Andrea received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Georgetown University and a Master of Science in Nursing from The Catholic University of America. She has experience as a NICU and Emergency Department nurse. Andrea began working with Community of Hope in 2016 and is excited to provide primary and preventive care to patients of all backgrounds and ages. During her time off Andrea enjoys spending time with her husband and two labrador retrievers and making the long drive back home to Maine.
Dr. Bracey-Stokes received her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree and Advanced Education in General Dentistry degree from Howard University College of Dentistry. She holds a B.S in Biology from North Carolina Central University. Throughout her career, she has provided comprehensive dental care to patients from every cross section of the socio-economic spectrum in Maryland and Virginia. She joined Community of Hope in March 2017. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Emma received her Master’s in Nursing in Nurse-Midwifery from Frontier Nursing University and her Master’s in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. She has worked for Community of Hope since March 2014. Previously, she worked overseas offering reproductive healthcare in humanitarian crises. She is interested in preconception care, family planning and catching babies. In her free time, she loves biking with her husband and baking.
Hailing from sunny Jamaica, Viris received her Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science in Nursing at Bowie State University and continued her training in midwifery at Philadelphia University. For 14 years, she worked at MedStar Washington Hospital Center as a registered nurse and nurse manager for labor and delivery. She’s also taught in the baccalaureate nursing programs at Bowie State and Howard University. Viris’ interests include singing, traveling and gardening.
Adrienne received her graduate degree from Fort Valley State University and became a board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) in 2003. She completed her nursing and midwifery education at the University of California, San Francisco and apprenticed at a birth center. She is thrilled to bring her lactation training and out-of-hospital birth experience to the Washington, DC area and to the women and families of FHBC.
Dr. Forest received her medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in and completed her residency training in psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center. She is board certified in psychiatry. She has worked at Community of Hope since February 2012 and sees adult patients for psychiatric assessment and medication management. She enjoys exercising, traveling and spending time with family.
Lilay received her Masters of Science in Nursing degree from Johns Hopkins University. As a Family Nurse Practitioner, she joined Community of Hope in 2017. She has previously worked as a Neurosurgical ICU nurse. Her special interests include refugee health and delivering cross-cultural primary care to patients from diverse socio-cultural backgrounds. She is also fluent in Amharic. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and exploring new places.
Dr. Gentles received his Doctor of Pharmacy from Howard University College of Pharmacy. He completed a residency at Emory-St. Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta, GA and is Board Certified in Pharmacotherapy. Prior to moving back to DC in 2015, he practiced on a Native American reservation in Arizona working collaboratively with other providers to address chronic diseases and exploring integrative models for pharmacists in patient centered medical homes. When not at work, he enjoys spending time with his family and supporting his wife’s non-profit organization.
Dr. Gerstenmaier is the lead physician and is board certified in family medicine. He received his medical degree from Ohio State University School of Medicine and completed his residency at Georgetown/Providence Family Medicine Residency Program. He started at Community of Hope in August 2013 and is interested in women’s health, obstetrics, pediatrics and sports medicine. He enjoys running, skiing and spending time with his wife and child.
Helene received her Master of Science in Nursing from Marymount University and worked as a registered nurse at Sibley Memorial Hospital. Helene joined Community of Hope in 2018 and provides healthcare to patients of all ages. Her interests include women’s health, wound care, and preventative healthcare. Growing up in South Africa, she developed a great love of the outdoors and also enjoys travel, reading, and yoga.