Ash Mikhail, MD
CEO / Medical Director
Dr. Ash Mikhail graduated from medical school at Alexandria University. He completed his Adult Psychiatry Residency at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center and Columbia University, and then continued on to Dartmouth Medical School to complete a residency in Child Psychiatry. Board certified in Adult and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Dr. Mikhail has published several articles in peer reviewed professional journals, and participated in a number of research studies. He currently serves as the Chair of Psychiatry at Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine, the Medical Director of Brynn Marr Hospital and of Good Hope Hospital.
Dr. Mikhail has concentrated his efforts on improving the availability and delivery of mental health services in Onslow and surrounding counties. His focus is providing the most up-to-date, evidence-based psychiatric treatments and reducing the stigma of mental health and its impact on our community.
Melvin W James II, PHMNP-BC
Mr. James received his Master of Science degree in nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010. He completed intensive training through 3 years of clinical study and practicum with a concentration of psychiatric/mental health issues in preparation for the Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner board certification.
Mr. James worked in the area of mental health as a registered nurse for almost 13 years prior to finishing the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner program. He has experience in both outpatient and inpatient psychiatric settings. As a family psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner, Mr. James works with people of all ages.
Marie Belanger, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC
Ms. Belanger comes to us with a diverse background with cumulative of 30 years as a LPN, RN and advanced practice RN/FNP with board certification in family medicine rewarded through the American nurses credentialing center. Ms. Belanger received her Master of Science in nursing from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina in 2000. She completed intensive training of clinical study and practicum to prepare her for the family nurse practitioner board certification. Her program placed special emphasis on serving those populations who face barriers to access to care. In keeping with her commitment to our patients and our community, Ms. Belanger has been awarded a post-masters certification in Family Mental Health Psychiatry from the University of South Alabama in Mobile Alabama in December of 2010 and earned Board Certification as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from Board Certifying ANCC.
Prior to her joining the staff at CCNC In June 2008, Ms. Belanger has worked as a FNP in the urgent care/emergency room setting, clinical oncology, family medicine, and outpatient/inpatient psychiatric settings. She has contributed to educating nursing students at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington as an associate clinical professor in women’s health care.
Ms. Belanger is affiliated with Sigma Theta Tau-Beta Nu and Zeta Gamma chapters of the National Nurse’s Honor Society, the American Nurses Association, and North Carolina Nurses Association, American College of Clinicians, Eastern Nurse Practitioner/Physician Assistant Council, and Phi Kappa Phi of East Carolina University.
Jessica Hardin Enyeart, PA-C
Ms. Enyeart received her Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Chatham College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 2005. She also received a Masters degree in Adult Education with a focus in Healthcare Delivery Systems and Gerontology from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina in 2003. She is a Board Certified Physician Assistant in the State of North Carolina and maintains her certification through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Jessica is affiliated with the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants. She is also a lifelong member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Fraternity.
She joined the medical staff of Coastal Carolina Neuropsychiatric Center under the supervision of Dr. Ash Mikhail in May 2008.
Jessica has a particular interest in the geriatric population and the treatment of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, however, she is knowledgeable in the diagnosis and treatment of patients of all age ranges—pediatric, adolescent, adult and older adult—all of whom she has treated since 2005.
Ajay Veeragandham, MD
Dr. Veeragandham graduated from Siddhartha Medical College and Research Institute affiliate of University of Health Sciences in India. He completed his Adult Psychiatry residency at the Nassau University Medical Center and Child Psychiatry fellowship at Elmhurst Hospital Center, NY. He is the chief resident in child psychiatry fellowship and board certified in adult psychiatry through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Following completion of his residency and fellowship training, he moved to NC and worked for more than eight years with South Eastern Regional Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, LME, Lumberton, NC. He carried hospital privileges at South Eastern Regional Medical Center. He had several years experience in treating chronic treatment resistance conditions including mood, anxiety, and psychotic disorders in both children and adults.
Dorinda Dew, PMHNP-BC, FNP-C
Ms. Dew received her Master’s of Science Degree and Post Graduate Family Nurse Practitioner certification from East Carolina University and a Post Graduate Family Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner certification from the University of South Alabama. She has worked with Coastal Carolina Neuropsychiatric Center since 2007, primarily in inpatient psychiatric settings. Prior to coming to CCNC she worked as a family nurse practitioner providing health care screenings, prenatal care, and medical care for both acute and chronic illnesses for newborn to elderly patients. Her previous experience also includes working as a nursing instructor at Sampson Community College. She maintains her national certification as a Psychiatric – Mental Health Nurse Practitioner with the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and American Nurses Credentialing Center.
Delores Brown, MD
Delores Brown MD is fellowship trained in Adult and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. She is adept at developing team based approaches to difficulties in home, school, work and social life areas where the individual has had problems, often before being diagnosed with a mental illness. Involvement of the family and community is instrumental in ensuring continued mental health.
Dr. Brown was a National Merit Semifinalist and has an undergraduate degree in psychology, magna cum laude, from Texas Christian University. After working for several years in corporate management and human resources, she attended medical school at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Brown completed her internship and residency in psychiatry and a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at University of New Mexico. She has worked primarily in acute and residential treatment, with some outpatient practice as well. Her particular interest is working with children and adolescents, especially since research has shown that many mental illnesses have an onset much earlier than was previously thought. Early treatment can prevent further difficulties in academic, social, and family life, improving prognosis dramatically. Addressing the multiple domains of family/marital, substance abuse, and employment/school difficulties requires that mental health providers work collaboratively to identify problems as well as the best approach to solving these problems. Furthermore, it is important to teach an individual to understand his or her mental illness, so that future exacerbations can be treated early, thereby preventing relapse.
Krista Murphy, PA-C
Ms. Murphy received her Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, RI in 2016. Prior to this, she attended Westfield State University in Westfield, MA for undergraduate studies majoring in sports medicine. Through her studies and clinical rotations, Krista found a love and passion for psychiatry.
She is a Board Certified Physician Assistant in the State of North Carolina and maintains her certification through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Krista is affiliated with the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants. She joined the medical staff of Coastal Carolina Neuropsychiatric Center under the supervision of Dr. Sharon Kahler in July 2016.
Lourdes Illa-Sanchez, MD
Dr. Illa-Sanchez is Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She received her medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine. She completed her Adult Psychiatry Residency and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship training at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami. Upon completing her training, Dr. Illa-Sanchez joined the Faculty at the University of Miami, where she held various leadership positions in residency training and clinical psychiatry. She has also participated in clinical research and published several articles in peer-reviewed journals. The focus of her clinical work has been on providing psychiatric assessment and treating children, adolescents and young adults diagnosed with psychiatric disorders as well as those living with co-occurring medical disorders, including HIV. Relocating to North Carolina for family reasons, Dr. Illa-Sanchez is pleased to provide psychiatric care to military families and members of the local community.
Lisa A. Tiebauer, PMHNP-BC
Lisa A. Tiebauer graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2005 after completing the Master of Science in Nursing, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Ms. Tiebauer’s nursing career began in 1992; she has worked in home health and hospice before working at a State inpatient hospital while in Mississippi. Ms. Tiebauer and her family moved to North Carolina in 2009 where she has been working with the military aboard Camp Lejeune. Ms. Tiebauer is Board Certified by ANCC for Adult psychiatric care; she looks forward to serving our community.
Nana Amponsah , PA-C
Nana-Akua Amponsah received her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from the University of Bridgeport, CT in 2018. She also holds a PhD. degree in History from the University of Texas at Austin. Before joining the medical team of Coastal Carolina Neuropsychiatric Center in 2018, under the supervision of Dr. Ajay Veeragandham, Nana was an Assistant Professor of history at the History Department at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Nana is Board Certified Physician Assistant in the State of North Carolina and maintains her certification through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She has special interests in pediatric depression and substance abuse and family support programs. Nana is a native of Ghana and lives in Fayetteville with her family.
Koehler Waldrop , PA-C
Mrs. Waldrop received her Master of Medical Sciences degree in Physician Assistant Studies from the Lincoln Memorial University School of Medical Sciences after studying at the Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harrogate, Tennessee. She has had a passion for psychiatric treatment and education for over 10 years. She became a physician assistant with plans to enter the field of psychiatry, and a rotation at the Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute confirmed it was the field for her. Koehler is a board certified Physician Assistant in the State of North Carolina and maintains her certification through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She is affiliated with the American Academy of Physician Assistants. She is particularly interested in the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders but is qualified to treat a vast array of mental illnesses.
Christopher Harris, DO
Dr. Harris is a board-certified Adult General Psychiatrist, and is a member of the American Psychiatric Association, and the North Carolina Psychiatric Association. He was born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina. He graduated from East Carolina University earning two bachelor’s degrees – one with a double major in Biology and Philosophy, and the other in Neuroscience. Upon graduating from ECU with honors in 2007, he was selected for a two-year research fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. In 2010, he began medical school at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. After graduating from medical school, he was selected for psychiatry internship and residency for the U.S. Navy at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, where he was selected to be chief resident during his last year of residency. During his time at Walter Reed, he presented at multiple National conferences on various topics within mental health. He’s served as an embedded psychiatrist with Marine Corps Infantry at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, as well as the Marine Aircraft Wing in Beaufort, South Carolina. He also served as the Department Head and Medical Director for the Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation Program at Naval Medical Center Camp Lejeune before completing his time in Active Duty Service in 2021.
Mitchell Whigham, PA-C
Mitchell received his Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Florida International University in Miami, Florida in 2021. Prior to this, he attended the University of Central Florida in Orlando, Florida for undergraduate studies majoring in health sciences. Mitchell discovered his passion and love for psychiatry while on rotations. He is a Board Certified Physician Assistant in the State of North Carolina and maintains his certification through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Mitchell is affiliated with the American Academy of Physician Assistants. He joined the medical staff of Coastal Carolina Neuropsychiatric Center under the supervision of Dr. Mikhail in June of 2022.
Carina Pringle, PA-C
Ms. Pringle received her Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Daemen College in Buffalo, New York in 2021. Prior to this, she received her Bachelor’s degree in Natural Science/Health Science with a minor in biology from Daemen College. Throughout her time at Daemen College, she also played Division II Women’s Basketball. Upon graduation, she started her career in orthopedic surgery in upstate New York, prior to moving to North Carolina. Carina has been interested in psychiatry since she started PA school and especially during her clinical rotations. She is a Board-Certified Physician Assistant in the State of North Carolina and maintains her certification through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She joined the medical staff at Coastal Carolina Neuropsychiatric Center under the supervision of Dr. Mikhail in July 2022.
Carina has a particular interest in the pediatric population and the treatment of generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder.
Pamela Edwards, PMHNP-BC
Ms. Edwards received her Master of Science degree in Nursing from Walden University in 2022. She completed intensive training in clinical study and practicum to prepare her for the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Board Certification. She is a member of the American Psychiatric Association.
Prior to joining the staff at CCNC in 2022 under the supervision of Dr. Ajay Veeragandham, she worked as a registered nurse in the psychiatric emergency department, intensive care unit, medical-surgical, endoscopic, and postpartum.
Stephanny Parker, PMHNP-BC
Stephanny Parker graduated from Walden University with her Master of Science in Nursing in 2021 after a 14-year career in psychiatric nursing. Mrs. Parker has a long-standing membership with the American Nurses Association and the American Psychiatric Nurses Association. She went on to sit for the ANCC boards and gain her PMHNP-BC. Mrs. Parker’s nursing career began in 2007 and includes experience with inpatient care, acute emergency care, and detox patients as well.
Mrs. Parker enjoys working with military families in the Fayetteville area. During the span of her career she has worked with children through adults in different settings and her special interests include geriatric patients, autism spectrum, and learning disabled patients of all ages.
Mona Ismail, MD
Graduated Medical school at Cairo University. Completed Neurology residency in Cairo University and her residency training in Psychiatry at New York Medical College hospitals. She then completed her fellowship training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the university of Medicine and Dentistry NJ (UMDNJ). Dr. Ismail is board Certified by the American board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both General Psychiatry and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Ismail participated in several active research studies as well as teaching and training of Psychiatry residents.
She uses evidence based integrative medical approach in treatment planning which is a combination of up to date conventional medicine as well as natural evidence based alternative medicine. She believes that mental health is pivotal in achieving our overall mind and body wellness. The saying “mind over matter” is absolutely true.
Nicole Desimone, PA-C
We are excited to welcome board certified physician assistant Nicole Desimone to the CCNC medical team. Nicole joins our Wilmington practice from Upstate New York where she received her Master’s degree at Rochester Institute of Technology. Nicole initially became interested in specializing in psychiatry following the completion of a certificate in motivational interviewing. She looks forward to pursuing her passion for mental health as a career. While at RIT, Nicole was an active member of the athletics community as a captain of the women’s basketball team. She continues to enjoy sports, outdoor activities, and crafts in her free time.
Michael Bradshaw, MD
Dr. Bradshaw completed his adult psychiatric residency training at the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine. At the university, he was the site-chief for the consult liaison psychiatric service where he consulted within the emergency department, ICU and medical wards. He is a member of the American Psychiatric Association. He has extensive training in various psychiatric pathologies including anxiety, depression, PTSD, bipolar and schizophrenia.
Dr. Bradshaw also trained at Nevada’s State hospital where he worked with the state’s prison system and a diverse array of psychiatric cases. He is board eligible through the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr. Bradshaw has participated in various research papers and medical studies. He uses evidence based, up to date medical approaches in assessment and treatment planning. His focus is providing the best care for the community of Onslow county.
Emily Fontinha, PA-C
Emily received her Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies at Touro College in
Bay Shore, NY in 2022. Prior to this, she earned her Bachelors of Science in Biology with a
double minor in Chemistry and Psychology from St. Joseph’s College in NY. During her
undergraduate career, Emily volunteered at her college’s Center for Counseling, where her
passion for mental health began. This passion was solidified on her psychiatric rotation at Nassau
University Medical Center working in both inpatient and outpatient pediatric and adult settings.
Emily is a Board Certified Physician Assistant in both the State of North Carolina and the State of New York and maintains her certification through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She has a special interest depression, anxiety, and mood disorders but is trained to treat all patients.
James Christensen, MD
Dr. Christensen earned his degree as a medical doctor through the University of South Florida College of Medicine in 2005. He completed his residency in psychiatry at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and his fellowship in forensic psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has experience working in a wide array of clinical settings, including state hospitals, and state and federal prisons, as well as community hospitals and outpatient clinics. He has also been active in the training and education of medical students, residents and APRN students through academic appointments including at University of Minnesota Medical School.
Andrea Nelsen, MD
Dr. Nelsen graduated from medical school at Cornell University in New York and completed her training in adult psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. She is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. She has participated in numerous research studies and obtained additional experience in forensic psychiatry. She uses an evidence based approach to treatment planning, and incorporates strategies from integrative medicine as well. She believes in partnering with all her patients to provide the best care possible.