InnerQuest NC Psychiatry and Counseling

About Us

  Leonard Cruz, MD 

Dr. Cruz is a Board Certified psychiatrist practicing in Asheville NC with over thirty years of experience.   He uses an eclectic approach to psychiatry and psychotherapy. Your visits with Dr. Cruz begin with a careful, comprehensive assessment.  Treatment may involve psychotherapy (talk therapy), further diagnostic testing, medications, skills training, and other resources designed to equip you to address your difficulties.  Treatment is tailored to every patient's specific needs.  He is fluent in Spanish. After serving as Chief Resident at the Maine Medical Center, he began his career teaching at Michigan State University.  He has a long-standing interest in integrating faith, spirituality, and psychotherapy.  He has expertise in treating depression and other mood disorders, anxiety disorders, alcoholism/substance abuse, and various other disorders.  In 2008, he co-founded the Asheville Jung Center, bringing internationally known Jungian speakers to a world wide audience via internet technology.  He enjoys writing and is a frequent contributor to the Asheville Jung Center's blog.  [**Click here to enter Dr. Cruz's website**]


    Steven Buser, MD

Dr. Buser is a psychiatrist in private practice in Asheville, NC. He trained in medicine at Duke University and served 12 years as a physician in the US Air Force. He spent his final year in the military in the Republic of Panama and is reasonably fluent in Spanish. In 2008 he completed a 2 year clinical training program at the CG Jung Institute of Chicago and subsequently founded the Asheville Jung Center, bringing internationally known Jungian speakers to a world wide audience via internet technology. He is active in the community and strives to integrate faith and spirituality into his treatment. He has been engaged in cutting edge research, including the use of advanced neurostimulation technologies in psychiatry (Vagus Nerve Stimulation and Deep Brain Stimulation).   [**Click here to enter Dr. Buser's website**]


 Richard Smoot, PsyD

Dr. Richard Smoot is a clinical psychologist, working with the US military for the last 20 years.  He has taught psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi, St. Leo University, as well as Wright State University.  Dr. Smoot received a  Psy.D. (Doctor of Psychology) degree at Wright State University in 1991 and a Master's degree in Clinical Psychopharmacology at Nova Southeastern University in 2008.   He has a broad range of skills working with adults, children, families and  marital issues as well as psychological and school testing.  He has particular expertise in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) treatments of depression, anxiety, panic, ADHD, smoking cessation, chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder


Megan Reilly Buser, LCSW  Megan Reilly Buser, MSW, LCSW, AAPC

Megan has been practicing psychotherapy in Asheville since 2003.  She is a member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors and has been serving clients of Western North Carolina’s Partnership for Pastoral Counseling since 2009.  She is fluent in Spanish and has been serving the Latin American immigrant community for over 25 years.  She created a marriage mentorship program serving several Spanish-speaking Catholic parishes in Western North Carolina and continues to give leadership formation and consultation to these mentor teams as they offer marriage enrichment programs to their communities.  She offers psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and families in English and Spanish.


LowRes_2461232330060(1) Samuel Thielman, MD, PhD

Dr. Samuel Thielman has practiced psychiatry in the Asheville area for many years, though he recently returned after a decade and a half of service with the U.S. Department of State and was Director of that Program as well one of the Department’s experts on traumatic stress and resilience. He has broad expertise in the treatment of mood disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety disorders, and problems related to complex work and personal situations. A careful listener, he prefers to begin with a detailed history, and to assess all possible medical and life influences as he develops his treatment plan. Skilled in psychopharmacology, he nonetheless tends to use medication therapy as one of many parts of an overall treatment approach.

Dr. Thielman has particular expertise and interest issues relating to adjustment to high stress situations. He has worked extensively in the U.S. and overseas on issues relating to workplace stress, burnout, vicarious traumatization, and resilience. In addition to being an active clinician, Dr. Thielman has many professional publications and his research, reflections, and reviews have been published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, the New England Journal of Medicine, Annals of Clinical Psychiatry, Disaster Medicine and Public Health, The Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma, and The Foreign Service Journal and a number of other publications. Dr. Thielman received his medical school, psychiatry, and subspecialty fellowship training at Duke University. He is a Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and manager of Still Waters Global LLC, an employee assistance organization.