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David “Chip” Dodd | PhD, LPC–MHSP

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.


  • Counseling
  • Consulting
  • Leadership Training
  • Parenting Skills
  • Teaching
  • 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 | MDIV, LPC–MHSP

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.


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)

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

Tamara Roth | PhD

Tamara Roth is the clinical director of the Professional Women’s Program at JourneyPure. She is a licensed professional counselor with two master’s degrees from Vanderbilt University and a PhD from The American Institute of Holistic Theology.

She is a trained neurofeedback provider, EMDR and Brainspotting therapist, Kundalini Yoga Instructor and has extensive training in dreamwork. She is a holistic therapist who believes in the powerful mind-body-spirit connection and the intuitive wisdom that we all hold within.

She also spent 15 years as a professional in the corporate world and can relate to the high stress and expectations that professional women encounter.

Tamara has two published memoirs. “High Bottom – Letting Go of Vodka and Chardonnay" and “New Bottom – Turning the Other Cheek" are the story of her own demise into alcoholism and the path to recovery that she continues to use to make her life vibrant and hope filled.

Nikki Talley | M.ED

Nicole Talley serves as both Primary Therapist and Residential Manager for the Professional Women’s Program at JourneyPure. She is currently under supervision to become a Licensed Professional Counselor – Mental Health Services Provider. She completed her undergraduate degree at Austin Peay State University and her graduate degree at Middle Tennessee State University.

As a graduate student, Nicole completed her internship with JourneyPure, while also working full-time as the Residential Manager at Voyage. She played a key role in starting the DBT program at JourneyPure, which is one of the few DBT SUD programs in the country. As a therapist, Nicole values the power of positive self-talk in building a healthy sense of self. She utilizes her skills in CBT and DBT to help clients challenge and change their patterns of unhealthy thinking, change their maladaptive behaviors and coping mechanisms, and create lives worth living.

Karen Carnes

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.

Cynthia Henderson, JD

Cynthia is the Professionals Program Liaison at JourneyPure.   She is a licensed attorney in the State of Tennessee receiving her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Nashville School of Law and her BS from Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Tennessee.

She joined JourneyPure Center for Professional Excellence in October, 2016 and her personal recovery gives her a great perspective for professionals struggling with addiction as well as how this disease impacts the family as a whole.

Cynthia has worked with the Office of the Tennessee Attorney General and several law firms in the Nashville area. Currently, she acts as a volunteer and mentor for the Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program and is active in her church, St. Augustine’s Chapel, serving as a lay person for the Recovery Eucharist. In the past, she worked as a mentor at the Tennessee Prison for Women and volunteered for Second Harvest Food Bank, Monroe Harding Children’s Home and Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital.  She and her husband, Rich live in Nashville and have four children.

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