About

I have learned the power of creativity and faith firsthand.

My work with abused and at-risk youth in residential and community programs has informed my healing since 1990. My medical degree is from Wake Forest University and my child and adolescent fellowship is from the Medical College of Virginia. I studied psychology and music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I am a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and an active member of the Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

Born in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, I grew to be a healer and physician but not always both at the same time. My medical training led me to surrender almost all my healing power. Thankfully, I retained enough to claim it again. Understanding that develops between my patients and me creates healing and wholeness that can’t be reduced or explained by science.

23622159_10210510865463550_668867256501186183_nToday, I spend most of my time writing, painting and seeing patients out of my private practice in Chapel Hill, NC. I specialize in the treatment of children and adults with attention deficit disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction, anxiety and autistic spectrum disorder.

Momma, Who’s Babygod? is a children’s book based on a disagreement with my daughter at bedtime. My Record Is True is a memoir about my work with traumatized patients for which I’m currently seeking publication. My writing has been published in The Mindfulness Bell and abuse survivor journals and my artwork displayed in libraries and local coffee shops such as Caffé Driade and Open Eye Café.