Chamberlin Clinic provides comprehensive behavioral health services for individuals, couples and families. We treat children, adolescents and adult, in a caring and confidential atmosphere. Our physicians, nurse practitioners, psychologists and therapists provide individualized, dynamic treatment for emotional disorders.
Dr. Dolores DiGaetano, MD has been president of Chamberlin Clinic since 1988. She is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. In addition to her clinical practice, she has been involved with research at Chamberlin Clinic since 1985 and at CNS Healthcare, Inc. since 2005. Her clinical practice encompasses psychiatric evaluation, patient and family education, treatment planning, medication management and oversight of the other clinical staff members. She uses research criteria in making diagnoses and is conservative in medication prescribing. Dr. DiGaetano is a firm believer in diet, exercise and good sleep hygiene as a basis for good health. She also encourages her patients to responsibly follow up with their primary care physicians. Knowing that medication does not solve all problems, Dr. DiGaetano often refers patients for psychotherapy within the clinic or within the local community.
In addition to her clinical duties, Dr. DiGaetano is the immediate past president and the current treasurer of the Tennessee Psychiatric Association. She has served as president of the West Tennessee Psychiatric Association for two terms. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Assocation, the Tennessee Medical Association, and the Memphis Medical Society. She has received the AMA Physician Recognition Award for continuing medical education for the past fifteen years. She has served on the speakers bureau for several pharmaceutical companies: Lilly, Pfizer, Wyeth, GlaxoSmithKline, and Bristol-Meyers Squibb. Dr. DiGaetano is also a clinical instructor for the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences Department of Psychiatry where she was awarded clinical instructor of the year for 2009. She was voted by her peers in the Best Doctor survey in Memphis as "the best psychiatrist" in 2011 and 2012.
Dr. DiGaetano feels it is a privilege to serve psychiatric patients: "It is very gratifying to see people blossom in to who they were meant to be".
Lisa Williams graduated from the University of Tennessee, Memphis with a Masters of Science in Nursing. She is certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Mental Health. She has been in practice since 1996 with experience in outpatient and inpatient treatment, and psychiatric consultation in the hospital and nursing home. Lisa joined the Chamberlin Clinic in 2011 and currently provides outpatient care for adults, eighteen years old and over. She provides individualized care, focusing on psychiatric evaluation and medication management for various issues including depression, anxiety, mood swings, grief, trauma, attention deficit problems, and psychosis. Lisa offers a comprehensive approach to treatment including medication management, supportive therapy, client and family education, and collaboration with other disciplines for optimal care.
Shaquita Starks graduated from the University of Tennessee, Memphis College of Graduate Health and Sciences Nursing Science PhD Program in May 2016. Her dissertation study examined the contribution of depression symptoms on the quality of life of African American women who were family caregivers within the context of a relative’s end-stage renal disease. This study provides the foundation in which Dr. Starks was awarded a one-year MFP post-doctoral fellowship (FY 2016-2017) at the University of Memphis Health Science Center to continue additional training and build her program of research under the mentorship of Professor Mona Wicks, PhD, RN, FAAN.
Dr. Starks, a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner with over 16 years of nursing experience, research study includes participation in a National Institute of Health (NIH) funded trial to determine the effectiveness of INSIGHT, a cognitive behavioral therapy approach designed to reduce depressive and anxiety symptoms and stress in women 18 and older, on a group of African American women caring for patients with ESRD. She was also a community health worker for the Consortium for Health Education, Economic Empowerment and Research (CHEER), a community based participatory health disparities research center funded by the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities (UTHSC, 2014). Her long-term goal is to practice and develop a program of research that will examine the connection between mental health and social determinants of health, and its subsequent consequence on mental and physical health in ethnic minorities. She is the mother of three children and enjoys volunteering in her community where she provides care to underserved clients in local dialysis centers, hospitals, shelters, and missions.
Dr. Starks is a member of the American Nurses Association, the Tennessee Nurses Association, the Southern Research Society, and Beta Theta-at-Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International.
Chris Bentley, LCSW is a psychotherapist who has been with Chamberlin Clinic since 2002. He works primarily with adults and teenagers providing counseling/psychotherapy with a humanistic approach. He has experience working with people with various issues including: trauma, GLBT, depression, anxiety, alcohol/drugs, grief, Bipolar, and anger issues. He is a graduate of Mississippi State University and the University of Tennessee.
Beth Wilkerson graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology. She brings 26 years of experience in working with teenagers and adults, covering a comprehensive spectrum of mental health issues ranging from severe psychiatric illness to the milder phase of life problems. She likes to meet her clients first before deciding on the best approach to resolving their problem.