I grew up in Georgia. After graduate school, I wanted to return to the South, and I have made my home in these beautiful mountains. Since I was a young child, I have always wanted to help people. When I started college, it became clear to me that being a psychologist was the right path for me. I have been practicing for 12 years. My favorite book is “The Unbearable Lightness of Being.” When I’m not at the office, I like to spend time with family and friends, go swimming, practice yoga, and do photography. I don’t live by a specific quote, but I recently found a quote by Michael J. Fox that sits well with me. He says, “My happiness grows in direct proportion to my acceptance, and in inverse proportion to my expectations.”
I was born and raised right here in Sylva, I have always loved science and I love helping people get to the bottom of whatever is keeping them from functioning at their best. So, naturally becoming a psychologist was a natural fit! I graduated from the University of Texas in 1999 and from Western Carolina University in 2002. I earned my license in 2005, and have been at Sylva Clinical Psychology since 2017. When I’m not at the office, I love watching my goats playing, I currently also have a rabbit and dogs. My favorite book is Corduroy, I know it’s a children’s book, but I’ve always loved the message of finding joy where others might see a flaw. A quote I live by is “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.”- Picasso.
I was born in Long Beach, CA, and my family and I relocated to King, NC, when I was in the second grade and have lived in NC ever since. I knew I wanted to be a psychologist after going on a trip with my youth group to Summer in the Son in Kentucky. There was a workshop for high school seniors regarding majors in different helping professions. At the time, I learned about psychology and was hooked ever since. I have been practicing since August 2014, I got my Master of Arts in Clinical Health Psychology at Appalachian State University (and Bachelor’s, in 2011, too).
When not at work, I enjoy live music events, hiking, reading, snowboarding, playing with dogs and spending quality time with family and friends. My favorite book is “Slaughterhouse Five” by Kurt Vonnegut. My hobbies and interests include watercolor painting, listening to music, watching Netflix, going to art galleries, CrossFit, to name a few. Two quotes that I live by are “This is not your practice life,” usually coupled with “yolo,” and “There is pain within your values, and you will find your values within your pain.”
I grew up in Kentucky, playing in the creek and dribbling basketball. I went to Western Carolina University thinking I would become a math teacher but decided to become a counselor after being met by a lot of suffering during my time as a RA. I have been practicing for 2 ½ years, when I am not at work, I enjoy reading and playing outside with my family. I have many favorite books, a few that I really enjoy are “Pilgrim at Tinker Creek”, the Lord of the Rings series, and “With.”
My hobbies and interests include learning new things; I am currently trying my hand at watercolor painting and wood burning. A quote that I live by is “love others!”
I was born in Geneva, Switzerland. My father was French and we lived in the Alps until I was about 5, when my family (5 siblings) returned to the United States. Both of my parents were medical doctors, so going into the health field came naturally. I have always been fascinated by human nature and what makes us “tick.” I have been practicing psychology since 1975. I graduated from Western Kentucky University with a master’s in clinical and school psychology and launched my career in Bowling Green, KY. In 1978, I moved to North Carolina and began working for the Smoky Mountain Center in 1979/80 and made this my home. Life is a “work in progress,” so I change my professional hat for my personal one and focus on family, home, friends, chores, and projects.
I don’t know that I have a favorite book, but I do have several have had significant impacts on my life: “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Pillars of the Earth,” the Bible, and “Atlas Shrugged.”
My interests are varied including: Gardening, canning, crocheting, knitting, cooking, photography, sewing, and needle crafts. Two quotes that I live by are “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” and “Smile and the world smiles with you.”
I was born in Salisbury, North Carolina, and spent most of my childhood in Atlanta. After receiving my business degree, I traveled as a marketing executive with Bellsouth. While I was a marketing executive at Bellsouth, I began volunteering as a Guardian ad Litem. The need for counselors in the community was great, so I went back to school to get my masters in counseling. I started practicing in Valparaiso, Indiana in 2003. Once we moved to Western North Carolina, I continued counseling adults and adolescents. I also opened Rolling Stone Burrito which I ran for 6 years. I believe we all have many paths in life to pursue not just one.
When I’m not working at Sylva Clinical Psychology, I am co-operating the Madstone Café on WCU’s campus, I enjoy hiking every weekend, walking my therapy dog, Rufus, around campus, watching my sons play sports. I also enjoy camping, reading on my porch, traveling to new places, and spending time with my family and friends.
My favorite fiction book is A Fine Balance, by Rohinton Mistry, and my favorite non-fiction book is The Power of Now, by Eckart Tolle. Two quotes that I choose to live by are “Into the forest I go, to lose my mind, and find my soul” –Unknown, and “The Mountains are calling and I must go.” – John Muir
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