Faculty

WARREN “KEITH” DEPONTI, DO

Hometown: Johnson City, TN
Undergraduate: East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN
Medical School: University of New England, Biddeford, ME
Residency: University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Fellowship: University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

I love child psychiatry because it offers the opportunity to help families and especially children through (and at times overcome) their mental illness at what is often at the most crucial stages of their lives. There is so much to learn about the art of making such positive changes in another’s life and it is an amazing thing to share and enjoy with learners. Greenville is an excellent place to live with its unique cultural diversity, friendly people and small town feel but mid-sized city amenities. The pleasant climate, mild winters and location with mountains and beach in an easy drive is a big advantage as well.

ELIZABETH DUKES, LPC

ELIZABETH DUKES, LPC

Hometown: Greeneville, TN
Undergraduate: Rhodes College, Memphis, TN
Other training: Masters in Art Therapy at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA
Certification: Licensed in Professional Counseling and Board-Certified Registered Art Therapist

I am very excited to be part of the child fellowship program. I have worked alongside child psychiatrist’s for the bulk of my career as a mental health professional and believe in the necessity of collaboration between child psychiatry and psychotherapy professionals of various backgrounds to do the best work for children and their families.

SHAY LEMOIS

Hometown: Greer, SC
Undergraduate: Clemson University, B.S.
Masters: University of South Carolina, Masters in Social Work
Certification: SC Licensed Independent Social Worker in Clinical Practice
Internships & Other Relevant Training: Worked in intensive outpatient programs for children and adults, inpatient social work, school based social work, social emotional learning educator in the after-school program setting, community outreach through the school district.

Greenville, SC is my hometown and I wanted to come back to help the community by providing mental health education and therapy to children and families in need. Often times, people feel overwhelmed by not understanding what is going on with them physically and mentally. I want to be that person who can help them navigate how to cope and live their best life while also joining a team with the same goals in mind. Greenville, S.C. has always been a great city to raise a family and so it was an easy decision to move back home.

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KAREN LOMMEL, DO, MHA, MS

Hometown: Monticello, MN
Undergraduate: University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN
Medical School: Des Moines University-Osteopathic Medical Center
Residency: Triple Board (Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry) & Emergency Medicine
Fellowship: Combined with above – Child Psychiatry

I love teaching and witnessing the moment when the lightbulb goes off and the learner gains confidence to implement their knowledge with the next patient they see. Greenville is an amazing place and growing quickly. The city sells itself!

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KAYE MCGINTY, MD

Hometown: Huntsville, AL
Undergraduate: Memphis State University B.S.
Postgraduate: Auburn University M.S.
Medical School: Ponce School of Medicine, M.D.
Residency: University of Kentucky, Adult Psychiatry
Fellowship: East Carolina University, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Have taught my entire career, first as an anatomist and then as a psychiatrist. Teaching is my passion and working with children and families is a joy. Every child and youth has a story to tell and these stories help us understand their joys, sorrows, strengths and needs. Along with their family, we have the privilege of helping them with their needs and watching them change and grow.

LAURIE PINCKNEY

LAURIE PINCKNEY

Hometown: Fountain Inn, SC
Undergraduate: BS in Psychology from Presbyterian College
Masters/Post grad: MA in Counseling from Webster University; MBA from Southern Wesleyan University
Certifications: Licensed Professional Counselor

MICHAEL SIERRA, MD

Hometown: Miami, FL
Undergraduate: Florida International University
Medical School: Florida State University
Residency: Medical University of South Carolina
Fellowship: Medical University of South Carolina

I love the way teaching keeps me on road of continuous self-improvement, which I hope to cultivate in those who train with me. Child psychiatry is a fascinating and ever-changing field that offers the ability to improve not only the child’s mental well-being, but that of the entire family for generations to come. Furthermore, Greenville is a fun and diverse city with a significant Hispanic population, and as a Cuban-American myself, I enjoy being able to speak Spanish with a portion of the patients I serve.