Born in North Carolina, I received degrees in engineering, public health, and medicine in my home state. I trained in psychiatry and neurobehavioral medicine at the University of Virginia and had advanced training in addiction at Yale University and international training in trauma through Harvard University.
As a board-certified psychiatrist, I value evidence-based practice and embrace comprehensive approaches to care. My philosophy of practice is one of transparency, and I consider education to be a cornerstone of quality care. Two-way communication is very important, and I work to ensure health literacy among members and their support systems, which strengthens our alliance and fosters positive health outcomes.
I enjoy making connections—both cognitive and emotional—and I am a strong proponent of lifelong education and learning something new every day. I like spending time with friends and family, and keeping my body and brain healthy through clean eating and physical activity. I embrace laughter wherever it may lie dormant. I take time to breathe without haste and remain present. I love to travel, and when I do, I take every opportunity to embrace local culture—learning the history and exploring new places. I enjoy writing and love listening to music, maintaining a strong interest in global music and filmmaking.