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Dr. Merugu

Psychiatrist

Dr. Jaya Merugu is an ABPN Board Certified psychiatrist who received her medical degree at Pondicherry University in India, followed residency in General Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences at Wayne State University, and a Fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry at the University of Alabama, Birmingham. Before joining Springbrook, Dr. Merugu worked in the Apollo Hospital System and for the Asha Hospital Institute of Medical Psychotherapy. Most recently, she served as psychiatrist for the Aurora Pavilion on the campus of the Aiken Regional Medical Center, and volunteered on the board of a local community mental health organization, Aiken Barnwell Mental Health (ABMH).

Dr. James Lee

Psychiatrist

Dr. James Lee, Jr is an adult psychiatrist in Greenville, SC. He is currently working as an inpatient psychiatrist at Springbrook Behavioral Health in Travelers Rest, SC. Dr. Lee is a graduate of Morehouse College. He received his MD from Meharry Medical College and later completed his psychiatry residency at the University of South Carolina/ Palmetto Health in Columbia, SC. He later completed a forensic psychiatry fellowship at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA. Prior to his most recent move to Greenville, he served the Rock Hill, SC community as the President/ CEO of Ascension Behavioral Healthcare for over 10 years. In addition, he worked as the staff psychiatrist at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. Currently, he serves as medical director for Standards Based Solutions, a mental health agency, in Chapel Hill, NC. He is also a founding member and treasurer of Global Health Psychiatry, LLC, a collection of 9 African American psychiatrists from across the country, who have come together to educate others on the importance of addressing mental health in our communities. Global Health Psychiatry has published two books, Mind Matters: A Research Guide to Psychiatry for Black Communities and How Amari Learned to Love School Again: A Story About ADHD. His involvement with Global Health Psychiatry has been truly a fulfilling opportunity as it aligns with Dr. Lee’s passion on educating others about mental health and helping to break down the barriers and stigmas associated with this topic.

Dr. Sergio Sanchez

Psychiatrist

Lora Penderman

Acute Nurse Manager