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During this 60 minute introductory presentation, Dr. Holly Robertson and Dr. Suzanne Bailey from Cherokee Health Systems discuss strategies for enhancing self-management of diabetes in primary care and provide a pathophysiology of diabetes overview, including risk factors. They will discuss ways that depression can: exacerbate symptoms, complicate diagnosis and treatment, increase mortality and morbidity, and impact the course of illness. Specific attention is given to the role of behavioral health in diabetes management and strategies for addressing depression to enhance providers’ abilities to meet the needs of their patients.


Suzanne Bailey, PsyD is the Director of Integrative Services at Cherokee Health Systems, a comprehensive community healthcare organization in east Tennessee. Dr. Bailey leads Cherokee’s integrated care implementation, provides leadership, oversight, and guidance on clinical services, and is involved in consultation and training in integrated care. Dr. Bailey serves as the Associate Training Director for Cherokee’s APA accredited Predoctoral Psychology Internship and Behavioral Medicine Fellowship. She earned her doctorate at Xavier University.

Holly Robertson, MD is a primary care physician with an undergraduate degree in social work. She received her medical degree from University of Tennessee College of Medicine and then attended Ventura Family Medicine Residency. Though she enjoys working with patients from all backgrounds, she especially enjoys seeing adolescents, homeless patients, migrant workers, and anyone who has significant issues with barriers to medical care. She is fluent in Spanish and provides primary care and women’s health care to Spanish speaking patients.