Our Providers

Alicia H. Austin, M.D.

Dr. Austin graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelors of Science prior to attending medical school at LSU Health Sciences Center. Upon graduation in 2005, she began residency training in psychiatry at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, serving as chief resident in 2008. Her many interests include psychotherapy, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and substance abuse disorders. Dr. Austin is board-certified.

Location: Birmingham

Rebecca W. Jones, M.D.

Dr. Jones received her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She then completed medical school at the University of Alabama School of Medicine. She completed a psychiatric residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2009, serving as chief resident. Her primary interests are mood disorders, psychotic disorders, and cognitive disorders. Dr. Jones is board-certified.

Location: Birmingham

Emily H. Lazenby, M.D.

Dr. Lazenby received a BS in Psychology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2001 before entering The University of Alabama School of Medicine. She graduated in 2005 and went on to complete her Internship and Residency Training in Psychiatry at UAB in 2009, serving as chief resident. Dr. Lazenby has a special interest in the treatment of mood disorders and substance abuse disorders. Dr. Lazenby is board-certified.


Steven Sugg, MD

Dr. Sugg completed his undergraduate studies at Birmingham-Southern College, and obtained his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in 1999. He completed residency training in Psychiatry, and a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia.

He is board certified in both Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Dr. Sugg sees patients 19 years of age and older and will accept most major insurances including BCBS of AL Expanded Psychiatric Services (EPS).


Suzette Smalley, LCSW, PIP

Suzette Smalley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker as well as a Certified Addictions Counselor with over 20 years of experience in treating individuals, couples, families and facilitating various group therapies. She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Social Work from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She is skillful in the treatment of depression, mood disorders, grief, stress, anxiety, anger management, relationship issues, personality disorders, eating disorders, and addictions.

Location: Birmingham

Lindsay Handey, LPC

Lindsay Handey graduated from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology prior to attending Mississippi State University where she received a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and completed her thesis work on Eating Disorders. She then went on to Louisiana State University to earn a Master’s Degree in Counseling. Lindsay has experience with a variety of mental health disorders including substance abuse, relationships, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and eating disorders.


Wes Wilkes, LPC

Wes Wilkes is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a National Board Certified Counselor (NBCC) who specializes in working with adults. Mr. Wilkes provides treatment, such as individual and group therapies, for a wide range of psychological issues, and uses cognitive behavioral techniques to help patients to address their specific problems. His specialized area of interests include: anger management, martial/relationship issues, depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorders, self-esteem issues, anxiety and social anxiety disorders. He obtained his Master’s of Science degree from Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA, and has been in practice in Alabama since July of 2000. He is an active member of the National Board for Certified Counselors, and is licensed in the state of Alabama.

Location: Birmingham

Chandler Caldwell, MSW, LICSW, PIP

Chandler Caldwell, MSW, LICSW, PIP, is a native of the Birmingham area and is proud to call it home. Chandler joins Psychiatry South with a diverse background in mental health practice settings including inpatient psychiatry, health maintenance organization (HMO) care coordination, crisis intervention, and substance abuse. As a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and Private Independent Practitioner (PIP), Chandler’s primary mission is to help alleviate barriers to treatment and reduce symptoms related to mental health issues by using techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy, solution-focused therapy, task-centered therapy, motivational interviewing, behavior modification, and mindfulness. Chandler’s treatment specialties include but are not limited to mood disorders, anxiety disorders, issues related to grief, LGBTQ+ issues, caregiving distress, geriatric issues, and suicide prevention and intervention.

Chandler received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). His primary goal at that time was to help non-profit organizations educate the community about issues that affect millions of Americans each year. He spent a portion of his time interning with the American Red Cross, the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, and the UAB College of Arts & Sciences. After completing his undergraduate degree, Chandler pursued a Master of Social Work (MSW) degree at the University of Alabama where he received extensive exposure, training, and skills related to medical and psychiatric social work. Since graduating with his MSW, he has had the opportunity to work with children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric clients. As of August 2019, Chandler will be pursuing his Doctor of Social Work (DSW) in Advanced Clinical Practice from the University of Alabama where he will receive extensive training in clinical practice modalities to better serve his clients.

In his downtime, Chandler enjoys spending time with his spouse, family, and pets.



Chloe Law is a board-certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse practitioner. She received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Before obtaining her master’s degree, Chloe worked as a registered nurse for 6 years with a focus in neurology. Her interests include mood disorders and anxiety disorders.