Meet Our Providers

Meet the dedicated team at Psychiatric Associates of North Carolina. Our team of skilled mental health professionals specializes in a broad spectrum of psychiatric conditions, ensuring that each patient, whether an adult, adolescent, or child, receives the most appropriate and compassionate care. We are proud to offer inclusive services that meet the specific needs of individuals, families, and couples, with a particular focus on supporting marginalized communities. Browse through their profiles to learn more about their backgrounds, areas of specialization, and the personal philosophies that guide their approach to mental health care.

Victoria Payne

MD., DFAPA

**NOT ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTS AT THIS TIME**

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

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.

Luis Marcano

MS, LCMHC. LCAS, NCC/CCMHC

Luis Marcano MS, LCMHC is a bilingual therapist offering talk-therapy for individuals ages 13 and up. His goal is to provide you with a comfortable, safe, and supportive environment conducive to growth and improvement of your quality of life. This is achieved by learning ways to cope, adjust, modify, and address barriers that are impacting your life.  He believes in a collaborative approach to developing either individual counseling goals or exploring 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-by-side with you to constantly keep track of your progress and goals.  The sessions are offered either with the convenience of telehealth or in-office appointments.

Luis earned his MS 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, with 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 based on the individual’s needs and goals.

Luis is originally from El Salvador, grew up in Venezuela, and lived in Puerto Rico prior to 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.

Samantha Dietter

PA-C, CAQ-Psych

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.

T. Jason Lane

MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC

Jason approaches mental health in the context of overall wellness, taking both physical and psychiatric strengths into consideration when partnering with clients to develop personalized treatment plans. His professional passion is working with individuals experiencing mental health challenges impacting quality of life, such as anxiety, major depression, ADHD and bipolar mood disorders. Jason specifically embraces working with LGBTQ+ clients and those otherwise marginalized. He works with adults and adolescents ages 16 and up.

With extensive experience treating substance use disorders, Jason feels it is an honor to partner with clients on their recovery journey. Clients with opiate use disorder are encouraged to meet with him regarding medication for opiate use disorder treatment (Suboxone or naltrexone), which is the standard of care and harm reduction for those struggling with opiate recovery challenges.

Jason is a dually Board-Certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC) with 30 years of healthcare experience. He completed a Master’s in Nursing FNP and a Post-Master’s certification as a Psychiatric-Mental Health NP at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. He has been involved with several organizations providing care and resources to underserved populations for over 15 years.

Jason enjoys spending time with his family, including their rambunctious pup, camping, and discussing the challenges of the day with good friends. Also, he is a big Sci-Fi geek!

Dayna R. Basnight

LCSW

Dayna Basnight, LCSW is currently accepting clients for individual therapy ages 18+.  She works best with those who are seeking self-improvement and increasing quality of life, achieved with a collaborative approach in identifying and addressing issues, barriers, and goals around anxiety, depression, schizophrenia spectrum and bipolar disorders, life transitions, grief/loss, aging, and executive functioning.  In her clinical practice, it is her goal to ensure the safety and comfort of clients by offering an affirming, non-judgmental approach, providing unconditional positive regard and empathy.

Dayna earned her MSW from UNC Chapel Hill School of Social Work in 2010.  During her career, she has honed her skills working with individuals of diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds, LGBTQIA+ and individuals who are diagnosed with anxiety, mood, and psychotic disorders.  She has a passion for advocacy helping clients navigate the mental health system and experience providing group, individual and family therapy intervention.

With more than a decade of experience, she is confident utilizing an eclectic approach drawing from CBT, CBT-psychosis, ACT, DBT, SFBT, MI, Emotionally Focused Therapy and Person Centered Therapy.  She works with her clients to determine the most effective treatment modality that aligns with their goals, needs and personality.

Dayna enjoys being outdoors and maintains an active lifestyle.  She loves spending time with friends and family.  She is also energized by quiet engagement in journaling, drawing, and spending time appreciating all of the wonderful parks and greenspaces that Raleigh has to offer.