The Center for Professional Excellence

A Recovery Treatment Center in Nashville, TN

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About The Center for Professional Excellence (CPE)

Chip Dodd, PhD, started CPE in 1996 to help impaired professionals recover their lives, their passions, and their integrity from the grip of addiction, anxiety, depression, and other compulsive behaviors. 

The servant leaders of society—doctors, pastors, musicians, etc.—who serve out of their giftedness often find themselves detached from their hearts and trapped in destructive behaviors. CPE’s compassionate and gifted staff know what it takes to walk these individuals back into wholeness and freedom—allowing them to be who they were made to be so they can do what they were made to do.

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Meet the CPE staff


David “Chip” Dodd

About Chip

Chip Dodd is a teacher, trainer, author, and counselor, who has been working in the field of recovery and redemption for almost three decades. After receiving his PhD in Counseling from the University of North Texas, he co-founded Bent Tree Counseling Center in Dallas, TX and served there as the clinical director.

In 1996, Chip and his family moved to Tennessee where he founded and currently directs The Center for Professional Excellence (CPE). His own recovery motivates him to help professionals get recovery of the lives that they and their families were created to have. Chip met his wife in their hometown, and they were married in 1983. They have two grown sons.

Chip is the author of the best-selling book, The Voice of the Heart, which explains in detail his guide to living fully–The Spiritual Root System™. He is also the author of The Perfect Loss and a series of meditation books: Live Fully, Love Deeply, Lead Well.


Leadership Training
Parenting Skills

Addiction Recovery
Conflict Resolution
Group Therapy


Chip earned a PhD in Counseling from the University of North Texas and a MA in English from the University of Mississippi.


Phil Herndon

About Phil

Phil has been the Clinical Director of The Center for Professional Excellence for almost a decade. 

Phil was a leader and a pastor at North Ft. Worth Baptist Church for 12 years, has served in leadership in several churches, and currently serves as an elder in his church in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He brings over 23 years of experience to his work with CPE.

He now lives in Murfreesboro, Tennessee with his wife, Sheila, and their son, Luke.


After graduating Northeastern Oklahoma State University with a BA in Psychology, Phil received his MA in Marriage and Family Counseling, and his MA in Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Training and Certifications
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC)

Miriam Tate

About Miriam

Since 2001, Miriam has worked with the spouses of the patients in treatment at CPE. When reconnecting fractured marriages, she works to restore connection and intimacy. She has a passion for helping people on the journey of recovery.

Her main focus is on individual work with spouses, couples work, out patient work, couples therapy, women's intensives, women's support groups, and educating patients’ spouses about addiction, recovery, and the Spiritual Root System™.

Learn more about Miriam’s private practice.


Women's Issues

Couples Therapy


Miriam earned her Master's in Counseling from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN.

Training and Certifications
  • Licensed Professional Counselor/ Mental Health Service Provider, Tennessee License #2215
  • Certified Imago Relationship Couple's Therapist, Imago Relationship International

David E. Tiner

About David

David’s focus at CPE includes working with the men individually and with their spouses around issues that addiction brings to a marriage.

After nearly 20 years of dentistry practice, a personal crisis led David to embark on a new journey which led him to pursue counseling at Trevecca University. As a counselor, David is interested in the science of the heart. He helps clients find emotional healing by first helping them understand how they are made as humans.

David and and his wife, Janina, run a private counseling practice in Brentwood, Tennessee. Learn more about their practice.


Life Trauma
Affair Recovery

Anger/Rage Issues
Shame Recovery
Stress Management


David received his MMFT from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN.

Training and Certifications
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in Tennessee, License #690
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Level 2 trained Internal Family Systems Therapist (IFS)

Todd Wermers

About Todd

Todd is a marriage and family counselor at CPE. He serves as the 12 Step Coordinator and an Outdoor Experiential counselor.

Prior to CPE, he served on multiple church staffs around the Southeast. He served as one of the primary teaching pastors as well as lead the Recovery Ministry at Summit Church in Fort Myers, FL. Todd has over 15 year of church ministry experience working with men and their families.

Todd lives  just south of Nashville, TN with his wife of nine years and their two children, Tennysen and Cedar.


12 Step Programs

Outdoor Experiential therapy


Todd received a BA from Columbia International University and his Masters in Marriage and Family Counseling from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN.

Training and Certifications
  • MMFT

Karen Carnes

About Karen

Karen has dedicated her giftedness, passion, and time to coordinating help for the professionals in need and their families that come to CPE. She’s the voice you hear when you call our number and she's the face that greets you at our office.

With years of experience working closely with people to help reach their goals, Karen brings her heart to helping others recover from addiction. She has worked in marketing and various administrative roles.

New Patient Intake

Karen coordinates all new patient intake procedures, works with patients’ insurance providers, and helps facilitate all aspects of patient housing. She is the compassionate helping hand.


Karen earned a BS degree from Belmont College and Middle Tennessee State University.                 

“CPE gave me the tools to be free and live life. I now have the chance to be the husband and father I believe I am meant to be.”


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Extended Treatment

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Relapse Program

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Recovery Enhancement

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The Center for Professional Excellence

A Recovery Treatment Center

Call (615) 837-2282

624 Grassmere Park Dr., Suite 11
Nashville, TN 37211

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