Our Providers



Taylor Ballew

PMHNP, Owner

Taylor is a graduate of Anderson University in Anderson South Carolina. She began her career in Healthcare at Broughton hospital in Morganton, North Carolina where she worked her way through school and found her passion for psychiatry. As a registered nurse, she gained valuable experience working with patients in an inpatient psychiatric setting. After graduating with her masters degree, Taylor accepted a position at Oregon State Hospital working as a Psychiatric Mental-Health Nurse Practitioner. Shortly after, she also took a position working in an outpatient practice. She founded Aspire Psychiatry because of her strong desire for accessibility in mental health services and will to serve her patients regardless of their location. As an amputee,  Taylor is deeply passionate about providing mental health services to other amputees. After finding a lacking of providers in the area, she realized that she could use her life experiences to help others.


Ken Doyle


Ken graduated from Capella University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2018. He earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling shortly after completing his Bachelor’s degree. Ken is experienced working with Military Veterans, First Responders, and family members, clients living with depression, anxiety disorders, PTSD, bipolar disorders, substance use disorders, personality disorders, and those who have experienced trauma. Ken has successful experience using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy,
Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Narrative Therapy, EMDR, and Brainspotting. Ken offers both individual and marriage/ couple's counseling. 

Ken is: 

  • A Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

  • Trained in EMDR

  • Trained in Level 1 and 2 Brainspotting

  • A Certified Trauma Professional

  • Trained in the Gottman Method of Couples Therapy

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Amanda Ward


Amanda, a native of Morganton, began her career in healthcare as a registered nurse at Broughton Hospital. Working in an inpatient psychiatric setting for nearly a decade, and dealing with her own depression and anxiety, opened Amanda’s eyes to the unique challenges faced by those with mental illness. Desiring to have a greater influence within the mental health community, Amanda pursued her master’s degree and graduated from Walden University in 2021.


Amanda recognizes that people are a mix of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual parts. Amanda is knowledgeable in working with children, adolescents, and adults. As a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, it is Amanda’s goal to deliver holistic, compassionate care to individuals suffering from mental health challenges and assist them in creating a path toward mental wellness. 


Anne Sheppard


Anne Sheppard is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill School of Social Work. As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), she uses a strengths based approach in which she views the client as the expert of their own life.

She is committed to the process of attuning to the emotional experience of clients. Trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Anne incorporates therapeutic modalities that access the whole brain, and believes that healing happens from within when safety is known.

As a therapist with experience in holistic residential treatment, in-patient psychiatry, community mental health, and school based therapy, she is down to earth, compassionate, reliable, and informed.