Psychiatrist and Medical Director
Dr. Justin Lapollo started his higher education with an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point in the summer of 2001. Following the attacks of 9/11 and the subsequent change in Army officer structure, he decided to transfer out of West Point and accepted a full ROTC scholarship at East Tennessee State University (ETSU) in order to improve his likelihood of applying to medical school.
He majored in Psychology and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2005. He applied and was accepted to the Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine at Virginia Tech where he graduated medical school in the top of his class in 2009. Following his graduation from medical school he was commissioned as a Captain in the US Army and attended Internship and Residency at Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii. While in Residency Dr. Lapollo was named Resident Teacher of the Year by the medical students at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) and later nominated by his faculty and colleagues to serve as the Academic Chief Resident in his final year of Residency.
Following the completion of his Residency in 2013 he served in numerous clinical and administrative leadership roles in the Army including Division Psychiatrist at Fort Stewart GA, Deputy Department Chief for the Department of Behavioral Health at Winn Army Community Hospital, Chief Psychiatrist at Guantanamo Bay, and Senior Psychiatrist with the 254th Combat Operational Stress Control Unit providing Behavioral Health support to forward-deployed soldiers in Eastern Europe. He has worked in many psychiatric domains including inpatient, outpatient, forensic, child/adolescent, telepsych, and consultation/liaison.
Bethanie completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh and has her Master’s Degree, a dual emphasis on Professional Clinical Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy. Following her undergraduate program Bethanie knew she wanted to do more and enlisted in the United States Navy.
She honorably served her country for four years and enjoys working with the military and civilian community. Bethanie has over 5 years of experience across a variety of settings including private practice, outpatient clinics, telepsyc, non-profits, crisis intervention, and research settings. She has a broad range of clinical experience working with individuals, couples, and groups during her professional career.
“I have been very passionate about helping people for as long as I can remember. I never want anyone to feel like they have to struggle or lose hope. My goal is to empower and equip my patients with the tools and abilities to help themselves through whatever hardships they are facing.”
Grace Kilgore is a member of the National Honors Society at the college she is attending. She is a NRCPT, TMS certified, and is working toward her associates degree in Psychology.
“I love helping people who are in need. I enjoy listening to their stories and their mental health journey. Mental health is so important to me because it is so overlooked but it is my priority to care for the ones who are seeking for help. As the Ketamine Coordinator, all of my patients are taken care of mentally and physically. Ketamine is a gateway for my patients to let out everything that they are feeling and I am strictly here to listen and provide the care that they need. I am so happy to see my patients walk out of the door with smiles on their faces. That is the road to progress for mental health.”
Erin Borum is a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with over 5 years of experience in the field of psychiatry and over 15 years of experience in the field of healthcare. Erin has extensive training in psychiatry across the life span, as well as training in both acute and chronic illnesses. Her academia includes degrees from Agnes Scott College (Decatur, GA), Lincoln Memorial University (Knoxville, TN), and the University of TN (Knoxville, TN). Erin has a dedicated passion and a key focus to help populations with mental health issues.
Summer completed her nursing degree at Lincoln Memorial University in 2011, where she graduated with highest honors. This foundational education provided Summer with a comprehensive understanding of patient care, critical thinking, and evidence-based practices. Building on this foundation, Summer pursued further education and training, earning a Master of Science in Nursing with a specialization in psychiatry/mental health from East Tennessee State University in 2019.
Summer’s journey into the mental health field began in 2011, when she worked as a registered nurse specializing in psychiatry at a residential facility for adolescents. She went on to spend the next several years working with critically ill patients in medical-surgical and neurological intensive care units. Following completion of her MSN, Summer began her career as a psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner. Summer has worked in various clinical settings within a community mental health organization, including outpatient clinics, crisis stabilization units, residential treatment programs, a medically-monitored detoxification unit, and a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program.With several years of experience as a PMHNP, Summer has developed a deep understanding of the complexities of mental health and the impact it has on individuals, families, and communities. Summer believes in a holistic approach to mental health, emphasizing the integration of evidence-based practices, psychopharmacology, and psychotherapy to promote optimal patient outcomes. She works collaboratively with patients, families, and other healthcare professionals to create a healing and supportive environment. She is dedicated to educating and empowering the individuals she serves, and her patients appreciate her non-judgmental approach and the safe space she creates for open and honest communication.
Psychiatric Support Dog
Carl is an English Cream Golden Retriever who loves meeting new people and offering emotional comfort to those in need.