I am a board­-certified physician in both adult psychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. I​ have experience treating a wide range of psychiatric issues including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, autism and other pervasive developmental disorders, and emotional and relationship issues. I tailor psychotherapy to each patient’s individual needs and have training in a variety of modalities including psychodynamic, insight-oriented, cognitive-behavioral, dialectical-behavioral, play and supportive psychotherapies.

I attended E​astern Virginia Medical School and then c​ompleted a​dult psychiatry residency training at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Subsequently, I moved to Chapel Hill for a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. My training in both programs provided a strong foundation in various psychotherapy practices as well as in psychopharmacology. Over the past ten years since completing my training, I have practiced psychiatry in rural settings, an academic medical center and in a solo private practice.

I am a strong proponent of the biopsychosocial model of psychiatry, an approach which integrates medical and organic causes for psychiatric difficulties with psychological challenges and stressors in the social environment. It is a holistic model that looks at all aspects of a patient’s physical, mental and social conditions that contribute to psychological well being as well as distress. This integrated treatment approach includes careful evaluation, psychotherapy, and when appropriate, pharmacotherapy (medication).

Education:

  • University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, NC) – Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship
  • University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (Denver, CO) – Adult Psychiatry Residency
  • Eastern Virginia School of Medicine (Norfolk, VA) – M.D.
  • Wesleyan University (Middletown, CT) – B.A.

Experience:

  • Private Practice (Chapel Hill, NC) – Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry
  • University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill, NC) – Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
  • Sandhills Mental Health Center (Troy and Raeford, NC)-Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist

Professional Societies and Licenses:

  • American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists: 2004-present
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Adult Psychiatry: 2006-present
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: 2008-present
  • North Carolina State Medical License: 2005 – present