Our Team and Staff
We are an intentionally small practice with over 50 years of combined experience in mental health. We pride ourselves on our compassionate and evidence-based approaches to treatment that put
our patients' strengths and needs first.
This is who we are:
Margaret J. Dorfman, MD, DLFAPA
Dr. Dorfman is an honors graduate of Tufts Medical School and was the chief psychiatric resident at the UNC Medical School where she has a faculty appointment. She served as president of the NC Psychiatric Association and as a multi-term NC representative to the American Psychiatric Assembly. She has been honored by her peers as a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. She is also, according to a recent patient's letter, "the most down-to-earth, kind-hearted doctor I ever met." (Included at the insistence of her husband and daughter). Dr Dorfman practices evidence based medicine with a human touch that combines a deep appreciation of the patient's own perspective with contemporary scientific research and decades of clinical experience.
William R. Cannon, MD
Dr. Bill Cannon completed his psychiatric training at Harvard Longwood, where he served as chief resident of outpatient psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He developed a passion for providing psychotherapy and completed an additional fellowship in psychoanalytic psychotherapy from the Boston Psychoanalytic Society.
Dr. Cannon strives for a collaborative and humanistic approach to mental health through integration of psychotherapy, psychoeducation, and careful consideration of medications in his clinical work. Thus, his patients have described him as compassionate and thoughtful. He takes an integrative approach to psychotherapy and utilizes cognitive behavioral therapy techniques, short and long term psychodynamic psychotherapy, and/or exploration of existential themes. He feels fortunate for the privilege to learn and to grow with his patients.
Stephen Chandler, MA, MDiv, LPC
Stephen Chandler holds graduate degrees from Duke and Yale Universities and has practiced psychotherapy in the Triangle for 20+ years. In his earlier career he was a consultant to high tech managers in developing their interpersonal management skills. He writes: "Practicing psychotherapy gives me the deeply satisfying opportunity to help people have more choice in managing what goes on in their minds and lives. How they think, what they prioritize, and ultimately what they do to build happier more satisfying lives for themselves and the people they love."
Lauren (Ori) Chandler, LCSW
Ori has their Master's in Social Work from Western Carolina University. They have worked in the mental health field for several years before joining our practice. Ori has helped a wide variety of patients to grow and improve their lives, and especially enjoys working with members of the LGBT community--particularly transgender, non-binary, and gender-nonconforming individuals--women, and older adolescents.