About Us

Meet Your Team

Heath R. Penland

M.D., F.A.P.A.

Dr. Heath Penland grew up in Texas, and received his undergraduate degrees magna cum laude from Texas A&M University in 1997, including a B.S. in Bioengineering and a B.A. in Psychology, as well as his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas in 2001. He completed residency training in General Psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center in 2005, serving as Executive Chief Resident. He then went on to complete fellowship training in Geriatric Psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine in 2006.

Dr. Penland practiced in northeast Texas until choosing North Alabama to call home in 2008. Dr. Penland is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, board certified to practice both Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry, and has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Penland enjoys treating patients with a variety of neuropsychiatric problems, with experience in settings including – outpatient, inpatient, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient treatment.

Please check with your insurer to see if Dr. Penland is in-network for you.

Billie Renee Russell

MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC, CRNP

Renee has worked in various psychiatric settings as a nurse since 2010. Her experience includes child, adolescent, adult and geriatric psychiatry. In 2013, she received her Master of Science degree in Nursing with a focus in Psychiatry from the University of Alabama in Birmingham and passed her certification shortly thereafter. She is a member of the Honor Society of Nursing – Sigma Theta Tau International.

Linda Thompson

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Private Independent Practitioner

Linda is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Alabama and accredited to work independently in private practice. She received her Master of Social Work from Alabama A& M University in 2006. She also received her Bachelor and Master Degrees in Communication Disorders from the University of South Alabama in 1987 and 1988 respectively, and formerly practiced speech-language pathology in a variety of settings with adults and children experiencing communication difficulties.

Linda has extensive experience working in outpatient mental health settings collaborating with psychiatrists, nurse practitioners and licensed professional counselors. She also worked for many years in the non-profit setting as an adoption advocate and grief/loss group support coordinator.

Services

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Marital and Relationship Conflict
  • Women’s Issues including pregnancy loss, infertility, adoption, self-esteem, etc.
  • Grief and Loss
  • Trauma
  • Depression and Anxiety

Linda works with adults and couples providing individual and/or marital therapy. She uses evidence-based practices including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy in addition to her trauma work using EMDR. Her heart is for her patients with a strong desire for them to have peace and purpose in their lives.

Professional Affiliations

  • The American Association of Christian Counselors

Lora Deckard-Smart

CRNP, MSN, RN, PMHNP-BC

Lora has worked in many psychiatric settings as a nurse practitioner. She has gained her clinical experience in many capacities in the mental health system. She has also worked with active duty, reservist, retired and dependent military members from the four branches of the military. 

In 2008, she completed her master’s degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner. In 2017, she graduated from Vanderbilt University with her post master’s as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner.

She has been deployed to Germany during Operation Enduring Freedom. She spent three weeks on a humanitarian mission to Alaska.  She has worked with soldiers at Camp Shelby and Ft. Campbell.

Lora has worked with children, adolescents, adults and geriatrics with depression, anxiety, bipolar and schizophrenia. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau.

She retired from the US Navy as a LCDR. Lora has a son who is currently serving in the U.S. Air Force. Her hobbies include spending time with her son, walking and reading. She loves spending time with her fur babies.  

Lora Specializes in:

  • Trauma and PTSD
  • ADHD
  • Self-Esteem
  • Adults, Adolescents, and children
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality
  • Co-dependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Family Conflicts
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Oppositional Defiance
  • Peer Relationships
  • Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
  • Self Esteem
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Transgender
  • Weight Loss
  • Narcissistic Personality

Debbie Duquette

Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LICSW, P.I.P.
Debbie has over 15 years of experience in the mental health field that includes work with ages 3 and up in a variety of settings. She has treated seriously mentally ill adults with diagnoses from bipolar disorder to anxiety to depression, etc. She has extensive experience helping people who survived trauma, whether abuse was experienced in childhood or adulthood. She is also interested in working with adoption and foster care issues, dissociative disorders, Attention Deficit Disorder, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. She welcomes people from diverse ages and backgrounds. Debbie earned her Bachelor of Social Work from the University of North Alabama in 1994 and her Master of Social Work from Alabama A & M University in 1998. Specialties
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • ADHD
  • Self-Harming
Issues
  • Addiction/Abuse
  • Anger Management
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality
  • Co-dependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Family Conflict
  • Narcissistic Personality
  • Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
  • Oppositional Defiance
  • Peer Relationships
  • Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
  • Self Esteem
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Stress
  • Substance Abuse
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Transgender
  • Weight Loss

James Taylor

Licensed Professional Counselor

James Taylor is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a native of Huntsville.  He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Christian Ministry from Abilene Christian University and completed his Master of Counseling Psychology degree from Alabama A&M University. He has been in practice in North Alabama for over 15 years. James works with children, adolescents, and young adults utilizing different treatment modalities that fit the individual. His areas of interest include ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Mood Disorders and Substance Abuse. James enjoys spending time with his family, fishing, and watching Alabama football.



Address

953 Jeff Road NW
Huntsville, AL 35806

Phone/FAX

Phone: 256-322-6272
Fax: 256-322-4987

Hours

Mon – Thur: 8AM – 5PM
Closed For Lunch 12 – 1
Friday’s: 8AM – 12PM