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Our Team


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Taylor Ballew

PMHNP, Owner

Taylor is a Psychiatric- Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), and a graduate of Anderson University in South Carolina. She is proud to offer medication management and therapy to her community. Taylor began her career in healthcare at Broughton Hospital in Morganton, North Carolina where she worked as a Registered Nurse and found her passion for psychiatry. After graduating with her master's degree, she worked in various inpatient and outpatient settings. Taylor founded Aspire Psychiatry after struggling with her own depression and anxiety, which flourished her passion of ensuring everyone has access to cutting edge treatments for mental health issues. 

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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. 


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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Corina Relyea


Corina graduated from University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2019 as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Since that time, she has specialized in working with clients with mood disorders, anxiety/ panic, life transition and trauma.


It is her goal to create a safe and judgement free space in which her clients are able to explore the depths of their mental wellbeing. She believes healing can occur when an individual feel supported, heard and understood. 


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.


Meghan Adams


Meghan received her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Antioch University New England in 2019. She specializes in children, adolescents, and families who have experienced complex trauma, depression, struggling with self-esteem, anxiety, and life transitions. Meghan is also an LGBTQ+ affirming therapist. 


Meghan utilizes play in much of her clinical work, which she believes enables children to foster skills and work through traumatic experiences. Meghan’s primary focus is in helping children, adolescents, and families through the healing nature of Adlerian play therapy, client-centered play therapy, person centered therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy.  She is currently pursuing her Registered Play Therapist credential (RPT). 


Meghan strives to provide a safe, nurturing space for all those who visit, and can leave with the belief that they are valued, cared for, and possess endless resources within themselves to be their most authentic, healthy self.

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Summer Carswell

Practice Manager/ TMS Coordinator 

Summer is a Certified Nursing Assistant who began her career in 2013 after graduating from Fred T. Foard High School. In late 2016 she began her career in Mental Health at Broughton Hospital located in Morganton, NC where she developed a love for Mental Health. Summer chose to transition from the in-patient setting to outpatient after discovering the importance of services needed in the community. Currently, Summer works as the TMS Technician at Aspire and enjoys seeing clients recover from their Depression through TMS just as she has experienced herself. When Summer is not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children. 

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Amy Williams

CNA/ Client Support

Amy has been a Certified Nursing Assistant for 18 years of her career. In 2013 Amy began her career in Mental Health by working at Broughton Hospital located in Morganton, NC. There she grew to become a Healthcare Trainer II working with newly hired CNAs as their mentor and to help them grow to love Mental Health just as she did. Amy has many loved ones who suffer with Mental Health Disorders which led her to pursue Outpatient Mental Health to offer therapeutic rapport to others in the community and help them in their journey to mental wellness. Amy would like for others to know that despite experiencing mental health disorders, clients are still able to live a fulfilling life. When Amy is not working hard at the office she enjoys kayaking, exercising, spending time with family, baking, and gardening.

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Snowy and Sunny

Therapy Kittens

Meet two of our most important team members: Snowy and Sunny. At Aspire we believe there are many benefits in pet therapy, and we are happy to have four in- house therapy kittens. 

Please note that we have areas in our office that have not been exposed to the kittens. Allergies? No worries!

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