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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.

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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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Emily- Rose McGuire

Front Desk Support

Emily- Rose is a native of Kerikeri, New Zealand and moved to North Carolina at as a teen with her parents. She began her interest in mental health as a teenager who struggled with OCD, realizing how helpful it can be to know exactly what your brain is doing. Deciding to pursue this interest, in April of 2022 she joined the Aspire team as the front desk receptionist. Currently Rose is working go back to school to enroll in Purdue University and begin her career in Psychology specializing in Applied Behavioral Analysis specifically with the incarcerated population who have experienced trauma in their childhood resulting in their later behavior. During her free time Rose enjoys writing, doing crafts of any kinds, and furthering her knowledge of Psychology.

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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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