SAMANTHA SUFFREN MD

Dr. Samantha Suffren is a neuropsychiatric board certified physician.

Background
She obtained her undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from North Carolina State University.  Upon graduating she became involved in oncogenetic research at the National Institute of Environmental Health in Raleigh.  With a desire to work more directly with the care of others, she decided to continue her education and obtain her Medical Degree.  Dr. Suffren attended East Carolina University and later Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center where she completed her residency in psychiatry.  

Dr. Suffren has a passion for women’s mental wellness and preventive care and has been working in this field of focus for over 12 years.  This passion led her to act as Presbyterian Hospital’s Women’s Mental Health Champion and help pilot the screening process for postpartum depression for all new mothers within the greater Charlotte Novant Health System.   She continued her desire to develop programs for women within her community by starting Women’s Transitional Healthcare, a clinic which focuses on women’s mental wellness, empowerment, prevention and stabilization of mental illness.  

She is an Associate Professor at UNC Chapel Hill Nurse Practitioner program and an instructor for therapist, Physician Assistants and Behavioral Health Nurse Practitioner Interns from various institutes.

 

She became actively involved in international medicinal studies on Breastmilk and Research at NIEH in oncogentics.

Dr. Suffren has served as Department Chair and Medical Director of Behavioral Health at Novant Health Rowan Regional medical center

She is the President Elect of the Charlotte Area Psychiatric Society.

 

With a goal to better serve her community she has spoken at various events and settings as an advocate for empowering the client in obtaining their healthcare goals, The Support Behind Super Women and Stress Management for all areas of life.

Dr. Samantha Suffren is a Charlotte native, that enjoys teaching her patients about their mental health and power within. She is a mother of two very active kids and a wife to a very invested and involved spouse.  She is a Christian that credits all her accomplishments to blessings received from above and the love and support from others.

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ANGEL PRYOR PMH-NP-BC

Angel is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Angel has over twenty years combined nursing experience in diverse areas. She is a Master of Science prepared Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner; concentration in Family Psychiatric Mental Health from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing. She is skilled at treating a variety of psychiatric illnesses with medication management and psychotherapy and have experiences in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Her scope is to practice as a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner delivering quality mental health care across the lifespan. Angel utilizes a holistic approach in treating mental illness.

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LAURA SMITH MA, LPC

Laura Smith is a Fully Licensed Professional Counselor

Laura E. Smith, MA, LPC is a fully Licensed Professional Counselor for the State of North Carolina. Laura provides individual and group therapy for men, women, and children of all ages dealing with issues of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. Laura provides therapy for those who are suffering from PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, bereavement, and other mental health disorders. Laura is ASSIST certified to work with individuals considering suicide, is trained to provide EMDR Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and provides treatment for individuals and families in crisis caused by trauma.

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RACHEL MATHEW LCSW

Psychotherapist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Background

Rachel Mathew, psychotherapist and licensed clinical social worker seeks to empower individuals at pivotal moments in their lives. In the past 28 years working with a very diverse population across the country and internationally she was provided individual, couples, family and group therapy in a creative, nurturing, supportive and empathetic environment.

She has held leadership roles in several non – profit organizations working primarily in the areas of family violence, sexual assault, rape and incest. Rachel held the position of Director of the Domestic Abuse Services of the YWCA of Greenwich, Connecticut.  She now continues to work with survivors, male and female. Rachel underwent specialized training in the area of postpartum depression and anxiety at the Postpartum Stress Center, Rosemont, PA under Karen Kleiman, a leading expert in the field. This and women battling infertility issues are close to her heart. She is currently the Vice Chair of the North Carolina chapter of the International organization, Postpartum Support International.

Helping couples reconnect in a more meaningful way, communicate more effectively in their relationships and create more intimacy and trust is a part of her work that gives her a lot of satisfaction. Premarital counseling is an important aspect of couples’ therapy Rachel provides. She also counsels and helps families making the difficult decision to separate and divorce navigate this extremely difficult journey.

Rachel has had extensive training and experience working with patients suffering from cancer, which has also led to her working with patients suffering from other long-term illnesses. This line of work has given her the privilege of working with the terminally ill and their families. Bereavement and loss and supporting families cope with death and dying have always been a large part of the work she does.

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Aislinn Ojeda PMH-NP, BC

Aislinn is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Background

Aislinn completed her master’s degree in nursing in 1999 and became a certified psychiatric nurse practitioner.  She worked in private practice in South Florida under the supervision of a psychiatrist before moving to North Carolina in 2002.  Since 2002 she has been working at a very busy outpatient clinic caring for acute and chronically ill adults. Aislinn has been practicing for the past 17 years as a nurse practitioner and is continually learning and furthering her knowledge in her professional development as a competent provider for trauma clients. She feels it is an honor to care for trauma client’s as they have difficulty giving their trust easily and by far they have been the greatest teachers.

I have been a nurse for over 23 years and I have worked with a varied population of clients.  I worked for many years within several Hospital systems in the South Florida area as a psychiatric nurse and I had much experience with clients diagnosed with mood, thought and personality disorders.  It was during this time I developed a special interest in patients with history of trauma.  Having worked with survivors of PTSD, abuse and trauma (complex, developmental and relational) I started to understand mental illness through a trauma lens.

I found that trauma clients are frequently misdiagnosed due to multiple confounding symptoms that can be misinterpreted for other diagnoses.  Traditional talk therapies do not entirely or sufficiently address the symptoms of trauma.  Through observation,  I began to see that these clients needed a more integrative approach. I felt compelled to do more in order to help these clients and therefore decided to further my education as a nurse.

I would like to instill hope in clients who suffer from trauma.  Research has now revealed  the  plasticity of the human brain.  This is good news for it implies that there is more we can do to treat trauma and rewire neurocircuitry to effectuate positive  change.  Treatment of trauma involves more than just CBT and medications.  Advancements in neurobiology and neuroscience point to the mind/body connection that can be accessed through somatic therapies as the path to true healing.

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