Our Providers2022-11-16T13:25:31+00:00

Meet Our Providers


Victoria Payne,

MD.

Dr. Payne graduated from the Wake Forest School of Medicine in 1999 and completed a general adult psychiatry residency at Duke University Medical Center in 2003. This was followed by the Duke/GlaxoSmithKline Clinical Psychopharmacology Research Fellowship in 2004 and the Department of Veterans Affairs Special Fellowship Program in Advanced Psychiatry in 2008. She has worked in a variety of settings, including the Durham VA teaching medical students and residents, research institutions, and various locations in the community. Her practice includes, but is not limited to, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, and psychotic disorders using a combination of psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. She is Board Certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Prior to medical school, Dr. Payne obtained a B.A. in mathematics from the University of Richmond in 1983. After this, she lived and worked in Quito, Ecuador for a couple of years, where she developed a fair command of Spanish. In 1985, Dr. Payne returned to Virginia to complete a master’s degree in Statistics from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She continues to use her Spanish language skills to communicate with patients in her work as a psychiatrist at Psychiatric Associates of NC.

Elizabeth Morgan,

PA-C

Elizabeth Morgan, PA-C graduated from Wake Forest University in 2000 and has worked in the Raleigh area since then. Elizabeth started her career in internal medicine but found her passion in general psychiatry.  Recently, she started a doctoral program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions to obtain her DMSc with a concentration in psychiatry.  She has experience treating a variety of psychiatric disorders, with special interest in anxiety and mood disorders, depression, and trauma. Elizabeth has a collaborative approach to patient care taking into consideration the needs of each patient as an individual.

In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys traveling with her husband and three children, exploring restaurants in Raleigh and surrounding areas, hiking with her two dogs and reading.  Over the last year during the pandemic and quarantine, she has been finding enjoyment in doing puzzles with her family, discovering new and old movies with her teen daughter, and learning how to fish and golf so she can keep up with her active boys.

Susan O’Connor

PMHNP-BC

Susan is a Board-Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) with experience in medication management, psychoeducation and therapy.  She completed her B.A. in psychology and B.S. in nursing at the University of Minnesota and her MSN at the University of North Dakota.  She has worked teaching with AmeriCorps, counseling with the National Suicide Hotline, as a university clinical instructor, research assistant, inpatient nurse and psychiatric prescriber.  Her experience has given her particular interest in working with the LGBTQ+ identifying people with individuals around issues of substance use, disordered eating, depression, bipolar mood, ADHD, anxiety, psychosis and trauma.  She enjoys seeing adults and adolescents ages 12 and up.  In her free time she enjoys singing in a local community choir, reading, gaming, travel and outdoor adventuring with her dog and family.

Shqipe Ademi

PA-C, MSPAS

Shqipe is passionate and experienced in treating clients with mood and thought disorders (depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia), ADHD, PTSD, suicidal ideation, and addiction.  She will work collaboratively with you to identify your goals and recognize your strengths in a safe, non-judgmental and welcoming environment.  She is  extremely passionate about working with the LGBTQ+ community, and believe cultural identity is an important piece of the treatment process.  She values individual uniqueness, and will work with you to discover your values and grow and process in a way that promotes dignity, respect and compassion.

She is board certified as a Physician Assistant with a specialty in psychiatry.  She believes there should be no stigma when it comes  to mental health, and that vulnerability is a great strength.  While she has a long career in the medical field (15+ years), focusing on psychiatry and mental health has always been a passion of hers, and  hopes to help you discover the importance of prioritizing mental health care for yourself.  She will be committed to work closely with her patients to find a collaborative solution that combines prescription of individualized medications and providing supportive resources.

She sees patients ages 18 and up and provides medication management services.

Stephen Narigon,

DNP, MBA, PMHNP-BC, NEA-BC

Dr. Stephen Narigon, DNP, MBA, PMHNP-BC, NEA-BC is a Board Certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner licensed by the North Carolina State Board of Nursing. He completed his undergraduate and graduate studies at Purdue University focusing on organizational psychology and development and executive leadership. He completed his doctoral studies at the University of North Carolina and acquired a board certification in psychiatry at the University of Cincinnati.

Dr. Narigon has over 15 years’ experience with ADHD, Autism, personality disorders, and depression. Throughout his career, serving in multiple area in healthcare, Dr. Narigon has become well known for his ongoing commitment and passion in delivering high quality health care. Prior to his civilian healthcare career Mr. Narigon was a member of the United States Air Force and served in the emergency medical services department at Wright Patterson Air Force base in Dayton Ohio. Stephen is an active professional in many organizations, including DVHIMSS, ANA, NC HIMSS, NSA, NCHICA, and NCNA.

Dr. Narigon is currently adjunct faculty at Davidson County Community College, serves on the advisory board for BPP Inc., and he has been instrumental in helping Davidson County Schools with their autism support services. He is also a qualified executive and life coach.

Areas of primary interest include positive psychology, human performance, supportive psychology, and evidence based methodologies designed to co-create positive patient outcomes.

John Brion

PhD,PMHNP-BC

Dr. John Brion, a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, provides psychiatric care for adults aged 18 and above. While he is open to working with all psychiatric and mental health concerns, he specializes in the treatment of mood disorders (anxiety and depression), ADHD in adults, and substance and behavioral addictions (alcohol, drugs, food, sex, and hoarding). His practice is welcoming and affirming of all individuals, including members of the LGBT community and people living with HIV. He is experienced with providing psychotherapy and/or psychotropic medication to address alterations in mental health. His philosophy is that not all psychiatric/mental health challenges need medication, often what is most helpful is support and guidance for negotiating a difficult situation. Medication alone is rarely the best treatment for psychiatric/mental health challenges; medication is most effective when coupled with psychotherapy. Dr. Brion graduated with his PhD in nursing with a minor in counseling from The Ohio State University. He also holds degrees in psychology, sociology, and history. He has served on the faculty of Duke University and The Ohio State University, has published numerous journal articles and recognition of his work includes a Fellowship in the National Academies of Practice. In addition to his formal education, Dr. Brion has received training through Harvard University Medical School, Department of Psychiatry, The Beck Institute, and the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM).