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Dr. Rizwan Ali, PSV Member and Past President co-authored a book entitled Anger Management. Anger Management is available on Amazon Kindle.  Click here to read a sample or to purchase.

Dr. Rizwan Ali has practiced and taught psychotherapy at VA Medical Center in Salem, Virginia for the last ten years. He served as president of Psychiatric Society of Virginia. He is Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, at Virginia and Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Ali is also a visiting faculty at several international universities including Dow University of Health Sciences in Karachi, Pakistan.

Mr. Joseph Duehl is a social worker with a keen interest in psychodrama. Mr. Duehl worked at the Veteran Administration Medical Centre and helped many soldiers deal with anger and PTSD. In addition, he has taught anger management in an outpatient mental unit. Mr. Duehl grew up in a Polish Catholic family, and now lives with his wife, Alice. He enjoys the company of two sons, four grandsons and one granddaughter. Mr. Duehl and Dr. Ali have been leading anger management groups together for a number of years.

Dr. Sohail is a humanist psychotherapist and writer of poetry, fiction and non-fiction. His story, ’Island’ was included in Global Safari, a Canadian anthology of world fiction. The author of more than a dozen books in Urdu and English, he has also been sharing his humanist philosophy through national and international seminars and conferences for the last three decades. His writings can be read on the following websites: and


Governor Ralph Northam Appointed Dr. Hughes Melton to Lead the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services

S. Hughes Melton
S. Hughes Melton, MD

Dr. Hughes Melton is a leader, teacher and healer who currently serves as the Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS). Dr. Melton was appointed by Governor Ralph Northam in 2018 to lead DBHDS and transform Virginia’s system for people with behavioral health and developmental disabilities by expanding service accessibility, strengthening quality, increasing integration, and bolstering efficiency and accountability across the Commonwealth. DBHDS operates 14 state hospitals, employs nearly 7,000 people, oversees 40 locally-run community services boards, and licenses over 800 private providers throughout Virginia.

Previously, Dr. Melton served as the Chief Deputy Commissioner of Public Health and Preparedness at the Virginia Department of Health (VDH). There, he led a highly skilled team that directed the activities of eight offices, over 480 staff and $185 million in resources and served as the Chief of Staff for VDH’s Deputy Leadership Team that manages the agency’s 4,100 staff and $700 million in resources. He remains clinically active treating the chronic relapsing disease of the brain called addiction. He also led the agency’s response to Virginia’s public health emergency on addiction and speaks nationally on the substance abuse epidemic.

Prior to his role at VDH, Dr. Melton served from 2014-2016 as the VP, Medical Education for NE and NW Markets of Mountain States, a not-for-profit, 13-hospital health system serving southwest Virginia and northeast Tennessee. He started two residency programs and enhanced other medical education programs to address the work force shortage issues and increase the capability of the medical community to meet the needs of the region in the area of population health. In 2015 Dr. Melton’s team won the President’s Quality Award, the highest quality award granted at Mountain States Health Association, and he received the Servant’s Heart Award, the highest patient service award granted at Mountain States. From 2012-2014 he served as the Chief Medical Officer for the Virginia facilities of Mountain States Health.

In addition to his board certification in family medicine, Dr. Melton became board certified in Addiction Medicine in 2012, the same year he started HighPower, P.C. a patient centered addiction treatment clinic in Russell County, Virginia. HighPower has been recognized at the state level for its innovative approach to addiction treatment. Dr. Melton co-founded C-Health, P.C. in Lebanon, Virginia in 2000. C-Health still provides full-spectrum family medicine services to over 18,000 people in rural southwest Virginia.

The American Academy of Family Physicians selected Dr. Melton to be the 2011 Family Physician of the Year for C-Health’s innovative work in the primary care treatment of addiction and chronic pain, and for his leadership in recruiting healthcare professionals to what was once considered a medically underserved county. The University of Virginia is his academic home where he earned his medical degree and completed his family medicine residency in 1996. In 2012 he returned to earn his MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. Running, biking, aviation, church activities, serving the underserved and spending time with his wife Sarah and two daughters are his deepest passions in life.

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