Kelly is a psychologist and licensed professional counselor who has spent her entire career treating eating disorders, founding the Chrysalis Center in 2003. She is a published author and has spoken at professional conferences on topics pertaining to eating disorders and bariatrics at the international, regional, state, and local levels. Kelly has provided psychological services in inpatient psychiatric hospitals, community mental health agencies, college counseling centers, and private practice. She has taught college psychology courses at Appalachian State University and been published in the research journal Addictive Behaviors.
Kelly leads the entire staff as the executive director and is passionate about empowering her team to work together to provide expert level care for our clients. Her expertise and leadership drive employees to work hard while balancing their personal lives and finding avenues for maintaining self-care. Kelly collaborates closely with other health care professionals locally and across the country as Chrysalis Center continues to expand our services to provide higher levels of care and eating disorder education to our community.
Kelly is a member of the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery as well as the International Association for Eating Disorders Professionals through which she is a Certified Eating Disorders Specialist (CEDS) and is recognized as an approved supervisor for others in pursuit of their CEDS. She earned her BA in Psychology from Clemson University with a minor in Women’s Studies and her MA in Clinical Psychology from Appalachian State University.
Kendra is a licensed clinical social worker with extensive group, family, and individual therapy experience within the field of eating disorders. She previously served as an intake coordinator, therapist, group facilitator, and supervisor in hospital-based and outpatient mental health settings, including Johns Hopkins’ Eating Disorder Inpatient and Day Hospital Program. She is a Certified Eating Disorders Specialist (CEDS) through the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals and a certified Dialectical Behavioral (DBT) therapist through Evergreen Certification Institute.
Kendra joined the team at Chrysalis Center in 2007 as a staff therapist. Three years later, she took on the role of Compliance Officer to ensure compliance for documentation and HIPAA policies. Additionally, Kendra became the senior staff therapist to mentor and train other clinicians on the team. Kendra supervises provisionally licensed social workers as well as those pursuing master’s degrees in UNCW’s social work program. Kendra led our efforts in writing policies and procedures to become licensed by the state as a facility and accredited by The Joint Commission before we could provide IOP services.
Today, Kendra leads our IOP team, serving as Clinical Director where she provides leadership and oversight to our IOP staff. Kendra earned a BS in Psychology from George Mason University and an MSW with a Mental Health specialization from University of Maryland School of Social Work in Baltimore, Maryland.
Terri is a registered dietitian that began her tenure at Chrysalis Center in 2011. Prior to that, she was the Clinical Nutrition Director at Silver Hill Hospital, where she developed the inpatient eating disorder program. She also maintained a private practice in Connecticut where she treated clients on an outpatient basis for eating disorders and weight management.
Terri is passionate about educating other healthcare professionals, teachers, and school counselors on the prevalence of eating disorders. She coordinates the meals and nutrition group curriculum for IOP and ensures that clients’ intake needs are met while exposing them to a variety of foods.
Terri is a Certified Eating Disorder Registered Dietitian (CEDRD) through the International Association of Eating Disorders Professionals and is certified in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She graduated from Acadia University in Canada with a BS in Nutrition and completed her dietetic residency through East Carolina University.
Terri was born and raised in Canada before moving to the states but enjoys the warmer temperatures and beautiful beaches with her children by her side in southeastern North Carolina.
Matthew Kalp, MD, PhD is a neurologist with special interest in behavioral neurology, a subspecialty of neurology that focuses on the basis of behavior, memory, and cognition. He provides inpatient and outpatient care at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, NC. Dr. Kalp earned a BS in Biochemistry from the University of Notre Dame and continued his graduate studies at Case Western Reserve University to earn a PhD in biochemistry as well as an MD. He completed a neurology residency and additional post-doctoral training at Yale University/Yale-New Haven Hospital.
Dr. Kalp is board certified in psychiatry and neurology and has received the Standard of Excellence from the National Board of Medical Examiners. He has published multiple papers and articles on neurology and biochemistry as well as teaching undergraduates and post-graduate students.
Dr. Kalp is currently a member of the American Academy of Neurology and the North Carolina Medical and Neurological Societies. He serves as the medical director of Chrysalis Center IOP by providing medical oversight, supervision, and training for the organization, as well as collaborating on high risk cases when medical complications arise.
In his spare time, Dr. Kalp enjoys traveling to new and exciting places across the globe.
Alexis Hunter is passionate about people inside and outside of the organization. She graduated from North Carolina State University with a B.A. in Communication, focusing on Public Relations. Before coming to Chrysalis Center in 2010, she gained experience through the hospitality, media, and manufacturing industries. In these previous roles, she learned valuable skills to develop leadership qualities that she enjoys using while working at Chrysalis.
Alexis started her career here as the Office Manager where she led the administrative staff and focused on client relations and satisfaction. Gradually, Alexis began marketing the organization to local professionals and organizing outreach and fundraising events. In 2016, she transitioned to the Practice Manager where she added the responsibilities of the human resource function. Today, she is a member of the leadership team and board of directors for IOP. As the Director of Professional Relations, she manages all aspects of marketing, outreach and human resources; she is responsible for implementing HR management strategies that enable Chrysalis Center to recruit and maintain a high performing and dedicated workforce while branding our services to other healthcare providers and the general public. Alexis is enthusiastic about inspiring employees to achieve goals, while educating prospective clients and other professionals on eating disorders and mental illness.
Alexis is a Wilmington, NC native who loves spending time with her family and raising her children where she grew up.
Sarah Snyder has over 10 years of experience in the health care industry where she has held various roles from customer service, surgery scheduling, academic teaching, and practice management. This experience and her passion for teaching allow her the opportunity to train administrative employees and empower them to grow their professional careers. Sarah worked as a surgery scheduler for a team of eye doctors while pursuing her MBA from the University of Phoenix. She later served as an instructor at Miller-Motte College where she taught Allied Health courses. She advanced her career quickly there where she became the Director of Education, overseeing the department entirely.
Sarah joined the Chrysalis Center team in July of 2017 as the Practice Manager where she uses her leadership skills to direct, observe, and motivate employees. She works to ensure fluid interface between clinical and administrative operations, while focusing on customer service and client satisfaction. Sarah serves as the outpatient Intake Coordinator where she is passionate about matching clients with best clinician to meet their needs.
While not at work, Sarah enjoys empowering her daughters to pursue their dreams through activities and serving in our community.