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 Medical Director of Brynn Marr 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.
Andrew Lytton, PA-C
Andrew received his Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC in 2012. Previously, he studied Recreational Therapy at both the undergraduate and graduate levels at East Carolina University, where his accomplishments included leading a 2,000 participant research study providing substance abuse related counseling services under the supervision of a psychologist, as well as teaching college courses on group counseling techniques. Andrew served for one year as the Co-Coordinator of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association National Mental Health Treatment Network before going on to work as a recreational therapist leading group counseling sessions at the inpatient behavioral health until at Vidant Medical Center in Greenville, NC for two years before entering the Physician’s Assistant Master’s program. He also served as assistant coordinator of a day treatment program for at-risk youth.
Andrew has a particular interest in depression and substance abuse related disorders but is knowledgeable in the treatment of a broad range of diagnoses in a variety of age groups. 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. Andrew joind the medical staff of Coastal Carolina Neuropsychiatric Center, PA, under the supervision of Dr. Ash Mikhail in March 2013.
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.
Mario Sanchez-Martinez, MD, FASAM, ABDA, AAEP
Dr. Sanchez-Martinez is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology as well as Board Certified in Addiction Medicine. He received his medical degree from Universidad Central del Este. He completed his Adult Psychiatry Residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital/University of Miami, where he subsequently further trained in Geriatric, Addiction and Emergency Psychiatry. After completing his training, he joined the faculty at the University of Miami, where he worked as an Attending Psychiatrist in one of the busiest psychiatric emergency rooms in the nation as well as served as the Psychiatry/Addiction Attending on the UM multi-organ Transplant Team. Dr. Sanchez-Martinez was active in training residents and medical students and published several articles in peer-reviewed journals. After several years, he transitioned to private practice, while remaining active in academic medicine, serving as the Initial Program Director for a Psychiatry Residency Program at Nova Southeastern University School of Osteopathic Medicine. Motivated by personal and family reasons, Dr. Sanchez-Martinez’s search for a change in lifestyle led him to Eastern North Carolina, where he is delighted to be providing psychiatric care to both the military and local communities.
Jared Laino, PA-C
Jared received his Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania in 2017. He started his career at an Urgent Care in Lewisburg, PA prior to moving to the area in October of 2019. Jared has been interested in psychiatry since his rotation in the Federal Bureau of Penitentiary mental health unit in Allenwood, PA.
Jared 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. He joined the medical staff of Coastal Carolina Neuropsychiatric Center under the supervision of Dr. Lourdes Illa-Sanchez in November 2019.
Lisa A. Mobley, PMHNP-BC
Lisa A. Mobley graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2005 after completing the Master of Science in Nursing, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. Mrs. Mobley’s nursing career began in 1992; she has worked in home health and hospice before working at a State inpatient hospital while in Mississippi. Mrs. Mobley and her family moved to North Carolina in 2009 where she has been working with the military aboard Camp Lejeune. Mrs. Mobley is Board Certified by ANCC for Adult psychiatric care; she looks forward to serving our community.
Brittany Wells, PA-C
Mrs. Wells received her Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Elon University in Elon, North Carolina in 2015. During her education at Elon, she served as Outreach Chair for the Elon Physician Assistant Student Society. She pioneered numerous volunteer opportunities and established the Society’s official philanthropy, which continues today.
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 Ms. Wells is affiliated with the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants. She is also a life-long member of the Pi Alpha Honor Society, the National Honor Society for Physician Assistants.
Mrs. Wells has experience in inpatient and outpatient settings and enjoys working with patient’s all age ranges.
Mary Feinour, PA-C
Mary received her Master’s degree in Physician Assistant studies at South University in Savannah, Georgia in 2019. Prior to graduate training she attended the University of Pittsburgh and graduated with a degree in Psychology. She worked as a nursing assistant at a Child and Adolescent Psychiatric inpatient facility in Pittsburgh, PA where she assisted with the counseling and care of child with severe psychiatric disorders. It was here that Mary found her passion for mental health.
Mary is a Board Certified Physician Assistant in North Carolina and received her certification through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants in 2019. She is also a member of Pi Alpha National Honor Society for Physician Assistants. She has a special interest in child psychiatry but is trained to treat patients of all ages.
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.
Sharon Kahler, M.D.
Dr. Kahler is Board Certified in Adult and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, and treats patients of all ages. Dr. Kahler received her Child and Adolescent Fellowship training at NYU Langone Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital, and completed her Adult Psychiatry Residency at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, both in New York City where she gained experience treating a wide variety of mental illnesses. Prior to residency training, Dr. Kahler received her MD from New York Medical College.
Dr. Kahler is returning to CCNC after spending a year working with community mental health clinics throughout South Carolina. Her interests in psychiatry are broad, and she is committed to providing high quality, compassionate mental health care to all of her patients.
Tosha Marquardt, PA-C
Mrs. Marquardt attended Texas State University and The University of Texas at Austin, and received her degree in Physician Assistant studies and Health Care Sciences from the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center in 1994. She has a cumulative 27 years of experience as a Physician Assistant and prior to working in psychiatry she worked in family practice, chronic pain management, cardiology, and wellness and functional medicine. The thread that weaves these experiences together is her desire to listen and tailor her expertise to each individual’s health needs and desire for change. She has a passion for optimizing overall medical health and improving general wellness along with mental health. She is a board certified Physician Assistant and is licensed in the State of North Carolina. She maintains her certification through the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. She is knowledgeable and experienced in treating psychiatry patients of all ages including pediatric, adolescent, and adult. She has a broad interest in psychiatry, but has special interests in children and adolescents, including Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has years of experience treating adults as well. Mrs. Marquardt is affiliated with the North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistant and the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
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.
Amy Locklear, PMHNP-BC, FNP-C
Amy is a native and resident of North Carolina. She is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, and is board certified by the American Nursing Credentialing Center and is currently licensed to practice in the state of North Carolina. In 2019, she received her postgraduate nursing degree in Psychiatric Mental Health from Maryville University. She is qualified to provide psychiatric and mental health services across the entire lifespan.
In 2015, she obtained a Master of Nursing degree form Walden University and is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a family Nurse Practitioner. She is currently licensed to practice in the state of North Carolina and has several years working as an advanced practice nurse in various specialties to include Urgent Care, Family Medicine, Spine and Pain, and Occupational Health.
She first began her career in nursing in 2005 completing an Associate Degree in Nursing at Richmond Community College and then earning a Bachelor of Science in NURSING FROM THE University of North Carolina of Pembroke in 2009. She worked as a registered nurse in many specialties to include medical-surgical, telemetry, endoscopy, progressive-care, mother-baby, and case management.
Amy’s interest is in evaluation and management of psychiatric and mental health problems, as well as, continuing to provide medical care services to patients/families in the community and surrounding areas.
Amy enjoys traveling and spending time with her family. She is very excited to part of Coastal Carolina Neuropsychiatric Center.
Sarah Nile, PA-C
Sarah received her Master’s degree in Physician Assistant Studies from High Point University in High Point, North Carolina in 2021. She previously graduated from NC State University in 2018 with her Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition Science. Her accomplishments include contributing to three research studies related to infant and mother nutrition and community resource access to nutrition in the Raleigh area. She previously worked as a rehabilitation technician, serving individuals with conditions such as cerebral palsy, autism, and down syndrome. She also has experience in brain injury rehabilitation and ICU medicine. She has a broad interest in psychiatry and enjoys working with diverse patient populations and age groups.
Sarah 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.