Our Team and Staff

We are a family 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.  

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 hey prioritize, and ultimately what they do to build happier more satisfying lives for themselves and the people they love."  

Lauren Chandler, LCSW


Lauren has her Master's in Social Work from Western Carolina University.  She has been working in the mental health field for several years and has recently joined the family practice.  Lauren 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 and gender-nonconforming individuals--women, and older adolescents.  

Rachel Holt

Administrative Staff

Rachel has a BA in Creative Writing from Meredith College.  She is instrumental in helping with scheduling and ensuring that medication and other requests are communicated to the clinical staff.