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Our Mission

The OASIS Mission is to promote full recovery from a first episode of psychosis using proven and innovative approaches to comprehensive specialty care and integrative medicine, and our vision is one of broad accessibility for all citizens of North Carolina to these effective, life-saving services.

Our Team

Sylvia Saade

Sylvia Saade, PhD, LCSW
Clinic Director

Karen Graham

Karen Graham, MD
Medical Director

David Penn

David Penn, PhD
Director of Psychological Services

Diana Perkins

Diana Perkins, MD, MPH
Director of New Program Development

Bethany Geib-Rosch, MD

Child Psychiatrist

Lyse DeBourguignon
Lyse de Bourguignon, MSW, LCSW
Psychotherapist/Recovery Specialist
Reiss Powell
Reiss Powell, MSW, LCSW, LCASA
Psychotherapist/Recovery Specialist
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Deidre Bishop
Office Manager

Thomas Sutton

Thomas Sutton, IV
Supported Employment and Education Specialist

Bodi Bodenhamer

Bodi Bodenhamer
NC Certified Peer Support Specialist

To learn more about our Technical Assistance Program and its staff, please click here.

Our History

The OASIS Program began in 2005 as one of the earliest first episode psychosis comprehensive specialty care programs in the United States, modeled in part from the successful elements of earlier innovative programming at Europe’s OPUS Program and Australia’s EPPIC Program. We have since delivered state-of-the-art, effective medical and behavioral health services to individuals recovering from a first episode of psychosis and their families, while continually developing and researching innovations are care in response to our clients’ needs.

In 2009, our staff of experts participated in the NIMH RAISE-ETP study, contributing to the largest study to date in North America on effective services to promote recovery from first episode psychosis. What the study results showed confirmed our hypothesis: that comprehensive and coordinated specialty care for individuals and families recovering from first episode psychosis significantly improves recovery outcomes compared to traditionally available community mental health services.

The exciting results from the RAISE study have led to federal and state support of expansion of Coordinated Specialty Care programs such as OASIS, and we now have two clinics (Chapel Hill and Raleigh) serving the Research Triangle and surrounding communities, consultation services for individuals, families, and providers outside of our catchment zones, and a Technical Assistance Program working in partnership with North Carolina’s Department of Mental Health, area Managed Care Organizations, and local agencies and providers to develop additional Coordinated Specialty Care clinics throughout North Carolina.

If you are looking for information about the Wake Encompass program, please click here.