James E. Thompson received his M.D. from VCU School of Medicine in 2004 and completed his post-graduate training at MCV Hospitals. He joined the American Society for Addiction Medicine in 2007 while still a resident in internal medicine. He has been practicing in the field of addiction since completing his training at MCV in 2009 and has since distinguished himself in a remarkable range of treatment settings as a compassionate, innovative leader in the movement to make treatment more effective and accessible. He was awarded diplomate status by the American Board of Addiction Medicine in 2013 and was recognized as a Fellow of the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) the following year. He is actively involved in the national and Virginia branches of ASAM as well as the Medical Society of Virginia and the American College of Physicians.

In the years prior to launching VCAM he worked as the interim medical director and staff physician at Rubicon, Inc., medical director at Williamsville Wellness, staff physician and associate medical director at the Farley Center at Williamsburg Place and spent many years running a groundbreaking, outpatient addiction clinic associated with a prominent Recovery Community Organization. During that time, Dr. Thompson was instrumental in making naloxone (Narcan) widely available in Virginia without prescription, played a major role in the film “Heroin, the Hardest Hit” and has served on the boards of multiple non-profit treatment/recovery organizations. Dr. Thompson was awarded ‘Top Doc’ in Addiction Medicine by Richmond Magazine in 2017 and now for a second time in 2018. He currently serves as an advisor to public and private organizations concerning our current addiction crisis and has recently addressed the American Academy of Family Practitioners, Virginia Society for Healthcare Risk Management, the Virginia Society for Addiction Medicine, and the Medical Society of Virginia.



Sherman Master is widely renowned in the field of Addiction Psychiatry and has been a pioneer in the field in Richmond, VA area for three decades. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from University of Virginia in 1957 and received his M.D. from Medical College of Virginia in 1961. He served an internship at Emory University followed by a Residency in Psychiatry at MCV, interrupted by two years of service as a medical officer in the US Army at Fort Leavenworth.

During his distinguished career Dr. Master has served on the clinical and residency training faculty in the Department of Psychiatry at MCV. He has been recognized and awarded as an outstanding clinician and educator many times over. He has been the Chairman of Psychiatry at Henrico Doctor’s Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital, the Medical Director for St. John’s Hospital and Tucker’s Pavilion at CJW Hospital. He was the first director of what is now the Virginia Health Practitioner’s Monitoring Program, the state program that assists and monitors physicians, dentists, nurses and pharmacists with substance abuse and mental health conditions. He is sought after as a speaker and lecturer regionally and nationally.

Needless to say, Dr. Master has been a leader, a teacher, a mentor and inspiration to so many Richmond physicians and allied health care professionals in psychiatry and addiction medicine that his importance and influence are difficult to overstate. We are incredibly fortunate and thankful to have the opportunity to work with him and we’re honored to have a place in his professional biography. He is a member of the Medical Society of Virginia, Psychiatric Society of Virginia and the Richmond Psychiatric Society.



Craig Swainey received his M.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002. He came to Richmond for an internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the VCU School of Medicine and was kind enough to mentor a third year medical student named James Thompson (see above physician) during clinical rotations. Dr. Swainey also completed fellowships in Hematology and Oncology as well as Hospice and Palliative Medicine at VCU, where he was able, once again, to hang out with then senior resident Dr. Thompson.

From 2008 to 2015, Dr. Swainey worked as an Assistant Professor of Medical Oncology and Palliative Care at VCU and was loved by patients, staff and colleagues. He has for years had a strong interest in the new sorely needed field of Addiction Medicine and after reconnecting with Dr. Thompson sought this opportunity at VCAM. Dr. Swainey is a member of both the national and Virginia chapters of the American Society of Addiction Medicine and the Medical Society of Virginia. He has two sons and a rescue dog named Mimi and is an avid fan of the UNC men’s basketball team.



Krista Pine received her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She completed her M.D. at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine in 2000, where she served as the president of the American Medical Student Association and during her final year, was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. She completed her residency in Psychiatry at the University of California, Irvine in 2005 and served as chief resident during her final year.

Before joining the Virginia Center for Addiction Medicine (VCAM), Dr. Pine worked as an inpatient psychiatrist at The Pavilion/Farley Center at Williamsburg Place in Williamsburg, Virginia. While there, she served as the Medical Director to the Treatment in Place Program. She also has worked in various inpatient and outpatient settings throughout Virginia, including the Community Service Board, Amen Clinics and Eastern State Hospital. Dr. Pine has been actively involved with treating addiction throughout the years while in her practice of psychiatry

Dr. Pine’s professional interests include addiction medicine, mood disorders, anxiety disorder, women’s mental health, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). She is a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. She and her daughter recently relocated to Richmond and she spends her time enjoying the James, skiing, playing tennis and learning about Richmond’s unique history.