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 Eastern Virginia Medical School and then completed adult 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