Our Providers2023-05-09T19:14:00+00:00

Meet Our Providers

Victoria Payne,


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.

Susan O’Connor


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.

Elizabeth Morgan,


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.

Shqipe Ademi


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.

Luis Marcano



Luis Marcano MS, LCMHC is a bilingual therapist, and his goal is to provide you with a comfortable, safe, and supportive environment conducive to growth and improvement of your quality of life by learn ways to cope, adjust, modify and address barriers that are impacting your life.  He believes in a collaborative approach to developing either individual counseling goas or explore options during consultations for developing a plan to achieve goals.  He will walk next to you in a non-judgmental way and all interventions and desired outcomes will be aligned with your personality and needs.

He will work side to side with you to constantly keep track of your progress and goals.  The sessions are convenient via telehealth or if properly arranged in person.

Luis earned his undergraduate bachelor of arts degree in Social Work in 2008 from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras campus and his master of science degree in Mental Health Counseling in 2016, graduating with distinctions.  He is dually licensed as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) and as a Licensed Clinical Additions Specialist (LCAS).  He is a member of the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC) is a recognized Counselor (NCC) and a Certified Clinical Health Counselor (CCMHC).  He has over 10 years of clinical experience  and has worked in a variety of settings including in home services with adolescents and families, outpatient mental health programs, a substance use and dual diagnosis non-profit, and private practice.  He is an eclectic clinician and leans heavily on evidenced-based practices such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), motivational interviewing (MI), solution focused brief therapy (SFBT) and person centered therapy (PCT).  He draws on various therapeutic approaches and always adjusts his practice on the individual’s needs and goals.

Luis is originally from El Salvador, grew up on Venezuela, and lived in Puerto Rico for many years before before moving to North Carolina in 2009.  He likes to spend time with his family and friends.  He enjoys an active lifestyle:  working out, marital arts, and water sports are his main passions.  Luis travels whenever possible and relishes opportunities to learn more about various cultures and foods.

Luis will be accepting new patients for Counseling / Talk Therapy.

Referrals for medication management can be made to our other providers in office.

Anee Kaur,



“Mental health…is not a destination, but a process.  It’s about how you drive, not where you’re going.” (Noam Shpancer)

Anee decided to join our practice after working several years in a variety of psychiatric settings, private practice, community health, substance abuse, and even inpatient.  She is originally from Cary NC and completed her Bachelor’s in Biological Sciences with a concentration in Human Biology from North Carolina State University.  She then attended Wake Forest University School of Medicine – PA Studies to complete her graduate degree, one of the nations top, PA schools.

She always knew her passion was working in psychiatry because she wants to overcome the stigma surrounding mental health and encourage those struggling to seek guidance form a professional.   Having a mental health diagnosis is no different than any other chronic medical condition such as diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, etc.  She also understands that psychiatry does not have a one-size fits-all approach, and every individual’s treatment plan should be tailored to them in order to be effective, and thus enhance the overall well being of the individual.  Therefore, Anee focuses on a holistic and innovative approach to treating mental health that not only relies on medication, but also on natural remedies, therapy, lifestyle approaches, genetic testing, etc.

When Anee is not in the clinic, she enjoys reading books, exploring new places, hiking, and spending time with her dog, Peeku!

Samantha Dietter,



Samantha is a board-certified Physician Assistant with a passion for providing patient-centered mental health care.  She works collaboratively with patients to create personalized care plans through shared decision making and incorporation of patient strengths.  She has experience providing support for individuals with a range of psychiatric conditions including  mood disorders, anxiety disorders, ADHD, PTSD, and psychotic disorders.  Using a holistic approach, Samantha combines lifestyle changes, psychotherapy , and psychotropic treatments to help patients and their families.  She provides medication management for patients ages 5 and up with a special interest in working with adolescents and adults.

Samantha received her Bachelor of Arts in Biology from The University of North Carolina at Charlotte and her Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) degree from Emory and Henry College.  She is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and the Association of Physician Assistants in Psychiatry (APAP).

In her leisure time, she enjoys spending time with family, hiking with her dog, traveling and listening to music.