DFAPA

    W. Scott Griffies M.D., DFAPA, is the Medical Director at MindPath, as well as the Director of Clinical Education and Director of the Mind-Brain-Body Center. He has over 25 years of experience in clinical and psychiatric leadership, with a career focused on psychosomatic medicine, administrative psychiatry, and program development.
  • E. Elise Herman

    Medical Director

    E. Elise Herman

    MD

    Medical Director

    E. Elise Herman

    MD

    Named one of three top psychiatrists in Charlotte by peers in Charlotte Magazine’s 2019 Top Doctor, Dr. Herman has earned a number of achievements and leadership certifications on her way to being MindPath Care Centers’ Regional Medical Director of Western North Carolina.
  • Priyanka

    Medical Director

    Priyanka

    MD

    Medical Director

    Priyanka

    MD

    Priyanka is a board-certified psychiatrist who joined Community Psychiatry in 2012 and became the company’s Medical Director in 2019.
  • Louise Newton

    Clinical Director of Psychotherapy

    Louise Newton

    MSW, LCSW, SEP

    Clinical Director of Psychotherapy

    Louise Newton

    MSW, LCSW, SEP

    Louise holds a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Louise also holds a MSW from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a guest lecturer at both the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work, as well as the School of Medicine. Louise thrives in her role as a leader and mentor, serving as a Clinical Field Instructor to the UNC School of Social Work, NC State University School of Social Work, and Smith College of Social Work.
  • Courtney Thomas

    Director of Therapy

    Courtney Thomas

    PsyD

    Director of Therapy

    Courtney Thomas

    PsyD

    Dr. Courtney Thomas is a licensed clinical psychologist who joined Community Psychiatry in 2021. He completed his graduate training at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois.
  • Maureen Gomeringer

    Associate Clinical Director of Psychotherapy

    Maureen Gomeringer

    LCSW

    Associate Clinical Director of Psychotherapy

    Maureen Gomeringer

    LCSW

    Maureen holds a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Philosophy and Religion from Appalachian State University. She earned her MSW from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010. Maureen has maintained her NC license as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2010 in and takes great pride in her guild’s commitment to the emotional, physical, and collective wellness of individuals and their communities. Her role as a social worker is woven into every aspect of her life.
  • Sandeep Vaishnavi

    Medical Director of Clinical Trials Institute & Interventional Psychiatry

    Sandeep Vaishnavi

    MD, PhD

    Medical Director of Clinical Trials Institute & Interventional Psychiatry

    Sandeep Vaishnavi

    MD, PhD

    Sandeep Vaishnavi, MD, PhD is the Medical Director of the MindPath Clinical Trials Institute and the Medical Director of the MindPath Interventional Psychiatry/Brain Stimulation Program. He is certified in Behavioral Neurology & Neuropsychiatry by the United Council for Neurologic Subspecialties. He is also certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. His education includes a fellowship at Johns Hopkins and a residency at Duke University.

Executive Team

  • J. Christopher Brengard

    Chief Executive Officer

    J. Christopher Brengard

    Chief Executive Officer

    J. Christopher Brengard

    Christopher Brengard joined Community Psychiatry in 2021. Prior to joining CP, Chris served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer from 2000 to 2020 at U.S. Renal Care, Inc.
  • Julie McCarter

    Chief Operating Office

    Julie McCarter

    Chief Operating Office

    Julie McCarter

    Julie brings over 25 years of health care experience to the Community Psychiatry leadership team serving as Chief Operating Officer.
  • Mark Brandow

    Chief Financial Officer

    Mark Brandow

    Chief Financial Officer

    Mark Brandow

    Mark joined Community Psychiatry in 2021.  As Chief Financial Officer, he is responsible for overseeing key strategic initiatives and driving performance across the organization.
  • Maureen Cahill

    Chief People Officer

    Maureen Cahill

    Chief People Officer

    Maureen Cahill

    Maureen brings over a decade of senior human resources leadership experience to Community Psychiatry.
  • Jeff Williams

    Chief Strategy Officer

    Jeff Williams

    Chief Strategy Officer

    Jeff Williams

    Jeff Williams is a versatile executive with a diverse background spanning pharmaceutical, healthcare IT, drug development and B2C web-based services and has focused on both clinical, corporate and consumer target markets from start up to scale up. He became CEO of MindPath Care Centers in late 2018 and then CSO at Community Psychiatry upon the acquisition of MindPath by Community Psychiatry.
  • Abigail Sheriff

    Divisional VP - Southeast

    Abigail Sheriff

    Divisional VP - Southeast

    Abigail Sheriff

    In her role as Divisional VP, Abigail (Abby) is responsible for the P&L, growth, and operations in the Southeastern United States, ensuring that MindPath is delivering the highest quality care to our patients, and collaborating with our people team and Office of the CMO to ensure that we are a best place to work for our team members and clinicians.  
  • Erika Rosenthal

    SVP, Demand Management

    Erika Rosenthal

    SVP, Demand Management

    Erika Rosenthal

    Erika has a B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a second Master's in Digital Marketing from the University of San Francisco. She completed executive education programs at Wharton School of Business and at Cornell University. Erika has over 20 years’ experience in healthcare and has worked with a prestigious list of high growth companies to scale quickly and effectively.    
  • Diego Garza

    VP of Strategy & Innovation, Director of Telehealth

    Diego Garza

    MD, MPH

    VP of Strategy & Innovation, Director of Telehealth

    Diego Garza

    MD, MPH

    In early 2017, Dr. Garza started working for MindPath Care Centers as the Director of Telemedicine. He developed and implemented a telepsychiatry service that now employs over 180 providers and sees more than a 18,000 patients per month, placing this program as the largest telepsychiatry/teletherapy program in the state of North Carolina. Now, he is currently acting as the VP of Strategy and Innovation and Director of Telehealth, where he oversees growth strategies for MindPath that are directly related to increasing quality of healthcare services.
  • Kim Finucan

    Regional Vice President, SC

    Kim Finucan

    LPC, LPC/S, DBTC, NBCCH

    Regional Vice President, SC

    Kim Finucan

    LPC, LPC/S, DBTC, NBCCH

    Kim Finucan LPC, LPC/S, DBTC, NBCCH joined MindPath Care Centers in 2020 as the Regional Vice President of South Carolina. Maintaining licensure as both a licensed professional counselor and licensed professional counselor supervisor, Kim has a strong commitment to providing services in a way that honors diversity, inclusion and belonging. With over 20 years of behavioral health experience in both clinical and executive roles, she has developed risk management systems, led organizations as they sought to change financial and clinical outcomes while maintaining a client focus.
  • Surry Wood

    Senior Vice President Corporate Development

    Surry Wood

    Senior Vice President Corporate Development

    Surry Wood

    Prior to joining MindPath he was the Vice President of Business Development for a Dental Support Organization, helping it grow its number of locations by 50% through partnerships, acquisitions and de-novos. Previously, Surry worked at PPD in Corporate Development & Strategy, as well Barclays in its Healthcare Investment Banking Group.

Tropical Storm Isaias is headed towards the Carolinas

Tropical Storm Isaias is headed towards the Carolinas. Please note that we plan to be open for appointments; however, be aware that power outages may be widespread which may impact telehealth and other appointments. We may not know until the last minute in all of our locations on Tuesday. Please be patient. We will waive missed appointment charges on Tuesday, August 4th in light of complications from the weather. If you and your provider are unable to connect, we will reach out to reschedule your appointment as soon as possible.