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Meet the Durham, NC clinical team!
March 23, 2022
My name is Candace Harris. I am the Interim Director of Operations for Eleanor Health in NC. I have had the privilege of working in the Mental Health/Substance Use Disorder field for 10 years and have served in various clinical settings. My experience has taught me that when we are brave enough to embrace our vulnerabilities, our true power is revealed. I’m excited to support our community as our team helps people to live amazing lives by delivering a whole-person, personalized approach to treatment and recovery. When I am not at Eleanor, my daughter, the light of my life, keeps me busy with her cheer, dance, and social activities.
I’m excited to introduce you to the rest of our Eleanor Health Durham clinical care team!
Evan Maas, LCSW, LCAS, Clinic Administrator & Therapist
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist and am also obtaining my license to supervise and train addictions professionals. I hold a dual degree in Spanish and Psychology and a Master’s in Social Work from Western Carolina University. I’ve worked for several years delivering substance use recovery services to the Cherokee community and more recently the Durham/Raleigh community. I have a passion for providing compassion and empowerment for the people I serve and when not working, I enjoy spending time hiking and with my little dog.
Sonia Payerpaj, LCSWA, LCASA
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Work Associate and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist Associate. I hold a degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I have worked for several years in residential, inpatient, and outpatient treatment settings providing mental health and substance use recovery services. When I am not engaged in my passion for serving others, I am outside hiking, running, spending time with my dog, creating art, and playing musical instruments. I am honored to be a part of the Eleanor Health team and look forward to the empowering and life-changing work ahead.
Alessia Bhargava, MD, MBA
Hi there, I’m Alessia Bhargava MD MBA and starting at Eleanor as a Psychiatrist in the Durham, NC office. In my psychiatry training, I saw how interlinked substance use is with mental health conditions, and want to be able to treat both types of issues at the same time to give our members the best care possible. I’m passionate about harm reduction and making the world a safer place for everyone, including people who use drugs. I’m also interested in value-based care, and finding a way to make our healthcare system more equitable and sustainable. I think providing good mental health and substance use services is a huge part of improving our system. In my free time, I like to read (mainly fiction), swim, and hang out with friends!
Tara Day, Community Recovery Partner (CRP)
Tara Day is NC Peer Support certified and brings a wealth of knowledge and over four years of experience in this field. Prior to Eleanor, she served as a Certified Peer Support Specialist with the Drug and DUI Treatment Court of Illinois. Tara’s humble spirit, openness, and willingness to serve were regarded as an integral part of the program’s success. Tara’s desire to help others stems from personal experience. She states, “I have been in recovery from substance use disorder for 9 years. I have been in a hopeless state where my world was falling apart. It is my passion to help others recover and have a life again.” Outside of her time with Eleanor, Tara enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.
Priscilla Little, Member Experience Administrative Specialist
Hi my name is Priscilla Little and I will be the MEAS for the Durham location. I am excited to be on this new journey and can’t wait to see what the future brings.
If you need help with your substance use disorder, we are here to help you build your confidence and momentum towards the future you want. We provide treatment services for adults with alcohol, opioid, and other substance use disorders. We are conveniently located in Asheville, Cary, Durham, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Hickory, High Point, Matthews, Mooresville, Raleigh, and Wilmington North Carolina. We also provide services via Telehealth.
Recovery for life.
Our mission at Eleanor Health is to help people affected by addiction live amazing lives. We deliver whole-person, comprehensive care and are passionate about transforming the quality, delivery, and accessibility of addiction & mental health treatment. Our actions are rooted in respect for each member's values, culture, and life experiences, and our commitment to their wellbeing is unwavering and without judgement.