I chose to become a psychiatrist out of a desire to help people struggling with issues of mood, anxiety, identity, relationships, or personal meaning. I obtained my undergraduate degree at the University of Kentucky--focusing on chemistry, philosophy, and the humanities--in 1991. I graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School in Ann Arbor in 1995 and completed my residency in general psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center in 1999.
From 1999 until 2008 I was a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Kentucky and achieved the rank of Associate Professor. I chose to leave academia for the greater freedom and flexibility of independent practice and moved back to the Triangle area in 2008.
In my 12 years of post-residency clinical work I have, at various times, served as medical director of an inpatient psychiatric unit, provided electroconvulsive therapy, practiced and supervised psychotherapy, worked in a university student counseling center, and acted as a psychiatrist for rural community mental health programs. I have particular interests in sociology, philosophy, and narrative and creativity as they relate to mental disorders and psychiatric practice.
I am licensed to practice medicine in the state of North Carolina and am a diplomate (board-certified) of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.