Jennie Byrne, MD, PhD

I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist who treats adults with dementia, attention deficit, anxiety, depression, and other mental health problems. I also have a doctorate in neurophysiology and have done extensive research on attention, memory and depression.

I trained in New York City for 12 years and relocated to North Carolina in 2008. My training at NYU and Mt Sinai was excellent and I was exposed to a wide variety of people and problems, but over time the pace became draining. I decided to move to Chapel Hill in search of a more balanced lifestyle, where I would be able to give more personalized attention to my patients, family, and friends.

My goal is to help you optimize your mood and thinking so that you can achieve your personal goals. I believe that good communication is essential to medical care and use the latest technology to actively communicate with patients, families, caregivers, and other health care providers. My treatment approach includes medication management, cognitive behavioral therapy, individual psychotherapy, cognitive testing, and psychoeducation.


  • Mt. Sinai School of Medicine (New York, NY) – Psychiatry Residency
  • New York University School of Medicine (New York, NY) – M.D.
  • New York University Department of Neurophysiology (New York, NY) – Ph.D.
  • University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA) – B.A.


  • Doctors Making Housecalls (Chapel Hill, NC) – Director of Psychiatry
  • Project for Psychiatric Outreach to the Homeless (New York, NY) – Psychiatric Consultant

Professional Societies and Licenses:

  • North Carolina Psychiatric Association: 2008-present
  • Technology Committee Chair, North Carolina Psychiatric Association: 2014-present
  • The American Professional Society of ADHD and Related Disorders (APSARD): 2011 – present
  • Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD): 2011 – present
  • National Parkinson Foundation – Allied Team Training (ATTP): 2011 – present
  • DEA waiver for treatment of opioid addiction: 2011 – present
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology: 2010 – present
  • North Carolina State Medical License: 2008 – present
  • New York State Medical License: 2005 – present
  • American Psychiatry Association: 2005 – present
  • Fellow, American Psychiatric Association 2014-present


  • Board member, CASA, 2013-2014
  • Board member, Guiding Lights : Caregiver Support Center, 2011-2013
  • Provider, Give an Hour, 2010-present


  • Attention and memory in schizophrenia with functional MRI (Mount Sinai Medical Center)
  • Multielectrode neurophysiology of attention in rats (New York University School of Medicine)
  • Modulation of startle response in post-traumatic stress disorder (West Haven VA Hospital)
  • Antidepressant drug treatment in the rat forced swimming test (University of Pennsylvania)


  • Opening Your Private Practice: The Essential Timeline : Dr. Jennie Byrne, MD, PhD


  • Fan, J., Byrne, J., Worden, M.S., McCandliss, Guise, K.G., B.D., Fosella, J., and Posner, M. I. (2007) The relation of brain oscillations to attentional networks. The Journal of Neuroscience 27(23): 6197-206.
  • Johnson, J.L. and Welsh, J. P. (2003) Independently-moveable multielectrode array to record multiple fast-spiking neurons in the cerebral cortex during cognition. Methods 30(1): 64-78.
  • Detke, M.J., Johnson J., and Lucki, I. (1997) Acute and chronic antidepressant drug treatment in the rat forced swimming test model of depression. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology 5(2): 107-112.

Matt Bader, MD

I am a board-certified adult psychiatrist with subspecialty training in addiction psychiatry.

Originally from New Jersey, I found a second home in North Carolina during my residency training at Duke University. I spent a year away from the Tar Heel State completing my fellowship training in addictions at the Medical University of South Carolina in sunny Charleston, SC. I have happily traded coastal living for a return to the Triangle and all the diversity that it offers!

Given my specialty training, I have a great deal of experience treating a wide range of addictions including alcohol, opiates, marijuana, cocaine, and prescription medications just to name a few. However, I have found that in most individuals struggling with addiction issues, there is often also an ongoing battle against mood issues such as depression or anxiety. Thus, I strive to treat the client as a “whole” individual rather than focusing on one side of the addiction versus mood coin. Along those lines, I also have a great deal of experience treating a wide range of mental health problems including depression, generalized anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and bipolar disorder outside of the context of addiction.

My goal is to provide compassionate, timely, and evidence-based care so that you can get to feeling better and living the life that you want to live. My treatment approaches include medication management, cognitive behavioral therapy, supportive therapy, and motivational enhancement therapy.


  • Medical University of South Carolina (Charleston, SC) — Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship
  • Duke University Medical Center (Durham, NC) — Psychiatry Residency
  • Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (New Brunswick, NJ) — M.D.
  • Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ) — B.A.

Professional Societies and Licenses:

  • American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP): 2014-Present
  • American Psychiatric Association (APA): 2014-Present
  • American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM): 2014-Present
  • North Carolina Psychiatric Association (NCPA): 2014-Present
  • North Carolina State Medical License: 2009-2013; 2014-Present
  • South Carolina State Medical License: 2013-2014
  • DEA Waiver For Treatment of Opiate Addiction: 2014-Present


Heather Rogers, MD

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).


  • 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.


  • 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
Erik Gustke, MD

Erik Gustke, MD

Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, I graduated from the UNC School of Medicine in 1999. I completed my Psychiatry Residency at Harvard's Cambridge Hospital in 2003.   After residency I worked at several hospitals in Massachusetts, providing service to inpatient and dual diagnosis populations.  I then returned to North Carolina to pursue my interests of working with young adults and graduate students at Counseling and Psychological Services at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  I left UNC in 2014 and has been in private practice since.  I live in Chapel Hill with my wife and wonderful daughter.

I like to work closely with patients, to identify their needs and goals, and to explore the ways in which they might achieve them.  I want to help people better understand their own experiences, and better understand the possibilities, and at times challenges, of treatment.  I am always happy to listen to concerns and to answer any questions.  Engaging in treatment is an important decision and one which needs to be a well educated one.


Harvard School of Medicine (Cambridge, MA), Psychiatry Residency
UNC School of Medicine (Chapel Hill, NC), M.D.
Connecticut College (New London, CT), B.A.


UNC Student Health Services CAPS (Chapel Hill, NC) - Psychiatrist
Bay State Hospital (Springfield, MA) - Psychiatrist


American Psychiatric Association (past member)
American Medical Association (past member)
North Carolina Medical License (2004-present)
Massachusetts Medical License (1999-2004)

Saramma Eappen, MD

I am a board-certified Psychiatrist and I treat patients with depression, anxiety , mood disorder and other mental health problems.

I trained in New York City initially and then relocated to North Carolina in 2012 to continue my training .I completed my training in Psychiatry at East Carolina University, NC. My training exposed me to a wide variety of patients from diverse backgrounds. At present, I work in an acute inpatient unit which is fulfilling and also gives me the opportunity to work with acutely sick patients who need rapid stabilization and effective transition in to their homes and communities. Working with these patients has helped me to further increase my knowledge in mental illness.

I want to work with my patients to help them heal and to help them improve their quality of life. My treatment approach includes medication management, brief supportive therapy and psychoeducation.


  • General Psychiatry Residency -East Carolina University/Brody School of Medicine, NC
  • General Psychiatry Internship - Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center, NY
  • M.B.B.S – Sri Siddhartha Medical College, Tumkur, India


  • Attending Inpatient Psychiatrist - Behavioral Health Hospital, Moses Cone Memorial Health System, Greensboro, NC
  • House Officer - Videhi Medical College Hospital, India
  • Resident Medical Officer - Gems Hospital, India

Professional Societies and Licenses:

  • North Carolina Psychiatric Association: 2012 - Present
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology: 2016 – present
  • North Carolina State Medical License: 2015 – present
  • American Psychiatry Association: 2011– present
Erin Sutton MD

Erin Sutton, MD

I have had the pleasure of working with adults and children with a variety of diagnoses, including depression and other mood disorders, anxiety disorders, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance use/addiction, and people on the autism spectrum. I enjoy working with gender dysphoria and with those that are gender non-conforming, as well as those identifying as LGBTQI. I understand that individuals do not always fit perfectly into a specific diagnosis and we should allow for personalized variation among people with careful consideration.

I sincerely appreciate the bravery of individuals that initiate help for themselves or a loved one, often in their most vulnerable moments. I believe each patient is the expert on themselves and their family. I strive to implement a collaborative approach between the individual, myself, and others that play a significant role in that person’s life which may include family members/caregivers, teachers, and/or therapists.

I support incorporating medication management and psychotherapy, depending on a person’s individual needs and goals. I have experience in cognitive behavioral models of therapy, collaborative problem solving, motivational interviewing, and psychodynamic applications. I am also skilled in family therapy, parenting strategies and other supportive therapies. The addition of medication should always be a thoughtful decision that considers the risks and benefits in each unique case.

I value working with patients and their families. I believe mental health is of utmost importance in living a fulfilling and meaningful life. I have had the opportunity to travel across the country and outside of the country for my education and training, and I am happy to have settled with my family in beautiful North Carolina.


  • Duke University (Durham, NC) - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship
  • Loyola University Medical Center (Maywood, IL) - Adult Psychiatry Residency
  • St. George’s University School of Medicine (Grenada, West Indies) - M.D.
  • University of Colorado (Boulder, CO) - B.A. in Biology and Psychology, certificate specialization in neuroscience

Professional Societies and Licenses:

  • American Association of Child and Adolescent Psychiatrists: 2010 - present
  • American Psychiatric Association: 2012 - present
  • North Carolina Psychiatric Association: 2015 - present
Jessica K. Hairston, MD, FAPA

Jessica K. Hairston, MD, FAPA

Infant, Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist

As a psychiatrist and therapist, one of my true pleasures is supporting people in their journey to reclaim their personal power and sense of self.  I believe that a person can experience full relief from suffering and experience happiness when the needs of the body, mind, and soul are met.  I invite people to really care for themselves, embrace their true value, and live their best life possible.

I am a North Carolina native and have made NC my home.  I have trained for the last 21 years in psychotherapy, life coaching, Satir Family Therapy, mantra meditation, and Non-Violent Communication. I specialize in working with trauma survivors, people with mood and anxiety disorders, and adults and children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Through the judicious use of medicine, my goal is to help my clients optimize their lives and achieve their goals.

I encourage families to make small holistic lifestyle changes and to approach each other with greater empathy to create balance and synergy in their lives. I offer workshops and I use a variety of psychotherapeutic tools and supplemental therapies such as yoga, exercise, nutrition, essential oils, and empathy training.  As a client, I will work with you to make beneficial life changes and to reach a personally more satisfying place in your life.



  • Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center -  Fellowship Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Medical College of Virginia - Adult Psychiatry Residency
  • University of North Carolina Chapel Hill School of Medicine – MD
  • Duke University – B.S. Chemistry with Concentration in Biochemistry



  • Locums Psychiatrist, Vidant Roanoke Chowan Hospital, Ahoskie, NC
  • Owner and Medical Director, 360 Degree Health, PLLC, Hillsborough, NC
  • Medical Director, Mental Health Services, North Carolina Recovery Support Services, Raleigh, NC
  • Consultant Psychiatrist, Alpha Management, Inc., Durham, NC



Board Certified Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist 2008-present

Board Certified Adult Psychiatrist             2008-present

NC Medical License                                      2007-present

North Carolina Psychiatric Association     2015 -present

American Psychiatric Association              2004-2008, 2015-present

Fellow, American Psychiatric Association May 2016-present

Association of Women Psychiatrists         2016-present

American Association of Community Psychiatrist   2003-2008

American Medical Association                   1997- 2008



Co-Founder, Sustainable Living and Wellness Fair, Hillsborough, NC 2009-2011

Facilitator- Strategic Planning Seminars, ISKCON of Mississippi 2005-2007

Vaishnava C.A.R.E – Volunteer Hospice Counselor, 2004-present

Volunteer Medic and Counselor,  ISKCON of North Carolina- 1997-present



Becca Edwards-Powell

Becca Edwards-Powell, MSW, LCSW

I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who treats adults with severe emotional dysregulation, personality disorders, PTSD, depression, anxiety, and other mental health concerns. I also work with children and families who have experienced trauma.

I graduated from UNC Charlotte in 2008 with a Master in Social Work. I have worked in the triangle area for ten years providing mental health services to various populations and have extensive training in multiple cognitive and behavioral approaches. I am a Nationally Certified Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Clinician through the Linehan Board of Certification. In addition, I am a Certified Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist (TF-CBT).

I believe effective therapy begins with a collaborative, non-judgmental relationship. I work with individuals to develop goals, identify barriers, and provide a supportive environment for healing and change. I believe therapy is an opportunity to reach our greatest potential by achieving a balance of acceptance and change through evidenced-based practice.


University of North Carolina at Charlotte (Charlotte, NC) – Master of Social Work

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC) – B.A.



Carolina Outreach (Durham, NC) – Director of Staff Development and DBT Therapist

Orange County Rape Crisis Center (Chapel Hill, NC) – Client Services Director



Nationally Certified Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Clinician, DBT Linehan Board of Certification

Certified Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, TF-CBT National Therapist Certification Program     

Sayanti Bhattacharya

Sayanti Bhattacharya, MD, MS

I am a board certified adult psychiatrist and have experience treating people struggling with anxiety, depression, sleep problems, memory problems, trauma related stress disorders and attention deficit disorders. I have extensive experience in working with patients via telemedicine. I have a master’s degree in Epidemiology and a strong interest in public mental health and clinical research.

I trained as a psychiatrist at Duke University, and have made beautiful North Carolina my home.  After medical school, I completed a master’s degree in public health at Harvard University and worked as a postdoctoral researcher prior to my residency training.  I spend part of my time doing community mental health, working with people with severe mental illness and addictions who have limited access to care.

My goal is to help you lead a full, functional life to the best of your desires and abilities. I incorporate principles of education, psychodynamic therapy, supportive therapy, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy and mindfulness in my practice. Every person is unique and tailoring medications and psychotherapy to an individual’s needs is key for improvement. I have a special interest in working with people who have challenges with interpersonal communication, social anxiety, low self-esteem, overwhelming negative thinking and sleep problems. I like to address issues that come up in different developmental phases from young adults finding their identity and place in the world to older adults reflecting on their lives and adjusting to aging.


  • Duke University (Durham, NC)- Psychiatry Residency
  • Harvard School of Public Health (Boston, MA)- MS, Epidemiology
  • Nilratan Sircar Medical College, University of Calcutta (India)- MD (MBBS)


  • North Carolina Psychiatric Association: 2013- present
  • American Psychiatric Association: 2013- present
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology: 2017- present
  • North Carolina State Medical License: 2013- present


  • Swartz M.S., Bhattacharya S. (2017) Victimization of persons with severe mental illness: a pressing global health problem.” World Psychiatry 16: 26–27. doi:10.1002/wps.20393
  • Swartz M.S., Bhattacharya S., Robertson A.G., Swanson, J.W. (2016) “Involuntary Outpatient Commitment and the Elusive Pursuit of Violence Prevention: A View from the United States.” Canadian Journal of Psychiatry 0706743716675857
  • Bhattacharya S, Gagliardi J., “Atypical psychotic presentations and the role of ECT” presented at the Society of Biological Psychiatry at Toronto, Canada, 2015.
  • Bhattacharya S, Gagliardi J., “Paraneoplastic encephalopathy presenting with rapidly progressive dementia and catatonia” presented at American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry New Orleans, LA, 2015 and at North Carolina Psychiatric Association, Wilmington, NC, 2014.
  • Bhattacharya S, Gagliardi J., “Walking corpse syndrome presenting with catatonia” presented at North Carolina Psychiatric Association, Wilmington, NC, 2014.